Classic Green Juice

 

To say I like fresh juice would be a bit of an understatement. I love it. I love coming up with new recipes, I love how easy it makes getting in my servings of fruit and vegetables, and I love the beautiful colors that each juice creates.

After many experiments with kale, beets, turmeric, and watercress, I have finally nailed down my favorite green juice recipe. It’s my go to for a number of reasons. My husband even digs it, which is seriously saying something. This recipe is definitely a crowd-pleaser and easy on the budget. No super fancy ingredients here!

Here’s what you’ll need to prep your ingredients:

  • juicer
  • knife
  • cutting board
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This piece of ginger is larger than the recipe states because I love a strong ginger taste, so use caution!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 2 apples*
  • thumb-sized piece of ginger
  • half lemon (not to be juiced but squeezed after!)
  • optional-cayenne powder sprinkled on top

* add 1 more apple if you like your juice slightly sweeter

For tips on how to squeeze out every drop of juice, click here!

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Vitamin Z

No, not Zinc- that would be Zn..and it’s not even a vitamin..it’s a mineral.

I mean ZzzZzzZzzzz

 

Okay, still not a vitamin, but it is definitely vital!

Consider this alarming statistic, the CDC reported that about 30% of American adults aren’t even snoozing past 6 hours. I can understand why, I mean we all have responsibilities, but this unhealthy habit isn’t sustainable.

So, how do we catch those missed Z’s?

NAPS!

Before you dismiss the idea and declare you haven’t the time, just hear me out.

Instead of dosing up on your afternoon caffeine, try taking a nap instead. Not only does this option save you money, it also provides amazing health benefits. In fact, a 20-45 minute nap is all it takes to reap some incredible rewards. I bet you could swap out time on social media if it meant you could achieve:

  • higher productivity
  • reduced stress
  • weight loss aid
  • improved mood
  • memory enhancement
  • lower blood pressure
  • immune system boost
  • hormone and digestion regulation
  • lower risk of chronic illness

Still think you don’t have time? All I’m asking is that you at least TRY. Design yourself a comfy space, lie down, set an alarm, and see how you feel when you wake up.

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Ahimsa, a Yama

Similar subject to my last post. Yamas and Niyamas are connected in that they are character building.

Ahimsa is a yama that focuses on non-violence, love, compassion, and kindness to not only others but the self. It can be an internal practice through thoughts and awareness, or an external practice via gestures.

In this time of my life, I realize I am more neglectful to myself than I like. Sadly, I hadn’t even noticed to what extent until I had to force myself to do something nice just for me. In fact, saying yes was the hardest part. Allow me to elaborate.

Last week was quite a busy week. Classes, homework, birthday party preparation and my looming surgery.

I’ll shorten the story a bit to tie it into why Ahimsa is my focus right now. The day after my birthday, March 1, and two days before my surgery is when I realized I was not practicing Ahimsa like I thought I had been. It’s not like I treat myself terribly, though I think I could definitely try harder and put in more effort into pleasing myself as much as I strive to please others.

My incredible husband noticed I was edgy and anxious. He asked me if I’d like to get a massage. Instinctively I said no. Why would I say no to such a treat???

I have no clue. I mean, I had never indulged in one before, so I guess I didn’t know what I was missing.

Anyway, it took about 2 hours before I gave myself permission. I guess I figured since I run and practice yoga and paint my nails every so often that that was enough self-love and care to thrive. I was wrong.

About 10-15 minutes into my massage, tears streamed down my face and I was in shock. It dawned on me that I hardly, if at all, allow myself this kind of relaxation.

I cried.

I left hot stone heaven in total bliss with a note from my therapist giving me further authorization to “chill.”

 

So, this is a call to action for all you nonstop go-getters and over-achievers (though is it really over-achieving is that’s your sense of “normal?”)

This is for all the people who run down that to-do list during Savasana- you know who you are!

This is for people who turn that one extra errand into twenty.

STOP. Just for right now. For a week (heart attack inducing thought, isn’t it?) For a day. For an HOUR.

Please please please. The world will not end.

Practice Ahimsa for yourself because you cannot pour from an empty cup.

Saucha, a Niyama

Saucha. Something I’ve been spending a lot of my focus on lately. If this word is new to you, let me explain. There are eight limbs of yoga and they all connect to help guide a yogi (or yogini) along their path. The second limb, the Niyamas, along with the Yamas, are a set of tools designed to enhance the yoga experience.

Saucha is Niyama that refers to purity, ordiliness, clarity, and organization.

Since I’m spending a lot of time at my desk these days, I thought I would spruce up the place. I wanted a space that was inspiring to my work. A clean and colorful workspace all my own. So that’s exactly what I did.

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My yoga mats are closeby to remind me to take a break should I become overwhelmed. And Marc, my elephant deskmate gives me company.

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My hopes and dreams are displayed openly to motivate me to always give my best.  On Sunday, I write out a list of priorities for the week and post it above my desk. My mental space fills a lot less cluttered and a result, I feel lighter.

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And basically everything else is meant to make this space as enjoyable as possibly. So I added splashes of color everywhere, fresh flowers and plants and all the office supplies tucked away in my six-drawer filing chest.

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Namaste ❤

4 Awesome Juicing Tips

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So, you’re reading this because you’re a loyal follower (thank you!), you’ve juiced at home before or you’re new to juicing. Whatever your reason, you’ll enjoy at least one of these awesome tips to enhance your home juicing experience.

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  1. Gather your ingredients and prep! Peel oranges, slice fruits or veggies into chunks, etc. It’s important to note what cannot be juiced: bananas, citrus fruit rinds, avocados and figs.

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2. Alternate the order of your ingredients. If you’re running a bunch of leafy greens at once, your juicer might get jammed. I suggest starting out first with apples, oranges, or root vegetables. Then, run a few leafs through and clear out the pores of your strainer with more apple, ginger, turmeric, anything not “leafy.” Repeat.

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3. Check to see if the pulp is still juicy! If it’s damp, there’s juice in there! Run the pulp through one or two more times and you’ll be surprised how much you were about to throw away.

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4. Guess what? That pulp is STILL useful. You have a couple of options once you’ve extracted all the delicious juice. You can choose to use the pulp to make veggie burgers or you can give it back to Mother Earth as compost.

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You’re basically a pro now, so go out there and be creative!

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