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Jumping on the juice train.

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The post four months in the making.

I may have promised this post way back in October when we initially purchased our juicer, but who’s counting?

So let’s rewind. Several months ago we watched the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead on Netflix after my co-worker Julie watched it and started juicing.

100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn’t end well— with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn’t far behind. FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health.

With doctors and conventional medicines unable to help long- term, Joe turns to the only option left, the body’s ability to heal itself. He trades in the junk food and hits the road with juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for the next 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe has one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle.”

I’ll let you find out for yourself whether or not Joe accomplishes his goal to get healthy. I will say that the film is really inspiring and we bought a juicer the very next day.

We ended up purchasing a compact model from Breville

In the beginning we made our own version of Joe’s Mean Green Juice.  Our green juice contains:

Mean Green Juice (makes two mason jars of juice)

6 Kale Leaves or several handful of spinach
1 Cucumber
3 Green Apples
1/2 Lemon
2 Carrots
1 piece of ginger

juiceYes, I’m the weirdo who drinks green juice from a mason jar at 8 a.m.

We started out by juicing for two meals a day and within two weeks I dropped 8 pounds and felt fantastic. I will warn you that the first day or two of replacing meals with juice you’ll likely experience a carb or sugar ‘hangover.’ I felt sluggish and had a bad headache for the first 48 hours, but after that I had tons of energy and felt amazing.

We were going strong for several weeks and it looked like I was finally going to lose all of that post-wedding weight.

Then Thanksgiving happened and we fell out of the habit. And then Christmas. Then New Year’s Eve.

You know the story.

I regained almost all of the weight I had lost.

Last week we finally started juicing seriously again. We’ve both lost a few pounds and are feeling less bloated and have fewer sugar cravings. We’re trying different combinations and my current favorite is our Breakfast Blend (funnily enough, this juice is inspired by another co-worker. My office is all about the juice)

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breakfast Juice (makes two mason jars of juice)

3 peeled Kiwi
1 Cucumber
3 Red Apples
Several handfuls of strawberries
Several handfuls of blueberries (when in season)
1 Lemon
1 Orange
2 Carrots
1 piece of ginger

Have you ever juiced before? I would love some new recipes so please comment if you have any suggestions.

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Bottom line: it’s expensive and time consuming and totally worth it. I would strongly recommend you give juicing a try.

 Eat drink your vegetables!

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Grilled Naan Pizza

Jacob and I share a strong love for pizza. I think we could eat it every day if it were calorically (or socially for that matter) acceptable. Not only is restaurant pizza pretty unhealthy, it’s can also be expensive. We often make pizza at home and have experimented with several different kinds of crust. Up until last night our favorite had been a whole grain pre-baked crust that we get at our natural foods store, but I think naan is now the delicious frontrunner. Not only did it taste amazing, it was under $4 for two and only took about 15 minutes from prep to table.

Naan is an is a leavened, indian flatbread that is baked in a Tandoor or earthern oven.

Naan Pizza

Mmmmmm. Oh man, I love me some bread.

Luckily for those of us who don’t have a Tandoor oven of their very own, it’s becoming widely available in grocery stores. We got ours at a local chain grocery, but I’ve even seen it at Walmart in their bakery section.

How to make Grilled Naan Pizza

First, preheat your grill to low or medium (low for us, as our grill tends to cook really hot). Gather all of your ingredients ahead of time. Chop, slice, or wash anything that needs it. I put everything on one platter and set it next to the grill.

Fresh basil and mozzarella, diced jalepenos, turkey pepperoni, and shredded mozzarella/provolone mix

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Let’s take a moment to discuss how wonderful fresh mozzarella is
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Sigh. Back to the pizza. Also have handy your naan and a little olive oil.
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And the usual cast of characters you use to season a pizza.
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Brush both sides of the naan with olive oil and put on the grill 3 or 4 minutes

Naan Pizza

Flip the naan and quickly top the grilled sides with sauce, seasonings, and whatever pizza toppings strike your fancy. Pepperoni and jalepenos for the husband, basil and fresh mozzarella for yours truly.
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Close the lid of the grill and let the other side of the naan brown. It took us a few minutes to get the toppings on, so we only let it cook with the lid closed for 2 or 3 minutes longer. Once the cheese is melted and the bottom of the bread nice and brown, remove from the grill and eat delicately inhale immediately. Naan Pizza This was seriously some of the best homemade pizza I’ve ever had. It reminded me of these fried dough pizzas my mom would make when I was little. The best part is, it’s healthy! An entire Naan only has 10 grams of fat, and 330 calories. Depending on your toppings, you can easily have a whole one for less than 500 calories (which is like, one slice of restaurant pizza). Because they have 8 grams of fiber and are whole-grain, they’re also really filling. I could barely eat all of mine and I was starving beforehand.

We’re already talking about the toppings we’re going to do for our next batch. I’m thinking sauteed apples with cinnamon and Jacob wants buffalo chicken.

Go forth and eat healthy delicious pizza!

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