Kale-Navy Bean Mix in a Green Pepper Bowl

Plant-Based. Fast. Flexible. Delicious. Four principles I strive to bring to every Juice Junky post. And this meal hits the jackpot! A quick, delicious, vegan entree that doesn’t call for any fancy schmancy ingredients or some 50 hour prep time. … Continue reading

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Plant-Based Chapters + CocoBeet Concoction Juice!

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What happens when a light sleeper gets bombarded with 23 texts at 3 in the morning?  An overly productive morning and a Rent sing-a-long.  Oh, and lots of juice!  I’m a big advocate for making use of everything in my kitchen, and that includes the stalks of broccoli I saved after using the florets for soup the other night.  Using broccoli stems as the base, I threw in some beets and carrots, and a whole bunch of cilantro.  To top it off, I added some coconut water to the end product. Holy yum!

CocoBeet Concoction

  • 4 large carrots
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 2 beets
  • 2 stems broccoli (or 1 whole head broccoli)
  • 8 oz. natural coconut water

Add the coconut water after juicing all vegetables.  Enjoy!

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Does your kitchen look like this at 3:30 in the morning?  I think my neighbors are hating me through our very thin walls right now.  At least Bran isn’t terrified of the noise anymore.

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I’m so chill while mom juices.  Sometimes I get to eat the pulp!

Last night, I had dinner & drinks with a good friend who has been a vegan for years, and we got to talking about things that changed for us when we made the transition.  She started talking about different “chapters” in the life of someone adopting a plant-based diet, and seeing as it’s been almost a year since I fully dedicated myself to adopting a plant-based lifestyle, I’m seeing truth to her theory.

One of the big changes we talked about was the amount of alcohol we consumed.  I thought I was just out of the “college phase” and that was the explanation for my abrupt drop in tolerance for cocktails.  Nope.  Turns out a plant-based diet can lower tolerance over time, and it makes sense.  Lowering processed food intake and eliminating animal products altogether makes for one very clean and efficient machine of a body!  Nothing to clog up digestion or block absorption of nutrients; this holds true for alcohol as well.

You can take one of two approaches with your attitude in regards to this.  You can be upset about the fact that keg-stands are probably not going to stand in your life much longer, or you can get as stoked as I was about not having to buy 3 or 4 beers since I’m satisfied with one or two now!

Sorry for the short post, but I’m off to enjoy my juice and save the world one puppy at a time.  I’ll be posting more this week, so don’t worry!

Happy Juicing!

Day 6 – Excuses

So I just want to start off by saying that today is cold, rainy, and all over gross out.  Not really inspirational weather for my mood.  I’m not hungry necessarily, but I am craving something warm.  Like soup.  mmmmm.  But Mean Green will have to suffice for now.  Only 9 more days to go.  I got this.  Ethan came home in so much pain the other night (his stomach was on fire) and made a bowl of rice.  He told me that he is going to continue the 15 days with me, but just eat one “real” meal a day.  I can live with that.  The rice smelled soooo freaking good, though, I wanted to punch him in the face.  I settled for a hug instead.  So far, what’s getting me through the days is looking up vegan or other healthy recipes on Pinterest to make when I’m done. I mean, Pinterest takes over my life anyways, so why not lose myself by looking up something useful, right? That’s what I did during my last fast, but I never actually followed through.  I just fell back into the microwavable dinner routine and landed right back where I started.  This time, I made a list of all the stuff I plan on making, and even am making an ingredient sheet so I know what to buy.  Things like vegan, gluten-free spinach/artichoke dip, ratatouille, black bean burgers, and sweet potato cauliflower soup.  It’s gonna be soooo good!  I’m also craving my mom’s broccoli soup like no other, and Hurray, cause it’s vegan!  Water-based broth, ancine di peppe noodles, broccoli of course, and lots of spices.  Ugh, my mouth is watering now, and it’s not because of this Mean Green sitting in front of me.

Anyways, on to business.  I’m sure you all noticed the picture above.  I went grocery shopping this morning and was absolutely shocked (and elated) when the total came to $24.99 for alllllll of this food!  4 grocery bags later, I’m unloading my prizes in the kitchen and Ethan’s getting ready to stick it all through the juicer and I yell “No! You have to wait for me to take a picture! This is so much food!”  At first, I was impressed with myself, but then I realized, I didn’t make the prices; produce is just this cheap! I have enough fruits and veggies here to make 4 Mean Green juices, a bruschetta juice, cranberry apple juice, and I still had veggies left over for tomorrow!  That’s 52 grams of protein and 144 ounces of yummy, healthy goodness for under $25.  Isn’t the expense argument one of the top guns in the arsenal of the junk-food junky?  Not anymore.  Clearly, the argument that “healthy food costs way too much” no longer holds water (or juice!), so what’s your excuse now?……….. I’ll wait.

Day 3 of 15

 

To everyone our there questioning the nutrients consumed during a juice fast, I’ll point you to Exhibit A.  That group of greens was just ONE of 4 “meals” I drank today.  In fact, this was breakfast.  I don’t know about all of you, but I don’t usually wake up in the morning and think to myself “I’m starving, so I should probably go wolf down a bundle of kale, 2 apples, half a lemon, a whole cucumber, a hunk of ginger, and 4 stalks of celery.”  Could you eat all this in one sitting?  I’ll put my money on no.  Maybe I could go for the two apples, or possibly half that cucumber, but there’s no way I could down this group of veggies in one sitting.  And kale?  I know it’s a “super food”, but have you tried it raw and all by its lonesome?  Not my cup o’ tea.   Ginger? I like it in stuff, but by itself?  My mouth would burn for days if I ate that huge hunk.  Taking all these foods and blending them together into a neat, compact 24 oz. juice to drink on the way to work is starting to sound like a pretty good idea, isn’t it? Plus, the darker/greener the food, the healthier it is, and just look at this gorgeous green masterpiece!

I’m telling you, this whole “green drink in the morning” thing really works.  I know I’m on a juice fast and I have to drink it, but I swear that about 15 minutes after drinking it, I was ready to kill it this morning at work, and I didn’t even think about my next meal until 5 hours later.  I felt unstoppable!

So I feel like the recipe for this concoction is pretty self explanatory, given the picture above, but I’ll post it below, too! You’ll need:

  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 apples
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 1″ ginger root
  • 8 large kale leaves

Happy juicing everybody! Let me know what you think!

Be The Change

Joey in action, making me some orange-mango juice for breakfast

Today was my day off, but my internal clock had me up before the sun like it was just another day of work.  Usually when that happens, I just curl up on the couch with my Kindle for a couple hours.  Today, I felt ambitious, though, and decided that a run was in order.

I wasn’t even a mile into my run when school buses began passing me, making their stops and picking up children for the day.  I always wave to the drivers who pass me on my runs because, well, that’s just nice manners.  Thanks for not running me over while I attempt to be healthy.  So I’m going along blasting my Pandora “Dance Pop” station, when a bus passes by.  I wave, not really paying much attention, but as I glance up, I see a little girl waving back at me.  Then I see a few other kids with their faces up against the glass, just staring at me.

Okay, the waving girl was cute, but what was with those other kids staring at me with those vacantly confused expressions?  Is someone chasing you?  Why are you running up this hill for no reason?   Then, I began to think about the lunch boxes those confused kids were carrying with them to school, and what might be inside them.  Now, I don’t have kids, and that’s not about to change anytime soon, but still… I want to make sure the next generation is well informed and able to make health-conscious decisions. That got me thinking about what the best way to accomplish this would be.  I mean, I know I won’t have as big an impact on others as, say, their parents or relatives, but there’s got to be something I can do.  What’s the best way to educate and inform?  Simple: lead by example.

I realized that my run this morning was beneficial, not only for me, but for all those kids on the school bus, and everyone that passed me in their cars, too.  I know when I’m in my car and I pass a runner, my thoughts go a little something like this: Don’t hit the runner! GO YOU! Man, I’m jealous.  I should go running today.  I wonder how far they’re running.  Good for them!  Maybe I’m alone in this, but seeing other people exercise healthy habits is inspiring to me.

That whole thought pattern kept me pretty busy throughout my run.  It was only 2.5 miles, but hey, that’s farther than my boyfriend ran today (he was still asleep), and it’s farther than everyone else who was sitting on the couch! As soon as I got home, I was so hyped up and energized! I went straight for the juicer and pretty much emptied my fridge into it.  Best. Decision. Ever.  I juiced all day today, and it felt great!  I mentioned to Ethan yesterday that I was thinking about starting another juice fast, and tonight he came home from work to some orange mango juice I made him this afternoon.  He was sold, and we’re starting Monday!  I always feel amazing when I’m juicing (my brother thought I meant steroids when I told him I felt amazing when I “juiced”) so needless to say, the Juice Junky is pumped for Monday to get here!

So what should you get out of this post? Be the change you wish to see in the world. When Gandhi said that, he was onto something.  People won’t learn healthy lifestyle choices unless someone can be their example, and if you want others to be healthy and happy, you’ve got to live it yourself!   My passion is to spread the good word about the benefits of dietary changes and fitness, but I’ve got to live the lifestyle if I want others to get excited about it, too.  That can be quite motivating!  Also, orange mango juice is unrivaled in deliciousness, and cranberry juice needs a LOT of sweet fruit to balance the sourness!