It’s January. All the Christmas decorations have been taken down.
The once bright snow lies dingy on the side of the road and cabin fever is setting in.
The geese are only now beginning to fly south for the winter and spring time seems light years away.
So what’s a person to do?
One thing that makes my winter days brighter is to start the morning with a glass of fresh squeezed juice.
Especially from the citrus family.
Orange juice, grapefruit juice, mandarin and tangerines. My taste buds are popping at the thought.
I have a friend who believes that typically healthy people get sick more in the winter not because of germs but, because of eating habits.
Think about it~ halloween arrives in October with it’s sugary treats. Quickly followed by Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. That’s three months of treats and overeating rich foods that we don’t normally enjoy.
Along with the added stresses of shorter days, less sunshine and heavier work/school loads we have a cocktail of pressures to suppress our immune system.
Our bodies have now been subjected to an overload of excess sugar, adrenalin and mental burn out.
I agree with Andrew Weil who says,
“You can’t afford to get sick, and you can’t depend on the
present health care system to keep you well. It’s up to
you to protect and maintain your body’s innate capacity
for health and healing by making the right choices in how
If you have a blender, and most folks do, why not whip up some sunshine with a quick and easy smoothie? Also, an investment in a good juicer will go a long way to help you stay healthy and happy through the rest of the winter.
To help you get started or if you are already juicing, here are a few of our favorite recipes.
1. Hubby’s favorite Smoothie
12 ounces Strawberry kefir
1/2 cup of cut up strawberries
Add sliced fruit to the kefir in a blender and enjoy!
2. Hello Sunshine
6 organic oranges~ peeled
3 tangerines (or other sweeter orange)
1/4 cup of organic raspberries
This one is my absolute favorite! If you have a juicer
throw the ingredients in, mix the juice well and enjoy!
If you don’t have a juicer remove the seeds before putting
the fruit in your blender.
3. For Your Sweet Tooth
6 unpeeled large organic carrots (scrubbed well)
1 organic honey crisp or other firm apple that has a bite to it will do
We use the juicer for this delicious vegetable juice when we want
to give our digestion a break from the holiday goodies.
So now that you know some of our healthy drink favs, feel free to use the comment section to share yours!