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Thirsty Thursday ~ Carrot Juice

Posted Nov 04 2010 2:00am

Ahhh, you don’t have to be a Wabbit to enjoy some carrots ;-)

My love for carrot juice started many, many moons ago. I got my first juicer when I was 20, and I remember juicing carrots with EVERYTHING! It always made it taste better! Carrots and Celery, Carrots and Parsley, Carrots and Spinach. You name it. I have to admit though, after retiring my Mr. Juiceman and upgrading to my Vitamix , I do not make carrot juice that often. It’s not as great in the blender…all the pulp still floats around. However, I figured out that if I pour it through my sieve –I can get that smooth, delish carrot juice I have been longing for :-)

(to make carrot juice in your Vitamix see directions here )

Benefits of Carrot Juice

Carrot juice, because of it’s MANY health benefits, is often called the “miracle juice.” Many people around the world that have suffered ailments and started to include carrot juice into their diets have noticed positive changes! Carrot juice is extremely rich in Vitamin A, and it’s a great source of other vitamins such as B complex. It is also rich is minerals that our bodies need such as calcium, copper, magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, chlorine, sulfur, and iron.

If you don’t own a juicer or a Vitamix don’t worry! You can find bottled organic carrot juice at most grocery stores. I enjoy Boathouse Farms, it is 100% pure organic carrot juice, made right from fresh carrots! I am sure there are other brands out there…make sure it’s organic, and check the ingredient list to make sure it only says “carrots” on it (unless it is juiced with another veggie, but no preservatives, or anything but the veg)!

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source CREATURE OF HABIT

I swear, my husband is SUCH a creature of habit. I mean, I have known this for a while. He often wants to go to the same restaurants. He never tried anything new when we go out (Chicken Parm or Fillet depending on where we go), and he wants the SAME 4 meals at home week after week. As you all know, I love trying new recipes and new things. My husbands philosophy:

This is a quote: “Dinner is  very important to me, why take a risk and have something new when I know I like _______.”

So, fajitas it is. Again.

i agree with his theory, to a point. That’s why I like to get adventurous at home. In a restaurant, I do want to make sure I have a good meal..there’s nothing like ordering a new dish and hating it, that can ruin your night. I am not one to send things back, my family has always been in the restaurant business, so something has to b pretty foul or really, really wrong for me to complain and ask for something else.

Last night, Michael requested fajitas, surprise, surprise. I really have been wanting to try a new recipe from one of my cook books…but since he wanted that, and I can not look at another brown rice wrap for a while, I decided to make a simple, baby-oriented meal for myself  ;-)

baked sweet potato topped with earth balance and cinnamon & plain steamed broccoli

brain food for the baby ;-)

Salmon sprayed lightly with Misto topped with lemon juice, fresh black pepper and paprika. Baked wrapped in foil @ 375 for 14 minutes

Dessert

I made the most AMAZING discovery at Whole Foods. I mean, I have had this brand of “ice cream” before…but never this flavor:

Oh, and decadent it was :D

**ONLY 10 grams of sugar per cup…that’s less than most protein bars out there, and half as much as a cup of yogurt!**

I just had to have 2 scoops…it was THAT good!

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MOVE OF THE DAY:

Medicine Ball Inchworm

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From Women’s Health Magazine:

Don’t let the name fool you: This move is not easygoing. The baby steps torch your hamstrings and calves, while your arms and shoulders are constantly at work. And the farther your feet get from your hands, the harder your core has to work to keep you stable.

To do it: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and lean forward, knees slightly bent, to place both hands on a four- to six-pound medicine ball on the floor (a). Slowly walk your feet away from your hands until your body is in a straight line from head to heels (b). You should move about an inch or two with each step. Hold for one second, then walk your feet back to the starting position. That’s one rep; do 10.

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Do you own a juicer or a Vitamix? What are your favorite vegetables to “juice?”

What is your favorite quick, impromptu meal?

Are you a creature of habit, or are you more adventurous when it comes to food?

Have a Great Day!

xxoo

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