Facebook Twitter Contact Us RSS Feedburner Pinerest
banner ad

Category: mommiscellaneous

{Juice Reboot – Part Two: I Have Begun to Juice}

If you read my last post, you will understand my reasons for a juice reboot – or maybe you won’t.  I think Jennette is still convinced that I’m completely crazy, lol.  And I think I actually might be because I’m truly getting excited over juicing.
After an ordeal with tracking down the juicer that we wanted (It’s the Breville Juice Fountain), we have finally gotten it.  I hope the Breville people thank the maker of the “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” documentary because their juicers are sold out just about everywhere!
So after a trip to the store and a cart full of fruits and vegetables, we have started experimenting with the juicer.  Even the kids were very excited over it.  So far we are loving it. We have tried some interesting fruit and vegetable combinations.  My husband’s carrot, celery, apple juice was one of the best so far.  On my turn, a blueberry launched out the top of the juicer. So we did learn to keep the tube that you use to push the fruit down with close at hand to seal the top off right away.  Nobody wants to lose weight, be healthy, but be missing an eye from a berry projectile.
We tried lots of different juice combinations.  We had a few that were pretty good, and a couple that were just okay. The new most-used-phrase in our house is “Actually, that’s not bad.” (In case you’re curious, the previous most-used-phrase was “It wasn’t me.”) It’s funny because in the videos we’ve watched on juicing most people trying a juice (especially one that is green in color) say, “Actually, that’s not bad.”  I guess that tells you something about our attitudes toward vegetables and fruits.  I don’t think I’ve ever once heard anyone say that about chocolate.
My son and I came up with a fruit recipe that he says is now his second favorite drink (the first favorite is root beer).  We juiced apple, orange, and pear and then in the blender made a mango, banana, strawberry, blueberry puree and blended them together with a little ice.  Totally yummy!  I also like the watermelon, grapes, strawberries and spinach combination suggested by Ava in a comment on My first Juice Reboot post. It’s a not-very-appetizing brown color, but tastes great.
My husband and I have been eating healthier and smaller meals over the last week to get ready for the juice reboot.  I’ve discovered several great healthier recipes (Look for a cookbook review coming soon).  And for fun, all week I’ve been trying to make sure that one of the ingredients in a recipe is something that I’ve never cooked with before (This isn’t too tough for me since I’m neither a very good nor a very adventurous cook).  It is making eating healthier a bit more fun.
I’m already starting to feel better and much more energetic.  I’ve also started jogging again (see my post about the awesome Daily Mile site that you can use to track your workouts) so that might have something to do with it too.  I’m getting excited about the juice reboot.
Lessons learned so far:  pour over the sink, blueberries can approach the speed of sound, and “it really isn’t that bad.”

 

 
I hope you enjoyed this post! Never miss a post-Subscribe by Reader or Email!
Smart and Trendy Moms finds products, ideas, projects, recipes, and other information that we have personally found helpful or interesting.  As always, it is up to you to determine what is appropriate for you, your children, and your situation.  See our Disclosure

{Juice Reboot – Yep, I’m gonna try it.}

I am going to be trying a “juice re-boot” – where you eat vegetables and fruits and then drink vegetable/fruit juice.  The idea of the reboot is to rid your body of processed foods that are high in sugars, salt, and fat.  This is not the type of thing that I normally do.  I’m not usually into special diets or things like that, but I’m going to give it a try.

My husband saw a documentary the other night called “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.”  (Yeah, not a great title, I know.)  It’s the story of a guy who was overweight and had health problems.  He goes on a 60 day juice fast (No way am I doing 60 days!)  He looses the weight and improves his health.  He has a chance meeting with another guy who was in a similar situation and encourages him to do the same thing.  He shows him how, helps him set a target goal, and encourages him along the way.  It was very inspirational.


So during the documentary, they are using the juicer and getting all sorts of health benefits from their diet.  After the show, I asked my husband,  “You’re gonna want a juicer now, aren’t you?” – knowing full-well what the answer was going to be.  (I love that my husband gets inspired by things like that.) 
The idea of the juice fast or juice re-boot is to eliminate processed foods and fats and reintroduce rapidly absorbing micronutrients that are contained in fruits and vegetables allowing your body to heal and letting your digestive system work the way it is meant to.  I’m committing to the juice diet for 5 days and to eating healthier in general.  I’m also committing to loosing 10 pounds. 
Unfortunately, the only vegetables that I actually like are the ones that don’t taste “green,” and some of the juice recipes that I’m seeing have vegetables that I have never even heard of.  I told my husband that I’m reserving the right to hold my nose while drinking the vegetable juices.  In the documentary, they were saying that the juice fast made them not crave the taste of sweets and things that aren’t as healthy.  I love dark chocolate and candy so I’m not sure how that will work, but I’m willing to try to find out.  And by the way, wine does count as fruit juice, right???  😉
I’ve got the juicer on order and am eating much healthier (and a bit less) to get ready for the juice reboot. I am also researching fruit and vegetable juice recipes.  Until then, if you have any good juice recipes, please share them with me. Thanks.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Never miss a post-Subscribe by Reader or Email!
Smart and Trendy Moms finds products, ideas, projects, recipes, and other information that we have personally found helpful or interesting.  As always, it is up to you to determine what is appropriate for you, your children, and your situation.  See our Disclosure

To Clean or Not to Clean?

That has been the question. Here at Smart and Trendy Moms, we are trying to figure out just how much to help our kids with cleaning their rooms. We’d love to hear what you require of your kids when it comes to cleaning up.

When you have kids, it goes without saying that you have tons of toys, sports equipment, and basically junk that needs to be organized and cleaned. We have been asking around and have discovered that things range from moms who don’t have the kids clean anything to kids who are totally responsible for their own rooms and everywhere in between.

I’m all for making kids responsible for cleaning their own rooms (admittedly, sometimes without much success), having them put away their own laundry, and help with a few other simple chores.  However, I usually end up in a cycle of:   I say “clean your room” and threaten loss of privileges when they aren’t doing it; they grumpily clean up; and then within a few days, the room’s a mess and the cycle starts again. Not fun!  A couple weeks ago when a friend asked me what I was doing and my reply was “getting the kids to clean their rooms.”  She said, “you’re always doing that” and its true.  Things have got to change.  I’m just not sure how to do it.

I’ve got friends who spend more time cleaning up for their than I do, but less time arguing about it.  I’m looking for a middle ground so that I’m not having a weekly argument about cleaning with grumpy kids, but I’m not just running around cleaning up after them either.

Please leave us a comment to tell us your opinions on how much kids should be responsible for doing and how you get them to do it. We’d love to hear your ideas.

 
I hope you enjoyed this post! Never miss a post-Subscribe by Reader or Email!

Smart and Trendy Moms finds products, ideas, projects, recipes, and other information that we have personally found helpful or interesting.  As always, it is up to you to determine what is appropriate for you, your children, and your situation.  See our Disclosure