Saturday, April 23, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day, 2011!


This wonderful holiday makes me feel chipper, even if it is raining all day. Last year on Earth day, I posted a blog about how I celebrated Earth day that year. I also made a pretty spiffy list about how I am helping to save our earth, and I am proud to say that list still stands this year, plus a little more!

In honor of Earth day this year, I decided to adopt an animal, or two. I received a wonderful email from Defenders of Wildlife talking about how the BP oil spill is still effecting our wildlife. The one year mark of the BP oil spill was last Wednesday, and organizations are still fighting to save sea turtles, dolphins and other wildlife impacted by this tragedy.

Because of this heartbreaking email, I decided to donate my money to help saving sea turtles and elephants. If you can even donate $10, please consider donating to help our wildlife! Every penny can help, it all adds up!

Have a wonderful and GREEN Earth Day everyone!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Make Juice...Green Juice that is!

As I mentioned in my last blog update, I've been making a lot of green juice lately since reading Kris Carr's new book Crazy Sexy Diet. I usually make juice 3 times a week, but Kris suggests everyday! I'm slowly trying to make juicing part of my daily ritual.

All of the veggies I used one day. One large cucumber (peeled because it wasn't organic), one green apple for a little sweetness, a few carrots, a few leaves of kale and collard greens. Usually I will add some broccoli stems but I ran out that day!

A quote from Kris' book: "Juicing helps to slow and even reverse the aging process. It reduces inflammation, cleanses the body, regulates the bowels, and can even help peel off extra pounds."

Chopped and ready for juicing!

The difference between green juices and green smoothies is during the juicing process, you are removing the plant fiber. That's it! So when you make a smoothie, you can add a few veggies, drink up and are pretty much full. With juicing, you can add one large cucumber, a bunch of kale, an apple, one full broccoli stem, 3 carrots, and a handful of sprouts and drink it all in one sitting! You are instantly giving your body all those vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.

Sammy and Meesha are my little veggie dogs. They LOVE when I juice because that means they get to munch on some carrots and kale stems!

Kris mentions cucumbers are a great base for juicing and I totally agree. Cucumbers are already 95% water so you're getting a lot out of one large cucumber. They are loaded with vitamin C and they don't have a strong taste which is perfect if you're not used to juicing. Honestly, the first time I tried green juice I almost gagged. My philosophy was add a bunch of veggies all together and it'll be awesome. SO WRONG! Taste is everything, if you're green juice tastes like shit you're obviously not going to want to drink it. I'd start with 3 veggies then work my way up.

The final product. I like to put the juice in a manly beer mug to give it a kick.

My personal advice is to start with adding 2 green apples instead of one when beginning. I'm so used to processed juices I buy at the grocery store that drinking plain vegetables was very hard for me at first. Adding more apples means more sweetness. Eventually your taste buds will start to get used to drinking natural juices and you wont have to add so much fruit.

Me and my yummy juice!

In conclusion, if you have a juicer, try juicing today! P.S - If you do try to juice, drink it all in one day. It's not from concentrate people, it won't last forever! I usually drink mine all at once but if I make more I save it for later. YAY JUICING!