Days 20-22 recipes

This is just for the pad thai recipe I used or improvised on, in day 20, for my boyfriend’s birthday.  I used a powder packet for the sauce and added in some peanut butter (according to the instructions).

Baked tofu:

– 4oz firm/extra firm tofu, cut into small squares

May season with some salt or leave plain as is, and bake at 350 degF for 20-30 minutes while making sure that most of the tofu has been baked.  Tofu will be finished when a light golden color.

Cook rice noodles about 6-8 minutes until it is soft but not mushy (slightly al dente) and drain.  Leave to the side (if not using right away, cover with some plastic wrap.  If noodles get sticky before using, add some water and toss.

Make sauce according to package and add 1 tbsp agave syrup to naturally sweeten.

– 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
– peanuts, roughly chopped to garnish (optional)
– 1/2 cup scallions (in long strips), chopped 2″ each strip
– 1 cup mung bean sprouts
– 1 cup chicken breasts, chopped in strips
– 1-2 eggs, scrambled
– 1 tsp minced garlic (or 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped)
– 1-2 tbsp oil
– a few wedges of limes to add while serve

Heat some oil in the bottom of a large saute pan, or wok (preferred), until smoky.  Add in garlic and toss until slightly browned (do not burn garlic).  Add chicken and cook thoroughly.  Cook bean sprouts until flexible.  Add in noodles and sauce and stir fry together.  Make a well in the noodles and add eggs until almost all cooked.  Fold eggs into noodle.  Add in baked tofu.

Add chives (or scallions) and stir fry a little more.  Noodles should be soft, dry, and tangled.  Pour into a serving plate and sprinkle with ground pepper and peanuts (may add Sriracha for more spice or leave on the side) and serve.  May add raw mung bean sprouts and chives/scallions on the side.  Place a wedge of lime on the side.

*note: may add other proteins other than chicken and tofu if you would like.  I’m just allergic to shellfish so I opted them out.

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Oreo Brownies:

-1 box cappuccino-flavored brownies (family size)
– oreos (12-15 depending on size of pan and amount of Oreos you want in your brownies), whole or chopped

Mix brownies according to package.  Add Oreos on top of the pour batter (may be chopped or whole depending on preference), and bake according to package (add 5 more minutes).  Let brownies cool down for a little and then serve by itself or a la mode.

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Pan-fried Tofu

– teriyaki sauce
– sugar to taste
– scant amount of water
– 4-8oz tofu (really however much you want), cubed

Make sauce with teriyaki sauce and sugar (I usually have a 2:1 ratio to make it slightly salty but not too much, also for my spam musubi recipe too), and add scant amount of water to dilute if you like.  Marinade tofu in teriyaki sauce mixture for 30-60mins and pan-fry all sides of tofu in a saute pan until slightly charred.  Serve with rice, bread, or eat as is.

Days 20-22 Raw food/juice challenge

What entry was I last on again?  Oh yeah…I remember now.  Sorry for the lack of a final post on my raw food/juice challenge.  I just wanted to say that I cheated on my second to last day (the 20th) so out of guilt I added in a day to make up for it; it was my boyfriend’s birthday and I just finished making a dinner spread (with dessert) that just caught my eye.  I did, however start the day healthily so it wasn’t all bad.

I have to note that there were a few comments on why these entries weren’t wap-friendly or mobile-friendly so I’ll look into that.  I have a super old laptop I’m using that doesn’t upgrade past IE8 and runs on Windows XP (I think it’s almost a decade old).  Anyway…

On day 20, I started out with some cinnamon oatmeal that I had mixed with soy milk for breakfast, and then rounded out my morning with a banana.  Then my mom made her black sticky rice with corn that she added coconut milk, coconut shavings and some sugar and salt.  I don’t remember what she said it’s called but apparently Vietnamese people will know. shrugs

For your pleasure I’ll even add in the recipe for pad thai that I used for his birthday. It’s not an authentic recipe and combines recipes from the internet, a recipe found on the back of some pad thai powder I found in the grocery store, and substitutions of ingredients to cater to things I already had in my pantry or the fridge.  The only things really bad (according to the raw food challenge) was the addition of peanut butter and peanuts since peanuts carry around a lot of fat.  I also made some Oreo brownies and bought some cookie dough ice cream to apply to his request of “I like cookies and cream ice cream, and sometimes also cookie dough ice cream” when I asked him what kind of cakes he liked most.  I didn’t want to go and shell out a lot of money for a cake that we would need to eat asap before it goes bad so I made some brownies, scooped some ice cream, and called it a day.

I felt a little sick after eating a little bit of the brownies and a half scoop of the ice cream since my body has been so accustomed to eating healthy.  I understand now why people say to start adding regular foods in slowly to your diet after doing a cleanse or detox because your body might become sick and reject those new foods.  Take my word for it, and my experience, to add in what you would normally eat (all the it’s-so-bad-for-you-but-tastes-so-good foods) slowly.

For day 21, I knew I had to use a lot of detox and cleansing juices to make up for the bad I had the day before so I started with Cherie’s Cleansing Cocktail, and then rounded my morning with a detox tea.  Then I made a “Cleanse (with the addition of spinach)” (see day 12 for recipe) for my lunch.  I made sure to make some Waldorf Salad juice prior to dinner and rounded out my night with Popeye’s Favorite (see day 3 for the recipe).  I had some snacks like organic crackers with flaxseed, water, and some tea throughout the day.

On the final day (day 22 to make up for my cheated day) I started out with some crackers and water, and then rounded out my morning with some Cucumber Carrot Coconut juice (see day 9 for the recipe).  I think it was a rather hot day so this felt most refreshing in the morning.  For lunch I had the Cleanse and spinach drink (the same I used the day before) and rounded out my afternoon with some Ginger Hopper juice.  I had some roasted seaweed sheets, organic crackers with flaxseed, water, and even had some Starbucks in my day.  Relax, I didn’t go all crazy and get some coffee…I instead got some Passion Tea Apple Juice.  Very refreshing as the apple juice is a healthier addition in comparison to lemonade, and there is some caffeine in passion tea (not enough to make me feel jittery).

For happy hour, I made myself a double serving of the Waldorf Salad as to conclude my challenge, and had a 3-egg white omelette for dinner; it’s less fat due to the missing egg yolks.

Over the 22 day period I have lost 7lbs, even due to the day I cheated.  It may not seem much to lose only a little but if you put in retrospect what a pound of fat visually looks like (it’s appalling, really), it is a good amount.

It’s been approximately 1.5 weeks since the end of my challenge and I’d have to say that I miss eating and juicing raw fruits and vegetables.  I really do.  I’m positive this has something to do with being on a regular schedule for at least three weeks to eating healthy and feeling good (in general and in shedding some weight), so I think I will do a week-long detox every other week from now on.

Two days ago for the start of San Diego’s Restaurant Week I had a filet mignon from Ruth’s Chris Steak House, along with some seared ahi tuna, creamed spinach, and key lime cheesecake which all felt SO GOOD because I missed eating the meat and the creams.  Yesterday I had a feeling in the back of my head that I knew all of this missing out on regular/fatty foods would be temporary and the weight would come back on.  I knew I had to step it into gear again to keep the weight off.

My weekly regiment is to work out at least twice a week at the gym (it’s a requirement in my health lab class that we do at least an hour every Mon/Wed to do weights and cardio exercise) and hopefully add in another day at the 24 hour fitness gym where I normally go in order to tone my body.  Since, I have gone up 1-2lbs due to the bad eating, but today I weighed myself and I have kept off gaining back the fat.  I still have a long way to go to get to the body and weight I want (hopefully I’m able to reach them by the end of the year if not the middle of next year).

Oh!  I almost forgot to mention that because of the detox I was able to ingest foods that contained regular milk in them or creams without my lactose intolerance kicking into gear.  I had some pasta with alfredo sauce one day and usually it’s like “oh crap I think I have to use the bathroom in an hour because of the creams” but that didn’t even happen…not even for a full day.  Now I’m not going to test out on other foods that I am allergic to to see if the detox did wonders (I’m not about to risk anaphylactic shock again) but am happy to know the detox/cleanse healed my body a lot.

Stay tuned for some of the recipes, or a recipe, mentioned from days 20-22.  If you’re attempting or currently in a detox/cleansing challenge, I urge you to not cheat for a day.  It may feel like you wholeheartedly want to eat something you’re not supposed to, but fight that cry and carry on with your healthy regiment.  You will feel a whole lot better in the long run.

Day 18-19 Juices

Bluemint Fizz

– handful mint
– 1 pint blueberries
– sparkling water

Purple Booster

– 1 raw beet
– 1 apple, seeded
– 1 1/3 cup mixed berries (I ran out and added 2 carrots)

Juice beet and apple.  Pour juice with berries into the blender and and 1/2 cup of water.  Blend until smooth and serve.

Days 18-19 Raw food/juice challenge

We’re coming down to the wire!! Just a few more days and I’m finished with the 21-day challenge.  First off, I’d like to say that although I am only doing 21 days, I will continue to do a 7-day cleanse every once in a while (maybe every month or every other month) to detox my body.  I do miss eating other foods, and as a foodie, not being able to eat the things you love most (or even to try out new things because of foods with butter, cream, or meat for that matter) kills me inside a little.  I don’t preach that I’m vegan or vegetarian, although I will still eat foods that are diet specific like those I just mentioned.  My mom is a practicing Buddhist vegetarian and my dad is an omnivore with a less fat/less salty diet.  I’m the combination of the two beings.

Well enough of my blabbing, here are the snippets of these two days.🙂

On day 18, which was Labor Day, I made myself a Calcium- Rich Cocktail for my mid-morning, and Cherie’s Cleansing Cocktail for lunch.  Those two drinks have been made before so please look at the recipes from earlier dates for more info.  Then I snacked on some blueberry pretzels, organic crackers, and sipped on water.  For my happy hour I made the Bluemint Fizz and didn’t enjoy the taste of sparkling water; I’ve never really liked sparkling water before.  I think I will have to add less of that into any future drinks.  For dinner, I allowed myself a 3-egg white omelette and a side mixed greens salad with raspberry vinaigrette.

On day 19 which was yesterday, I made myself a Purple Booster for lunch.  Oh, I LOVED that one.  I ran out of blueberries midway and added 2 carrots in the drink.  It was still purple once I mixed the drink, despite adding in carrots which tend to color the drink heavily, because of the huge beet I had added.  I say huge because the last time I went to the store to buy some beets, they ran out of the smaller handheld ones, and I got stuck with the jicama-sized beets.  They’re HUGE!!

For my mid-afternoon I made a Digestive Special with a little added ginger for some spice.  I snacked on some roasted seaweed sheets, blueberry pretzels, and constantly drank water.  For dinner I made a Garden burger with soy smoked provolone cheese, mixed greens, hoison sauce, and 2 scrambled egg whites hugged by two multigrain sandwich thins.

To date, I have lost about 6lbs since the start of the raw food/juice challenge and a few inches off of my waist, butt, and thighs.  My face is thinner and feels more clear (with the occasional pimple due to rigorous exercise and humidity), and I have bountiful energy to use during the day.  I also have woken up either before or upon my alarm in the morning and feel sleepy by midnight, something that was amiss prior to the challenge.  I used to sleep in until 11am and slept around 2 or 3am.  I would have bouts of insomnia and fatigue throughout my day and inhaled a lot of junk food and fatty foods to sustain my energy.  Granted, I would have a few meals here and there that were Buddhist vegetarian, but that would not be primary.  By the end of this year I aim to have lost about 30lbs or more, total, but I think it’s a stretch since there is less than 3 months left and I’m not doing a raw food/juice diet every day until the end of the year.  I think I’d go crazy.  Oh, to make things more clear, I didn’t lose the weight purely on eating/drinking in the challenge but also did at least 3 times of workout (1hr each) during the week to keep up my metabolism and tone my body.

I hope what I’m attempting is helping another person out there into eating better and being more conscious about what they’re putting into their bodies.  I’m not even counting calories or going onto the weighing scales everyday, and some do that.  I’m listening to what my body likes or does not like and go from there.  I hope in the end that I inspire at least one person to take on this raw food/juice challenge for at least 10 days (I’ll start small) to detox their body and really feel good about changes in their bodies and outlook.  3 days is far too little and sometimes those are the worst first days in this challenge (headaches, feeling hungry because your brain misses out on a lot of food, and being sleepy from not eating other things including sugary foods/drinks).

Days 13-17 Juices

Beauty Spa Express

– small handful parsley
– handful spinach
– 4-5 carrots, greens removed
– 1/2 apple, seeded

Sweet Potassium Shake

– 1/4 cantaloupe
– 1 banana

Juice cantaloupe and put juice in blender with banana.  Blend until smooth.  OR  Blend cantaloupe with banana.  You can add ice if you want a thicker and colder “smoothie”.  Serve.

Cherie’s Famous Lemonade

– 3-4 apples, seeded
– 1/4 lemon

Ginger Fizz

– 1/4 inch ginger
– 1 apple, seeded
– sparkling water

Juice and pour into an ice-filled glass.  Fill glass to the top with sparkling water, and serve.

Berry Cantaloupe Shake

– 1/2 cantaloupe, with skin
– 5-6 strawberries

Juice or blend (I had frozen strawberries), and serve.

Zippy Spring Tonic

– handful dandelion greens, unsprayed
– 3 pineapple rings, with skin
– 3 radishes (I used 2-3 celery stalks instead)

Vegetable Express

– 2 lettuce leaves
– 1 small wedge cabbage
– 4-5 carrots, greens removed
– 3 broccoli florets
– 1/2 apple, seeded

Christmas Cocktail

– 2 apples, seeded
– 1 large bunch grapes
– 1 lemon wedge

Breakfast Booster

– 5.5 oz cantaloupe, peeled
– 1 small lemon, peeled
– 1 handful parsley
– 1/2 mango, peeled, pitted & chopped
– 1.5 tbsp vanilla whey protein powder
– 1 tsp ground flaxseed (I opted out because I don’t have this)

Juice melon, lemon, and parsley.  Add juice into a blender and add remaining ingredients.  Blend until smooth.

Citrus Combo

– 1 pink grapefruit, peeled
– 1 small lemon, peeled
– 1 orange, peeled
– 2 carrots

Parsley Pleaser

– 1 large handful flat-leaf parsley
– 5.5oz spinach
– 1/2 cucumber
– 2 apples, seeded
– ice cubes, to serve

Gingerberry Hopper (my own mix of Bluemint Fizz and Ginger Hopper minus a few ingredients)

– 1/4 inch ginger
– 4-5 carrots, greens removed
– 1/2 apple, seeded
– 1 qt blueberries
– 1 bunch green grapes

Apple Pie Delight

– 1 scoop vanilla whey powder
– 1 peeled and cored apple, cut into pieces
– 1.5 cups soy milk
– 1/2 tsp cinnamon
– 1/2 tsp nutmeg
– 5 ice cubes

Juice apples and then add to blender with rest of the ingredients and blend until well incorporated.

Days 13-17

Just under two weeks down and another week to go!  Honestly after the first week I think juicing became routine for me.  On day 13 I had a Beauty Spa Express for my breakfast to combat the acne I was getting from exercising at school, and the heat…there’s much to blame on the weather too.  The drink consists of parsley, spinach, carrots, and an apple.  I rounded out my morning with a Sweet Potassium Shake (cantaloupe and banana) to use up the ripened melons and freckled bananas sitting in my kitchen.  They needed to be used…stat!  For lunch I prepared myself an energy shake to prepare myself for a workout at the school gym (and also my class).

To go on with a refreshment for the day and combat the heat, I made myself Cherie’s Famous Lemonade for my mid-afternoon, and a Ginger Fizz for happy hour (just right before heading out to class).  Both drinks have apples, a lemon, ginger, and sparkling water, respectively (and if you count it, some ice cubes for the lemonade).

Once class ended I helped myself to a flame-grilled Garden burger with soy pepperjack cheese (and a drizzle of teriyaki sauce over a bed of mixed greens), with a side of artichoke hummus and corn tortilla chips.

On day 14, yet another rush to meet my meeting at school, I made myself a Berry Cantaloupe Shake for the morning, and then a Zippy Spring Tonic for lunch.  Right before going to the meeting, I prepared a Ginger Fizz for my mid-afternoon drink.  When I got back home, and after yet another short trip to the grocery store for some carrots, I made myself a Vegetable Express for dinner and a Christmas Cocktail for happy hour (I don’t know what makes the drink Christmas-y) prior to another long class at night.

After a 3 hour class I ate some hummus with two toasted multi-grain bread slices and finished off with water.

On day 15 I had some water for breakfast as well as a bowl of something my mom made the night before consisting of cassava and coconut shavings.  The only link I could find that was similar to how she made this is from a blog called Thai & Lao Food.  I then made a Berry Cantaloupe Shake for lunch and had some organic crackers before heading out to my cousin’s house.

I didn’t have to make any drinks for my mid-afternoon because we stopped by Jimbo’s (a natural grocery store great for vegans, vegetarians, and special dietary needs) and I picked up a 12oz Fat Burner drink.  The Fat Burner was really thick and tasty and had organic papaya, organic banana, organic rice milk, lecithin, a meal replacer, and fat burner supplement.  I also bought some jalapeno-cilantro hummus and organic blue corn with flaxseed chips there for my dinner.  It wasn’t a spicy hummus as there were no jalapeno seeds in the mix, so don’t worry if you are hesitant to try due to jalapenos being spicy.

I think day 16 was the day my boyfriend Mike decided to buy a juicer (Juiceman All-In-One Juicer) to supplement his eating habits with some raw juice.  So I have made a difference!  I’m told I inspired a few of my friends to eating healthier and trying out juicing, so this challenge has been quite the adventure, and quite the PR experience.  Ha!

For breakfast I made myself a Breakfast Booster using the addition of vanilla whey protein powder I had bought the day before with some cantaloupe, lemon, parsley, and mango.  I rounded out my morning with a Citrus Combo (pink grapefruit, lemon, orange, and carrots) and I don’t think I will be adding anymore grapefruit to my drinks in the future because I had a pretty bad stomach ache that day from the acidity.

For lunch I had the Parsley Pleaser which in reality is not mainly of parsley but spinach.  I’m not sure how that works but I guess it got me to try this drink out.  It was very refreshing (a green drink through and through) with cucumbers, spinach, apples, parsley and ice cubes.  For my mid-afternoon I had to change it up a bit and mix and mash two recipes together to what I call the Gingerberry Hopper.  It’s essentially a Ginger Hopper infused with a Bluemint Fizz, without mint sprigs or sparkling water.  It was a very sweet drink as it was mainly fruits and very colorful (before mixing).  Dinner, however, was the opposite of sweet and was the Body Cleanser with the use of cucumber, beets, apples, and carrots in which I had prepared in earlier days.

On day 17 I wasn’t able to make many drinks because Mike and I were going out for lunch to eat at Souplantation (same as Sweet Tomatoes restaurant) to celebrate his parents’ anniversary.  I started out my day with some water and cherry pretzels as a snack.  At Souplantation I still kept true to my raw food diet and had water (duh), broth from a chicken noodle soup, a baked potato with some honey whip (that was my cheater food) and chives, Indian grain bread, some cut strawberries from their strawberry shortcake bar spread, red grapes, and a mixed greens salad I custom-made with spinach, zucchini, black olives, carrots, celery, and balsamic vinaigrette.  In my mind I wanted to eat the other good foods I usually had there like the garlic cheese foccacia bread and New England clam chowder but I knew I had to stay away from the creams and cheeses (with the exception of some honey whip).

For dinner some many hours later, I made a Body Cleanser substituting cucumber for celery because I ran out, and had an Apple Pie Delight for my happy hour.  I may have used too much soy milk and thus my Apple Pie Delight was too diluted and not as good (or so I thought in my mind) so I may have to make this again another day with correct measurements.

Days 9-12 Juices

I apologize if I have repeated any recipes from prior days.

Pink Morning Tonic

– 1 pink grapefruit, peeled with white pithy part left on
– 1 red delicious apple, seeded (may substitute for a different apple)

Digestive Special
– handful spinach
– 4-5 carrots, greens removed

Carrot, Lemon & Spice

– 1 lemon, peeled
– 1 pear (may substitute with apple), seeded
– 3 carrots, greens removed
– 3 celery stalks
– 1/2 inch ginger

Cucumber Carrot Coconut Juice (youtube.com/liferegenerator)
See Life Regenerator’s YouTube for more recipes and tips for a raw food/juice diet

– 1-2 cucumbers
– 2-4 carrots, greens removed
– 1 young coconut water

Instant Soup

– 2-3 garlic cloves
– 1 bunch spinach
– 1/2 cucumber
– 1 stalk celery
– 2 tbsp finely chopped spinach
– 2 tbsp finely chopped celery
(optional: parsley sprig for garnish)

Wrap garlic cloves in spinach and push through with cucumbers and celery.  Place juice in a pan, add chopped vegetables and gently heat.  Garnish and serve hot.

Morning Energizer

– handful parsley
– 5 carrots, greens removed
– 1/2 apple, seeded

Melon Cooler

– 7 oz cantaloupe melon, peeled
– 1 lime, peeled
– 2 mint sprigs
– 1 pear
– ice cubes

Juice melon, lime, mint and pear.  Add ice cubes or top off the drink with sparkling water to dilute.

Cleanse (from Pinterest)– I added in a handful of spinach for more oomph

– 1/4 inch ginger
– 1 beet
– 1/2 apple, seeded
– 4 carrots, greens removed
(handful spinach added)

Detox Tea (from Pinterest and similar to Master Cleanse diet)

– 1/2 lemon with pulp
– 1 tsp honey
– hot water
– 2 shakes cinnamon powder
– 1-2 shakes cayenne pepper

Squeeze the lemon and scrape the pulp into the drink.  Add hot water and honey, and then follow with cinnamon and cayenne pepper powders.  (Note: the more shakes of cayenne powder the spicier the taste.)

Days 9-12

Oh my word…. I have a lot of days to cover so I will do them in increments.  Sorry for making you all wait!!  Anyway, let me see if I remember what happened these past days.  It’s a good thing I decided to write in my daily journal (a physical journal and not just on the computer) about notes for each day and what I drank because otherwise I wouldn’t have remembered what I ate or drank at least at the top of my head.

Day 9 was when my boyfriend Mike decided he would try my challenge for only 3 days as a short detox, and to see how I have done it too.  On this day I had to double some of the recipes so he could drink them, and introduce him to the basics (I refer that to any of the cleansing cocktails) while easing him into the challenge.  I remember tackling it head-on and suffered nasty drinks so I opted to serve those to him.  Less than half the day into his first day, he wanted to quit and eat at Jack in the Box….REALLY!?  C’mon now…  However, he got the willpower (and some teasing from my mom and I) to continue his three-day challenge.  I mean 3 days is not as bad or long as 21 days.

In the morning just before his arrival to my house, I made myself a Pink Morning Tonic which consisted of a pink grapefruit and a red delicious apple.  It was a little tart and slightly bitter but I figured it was because of the pink grapefruit.  Once he arrived and it was mid-morning for me, I made Cherie’s Cleansing Cocktail for both of us.

He was exhausted, and likely still hung over, from the birthday extravaganza the night prior and slept through lunch when I was enjoying my oatmeal.  A few hours after lunch (around 4pm I believe) I made for the both of us a Digestive Special which consists of spinach and carrots.  He wasn’t too happy about me pestering him to wake up but he needed something else in his system after a couple of hours past breakfast.  About an hour after the Digestive Special I made for us a sweet concoction to balance out the vegetable taste (I don’t mind it much but he wasn’t feeling the carrots too much–he grew up in a meat-loving environment with not too many vegetables).  I was thinking of making an Applemint Fizz but changed my mind to making a Hawaiian Fizz, something that he might like because of the pineapple.

We snacked on water, crackers, and some roasted seaweed sheets throughout the day until it was time for dinner.  This was also when he was about to give up on his 3-day challenge.  To allow him to get something other than a liquid we went back to his house to make an open-faced Garden burger filled with mixed greens (salad) on top of a honey wheat sandwich thin.  I had about 2 more different drinks to try that day but was pressed for time to leave the house.

Day 10 was when I introduced celery and parsley to him that wouldn’t have just been tossed into food preparation.  I started myself with oatmeal and a side of an Energy Shake (he opted out of the oatmeal and just had the drink) which had parsley and carrots.  I think the drink came out to be about a cup in volume rather than something larger.  I also had to make all of the juices up to dinnertime in the morning because we had to attend a religious service at my temple (Buddhist holiday celebrating mothers).

For lunch I prepared a Carrot, Lemon, and Spice drink which had a lemon, pear, carrots, celery stalks, and ginger.  I wanted to bring something refreshing because it was going to be about 100 degrees F outside.  We also brought water bottles for thirst and for when we get hungry in between drinks.  Although I didn’t write it in my journal I’m certain we followed our lunch with some Cucumber Carrot Coconut Juice (courtesy of youtube.com/liferegenerator).

When we got home from the service I made myself some Instant Soup (garlic cloves, spinach, cucumber, celery) for dinner and was dreading eating this due to the first/second day where I had the other soup and hated the flavor.  This one was actually either not too bad or I had become accustomed to adding juiced garlic cloves.  I added in a little cayenne pepper for some heat to aid with the weight loss.

On day 11 I had to prepare only for myself because Mike was going to bring store-bought juices (Naked Juice, Odwalla, etc) to work, and then have a salad with raspberry vinaigrette for lunch.  For breakfast I made myself a Morning Energizer which had parsley, carrots, and an apple.  I skipped my mid-morning juice to have some oatmeal and red tea because I was a little pressed for time for school.  I made myself a Melon Cooler for my mid-afternoon (cantaloupe, lime, mint, pear, and sparkling water) to help with the outside heat.

Once I got home from the traffic (yes I got out of class during rush hour, the worst time to drive on the road) and a small trip to the grocery store for some Bolthouse Green Machine because I was so hungry after my workout/class.  I made myself a soy pepperjack cheese and artichoke hummus sandwich (using honey wheat sandwich thins) for dinner while I prepared a garden burger for Mike.

Holla!  It was day 12 and I weighed myself only to note that I had gone down an extra 2lbs from the week before.  What a great morning it was going to be.  Losing the weight, and looking even better, each week has given me more determination to finish my 21-day challenge.

I started off the day with some water while I looked through Pinterest for more juicing recipes (also I woke up a little late in the day so I wasn’t juicing too much that day).

For lunch I made myself a “Cleanse [with the addition of spinach because I love that stuff]” drink.  No, it’s not really a long juice name but I had to add in the spinach part because it seemed a little important.  It had ginger, beets, an apple, carrots, and a handful of spinach (optional, but if you like it just add it) in the mix.  I snacked on some cantaloupe I had cut the day prior as my snack and then followed with some Instant Soup for dinner.

Just before sleeping I made myself a Detox Tea (also found on Pinterest) which consisted of lemon, honey, hot water, cinnamon powder, and cayenne pepper.  This tea is very similar to those doing the Master Cleanse diet (lemon, maple syrup, water, cayenne pepper) obviously with the substitution of honey instead of organic maple syrup.  It was a little tart and also very spicy because I may have accidentally dumped in too much cayenne pepper in my tea.  Hah I’m a little clumsy.

I went on the rest of of my night looking through my books for more recipes for the next day.  Coming up in another post are the recipes I used for days 9-12.  After that will be a continuation of entries for the rest of the days up to today, and their respective recipes.

Days 5-8 Juice recipes

“Lemon Green Cleanser”

– 2 stalks celery
– 3 handfuls of kale leaves
– 2 apples, seeded
– 1 lemon, peeled
– 1 tsp green superfood powder (optional)

“Liver Mover”

– 1 small beet
– 2-3 apples, seeded

Year-Round Cleansing Cocktail”

– 2 parsley sprigs
– small handful wheatgrass (or 1 tsp green superfood powder)
– 4-6 carrots, greens removed
– 2 stalks celery
– 1 apple, seeded
– 1/2 beet

“Green Tea Cocktail”

– 3 apples, seeded
– 1 lemon, peeled
– 1/2 inch ginger
– scant 2/3 cup brewed green tea, warm or cooled

Juice apples, lemon, and ginger.  Stir juice into green tea.  May be served warm or cold. (Note: do not brew green tea for too long unless you like the juice to be very bitter…that was my mistake.)

“Vegetable Broth” – hot soup form

– 2-3 cups chopped green beans
– 2-3 cups chopped zucchini
– 2-3 stalks celery, chopped
– 1 tsbp unsalted butter
– 1-3 tbsp chopped parsley
– seasoning to taste (cayenne pepper, ginger, pepper, herbs) –some salt is okay but should not be used as much because sodium intake should be low

Steam green beans, zucchini, and celery in water until soft but still green.  Put veggies in a blender and puree until smooth.  “Broth” should be fairly thick.  Add unsalted butter and chopped parsley.  Season to taste.

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Day 6 recipes:

“Energy Shake”

– handful parsley
– 4-6 carrots, greens removed
– parsley sprig for garnish

“Body Cleanser”

– 1/2 cucumber
– 1 beet
– 1/2 apple, seeded
– 4 carrots, greens removed

“Summertime Punch”

– 1 large bunch of green grapes
– 1/2 lime
– 2 stalks celery
– water

Juice and then add an equal amount of water to the juice.  Serve with or without ice.

“High Calcium Drink”

– 3 kale leaves
– small handful parsley
– 4-5 carrots, greens removed

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Day 7 recipes:

“Green Surprise”

– 1 large kale leaf
– 2-3 green apples, seeded
– lime twist for garnish

“Applemint Fizz”

– 4-6 sprigs fresh mint
– 2 green apples, seeded
– 1 small lemon wedge
– sparkling water
– mint sprig for garnish

Juice the mint, apples and lemon wedge.  Fill to top of cup with some sparkling water.  Garnish.

“Fresh Complexion Express”

– 2 slices pineapple, with skin
– 1/2 cucumber
– 1/2 apple, seeded

Day 8 recipe:

“Ginger Hopper + Maureen’s Spicy Tonic” combo

– 1/4 inch ginger
– 1/4 inch pineapple, with stem
– 1/2 apple, seeded
– 4-5 carrots, greens removed

Day 5, 6, 7, and 8

Oh boy…there’s a lot to catch up here.  My bad…. haha.  Well where do I start here?  I can remember vaguely about Day 5 as I watch Food Network on TV.  I know that I continue wanting to try new recipes out as I did the day before.  I also had no more spinach so that’s why I had to find recipes that didn’t contain spinach.

I now have such an admiration for eating vegetables like spinach and carrots, which have been a staple in the past few days of my juicing.  I also have a better understanding of how much money I spend on foods that I do not necessarily need (i.e. chips, cookies, etc.) and basically things that spike my cravings (salty or sweet foods).  I find myself nowadays to only grocery shop when I really need something, or when I am out of an item that I need for the next few days.  Also vegetables and fruits, overall, is less costly than other foods, especially processed foods and even meats.

Okay.  I think that is enough babbling on.  Here’s where I tell you the different recipes I used and what I think about them.  Recipes will come on a different entry like with the other days I have posted.

On day 5 I kick-started my mid-morning with a “Lemon Green Cleanser” which has celery, kale, apples, a lemon, and a little bit of green superfood powder.  That part is optional if you do not have reach to any (a bottle of superfood powder is normally pretty pricey so that’s the reason for it); just add some more green vegetables or wheatgrass if you have any on hand.  It wasn’t bad and it wasn’t my favorite either; the powder made the juice a bit bitter but the lemon added some tartness which helped on the taste.

For lunch I had the “Year-Round Cleansing Cocktail”, which I posted on my Instagram (if any of you have followed), which makes a rather pretty juice with green, pink, and orange colors prior to mixture.  The drink consists of parsley, wheatgrass (or green superfood powder), carrots, celery, apples, and a beet.

Going along with the cleansing theme I chose to make the “Liver Mover” for the mid-afternoon which consists only of apples and a beet.  Sweet-tasting and dark red-purple in color and goes in and out of my system faster than water no joke.  For happy hour I went with a “Green Tea Cocktail” to add a little green tea to help with weight loss.  I think I ended up brewing the tea a little too long because wow was it bitter!  The cocktail contains apples, a lemon, ginger, and some brewed green tea.  Oh my word was the first sip bitter.

For dinner I made myself and my mom some cooked “Vegetable Broth” which wasn’t really a broth at all and more like pureed vegetable soup.  We were to eat 1-2 cups per day to help with detox and liver function, I’m told.  It has chopped green beans, zucchini, celery, parsley, some ginger (or whichever seasoning–cayenne pepper, garlic, black pepper, no salt), and a tiny bit unsalted butter.

Day 6 was a bit of a rush for me because I had to prepare my breakfast, mid-morning, lunch, and mid-afternoon prior going to class.  I started out with an “Energy Shake” to rev up my morning and give me energy.  It is mostly parsley with carrots.  Then I rounded off my morning with a mid-morning juice “Body Cleanser” which had cucumber, beets, an apple, and carrots.  It sounds similar to another cleanser cocktail which substitutes cucumbers for pineapple; less tart than the other but very refreshing.  For lunch I ate 2 cups of the vegetable broth that I made the night before and added a little more cayenne pepper for spice.  As a happy hour drink, or really a mid-afternoon, I made the “Summertime Punch” which is supposed to help with muscle cramps (I think I should have made this after class had I known we were going to run–there was no inclination from the first class that we were going to do anything besides a class introduction and signing in those who wanted to crash the course.  The punch has green grapes, lime, celery, and an equal amount of water.

Once I came back from a surprise rigorous exercise in class I made the “High Calcium Drink” which obviously gives you a lot of calcium but also aims to lower cholesterol or prevent blood clots from forming.  Kale, parsley, and carrots form this drink.  Before I went to sleep since I still had a little cough, I made myself some ginger tea (with chopped and minced ginger) with honey.

On Day 7 I had yet another rushed day as I forgot I had a meeting around noon at school and then a night class.  I started out my day with some oatmeal and a little soymilk, then had a “Green Surprise” for my mid-morning.  The “Green Surprise” has kale, green apples, and a lime twist (the surprise is that you don’t really taste the kale).  I then took some crackers and water with me for the meeting.

When I got back home I drank the rest of my Bolthouse Green Machine drink I bought at school because the meeting ran a little long.  I only buy store juice whenever I have no time to juice at home, and it’s not too often I do this because I get more nutrients out of freshly made juices than with ones at the store which likely have been juiced farther than 36 hours prior (I read most of the nutrients escape after the 36 hours pass).  For happy hour I made an “Applemint Fizz” which has fresh mint, green apples, a lemon wedge, and sparkling water.

Prior to my night class I made the “Fresh Complexion Express” which consisted of pineapple, cucumbers and an apple.  I also brought another Bolthouse drink with me, along with water, because my night class lasted 3 hours (I would be hungry between that time).  Before I slept that day I drank some chamomile tea and prepared my list of juice drinks to make for day 8.

Day 8 had to be challenging for me because I was going to my boyfriend’s cousin’s birthday dinner at The Boiling Crab in Mira Mesa (theboilingcrab.com) and I would only be able to eat just one thing on that menu…if you look at the link it would just be the corn on the cob.  Very boring and very plain but that would be the only thing acceptable in this raw food/juice challenge of mine.  Everything else on the menu was shellfish, fried seafood, chicken tenders, and fries or chicken wings; nothing very “raw”.  I don’t suggest on eating the corn on the cob there, however, because the poor corns were overcooked.

For breakfast I went back to the basics; essentially that’s the first day I started the challenge.  I also had gotten more carrots and spinach back so I was pretty excited to reincorporate those two back in.  Also, I found out that without carrots and the spinach I had juiced in prior days, I wasn’t able to keep up with my energy as much.  I nearly fell asleep the night before in my night class, which normally wouldn’t happen had most of my juices not been mainly made from apples.  Apple additions are tasty and make the juice sweeter but don’t give me as much energy as if I had juiced any spinach or carrots.  I made “Cherie’s Cleansing Cocktail” and immediately felt as if all the good things had come back to me.  Cliche I know, but I missed carrots and spinach SO much.

After breakfast, I made the Waldorf Salad drink, and then made the “Potassium Broth”.  I wasn’t losing as much weight as I had in previous so I wanted to add as much greens in my juices as much as I could again.  Then I made a “Ginger Hopper” and added in some pineapple (my take on Ginger Hopper + Maureen’s Spicy Tonic put together).

For dinner, we went to Boiling Crab and I ate my 6 small corn on the cobs (plain) as I watched in sadness the other patrons eating fries, calamari, and seafood in general.  It was such a sad, sad night.  After the dinner many of us went to Yogurtland for some frozen yogurt.  I shared my portion with my boyfriend and we had the mango pina colada (has mango, coconut water, pineapple, and no dairy) swirled with strawberry lemonade sorbet; I know this is not entirely raw but we made due.  I added in chopped strawberries, chopped mangoes, and some almond slivers.

Now…onto a new post of the newer recipes I’ve used in days 5-8.  Sorry for the wait, everyone.

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