Sunday, February 17, 2013

Scientific challenge.

   Recently Justin and I watched a bunch of documentaries about healthy lifestyle and healthy eating, and almost all of them talked about the benefits of a plants-based diet. People switching from an unhealthy, fat, meat and fast food loaded diet to a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle and going on and on about how it changed their health and performance. They all said: "...try it for few weeks and you will see how much better you will feel". I usually don't easily believe in things like that, but I got so intrigued about it and the scientist in me really wanted to find out if it's true. So we decided to accept the challenge and perform a 6-week experiment (it reminds me of mice-feeding experiments). We are going vegetarian (vegan is way too far for us) and we will see if we feel better, look better, and have more energy. Don't get me wrong, we love meat and we're planning to go back to it, but we are just curious if it makes a difference. So for the next 6 weeks you will see only vegetarian recipes on my blog (unless we fail and attack a pig!).
   To begin the change in our lifestyle, we purchased a juicer and we start our day with  a glass of fresh vegetable/fruit juice, that cleanses our body, gives us energy, and makes us feel better about our diet. It's a great breakfast option! Each day we try a different combinations of fruit and veggies and here is one of them, green, healthy, and refreshing.


*  1 large cucumber
*  1 large apple
*  2 large kale leaves
*  3 large stalks of celery
*  1 kiwi
*  1 lime


1. Cut cucumbers, celery and apple into pieces (remove apple seeds).
2. Using electric juicer, juice cucumber, apple, kale, celery and kiwi. Add freshly squeezed lime juice and it's ready to drink.
3. Try not to store it for more then 30 minutes in room temp, or more then a few hours in the fridge. The enzymes lose their activity pretty fast!

   How easy is that? I think that lime juice is essential, it makes every juice much better. I know it sounds scary, but trust me they are really good and REALLY healthy!
   Let the vegetarian challenge begin!

Good luck,

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