Drinking Green

My friend Catherine and I have been talking about getting together for a juice date since I got my juicer in May, last night we finally did (thanks Catherine for being the inspiration of this blog!)! I bought the Omega slow masticating juicer with my birthday money this year and love it. It also helped me make a bushel of tomato sauce/salsa and I can even make homemade pasta with it, which is so easy and delicious! Although I go through seasons of juicing more than others, I think it was money well spent.

There is a lot of discussion about what’s actually better for you, juicing or blending? When you juice you remove all the fibre in the vegetable or fruit which leaves you with pure juice. When you blend, the fibre is all blended up into the smoothie, which is more filling and takes longer to digest. I think both are actually really great and important. The benefit of juice is that it instantly goes into your blood stream (because there is nothing to digest), providing you with a lot of amazing nutrients. You need to be careful juicing fruit though, because that’s in instant spike of sugar/insulin in your body which isn’t good! Veggies are the way to go.

There are a couple things I remember from the first book I ever read on health: 1. Don’t consumed bleached sugar or flour because apparently they use benzoyl peroxide, literally the bleach that is also in acne face wash. That disgusted me. 2. If you’re going to supplement your diet with anything, the two most important things are liquid greens and fish oil. So when I’m not juicing I try to always have my greens. They take some getting used to but well worth it for your health!

Catherine and her Juice

Catherine and her Juice

The powdered greens I drink

The powdered greens I drink

According to Dr. Mercola, these are the top 3 reasons to juice. I’d also add that greens and fresh veggie juice are great for detoxing your body.

1. Juicing helps you absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables. This is important because most of us have impaired digestion as a result of making less-than-optimal food choices over many years. This limits your body’s ability to absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables. Juicing will help to “pre-digest” them for you, so you will receive most of the nutrition, rather than having it go down the toilet.

2. Juicing allows you to consume an optimal amount of vegetables in an efficient manner. If you are a carb type, you should eat one pound of raw vegetables per 50 pounds of body weight per day. Some people may find eating that many vegetables difficult, but it can be easily accomplished with a quick glass of vegetable juice.

3. You can add a wider variety of vegetables in your diet. Many people eat the same vegetable salads every day. This violates the principle of regular food rotation and increases your chance of developing an allergy to a certain food. But with juicing, you can juice a wide variety of vegetables that you may not normally enjoy eating whole.

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Sweet Potato Ginger Soup: A Healthy, Easy and Cheap weekend Supper

This is one of the first healthy soup recipes I ever learned. I first tried it out for my boyfriend at the time and we have since gotten married, so I guess it was also the beginning of me winning his heart through food! Seriously though, it’s simple, easy and delicious. Also helpful for fighting colds and full of great nutrients (see the health benefits of sweet potatoes and ginger below).

Now to confess my cooking style, I’m terrible at following recipes! This will make for sharing recipes quite difficult. So here’s my challenge to you, I’ll do my best to explain how I did it, but feel free to modify as necessary. For example, if you like really thick soup, just add a few more potatoes. Cooking is my art, so like Michael Smith, allow these recipes to be mere guidelines!

What you’ll need:

-Onions: 1-2 big/2-4 small – I used 4 small

-Chicken broth: I tend to boil my chicken and/or chicken bones to make a broth or you could use a carton. I always have an organic carton in my cupboard incase I don’t have homemade chicken broth already made.

-Sweet potatos: 4-8 depending on the size

-Ginger: a good chunk – but it’s as much as you like really!

-Carrots: 2-4 depending on the size. If they’re small organic ones I’d use 4, but the big regular ones would probably be ok with 2.

-Salt and pepper: to taste

Directions:

-Saute your onions with some oil (I use coconut oil)

-Add your chicken broth once the onions are a little soft (after 4-5 minutes)

-Peel your sweet potatoes and carrots (I don’t peel my carrots if they’re organic) and cut them into 1inch cubes. Add to pot.

-Peel and grate your ginger. Add to pot.

-Add salt and pepper.

-Let simmer for around 45-60 minutes.

-Let cool for a bit and then blend either with a hand blender or in a regular blender (I use a hand blender which you could buy for probably $10 and is way easier and less mess!).

Sweet potato soup

Sweet potatos are high in fiber, good for our hearts (because of the B6), rich in beta-carotene (vitamine A), high in vitamine C and E, contains vitamine D, iron and they’re a good source of magnesium, which is a relaxation and anti-stress mineral – Perfect for a Friday night after a long week of work!

10 Terrific Benefits of Ginger (Taken from a FoodMatters blog):

1. Haven’t been feeling hungry? Eat fresh ginger just before lunch to stoke a dull appetite and fire up the digestive juices.

2. Ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body.

3. Ginger clears the ‘microcirculatory channels’ of the body, including the pesky sinuses that tend to flare up from time to time.

4. Feeling airsick or nauseous? Chew on ginger, preferably tossed in a little honey.

5. Can’t stop the toot-a-thon? Gas—oops—guess what?! Ginger helps reduce flatulence!

6. Tummy moaning and groaning under cramps? Munch on ginger.

7. Reeling under joint pain? Ginger, with its anti-inflammatory properties—can bring relief. Float some ginger essential oil into your bath to help aching muscles and joints.

8. Just had surgery? Chewing ginger post-operation can help overcome nausea.

9. Stir up some ginger tea to get rid of throat and nose congestion. And when there’s a nip in the air, the warming benefits of this tasty tea are even greater!

10. Bedroom blues? Try adding a gingery punch to a bowl of soup. (Pss…the Ayurvedic texts credit ginger with aphrodisiac properties)

My NEW blog…

I’ve come to realize that I’m passionate about wellbeing… Everything about what it means to live well and make the most of life. 

So I’ve created this blog as an outlet for my thoughts and creativity on things like:

Food/healthy recipes, relationships, finances, spirituality, exercise, human uniqueness, balance… etc! 

It has been years since I’ve blogged so bear with me as I figure it all out again 🙂