Thursday, January 17, 2013

365 Inspirations—17: Homemade, Fresh Juice

"One cannot think well, love well or sleep well, if one has not dined well."—Virginia Woolf

 My juicer is a wondrous thing! It's one of the BEST things I've ever purchased. Recently I'm not able to eat much refined sugar or grains due to digestive issues. Instead, I eat lots of fruits and vegetables. I also eat meat, so I guess I'm sort of on the Paleo or cave man diet, though I haven't read up much on these. My body needs the protein, but can't process grains and refined sugar very well.

Today I got out my trusty ol' juicer and while my husband napped on the coach, I made juice. Here's my recipe for the best tasting and healthiest juice ever:

1. half of a pineapple
2. one large beet
3. one large apple
4. 1/8-1/4 of a cabbage
5. two carrots
6. one orange
7. about one square inch of fresh ginger

You don't need to slice anything too much. Just get it to the size that it will fit in the juicer. I take the peel off the orange and pineapple, but the rest can go in whole.

This is absolutely delicious and so healthy. The pineapple has bromelain in it which is a good anti-parasitic ingredient. It is also good for the heart, immune system and is anti-inflammatory. Cabbage is also a veggie that helps with any inflammation and has lots of fiber.

The combination of the earthy taste of beets and cabbage with the sweet taste of the fruits is so delicious. Ginger is an excellent natural digestive aide.

After drinking this pure juice, my whole body was tingling and felt alive!

I was so inspired in the kitchen today and wanted to prepare a nice dinner for my husband before I have to go to the college and teach my evening ESL classes.

While juicing, I also made a huge Crockpot of curry, sausage and lentil soup.

I also roasted sweet potatoes in the oven in coconut oil and added a dash of curry and some sliced ginger.

All I need now is to throw together a big, green salad and TA-DA! Dinner!

I am a full-time teacher and blog every single day. On top of that, I am working on my second book. As busy as I am, I still hope I find time to exercise, meditate and prepare healthy meals at home. It's not always easy to find time to do this, but I feel so much better when I do.

Do you like to cook or make your own fresh juice at home? Do you have any recipes to share?


  1. I am impressed by all you accomplish! The juice and the food you cooked look delicious. Unfortunately, I am not a natural cook. It takes a lot of effort to get me in the kitchen cooking. But I know we'd eat better if I did.

    1. Hi Tina,

      I don't think I'm a natural cook either. I just experiment with lots of things and some work out and some don't. I just have fun in there! Thanks for your kind words and have a great day!

  2. I was browsing today and found your blog through Tina's..the title of your blog makes me smile. I love cooking and baking and I just got done telling my husband I was going to head out to buy some apples so I can make some applesauce this afternoon. My husbands family has a apple orchard and I still have a mixture of apples from the last pickings there but I plan on making a big batch. They make apple cider so I will use that instead of water to make the applesauce.
    I just recently have gotten into juicing and will use your recipee above to try. I always feel so healthy when I make fresh juice.

    1. I LOVE homemade apple sauce and juice! Enjoy the recipe above and thanks for visiting my blog!!!

  3. I too was in the kitchen lots today. Made a French green lentil salad. A wild rice salad. Salsa with lots of avacado. In the crockpot a meat/black bean chili. That should hold us for a few days!!

    1. Wow Karen, it all sounds sooo delicious! I've been making a lot of chili too this season!

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