Going Green in the New Year!

Happy New Year!  May 2013 bring you much love, laughter, good health, and nutritious food!

Although I am not a fan of new year’s resolutions, I am big on using this time of year to reflect on my lifestyle and adjusting anything I feel may be taking my health off track.   My quest for the year is to refocus on a clean, minimally processed diet and do a better job of making more meals at home.  This past holiday season I made too many quickie meals, and ordered take out one too many times. So I’m getting back to basics: stocking my pantry with the right foods, purchasing more local fish, seafood, meats and produce, and preparing more meals from scratch at home.  In other words, I’m getting the crap out and subbing for wholesome, fresh, minimally processed foods to fuel me and my family.  I hope to help you do the same – just keep visiting the blog for biweekly nutrition tips, recipes and the latest in nutrition news to keep you on track!

The first change I am making this year is taking out my mid-afternoon cup of coffee (yikes did I drink too much coffee over the holidays!).  My mid-afternoon coffee and (gulp) holiday cookie(s) are OUT the door!  Instead, I’m enjoying a healthy dose of GREENS to make sure I reach my minimum 5 cups of colorful fruits and veggies each day, and avoiding the excess sugar and caffeine so that I don’t crash later on in the day.  The greens drink below is one of many I am making now…..Give this a try when you need a pick-me-up!

If you know me well, you know that I am not a “fan” of juicing….liquid calories offer very little with respect to fullness, and when you use most juicers, the pulp (which supplies so many phytonutrients and dietary fiber) goes out one end and the juice goes out another.  While you’ll still reap the benefits of the vitamins and minerals in the juice, you are taking out very important dietary components when the pulp is removed.  And don’t let anyone tell you our bodies have trouble digesting this fiber from veggies (as I’ve witness from online videos): our bodies are very well-equipped to digest and absorb the nutrients from fruits and veggies – and the FIBER is important in driving OUT of our bodies toxins, cholesterol (via bile acids), and keeping our bodies regular (meaning, getting foodstuffs not digested or absorbed out in a timely manner).  Yes friends, fiber is not digested or absorbed, but it is keeping our bodies healthy and allowing potentially toxic foodstuffs to get out more quickly.

I realize not all veggies taste great being blended versus juiced (carrots are a prime example), but some vegetables, like kale and cucumber, I’ve learned can taste amazing when blended in my Vitamix!  And honestly, I prefer the pulp – it gives me a sense of fullness most juices do not.  Give this one a try next time you’re feeling low on energy.

Cucumber, Kale and Ginger “Juice”

Serves 1 to 2

1 cup water

1/2 lemon, peeled

1/3 hothouse or English cucumber, rough chop

1 large handful (about 1 – 1 1/2 cups) cleaned, rinsed kale

1/2-inch thick piece of ginger

1/2 green apple (or any apple of choice)

2 Tbsp fresh parsley or cilantro, optional

Place all items in order listed into Vitamix or blender and secure lid.  For Vitamix, set to Variable and place on level 1.  Turn on and after a few seconds turn knob up to Level 10.  Blend until desired consistency achieved. Enjoy immediately.  Can be refrigerated for up to one day and stirred or shaken before being consumed.

Tasty mid-afternoon kale, cucumber and ginger pick-me-up!

Tasty mid-afternoon kale, cucumber and ginger pick-me-up!



3 Responses to “Going Green in the New Year!”
  1. mandy says:

    Yum! Will try this with my new Ninja blender :) Detox and cleansing definately needed after holidays!!!

  2. Natalie says:

    MMMH i need that juicer. Let’s make something Tuesday to blog about. :)

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