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Life Change Challenge: Week Three {Vegging Out}

 

My New Breville Juice Fountain

I’ve been out sick for a couple of weeks, but I’ve been waiting to share some of our successes and challenges with you.  First off, we got a juicer!  The one above, in the picture, that’s ours.  It’s made by Breville and we went looking for this particular brand right after we saw Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.  A great documentary about juicing and health which I recommend that you watch.  Anyway, we got the juicer and we were psyched to get started using it.  I made the Mean Green Juice first, which was pretty good, except I think I added too much kale.  They don’t tell you that in the videos, but finding the right combination of amounts for each fruit and vegetable drink is critical.  I found the same difficulty when adding citrus fruits with the rind…that bitter flavor.   Anyway, I’ve been working with this juicer a couple of days a week, but I haven’t perfected any recipes yet.  Once I’ve tweaked them fully, I will share here.  It turns out there is a lot of variation in size from one lemon to another or from one kale leave to another, so I’ll keep you posted…lol.  My point is though, that if you’re expecting to get a juicer and make a fabulous, tasty drink right out of the box, you’re probably in for some disappointment.

Overall though, this juicer performs really well.  There are four speeds on this model, varying depending on how hard the fruits or vegetables are.  Bananas could be speed 1 for example, while cucumbers should be juiced at level 4.  It did a great job extracting juice and there was NONE of that foamy froth at the top of the glass or pulp…just 100% pure juice…I like that.  One negative though, when you put round fruits and vegetables, like apples, into the processor, they are a little more difficult to juice.  The reason why is that inside the juicer, there is a basket that spins around while to break down and extract the juice.  When round objects hit this circular spinning basket, they tend to bounce around like a Lottery ball and sometimes get stuck.  Processing them wasn’t hard, it just requires pressing down more firmly, but still, I didn’t like the feeling, so I ended up cutting all the rounded fruits down into halves.  I didn’t have to cut up any of the other foods.

I’ll probably shoot a video to show you next week, now that I’m feeling better.  I love this juicer because it can go through anything and is also very easy to clean…probably one of the easiest out there.  The only challenging part is the little basket/cutting device in the center.  The metal mesh holes are so small that getting all the pulp out can take a little scrubbing, but nothing rigorous.

Image via People en Español

Dale Con Ganas – The new Biggest Loser?

Something cool to share!  This week I found a show online called Dale Con Ganas on Univision.  I’m not sure how many of you have seen it, but it’s pretty much the Spanish version of Biggest Loser.  I mean, it’s different, but for Biggest Loser fans, you’ll appreciate all the similarities.  My husband and I are huge fans of Biggest Loser and we sat down earlier this week to have a Dale Con Ganas marathon and now we’re hooked!  ;)

Hubby and I really like the show so far and it’s cool that there is a fairly diverse group of families.  The game takes place in L.A. and there are four trainers, one for each family.  The first five episodes have already aired, but there’s still time to watch them online.  You can watch it Wednesday nights on Univision or watch episodes online at www.DaleConGanas.com or on Hulu and YouTube.  This is the first season, so if it blows up, you have a chance to watch history in the making.  ;)

 

Walmart Tags Healthy Foods with New Green Icon

So, I came across some news this week that says that Walmart is going to start adding a green healthy foods notice to food products that meet a certain nutrition standard.  They’re starting with the Great Value and Marketside brands and will be expanding from there.

This is really good news in my opinion because there is so much junk out there and I’m tired of reading labels.  Sometimes I feel like I need a PhD to figure out what’s in my food, with all the scientific terminology being used…lol…I’m not kidding.  I’m hoping that this initiative will help to make things easier for us busy moms, especially those with toddlers!  You know how we do.  I mean, reading labels is impossible when you’ve got little ones to hover over.  ;)

Here’s what Walmart had to say in a recent press release:

“Walmart moms are telling us they want to make healthier choices for their families, but need help deciphering all the claims and information already displayed on products,” said Andrea Thomas, senior vice president of sustainability at Walmart. “Our ‘Great For You’ icon provides customers with an easy way to quickly identify healthier food choices. As they continue to balance busy schedules and tight budgets, this simple tool encourages families to have a healthier diet.”

 

What’s your healthy living news this week?  Have you made a change?  Let me know in the comments, I would love some company!  ;)

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  • Tara Castillo
    February 8, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Chantilly,

    Just wanted to mention something. I knew I had heard somewhere that the only citrus fruit that can be juiced with the rind on, are myer lemons. All other citrus fruits need to be peeled (or have the rind cut off). I researched it after our chat the other day and yes, it is best if the rind is cut off. Try it that way. I bet it makes a huge difference. I also tried a new juice the other day. Carrot lemon ginger juice… (4 carrots) (1 lemon w/o rind unless it is a myer lemon)) and (ginger 1/4 peeled. a little goes a long way w/ginger) and it was really good!

    I watched Dale con Ganas and loved it. It will definitely be one of my new shows!

    • biculturalmom
      February 8, 2012 at 2:17 pm

      @Tara Castillo Thank you Tara! I didn't want to waste the rind if it could be used, but I haven't figured out a way to cover up that taste, LOL. So, I think you're right about the rinds. I'm going to remove them. ;) Thanks for looking that up for me!

      I'm so glad that you like Dale Con Ganas! Ricky is hooked! We're going to watch it again tonight! =) Oh, and that you so much for the recipe!! I'l let you know! ;)

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