Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Juicing Journey: Day 2

Welcome to the Juicing Journey! Time for a break from all this heavy holiday eating. If you are just tuning in, please make sure you check out the series introduction, JJ Day 1, and our other juicing posts here and here, so you won't miss a juicy detail!

Think pink!! Today's juice included: BEETS (pink party), kale, swiss chard, apples, carrots, kiwi and pineapple. The pretty magenta juice filled our jars and we were off and ready for our day. My TH luckily was home (well, we are not sure yet if it was a good thing or not) and had access to juice and the juicer at home if he needed it.

After my solid night's sleep the day before, I was feeling rested and ready to attack another day of work... or so I thought. I got to school, took out my straw and had a few swiggs followed by a healthy helping of water. I was still feeling those headaches, but kept drinking water and having juice when I felt hungry. As I normally do, I didn't stick to the bell schedule and eat when I was told by the school, but instead when my body told me it needed some nourishment.

I checked in with my TH throughout the day and he said he was still hungry, but going along with it. He too enjoyed the juice combination and was pushing through it. Before heading home at the end of  school, it was back to the local market for some more veggies (we were doing great on fruit so far). For $8 I was again out the door with: 2 bundles of kale, 1 red lettuce, 1 bundle of collard greens, 2 bundles of spinach and 1 bundle of leeks (HUGE MISTAKE!!!). I came home after school, did some weights and decided to treat TH to my new favorite, apple juice! I juiced 6 apples and poured the deliciousness into chilled glasses from the freezer - heaven!

While my TH relaxed on the couch, I got back to prepping our juice for Day 3.....

So... apparently I missed the memo about leeks being in the onion family, I guess I am not watching enough Food Network. So, I smelled them before juicing and was a little apprehensive as I thought they sort of had an onion stench. I should have gone with my gut and pushed them to the side... but nooooooo, I wanted to use all that I had bought. BIG, HUGE, NIGHTMARISH MISTAKE. Now, if you are an onion lover and want to drink what my students said smelled like, "shrimp cocktail", then this is the veggie for you. I sure as heck, DO NOT! When I was putting the leeks in my steel beauty, my eyes started to water as if an onion wind storm had taken over my kitchen. Immediately, I became very sad and very scared. Had I just ruined the entire green section of our juice? I was dedicated to fixing this problem.

To the fruit bowls I headed. Surely, 1 pineapple, 2 mangoes, 8 kiwi, 6 apples and 6 carrots would fix this mistake, (or so I was praying). All this fruit must be able to take some of the sting out of that horrible leek juice. I was careful to spread the (not-so) green goodness between the 5 jars in hopes I would be able to kill it with the fruity concoction. Well, tried as I might, it wasn't going anywhere. Against my better judgment, but with a strong curious request from my TH, we tried it. I almost gagged; horrible, simply and plainly horrible. My TH on the other hand said, "whoa that is spicy!" Feeling embarrassed and bummed over my serious mistake while also terrified for the day ahead, I refilled our now 5 jars (3 for my TH, 2 for me) and decided to go to bed. On my way to bed I decided then and there that I was not going to waste all that juice and was going to force it down the next day! POWER THROUGH!!!!!!!!!!!

Come back to see how Day 3 went, gross leek juice and all!

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  1. I have never done leeks. I don't even like radishes in my juice but I love them with salads and as a snack.

    "I didn't stick to the bell schedule and eat when I was told by the school, but instead when my body told me it needed some nourishment." Yes that's how it goes with me too.

    1. Rich,

      Don't do leeks, they are me.

      Strive to thrive,



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