Starting the Morning Off Right

Like any American, I enjoy a nice cup of coffee to start my day. Unlike normality, I also enjoy my coffee ICED, whether rain or shine, it has to be cold. 1/2 cup almond milk. 1/2 cup coffee over ice. That’s it and it’s good!

However, my love of coffee has only had a 3 year life, when I was first introduced to Starbucks overseas. Yes, you heard that right. I was on a missions trip…to another country, 15 hours away from my own state, where I first enjoyed my first true American coffee.  Needless to say that one trip brought into me a love of iced coffee (since my first “Starbucks order” was a Frappuccino ). Now a few years later, older (and hopefully wiser)  and more mindful of cash-flow and health,  I make it at home.

My love of coffee began overseas, yet being more money conscious and health
My love of coffee began overseas, yet being more money and health conscious, I make a much better version at home. 


But coffee is not always the best “pick-me” up in the morning, even though I’d like to think it is. Water is always the best start to the day. For a creative person like myself, that often gets very boring.

Recently a dear friend gave us a juicer. Having had one a few years back (and between moves….who knows where it ended up!) I was grateful to have another one in my possession. My husband who loves juice thought this was a fantastic gift so our dilemma was solved– we got to juicing!

So in addition to a glass of water, a cup of coffee I’ve also started drinking FRESH juice. Today I’d like to share with you one of the newest recipes from the Balao household.

Here’s my latest juicing recipe -everything is approximate, alter amounts of each as you feel necessary. Once all the fruit is juiced, mix together in larger pitcher.

  • 4 peaches
  • 3 handfuls of spinach
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 3/4 of a cucumber
  • 4 carrots
  • 3/4 of a pineapple (fresh, cut and chopped)
  • Add 2 shots of Ningxa Red
  • 4 drops of Grapefruit Essential Oil

Prep the fruit by peeling, cutting and taking pits outs. I didn’t peel the carrots but stuck them straight in. The fibers left over from the fruits and veggies are added to my little garden outside as compost.

After a few days of juicing (just one glass in the morning, nothing too crazy) my system feels cleaner and I have more energy- even more so than coffee. I love my coffee but it does make me thirsty, so I have to…errr…want to drink more. We also use the juice for a quick and easy smoothie base.

The juice makes a good base for Mineral Essence. Grapefruit adds another delicious flavor.
The juice makes a good base for Mineral Essence. Grapefruit adds another delicious flavor.them straight in. The juice turned out great- just a bit of a cucumber taste, I’ll definitely use less next time! Other wise- yummo!

I’ll now  add Mineral Essence. to it. I’m usually low on minerals so taking pumps me up. To hide the flavor I put it right in my juice plus 1-2 drops more of grapefruit. Delish! My system is back-on-track.

Do you Juice? If so, comment with your favorite recipe!

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