… and so it begins! (Pro Tips. lol)

Well, today is the day it all starts! I made a last hoorah dinner last night, and this morning I’m drinking my favorite breakfast juice so far (Blueberries for Breakfast). This way I can start the whole Adventure on a positive note! ;D

I almost threw all  my goals out of whack this morning. I stayed up much later than I had planned last night, and when the 6 o’clock alarm went off this morning I said to Mister, “I can’t get up… Reset the alarm for 8.” But then I lay there thinking, “I have to get up. I have to get up right now. I want change in my life, so I have to be that change. I will myself to get out of bed!” Then I hopped right up and started my day! I made my breakfast juice and my lunch and snack juice. Some how I managed to be all out of kale, so I wasn’t able to make my lunch and dinner juice. I’m making one juice be my First Snack and my Lunch juices, and then after I do some grocery shopping, I’ll make a Second Snack and Dinner juice. It wont be the same, but you’ve got to be flexible with your meal planning. I’m learning that on day one! lol

I had the most food desired dream last, I kept taking bites of people food and then reprimanding myself and spitting it out. It was so strange. I hadn’t even started Juice Only yet! I can tell this is going to be a tough journey!

I’m up for the challenge, who’s with me?! 😀

 

Things I learned this morning:

Don’t wear a white shirt while making juices.

Don’t watch a short funny movie clip at any time while drinking your juice, or you’ll inhale it, burp, gag, and choke until tears stream down your face.

Don’t drink 20 oz. of juice within 10 min. It’ll upset your tummy.

 

Not-so-Mean-Green (Recipe)

Let me say this right now: I have been bouncing off the walls today. It’s laughable really. My husband just told me I should go run around outside. I can hardly sit still long enough to put two words together! I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me, and then I realized it’s probably the juice I’ve been drinking. It’s the only thing I’ve done differently so far. It’s incredible really.

I have not yet tried the following recipe that I’m going to share, but it’s on my “Meals List” for tomorrow, so I’m posting it here tonight!

I’m calling it Not-So-Mean-Green because I’m taking some Mean Green recipes that I’ve found and combining certain things about them, and adding an extra apple and a pear to it. I’ve decided that pears are my go to addition. Either that or an apple. But really I love pear juice! Which is strange because I don’t much care for fresh pears, or the homemade pearsauce that I make, which my husband loves!

Without further ado, here is the recipe:

  • 6 kales
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 green apples (Granny Smith)
  • 1 D’Anjou pear
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 1 lemon

I’ll review it after I’ve made it and include how much juice I got from the recipe.

I love modern day refrigeration

After washing the dishes, and drinking most of my juice this morning, I decided I should really organize my fridge. It gets kind of hard to find stuff in there when you have a bunch of stuff and it’s all in produce bags. All you see is a wall of plastic when you look in my fridge. But not anymore!

IMG_6998_small            IMG_7032_small
Ok, ok, so it doesn’t look much better, but believe me, it is a lot easier for me to find stuff now without having to dig around.

Would you believe, we’re two people and we buy our maple syrup by the gallon? I’m pretty sure if you were to cut me open, you’d find maple syrup running through my veins.

Mister isn’t doing a Juice Only Fast with me, so I still have to feed him, that’s why there’s meat, eggs, and milk in the fridge.

Morning Green Glory (Recipe)

This morning’s breakfast was surprisingly delicious! I woke up rather late, since it’s my last morning to sleep in, but as soon as I got up I started washing and prepping fruit and veggies! I had found a green recipe online that sounded good, but after my experience with my last green recipe, I though, “I’m going to make this delicious right from the start!” So I loosely based my recipe on the one and found, and I am so glad I did!

I’m really excited to share this one: IMG_6964-small

  • 3 kale stalks
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 3 leaves of romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 green apples
  • 1 green pear
  • 1 lemon

(This recipe make 25 fl. oz.!)

I quartered the apples and pear, and peeled the lemon. When I used spinach in a recipe before I found it was kind of hard to get it to flow nicely down to the juicer blade, so I actually made a “spinach sandwich” with two pieces of romaine letter. I took one leaf and filled the center with spinach, folded it in half “hot dog style” and then wrapped another leaf around that covering the opening.  It worked great! But that didn’t hold all my spinach, so I stuffed my kale stalks “hot dog style” with spinach as well, and let me tell, it worked like a charm! I hold them closed until I get them into the shoot of the juicer, then zing! Other than that, I didn’t do anything too fancy with the food prep.  This is a pretty easy recipe, and it’s delicious! Win win! I put two ice cubes in it and placed it in the fridge while I washed the dishes!

An example of my kale sandwich and my finished juice: IMG_6994_small

IMG_6983_small

Red Rum (Recipe)

I just got home from dinner with some family and boy do I feel blaaaaaaah. I brought a juice with me (I’ll post the recipe) and was unimpressed by it. But I will say this much, it contained my first ever beet! But it also had ginger in it, and I’ve decided I don’t like ginger in my juices. Maybe I use too much… who knows? I choked it down, but I really need to be able to enjoy my juices, even if just a little bit!

The recipe:

  • 1 sm-med. beet (peeled)
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 oranges (peeled)
  • 3 stalks of swiss chard
  • 1″ piece of ginger (peeled)

Things I would do differently:

  • NO ginger, or 1/4 of what I added.
  • Add 1 red apple.
  • Only 1 orange maybe.

Other than that, I didn’t find the beet overpowering, but I could have just added so much ginger that it masked the taste of it!

If you like ginger, then by all means, use the original recipe, if not then I would apply my changes or steer clear of it!

Sorry this is a short post, I just don’t feel well at all

Blueberries for Breakfast (Recipe)

Oh bother, it’s been “One of those days”.

The morning started out wonderful. I made a delicious breakfast juice recipe, which turned out to be my favorite recipe so far! I drank that, and had some scrambled eggs with it. Nom nom. Yum yum.

Then the day started to head South. It is unseasonably warm out (55*F), so all the snow is melting off our roof, our deck, and our street and all the water is running to our backyard and filling our septic tank. So now the sink and the shower fill up if you run the water. As a result, I had to take my stinky self over to our grandparents and use their shower, which has zero water pressure and the shower head is so low I hit my head on it whenever I rinse my hair. >.< But at least I can stand to be around myself now! lol

Then, my grandparents invite us to go out to dinner with them and Mister’s Aunt and Uncle to Ponderosa (buffet restaurant) and I’m trying to start a Juice Fast here in 2 days, so it’s the last place I want to go! We really don’t eat out a lot either. So the though of it is like “Blah.” But it’ll be good to see family!

That wasn’t the only dinner invitation we received. Mister’s best friend’s wife texted me, inviting us over for dinner on Monday evening. Monday evening! I’m starting this thing Monday morning! People are coming out of the woodwork all of a sudden to invite us to eat! It’s going to be hard not eating, because 1) I love food, and 2) I don’t want to offend anyone! But I’m really looking forward to the fellowship! 🙂

Next, my internet decides not to work! Upon countless refreshes of the page and growing more and more frustrated, I finally just shut my computer down and gave up. Well, Mister comes home from getting a load of firewood, and I tell him of my woes. He asks me, “Well is the ‘internet box’ plugged in?” Of course it is, doesn’t he think I checked that! I unplugged the link thing that plugs into the box and plugged it back in, in order to restart the internet, just as he told me to do in the past! Duh! (I tend to start having an attitude when I grow frustrated over something. Maybe I’ll add it to my goals list as something to work on! lol) Well, anyways, I turn both our computers on now, and still no internet. Grumble grumble, grouch grouch. So he goes over to check out the box, and you know what? The internet box wasn’t plugged in to the power outlet on the wall!  I checked all the plugs that go into the box, but not the outlet itself. Duuuurrrrrr!

Well, now that I have internet and I’ve had a shower, I’m here to post a delicious recipe!Fruit Prep

Here it is:

  •    1 med. sweet potato (unpeeled)
  •    2 D’anjou pears
  •    1 red apple (I used Gala, you can use whatever you want. It’s really just preference. I don’t like Red Delicious.)
  •    1/2 pint blueberries

I quartered the pears, apple, and sweet potato. Then fed them all into my juicer, and I was amazed at how much juice I got. This recipe made 30 fl. oz! So I’ll drink 16 -20 oz. as a breakfast with a couple ice cubes added, and then the remainder for a midafternoon snack! Yum, I can’t wait to make it again

Blueberries are my favorite fruit in the world. I could eat them by the handful! So I was thrilled to find a recipe that largely featured them!

There isn’t a single green veggie in this recipe (which is probably why I like it so much) so I wouldn’t recommend it as a lunch or dinner juice.

Ode to Broccoli (Recipe) -Updated!

Update:

So I made the Broccoli Juice and honestly, it was only alright. I think it could definitely use some improvement. Someone might like it just the way it is though, so go ahead and make the original recipe! For myself, however, I am going to make these changes in the future:

  • 1 thick stalk broccoli with a bushy head
  • 2 oranges (peeled)
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 green apple

(This recipe makes roughly 16 fl. oz. depending on the size of your fruit and veggies. I got exactly 16 fl. oz.)

It was definitely needing an apple to sweeten it up. I’ve read that, other than the breakfast juice, you should stick to a ratio of 75% veggies to 25% fruit.  I’m going to take some advice that I’ve seen by starting with more fruit and gradually adding in more veggies until I can stomach the “green” taste.

Original Post:

I’m really excited for dinner tonight! I’m making Chicken + Biscuits hamburgers for Mister (the hubby), and I’ll have a little bit myself (I’m still phasing in, remember?), but I can’t wait to make this evening’s juice!

It’ll be my third juice that I’ve made, and I hope it’s a good one.

Here’s the recipe:

  • 1/2-1 head broccoli (florets and stalks)
  • 2 oranges (peeled)
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 carrot

It’s called Oh Sweet Broccoli and I can’t decide if I think it sounds tasty or not. I guess I’ll just have to see. I’m not sure I really like cucumbers in my juice, or maybe it’s celery that I find offensive. The celery I used in last nights recipe was really old so that might have been it. But I did still enjoy last nights juice!

Up and At ’em (Breakfast Juice recipe)

For breakfast this morning I had some local organic eggs, scrambled and cooked in a little bit of butter, and a delicious citrus juice (I’m “Phasing In” until Monday).

The recipe:

  • 1 Sm-med. pink grapefruit (peeled)
  • 1 pink apple (I used Gala, you could also use Pink Ladies)
  • 3-4 carrots (depending on size, 3 if they’re large, 4 if they’re smaller)
  • 1/2 lemon (peeled)
  • 1 piece of fresh ginger, about the size of a pinky nail

While this recipe was certainly delicious, the citrus tasted strong and seemed to need something to break it up a bit. When I make this again I’ll pour it over ice and chill it longer. That way it’ll be a little diluted and I imagine it would taste even better if it was sufficiently cold. But I will certainly be making this again!

(recipe source)

The start of a new beginning (First recipe)

After having removed my juicer from it’s box and washing all the parts, I have to say it is one sturdy piece of equipment.  I just made and drank my first juice. I haven’t officially started though, so I had it with some peanut butter on a homemade whole wheat flour tortilla. Boy, was it ever de-lic-ious! Surprisingly smooth and mellow, yet green tasting.

Here’s what I used to make it:

  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 oranges (peeled)
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 green apples
  • 2 carrots
  • 3 kale leaves
  • 3 handfuls spinach

I still haven’t come up with a name for it though.  Hmmm… Maybe I’ll call it Green Beginnings. I did take a couple amateur photos, I’ll post those A.S.A.P.

Some tips that I found helpful:

  • Prep all your fruits and veggies before you begin juicing (wash everything, peel what needs to be peeled, and cut any that need to be smaller).
  • Line your pulp container with a plastic produce bag for really easy clean up (when you’re finished juicing just remove the bag, discard, and you’re done!).
  • Begin by juicing softer fruits and veggies first, working your way up to the hard ones.
  • Pour your juice into serving size glasses and place in the fridge. While your juice chills, clean your juicer! I did this this evening and it was wonderful to be able to sit and enjoy my juice and not have to juggle drinking with cleaning, or waiting to clean and finding stuff dried on the blade.

I’ll have a juice a day (maybe two) along with solid food as well until Monday, when the real fun starts!

Knock on the door

Fedex just delivered my juicer, and a whole day early too! I wasn’t expecting it until tomorrow. I’m running in to town now to buy some stuff to juice. Over this weekend I’m going to incorporate juices into my diet to start as a “Phase in” but come Monday I’m switching to strictly juice. Here I go, ready or not!