Juicing

Juicing has been something that I have wanted to do for quite some time now. Thanks to the generosity of my best friend I now have a Bella juicer. It was given to me as a graduation gift (I finished law school this year) and have been trying out new recipes every week. My favorite thus far has been a smooth and delectable combination of beets, carrots and a few other goodies from Bonappetite.com . I modified the recipe a bit for what I had on hand and it is included below. The number of combinations and flavors is incredible and I love experimenting  with a variety of vegetables and fruits that I had not tried until now.

Green and Pink Juices

Here  you can see two juices that I put together. The lean mean green machine consists of kale, broccoli, cilantro and cucumbers. And the pink drink was one that I played around with throwing in fresh pomegranate, a small grapefruit, a few apples, and some kiwis. I certainly learned my lesson with the pink drink, because although it tasted scrumptiously, the grapefruit made the drink a bit too tart.

The drinks are very filling and, as you would guess, nutrient rich. I get the produce used in my juices from my fabulous local coop, The George Street Coop, and there will be more on that in a later post. The Coop provides locally grown organic produce, so I know what I’m getting.

This piece would not be complete if in addition to all of the benefits of juicing I didn’t mention some of the downfalls as well. Despite all of its benefits juicing has brought a new list of challenges that I am meeting head on one by one. First among them is the waste created by the juicer. This particular model of juicer is a juicer and separates the juice of the produce from the fibrous parts of the plants. I am thus left with a great deal of material once I have finished juicing. Some of that material I incorporate back into the juice bottle to get the benefits of the fiber, however, there is still a lot left over.

Tumbling Composter

Now juicing is not cheap, especially not when going with organic produce, and it takes a lot of raw material to get a little bit of juice. So I have recently built a tumbling composter (see photo, I still have to drill holes in the barrel) and have begun planning my garden for the next growing season. If I become ambitious I may even construct a small green house to get a head start, but I think I am getting ahead of myself.

In the long run, I think that juicing has inspired a host of other habits that I am going to be grateful for and enjoy. I look forward to gardening and continuing to try and reduce my harmful impact this earth. I’m a noob at both gardening and composting so we’ll see what happens.

I want to pose a question to you all. Now that I have some experience with juicing, I wanted to get the feed back from those of you who have tried blending. Do you recommend one over the other? A combination of the two methods? And if you use a blender that you like, which do you recommend? Thank you for taking the time to read and for you feedback.

BEET, KALE, CARROT AND APPLE JUICE RECIPE

Ingredients

  • 1 large beet
  • 1 lb of carrots
  • 1 gala or empire apple
  • 1 granny smith apple
  • 1/2 inch of fresh ginger
  • 1/2 of a peeled lemon
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Eating Out as a Nutritarian: Café Blossom Review

Eating out has taken on a whole new meaning since deciding to lead a healthier lifestyle. I had planned a day of adventure for myself and my cousin in the beautiful city of NYC and needed to find a whole foods plant based friendly place to eat. Through some digging I came across the vegan restaurant aptly named Café Blossom.

I was initially wary of the self proclaimed “vegan” restaurant. Because a vegan diet consists of fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and whole grains, many things can fall into those categories and be considered vegan, but they will not necessarily be considered a whole food. I mean to say that many vegans, while not consuming meat or dairy, still consume an alarming amount of processed foods with high sodium content and high oil content.

That is the background that I went into the restaurant with. There were a variety of options on the menu and looking back I could have made a better choice. There are 5 items listed that are followed by the word “Raw” and I probably would have been better off choosing one of those.

But I chose to order a “Soy Bacon Cheeseburger”. I should have known better but I was tempted by my old habits. The thought of vegan friendly bacon was too overwhelming. The sandwich itself, however …..

Not so much.

It was greasy and oily, and the bacon did little to the burger except add a few extra calories, some unnecessary sodium. and other chemicals. It’s saving grace was that given that it was soy based it did add some protein. The bun was your typical white bread made with bleached white flours and sugars and not a whole grain in sight. And as you can see in the photo below, I should have opted for something like the steamed kale rather than the sweet potato fries as they were soaked in oil as well.

Were I to go back I would have most likely try for a salad with dressing on the side and maybe some added tofu or avocado on top or perhaps the Zucchini linguini.

Have you been to Cafe Blossom? I would love to hear about your experiences down below in the comment section. Please feel free to tell me about other eating establishments that you would recommend.