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Is it too Early for Spring Cleaning?

I’m not talking about your house.  I’m talking about your insides.  Something about the post holiday/warm winter weather/multiple gatherings/reasons to celebrate/having a six month old and I am feeling sluggggggish.

I have never done a juice cleanse.  Ever.  As much as I am a fan of “juicing” and love my juicer, I have never lived on juice alone for a period of time.  Even a day.

But I think I’m ready.  I am trying to decide between these three:

Pressed Juicery– This one stands out to me because in addition to the six juices you will have each day, for a small fee they recommend adding Chlorophyll and Aloe Vera Cleanse waters to aid in digestion and raise alkaline levels.

 

Photo Cred:Pressed Juicery

 

BluePrint Organic- I admit it, I want to try this one because your final juice of the day, your treat juice, is called Cashew Blueberry Boom. ‘Nuf said.

 

Photo Cred:BluePrint

 

 

Suja Juice is already one of my favorites.  I always have two or three in my fridge but their Green Freak Cleanse appeals to me for a number of reasons.  It looks the healthiest, I know I already like their stuff, and their founder Annie Lawless is a true BEC Badass >>>look her up here, you will die<<<.

 

 

In the mean time, shoot me a message if you have any advice, insight, recommendations, warnings, or prayers!  

I will be sure to let you know which one I choose and how it goes.

Thanks guys!

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GREEN LEMONADE: Glow like B

To honor the release of LEMONADE here is a delicious green lemonade that will bring the Beyonce out in you.

 

 

beyonce-lemonade

Sweetened with the natural goodness of apple, this lemonade is full of benefits and will give you that glow inside out. Adding ginger will give it a natural kick that will feel so good. Who knew that lemonade could be so healthy? Adding greens will help with the detoxification process and adding a shot of vodka will give you superwoman powers.

As you know, I love drinking warm lemon water first thing in morning and you may have read about the amazing benefits of lemon but here are a few I love to talk about with my clients. I gathered a few of these from thebudwig.com.

Blood Sugar Balance – The acidity of raw lemon juice lowers the impact of any meal on your blood sugar.

Detoxification – Raw lemon juice cleanses the kidneys and the digestive system. It helps the body in the removal of toxins and provides you with a great overall detox.

Brain and Nerve Food – The potassium found in raw lemon juice helps the brain and nerve cells, improves concentration, memory and calms the mind.

Infection – When sickness has developed raw lemon juice is an excellent fighter of infection, as it is rich in citric acid.

Immune System – Raw lemon juice strengthens the immune system which in turn helps fight many illnesses including cancers.

 

A perfect addition to your summertime feels, make this in a large batch for all of the kids and leave the ginger out. To sweeten even more just add more of apple!  If you do not have a juicer try adding coconut water to a blender and follow the recipe below. If you do not like the pulp, strain it through a cheese cloth or actual strainer.

 

 

Bey's Green Lemonade
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 1 lemon. I leave the peel on for the benefits but you may peel for less bitterness
  • 1 granny smith apple
Instructions
  1. JUICE IT UP
  2. add ginger for spice
  3. add more apple for sweetness
  4. you may also use spinach, romaine, etc.

MUCH MUCH love,

Tiffany and Mary

To JUICE or to BLEND (smoothies). That is the question.

Juice or smoothie or both?

Clients ask me all the time. Should I juice my fruits and veggies or blend them? What’s the difference? Which is better for you? Well, it is personal. I LOVE smoothies almost all the time. My business partner Mary, is a juice freak.  Rachel…. is a big fan of both.  So it basically comes down to what works for you and makes YOU feel the best. Smoothies make me feel the best and here is why.

FIVE REASONS WHY I RECOMMEND SMOOTHIES TO MY CLIENTS. 

1-SATISFYING. They keep me full for hours. <<not too mention make me super happy.>>

2-TASTE. They taste so good I almost can’t take it, AND it is a meal replacement if you add a nut butter or other protein.

3-QUICK AND EASY. They take me one minute to make. ( I freeze most of my ingredients so I never run out…..even my spinach and kale.)

4-ENERGY AND FOCUS. I get crazy good energy and focus from them. My favorite is the Game Changer. It will change your life.

5-NUTRITIONAL POWERHOUSE. They are loaded with nutrition if you make them correct. No added sugar…..ever. Always something green—at least two cups.

FIVE REASONS WHY I RECOMMEND JUICING TO MY CLIENTS.  (just because I don’t juice often, I still think it can have amazing health benefits)

1-SIX POUNDS OF FRUITS AND VEGGIES. There is approximately SIX POUNDS of fruits and veggies in 16 ounces of fresh juice! Try my son’s favorite juice!! 

2-TASTE. It tastes insanely delish with the right combinations. Check out my fav recipe! 

3-ABSORBTION OF NUTRIENTS.  Since there is little to no fiber when you juice your digestive system doesn’t have to work nearly as hard.

4-ENERGY BUZZ. Juice can give you an amazing energy! Great replacement for sweet tea, soda, vitamin water, regular juice, etc.

5- CONVENIENCE. You can buy cold pressed juices in the supermarket now. Suja is a cold pressed juice that is affordable and sold at Target, Kroger, and Fresh Market. LUMI is a local company out of Charlottesville that is sold locally too.

FIVE REASONS WHY “I” DON’T JUICE A LOT. 

1- LAZINESS. My juicer takes up a lot of counter space and therefore, I store it in another room.

2-HARDER TO CLEAN THAN BLENDER. Cleaning the juicer is way harder and more time-consuming than cleaning the blender which is put in the dishwasher.

3- YOU CAN’T JUICE FROZEN PRODUCE! I don’t always have enough fresh fruits and veggies on hand. (can’t really use the frozen stuff in a juicer, BUT you can in the blender)

4-DIGESTIVE ISSUES. Personally, juice sometimes bothers my stomach. I get bloated often when I drink fresh  juice. This is not common so don’t let it influence you. It’s just my crazy stomach.

5-DOESN’T  KEEP ME FULL FOR LONG. Juice doesn’t really keep me full like a smoothie. No fiber. (well, a touch of fiber)

BE MINDFUL:When you remove the fiber from the produce, the liquid juice is absorbed into your blood stream quickly. If you are only juicing fruits, this would cause a rapid spike in blood sugar and unstable blood sugar  levels can lead to mood swings, energy loss, memory problems and more! SOOOO, make sure you add lots of veggies!

So there you have it. In my opinion, the answer is to juice AND blend. Just because I am obsessed with smoothies doesn’t mean you have to be. Do what works for you. And honestly, if I didn’t get so bloated from juice, I would have it a lot more often because it tastes soooo good and I like the idea of having both juicing and blending in my life. Juicing alone can be great too.  Just be sure to add lots of greens so the sugar load isn’t so high.

Smoothie and juice photo

Cheers, whether you are juicing or blending…..

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Five ridiculously easy steps to get over your fear of juicing!

DISCLAIMER: This is one of the first viddies we filmed.

Rachel, Mary and I LOVE JUICE!!! We all own juicers now……but let me tell you this purchase was a long time in the making. Why? Juicing can be intimidating, stressful, expensive, messy, exhausting…… But if you follow these five simple steps you can do it! You may even become addicted.

1) Grab a friend. (don’t skip this step….I am serious.)

2) Buy these ingredients. Local and organic if possible. Kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon. My favorite juice recipe book is from Pressed Juicery.

Greens 2- Pressed Juicery
 
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Serves: 1-2
Ingredients
  • 2-3 Kale Leaves
  • Large Handful of Spinach (I use three)
  • 1 Head Romaine
  • 2 Celery Stalks
  • 1 Large Peeled Cucumber
  • 1 Small Bunch Flat Italian Parsley
  • 1 Fuji Apple (add a second if you want it sweeter)
  • ½ Peeled Lemon
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in juicer
  2. Pour into your most beautiful glass
  3. Toast to your friend!
  4. Repeat.

3) Borrow a juicer to see if juicing is for you before you pay the big bucks.

4) Watch this viddie and see how easy it is to just shove it in.

5) Drink and toast (I always put my juice in a beautiful wine glass) to yourself for being freakin amazing.

xoxo,

Mary and Tiffany!

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