One morning last week a college student that works with me came to work with a tall glass full of an icy, frothy baby-blue drink. It looked delicious. Between sips he explained that this “drink” was his breakfast and he had, literally, whipped it up that morning. Packed with fresh blueberries, coconut water, chia seeds and pineapple, the drink, he explained,was not only gluten-free, but full of nutrients, and was a refreshing & convenient breakfast on the run. Intrigued, I set out to find out more information about “juicing” – the practice of extracting juice from fruits and vegetables.
My search to discover juicing basics, the do’s & don’ts, and fantastic recipes lead me to the new cookbook, “Juice: Recipes for Juicing, Cleansing & Living Well” by Carly de Castro, Hedi Gores and Hayden Slater – the three founders of Pressed Juicery – one of America’s most successful emerging juice companies with nearly 20 locations throughout California (they also offer nationwide shipping.)
Along with all the juicing how-to’s and recipes, this book made me realize the health benefits of fresh juice is astonishing and an important part of a fit & healthy lifestyle. Fresh juice is a great energy booster, replenishes nutrients in your body and is great for youthful and glowing skin.
I was also shocked at how easy juicing can be… and fun too! Following & making the recipes are quick and easy. In no-time you’ll be whipping up your very own breakfast, snacks, smoothies and more. Two of my favorite recipes are the Coconut Mint Chip Smoothie (this tastes just like Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream) and the sweet Pineapple, Beet, Pear, Ginger blended juice.
I also love the chapter on Elizers and Flavored Waters (you must try the Infused Blackberry Sage Water – YUM!). To make things simple I use my water pitcher infuser (I LOVE THIS! And they are only $19.90 on Amazon.com) and PRESTO I am drinking my daily allowance of water with no problem at all! (Or check out the singe serve infusion water bottles!)
All of these healthy and delicious reasons are why I am so excited that “Juice: Recipes for Juicing, Cleansing & Living Well” Cook Book is the prize sponsor of this Win-It-Wednesday on BeFreeForme.com
The prize (drumroll, please!) is a copy of this phenomenal cookbook on Juicing! One (1) winners will be randomly selected from the entries received before Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST, and one more winners will be randomly selected to win from the entries received between Wednesday, August 6 and Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 11:59 PM. SO – make sure you’re a BeFreeForMe member and enter to win two times!
How can you win?
Reply to this blog and let us know one way you stay healthy and well. Me? Trying to get my daily walk in first thing in the morning… when my day is not yet hectic and excuses don’t exist!
Good luck, remember to eat (or juice!) your fruits and veggies… and as always,
P.S. Want to buy the cookbook today? Check out this link on Amazon.com!