Saving some greens…the plant & the paper kind!

I’m a big smoothie drinker.  I love to add a handful or 2 of spinach or kale to them for some extra nutrition.  I’m constantly buying those giant tubs of organic spinach from the grocery store whenever they’re available.  Lately they’ve started carrying big bags of organic kale, too.  I can’t resist buying them when I’m there b/c we live about 30 miles from anywhere that carries organic greens so I try not to make more trips than I have to.  I’ll be so excited when my garden (hopefully) starts producing some spinach & kale so I can save some trips to town and some moolah.  **Garden post coming soon!!**  Update! Find garden post HERE.

The only downside to buying so many greens is that sometimes I can’t eat them before they start to go bad.  Luckily, I found a great way to solve this problemo!  And it is so easy.  All you will need is:

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My Favorite Green Juice Recipe

I’m a big time smoothie drinker.  I drink one nearly every morning for breakfast and usually after a workout.  As much as I love smoothies, I like to switch it up every once in a while and throw a green juice into the mix.  They make me feel super energized.  Not the jittery kind of energy, like when you drink a little too much coffee either.  It’s more like a refreshing, restorative kind of energy.  If that makes any sense.  It’s hard to explain.  You’ll just have to try it yourself!

We’ll start with the juicer I use.  The first juicer I bought was a Juiceman.  This juicer works great if you’re only making a small amount of juice.  I used it for about 3 years before I decided to buy one that could hold more pulp/produce more juice in one use.  There just isn’t much room for pulp in the Juiceman and I basically got tired of cleaning it out so much.  It served me well for the time and I had it and it still worked great when I passed it on to the next owner.

After quite a bit of research, I decided to fork over some extra cash and get a Breville Juicer.  I ❤ it.  It makes so much more juice and is so easy to clean.  I’ve had it for a couple of years now and have no complaints.  If you need some help deciding what juicer to buy I definitely recommend checking out Kris Carr’s blog post here.  And while you’re there, check out her entire site too!  She is one of my favorites.

Onto the juice!

I like this recipe because there are only 4 ingredients involved and it tastes so good.  Here’s what you’ll need:

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My Go-To Cocktail Recipe

There’s something about warm weather & cold drinks that go hand in hand.  Today was an unusually long day at work & I was looking forward to a drink when I got home.  So before taking the pack on their nightly walk through the woods, I mixed up my favorite drink to take along with me: Vodka, Grapefruit & Lime Cocktail.

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“Mix your drink already, mom!  We’re ready for our walk!”

I like to try to keep my drinks low calorie & low sugar if possible.  Most drinks you get at the bar are made with pop or with fruit juice that contains a shit-ton of added sugar & other ingredients.  I’ve found that using club soda, sparkling water or seltzer water is a great way to eliminate unwanted sugar and calories while still getting a flavorful drink.  I didn’t quite understand the differences between all of them at first.  Luckily, it’s not really that complicated.  Sparkling water contains minerals and has added carbonation.  Club soda & seltzer water are basically the same.  They are both slightly carbonated.  The only difference is that club soda has some minerals added to it to give it more flavor.  I recently switched to using seltzer water more because it doesn’t have any sodium in it, unlike club soda.

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      Club soda (left)  Seltzer water (right) – Note the ingredients list & sodium amounts. 

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