I hope you are all doing well & are happy!
It has been really nice to take time away from the world of social media & get in touch with myself. I wasn't "perfect" by any means & did need to access many online sources for work & school, but what a nice two weeks I have spent re-prioritizing, allowing myself to be a little more self-centered, & embracing the real world.
Checking in with myself has helped me find a sense of balance again, & I am anxious to cradle & nurture this moving forward.
The past two weeks have been a lot about nourishing myself in many ways. Obviously one of those ways is through good, fresh food.
I debated, for some time, over getting a juicer. Shortly after the holidays, I decided to put a couple gift cards (as well as a 20% off coupon) toward a simple, little Waring Pro JEX328.
I am really happy with it.
It is the same one Michelle uses in her adorable video on Squam, if you want to see it in action.
It does not have the heftiest motor, so it isn’t the best for greens; but it works, & cleanup is a breeze. I generally wash it right after juicing. One of my hesitations – along with price – over getting a bigger, fancier juicer was the maintenance involved. Keep in mind, cleaning a blender first thing in the morning is inundating to me, so the fact I do not mind cleaning this each morning says a lot.
Juice can be a really nice way to flush your system or give you a little boost on those days you need a quick delivery of concentrated nutrients. I was juicing every day the first week of my detox; now I do not juice every day, but I’m moving more & more in that direction. I am probably juicing at least 3 or 4 times a week & have been mixing some of the pulp in with Eisley's food.
For those of you with a juicer, I suggest the following juice. It is simple, in line with the season, & my current favorite.
- 1 small sweet potato
- 1 – 2 Granny Smith apple(s)
- 3 – 4 carrots
Chop apple, carrots, & sweet potato & press through a juice extractor. Stir & enjoy immediately.
Fresh ginger is a nice touch. Sometimes I will throw a 1-inch piece into the juicer along with the above.
I am fairly particular about apples & lean toward Pink Ladies or Honeycrisps for snacking. For juicing however, I really like juicy, tart & green Granny Smiths.
Sometimes, I peel the sweet potato & apples, which is not necessary, but I wonder if it will help preserve the life of my juicer. Thoughts on this?
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