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.

Day 3 and 4 Juices

All recipes are meant to be juiced unless otherwise noted.

“Hot Soother” especially good for those with a sore throat or maladies:

– 1/2 lemon
– 1 tsp honey (not for kids under 1 year old–choking hazard)
– hot water
(I added 2 shakes of cayenne pepper)

Sip slowly.

Cantaloupe Shake“: good for those with allergies or have high blood pressure/cholesterol

– 1/2 cantaloupe, with skin

“Popeye’s Favorite” full of iron and great for anemic individuals

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

“Ginger Pear Cooler” – Happy Hour

– 1/2 lemon
– 1 inch ginger
– 1/2 cucumber
– 1 pear

Juice and serve with ice.

“Cleansing Tonic”:

– 1/2 inch wedge green cabbage
– 2 green apples, seeded
– 6 carrots, greens removed

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Day 4:

Super-Eight Stress Reliever“: suggested for those who are overweight/obese

– 1 kale leaf
– 1 collard leaf
– small handful parsley
– 1 stalk celery
– 1 carrot
– 1/2 red bell pepper
– 1 tomato
– 1 broccoli floweret
(optional: 1 celery stalk for garnish)

“Healing Smoothie”

– 1 firm kiwi, peeled (skin is incredibly tough and inedible)
– 1/4 cantaloupe, with skin
– 1 ripe banana

Juice kiwi and cantaloupe.  Add juice with banana in the blender and blend until smooth.  Serve.

“Hawaiian Fizz”: Happy Hour

– 3 pineapple rings, with skin/
– 1/4 in ginger
– 1/2 pear
– sparkling water
(optional: 1 pineapple spear for garnish)

Juice, add to a drinking container, and then fill it up with sparkling water.  Serve.

“Green Goddess”: dinner

– handful spinach
– 3 collard leaves
– 4 carrots, greens removed
– 2 stalks celery
– 1/2 cucumber
– 1 apple, seeded
(I added 1/2 green bell pepper, substituted collard leaves for red kale, and substituted spinach for dino kale because I ran out of some ingredients)

Juice.  This yielded about 28-30oz (depending on how large or small carrots, apples, and cucumber are).

Day 3 and 4 of Diet/Challenge

So I forgot to allot time to write about Day 3 yesterday so I will write about both days and their respective recipes to follow. 🙂

On Day 3 I noticed I had more energy than the day prior and I wasn’t feeling gross/blah like I had on Day 2.  I still had hunger pangs (obviously the detoxing still) but they came less often than of the first two days in the challenge.  I still had my dreaded dry coughs so I was prepared to add more ginger and lemon to most of the juices I was making to aid in my recovery process.

I started off in the morning with something called a “Hot Soother”, which consists of hot water, lemon, and honey.  I also added a few shakes of cayenne pepper to help clear my sinuses; it’s not needed but I like that extra spicy kick in my drink.  I then made myself a “Cantaloupe Shake” to combat any of my current allergies (cantaloupe with skin). For lunch I prepared “Popeye’s Favorite” to incorporate more iron into my system, which I thought I needed.  I thought it would have more spinach than other ingredients but I was wrong.  In this recipe it seemed carrots dominated.  I didn’t mind because I love carrots but really Popeye?  I figured you to be an all-spinach guy…

Anyway I had to be somewhere soon after so I skipped my mid-afternoon juice, which would have been the “Liver Mover” with beets and an apple, and went to happy hour with a “Ginger Pear Cooler”.  The recipe calls for lemon but I ran out and used a full lime instead.  A little sour since some of the pulp was whole and spicier than most drinks because there was more ginger called in the recipe.  I still ate some of the organic crackers my dad bought for snacks, a package of the roasted seaweed sheets, and some chili crackers at my cousin’s house.

For dinner which I juiced prior to arriving at my cousin’s house, I made a different “Cleansing Tonic” which made a good 32oz of juice (also because apparently I didn’t measure right and used half of a green cabbage instead of a 1/2 inch wedge…).  Sometimes I don’t know what I was thinking…haha.  Even still, the large juice made me full, was tasty, and made me run to the bathroom every 10 minutes to pee.

Oh yeah…note: juicing makes you pee every 10-15 minutes or so.  All in a body’s work to detox but can be inconvenient ESPECIALLY when stuck in traffic or driving a far destination.

People can be so cruel…my cousin is doing the Master Cleanse diet with lemons, organic maple syrup, and cayenne pepper (among laxative/nighttime teas and ones with sea salt) along with me doing the raw food/juicing challenge, and my aunt (her mom) decides to cook some mouthwatering, yummy-smelling fried rice in the kitchen nearest us.  Both of us are in our first week of our diets and it’s killer to smell all the good foods without being able to enjoy eating them.  Evil, evil people.

I got home that evening and didn’t drink any chamomile tea because I was just too tired and had school the next day.

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On Day 4 which was yesterday, I woke up rather late and prepared late so I had to skip the breakfast and mid-morning juices (which I won’t skip next time) and went straight into lunch which I prepared a “Super-Eight Stress Reliever”, which I read is great for overweight/obese people.  I would assume it’s because there are 8 really awesome vegetables being used to help organ function and boost health.  I didn’t have collard greens so I substituted them for some red kale I had, and I also didn’t have any red bell peppers so I used a green bell pepper.

After making that I hastily gathered my supplies and ingredients to make my mid-afternoon juice because class was starting in an hour and I had to drink this right before leaving and bring the happy hour juice with me.  For my mid-afternoon I made a “Healing Smoothie” because I wasn’t able to get nutrients from the morning, and the banana blended with the juices would help me through class, since I would usually drink a juice every 2-3 hours.  For my happy hour drink, I made a “Hawaiian Fizz” because I wanted something different than the other juices I have done in the past few days.  Sure I can just get the same nutrients everyday, but it’s good to try different things.  I also made sure to pack some organic crackers in case I got hungry through class, but I didn’t really need it.

After a short trip to the grocery store for more carrots, green apples, some granola for snacks, and oatmeal for breakfast, I had to drive home.  That was most uncomfortable for me because I needed to pee really bad AND I was stuck in traffic.  Oh..my..goodness.  And yes, if you’re wondering I went right before I left the store too!  Once I got home, skipping the bathroom details, I went to juice my dinner.  I made the “Green Goddess” using all of the green vegetables and fruits I had in my inventory.  I had to substitute spinach for red kale because I ran out, and used dino kale to replace collard leaves.  I also added some green bell pepper just to make it really “green” ha.  I think from now on I should just plan on using a 32oz container to drink out of for my dinner juices because I end up having more than 24oz of juice in the end, whereas the other juices tend to end up between 6-12oz.

The next time I have my classes I am going to wake up earlier and plan my time wisely because juicing takes time, and cleaning up afterwards takes even longer.  It’s the truth.  Look for the recipes of Day 3 and 4 soon. 🙂

Day 2 Juices

Mid-morning: “Maureen’s Spicy Tonic

– 1/4 pineapple, with skin
– 1/2 apple, seeded
– 1/4 in ginger root

Juice and serve.

Lunch: “Ginger Hopper

– 1/4 in ginger root (can add more if want it spicier)
– 4-5 carrots, greens removed
– 1/2 apple, seeded

Juice and serve on ice if you like.

Dinner: “Harvest Soup

– 2-3 garlic cloves
– 1 kale leaf
– 1 large tomato
– 2 stalks celery
– 1 collard leaf, chopped (can substitute for spinach)
– 1 tbsp croutons
(note: I added in a handful of spinach)

Roll garlic in kale and push with tomato and celery.  (Here’s the part where I added in the handful of spinach).  Place juice in a saucepan, add chopped collards (in my case spinach) and gently heat.  Garnish with croutons.

Day 2 of my Raw Foods/Juice Adventure

Let me just say that it’s rumored the first three days are the toughest in any diet, especially this one.  9am my alarm clock rang and I just did not want to wake up.  Three hours later I found myself groaning as I got up from bed because I really wanted to just sleep the entire day; I was feeling so tired.  Honestly I think I would have slept more had I not had something to do at 3pm yesterday, and juicing for an entire day in one time takes a good while.

So, it was a little after noon and I had to drag myself out of bed looking the crappiest I’d ever looked in the mirror (even worse than having done two all-nighters in a row…).  I went to brush my teeth and put my hair up so that I could start picking out what I wanted to juice that day and what things I could pack for the party at 3pm.

For mid-morning, I had a wake-her-upper called “Maureen’s Spicy Tonic” which also aided in helping my throat out… Day 1 I was completely 100% lost my voice. Yesterday I was back up to 50% near the end of the day… The drink had pineapple, apples, and ginger, and I drank this after I had my morning “tea” (hot water, some lemon, and a little honey) to soothe my throat and ready myself for the day.

After as a snack, I prepared myself with a Waldorf Salad drink as I did the day before and I think I found my most loveable drink.  Haha!  For lunch, I made myself a “Ginger Hopper” to combat any kind of sickness and help my throat get better (ginger, carrots, and half of an apple).  I waited about an hour in between to drink each drink so that I could detox my body better.

For my mid-afternoon juicing, I made the Potassium Broth like the day before.  Before I had to go prepare myself to leave, I pre-made my dinner to bring to the party.  It was called “Harvest Soup” (I added a few other things to my liking and due to not having collard greens) and consisted of garlic cloves, kale, tomatoes, celery, a lot of spinach, and about 5 roasted garlic croutons.  It’s meant for being heated up as a soup with collard greens, or in my case a handful of spinach, added in while cooking, and then garnished with a tablespoon of croutons.

At the party, the hosts (my boyfriend’s cousins) had made some healthy entrees only one of which I would be able to munch on.  They had some green enchiladas with chicken, honey chipotle chicken kebobs, and separate dishes for guacamole and chips (or dress up the entrees however we liked).  I made raw veggie burritos out of the romaine lettuce, guacamole, black olives, and diced tomatoes.  Throughout the day I also munched on some roasted seaweed sheets and had some green tea.

I noticed the hunger pangs were far less than day 1 but still noticeable, and yet I was still tired.

I decided also to write down in a journal what juices and foods I had eaten for the day (for the rest of the diet) so I could be more organized in what I needed to get from the fridge or which drinks I would want the next day.  In an additional post I will relay some of the juices I haven’t put out a recipe for yet, for any of my readers.

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