Juice by Janine

For the past year, I’ve made juice a regular part of my life. I’ve always considered the possibility of sharing my love of the juice lifestyle with others but I wasn’t quite sure of the logistics: time, expenses, storage, delivery, packaging, etc. It’s almost impossible for me to think of starting a new venture while I’m working on NextChapter. But this weekend, I had some spare time and decided to test the idea. 

Juice by Janine is 100% all natural juice, prepared fresh in Columbus Ohio and frozen immediately in air tight jars to seal in all of the delicious nutrients!


What is all this about?

I’m not a doctor and don’t know everything about nutrition but I have been researching the benefits drinking juice for quite some time and find it to be one of the best things you can do for your body.

After buying a juicer, I began juicing each type of fruit and vegetable individually and creating concoctions in my kitchen until I mixed the most perfect recipes. Since then, I would juice a jar every morning for breakfast or lunch and found that 20oz of juice is just the right amount for a meal replacement. All of my friends began asking for recipes and wanted to know more, so I decided to make a round of juice for five select people that I knew would be easy to deliver. I packaged all of the jars with a note and sent them out into the world today excited to hear feedback.

The juice package that I made this weekend included four juices to be enjoyed as meal replacements:

Day 1: Breakfast – Lean Greens

Ingredients: Kale, Spinach, Cucumber, Celery, Apple, Pear, Lemon

Benefits: Kale is such a powerful ingredient. It is rich in vitamins and minerals like calcium which promotes strong bones and potassium which helps lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart diseases or stroke. Kale is high in fiber and detoxifies your whole body. Cucumber is a great tonic for encouraging healthy skin, hair and nails. It is also said to treat arthritis. Celery contains coumarin which helps with migraines and lowers blood pressure. Spinach is one of the most nutrient-packed foods and has more iron than any other vegetable.

Day 2: Lunch – Italian Picnic

Ingredients: Tomato, Carrot, Cucumber, Red Bell Pepper, Garlic, Apple

Benefits: Tomato has a magic ingredient called lycopene. It’s a powerful antioxidant that is said to have the nickname “the Cancer Destroyer”. Unfortunately, the body cannot create lycopene so we have to get it from fruits and vegetables. Garlic has been used to strengthen the immune system, lowers blow sugar and eliminate lead in the body. And finally, Bell Pepper juice is rich with Vitamin B6 and B9, both help control blood levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Day 3: Breakfast – Perfect Sunrise

Ingredients: Carrots, Orange, Mango

Benefits: Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, B and beta -carotenes (anti-oxidants). Carrots are said to help prevent cancer, helps maintain vision and promotes weightloss. Just to be on the safe side, don’t eat TOO many carrots every day because a recent study at OSU shows that having excess amounts of beta-carotene every day could be bad for you. (disclaimer)

Day 4: Lunch – Beauty and the Beet

Ingredients: Beet, Carrots, Apple, Lemon, Ginger

Benefits: Beet juice is an excellent purifier and cleanser of the blood. It is said to promote brain health in older adults by increasing blood flow to the brain. It is also been found that beet juice is high in folate and stimulates the production and repair of cells, which helps protect against premature aging and wrinkles!

How can I get my hands on this amazing juice?

Glad you asked! Over the weekend, I made roughly 90 jars and boy was that a job! I’m still considering the weekly jar package price and will know a little more by the end of the week. If the demand is high, then it makes sense!

If you are interested in buying a weekly package of Juice by Janine, shoot me an email that just says JUICE.  me@janinerenee.com

 

Juice Awareness

Ever since my juice cleanse last summer, I’ve made juicing a big part of my life. I try to replace one meal per day with juice and sometimes even two. This is quite difficult when traveling because most cities don’t have juice bars but locally, there are a few different options to get juice.

  1. Grocery Store – In Columbus, Market District and EarthFare will juice your ingredients for you while you shop. You will most likely have to freeze this juice when you get home to make sure it stays fresh but it is nice because you don’t have to clean up after.
  2. Farmers’ Markets + Home Juicer – This is the best choice, in my opinion  You can purchase a juicer (ranging in price from $100-500) but then you have it when you want it! I juice in the morning before the gym, sometimes at lunch or even the night before. Having juice on hand is the easiest way to make it a lifestyle.
  3. Juice Cleanses to Order – This is the most expensive route but you don’t have a mess to clean and the recipes are already determined for you. In this previous juice post, I link to several online juicing options.

The benefits of juicing are out of this world! Just to name a few…

  • promotes weight loss
  • energizes mind and body
  • appetite and portion control
  • helps lower blood pressure
  • strengthens the immune system
  • eliminates lead in the body
  • helps prevent cancer
  • promotes strong bones
  • cleanses and purifies the blood
  • reduces risk of heart disease or stroke
  • detoxifies the entire body
  • promote brain health in older adults

I will be posting photos and recipes to help create awareness in hopes that others will join me on my juice journey. If you have any questions about juicing or would like me to make you a glass to try it out, just write me a message. I’d love to hear from you.

Make Life More Valuable: Part II

My first post, Make Life More Valuable: Part I was such a hit that I decided to make it a quarterly feature.

challenge

Last summer when I was in Seattle, I decided on a whim, to climb Mount Si and ever since, I can’t stop thinking about the feeling I had when summiting the mountain. When everything was different. When I reached the peak and felt rocks crumbling down below my feet as I climbed higher and higher through the haystack. When I watched the clouds circle the mountain and was left with a view of the world five-thousand feet below me. That moment when I remembered what I was climbing for. Without challenge, life would feel like every other day on the ground.

PATTERN

Have you ever been upset in a moment or stuck on a problem that you just can’t seem to find a way to look at it on the outside, no matter what you do? You keep digging yourself deeper and deeper into the situation in your mind that you have now let this one little worry control your entire world. Well, the only way to really gain control of your emotions is to change the pattern. When you get upset, if you always go to the same place, listen to the same music, think the same thoughts, just stop! Get up, go for a run, act goofy, shake it off, (seriously). No one is watching but you. Get yourself out of the funk and change the pattern. I’m telling you, it’ll help you snap back into reality and let you see the problem from another point of view to find a meaningful solution.

WORK

I love this tweet I saw last week “Stop the Glorification of Busy”. The thing is, we can all be busy… drowning in work… so overwhelmed with things to do… etc. But by working SMARTER you can accomplish much more on that to-do list. You just need to be disciplined and set realistic goals. Being an entrepreneur definitely isn’t for everyone. Some people need structure set by someone else. And that’s fine. But if you are willing to make the jump, be sure you know how to manage your time efficiently to get the most out of your work days. Working hard isn’t hard enough if you aren’t working smart.

PLEASURES

We spend so much time working to become “successful” “wealthy” or “rich”. We spend even more time trying to figure out what those terms mean to us and how to get there. But what about all of the time in-between? Just be. Enjoy the simple pleasures of life and just simply be. A cup of hot coffee on a rainy day, a walk around the park with my happy Golden, a phone call with my dad for no reason… these are the type of simple pleasures that makes my life more valuable.

INVEST

The key to a rich life is to invest in yourself. By eating well, sleeping well and exercising often you will be much more productive with work and have a stronger sense of balance. Another important step to investing in yourself is to continue learning and building your knowledge base. I consume tons of information every day by reading books, articles and blog posts or listening to podcasts and TED talks from powerful thought leaders. I find that spending my time and money on growing my personal skills will always be beneficial.

INDULGE

We get so caught up in working out and being hard on ourselves that we deserve to indulgence every now and again. My secret indulgence is Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams on a hot summer night. Who am I kidding? Jeni’s at any time is delicious.  I even had a little yesterday! [double-toasted coconut + banana cajeta…mmmm].

What are some of your personal tips or tricks on how to make life more valuable?

Make Life More Valuable: Part I

In my life, my most treasured moments either stem from family or exploring. I am so thankful to have the ability to travel the world, explore new places and learn different culture. Even if it’s just a little weekend getaway in a cabin with my girlfriends or a ten day adventure to several European cities, I find that the art of travel brings creativity and inspiration to everyday life.

Last Winter, I took ballroom dancing lessons and never imagined it would bring such value to my life. But not even just ballroom dancing — dancing in any form is a beautiful way to express yourself. Have you ever gotten in the car, turned on your music as loud as possible and danced around in the driver’s seat all alone? Well, I tend to do that more often than I’d admit. There’s just something about losing yourself in moves that makes the worries in the world seem so minuscule.

Sometimes I forget to take a break. I run, run, run and then when I finally catch my breath, I am reminded how amazing it feels. I like to just rest…relax…read a book, drink a cup of tea on my balcony and watch the sunrise. Seriously, take time to relax because when you have a chance to actually see the world spinning, it’s a beautiful thing.

A healthy lifestyle makes for a healthy business and a healthy relationship with yourself and others. Fitness and nutrition have  always been an important part of my nature. My personal recipe for healthy living is: juice (once a day, usually breakfast) + cardio (three times per week) + weight lifting (three times per week) and if you’re good, you can build a routine to put them together alternating days on different muscles. One of the best things I’ve ever done for myself was hiring a personal trainer. I learned what type of weight lifting I should be doing for my body structure and goals.

Something I’ve struggled with for many years is my fear of loneliness. I’ve always been committed to overcoming that by trying to find things I enjoy doing by myself. That led me to moving into my first apartment by myself and really getting used to the feeling of solitude. In that time, I experienced some of my most creative moments. I painted, wrote poetry, read classic novels, watched foreign films and documentaries, shot some of my most compelling images and even learned how to grow a window garden (OK, so maybe I was still a little unsure of the whole living alone thing during that time.) But that point is, I did it.

Something that has added so much more value to my life of late is actually volunteering in order to improve the life of others. This year, I will be choosing one organization each month to donate my time and efforts to help those in need. After covering twelve different volunteer categories, I hope to find the ones that need the most and build a relationship with them and contribute as often as possible. Not only is volunteering a great way to give back to the community but you can also meet amazing individuals and learn a lot about yourself in the process.

These two simple words can change everything.

What is some of the best advice you’ve heard or given about making life more valuable?

Can You Juice Pizza?

I am a huge advocate on healthy eating, fitness and my most recent craze, juice! I have written a couple posts already about my three day juice cleanse and resources to learn more but I have decided to adopt juice meals as part of my life from here on out.

I bought a juicer three weeks ago and have been replacing one to two meals per day with juice. Since I began, I’ve noticed a lot of great changes to my mind and body: I feel much more energized. My portions of food have significantly decreased. I am craving raw foods and leafy greens rather than sugars or artificial flavors. I’ve lost a little weight and my skin is more vibrant looking.

BUYING PRODUCE

I love my Saturday mornings at the local farmer’s markets. This is the best way to buy fresh produce for your juice. Last weekend I was picking a couple bunches of kale when the farmer said “That’s the good stuff, we just picked it last night at 9pm.” It doesn’t get any more green than that.

Find the best farmer’s markets in your area and when you arrive, be sure to check the prices through the whole market first. One booth could have kale for $3.50 per bunch, while another is selling for $1.50.

If you do buy your produce from a grocery, try to find the organic fruits and veggies. It will be a little more costly but the benefits of eating pesticide free food will save you in the long run.

CLEAN THOSE VEGGIES!

Before juicing anything, make sure you thoroughly wash and rinse. Just like the kale picked from the farm the night before, most of these veggies still have soil on them. Washing your leafy greens and scrubbing your apples will ensure that your juice is healthy and fresh.

HOW LONG CAN I STORE JUICE?

After you shove all of those clean fruits and veggies into the juicer and you have your delicious juice concoction, how do you get the best out of it? As many nutritionists will tell you, drinking the juice within 15-30 minutes will provide you with the most nutrients. Depending on the veggie, you can store juice in the fridge from 12 -48 hours. Cabbage juice will only last one to two hours while carrot juice will stay great up to two days. With green juice, oxidation will occur within 24 hours and not only will your leafy greens lose nutrients but it will also lose the fresh taste. Freezing juice will hold the nutrients in longer so I usually like to make all of my juice in the morning, have it through the day and freeze a little for the afternoon.

GIVE ME SOME RECIPES.

Be creative! Some of the best recipes are the ones that you decide to whip together on a whim. Once you start mixing up your own juices, you’ll begin to know which type of veggies go well with each other. Here are some of my favorite recipes and the benefits of each.

Ingredients: Carrots, Lemon, Ginger

Benefits: Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, B and beta -carbotenes (anti-oxidants). Carrots are said to help prevent cancer, helps maintain vision and promotes weightloss.

 

Ingredients: Onion, Garlic, Red Bell Pepper, Tomatoes, Zucchini, Cucumber, Basil, Oregano

Benefits: Onions and garlic hold great benefits for juicing. They both have anti-cancer properties and help lower blood pressure. Garlic has been used to strengthen the immune system, lowers blow sugar and eliminate lead in the body.

Ingredients: Kale, Spinach, Romaine, Celery, Pear, Cucumber, Ginger, Lemon (peeled)

Benefits:  Kale is such a powerful ingredient. It is rich in vitamins and minerals like calcium which promotes strong bones and potassium which helps lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart diseases or stroke. Kale is high in fiber and detoxifies your whole body.

Ingredients: Beet, Carrot, Spinach, Cucumber, Ginger

Benefits: Beet juice is an excellent purifier and cleanser of the blood. It is said to promote brain health in older adults by increasing blood flow to the brain.

Ingredients: Cucumber, Spinach, Celery, Kale, Swiss Chard, Squash, Apple, Pear, Cabbage

Benefits: Cucumber is a great tonic for encouraging healthy skin, hair and nails. It is also said to treat arthritis. Celery contains coumarin which helps with migraines and lowers blood pressure. Spinach is one of the most nutrient-packed foods and has more iron than any other vegetable.

Ingredients: Watermelon (rind, seeds and flesh), Cucumber, Lime (peeled)

Benefits: Watermelon rind contains citrulline which is an amino acids that helps dilate blood vessels to improve circulation. Watermelon is a natural diuretic and also helps with weight loss.

Do you juice? What are some of your favorite recipes? 

I’m obviously not a doctor, I just read a lot on the internet. It may or may not be completely accurate but it’s my reflection of what I’ve researched before starting to juice. Here are a few of the resources I used: http://www.fitlife.tv/juicing-recipes/ , http://www.livestrong.com/juice/ and more recipes: http://www.harvestessentials.com/juicsaucsoup.htmlhttp://www.myjuicingrecipes.net/vegetable-juices