Veggies, Juicing, and Papaya

Yesterday, the hubs and I decided to watch Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead – a documentary that pretty much revolved around the idea that juicing can improve your overall health.  I won’t give away much more of the documentary, but I’m definitely a believer.  I was not a big fan of juicing, however, just because it felt wasteful.  It always hurt me to see all of the veggies’ useful fiber be shoveled into a bag and thrown out.  Luckily, since juicing has become so popular, I’ve found several sites sharing different recipes to use this pulp with other meals.  See here and here (I love Pinterest).

So, yes, we have a juicer, and we made a few different juices today to substitute our dinner.  It’s interesting to think how many natural nutrients we’ve ingested in one glass.  Nothing about the juice is processed, and there are no additives.  I’m glad I was able to bring my husband to a more veggie and fruit rich diet as we were dating, but even if I didn’t, I think juicing would’ve been something easy for him to adapt to.  Got someone in your family reluctant to eat their fresh veggies?  Try juicing.  It can even replace a snack, because, well, I’m sure we can all agree it’s better for you than eating cupcakes, chips and cookies (Although having a small percent of your diet involve these goodies isn’t frowned upon at all!  I need my cupcakes!).

My favorite part about the documentary was that they had challenged a lean woman to juice for 10 days to see if she could see a change in her health.  At the end of the 10 days, she was a believer.  She no longer had migraines, and she felt like she had a definite increase in energy.  I say this is my favorite part because it’s clear that everyone — no matter how lean or not — can benefit from healthy choices.  I don’t know how many times I would eat a complete meal that was fresh and healthy and someone would scoff at me, saying snide remarks about why I’m trying to lose weight or why I need to eat the way I eat.  Yes, I’m not overweight or fat at all.  Thing is, I’m not eating to lose weight in life.  I’m eating to stay healthy and strong for my future!

Anyhow, for dessert tonight, I prepared myself half of a Mexican papaya and filled it with vanilla yogurt and granola.  If you haven’t tried it, you really should.  I was craving a taste of Hawaii, and this dish was my favorite — although, instead of dessert, I was eating it for breakfast on the island.  Still delicious 🙂

Hawaii inspired. Papaya + yogurt + granola

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