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Thursday, July 29, 2010

The power juicer on my countertop scares me. It's like brand new but I've only used it one or two times. It once held a prominent place in my kitchen, but now it's lurking in a remote corner by the toaster. I shoved it there.

There are times I'm convinced it's inched out in the night, calling all chocolate from the shelves, drawers and hidden crevices to give account. Maybe it's just me. Maybe I've seen The Nutcracker Suite one too many times.

I have a love/hate relationship with this mechanical beast. I know if I would let it work its magic, it could stir up for me some very healthy drinks. We all know I could use "healthy" in my diet.

But I have this thing about turning orange.

So there it is. My fear. Of turning orange. I've seen it happen to healthy people. They walk around looking like faded carrots.

Still, there's that health thing . . . .

Here's where you come in. Maybe you've tried the juicing thing and you know there are some tasty recipes out there that won't turn people orange. FYI, I'm sorry to say I'm not one of those who can drink raw eggs in some kind of nasty mix just because it's good for me. Taste is big in my book.

So please tell me how to make some yummy veggie drinks in this mixer--without changing my skin color. :-)

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Diann Hunt  
posted at 7:52 AM  
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At 10:15 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I haven't used my juicer in a while. I should dust it off when I get out of the hcg protocol. My favorite is 3 apple and 1 lemon. It tastes like lemonade!

At 11:37 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

My juicer has languished for several years, though if I could get someone else to clean the thing every time, chop the fruits and veggies and do the juicing, I might try it again. Takes too much time. And mine doesn't retain the pulp, which is important in juice. I cheat and use a shake called Ultra Inflam X 360 Plus, which reduces the inflammation in the body, lowers blood sugar, cholesterol and weight, if taken three times a day in place of meals--with one regular meal. Much easier to do than a juicer.

At 3:14 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Hmm, that sounds interesting, Cheryl! Colleen got me hooked on a protein drink that I mix with milk and fruit and that's good (since I'm not crazy about meat). But I was hoping to get some good veggie drinks so I could get more vegetables into my system.

Obviously, our blog readers aren't into it anymore than I am! LOL!

At 4:26 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Okay, I'm really about to out myself here.
I stumbled on this blog two Julys ago.

And my family hasn't stopped yet. We aren't totally hard core, but my kids have a green smoothie 4-5 out of 7 days a week. And they LOVE it. My two little guys were drinking them @ 6 months from a sippy cup.

If they go the rest of the day w/o veggies, my mom meter doesn't go into panic mode.

:) Diann, you can do it. Babysteps.

At 4:38 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

About the smoothies, one trick I've found is using some frozen fruit as well as fresh plus orange/ apple/ or pineapple juice helps it taste more like something you'd order. We add yogurt, flax seeds, or honey. Of course bananas are sweet. I freeze them if they get too ripe and save for the smoothies.

Cucumber blends well. We stick with more bland greens like baby spinach and a few leaves of kale. (Not arugula. I repeat. Not arugula. LOL!)

The greens go in first, with an inch or so of water or juice so you don't burn out your motor. Then add the rest.

Sorry, that's probably more than you wanted to know. :)

At 5:00 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Kristin, thank you so much!!! That web site you sent me to is amazing!! Did you take the 12-step plan? I'm sooo green (pardon the pun) at this!! I know very little about eating whole foods, so this would be a major change for me. But since I have health issues, I'd better get at it!

Thanks again!

At 8:43 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Smoothie. That's what I make. I use two scoops of the Ultra Inflam powder (which your kids wouldn't need, Kristin. And I add frozen berries and plain, whole yogurt. I never thought about the greens, but that's a great idea.

At 11:38 PM, Blogger Anna said...

Thanks Kristin! I like the freezing the bananas tip. Now I know what to do with me over ripe bananas!

At 11:44 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Hi, Diann, I have the 12 step plan downloaded, but I confess, we're hit or miss. I do enjoy making our granola. And I feel confident we're ahead of the curve. All that said, there's a learning curve. My MIL makes a blenderful at a time and keeps it in the fridge a couple days. So don't feel like you have to do this every morning.

Kiwis, Mangos work well, too. Blueberries (I freeze mine.) It hides any kind of fish oil etc. that you wouldn't want to taste. Oh and you can buy that acacia juice puree or pomegranate (high in antioxidants).

Possibilities are endless, and you'll learn what you like best. Can even freeze in popsicle molds.

Also, what Colleen mentioned about the apple. One lady I read makes green apple/ ginger/ yogurt smoothies.

Sorry to hijack the ol' blog. :) Know I've been praying for you through this whole thing! <3 <3

At 11:50 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I love ginger in my juices. YUM!! Don't get too much or it'll be too hot, but man, that's good stuff. I have green apple/ginger shampoo, too. Smells like fruity pipe tobacco.

At 8:28 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Kristin, you've started something here! LOL! You'll be pleased to know I went to the library yesterday and picked up several books on eating raw foods. I went to Barnes & Noble also, but didn't find anything. I think I'll order some on-line. I'm really getting into this! Going shopping today for veggies--I'm excited!!

Thank you!!! And thank you so much for your prayers through my health journey!!

At 9:28 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

One night I couldn't sleep. I turned on the TV to one of those late night sales things. They were touting the benefits of the Jack LaLaine power juicer. Lack of sleep made me do it. That and my purse lay too close.

I used that $150 monstrosity once. That was enough. It was too much work and too hard to clean.

Of God wanted me to sue a juicer, He would have made it for juicing chocolate.

At 9:28 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Diann, grab a can of V8 from the grocery store. Delicious, all the veggies you want and no mess!

At 9:30 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I can't believe my typos. Of God wanted me to SUE a juicer? But then, maybe it was a Freudian slip.

I mean to say IF God wanted me to USE a juicer ... but never mind. I'm sure He doesn't since we have V8.

At 9:58 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

LOL, Ane!!! You crack me up!! I think you're right, though. I had a carrot juice drink yesterday and it definitely needed a chunk of chocolate thrown in!!!


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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