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Incorporate Fresh Juice Into Your Daily Routine

Drinking freshly pressed juice is a great way to get a serving of fruits and vegetables.  For example, I try to incorporate dark leafy greens into my diet every day.  One of the easiest ways to do this is by juicing.

My Hurom Juice Press

I use a Hurom juice press.  It’s a slow juice press that uses a single-gear auger.   As you put the vegetables and fruit into it, you can hear the machine ‘chewing’ everything into a pulp.  The pulp comes out very dry.

Since the juicer works slowly, there is no oxidation.  Most centrifugal juicers work at a fast speed, thus allowing for oxidation.  In simple terms, my juice press works a slow speed that allows the juice to retain the nutrients and enzymes that make it healthy.

My favorite recipe

My husband is the creative one when it comes to creating new juice recipes.  Once he’s perfected them, I start to make them regularly and eventually, I call it my own.  😉

Juice

The current recipe has the following ingredients:

2 apples

4 sticks of celery

A bunch of dandelion greens

A bit of ginger root

A bit of turmeric root

Try it!  It tastes great!

I try to drink two glasses of this juice each day.  As soon as I drink it, I feel energized.  There’s no doubt in my mind that juice is an important part of my beauty and health routine!



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Go Green this Easter

‘Easter traditions go back a long way.  Today, there are many ways to enjoy those traditions and make some ‘green’ choices along the way.  Here are a couple of ideas to get you started.

Dyeing Easter Eggs Naturally

Today, it’s fairly easy to use synthetic dyes when you set out to colour your Easter Eggs - Natural DyeEaster eggs.  However, the tradition started with the use of natural sources of colouring.  I found a great article about all kinds of ways to dye your eggs naturally and then use them in creative ways.  Here’s a snippet of their suggestions:

Natural Sources of Dye:

Red Cabbage

Turmeric

Onion Skins

Beets

Coffee

You can dye your eggs using a cold dip method or a boiled  method.  You’ll dip them for varying lengths of time, depending on the type of colour that you want.   Check out this article for more great ideas!

Reusable Easter Baskets

Easter Eggs in Reusable BasketOnce you have your decorated eggs, no doubt you will want to put them into a basket.  This year, try reusing baskets from other occasions.  You could also use shredded junk mail to fill the bottom of the basket instead of the plastic grass that is often used.  Once Easter is done, that plastic grass spends most of its time in landfills.

I got that idea from a Green Options article.  This is just one of the great ideas in the article, so please check it out as well!

Wishing you all a Happy Easter!