Thursday, April 15, 2010

Juiced Up!

Thursday! Yay, which means it's almost Friday and the weekend! Thanks for all the posts about the chickpea burgers, they were really good and you should give them a try. I didn't have time to post yesterday, I am trying to spend more time in the real world and go outside and enjoy the nice weather. Danny and I have also been trying to employ a no computer after 9 p.m. rule and it's been working out nicely. I just need downtime to relax because I go to bed!

Yesterday I was so tired in the morning, but I did manage to wake up to do a quick weights workout. I did an oldie, but a goodie weights workout from SELF. You can find it here.  Then after school I finally bought a month membership to and played around on there, doing 2 different yoga classes (20 minutes each). I love the variety of the classes on there and can't wait to keep playing around with it.  Also when I got home I received something I ordered in the mail. I'm constantly baking things for people and I wanted to make something to leave my mark on my baked goods!
stickers! I thought they were cute, so I bought a couple. 

I've also had a juice the past 2 mornings before work and it really helps keep me full until lunch (it is in addition to my greek yogurt mixture and fruit). Normally I am starving by lunch and have to have an apple to hold me over, but I haven't had one for the past 2 days. Obviously it's because I am having the juice (and that has an apple, carrots, etc in it), but I just love it, I can definitely feel the difference and like the way it makes me feel. It's extra energy! 

So far my favorite combination is carrots, apple, 1/2 lemon and a handful of spinach. I have also tried adding cucumber, which was okay, not great and using grapefruit instead of lemon. 

Why is juicing so good for you? (source)
- Juicing allows our bodies to quickly absorb all of the nutrients. Since it is juiced and liquid, the body doesn't need to go through the process of digestion, so it can just be absorbed. 
- Juicing provides the body with phytochemicals, which fight disease. (Yes, you still get these from eating raw veges and fruits.)
- Fresh fruits and veges have enzymes in them that can be destroyed by heat. So by juicing them you are keeping those enzymes there and they help aid in digestion, absorption of food and for energy.
-  It's easy to get the amount of fruits and vegetables you need when you juice. (Most Americans only get 1.5 serviing of fruits and veges, when the recommended serving is 5 of veges and 3 of fruit!)

I don't know why it took me so long to start juicing, I was just nervous about it and didn't know if I would like it. I LOVE it and will take any tips you can give me!

Thanks Mom for "lending me" your juicer! 

After all that good news on juicing, I wanted to share a quick marinade I made for last night's dinner. 

Honey Balsamic Salmon
1 tablespoon honey
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 clove garlic chopped
salt, pepper, oregano to taste

Heat the honey on the stove (or cheat and put it in for 15 seconds in the microwave) and add the other ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Pour over the salmon and let marinade for 10-15 minutes. Cook at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. 
It turned out great, especially with quinoa or rice. Easy and quick, can't beat it!

Congrats to my mom for being in the Valley Stream Herald for being a Premier agent for Allstate! I'm so proud of her! If you live in NY and need an honest agent, she's the one of you! (Sorry for the shameless plug, but she IS my mom!)

What are your favorite ingredients to put in a juice? Do you have any hints for making a great juice? I'll take any tips!

I'm off to the place I hate most the farm today for a field trip with my 4th graders. Wish me luck! At least I get to have a picnic outside! :) Enjoy the sunny day!


Christie {Honoring Health} said...

Hoooray for juicing! I love it too but usually only have time on the weekend. The juice pulp crackers I was telling you about did not turn out quite right so I need to tweak them more before sharing the recipe but I have heard that you can just add the pulp to salads.

Christie {Honoring Health} said...

Did my last comment post?

healthyexposures said...

Those stickers are awesome!! That's a great idea. Do you have a website for selling stuff you bake?! You should - I'd be all over it!!
And between you and Nora - I'm dying to get a juicer!! The marinade is great - too. That's one of my favorites for salmon!!
Have fun at your "favorite place in the world" :P

Simply Life said...

Oh I love that sticker! Great idea!

Claudia said...

My Juicer hasn't gotten any action in Months. I find that in the winter I really don't feel like Juice. But now that weather is getting warm I will start using it again.

LOVE the Stickers!! that is such a great idea.

Christine@Grub, Sweat and Cheers said...

Love those stickers! They are so cute. What a great idea.

I wish I had the time to juice every day. I often do a mishmash of what I have left in the fridge or what's going over ripe in the fruit bowl. Beets are one of my favourites - and apparently good for a pre-cardio oxygen-somethingorother boost.

And some things that don't juice great (citrus fruits - I find too messy to peel first) I'll either squeeze in after and add the zest to. Sometimes with herbs and spinach I'll use a blender and add the fresh juice to it with protein powder. The possibilities are endless!

Trix said...

Those stickers are adorable! Soon you'll have your own business. Omg, this post makes me feel so lazy - I have a juicer in my junk room, it's been there for years. I need to get it out and juice!!

MaryMoh said...

Well done for juicing! Do keep it up. My family had been drinking freshly made juices for more than 10 years. It has tremendous benefits. Our favourite is carrots and apples. You can read more from the health section on my blog. Keep Juicing Keep Smiling! :D

pegasuslegend said...

such a clever idea those stickers are so cute!

kate said...

I used to hate farms too. Or anything farmlike. But my boyfriends parents live on a farm (and I moved to Iowa of all places!) so Ive been learning to deal!

whataboutsummer said...

Stickers are ADORABLE! love the colors. What an awesome thing to have

Tricia said...

those stickers are too cute!

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

Where are those stickers from? Love them!

Jaime said...

I have been meaning to get stickers for like a year!! Where did you get them? You said you just bought a it would be fab to find a place that doesn't require me to buy like 500!!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

ginger in juice is really nice, like a 1/4th inch knob, start small, it's spicy!

juicing allows our bodies and our digestion to rest, while still absorbing nutrients. we dont stoke the internal fires but still get the nutrition. it's a beautiful thing :)

lvoe the yoga download stuff!

sunshineandsnowflakes said...

Those stickers are adorable! I've actually never made my own juice, but I'd love to get a juicer in the future.

Anonymous said...

Thank You to my wonderful daughter for the shameless plug- (but true)-lol. So proud of her too& of course my daughter Christine as well for her achievements and getting another scholarship. love you both Mom.

Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said...

I want a juicer so badly!!!

Megs Food said...

I got a juicer for christmas, so I am interested in trying your carrot juice. Looks delicious.

Meghan said...

I'm excited to try to honey balsmic dressing on my salmon tonight! Thanks Nicole :)

One of my staple juices I have in the morning is:
3 cups of organic baby spinach
2 stalks of celery chopped
1 med. apple chopped
1 banana
1/2 lemon squeezed in
I'll also add some coconut water just to get it mixing better. Really good!

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