A New Year and A Recipe for Green Juice!

Happy New Year everyone!!

I hope that you all had an exciting and wonderful Holiday season : ) I know that I did!

With a family visitor (meeting their Grandson for the first time!), Christmas markets, a trip to Austria, and a Birthday- how could I not?


But with that behind us we have a whole NEW YEAR to look forward to, and just like most everybody does when this comes along, I made some goals for myself…

My New Year Resolutions

  1. Start including fresh fruit and vegetable JUICES into my diet- at least 5 a week.
  2. Focus on getting Scarlett to eat a variety of food (she takes the same lunch to kindergarten with her everyday) with an emphasis on her starting to eat vegetables (currently she will only eat sweet potatoes).
  3. Stop baking so much! And start snacking on savory things instead.
  4. Learn yoga : ) I’m so sick of running on my treadmill- BLAH.

Pretty reasonable, right? I think that is the most important thing when you set goals for yourself- be realistic.


I’m mostly just excited about Resolution #1 though- My new JUICER!!! Yayyyyyyyyy :D

Thanks to my Mother-in-Law, I received a Breville 2-speed juicer a few days ago as a Christmas gift. Lucky girl, right? I am almost at 100% for all my kitchen appliances necessary to have a hassle-free, healthy lifestyle. I’ve got my Vitamix blender (with dry container), food processor, electric citrus juicer, electric pressure cooker, AND now I have a juicer… hehe. The only thing missing is a dehydrator.

I just love kitchen appliances. Even when I was a teenager living with my parents I used to ask for them at Christmas, haha. What a dork.


As soon as I got the juicer, I scoured my fridge to see what I could throw together to make a juice. Somehow I managed to have all the ingredients on hand to make the Glowing Green Juice from Kimberly Snyder’s “Beauty Detox” book.

Okay, so I was a few cups of kale short. But that was all I had.

I’m lucky I had any at all! Just one month ago, the commissary over here wasn’t stocking it. One day it just showed up. I guess my prayers were answered.


Straight out of the juicer, this is what I was given. Not too appetizing looking, huh?

I have my doubts that I did it right.


After giving it a quick stir I felt much better, haha.

Yeah- that looks more appealing.

And you know what? It was REALLY delicious too! And I really don’t like the taste of celery in smoothies either, so I was really surprised that I was okay with it in the juice.

The texture was just so smooth with a slight creamy quality to it. I LOVED it! Literally pounded the whole glass in less than 10 seconds.


I’m still not too happy about all that waste though….

If only we had a compost pile.

I guess the juice versus smoothie debate continues on.


I actually used the juicer two more times that very same day.

Made a quick beet-carrot juice with 1 carrot and a leftover beet that had been shriveling away in my fridge far too long. And then I threw together a simple orange juice for Scarlett who loved it.

Got to say, I am a big BIG fan of my new toy : )

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Glowing Green Juice
Serves: about 16 ounces- 1 serving
  • 8 cups chopped spinach or kale
  • 2 cups chopped celery (about 2½ stalks) or cucumber (about ½)
  • ½ a large or 1 small lemon (cut peel off before you put it through the juicer)
  • 1 small apple or liquid stevia, to taste (or both!)
  1. Run all ingredients through juicer according to manufacturer's directions.
  2. Consume ASAP to preserve as many enzymes as possible!!!




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  • Sandy January 2, 2014, 11:47 pm

    Just found your blog and some delicious recipes to try. I have a fussy daughter too and the same juicer as you and wanted to let you know the ‘waste’ from the juice often makes delicious muffins that even my daughter will eat. Sometimes I’ll add cacao depending on the mix.
    All the best with your families healthy journey!

  • lmachell January 5, 2014, 1:02 pm

    Thanks Sandy! Great idea.

  • Toni January 5, 2014, 4:21 am

    This is great! I’ve been juicing for a while. I saw that you don’t like throwing out the pulp. Did you know that you can make crackers out of it? I found the recipe on YouTube, so I’m sure you can search for it!

  • lmachell January 5, 2014, 1:05 pm

    Ohhhhh! VERY interesting! I will look into it.

  • Cynthia January 7, 2014, 4:31 pm

    I found your green smoothie blog on Pinterest and fell in love. My husband and I bought a Breville juicer last January and tried the juice cleansing thing for a little while- I could never get used to the juice. The smell was awful- no matter what we juiced. I just couldn’t stomach it. The only combination I slightly enjoyed was a carrot apple juice. Your green smoothie is fantastic and I love starting my day with it. Thank you for sharing! Good luck with your juicing adventure. :o)

  • lmachell January 9, 2014, 3:54 pm

    Thank you so much Cynthia! That is wonderful to hear. Good luck on your adventure too!