linked 2013 | fresh

i am starting my new year with a commitment to healthy habits. some of these things are new to me. and some are things i should have been doing all along. but they are mostly just simple things that are so good for the body + soul. like more sleep. more whole foods. bringing back yoga for inner and outer well being. and juicing.

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so about this juicing thing… my husband and i wanted to get more nutrients and fresh fruits and veggies into our daily eating. and i saw dr. oz recently on tv talking about this green drink he makes for his family every day. and then i started seeing photos of friends making green drinks on instagram. so i decided to give it a try.

and i loved it. and so did my husband!

now one thing you must understand is that my husband is not the healthiest of eaters. (and yes, he did marry me when i was working as a registered dietitian.) he eats very few fruits and even less veggies. so the fact that he not only tried this green drink, but actually liked it was nothing short of a miracle. a big win in my book. i did try to get my kids to dink it too, but they are not fans yet. i understand since neither of them drink anything other than water and milk. they are still young, so we will work on this by example.

here is how i made my green drink… i followed the basic ingredient list from dr. oz’s green drink – minus the parsley which gave it a horribly bitter taste.

2 cups spinach
1/2 cucumber
3 medium carrots
1/2 orange
1/4 lemon
1/4 lime
2 apples

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a few random things…
- canned pineapple is just as good as fresh and it’s much easier to open a can than core and peel a fresh pineapple. (i did get my master’s degree in food and nutrition, so i can say for certain that the nutrients in canned food are just as good as fresh.)
- peel the citrus fruit before putting it in the juicer.
- i love that our lemons come fresh from my aunt + uncle’s lemon tree. thank you sunshine state for the fresh fruit.
- i wish i had my very own lemon, lime and orange trees in my yard. perhaps one day we will get some…
- i’m going to play with this recipe a bit and add some more veggies here and there. i even started a juicing pinboard on pinterest.

fresh green drink =>> can use a juicer or a blender to make this drink. i tried both. and for me, the juicer wins. i like that it is a thinner consistency – more like, well, juice. the blender did include more of the fibrous parts of the fruits and vegetables, but it also made the drink a lot thicker and more like a smoothie. it is your choice.

so far, i have really loved this daily glass of fresh juice. it has easily become something i look forward to every night after dinner. a healthy habit for sure.

go ahead and try it. i dare you.

linked 2013 is a monthly blog project. check out what fresh looks like to these ladies linking up with me this month: Amanda, Carla, Hanne, Heather, Heidi, Janet, Jean, Jenn, Kristin, Rhonda and Tracey.

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Jocelyn Thompson - Ah I think that drink does look very fresh indeed. It is nearing my lunch time so it also makes me a little hungry. I am on Whole30 right now so not too many fruits in my diet but lots of veggies! Yum! Thanks for sharing!

Oh by the way, I could only get three of the links to work. Not sure if it is me or the link.

Heather M. - Yum! That looks and sounds delicious! Good for you (and especially your hubby)! I need to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Jenn - It looks so good! We drink green smoothies here but I’ve made it the same old way for a while. I’m going to try your recipe for the next one, thanks!

rhonda - Yum. I’ll have to try these! My kids will drink smoothies so maybe they’ll try a green one.

Melinda T - Mmm, it looks good! I’m not much of a fruit or veggie person either, but I do want to live a healthier lifestyle and set an example for my girls! We have a blender, will have to use it til we get a juicer! TFS!

Jean - Brady’s dad just bought us a juicer and kindly even bought us some veggies & fruit! Brady made this weird veggie & fruit smoothie/juice and it was delish although I have to admit, it looked scary. May have been from the mixed berries. Anyway, I know, The past month, I have been eating terrible. And sleep, that is very important.

I would so love a fruit tree. My dad would always grow pear trees.

Carla - The fruits and veggies look great. It would be amazing to have a fruit tree in your yard. I would love to try the juice (not a big fan of mint but I’m guessing the flavor doesn’t come through too strong). I don’t currently have a juicer or even a blender. I’ll have to find someone with a juicer to invite me over so we can try together. :)
Totally a great eating habit to get into. I really could use some healthier habits myself.

danielle - I used to juice and also had a wheatgrass press. I need to get a juicer again. Which one do you use?

janet - Everytime I go to Target or WalMart, i walk by the blender isle and stand there a while. I think I would like one that will process food, and blend smoothies and frozen coffees…I can’t decide, too many choices and I don’t want another huge appliance sitting around.
What do you have?
Everything looks good!

tracey - I LOVE making green drinks. Other things I add to mine: aloe vera juice, flax meal, almond milk, or coconut milk.

Amanda - This might be good for me…a girl who doesn’t like her veggies and very little fruit! The bright green scares me a bit I have to admit, but perhaps that’s my anti-green speaking! :)

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