Sunday afternoon…always a great time of the week. It’s usually calmer, less rushed and you have the option to connect with people or take it easy at home before the week starts. I love it! And today we needed a good Sunday; it’s been quite the week. Long hours, full days and sleepless nights – not sure why, but Mikey and I are running low on our sleep hours this week! One night this week the heat in our building didn’t shut off when it normally does (it’s freezing at 7 pm and boiling hot in our 100 year old building at 2 am) and we.were.hot!
What helps when your energy is low and you’re needing a good jolt of energy? A cup of coffee! …and a fresh juice. 😉
Mikey and I have been loving using our Hurom Slow Juicer thanks to partnering with SPUD Calgary** (check out this post about my initial thoughts in video form about SPUD and this post for a juice recipe I created!) earlier this month. I thought it’d be fun to update you on how our juicing is going since we’re enjoying it and also to point out a few fun features on SPUD’s website.
One of the aspects of SPUD’s online organic juicing program I want to highlight is the different juicing boxes available. There is a wide variety of boxes available that change during the seasons too. Here’s a quick sampling of what you can choose each week:
So far, 3 weeks into our 4 week trial with SPUD, we’ve tried the Dynamic Beauty Juicing Box, Divine Defense Juicing Box and the Seasonal Juicing Box. In short, we’ve loved them all! A few observations about the box differences and some commentary on them:
– The price does fit with the content size of each box. In other words, the Dynamic Beauty Juicing Box, which is $20 more than the Seasonal Juicing Box, offers more fruit and vegetables – I didn’t feel like they gave us less in that one but rather the size I was expecting.
– I love that you can choose whatever box you like! It adds variety and gives another dimension to what could be a simple “one-box-fits-all” kind of juicing system.
– I noticed, as many people do, how different organic fruits and vegetables can be to their grocery store cousins. Tiny apples, smaller beets, tastier vegetables…I find those differences so interesting! As someone who is admittedly drawn to buying things on the cheap, I don’t always go organic (gasp!) but rather pick and choose a few items that are organic and get standard fruits and vegetables for the rest of our grocery haul each week.
Another feature of the website that I like is their recipe section. They offer different recipes from juices to smoothies to desserts and breakfast dishes! There are even recipes for “special diets” and a section for “kid friendly” recipes too – a great mix of ideas and a good go-to resource I plan to start using more! The low carb, egg white crepes and the mango-basil sauce seem great! I often seem to look online for recipes anyway; it’s good to know there’s a good page full of great ideas in one place. Do you use your computer/phone for recipes more or use actual cookbooks? I find myself going online more than going to the cookbooks we have but return to the books for my very favorites.
There’s a ton more to explore on the site but I thought it’d be great to highlight the service since we’ve enjoyed it so much for those who live in the few cities it’s currently offered (in Canada: Calgary, Vancouver and Vancouver Island; in the US: San Francisco/Bay Area, LA/Orange County & Seattle). In the meantime, all you local Calgarians can check them out on twitter & give them a follow on Facebook!
I plan to do a final recap post about the service, the produce and if we plan to continue with it as we only have a week left on our trial, but are there any questions you have for me about the service or our experience? I’ll include them in my last post.
In the meantime, I need to get ready for parkour! It’s been an incredible weekend and I can’t wait to share more about it with you! Let’s just say it involves a fitness celebrity, a professional hockey player celebrity and some new opportunities…Check back for more this week!
Until then, live well & be well! You might even try a little juicing to get you there…
**Full disclosure: I was offered the juicer as compensation for a 4 week trial of SPUD’s new organic juicing service. The post content and opinions are all my own.