Green Juice Recipe (#32) and 3 Easy Healthy Habits

I love healthy habits and I love them even more when they just happen naturally. It’s not fun to always have to work at creating them but when you’re finally there, at that effortless space where it just happens, it’s magic, it’s fun and you enjoy the benefits. I realized this past Saturday that anytime I’m off on a Saturday (I work some weekends), I make a huge batch of green juice, sit on the couch (or in bed) in complete silence preferably and savor every last drop of my juice while doing absolutely nothing else. It’s meditative and I enjoy every second of it. I juice several times a week but for some reason I really look forward to my next Saturday morning juice feast. I’ve worked annoyingly hard to create other healthy habits, many of which haven’t stuck, so it was fun to realize I had incidentally created this one. So since healthy habits don’t always happen effortlessly for me or many others I thought I’d come up with a list of 3 other healthy habits I’d like to practice. Feel free to join me.

1. Going to bed and waking up at the same time. I love sleep, who doesn’t? My problem, like many of you probably, is that on my days off I tend to stay up late, not being very productive, and wake up late. When I wake up later in the day, by the time I’m dressed and ready to conquer my day I’m annoyed with myself because I feel like half my day is gone. If I made an effort to sleep at the same time, wake up at the same time and physically get out of bed I’m sure I’d feel a million times better. Although, truth be told, there’s nothing like having a day once in a while spent in bed ๐Ÿ™‚

2. Exercise at least 3 times per week. I know y’all saw this coming. I have serious working out issues. I go through phases where I live and breath my workouts and then it all comes to a screeching halt when I have a break in my schedule like a 3 day holiday out of town or heavens knows what! It’s sad, it’s pathetic and I want to be in the space where working out at least thrice a week just happens, like going to work, like juicing, like taking out the trash. Aaaaaarrrgghhh, can I just be there already?

3. Have (more of) an attitude of gratitude. I used to be a master at this. This used to be my constant state of being and then my job happened, more bills happened and more, more, more nonsense. They’re all excuses really. When you consistently practice having an attitude of gratitude no matter what happens in your day, you are happy, you are calm, you feel abundant, blessed and only more wonderful things/experiences come your way. It’s a fact. It’s really simple and I intend to practice it more. You can make a list every morning of what you’re grateful for, you can do it at the dinner table with your family or you can do it in the car while sitting in traffic. Anytime is the perfect time to have an attitude of gratitude for any or every thing in your life.

So here’s the juice I made this past Saturday morning. It was lightly sweet, it was a gorgeous green and I was grateful for every last drop of it.

Saturday Morning Green Juice

  • 2 very large organic European cucumbers
  • 4 organic apples
  • 1 organic lemon, peeled
  • 3 cups of organic baby spinach

I used my Omega J8006 to make this green juice and it juiced my spinach so well. All the pulp was bone dry! Unlike the Breville though, it works better if you peel the lemon which is fine because it only takes an extra 15 seconds. Check out Types of Juicers if you still haven’t decided what juicer you think would work best for you.

saturday morning green juice

saturday morning green juice recipe

 

What healthy habits do you have that you appreciate? or would like to start? Kindly share…

~Juice & Start A New Healthy Habit Today!~

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Juice Recipe #18: My ‘Everything’ GREEN Juice

So after creating an โ€˜everythingโ€™ juice last week that was really delicious I was obviously inspired to make an โ€˜everythingโ€™ green juice. I had an abundance of green fruits and vegetables in the fridge and got to work as soon as the idea came to me. While the first โ€˜everythingโ€™ juice was AMAZING and so was this one, I donโ€™t think Iโ€™ll be doing this too often. I love my kitchen, it is by far my favorite space in my home, but like with anything else I prepare I prefer to be in and out so spending lots of time preparing lots of different fruits and vegetables for juicing is not my cup of tea. I like to keep it simple! (and spend more time drinking/eating my creations). One of the many things I am most grateful for since I started this blog is that it has truly inspired me to get more creative with my juicing and to overall live a healthier life. I hope it does the same for you. Even if you never make your own โ€˜everythingโ€™ green juice, I dare you to find healthier, new and exciting ways to prepare meals/juices for you and your family. You might really love what you come up with ๐Ÿ™‚ and your body will thank you for it.

Here are the ingredients for my โ€˜everythingโ€™ green juice, all organic: Cilantro, Bok Choy, Kale, Green apple, Lemon, Kiwi, Romaine Lettuce, Mixed baby greens, Cucumber, Celery, Pear and Broccoli. Yeah, I knowโ€ฆ I went way overboard! I had about 60 or so ounces of green juice. This juice is alkalinizing and filled with phytochemicals, vitamins, antioxidants, enzymes, light energy and minerals. I canโ€™t imagine a more nutritious way to start the day.

everything green ingredients frothy green juice

everything green juice

~Keep Juicing and Enjoy!~

Juice Recipe #15: Body Cleanser by Cherie Calbom and Maureen Keane

Here is the fourth and final new recipe I made today and I think it’s my favorite out of all four. I really love juices with beets, so that has everything to do with why it’s my favorite today and the rich deep red color is beautiful in this glass. We’re not wine drinkers in my house so I think it’s pretty funny that all our fancy glasses are pretty much used only for my juices. So what fancy meal would you pair this juice with?

Body Cleanser

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 beet
  • 1/2 apple, seeded
  • 4 carrots, greens removed

Did I forget to mention that this juice tastes A-M-A-Z-I-N-G? ย Don’t take my word for it though, go ahead and make one for yourself but please don’t forget to come back and let me know what you think. Thanks again to Cherie and Maureen!

~Juice and Enjoy!~

Recipe from Juicing for Life by Cherie Calbom, M.S. and Maureen Keane, M.S., C.N.

Juice Recipe #13: Evening Regulator by Cherie Calbom and Maureen Keane

Here’s the second new juice I made today from Juicing for Life byย Cherie Calbom, M.S. and Maureen Keane, M.S., C.N.

Evening Regulator

  • 2 organic apples, seeded
  • 1 organic pear

This recipe is simple and sweet! It’s fantastic over ice. I have actually developed an affinity for my veggie juices so I consider my all-fruit juices a treat and try not to make them too often but when I do boy do I enjoy them. ๐Ÿ™‚

~Happy Juicing!~

Juice Recipe #12: Garden Salad Special by Cherie Calbom and Maureen Keane

The one and only juicing recipe book I own is Juicing For Life By Cherie Calbom, M.S. and Maureen Keane, M.S., C.N. I purchased this book around the same time I bought my juicer in December of 2008. I loved and used this book quite a bit in the beginning of my juicing journey but had since forgotten about it. I dusted it off this morning and decided to find new recipes that I’ve never made before. Before I knew it, my grocery list was pretty long and I was back home clicking away with my camera in awe of both the taste and beauty of the juices. Thanks Cherie! Thanks Maureen! I made 4 new recipes today and will be making more this weekend. Here’s the first…

Garden Salad Special

  • 3 broccoli florets
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 4-5 carrots or 2 tomatoes
  • 2 stalks of celeryย 
  • 1/2 green bell pepper

It made about 12 ounces of juice. I made my juice with 5 carrots but will be making it with 2 tomatoes next time to see what that tastes like. I managed to find and use the organic variety of carrots, celery, garlic and bell peppers. Go with organic whenever you can especially with celery and bell peppers. To be honest I probably used way more broccoli than the recipe calls for, 3 broccoli florets sounded way too little and it still tasted great.

~Happy Juicing!~