We’re in a big ninja turtle phase here. As in, Oliver realized that one of the ninja turtles has a blue mask and it was love at first site. (He LOVES all things blue.) I may have used this to my advantage to get him to down glasses of this beautiful juice all week.
In all honesty, I know not everyone has a juicer and if you do own one, it really doesn’t take a recipe to know how to make tasty juice. But we just got a juicer for Christmas (It has been on my list for maybe the past 10 years.) and were excited to try it out this week.
The first time I made a batch of juice I used a bunch of sweet fruits: pineapple, orange, pear, and a little kale to make it green. This was my way of luring my kids in and showing them that the juice I could make was better than any juice box. It worked.
The second time I made the juice I added cucumber and more greens and only used an apple, orange and lemon for the fruit. You see where I’m going with this now? By our third morning I’m not gonna lie, the juice tasted pretty…green. But guess what? They drank it. And they asked for more! #momwin 👊🏻
The recipe we have liked best includes: cucumber, kale/spinach, a little ginger root, apple and lemon.
I love that they are getting a jumpstart on their vegetables and I love how much energy it is giving me. Of course the extra energy could also be from our sugar-free January challenge so I will update you all on that.
We have almost completed our first week and I have to report, things are going pretty good. I have had more energy and overall just feel great. Although this blog will never be about weight loss because that’s just not something I focus on, I feel like I should report that I easily lost 5 pounds just by cutting processed grains and sugars. Best of all, my kids have been more willing to try new foods this week. A couple of people have asked me, “What meals have you made that were sugar free?” So I’ll start with our week’s breakfast on this post and then I’ll cover lunch/dinner and snacks in another.
Refined sugar free breakfasts we enjoyed this week:
- whole wheat toast with almond/peanut butter (optional: topped with hemp hearts, drizzle of honey or banana)
- overnight oats (oats, plain Greek yogurt, milk, honey, wild blueberries)
- freshly squeezed vegetable and fruit juice (obviously)
- oatmeal with raisins, cinnamon and pure maple syrup
We still had plenty of sweet things to keep my kids interested and they were all pretty easy to prepare. 🙌🏻 This week I plan on adding my crustless quiche to the mix but will basically rotate through the options above because they worked great for us.
I’d love to hear from you if you are doing the challenge by yourself or with your family or if you have any juicing tips for us newbies!