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.