Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Drink your vegetables!

In the past few weeks, I've gotten slightly obsessed with juicing. After reading about a 3-day cleanse on TheDailyJulie I decided to give it a try. For 3 days, you drink juice and only juice. No coffee, no soda, no cereal for breakfast or sandwiches for lunch. It's juice, the whole juice and nothing but the juice.

It was definitely intense but not nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. It made me feel great knowing that for 72 hours, the only thing I was digesting was fresh fruit and vegetables. Nothing processed. No alcohol. No caffeine. Not to mention I was eating tons of healthy food that I don't normally eat on a regular basis (shame on me.)

Out of the 3 juices, the green one was actually my favorite which was surprising because most people think it's the worst tasting one. It has the most veggies though so bonus points for me actually liking it best! The first few sips definitely left me with a "I'm drinking parsley" reaction but after a while it really grew on me and tasted more like lemonade.

Now I realize the 3 day cleanse is intense and not something I should put my body through too often, so as an alternative I have been making a day's worth just once a week and drinking it for breakfast and using it as a "snack." Instead of turning to chips or cookies or crackers, I pour myself a big glass of beautiful green juice.

My partner in crime has decided he loves the green juice as well. I can barely pour myself a glass in the morning before he's chanting "Juice, juice, juice" over and over. Nathan's a great eater but when it comes to vegetables, he is the worst. The only ones we can get him to eat are:

     Tomatoes - which are technically a fruit
     Sweet potatoes - which are technically a starch
     Edamame-  which are technically a bean

Maybe it's the excitement over suddenly being able to drink juice, something we very rarely give him. I don't care what the reason is, I just love watching him chug a glass full of celery, cucumbers, kale, parsley, lemons and apples. I assume any parent would find great joy in watching their child do this!

Bottom's up Nathan!


  1. I've never seen that lg before - thanks!

  2. That is too cute! The green juice is not nearly as bad as it sounds. Mother tested, child approved!