5 Moms Dish Out Advice on Motherhood and Juicing – Nama

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5 Moms Dish Out Advice on Motherhood and Juicing

Have you ever taken a second to think about what it means to be a good mom? As a mother to two toddler boys, and a baby on the way, this question has popped into my head regularly.

Do good moms read more books to their kids? Do they cook them every meal from scratch and make fresh juices every morning? Are they the ones who look fully put together at school dropoff?

Of course there are some days I feel on top of my game—I wake up before the kids and workout, shower (the luxury!), put jeans on instead of leggings, and make juice for me and the family—but there are others where I’m still in pajamas at 10am with my kids’ breakfast smeared on my face.

Am I a better mom on the days I conquer my mornings? Definitely not.

There’s no perfect definition for what it means to be a good mom. We’re all good moms. We have love for our kids and however we want to show that is up to us and our family dynamic.

What I do know is that when I take time to show love for myself, I feel like I can be a better mom and handle whatever the day has in store for me with more grace and patience. For me, that means fitting in some sort of self-care and finding time to connect with others—sorry, kids, but by others, I mean adults.

Self-care means something different to everyone, so it doesn’t matter if it’s a walk outside with a friend or a solo facial at a fancy spa, just find something that moves you in a way that isn’t child-focused.

Good moms are everywhere. If you’re a mom, in every sense of the word, no matter how you identify with it, you’re amazing.

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, we caught up with some of the incredible moms in our Nama community for advice on motherhood, hear what stresses them out and how to manage that, and learn how they keep up with their juicing routine—because as moms, we know time is precious. Let’s hear what they have to say and celebrate the power of moms.

1. SELF-CARE IS A BIG ONE FOR MOMS. SO MANY DON’T MAKE TIME FOR IT, BUT WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR PRIORITIZING THAT? AND WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO GIVE YOURSELF A LITTLE LOVE?

JULIE: Oh wow, self-care is everything. It is so easy to put yourself last as a mother. When you're juicing, you're bathing yourself in nourishment, your soul is happy. Your skin, hair, nails glow and you feel vibrant so you really don't need many products anymore! 

LENA: That’s the secret of my happy life: I wake up at 5 am and devote 1-1.5 hours a day just to myself in peace and silence: meditating, journaling, practicing yoga. The kids wake up at 6:30 and I’m ready with the juice and fresh cut fruits to empower them for the day.

JENNA: Self-care comes in many different forms and for me, it’s about doing things that bring me joy. Going hiking, gardening, going to bed early, working out, juicing, giving myself a facial, going out for a girls’ night. Just enjoying life around me. Recently, my best friend and I went to a Cacao, sound healing and breathwork ceremony and it was incredible! I didn’t realize how much I needed that self-care for myself.

TRACEE: It's so easy to take care of everyone else first and forget to take care of yourself. Sometimes it feels selfish. My kids are now grown, but I help every weekday with my grandkids. I get up early and meditate, exercise and make morning juice. I also have them make juice and almond milk with me throughout the day. We make it a part of our lives. We take walks together and go to farmers’ markets together. By making self care a part of our daily routine, it helps all of us!

JENNIFER: My advice for prioritizing self-care is to schedule it in. Schedule a massage, a walk, a nap, juicing time, yoga, or just even time to sit in the car by yourself. I know moms out there know what I’m talking about ! My favorite way to give myself a little love is by having a nightly bath. I feel so nourished and rejuvenated by the warm water. Everyone's self-care needs are different, so find whatever yours is and embrace it. There’s no guilt in taking time for yourself. If we don’t care for ourselves it makes it incredibly difficult to care for others.

BRITT: As Moms, we really don’t stop doing something from the moment we wake up until the moment we go to sleep. Between taking care of my daughter, working from home, keeping the house tidy and finding time for friends, it can feel like I never have time for myself—but I know how deeply important self-care is. For me self-care begins in the kitchen. Finding time to juice and cook simple, nourishing yet satisfying meals is a top priority. Life can get so busy and I definitely can’t run on quick snacks or my daughter’s leftovers (we’ve all been there! haha). Eating well gives me the energy and focus I need to get through each day. More importantly, it feels incredible to know I’m taking care of my body from the inside out. My other simple self-care routine is going for a walk or jog in nature by myself or with a friend (usually at the beach) at least twice a week. Truly the best!

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2. WHAT IS THE ONE THING ABOUT MOTHERHOOD THAT SURPISES YOU THE MOST?

JULIE: I guess I didn't realize that I would not get a break, but it has made me such a better person and I wouldn't change it for the world.

LENA: I admire kids so much and learn from them every day. They are my angels. I am beyond blessed and grateful for being a mom.

JENNA: How incredibly fast the years go by with a little one and how quickly they grow up. Every stage of my son’s life I keep telling myself, “This is my favorite age,” because it just keeps getting better and better. The amount of joy Aubrey brings into our lives is immeasurable and he is constantly surprising me.

TRACEE: I am surprised at how rewarding, interesting and fun motherhood is. I've learned more about life from my children and grandchildren than any book I've read or college degree that I've earned. By being a mom, I've learned to look at life through the eyes of a child- and to experience the wonder of life in the smallest things.

JENNIFER: The one thing that surprises me most about motherhood is how fiercely I love these kids. I could never have imagined how much love, admiration and gratitude I would feel. I knew I would be in the role of the teacher but I never could have imagined how much I would be the student as well. My kids are the greatest thing I have ever done in this life and I am truly blessed beyond words for them.

BRITT: Gosh I got teary eyed when I read this question because what surprises me the most about motherhood is how much I’ve learned from my daughter. She’s only 4-years-old but the questions she asks and her genuine curiosity and excitement about the world makes me look at everything differently and truly appreciate each moment! It’s an amazing feeling.

3. TIME IS PRECIOUS AS A MOM WHEN YOU’RE JUGGLING A HUNDRED THINGS AT ONCE. WHAT IS YOUR NUMBER ONE TIME-SAVING TIP WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING JUICE?

LENA: I love making juices for the whole family at once. It takes me less than 20 minutes to make 4 glasses of juice every morning, plus a couple 16-ounce bottles to enjoy during the day.

TRACEE: Having a shopping list and a plan for what recipes I'm going to make for the week saves both time and money.

JENNIFER: My number one time-saving tip as a busy mom of three is to prep with my kids. Spending time as a family cutting fruits, veggies, laughing and juicing saves so much time! Juicing with our Nama J2 makes all the difference as the kids and I can load it and walk away, then come back to a pitcher full of fresh juice!

BRITT: I find that I juice more often when my produce is washed, prepped and ready-to go for the week! I make sure my leafy greens and other veggies are prepared and stored in glass storage containers in the fridge and my fruit bowl is filled with washed fruit. This makes it so much easier throughout the week.

JULIE: Use the Nama! The Nama J2 is the most efficient juicer out there. What used to take me 30 minutes now takes me 5! Plus, Nina my, 2.5 year old, can make juices!

JENNA: Using my Nama J2 juicer has been such a game changing machine that has drastically cut down my prep and juice workload. If I’m short on time, choosing low-maintenance produce, like cucumbers, greens, celery and apples, has been extremely helpful.

4. WE ALL HAVE A REASON TO JUICE. WHAT’S YOUR THING THAT MOTIVATES YOU TO DRINK JUICE?

JULIE: The way it makes us feel. We have been predominantly on juices in our family for a year. My partner and I have never felt so much energy and light. We cannot live without our Nama juicer.

LENA: I love the happy feeling after every glass of juice! Amazed by the freshness, variety of flavors and yummy combinations.

JENNA: Juicing is a ritual for me that I love doing for my body. It keeps me hydrated while feeding my cells a variety of nutrients that nourishes them while also aiding detoxification.

TRACEE: Staying healthy is my number one priority. Years ago, I lost my health, to the point where I wasn't sure that I would live through it. My kids were my 'why', and I had a picture of them on the fridge to remind me to make sure that I was juicing every day, even after I regained my health. It's so worth it! Now I get to see my grandkids grow up and share in their lives.

JENNIFER: What motivates me to juice are my three amazing kids.Teaching and showing them how to care for their beautiful bodies and their health is an incredible motivation.

BRITT: I aim to drink a fresh green juice 3-4x a week because it’s an efficient way to consume a lot of nutrients. Since juicing extracts a great amount of nutrients from the fruits and veggies it’s full of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients my body can easily absorb! I also love that juicing introduces my daughter to a variety of raw vegetables and provides her with extra nutrients. Overall, drinking green juice always makes us feel refreshed and revitalized!

5. TELL US YOUR SIMPLEST, GO-TO JUICE RECIPE, AND ANY SPECIFIC BENEFITS YOU LOVE ABOUT IT.

JULIE: Right now I am really into apples, lemon, and ginger. We call this the Lemon Ginger Blast. Ginger is a bowel stimulant and will definitely get the bowels moving, hence the name. Apples are great for digestion and it just tastes so delicious!

LENA: I love Pineapple Lime Ginger Juice! Such a fresh start to the day. I also love using different herbs like mint, cilantro, basil to add an additional burst of flavor and nutrition.

JENNA: I love juicing pineapple for several reasons. It goes well with pretty much anything, especially when making green juices. They are inexpensive and give you so much bang for your buck with ample amounts of liquid due to its size and 87% water content. Pineapple, apple, ginger, mint and lime is one of my favorite combos and you can also add spinach, kale or Swiss chard into the mix to turn it into a green juice.

TRACEE: The Eye Opener is my favorite simple juice recipe: 7 carrots, 2 apples, and 1 orange, peeled. It is an excellent source of vitamin C. Carrots are good liver cleansers and overall body builders. Sometimes I add celery to this recipe for extra minerals and natural sodium.

JENNIFER: My simplest, easiest and most nourishing juice recipe would have to be Wheat Grass Green Apple. Knowing that I am flooding their beautiful bodies as well as my own with the phenomenal healing power of chlorophyll puts my heart and mind at ease knowing that I am doing right by them.

BRITT: My ginger green juice is always my go-to! It’s spicy, sweet and refreshing. It’s kinda like an “immunity shot” but as a 16 oz juice. Packed full of immune supporting ingredients and nourishing phytonutrients.

6. KIDS CAN BE STRESSFUL (NEWSFLASH). CAN YOU SHARE WHAT STRESSES YOU OUT AND HOW YOU MANAGE THAT?

JULIE: Temper tantrums are typical of a toddler and with my daughter there is no exception! I have to have my juices so I can cope with the stress. It all just seems so much easier when my gut is clean. The gut is the second brain so the juicing not only cleans my gut, but clears my mind as well and I feel I can handle any amount of stress. It's amazing! I also have a crazy new level of energy in my juicing lifestyle so I have the energy I need to keep up with my little love no matter what mood she is in.

LENA: You might not believe it, but Teya and Leo don’t stress me out. At 11 and 9, they are at the age where they can occupy themselves with each other, art, books, the pool, etc. We love going to the beach, hiking, going to the farmers’ markets together, and we always have breakfast, lunch and dinner together. They are fully fruit powered and that keeps them fully energized and happy kiddos—always finding ways to have fun and spend time in an awesome way without being stressful. I’m the happiest!

JENNA: A fleeting stressor as a mom would definitely have to be if I see my son acting way too silly/not paying attention to his spatial environment that would lead him to getting hurt. There’s definitely a balance of letting your child do “dangerous” things safely and telling them certain things are off limits in order to keep them safe. The way to manage this stressor is to redirect him to do what he wants to do but within certain boundaries that would work for both of us. Children are meant to explore and be curious so it’s my job to allow him to feel confident doing those things while also having my own peace of mind.

TRACEE: I get stressed out when both of my grandkids are crying at the same time. Over the years I've learned that when kids are crying over little things, there could be something wrong beyond just being tired or hungry. If I sit down with them and ask them what is really bothering them, they will tell me. Something that might be small to us (like someone throwing away their coloring pages) is big to them.

JENNIFER: As we all know, mothering is one one of the hardest jobs there is and is loaded with ups and downs. The thing that stresses me out most as a mother of three teenagers is managing sugar and processed food intake outside the home. I manage this by educating my kids on the health dangers of these items and their ingredients. I look up information on TikTok, YouTube, Instagram and other social media platforms they will relate to [help educate]. I believe our young ones are the future and the key is to arm them with information.

BRITT: Finding a work life balance can definitely get stressful, but what I’ve realized is there is no one-size-fits all and it’s absolutely ok if it varies week-to-week. When I take a small amount of time on Sunday to sit down and write a to-do list, plan my work schedule, grocery list/meals, fun activities for Olive, etc., then the week is a lot more seamless! Other weeks aren’t so organized, but allowing this and not over thinking relieves a lot of stress.

Thank you to our Nama moms for offering such valuable advice, inspiration, and positivity this Mother’s Day. We are grateful for you all!