Juicing is the new coffee

I believe it started unintentionally, but I have ditched coffee.

I’ve loved coffee for years like a proper Gilmore Girl, but all of a sudden I experienced some extra sensitivity to the caffeine. I’ve heard of people not having coffee and wondered how the heck they got through the day. Even some of my friends say they get extreme anxiety and jitters when they have coffee. I thought they were crazy until one very jittery morning.

It was a Monday morning after I took a week long holiday and I knew if there was a day to get my favorite latte, today was it. I had a delicious gingerbread oat milk latte and felt amazing. Then around 3PM I felt like I was on edge and a bit woozy. I ate lunch which helped a bit but still something felt off. This continued until about 9PM when I started to develop a minor headache. Then, it was 3AM and I hadn’t been able to sleep and my headache was now head splitting.

Now, it’s after Christmas and I found a juicer under the tree that was low key the best gift of the year (thank you, honey)! I started juicing and noticed I had an increase of energy but in a much more manageable dosage. It’s also a great way to get nutrients that I wouldn’t normally get. I know eating vegetables and fruits are best consumed for our health in their whole state. But… I’m a realist, and I know I’m never going to naturally grab an apple and snack away, I wish I did, but…

I’ve also been experimenting with tea. I have never been that crazy about it, I like it, but never sought it out. This is something Alex has also been getting into. Any tea recommendations or tips are welcomed 🙂 !

For now, I’m enjoying mixing together different fruits and veggies and creating a little morning elixir. It has become something I look forward to in the morning and also a great way to use up any fruits or veggies so they aren’t wasted.

BLT Dip

This dip is a staple for football games in our house – light, flavorful, and full of deliciousness!

Ingredients:

Carrot bacon – carrot bacon recipe
2 cups finely chopped lettuce
1 cup chopped tomatoes
2 avocados, pitted, peeled, and mashed
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt & pepper
Juice from 1 lime

Method:

– Follow recipe for carrot bacon.
– While carrot bacon cooks, prepare the guacamole by combining avocados, onion, cilantro, garlic powder, lime, and salt and pepper.
– Add the guacamole as a base to a serving dish.
– Add lettuce and tomatoes on top of guacamole.
– Once carrot bacon is cooked, make sure it is in bite sized pieces and add to the top of the dip.
– Serve with chips and enjoy!

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Liquid Gold Juice

Refreshing, sweet, and bright, this juice is a great way to kickoff your day! ☼

Ingredients:

1 medium golden beet
1 medium orange
1 green apple

Method:

Simply juice the 3 ingredients and enjoy!

Sneaky Squash

Got some extra veggies in the fridge? Want to sneak them into your dinner? This hack is for you!

The beautiful thing about vegetables like zucchini, summer squash, and carrots – you can sneak them into almost anything!

Making nacho cheese? Add some cooked carrots and or potatoes to the blender. Making a pasta sauce? Blend some cooked zucchini or summer squash and voila, a healthier pasta sauce. My personal favorite is adding an onion, and 2 summer squashes to my mac and cheese sauce.

This trick comes in handy for picky eaters, as these vegetables are not too flavorful, they can help make your dinner go farther and add extra nutrition.