Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Wasn't this a neat surprise?

Thanks for the vote of confidence. When I received the award notification, I realized how proud I was to be counted along with a growing number of people, world-wide, who've heard their own private alarm, and are taking control and assuming responsibility for their health and well-being.

As I posted earlier, this month is all about moderation. I start each day with a green smoothie, using a variety of fruit from day to day and including a generous helping of spinach, kale or romaine. I'm drinking about a quart of veggie juice each day - using it as a meal replacement (large glass - 12 oz) or in conjunction with some raw veggies such as a salad or veggie plate (smaller glass - 6 oz). If I have a cooked food meal it has been a vegan combination.

Here are the ingredients for today's jar of juice
I used 5 carrots, 1 stalk of celery, 2 Kirby cucumbers, 2 red apples, 1/3 bunch of flat leaf parsley, 1 beet, half a lemon and, not shown as they were an afterthought, 4 big strawberries.

Using beets sparingly along with other root vegetables is very palatable, especially with a little fruit to smooth out the earthy flavor. Carrots have a high sugar content, too. The greens give it an interesting herbal undertone and the celery, with its high sodium, brings out all the flavors just as adding a bit of sea salt does for cooked foods. The apple and lemon add a touch of sweetness and a bit of tang.

I'm experimenting with various vegetable combinations. Not only to vary the taste but to ensure a wide variety of nutrients. What an adventure!


darcy said...


You definitely deserve that award! Congratulations :)

These juice recipes are definitely inspiring. We have a juicer at home that is getting dusty and just begging to be used. I've always been intimidated by that machine, but with your easy and yummy recipes I'm ready to juice away.

Keely said...

Congratulations, Joyce!!!

Charissa said...

Yay for you! I just added your link to your blog on my site. Hope that's ok. :0)

britanie said...

ooh that looks like a great juice!!! I'm going to have to try that. i love experimenting with different veggies to find a good match. I find that Lemon and Apples are the best with greens.