Juicing with Friends

I had fun blending and juicing with friends today!

We did a taste comparison with the same recipe, using two different juicer models and the Vitamix.  We’re all in love with the new Breville Juice Fountain Crush!  I’ve been using a Breville juicer for years, and I’ve overlooked how noisy and messy it was b/c it changed my life!  But, for Valentine’s Day I gave myself the Juice Fountain Crush – and I have a new love :)

This slow masticating juicer produced a delicious, nutrient-rich juice with much less fuss. It was also wayyyy more quiet, easier to clean with much less waste.

Prep

And, yes, I made handouts(dork :)  Here are the recipes from today:

Green Juice (Breville Juice Fountain Crush)

My favorite green juice – gives me lots of energy!

Honeydew melon is a rich source of vitamin C and copper, both of which are important for the health of your skin.  (Healthy skin from the inside-out is a little obsession of mine!)

Vitamin C and copper are both involved in collagen product and skin repair.

  1. 5 kale leaves (or, handful of red kale or, 2 collard green leaves)
  2. 1 large english cucumber
  3. 1/2 small bunch of parsley or cilantro
  4. 1 cup honeydew melon
  5. 1 green apple
  6. a few mint leaves (makes everything taste a like a mojito!)
  7. squeeze of lime (I don’t run my citrus thru the juicer unless it’s organic – too many pesticides
  8. Tip: Juice the kale first – the other ingredients will help rinse what is left of the kale into your drink.

Green Smoothie (Vitamix/Blender) – adapted from Vita-mix demo Whole Foods, Annapolis

  1. 2 cups green grapes
  2. ½ banana
  3. ½ cup of pineapple
  4. 1 cup spinach
  5. 1 apple (I use green b/c they have less sugar)
  6. thin slice of lime
  7. ½ cup spring water or coconut water (chrissy’s suggestion)
  8. 1-2 cups ice

Blend ingredients 1-7 on high until mixed well.  Add ice and blend til smooth. Everyone really enjoyed this one.

Blending with my Vita-mix

As usual, everything in the Vita-mix was delicious and easy-to-make. For our final morning blend, I winged it….blueberries, oranges, mango, strawberries, and a few cups of spinach…plus whatever I had in the fridge… with some ice, raw organic shelled hemp seeds for protein and healthy fats, plus acai berry powder as rich source of antioxidants.

Yumm…I could hear everyone’s agreement that this blend was a win.

Next time, maybe a juicing cocktail hour? :) xoxo

Have you planked today?

Day 2 – My gently-used dining room

February plank-a-day challenge: Day 2

I’ve completed my planks for the day!  The hard wood surface is not as comfy as a nice gym mat.  Yikes!  Well, anyway, I was glad to get some use out of this room :)

Have you planked today?

 

Day 1 – light, fluffy snow plank