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Juicing Makes Coffee Urges Go Away!

I had no intention of giving up my coffee (which I had about 4-5x’s per week on average), but when I started juicing, something interesting happened:  My coffee desire/urge went away!

I started juicing each morning: veggies & fruits such as apples, beets, kale (dino, not curly), and carrots. Surprisingly, after a few days I realized “Hey, I haven’t had any coffee!”  I didn’t try to curb my coffee desire, it just happened naturally.

Juicing provides an AMAZING amount of very easily digestible nutrients and therefore no additional “energy boost” is needed.  Some like the taste of coffee or even enjoy the ritual of having their morning cup of joe…  but for some reason this all just went away for me.

About three weeks went by, juicing almost every day, and then “life got in the way” and I stopped for a few days.  My “coffee desire” returned, so I grabbed a coffee at my local spot at around 1pm in the afternoon; Unfortunately, that night I couldn’t fall asleep until 5 in the morning! Apparently, my body had become very sensitive to the stimulant after not having it for so long.  Fortunately, it was the weekend, but I had a fun day planned with family and because of the lack of a good nights sleep, I had no energy to fully engage or simply feel my best.

So, today…  I start back on my morning juicing ritual!

The image featured in this post is the juice I’m drinking as I write this: 1 red bell pepper, 1 yellow bell pepper, 1 red beet, and 2 carrots.  I try my best to get all of my juicing fruits & vegetables organic for highest nutrient content and no chemicals/toxins.

Cheers and please let me know about your favorite juicing recipes 🙂

Healthy Choices @ Tower Cafe

I enjoyed some time at the historic Tower Cafe located at 15th & Broadway in the heart of Sacramento ~ always a great place to go on such a beautiful day like today (Tower has an amazing outdoor eating area with plants, flowers, and a huge nearby water fountain)!

We found several healthy and vegetarian options: Nicaraguan Black Bean Soup and Tecoluca Salad (Pinto, white, and black beans marinated in a smoked chipotle & orange vinaigrette then tossed in salad greens with corn tortillas, cilantro, onion, tomato, avocado and wedge of lime). Other great lunch items include their Earth Burger, East African Veggie Burger, and Roasted Garden Vegetable Sandwich (see more here).

We also toasted to Tower’s yummy Mimosa’s in celebration of each others joyful manifestations and bliss. Cheers!

 

Healthy Chips: Baked Kale ~ Yum!

(Excerpted from Gluten-Free Girl Site)

Healthy_Chips_Kale_ResizeRecipe & Instructions for Baked Kale Chips:

• 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
• 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
• 3 large handfuls lacinato kale, torn into shreds
• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Preheat the oven to 350°. Combine salt, smoked paprika, and garlic in a small bowl.

Wash and rinse kale leaves and then put them in a salad spinner to dry. After removing from the spinner, dry kale even more with paper towels (leaves should be bone dry). Put kale in a large bowl, drizzle with 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and massage the leaves.

Arrange the soon-to-be kale chips onto a baking sheet lined with foil, slide into the oven, and bake until leaves are crisp to the touch, but still a dark green (when they turn brown, they turn bitter). Check at the 12-minute mark, to be sure. Remove from oven and sprinkle with the garlic smoked paprika salt.

Let them cool a bit. Eat. Enjoy.

 

 
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