I love my Greens!

About two years ago I found myself fascinated by eating more greens and the idea of juicing. Before I bought another kitchen appliance that I wasn’t sure I would use I read the book “Juicing, Fasting and Detoxing for Life” by Cherie Calbom. The book truly changed the amount of “greens” I eat on a daily basis.  I purchased a reasonably priced juicer and began juicing. I absolutely love the way it makes me feel, how my skin and hair looks and my overall attitude, knowing I did something for myself. Yea me!

Fast-forward and in enters the world of more fiber in my greens—“Green Smoothies”. Shopping one day I came across one of those Vitamix presentations. One taste and 20 minutes later I was hooked. Now, you would be happy to know I didn’t purchase it right then. I gave myself a few days to truly see if the investment would be worth it. I of course went back a day or so later and bought it. However, even at home I actually left it in the box with buyer’s remorse for a few days. I finally found a recipe online and fell in love with how easy, how yummy and how I could make a double batch and save it overnight without loosing all the nutrients.

Now a few years later I religiously use my juicier and Vitamix daily. They both provide benefits so choose which works best for your schedule and taste. I will say an advantage of a green smoothie over green juice is that the whole foods are blended rather than pulverized and extracted into a juice, which keeps them from oxidizing as quickly. For this reason, the smoothie can be stored in your fridge for a few days, which I love. The juice you should ideally drink a within fifteen minutes after juicing. I typically juice in the morning which is easier on your digestive system and drink a green smoothie at lunch. Either way you go your going to love your greens! I hope you try and enjoy one of my favorite recipes below:

 

 Juice Recipe

3 carrots

½ beet

½ cucumber

¼ lemon

1-cup spinach

*Optional: if you need a little sweetness you can add an apple

*Serve over ice and yummy!

 

 

Green Smoothie

1 banana

1 apple

3 celery stalks

3 Kale leaves

2 T Flax Seed or Chia Seed

½ cup ice

¼ cup water

¼ cup fresh squeezed orange juice

Never Give Up

My blogs are so random but here is one for today…

I love to play tennis and I am constantly learning new stuff each time I play.  One thing I have come to learn is that tennis is a very mental game.  You can have a great forehand and backhand, be amazing at the net, have a strong serve with spin but if you don’t have the mental part of the game you can lose very easily.  I was playing in a match yesterday and that very thing happened.  My partner and I were down 0-3 in the second set and we needed to turn things around.  In the past I would have stressed and let my thoughts get in the way, but yesterday we stopped thinking about being down by 3 and just told ourselves to play.  We came back to win 5 points in a row and ended up winning the match.  You have to believe in yourself and never give up.  If you mentally let the score or a bad shot get into your head you will lose focus on playing each point the best you can.  That is my tip for the day.  I know I go from cinnamon pancakes to tennis but it was on my mind and I wanted to share that thought for today!  Always believe in yourself and don’t give up.

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes or Green Juice? …….:)

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes or Green Juice? …….:)

My daughter went to a sleepover and had these pancakes. I got the recipe and made them at home. They are delicious but very sweet.
Cinnamon filling-
4 tbsp butter, melted
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
Mix that and put into a ziploc bag

Glaze-
4 tbsp butter
2 ounces cream cheese
3/4 cup powder sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
put in small pan and melt over low heat. Leave on low while making pancakes. stir occasionally

pancakes-
1 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1 egg
1 tbsp canola oil

mix together.
Spray griddle and pour pancake batter on griddle. When ready to flip then cut corner off ziploc bag and pipe a circle of cinnamon mixture on pancake. flip and cook. Drizzle cream cheese glaze over once on plate. YUM!!!!!

Everything happens for a reason…

There is an old saying that everything happens for a reason and I am a firm believer in this statement.  You could say that I am superstitions or that I look for signs when dealing with questions in my life.   I know for a fact that I have used this line multiple times as advice to family and friends.  Sometimes though it is hard to hear this statement when the reasons are yet to be known.  Yet with my sisters and family by my side, I am reassured by saying that everything does happen for a reason.

#awesome

Let me start by saying my sisters are AWESOME! Being the youngest, my sisters are always willing to give me advise or share their thoughts whenever I need. Sometimes I listen, sometimes I wish I listened, and other times I just go with the flow (this would be one of those times that I am just going with the flow). Regardless I am excited to, “blog, blog, blog!” and share the things we love, recipes, witty things we want to say, and give our different perspectives on topics. #mysistersareawesome

 

There is nothing like a sister!

My sisters, niece, and nephews just left and I am sitting here thinking about what a great weekend we had together.  I love the times when we can be together and they always go by way too fast!  I always tell my three girls that one day their sisters are going to be their best friends.  They laugh at me but it is so true.  My sisters and I can sit and talk for hours on end and still have more to talk about.  Melissa is the trend setter.  She likes to try new things and to do things that are not with the norm.  Kim is the trendy one.  She is keeping Melissa and I young :).  I am oldest and am always trying to keep up the the other two.  I cherish each moment that I spend with my sisters and family and guess my blog for the day is just that… Don’t waste a moment of time that you have to spend with those you love!  A sister is a  priceless person in your life and I am so lucky to have two amazing sisters!  I wish we could live closer to each other. I know that is not possible right now so I try to savor all the times we can be together.  I am lost without my morning call from Melissa and love to share the little things each day. It is hard to get Kim to answer her phone but when she does it is amazing. I know this blog will be a fun way to share even more with them.  Love you Sisters!

 

So here it starts …

I have two sisters. I am the loveable middle one, the one that gets things moving. So here we go, starting a blog.

Now, my two sisters, I love and admire. They are extremely creativity, have a witty sense of humor, give me advice (that I sometimes listen to) and provide me the extension of everything I aspire to be. With three sisters however, everyone wants to be right and your idea is always the best. As adults we can appreciate our unique outlooks, personal style and different perspectives. But every once and awhile it just comes out “because I said so …”

So here it starts … our shared advice on life, children, delicious food (yum green juice!), fun crafts ideas, and just about every other thing that comes to mind.