JUICE PREPPING RECIPES

Last year, I starting juicing in addition to the daily green smoothie I had been doing since March of 2018 (yay 35lb weight loss and lower cholesterol). It was the Medical Medium phenomenon that got me thinking about it…so I started with celery juice. YUCK… straight up celery juice was a no-go for me. I even tried the “pinching your nose” trick to gulp it down but it was still a big NO. In an effort not to give up, I added a red apple to it and voila’…I love it now.

Months of the celery/apple combo led me to try other flavors. Scouring the internet for recipes produced some gross results…namely for me, ANYTHING with cantaloupe or honeydew. Gag-a-riffic. However, I did manage to find, test and love a few combo’s which I have listed below:

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  • Green juice- celery and red apple
  • Red juice – beet, carrot, red apple, lemon and ginger root
  • Orange – carrot, red apple, lemon and ginger root

The mason jars I used are 12oz each and I bought them for just under $5 at WalMart for a pack of 6. The juicer I have is the Oster JusSimple Easy Juice Extractor and I bought it at Target. I started off with a $5 score of a juicer from my local Goodwill but after sterilizing the shredder part for a bit too long, it warped and I couldn’t fix it so I invested in a decent one. Ooops.

I don’t have an exact count of how many of each item I actually use to make the recipes above. Most of it was trial and error to see how I was able to make the taste work for me. Especially the beets…verrrrrrrry earthy tasting. My tip on that? Use half a beet to yield two of the 12oz mason jars and balance the taste of your front lawn with extra carrot!

Most websites/blogs that I have read say that you should drink celery juice fresh every morning (uh, ya’ll got kids?) or at least drink your juices within a day or so. I don’t have the time (I have a 4 year old who needs something every 14 seconds) or patience (my juicer has 7 pieces that I would have to clean every single time) so I prep 6 mason jars at a time. The contents DO separate but give it a good shake, and the cold juice goes down easy! These juices taste as fresh as the day I made it so I am going against popular advice and will keep on preppin’…

*Advise on sending the fresh lemon and ginger down the chute: put in in the middle of the items you are juicing so the items you juice at the end will force the lemon and ginger out of the juicer. Since these items don’t product that much juice, you need something to help it along. Kinda like what fiber is to your colon…

Juice on people and if you have a recipe you would like to share, please leave a  comment!

VEGGIE “FRIED” RICE

Ugh…riced cauliflower.

“Riced” anything except for actual rice sounded BLAH at first but this a game changer people! This is the year of BIG changes for our family and healthier eating is one of them. I grabbed a bag of frozen riced cauliflower that already had some peas and carrots in it rather than try and rice it on my own…I have zero patience and time for that. Honestly, I don’t even know what “ricing” means…

I followed a super simple if-you-mess-this-up-you-are-a-dummy recipe and it came out AMAZING. This is my latest addiction…recipe below:

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1 bag frozen riced cauliflower

3 eggs

1/2 bag frozen peas/carrots (or any veggies you choose)

chopped rotisserie chicken

soy sauce

garlic salt

Microwave the frozen riced cauliflower according to the package directions…also the frozen peas/carrots. Heat a frying pan on medium with a little bit of olive oil (or any oil you prefer) and scramble the eggs. Dump all items in the pan and add a few drops of soy sauce (go easy…it can get pretty salty very quickly!) and sprinkle garlic salt. Use the items to your taste…and serve. Enjoy!

Thank you for reading…

THE CHRISTMAS SMOOTHIE

I have no idea why I called this the “Christmas Smoothie” because nothing about it says Christmas/holiday season except maybe the color. I am sure this recipe (or some variation of it) lives in a blog or website somewhere but here is my latest obsession:

1 huge handful baby spinach

1 small banana

1/4 avocado

1 cup frozen mango chunks

local honey

water

Blend away…it is sweet, creamy, wholesome, filling and super healthy! Enjoy!

Spirulina is the ***!

Have you guys tried spirulina yet? HOLY MOLY…it is the shizzz! Packed with nutrients, this powerhouse powder is so good in my green smoothies…I really feel like I am doing a good thing by adding this to my daily routine.

The serving size is 1 tsp but I went with a 1/2 tsp last night since I wasn’t sure how potent it was or how I would even like it. This morning I kicked it up to 1 tsp because I am in LOOOOOVE:

Warning…it smells like the Atlantic Ocean once you open up the packet but as long as you can get past that, you will be good to go. In order to adjust the flavor, I added a little more honey to my smoothie and off I went…literally “went!”

Here is the link to where I bought it: Natural Nutra Organic Spirulina Powder from Amazon.

*I was not compensated in any way for this post…I simply blog about what I love.

The Detox Smoothie

A friend at work shared this recipe with me (she found it on Pinterest so thank you to whoever you are). It is a detox smoothie and though I was skeptical at first, I truly LOVE this smoothie. Not only does it make me feel like I should be sitting under an umbrella at the beach sipping this out of a carved out pineapple, but it has jump started my weight loss after I hit a plateau. Bonus…it really does “clean you out” if you catch my drift!

Ingredients:

  1. handful of spinach
  2. 1/2 banana
  3. 1/2 pear (I use canned)
  4. 1/2 juiced lemon (I save the lemon to use in my water)
  5. 1 celery stalk (recipe calls for 2 stalks but 1 was fine for me)
  6. ice/water (depends how thick you like your smoothie)
  7. honey (I used local honey but you could sweeten with Splenda, Stevia etc)

Chop, blend and enjoy the beachfront drink.

My Health and Weight Loss Journey

Earlier this year, I was finally able to get a grip on what was happening to me. I was overweight. I was unhealthy. My GI issues were at an all time high. I felt gross, tired, moody…the list goes on and on. I was 43 and had to to SOMETHING. Click here for my post on my health and weight loss journey.

As I have never been one to sugar coat anything, I am about to get super real with anyone who reads this blog…

I started my health and weight loss journey at 200 pounds (gasp!). I am currently (as of this morning) 173.2 pounds. I weigh in every day to hold myself accountable. I do research. I ask questions. I try new recipes. I post real and untouched pictures of what I look like and what I eat. Doctored up pictures and professionally edited postings have their place but that place is not on my blog. Fast forward to today! I feel amazing…27 pounds lighter and 3 clothing sizes smaller.

It isn’t easy and I am truly thankful for each and every person that has lent an ear, showed support, noticed my changes  and have encouraged me. Some of that support came from those who I would never have imagined.

I am going to start posting a lot of different topics on here…some will help, some will offend. I make no apologies for that…I am who I am and this journey is what it is.

*Disclaimer- I am not a dietitian. I am not a doctor or a nurse. I do not give out any advice relating to health/diet. This is about what works for ME.*