Juice Diet: Day 5

Today is Day 5 of my juice diet! I am feeling energized and excited. Since Monday, I have lost 6 pounds!! I have also incorporated some great workout routines to my diet — thanks to Pinterest! I have also been using the My Fitness Pal app on my iPhone. Through the My Fitness Pal app you can create recipes, which is where I have been tracking about how many calories (and other nutrition info.) each juice contains. The My Fitness Pal app also helps you lose weight or maintain your current weight by keeping track of your weight, how many pounds you want to lose per week, and it gives you a goal for how many calories you can have per day. You can also scan food items for the exact nutrition info. They also have restaurant nutritional information. You can also put in your exercise information daily so that you can subtract calories.

For those of you who have not juiced before, it can be fairly expensive. The juicer itself can be expensive, I believe that I found a great juicer for a great price. Click here for the blog post where I have the link for my juicer and a lot of information for beginners who want to start juicing. Not only can a juicer be expensive, but buying all of the fruits and vegetables that you will need for your juices can be expensive too. I go grocery shopping every Sunday and I bought about 5 of each fruit and a few of each vegetable. I’m already running low on my ingredients and some of them I have used up completely.

Juicing definitely involves a lot of planning. This week, I created my juice recipes off of the top of my head the moment I wanted to make them. However, I already had an idea of what fruits and vegetables I like to use in my juices. If you’re new to juicing, research juice recipes (or my blog!) to see what kind of recipes you might like, what kind of fruit and vegetables you want to buy, and notice how much produce is used per juice. There’s a lot of produce used per juice!

However, despite the fairly expensive cost, juicing is very good for you. I am planning on doing a blog post soon that lists all of the benefits of juicing, and what else you can do with your juicer. So stay tuned!

BREAKFAST:

"Fruit Punch Juice"

“Fruit Punch Juice”

“Fruit Punch Juice” Recipe:

  • 1 peach
  • 1 lemon
  • Half of a Granny Smith apple
  • Watermelon (*Note: watermelon is usually already cut up and in a container in our fridge, because I love it so much, so I’m not sure exactly how much watermelon I put in this juice. Therefore, put all of your other ingredients in first and then fill the rest of your glass with juiced watermelon until your glass is full!)

LUNCH:

Day 5: Lunch

Day 5: Lunch

Recipe:

  • 2 Gala apples
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 4 medium carrots

I also had half of my chicken stuffed avocado recipe.

Stay tuned!

xoxo, Megan

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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 3

Today I woke up a little late, it’s pouring here in San Antonio and when it’s pouring outside there’s no use in getting me out of bed. However I eventually woke up to the sound of repeated scratching on my bedroom door because my dogs are scared of the storm.

I started off my morning with a delicious juice that’s inspired by the juice I had at the farmer’s market here in San Antonio at the Pearl. This juice is perfectly refreshing. I adore watermelon and who doesn’t love lemonade? I’m also reading The Skimm this morning, which you can learn more about here or sign up to receive your Skimm subscription here.

Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 10.45.04 AMBREAKFAST:

“Watermelon Lemonade Juice” Recipe:

  • 2 lemons (peeled and cut to fit in your juicer)
  • Watermelon — I already had pre-cut watermelon in a container in my refrigerator. I would say that I used about 2 1/2 cups of watermelon (seeds and all, they won’t end up in your juice I promise). But I would put the two lemons in first and add watermelon until your glass is full!

LUNCH:

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Day 3 Lunch

Cosmic Orange Juice (before stirred)

“Cosmic Orange Juice” Recipe:

  • Half of a cucumber
  • 1 peach
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 1 Gala apple
  • 2 small tomatoes (or 1 whole tomato)

With my lunch, I had a few turkey and provolone roll-ups with mustard.

SNACK:

For my snack I had Chobani Strawberry & Banana Greek Yogurt (the single cups).

DINNER:

For dinner I had a grilled chicken salad with sliced carrots, sliced tomatoes, and light ranch dressing.

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