Fresh Pressed Beauty

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My dear friend Jasmine often asks what inspires me.  I appreciate her awareness and sensitivity to the fact that people are always changing.  Assumption is boring and we most certainly don’t want to be that.  She inspires me to constantly ask myself questions and to simply know how I feel on any given day.  I have been thinking a lot about what inspires and motivates me.  I wonder why I like to spend hours in the kitchen above anything else or why I get so much joy out of grocery shopping.  I have yet to decide what I love most.  Meal planning, writing my grocery list with perfect penmanship, organizing items on my list by location in the store or admiring all the color and order in the produce aisle.  I think it is safe to say I take grocery shopping pretty seriously 🙂 I have always found joy in the mundane but this year I want to celebrate and enjoy the most simple things in life, even more.

Yesterday, while enthusiastically showing my husband all the beautiful produce I bought, it became clear.  One of the things that inspire me to cook is color.  I am in awe that such beautiful colors grow from the ground and then get to be enjoyed and digested by us. When I see bright, whole foods, I think of their color and cheer making my insides smile.  I can’t wait to get my hands on such vibrant colors; to wash, smell, slice and taste them. When I see bright colors that occur in nature I am also so thankful for a creator who would make something so simple and vital, so incredibly beautiful.  Motivations and inspiration might change and evolve but in this season, I have been won over by color, especially these gorgeous roots.

Fresh Pressed Juice

(serves 2)

4 carrots

2 stalks rainbow chard

2 handfuls spinach

2 beets

2 apples

1 cucumber

1 grapefruit

1/2 lemon

1/2 lime

Freshly grated ginger to taste

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