HAL #36 – Juice & veggie burger

About a month ago I was motivated to try juicing after watching Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead on Netflix. Granted, I’m nowhere as fat/unhealthy as the people in that documentary are, but being 5.7 and weighing 180 pounds, I figured this would be a nice way to try to go down to 170 pounds. I never planned to do anything crazy like their week, 10-day or 2-month detox programs (nothing that extreme can be good for a normal person if you ask me) but substituting heavier dinners with a veggie/fruit juice and using the leftover pulp to prepare a healthy veggie burger sounded like a delicious and healthy plan.

And so, I finally got my new Black & Decker juicer from Amazon today. It’s not the best around, but it’s quite decent and more than good enough for light daily juicing, plus a good $60 cheaper than the cheapest Breville. Besides, for my 1st juicer, it struck me as a sensible choice monetarily in case I didn’t like the experience. As I got the box, I proceeded to make some amazing healthy awesome lunch. For the juice, I used 1/2 cucumber, 1 piece of celery, 1 carrot, 1 orange and some spinach (the latter goes 1st into the juicer so that more watery foods will help bring it down later). After that was ready, I left it in the fridge for 10 minutes while I made a veggie burger with the leftover pulp (except the orange) by mixing it with salmon and garlic, stir frying it for a few minutes and finally adding some salt, pepper and flax seed. Maybe in the future I’ll get adventurous and try to include the orange, but it seemed a little too exotic for my 1st attempt 🙂

Bottom line: today’s HAL was SO GOOD and it made me especially happy that nothing went to waste (Keira was somewhat disappointed that she didn’t get a piece of Salmon!). This juicing thing holds promise and the whole process made me so incredibly happy. Next up I’ll have to experiment with olives and other natural additives!

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