Thursday, November 05, 2015

juiced!

this weekend, i attended my first weight lifting competition to cheer on two wonderful peoples, fellow DogTown olympic lifters.

Maryann & Toulose were awesome, lifting kilos above their head in the amounts that, in my mind, might require a forklift (sidenote: i'm certified to drive a forklift ... it's a good time). i remain impressed and awed by everyone competing in the Waxman's Invitational.

i Vitamixed some juicy juice for my lifting pard, Jo, and myself to sip on at the event (these weightlifting events move quickly but it still takes time to work through all the contenders). lots of DogTowners were in attendance and i let a few friends sample the green concoction ... thumbs up all around and requests for recipes.

wellllllll, i don't really use recipes. i *read* recipes. i have some gorgeous cookbooks, juice books, how-tos for raw foods etc ... but i rarely actually use them. i think i sort of absorb some of the ideas and then ... wing it!

also, the key to happy juicing is in the shopping and the tools.  you need a badass blender, and maybe a masticating juicer. and you need to buy really delicious, crisp, colorful produce.  and keeping some frozen fruits handy helps too.  from here, juicing is really just bringing together ingredients and finding out what you like and what works for your digestive systems.

and just for those of us who need more detailed information to get started, here's what *i think* i put in that beloved-by-all juice:

*recipe-ish*
  • (most everything is organic)
  • handful of cashews
  • 3-4 leaves of dino kale
  • 3-4 leaves of curly kale
  • 2 dandelion leaves
  • some peppermint, basil, chocolate mint
  • 1 celery
  • 2 scoops Vega vegan protein
  • 2 scoops SuperFood Plus
  • 1 scoop maca
  • 2 handfuls frozen mango
  • 1 handful frozen mixed berries
  • H20
kinda crazy, right? and, i mix it up based on what i have and what's in season.  my current cashews are organic and roasted; last purchase was organic & raw (preferred). i'm a nut for nuts and like to snack on almonds, walnuts etc so i don't always put them in my juice.

i love to trim the navels & some of the rind off of lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits and just throw them in ... also, beats & beat greens.  ginger, yes!

i never, ever, never put raw garlic or onion in my juice. props to those who can but ... no!

this week i ran 2 bunches of carrots through the masticating juicer and i've added some carrot juice to my green juice.  i used the carrot pulp to *beef* up my red sauce ... seriously, carrot pulp looks and tastes (with the proper seasoning & oil) like ground beef in red sauce!

i don't typically put spinach or lettuce-type leaves in because i love to add spinach to my garlicky red sauces and can eat arugula plain, by the handfuls.  in other words, i save those for meals that don't come from a blender!

i drink a mason jar's worth in the morning and then have another jar for sipping/snacking throughout the day.  i don't juice as a cleanse ... simply as part of my normal, weekly meal planning.

why juice?
juicing is a super efficient way to get raw, vibrant plants into your body.  using a Vitamix or Blendtec keeps the fiber and pulp and makes the nutrients readily available to your body (and Americans need more fiber (and more cowbell!)). colorful, fresh veggies & fruit boost your immune system and are loaded with antioxidants.

everyone who juices will swear to you that their skin has improved and simply glows. 

once you get the swing of it, juicing is the simplest meal prep i've ever done: throw it in, press go, rinse the blender, consume!

when you get into the juicing whirl, you'll hear a lot about alkalinity vs. acidity ... i don't really have the deep knowledge on this but it seems to boil down to the fact that most of a typical Standard American Diet is highly acidic (SAD ... that's just sad). and, our bodies need alkaline nutrients for optimum performance.  conveniently, most greens & veggies create an alkaline pH in the blood ... success!

resources:
Kris Carr is absolutely darling. you may know her as the Crazy Sexy Cancer girl (or, if you're old like me, you might remember her as the dorito chip girl many moons ago!). Crazy Sexy Kitchen is awesome and i'm sure Crazy Sexy Juice is too.

Rich Roll's podcast is a must ... and so are the vegan, mostly raw recipes he & his family put together in their various booklets and now The Plant Power Way.

Dr. Schultz is legit crazy ... but in the good, healthy way. aka Dr. Schitz around my house (try his intestinal formula #1 and you'll know what i mean), he includes recipes and tips on his video blog.

i use Vitamix and the Omega 8006 masticating juicer.  my mom loves her Blendtec!

for the best produce, go to the source!  you-pick-it farms and farmer's markets provide a juicer's bounty!  here's a link to farmer's markets in California.

or, grow your own!  i've pre-ordered the new book Plants from Pits ... and i'm a huuuuuuuuge fan of You Grow Girl.  time to get dirty!!

whew, this went a little long ... lemme sum it up by saying: just try it!

don't worry so much about not liking it ... bottoms up!


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