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Ok, this post is something that I'm really passionate about and I'm about to tell you why.
It's no secret that kale is good for you, and the idea of juice isn't new to us, either. Last year my fiance Chris and I watched the documentary Fat Sick & Nearly Dead, which was free on Netflix at the time. Now Chris has always been a typical man who loves beer, chicken wings, and just about anything with cheese … I mean, if we're honest, vegetables were never on top of his "must have" foods. Well, the documentary really opened our eyes to the benefits of consuming large amounts of fruits and vegetables that we might otherwise probably not be able to eat all at once and how it can really change your point of view about what it puts into your body.
Well, let's move on a year later. Chris was talking about juices, even though it hadn't started yet, and with the two of them wanting to slim down for our wedding and upcoming engagement photos, now seemed like the perfect time! My brother really surprised us with a juicer for Christmas last year and after a really good holiday Chris decided to go ahead and start the following Monday. We were both super skeptical about how I was going to savor this because honestly the end result seemed like something found at the bottom of our garbage disposal. Truthfully, it was surprisingly GOOD! Well this excited us both and Chris promised to drink two juices a day (morning and night) along with a healthy lunch because it is still important to include that fiber and protein in your diet.
I promise that I am NOT exaggerating when I tell you how successful it has been for him. In the first week of juice he lost an incredible 10 pounds, which of course was mostly water weight, but this only pushed him harder to accomplish. It's only been three weeks and he's lost more than 25 pounds, he's dropped some clips and looks extremely different on his face! And because you FEEL much better, you've started exercising regularly and have significantly reduced your alcohol intake. I can't say how incredibly PROUD I am of their commitment to health and the motivation to stick with something, even though it can be difficult at times. Not only did he get me on board, but his family bought a juicer, my mother is now buying one and even the people she works with are researching it.
That being said, juice may not be for everyone! This is something that really works well for my fiance and it's something that I'm definitely interested in trying, but ultimately, it's the perfect way to include those vegetables in your diet, especially if that's something they're struggling with. The main component in all the juices Chris makes is kale and I can't stress enough how healthy this really big little guy is and he tends to take up my entire car plant for you!
Of course, eating Kale on its own has surprising benefits, but it is sometimes difficult for people due to its bitter taste and texture. Juice kale is perfect because it can sneak into just about anything and give you all those vitamins and nutrients for your body to absorb in its purest form! We like to add a lemon or lime to our juice (or even pineapple) to cut any bitterness, and it's great because you can't taste kale.
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With that said, I wanted to share our favorite recipe that's perfect for beginners! Chris started making this drink every day, but slowly started adding more green vegetables once he got used to drinking that much juice. Fruits are good for you, of course, but you really do have to keep an eye on how much you put in your drinks because all of that sugar can add to the weight loss effect. Still, this is a great start to the juice and I hope everyone enjoys it!
To answer a question, I'm sure most of you have it, if the juice pulls out all the skin and pulp, isn't it removing all of that fiber and nutrients that are good for you?
Well yeah … kind of.
You still get tons of important vitamins and minerals your body needs, but something I like to do and have seen many people try to do is take the leftover pulp and make muffins. In this way, you are still getting that fiber and not wasting a perfectly good fruit or vegetable. I will share some recipes for those soon! For more ideas on what to do with all that pulp, feel free to visit THIS helpful site.
- 6 kale leaves (1 bunch)
- 2 celery stalks
- 2 green apples
- 2 pears
- 1 lime
- Wash your fruits and vegetables first.
- Leave the kale leaves and celery as they are, these can go whole in your juicer.
- Chop your apples and green pears in half (leaving the peels) just making sure to remove the seeds.
- Cut the file in half and feel free to leave the peel, the juicer will take care of the rest!
- Throw it all into your juicer and watch the magic happen! Mix well once you're done and refrigerate overnight. Enjoy!
Serving Size: 8oz • Calories: 168 • Fat: 1.5g • Carbs: 46.5g • Fiber: 1.2g • Protein: 6.2g • WW Freestyle Points: 0
Serving size: 2 servings
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