Tuesday, February 17, 2009
My New Favorite Kitchen Tool
I have changed my lifestyle for the better and am slowly bringing my children along for the ride. My diet has changed drastically in the last few months and I've never felt better!! In my previous post I spoke about "superfood" for my children. I was so pleased to hear from those of you who already used it and those who are now trying it with your sweet little ones. But the concern with some is..."how the heck do you get them to drink it?!?!?!"
I like to juice 4 or 5 apples in the morning before breakfast and give 1/2tsp of superfood in the juice to the boys... many times they ask for seconds and, like this morning, thirds! I also use the same applejuice and pour it into a blender with a frozen banana and 4 or 5 frozen strawberries and blend it until smooth and put my superfood in it... The fresh applejuice is the key... and the smoothies are as good, if not better than anything i've EVER had!!
**give your children a little bit with the superfood and then give them a tall glass without... they may cringe a bit with the greens, but it masks the taste better than anything else i have found**
So why did I buy a juicer? My children love juice just as much as the next child, but I've never felt comfortable giving my boys processed juices that many times have extra sugar or sugar additives, preservatives, dyes and other artificial contents that cause diarrhea and hyper activity to name a few.
Our bodies need water to perform at the optimal levels... it helps to keep the liver clean and the body hydrated. Fruits and Vegetables are full of water... the water found in these foods is the best and most natural sources for our body to use. By using a juicer the water is extracted from these foods along with the fibers and cells that help to revitalize and rejuvenate our bodies. By drinking the juice it assimilates in the body and the bloodstream quicker than if you were to eat the food and allow it to go thru the breakdown in the digestion process. When you go to sleep at night your body goes into a state of fasting where the digestive system has the chance to rest...
when we wake up in the morning it is important that we don't rush to the fridge and begin to stuff food down our throat... It's best to begin introducing food back into our system slowly... I like to begin with my juices thru the morning followed by some fruit mid morning and allow my meals to get bigger as the day as gone on... Something very contrary to what we hear... big breakfast, smaller dinner... but in reality it makes sense for it to be the opposite. This is my reason for the juicer. My particular brand is a champion juicer...
i love it! It can be pricey, but well worth the dollar amount. If you are still unsure...look into buying a used one. They hold up well and can be used commercially for years on end. Please note: A blender does not do the same thing as a juicer.
I have much more to say, but can only sit at my computer so long... stay tuned, I'll write more concerning my new diet approach soon... IT HAS CHANGED MY LIFE!!