Things have been a little heavy around La Vida Dulce (or at least my heart has felt heavy), so let's lighten things up, shall we?
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Let me tell you about something in my life that I don't often share with people, lest I be labeled a "granola-eating tree-hugger"... although to be honest I do eat plenty of granola and, there are worse things to be called...
Anyway, back in the day when I lived in North Texas, the juicing craze hit our area, and I got swept in.
I was a young mom, with a busy life, and a few issues, and I was in need of energy. There was a Friendly Juicing Lady who swore that juicing could cure any ailment, from hiccups to heat-stroke, with a daily drink of freshly squeezed veggies.
However, her big push was ALL! THE! ENERGY! you could gather by simply swallowing a swig of orange colored root cure.
The Holy Grail of vegetables: The Carrot.
A couple of my friends were already on the carrot juice bandwagon, I didn't want to be left out of the loop.
(For as much as I am a leader, when it comes to following I've done my fair share.)
Next thing I knew, I was buying carrots by the 10 pound bags and was drinking juice like a bunny on steroids.
My first and last purchase on ebay was this archaic looking appliance.
I call him Champ, the Champion Juicer. He weighs about 15 pounds and has a mean edge. Not only does he churn out the best of fresh juices, but he also makes all sorts of "nut butters" and the best crushed ice around.
I no longer juice everyday, and I've graduated to veggies beyond carrots (dark greens are good for you!) but I still occasionally enjoy juicing.
Does it give me more energy? Honestly, I don't really notice, but I do know that there are a lot of good vitamins in drinking veggies.
My drink of choice is carrots, kale, celery, apple and cucumber. (The artichoke is for dinner tonight, but since I was washing veggies I photographed him too.)
It's scary to look at, and I have to drink it over ice, and with a straw. But it's really not that bad. Really.
So there you go...
A La Vida Dulce Wednesday Weird-Ways.