my "beetle juice"!

my “beetle juice” – 2 beets, a handful of cabbage, a carrot, 1/2 apple, a handful of strawberries and 1/4 cucumber

So Marg just let me borrow her juicer to see if I liked it. I still need to lose some baby weight, argh. I had a baby at 42, give a girl a break! (talking to myself here) I still have a few pounds to lose, sigh… But I don’t just want to lose the rest of the weight, I want to get into GOOD shape. I have always been thin, except following childbirth (ugh), and I used to be a long distance runner, even into adulthood. But I want to be better than I was even then. Farming is hard work, even a small family farm. And I need to live a long, long time because I had Hazy very late in life. I want to be around to see what she is like when she is middle aged. So I decided to try juicing for a bit to give me a jump start. Besides, it’s good for you. 🙂

hazy stealing my juice!

hazy rejecting her milk and stealing my juice!

And boy, is it yummy!! Seriously. I like pretty much all fruits and veggies, but it seems like once you throw them all together in a juicer, they get particularly delicious. At first, I researched recipes, but it is hard to follow recipes and make sure you have all the ingredients when you are using locally sourced organic fruit. So I just started throwing stuff in that I found in my refrigerator. And you can throw them in whole, which is pretty nice. I didn’t even cut the tops off the carrots! My first concoction was made from 2 beets, a handful of cabbage, a carrot, 1/2 apple, a handful of strawberries (that we just hand picked from a local organic farm) and 1/4 cucumber. It was D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S.

And as you can see from the photo above, even Hazy thinks it is delicious. She has rejected her milk for it! She never gets to drink juice, unless I make it. It’s mostly water and milk for her because store bought juices, even the organic ones, contain a TON of sugar! She gets enough nutrients from actually eating fruits and veggies, so there is no need for her to consume fruit juice anyway. But it looks like she will be demanding to share my juice. That will make it even more expensive. But how can I deny her something so good for her?

roasted cauliflower with olive oil & sea salt

roasted cauliflower with olive oil & sea salt

Because I can’t afford to juice all of my meals, and because I believe you should have some sort of solid food, I decided to eat some kind of veggies each day for lunch. Like roasted cauliflower, yummy! I cut a head of cauliflower up into smaller pieces, spread them out on a large roasting pan, dripped about a tablespoon of Newman’s Own extra virgin organic olive oil over it and spread it all over the cauliflower with my hands (messy but effective…I use less olive oil this way). Then I roasted it in the oven for about 20 minutes on 375F and sprinkled it with sea salt. Then Hazy and I split it (she can eat!). Cauliflower is very “meaty”, so it fills me up.

shrimp, carrots and red, yellow & orange peppers

shrimp, carrots and red, yellow & orange peppers

So I juice once in the morning, eat veggies or salad for lunch, juice again in the afternoon, and then have a light, healthy dinner. On my last trip to the grocery store, I found wild caught red shrimp on sale, so I made a shrimp stir fry with carrots and yellow, orange and red peppers and ginger. I sauteed everything in a little coconut oil, a lot of lemon and a little soy sauce. I served it over an organic brown rice. Yum. This dinner is getting labeled as a favorite for me!

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