Friday, February 3, 2012

kijani juice

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juicing
i really hope this becomes the new trend

it is utterly amazing

in the past i have made a few attempts to be a juicer
problem one our first juicer was a monster - not the easiest thing to whip out in the morning
hurdle two justin was afraid i would juice a finger - so he became the designated juice man
three - honestly, i lacked the motivation

things have changed, i am totally a juice addict now

you see, healing naturally is very important to me - i have never spoken about this on my blog before
truth is - 3 years ago i was diagnosed with a chronic illness; upper crohns
yep - no cure, medicine for life, and they have no idea what causes it
wow- i must have put on my big girl pants to have shared that, it is not easy for me to admit that i have crohns. for a long time i was in denial & that denial landed me in the hospital for 7 days

there is a lot of support that juicing heals the body and a raw diet is ideal for those with this illness
so i am giving it a try; a holistic approach

okay. so enough about that - lets talk about this amazing juice




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by far this is my favorite combo
loads of fruit and veggies
it is my new favorite way to start the day
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back in the day i would have laughed if you told me i would become a lean mean juice master machine
kale? who drinks kale
come to find out loads of people and it is awesome
this juice gives me energy unlike anything else that lasts well into early afternoon

if you can it is best to drink your juice on an empty stomach - first thing in the morning is best

i also juice in the afternoon, about an hour before heading to the gym

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are you wondering about the name
oh yeah that

it is Swahili for green

no, i am not a secret swahili princess

green juice sounded boring - kijani, is well, just fun


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if you are not convinced that juicing is absolutely the best thing for you and your body
take an hour out of your day and watch fat, sick & nearly dead
it may change your mind about the power of juicing
 

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kijani juice
2 servings

you will need:

1 asian pear
2 small apples
small bunch of kale - 3-4 leaves
1/2 cup broccoli
1/2 cup blueberries

assembly:
prep all veggies to your own juicer:
washed & cut if needed

juice all veggies in juicer

i prefer my juice straight from juicer; justin likes his with an ice cube

enjoy!

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9 comments:

  1. So what juicer do you have these days?
    P.S. Thank you for sharing that tidbit about you having Crohns. I had no idea, Heather! You are amazing... xo

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    1. Aww thanks Cara, you are so sweet - I have a small black & decker which has proven to be perfect for now - I may upgrade later on, but this one is super easy to use, small and light - it does everything I need it to - the one we use to have was like the ferrari of juicers!

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  2. This juice should keep my energy up and running during studies - though the broccoli has me a little nervous, the name is too exotic and secret-Swahili-princess-like to not try it :P
    Thanks!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Don't let the broccoli scare you - it absolutely doesn't over power the other flavors - it definitely enhances them!

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  3. Kijani does sound all exotic and pretty for a green juice..:) and the juicing the finger part.. that my hubbs is more likely to do..so he stays away from all my powerful kitchen machines.. though i think he also feigns a bit of incompetence so he doesnt get assigned too many things:)
    Also, thank you for sharing about Crohns. Hope you find all the things that work to keep things as normal as possible. All the best and do let me know if I can help in any way ever.
    I cannot stand broccoli.. but there are other good veggies that will work.:)

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    1. Thank you Richa :) I hope you enjoy the juice sans broccoli!

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  4. I have ulcerative colitis (similar to crohns) and have kept my symptoms at bay with eating a plant based diet. I'd venture to say juicing is the main reason I'm off of my meds :) Isn't incredible we have natural foods to helps us heal?

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    1. It is amazing - I have never been one for meds but definitley after going through this illness I do understand that they have their place...however the healing power within ourselves partnered with a Conscience diet can work wonders- I noticed a hige difference once I went vegan 1 1/2 years ago and a bigger difference maintaining a 75/25 raw diet- thank you for sharing that little piece of yourself- it makes things a little easier knowing others have gone through similiar experiences :-)

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  5. I couldn't agree with you more Ella!!! I too watched The Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead last winter and was inspired to reboot my system too. I did a 5 day juicefast last January and getting ready to do another this week. It has totally changed the way I eat. Glad to see someone sharing the same perspective. I am going to try this recipe for sure! Sounds delish.

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