Happy Monday! I used to hate Mondays but now that I am able to enjoy what I do (blogging that is), I can’t wait for them. Sound crazy? I never thought I would say that. My life before the blogging world consisted of jobs that were not meant for me. I have to laugh about it now. I realize I am new to blogging.. but at this moment it feels right. Sharing my love for a vegan lifestyle is empowering and I have never been in this happy place before. I am sure everyone in their life has had a couple jobs that they just dreaded going to! It’s the worst when you wake up and try to think of reasons to call in sick (guilty.. very guilty). I remember feeling bogged down, my mind was cloudy, my body moved slow, and there wasn’t much to be excited about at all. Your life does not have to be like that! I can’t help but link those feelings to my diet as well. I was not a vegan after graduating college. I was what they call “healthy” meaning I rarely ate fast food, or red meat. I incorporated many fruits, veggies and lean proteins (I don’t like to think about it now!) but after what I know now, that was not a healthy diet.
A plant-based lifestyle was never taught in my college classes, I wish it was! I studied Health and Fitness at Purdue. Back then, I had no idea what I wanted to be, all I knew was I loved being healthy and staying in shape so I chose a specific major to coincide. I just went with the flow and figured I would find the perfect career after graduation. Well, that did not happen. Reality check. For reals… I can’t stress enough to those in high school and college that finding your ultimate passion is the most important thing you will do (besides taking care of your body). Job satisfaction makes all the difference in your health and well-being. Pursuing a career in a field that you want to be associated with and learn about every single day can take loads of stress off of yourself.
So do some research, take a class you have always wanted to take, but never thought you were “supposed” to or it might “look bad”. That class could make all the difference in your future. Follow your own path and you will be rewarded because only you can decide your happiness. Listen to your heart no matter where it takes you. It might take a while, but that is quite alright. It took me over 3 years to figure out what I truly wanted to pursue. I have accepted those dreadful years of hating all my jobs because it led me here. Now I have come full circle and can apply my learned health knowledge to this blog! I love everything about blogging. The writing, the photography, the design, the recipe-making and most importantly the new connections I make every day with my readers and other bloggers. This career is everything I love all in one and while it can take years for your blog to possibly become successful, I know
Let’s move on to this sizzlin’ green juice recipe. On Saturday morning I whipped up a brand new juice which I named the “Green Sizzle Goddess Juice”. Its loaded with cleansing, alkalizing veggies/fruit like kale, celery, cucumber, carrot and apple. I felt amazing after I sipped on this juice! If you need an energy and clarity boost, this juice is for you. Its called “Sizzle” because I added some jalapeño which is totally optional. It adds a nice kick though, even if you add the tiniest piece. You could omit the jalapeño altogether or replace with a dash of cayenne pepper. I added lime instead of my usual lemon to add a different flavor and I was very pleased! I love to make my juices in the blender in order to keep all the nutrients from the skin but you could also juice this recipe for a smoother juice.
Refreshing & satisfying Green Juice with a kick!
- 3 large kale leaves, stems removed and torn into pieces
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 2 carrot sticks, chopped
- 1 large naval orange, peel removed and cut into chunks
- 1 fuji apple, chopped
- 1 lime, peel removed and cut into chunks
- 1.5 inch piece of ginger
- 1/4 piece of a jalapeño (OPTIONAL) or add a tiny slice, adjust to your taste
- 2 cups water
- 2 handfuls ice
- Add all ingredients into blender and blend until it becomes a juice-like consistency. You can always add more or less water depending on your preference. Enjoy!
- A high-speed blender works best. If you don’t have that, its fine! You may just need to add more water in your blender. Could also use a juicer instead of blender but I like to include all the fiber 🙂
- Serving Size: 2