Let There Be Light

January 8th, 2010 | Posted by Alison Spath in Breakfast

So for the most part, I have been thoroughly enjoying my 6 AM runs with my new running group. It feels great to get my run in so early and have exercise checked off my list first thing. I enjoy the company and conversation as well as the easy pace of the group.

I do have to be honest about one thing though, and that is that these runs in the dark are starting to wear on me a little. I miss the sun! I miraculously managed to get a run in by myself during the daylight hours on Wednesday. Even though it was an overcast day, it was still nice to be out when the sun was on our side of the earth for a little while. Stingy southern hemisphere.

This morning I realized that if I can’t have the sun, I can at the very least have the essence of the sun in its plant based form. Hi Chlorophyll, you’ll do for now – I’ll take what I can get.

New house, I’d like you meet my good friend Breville. I’m sorry I haven’t properly introduced you to each other sooner!

Breville Introductions

If you look carefully, you’ll notice something missing out of one of those apples.

Today’s juicy concoction would be a giant head of green leaf lettuce, a partial head of red leaf, a couple of carrots, a few inches of ginger, two apples (minus one innocent bite) and two lemons. I’ve recently stopped peeling the lemons and putting them straight in the juicer as is. I’ve noticed that it gives the juice a lot more zing, and I’m assuming that’s from the rind? Maybe instead of saying it gives the juice more zing I should say more zest!

Two glasses of green vegetable juice this morning, one for me and one for him.

Paint Brush Water

Thanks to the red leaf lettuce and carrots, this morning’s green goodness in a glass looks like we’re about to drink the water the girls rinsed their water color paint brushes in. Cucumbers make a much more photo friendly glass of vegetable juice, but carrots or cucumbers – they both taste amazing!

Speaking of introductions, our indoor-outdoor cats (who, until just recently, were temporarily demoted to indoor-only status until we were sure that they knew this is where their food dish is) are starting to get thrown outside again to get back to their indoor-outdoor status. Cats need daylight too after all!

Their new kitty outdoor adventures have allowed them to meet some of the other cats in the neighborhood. Maybe they’ll go running together or something.

Today our male cat Andy (on the right) got to meet this other black and white cat that keeps showing up on our doorstep.

Nice to Meet You

Don’t they look happy to see each other? I know I always lay my ears flat like that when I’m in a good mood and happy to see someone. As a matter of fact, I’m totally laying my ears flat looking at all the clouds in the sky as I type.

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19 Responses

  • Jennifer says:

    haha….Andy is NOT a happy kitty. He is just staring down that other cat. That’s hilarious!

    Ok….I feel really dumb. I didn’t realize with a juicer that you just throw everything in there, peel and all. Wow. That’s pretty fast and easy. Is there anything that you do take the peel or skin off of or seeds out?

    • Alison says:

      I use to peel the lemons with a knife. With the old beast of a juicer I had to cut and chop everything, which was totally time consuming (but still worth it). The Breville is definitely nice that you can just throw things in. All I’m left with at the end now is the knob on the head of lettuce, fresh juice and a bucket full of vegetable and fruit pulp!

  • Cindy says:

    I think Andy is just peeved to be out in the snow! MAN it looks cold. haha

    I couldn’t run in the dark. I can’t seem to get out of bed before 6 am as it is. I’m a sun baby (emphasis on BABY)

    than again, I don’t run outside often (working on that) but I do now and again…MOVE FAST.


    I am day 8 of green smoothies for brekkie! (actually it’s more like 2 weeks straight) Love me some sunshine in a glass (or tupperware thing)

    Happy Friday
    should have another friday email for you.

  • Do you have a good recipe for a first time juicer? I’d like to try out my parents’ juicer this weekend.

    I love your cat! I’m a sucker for fluffy kitties :-)

    • Alison says:

      Hey Lily! Lettuce (usually romaine), cucumber, apple, lemon and ginger is by far my favorite combo. The lemon and apple take away any “green” taste, you won’t believe it! Be careful, it’s addicting! 😉

  • Holly says:

    loving the updates to the layout, and the new banner is ADORABLE! i hope you are doing well – how are you loving the new house? and i agree – i am hating this sunlight thing. i think the worst is working all day then walking home and its dark. mama just wants to go on a post-workout run, but running in the dark does NOT happen. that’s probs why i haven’t ran in months :)

    happy weekend!

  • Tiffany S. says:

    Love your new title bar!

    I also LOVE my Breville but have never put lettuce in there. I do all my carrots in there with ginger regularly. Might have to add some lemon – yum!

    That looks like a cat fight waiting to happen. We keep our cats indoors. I just can’t bear the risk, but I hope yours gets oriented soon!

    PS I really think the Vitamin D helps with the winter thing. I have a light box too but haven’t found the time to use it.

    • Alison says:

      Yeah, I’m sure there something to the vitamin D thing, I’m reluctant to do supplements, I really prefer to get vitamins from their natural sources! I should probably look into it more though. I know people who swear by those light boxes too!

  • Liz says:

    Loving the color of the juice. Murky and delicious!

  • Those cats made me laugh out loud! I can imagine the growling 😀

    I like your new header, did you use alphabet soup for that?

  • Your new site is totally awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I LOVE IT!!!!!!!
    The comment field rocks. The lettering is so great! It looks sleeker and retro yet modern in a very cool way and stick with this, it really is faboosh!
    missed you and hope you’ve been enjoying life and settling in!

  • Love the new look!

    My juicer says “hi” to his twin that lives in your house! :) I just started juicing a lot of carrots & Romaine lettuce, and I call it “ugly juice.” It tastes so good, but it’s such a strange color….

    Have a great weekend! :)

  • Amy says:

    The cat picture cracked me up! Our cat is afraid of the wind, a leaf, etc. so he is an indoor cat. But don’t worry, he gets plenty of torment from our crazy dog!

  • Bernadette says:

    We have a cat that visits often that looks just like that black and white cat! I’m surprised your cat will go out in the snow, it must not feel wet to their paws like rain would… or maybe they’re just too frozen to notice. :)

    I just stocked up on produce tonight and got some romaine and cucumber because I saw this post earlier and figured I’d give your FAVE a try! I’m going easy on the ginger though, last time I got brave and put ginger in the juicer I could barely drink it, and I like ginger in other things- just not too crazy about it in juice but I’ll give it another whirl.

    Have a great weekend!

  • Haha…I tend to take bites from apples and/or bananas when I’m making smoothies and/or oats too. Just to make sure its safe of course. 😉

    The pic of the cats is too cute. They look so cold and miserable, poor things…haha. I’ll bet they will be best friends by the end of winter. It’s a nice thought anyways. 😀

  • chlorophyll ?!?!?! . . . more like BORAPHYLL . . . sorry I guess I’m just full of Billy Madison references after my sloppy joe evening earlier in the week!

    PS – you should have blamed the bite out of the apple on one of the girls

  • I hear ya! I miss the sun too! I bought some cold weather running gear but I need thicker gloves when it’s below 20 :( I told the sales chick at Fleet Feet that I could do without the $30 winterrunning gloves…. ah regret.

  • 6 AM runs in the dark? Yikes, I gotta give you props for that!

  • sup yo im at ASU and i love my greek sisters, ill likely share this post with my sorostitute girlfriends. We all love Kendra Wilkinson… thats how I found your post!