By now you’ve most likely heard of and most likely experienced the mind-body connection. When you’re feeling good… your body feels good. When your body feels good… you feel good. And your body’s probably feeling its best when you’re moving it enough in the right ways, and when you’re feeding it clean and whole foods.
So how can what you choose to put in your mouth at every meal transform your body and mind? Our mental and physical health are absolutely intertwined and when you are nourishing them both they nourish each other and keep you feeling balanced.
Here at Pure Simple Juice we are big proponents of the mind-body connection. Yes we’ve got the nutrition part covered – a plethora of nutrient dense juice and seedmilks, wholesome salads and ultra nourishing soups keep us well fed. We also like to do yoga together, give each other technology breaks, and encourage each other to hike and relax on our days off. We know that keeping each other healthy and sane is essential to everyone’s happiness and productivity.
“Clean eating” is one of those terms that has been thrown around so much in the media that a lot of confusion surrounds it, and there are a lot of people who just want to “eat clean” but don’t really know what that means or how to do it.
We want to clear some of that confusion up for you and give you some tips and guidelines for how to eat clean. We know from our own experience that when you are giving your body fresh nutrient-dense food your cells do little happy dances and make you feel awesome. We do what we do to help support YOU and your wellness. Time to get down and dirty with clean eating:
- There’s so much conflicting nutrition information out there – how do I know what to believe!?
The first thing you need to do is stop listening to all that buzz noise outside and turn your attention inwards. Your body knows what it needs and if you listen closely enough it will tell you. Here are the basics: you need good fats (your brain is mostly fat), you need sugar from fruits and vegetables (your cells need glucose to communicate), you need protein (to feel satiated and promote muscle growth and repair). Buy as many unprocessed foods as you can, buy organic whenever possible (or from farms you know don’t use sprays), and be on the lookout for unfamiliar or artificial ingredients. Make fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes the center of your plate at every meal and add things like tofu, good quality meat, a sprinkle of cheese or oil in moderation. When it comes to what we choose to eat, we think Michael Pollan sums it up best: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”
2. I just don’t have the time!
Stop right there. We can always find excuses to not do the things we don’t want to or don’t know how to do. As soon as we want to do something, we make the time for it. Dedicating just one or two hours a week to preparing some healthy meals goes a long way. Once or twice a week double your dinner recipe and you’ve got leftovers for the next few days. It’s so simple, but sometimes life happens and you just can’t get to it – it’s okay, we get it and we’ve got you covered. Our soups and salads are made of seasonal plant-based goodness. This isn’t your standard wimpy salad – we incorporate a variety of beans, grains, and dense vegetables to give you energy and keep you satiated. One of our salads can easily be stretched to two meals, or toss it with some fluffy greens and serve it as a side for the whole family.
- Eating clean is expensive!
Pay close attention to your grocery bill because last time we checked we’re pretty sure processed foods that leave you feeling kind of empty don’t cost that much less than a bunch of fresh veggies that keep you full. Eat produce that’s in season and see how affordable it can be to be healthy. Shop in the bulk section – it’s cheaper, better for you and better for the environment (less packaging plus a lot of grocers will give you a discount if you bring your own container). Most importantly, focus on the bigger picture – your physical and mental health. If you invest in your health everyday by making good food choices, you will most likely have fewer health problems (and costs) down the road. Also think about where you’re putting your dollars. When you shop at farmers markets and choose small businesses (like us!) you are supporting your local economy and the future of food and health. We are passionate about your wellness and we strive to bring you the best ingredients at reasonable prices. Since a lot of our food can be re-purposed into more or different meals we believe we’re bringing you the best value when it comes to healthy take out food.
Pure Simple Juice is your one stop shop for clean eating essentials. We carry things like Camelina Oil and Blackberry Vinegar from a biodynamic farm in Washington. We’ve got organic beans and gorgeous local produce sold at our in-house Farmer’s Market on Fridays. We give you all the tools to take clean eating into your own hands. Plus our staff is super knowledgable and we are all known to eat well and be creative with food in our own unique ways, so never hesitate to ask us what we do with different ingredients.
And for those days when you just can’t be bothered to cook or you’re headed out on an adventure – we’ve got you covered. Cold press juice, soups and salads that will keep your belly full, your cells buzzing and your mind at ease.
Links to additional resources, tips, recipes:
Halloween Juice Special
Give yourself a treat with our seasonal spiced carrot juice. A delicious combination of organic carrots, organic Jonagold apples, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves.
Tastes like Fall!
Special Prices: $20, ½ gallon jug or $7, 16-ounce glass bottle
Pick-Up/Delivery: Wednesday, October 30th 11:00-12:00am or 5:30-6:30pm
Pure Simple Juice is now available at Le Cookie Monkey in NW Portland. Le Cookie Monkey offers sweet treats baked daily. We are happy to share a kitchen location with them.
Visit Le Cookie Monkey & Grab a Juice!
Location: 1902 NW 24th Ave, Portland, OR 97210
We are back in the kitchen. Juice cleanses will be available starting Wednesday, August 21st pick-up. Stay tuned for exciting upcoming events. Cheers!
A great debate. I often get the question :which one is better for you?”. Of course I love juice as I wouldn’t have a juice company otherwise but really there are benefits to both. Here is the breakdown:
Juice=Way more nutrients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants)
You can load up a small juice with pounds and pounds of produce so you get a lot of nutrient value.
Also an important part of our diets and one reason we all need more fresh fruits and vegetables. Fiber helps fill us up and provides bulk to keep things moving.
Smoothies made with fresh juice=Amazing! As the weather heats up smoothies are great for a quick and light meal. Here are a few of my Pure Simple Juice favorites.
- ½ cup fresh strawberries
- 1/4tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp powdered maca (increases energy!)
- 1 cup Pure Simple Almond Milk
- ½ small banana (optional)
- Ice, as you like
- ½ avocado
- 1 cup Pure Simple Green Juice
- ½ inch fresh ginger
- 1 Tbsp psyllium, hemp, flax or chia seeds
- 1/2 cup ice cold water or ice cubes
Strawberry Peanut Butter Milkshake
- ½ banana
- ½ cup Pure Simple Juice Almond Milk (recipe calls for oat milk but I substituted)
- 2 Tbsp peanut butter or almond butter
- 5 fresh strawberries
- ½ lime, juice
Pulse milk, peanut butter, banana and 2 ice cubes in a blender. Muddle strawberries with lime juice in a large glass. Pour peanut butter milkshake on top of the strawberry mash and serve immediately. Adapted from GreenKitchenStories.
During my recent travels and personal retreat to Turkey I had the amazing experience of witnessing a completely different culture and this includes their food, of course! Although hands-down Portland is still #1 for wonderful, local, organic foods I was happy to find lots of juice and in fact was impressed with the large number of fresh juice stands in Turkey. Everywhere there were vendors with loads of citrus fruits (grapefruit, oranges and pomegranates) and a small hand press.
turkish friends at Cuppa Cafe
Upon my return we’ve been busy in the Pure Simple Juice Kitchen trying out a few new recipes. Our first new juice inspired by Turkey: Grapefruit, Orange, and Hibiscus Flowers! Ours is organic of course.
New Off-Site Retail Locations
Chuck’s Place Lake Oswego
Food Front Almond Milk Only
June 2nd is our Late Spring Reboot! Let us bring you a week of health. Nutrition class includes 7-day menu, recipes and strategies on how you can clean up your diet and feel better. Sign up Now.
We are happy to announce we now have our fresh Organic Almond Milk at Food Front in NorthWest Portland.
Get your Pure Simple Almond Milk every day!
Fresh Juice! That’s obviously #1 but in addition I wanted to share a few good for you things I’ve been into lately. To your health & well-being!
Real Recipes Plans Need inspiration, healthy new recipes ideas or some direction in the kitchen? Chef Kimi offers her naturally gluten-soy and dairy free recipes through a weekly meal plan including awesome shopping list for just $10/month.
Queen of Hearts Baking Company We used to share our kitchen with Queen of Hearts & since they’ve moved I am reminded how much I love them and miss them. Their savory gluten-free hand pies are the best go-to simple, delicious meal. Check them out at the Portland Farmers Market and around PDX!
Foxfire Teas Foxfire’s sweet and spicy Harmony tea serves as a great compliment to our cleanse. We include as part of our cleanse package and now offer on our web site to pick-up along with your juice order.
The Seaweed Bath Company Whole Seaweed Detox Bath. This blew me away, truly incredible. Full of sea minerals (similar to your body’s) that leaves you feeling replenished and glowing. Available at Gravitas Studio.
The easiest side dish, quick breakfast, fuel while cooking or post feast stomach soother.
Pure Simple Juice Seasonal Thanksgiving Specials
Apple/beet/ginger/cinnamon. By combining seasonal Jonagold apples from Upper Valley Organic Farm with ginger and cinnamon this juice is both sweet and spicy. It is delightful warm or chilled.
Asian pear/kale/ginger/lemon. Featuring beautiful organic Asian Pears from Big Barn Organics. It’s simple, green and loaded with ginger. Great solo or as a mixer.
16-ounce-$8, ½ gallon (64-ounce)-$24, Pre-Order by emailing email@example.com, 503.987.0451
Pick-up Wed., Nov. 21st between 5:30-7pm
Also Pure Simple Juice Cleanses are back! Just in time for an after Thanksgiving juice feast. Available to order for Sunday, November 25.
Have you missed Pure Simple Juice at the Farmers Market lately? We are enjoying our time but certainly miss the fun atmosphere and friends at the market too. This week we are bringing the market bottles back.
$5 seasonal special: Apple/Kale/Ginger
Come visit our kitchen Tues-Fri 11-7pm
Salt, Fire & Time Grocery/Pure Simple Juice Kitchen, 1902 NW 24th Ave between Thurman & Vaughn
just around the corner from Food Front Grocery