My husband bought me a juicer for my birthday — in March, oops! It’s out of the box and sitting there on the kitchen counter glaring at me every single day. I swear, it speaks to me, accusing me of gross neglect as I’ve only actually used it a few times since I received it.
I can’t help it. I feel so overwhelmed when peeking around online for juicing recipes. Not because they are complicated or entail a ton of ingredients, but because I am pretty fickle when it comes to deciding which juice recipes to try. Trying to decide which fruits and vegetable combinations might actually taste good and trying to figure out which items like chia seeds, flax seeds I might like…ugh. It’s enough to cause anxiety, which isn’t even something I suffer from, generally speaking.
My daughter has made a few things using it, but when I tried them… well, let’s just say, I didn’t love them. I want to love them, I know that incorporating more fresh and raw fruits and vegetables into my diet would be good for me. Maybe that’s where I get into trouble, because as much as I want to be healthier, sometimes I feel a bit resistant (maybe rebellious, is a better word) about having to make an effort to live healthier. I’m also aggravated by the fact that trying to eat healthier costs more than eating the processed, unhealthy foods that I already love. Why should it cost more to be healthier, it seems like such a Catch22 to me.
Hence, the reason why I feel very fortunate to have stumbled upon Juice It, Blend It, Live It by Jamie Graber, founder of Gingersnaps Organic café in New York City.
I have a Breville juicer and my daughter just got a Nutribullet for Christmas (that Santa fellow is such a devil!) So, now there’s really no excuse for me to put off incorporating those nutritious beverages into my diet. She is really getting into using her Nutribullet, she’s already used it more in the last couple of days than I’ve used my Breville juicer in nine months. I am such a slacker!
Juice It, Blend It, Live It includes a lot of helpful information for those interested in how (and why) to get started. You will find information on how to get started juicing, why you should juice, ingredients to include – or avoid – using; superfoods (like this coconut oil everyone is raving about); medicinal mushrooms; herbs; tools; even detox and cleansing concoctions to try. I was happy to see the sections regarding what different foods can do for the body as well as the section that details how different nuts & seeds can benefit you, as well. It makes it super easy to see which ingredients you can incorporate into your diet to address different health needs. There are even soup recipes, as well as milk recipes that can be used for base liquids for smoothies or over your favorite cereal.
The Introduction to the book hooked me immediately with this revelation:
“We are constantly being bombarded with lists of what we should and shouldn’t eat. There are hundreds of fad diets and rules for what to eat and when to eat it. With all of that constantly coming at us, when it comes to changing our diet, it can feel utterly paralyzing.”
Exactly. Paralyzing. Utterly and completely paralyzing. This book is the product of the author’s journey to healthy eating, and (for me, anyway) is the one-stop information source for the life transformation I know that I need to make for my own health.
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