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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

On the subject of juicing and that movie I watched Fat Sick and Nearly Dead I started and still am considering trying a variation of what is suggested in the film with my intake. I believe that getting nutrients via vegetable juice or smoothies is a very solid way to incorporate more veggies into ones diet and I am playing with some ideas. It dawned on me that I would not need to buy a juicer to try this out when I remembered that I have a small blender called the magic bullet, I have had it for years and used it primarily to mix protein drinks so that they were smooth. My discovery of this under utilized appliance brought me to the internet, of course! the internet! and I found something called the nutribullet which was being used for making fruit and veggie smoothies and the funny thing is that its the same appliance that I already have.

I pulled the blender out, washed it up and decided to add some smoothies to my intake mind you this is only the second day I am doing this but so far the drinks are decent. Last night I made a spinach, grape, strawberry and apple smoothie and it was honestly really good even with the slight grass after taste so I decided that this morning I would try a breakfast blend.

Two Roma tomatoes, a handful of spinach, 7 baby carrots and a slice of onion turned into the concoction that you see above. Something funny that I found was that in the first image it looks like the beginnings of a good salad, very appetizing, and in the second image the veggies all chopped up in water gives a fresh clean aura and in the last image, the final product looks like it came out of a sick baby. I will admit that this was very spinach heavy and its where most of the flavor came from, I also added a small amount of sea salt and black pepper after taking a sip and I think that tomorrow I will add more tomato and less spinach and try to bypass the salt and pepper.

I am not going to go full on with this but I don't think adding veggie smoothies to my routine is going to effect me in any kind of negative way and if it gets me eating more veggies then so be it. I am considering becoming Vegetarian again as well, since my gallbladder surgery a couple years ago I have found it very difficult to drop weight even when I am eating within my allotted calorie range, if there is fat involved and I mean the smallest amount the weight just does not want to budge.

Over all I am doing well with this "restart" if you will, I am finding it easy to stay within my calorie range and honestly feel better. I wanted to say thanks for the support since I started writing here again, it helps more than you know and the personal emails I have gotten have been great! loads of support in the comments as well and truly, it is appreciated.

Time for some baby calisthenics so in the words of the eternal porky pig..

That's all folks!

Until next time.
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    I am like you & I did try adding spinach to my smoothie this week, but I dont know. I am more about LOOKS when I am drinking one. After grinding mine up, I was driving to work - took a drink- huge leaf was missed & it kinda threw me off. Like a tree leaf had fell into my smoothie & "just eat/drink it" was weird. Think next time I will chop my spinach - just in case. Good Ideas by others here though. Thanks!

    Still - the Salad plate looked better...onions in a smoothie..i dunno...
    1472 days ago
    My wife makes lots of fruit and veggie smoothies in the summer. I have a hard time drinking them when it's cold outside, but I love them. It is the best way for me to incorporate veggies into my diet as typically I hate them with very few exceptions. Good luck with the experimentation. Hope you find some blends you REALLY like.
    1474 days ago
    I loved my magic bullet, yep past tense, it broke and can't get the replacement piece, would have to buy a whole new unit.
    1475 days ago
    I'm having a hard time getting green smoothies past my eyes...
    The general idea of doing smoothies, however, is a great one. Definitely helps getting more fruits and veggies in.

    1475 days ago
    Great idea!
    1475 days ago
    My husband's old roommate had a magic bullet and that thing was FANTASTIC! But more importantly, extra veggies can't be a bad thing! We're trying to squeeze more in with our dinners, which seems to squeeze OUT refined carbs. Seems like a win-win!
    1475 days ago
    I did a 15-day Reboot, which I discovered after watching Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. It was really good, and I dropped pounds handily. It was pretty easy to stick with, and I've incorporated some of the dishes into my regular menu now.
    I blogged my experience, if you're interested:

    There's nothing wrong with getting veggies/nutrients in an easy to consume, convenient package! Enjoy.
    1475 days ago
    Anything you add spinach too is likely to turn out green. I love whole food smoothies because I add protein powder which helps me keep up my protein without adding fat. I use soy protein. One of the oddest recipes I found turned out to be one of my faves:

    1 c baby spinach
    1/2 avocado
    med green apple
    1/2 banana
    juice of 1/2 lemon
    1 tsp fresh ginger
    add water and blend until desired consistency

    1475 days ago
    Yummy!!! Salad plate did look a lot more appetizing than the end product!
    1475 days ago
    Don't you just love it when you already have the appliance you need? Great start! If you want more smoothie ideas here is a link... Blend on!

    1475 days ago
    Mmmm... I think it looks delicious(sick baby or not) LOL!!! I was juicing last year every day but got tired of using so many veggies and throwing out all that fiber/pulp! So, I don't juice anymore~~spinach was my favorite,though. Try some kale sometime...just a small leaf or 2 to start as it's a tad stronger than spinach. Also- red beets are very good in juices so maybe they would be in smoothie?? (watch the urine flow pink for a day or so).
    Glad to see you rollin' again!!!
    1475 days ago
    I find it easier to drink some of the "sick baby output" varieties from a coffee mug. If I don't look at the color too long, it seems to taste better, LOL!
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