A Playlist and a Juice

January 1, 2012

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It’s the 2nd day of January. How many of you have vowed (or “resolved”) to 1) eating better, 2) exercising everyday, 3) omitting the “white stuff”, 4) accepted that reality-TV is an addiction and a 12 step is in order , 5) stop yelling at the kids-does no good, and 6) promise to take more time for oneself? We all say the same thing, but after 10 days or so, we give up – go back to our old habits and continue to make excuses.

Excuses no more. My two biggest commitments are going to be getting my tush moving, each and every day, and ingest more fresh, organic, fruits and veggies. To help facilitate and motivate, I have made a new playlist which I will walk to and after much research, purchased the Hurom Slow Juicer.

It is time to clean out, shed those lousy 10 pounds, and bring more wholesome goodness to each and every meal. My friend Mary(a chef and entrepreneur) turned me onto the machine and I am now hooked. Levi’s fresh apple juice(with an added leaf or two of kale) is giving him his sugar fix without the “white stuff”. This is just the beginning of changing the way we eat, snack, and nourish ourselves in 2012.

For now, I have created much of the norm; green juice (kale, mint, ginger, green apple, spinach), beet juice(beets, apples, some carrot, ginger, lemon, basil), and carrot juice (carrots, ginger, lemon, apple, parsley, cucumber). As it gets warmer, I plan on experimenting with pineapple, mango, papaya, etc.

I do yoga 2-3 times per week and on alternate days I walk(3 miles) and do an occasional hike now and again. I have always liked music that gets my body moving. Hard rock never did it for me. In middle school it was all about Carole King, Elton John, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Paul McCartney, and a little Cat Stevens. In high school I found Earth, Wind, and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Kenny Loggins, and anything that got my body to move. Today, it is no different.

Here is my new playlist to get me moving in the a.m. even if on somedays, it is just to walk the kids to school!

“Rolling in the Deep” by Adele
“Put Your Records On” by Corrine Bailey Rae
“Pocket Full of Sunshine” by Natasha Bedingfield
“Imma Be” by Black Eyed Peas”
“I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas”
“You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt
“Suffragette City” by David Bowie
“I’ll Be Lovin’ U Long Time” by Mariah Carey
“Layla” by Eric Clapton
“Shiver” by Coldplay
“All I Wanna Do” by Sheryl Crow
“Hard Candy” by Counting Crows
“Get UR Freak On” by Missy Elliott
“Love You I Do” by Jennifer Hudson
“Mudfootball” by Jack Johnson
“We’re Going To Be Friends” by Jack Johnson
“Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson
“ABC” by The Jackson 5
“LUV” by Janet Jackson
“Can’t B Good” by Janet Jackson
“Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis
“It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over” by Lenny Kravitz
“Jamming” by Bob Marley
“Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5
“Waiting on the World” by John Mayer
“Closer” by Ne-Yo
“Wedding Bell Blues” by Laura Nyro
“I’ll Be Missing You” by Puff Daddy + The Family
“Hang on to your Love” by Sade
“Georgia” by Boz Scaggs
“Cecilia” by Simon + Garfunkel
“We Are Family” by Sister Sledge
“Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani
“My Old School” by Steely Dan
“Do I Do” by Stevie Wonder
“If You Really Love Me” by Stevie Wonder
“Girl They Won’t Believe It” by Joss Stone
“Put Your Hands On Me” by Joss Stone
“This Must Be the Place” by Talking Heads
“Let’s Spend The Night Together” by The Rolling Stones
“More Today Than Yesterday” by The Spiral Staircase
“Eli’s Coming” by Three Dog Night
“Glad” by Traffic
“Hey, Soul Sister” by Train
“Tu Compania” by Keith Urban
“Stronger” by Kanye West
“It’s a New Day” by will.i.am
“Lovely Day” by Bill Withers

More Juicing Around the Web:
Kale Juice – Kitchen Corners
Green Juice – The Edible Perspective
Beetroot Yuzu Juice – The Scandi Foodie
Elderflower Juice – Laura Adamache
Carrot Orange + Ginger Juice – Phood
Garlic Vegetable Juice – Spa Bettie

{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Maria January 2, 2012 at 9:53 am

Love the bright colors! Happy New Year!


2 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] January 2, 2012 at 10:18 am

Your juices are so breathtakingly pretty and sweet to look at. They could be mistaken for candy, but they are far from it!


3 Susan January 2, 2012 at 6:40 pm

If you can convince Levi that these are candy, I will pay you big!


4 Esi January 2, 2012 at 10:21 am

The juices look great! Can I come over and share since I can’t afford a juicer? 🙂


5 Susan January 2, 2012 at 10:23 am

of course! I would love to do farmers market and a juicing day!


6 Kim January 2, 2012 at 11:18 am

These juices looks awesome. what a perfect way to beggin a new year!


7 Brooke @ Food Woolf January 2, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Susan. Those juices remind me of our time in Mexico. Fresh juices were my favorite part of every morning and made me feel so healthy. Thanks for the healthy reminder that we can all have a good, wholesome retreat at home every day!


8 Susan January 2, 2012 at 6:41 pm

It was almost, exactly, a year ago that we were travleing to Cancun. I did not discover those juices until next to the last day – boo hoo for me (Lucy convinced me that eating breakfast in in the room was the way to go!). xx


9 marla {family fresh cooking} January 2, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Susan, these juices are vibrant and stunning. I am not usually one for juice, but yours make me want to try some!


10 Susan January 2, 2012 at 6:41 pm

You being Marla(the girl-all things healthy) would devour these!


11 Eat well, live free January 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Fabulous! Love the juices, love the playlist! I’m always listening to the same ‘ole!


12 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen January 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I want that juicer!!! Love your colorful juices and the way you’ve styled them. Cheers to a healthy start to 2012.


13 Susan January 2, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Sylvie, you would love this juicer! I crave the juice!


14 wendyleigh January 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm

those juices look awesome! i have been researching juicers for a couple of weeks, and totally bookmarked this post for when we get ours! 😀

also, i am curious.. what do you like to do w/ the solid extractions from your produce? i haven’t found much on that yet. seems a shame to let it go to waste.. 🙂


15 Susan January 2, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Hi Wendy, had I been keeping up with my composting, I would deposit it there. Since I have been neglectful, I either put it in my green trash bin or I give it to a friend whom composts. Any other ideas?


16 Sue January 2, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Any use for the leftover pulp of the fruits and veggies you use for juicing??


17 Susan January 2, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Hi Sue! I either put it in my green trash bin or I give it to a friend whom composts. Makes me want to re-think composting!


18 Susan Loren-Taylor January 2, 2012 at 7:18 pm

You’re photos are always so beautiful. I’ve been considering that juicer. You’ve convinced me. Thanks for the playlist and juice. Happy New Year!


19 CK January 2, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Susan: love the post! Need to incorporate more of the juicing again! Beautiful picture! Too much “white stuff” in the last several weeks have wreaked havoc on the old body! I shall make a green juice for my daughter before she heads back out of town. I am going to check out the playlist and get active, too! Happy New Year and God bless you and yours!


20 Susan January 3, 2012 at 9:36 am

Hi CK- I know – it’s time to detox. I am putting my kids on a gluten free diet for 30 days becasue my youngest has terrible excema. I am trying to get rid of all the white flour, thus made croissants (sent them to work with my husband), thus cleaning out the pantry! Good luck with the cleanse! It’s worth it!


21 tasteofbeirut January 3, 2012 at 1:20 am

These photos are stunning! Happy New year and may these resolutions hold up all year!


22 Sanjeeta kk January 3, 2012 at 8:06 pm

What vibrant color and refreshing juices to start my day with! Are you interested to join #welcome2012? Just saw your link on the blog hop, it needs to be approved. Check this page for more detail ; http://litebite.in/event-wwc/


23 Anna January 3, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Truly a colorful way to start the New Year, did I mention healthy way, too? Of course, eating more fresh fruits and veggies is one on top of my to-do list too…a close second is to drink more water, I am probably a bird in my previous life. Perhaps a juicer can make me hit 1 and 2 on my list at the same time. Thanks for the post!


24 Susan January 4, 2012 at 8:49 am

Yes, water is the key! And I started that yesterday! Thanks for stopping by. Love your site and your marinara sauce looks delish!


25 Ashley January 4, 2012 at 8:27 am

Thanks for the link love!! Love the colors of your juice!


26 Carolyn January 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Stop yelling at the kids…now that would be a great resolution for me! Thanks for coming by my blog, Susan. I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve stopped by yours. Lovely juices and GREAT playlist!


27 Lucy Lean January 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Love your juice pics – and that you blame me for not letting you have juice in Mexico! Happy Memories – I too am feeling motivated – perhaps we could do a walk together? Or a bike ride along the boardwalk – shameful that we haven’t seen each other in a whole year…


28 Susan January 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm

No blame intended. It was my pleasure to have breakfast in bed along with our little tete-a-tete’s! I would LOVE to walk or even hike. Been doing Westridge the last week and I am vowing Tuesdays to be hiking day! Any interest! Shamful indeed…We need to change that! xx


29 thea January 22, 2012 at 11:48 pm

You’re pictures are just beautiful!! I also love to start the day with homemade juice 🙂


30 Susan January 23, 2012 at 6:48 am

Thea, starting the day with fresh juice is the only way to go! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Monday!


31 Melinda February 11, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Funny, I vowed at the beginning of January to move 30 min. a day for 30 days. Check. This month (February) my health goal is to drink 16 oz. of freshly made juice, minimum each day. I have a Champion, my mom has a Hurom, and I just purchased Jay Kordich’s new juicer that also makes nut milks. I get to use it for the first time tomorrow! Found you on Pinterest, gorgeous juices. Good luck with your journey!


32 Susan February 12, 2012 at 7:23 am

Hi Melinda! Nice to meet you. Good for you for stayin gon your journey. My vow for February is to drink at least 32oz. of water each day. I have done pretty good so far. I have never heard of the Jay Kordich juicer – however going to look into it! Have a great Sunday and happy juicing!!


33 Melinda February 12, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I’m happy to have found your blog. 🙂 Yes, water is so incredibly important. In the colder weather many of us forget to drink and the cold, dry weather dehydrates us even more than the hot weather sometimes in the summer. 32 oz. of water is great! Do look into the juicer, lots of great reviews already. It is also perfect for people who are looking in the 3-4 hundred price range. When I win the lottery I think a Norwalk would be in order. 🙂 In green goodness!


34 Cathy June 18, 2012 at 8:18 am

Are the recipes for the juices pictured somewhere? Thanks!


35 Susan June 18, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Hi Cathy, thanks for stopping buy. I did not post the recipes for the juices. I kind of eyeball it and throw in whatever I have on hand. With that said, I would guess; 1 apple, 1/2 beet, 1 1/2 carrots – throw in a leaf of kale and a small handful of parsley and you have yourself one of my favorite juices! I hope this helps!


36 Cathy June 19, 2012 at 6:26 am

Thanks so much! I’m just starting to try some out so we’ll try it and see! 🙂


37 l o v e l y t h i n g s July 8, 2012 at 7:46 am

6 months later and I just came across this post on Pinterest. We are in the process of moving from CA to NY/CT and of course that mean a lot of bad food. So when i saw the photos of juice smoothies on Frances Palmers’s blog…I just had to check it out. I can hardly wait to unpack and make these. I also have to say I adore your playlist! Right before we left I made a “Let’s Get Moving Mix” and so many of these songs are on it!! Sunday Morning, Lovely Day, Wedding Bell Blues, Put your records on, it ain’t over til it’s over…I could go on! Your photography is so beautiful!


38 Susan July 8, 2012 at 8:06 am

Sounds like you and I are from the same generation. Actually, on my way out to walk the dog and the songs you mentioned you mentioned are some of my favorites. I will think of you and your kindness as I listen to them this am.

Good luck with the move…sometimes I would love to pick up and move. Both moving and juicing go hand and hand….cleansing!!!


39 domonique July 14, 2012 at 10:58 pm

great post! love the juice recipe AND the playlist!
a juice cleanse is a great feeling.


40 Susan July 22, 2012 at 10:56 am

Hi Domonique! I just got back from family vacation and a juice cleanse is exactly what is on the menu this week (for me anyway!). I am excited to dive right in!


41 Lindsay November 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Gorgeous photo! I love the colours 🙂


42 Susan November 15, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Thanks Lindsay. I am actually in heavy juicing right now in prep for the holiday season!


43 Joan February 1, 2013 at 9:52 am

I have a Vitamix which can easily blend up a car engine. There is no need to peel and the juice is the complete veg or fruit. Question: Is there any formula to adapt recipes specifically for “Juicers” which extract the pulp, for my Vitamix?


44 Susan February 1, 2013 at 10:04 am

Hi Joan! Lucky your for having a Vitamix. It’s on my wish list! I don’t think there are specific “rules” for adapting for vitamix. Do you peel your fruits and veggies prior to blending them? If not, I would probably strain my juice before drinking it. I know there is huge value in the pulp, but I am not fond of it. I hope this helps!


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