Today is Day 1 of my Juice Diet. My rules for my juice diet are different than others. I allow myself to eat solid foods. I have juice for breakfast and lunch and then I have a regular, small portioned, healthy meal for dinner. Or I have juice for breakfast, lunch, and dinner but with my lunch juice I have half of a sandwich and a small, healthy snack later in the day. I do juice diets so that I can cleanse my body, get some essential vitamins and nutrients in, and lose some weight. I plan on staying on this juice diet for a week or two. I still haven’t decided the full plan for my diet, I’m playing this first day by ear.
The picture above is the juice that I made for breakfast this morning, which was DELICIOUS!!
“Sunrise Juice” Recipe:
- 1 cup of strawberries (cut the leaves off before putting in the juicer)
- 1 cup of pineapple chunks
- 1 pear (cut into slices, do not put the pear’s core in the juicer)
For lunch I had my “Rainbow Juice.” Making this juice reminded me of how much fun I have while juicing. Juicing makes you appreciate fruits and vegetables. Maybe I’m a little loopy from not having any solid foods yet today, but while cutting my fruits and vegetables I took a moment to step back and appreciate how pretty and colorful they all are. Juicing is fun for me because I can create my own, delicious recipes. I start by researching many different recipes online. I tend to find that there’s always one vegetable in a juice recipe that I choose to steer away from. Side note: I’m not a big fan of vegetables but this is why I juice, so that I can squeeze in my veggies without really tasting them! Another side note: I love fruit!! So you will find that my recipes tend to have more fruit in them, but I’m trying to get a good fruit/veggie ratio I promise!
NOTE: The picture of my “Rainbow Juice” was taken before I stirred it because I wanted y’all to see why I call it Rainbow Juice…it doesn’t look like this once stirred! And you should always stir your juices!
“Rainbow Juice” Recipe:
- Half of 1 orange (peel and cut into slices that will fit in your juicer)
- Half of 1 peach (cut into slices that will fit in your juicer)
- 1 whole carrot (the big carrots not the baby carrots!)
- 2 whole celery sticks
- 1 tomato (I had to use two small tomatoes, my mom accidentally bought the small tomatoes instead of the regular size tomatoes)
- Half of 1 cucumber
I prepared this snack right after I had made my juice for lunch. I was planning to eat it with my lunch juice but I was too full after my Rainbow Juice, so I saved this snack for later in the day!
- 1/2 cup of low fat cottage cheese
- Several blueberries
Like I said earlier, I allow myself to eat on my juice diet. I had juice for breakfast and lunch, a small snack, and a regular, healthy meal for dinner. I had a side salad which was a mixture of iceberg lettuce, sliced tomatoes, sliced baby carrots, and light ranch dressing. I also had a bowl of Turkey Rigatoni…
Skinny Turkey Rigatoni Recipe:
- Whole wheat rigatoni pasta
- Prego Traditional marinara sauce
- Ground turkey (*You’re going to want to take the ground turkey out of the freezer and let it sit on the kitchen counter to soften a little.)
- Bring a large pot of water to boil.
- While you are waiting for your water to boil, cook the ground turkey in a large skillet until it is about a medium brown. Be sure to break down the ground turkey into “crumbles” by stirring the ground turkey. *Make sure there are no pink colored crumbles.
- Once your ground turkey is completely brown, add pasta sauce and mix well.
- Once water comes to a boil, add pasta and cook for about 8-10 minutes or until al dente; drain. Return to same pot.
- Pour ground turkey and sauce combo into the pot of pasta and mix well.
- Pour skinny rigatoni pasta into a bowl, serve, and enjoy!
I hope you enjoy all of the recipes for my first day of my juice diet! Stay tuned for much more!