Juice Diet: Day 4

BREAKFAST:

"Berry Orange Juice"

“Berry Orange Juice” Recipe:

  • 1 cup of blackberries
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup of strawberries (small ones)

LUNCH:

"Green Machine Juice"

“Green Machine Juice”

“Green Machine Juice” Recipe:

  • 1 1/2 Granny Smith apples
  • Half of a cucumber
  • 1 pear

SNACK:

For snack today, I had 1 cup of corn. 

DINNER:

For dinner I had four pieces of tempura shrimp and a side salad with light ranch dressing.

Stay tuned!

xoxo, Megan

Juice Diet: Day 1

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.

If you have never juiced before, check out my blog post about my first experience juicing here. You can also check out where I bought my juicer (which by the way is amazing and affordable!!) here.

BREAKFAST:

Breakfast: "Sunrise Juice"

Breakfast: “Sunrise Juice”

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)

LUNCH:

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Lunch: "Rainbow Juice"

Lunch: “Rainbow Juice”

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

SNACK:

Day 1 Snack

Day 1 Snack

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!

Snack:

  • 1/2 cup of low fat cottage cheese
  • Several blueberries

DINNER:

Day 1 Dinner

Day 1 Dinner

Turkey Rigatoni

Skinny Turkey Rigatoni

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:

Ingredients:

  • 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.)

Instructions:

  • 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!

xoxo, Megan

Juicing: My Experience

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I first became obsessed with the idea of juicing after watching the documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead on Netflix. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead is a 2010 American documentary film about the 60-day journey of an Australian named Joe Cross. Cross decided to travel across the United States while maintaining a strict juice fast. He educates many Americans about the benefits of juicing, and even helps some people start their juice fast! I would highly recommend watching this interesting documentary!

Naturally, after I finished watching the documentary, I was enthused about the amount of weight Joe Cross was losing due to these fruit and veggie juices. So I decided to purchase my first juicer. At first, my mom thought I was nuts and insisted that I wouldn’t like it — I’m not a huge fan of vegetables, but am obsessed with fruit — but I ignored her doubt and decided to purchase a juicer.

Juicers can be very expensive. I did my research and searched various websites to find the best juicer at the best price. I finally stumbled upon the Hamilton Beach 67601A Big Mouth Juice Extractor from Amazon. Once I received my juicer I was thrilled! For such a low (great) price, I was worried that it might not be up to par with other expensive juicers, but I think it works just as great!

When I first began juicing, I did not have any intentions to do an all-out 60 day cleanse like Joe Cross did. Honestly, I just wanted to see if I could do it for a couple of days, maybe three. However, unlike Joe Cross who strictly only drank juice and did not eat food, I decided to make up my own rules for my cleanse.

My Experience:

I decided that since I was jumping into this whole cleanse trend, I wanted to have a little something to eat every day — I figured I might starve if I didn’t. I made my breakfast and lunch juices the night before and made my dinner juice during the day. I planned on eating half of a ham, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mustard sandwich with my lunch juice so that I would have some energy throughout the day and my stomach would not be turning or growling. Some days, I replaced my half sandwich with a snack like fruit or vegetables. This was probably the strictest diet I had ever been on. But I learned a lot while I was on my juice diet.

My juice diet lasted two weeks, then I started becoming very busy and my diet sort of went out the window as diets usually do. I enjoyed my juice diet and truly never felt starved, in fact, I had a lot of energy! It was fun trying new juice recipes and trying different vegetables that I had never tried before, like beets!

My Favorite Recipes:

My Helpful Tips:

  • Make sure you have a healthy ratio of vegetables and fruits (not too many fruits than vegetables, and vise versa).
  • When pressing your fruit/vegetable into your juicer, press very very slowly this way you get the most juice as possible from your fruit/vegetable!
  • Once you’re finished making your juice, put it in the fridge for a while, I personally think juices taste better when they’re cold!
  • Put a plastic bag (example: a grocery bag) in the bin where the pulp comes out. After you finish making your juice, all you have to do is throw the plastic bag away (the plastic bag will catch all of the pulp). This makes cleaning your juicer a LOT easier!
  • Keep the scrubber that comes with the Hamilton Beach juicer (if you decide to get this juicer) it is fantastic for the cleaning process!
  • Read the instruction pamphlet that comes with your juicer!! It truly is the most helpful part!
  • Try out several different recipes until you find what you love the most! I personally love fruit juices with a few vegetables thrown in.
  • Research what else you can make with your juicer! There is more than what meets the eye!

My Favorite Fruits/Vegetables to Use:

  • Peaches
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Granny Smith Apples
  • Carrots

Try a juice yourself, challenge yourself and become a better, healthier you!

xoxo, Megan