It’s a snowy Wednesday morning and I’m deep into my usual morning routine—Coffee in-hand, while reading through my emails. Then I see IT. A receipt for the renewal of my domain. I can’t believe this little corner of the internet of mine is 4 years old!! For a little nostalgia sake, I went through some of my very first blog posts (like this one) and I couldn’t help but cringe. This was different though. You know the kind of cringe that you get when you look at photos of yourself from high school, with your barely-there eyebrows, blue eyeshadow and ultra low rise jeans…Yet, you still see the innocence of your sweet little self. Well, that’s how I felt looking back on these posts. I’m proud to see how far I’ve come with my photography and writing-ish. I’m proud to see that I fell in love with something and stuck to it all these years, and I’m still so happy to be on this blogging journey.
So, for a little afternoon pick me up, I made this old but total delish recipe of mine and snapped a quick photo. If you happen to be a new visitor and see this first lovely photo but scroll on to see the other not-so-lovely ones, I just wanted to keep the original post here to remind myself (and maybe you) that we all start somewhere…
Sunday night, I went out on a much-needed date with a girlfriend. She’s vegetarian (also a total babe) and asked if I wanted to try this vegan restaurant called Aux Vivres. Of course, I never turn down trying out something new. The food was absolutely delicious! I ordered the Portobello burger with their Popeye green juice…I also had room for dessert and had their chocolate banana pie. It has been less than a week that I went there and I’m already anticipating going back! You hear that Steph!?! ** Cue in Ariel from the Little Mermaid** I want more!!!
When ordering the green juice, I realized that I can make this at home! It was on my to-do list the next day and I’ve had it every day since, which is a total of 5 days…I’m obsessed! What makes this juice so delicious is cayenne, with many health benefits such as
- Anti-Irritant Properties. Cayenne has the ability to ease an upset stomach, ulcers, sore throats, spasmodic and irritating coughs, and diarrhea
- Anti-Cold and Flu Agent
- Anti-Fungal Properties
- Migraine Headache Prevention
- Digestive Aid
You won’t regret mixing this in! I’ve played around with the recipe, of course, some days omitting certain ingredients and replacing them with others. Today I’m going to share with you the recipe with all the ingredients they used at the restaurant! In no way is this their official recipe, due to not knowing the amount of each ingredient they put in, but I think it tastes exactly like it! So, I must’ve done something right!
There you have it, a delicious healthy Popeye green juice that you might get addicted to like I did! If you’re a novice juicer like myself, here are a few tips.
- Make sure you properly clean your fruits and veggies. I use about 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar for every cup of water to wash them naturally and thoroughly. Check out this post for more information!
- When juicing spinach, add a bit of water to make sure it won’t get stuck.
- Add a plastic bag in the pulp bin, clean up is much easier this way.
- You can keep the pulp and add it to sauces, meatballs, soup, desserts…the possibilities are endless!
- Make sure you wash your juicer right after you’re finished using it. Leaving it to sit in the sink will have you scrubbing way more than you’d like.
There are so many benefits to juicing! Green juices are a great way to get in your recommended servings of fresh produce, especially if you have a hard time fitting in loads of broccoli, kale, spinach or cucumbers in your everyday diet. Most green juices pack two servings of fruits and veggies (or your entire days worth), so they’re a healthy way to sneak in nutrients if you’ve slacked on bunny food lately.
** My inexpensive juicer **
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