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This smoothie has been my breakfast almost every morning since the juice fast! It’s quick, healthy AND it actually keeps me full until lunch! I make this super easy smoothie in my magic bullet blender but any blender will do…

WHAT YOU’LL NEED
-1 large ripe banana
-crushed ice
-scoop of almond butter
-soy milk

WHAT TO DO:

-Fill the bottom of the cup or blender with crushed ice (or ice cubes and crush them up a little). I use about 1/2 cup of ice, you can adjust this depending on how thick/icy you want your smoothie.

-Peel the banana, cut or just pinch the banana into several pieces and add to blender

-Add a scoop of almond butter, I use somewhere between 1-2 tablespoons.

-Pour in some soy milk, I use about 1/2 cup. Again, just adjust this depending on how thick you want your smoothie.

-If there’s space at the top of my magic bullet cup I’ll top it off with a little more crushed ice.

-Blend and enjoy!

I recently got some Aria Protein Powder – yummy Vanilla flavored – and have started adding that to a post-workout smoothie. I did pretty much everything the same as above but added 20-30 frozen blueberries and 2 scoops of the protein powder (I call that one Vananaberry – bahaha). Today I made it with just ice, protein powder, strawberries, blueberries and soy milk. Can’t wait til summer when I can get fresh, juicy strawberries!

Anybody else have a tried and true smoothie recipe? Or an unexpected delicious ingredient?

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Several people have asked for details on the juice fast I did last week, so here it is!

A LITTLE QUICK INFO FIRST:
-I spent about 5-7 days preparing for the juice fast (more info on that below)
-I spent 7 days on the juice fast
-I drank homemade almond milk every evening (recipe below)
-I spent about 2 days coming off of the fast/reintroducing solids (more info on that below)
-I went into this fast wanting to reset my dietary habits and cleanse my body, by the end I had lost 11 lbs. (yay added bonus!)

PREPARING FOR THE JUICE FAST:
ONE WEEK BEFORE: begin to reduce caffeine, sugar, alcohol, processed foods and white breads in your diet. If you’re a big coffee or soda drinker, make sure to cut back slowly to avoid caffeine withdrawal headaches! DO NOT START THE JUICE FAST THE DAY AFTER EATING A BUNCH OF PROCESSED FOODS AND DRINKING A BUNCH OF ALCOHOL! (you will be miserable)

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
-A juicer (I’ve been using the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer for almost two years and love it!)
-A blender if you plan on making your own almond milk. (I used my magic bullet blender)
-Raw almonds
-Agave or stevia sweetener, if you’re going to need sweetener in your almond milk (and a pinch of salt)
-LOADS of fruits and veggies (details on this below)

A TYPICAL DAY ON THE FAST:

–>WHEN YOU WAKE UP: Drink a cup of warm water with a slice of lemon (in the water).

–>SHORTLY AFTER: Drink a green juice…below is one of my favorites, but as the days went on I got creative with it. I spent some time Googling “homemade green juice” to familiarize myself with green juice ideas.

:::::MY FAVORITE GREEN JUICE:::::

-small handful spinach

-1 pint blueberries

-1 granny smith apple

-1 lemon

Wash spinach, blueberries and apple. Cut peel from lemon. Cut everything to fit into your juicer and run it through.

So, about green juices…some people love them. They grow on ya, seriously. Mixing in things like blueberries or pineapple will really help. I still don’t LOVE them, but I do usually enjoy them…especially when you’re hungry ๐Ÿ˜‰ A few things that helped me was to add a few ice cubes and drink through a straw.

–>A FEW HOURS LATER: Drink a fruit juice…the options are seriously endless here. I made sure to keep a lot of apples on hand, they go with pretty much anything and produce a lot of juice. Some things I read said to avoid oranges, I ate them but you can do some research and use your own judgement. Strawberries sweeten grapefruit really well. Don’t be afraid to mix veggies into the fruit juices…carrots, apples and ginger are pretty good. Really get creative!

–>KEEP JUICING: I tried to get in 2 green juices and 2-3 fruit/other juices a day. Just make juice whenever you are hungry, the first few days this may be more often. Drink herbal tea throughout the day, Yogi tea makes some delicious detox and fasting teas. DRINK LOTS OF WATER! LOTS!

–>TWO HOURS BEFORE BED: Drink almond milk – yummm. I would usually make mine earlier in the day and keep it in the fridge so it would be nice and cold when I was ready to drink it. It will keep for four days in the fridge.

::::ALMOND MILK::::

(makes one serving)

2 tbsp. almonds (roughly)

1 tbsp. agave (I used less)

tiny tiny pinch of salt

1 1/4 cups water

Put all of this into the magic bullet or high speed blender. I left mine running for about 1 minute to make sure the almonds got chopped up really fine. Either store in the refrigerator (I promise I’m not advertising for the magic bullet but I do have to say I love how you just screw a lid on the container you blended it in and put it right into the fridge)

Before you drink it: Strain through a juice strainer to remove the almonds chunks. Now sit down and enjoy your reward ๐Ÿ™‚

…and repeat it all again tomorrow!

FUNCTIONING IN THE REAL WORLD:

The first couple days that I was doing the juice fast I made sure my schedule was pretty empty. Day 3 and 4 I was able to go home and make juice around lunchtime. Day 5 I made the mistake of having no plan, except hoping that the smoothie place across the street made juice – they don’t. So, after one day of squeezing the juice from an orange with my hands in the break room at work…yeah…I stocked my fridge up with a few bottles ofย  Naked Green Machine.ย  Also, I’ve read that watermelon is the best thing to eat if you just absolutely must eat something (because of it’s high water content). Day 6 I had a small headache right before bed, it was the first headache I’d had the whole time! I ended the fast the next day because I believe my headache was due to not drinking enough juice/calories (I had gotten to the point where I only needed 2, maybe 3 juices a day to keep my hunger satisfied). I came to realize that hunger will pass, drink some water and wait a little bit and that “I must eat right this minute” feeling will subside. Day 5 and 6 I had some aching in my legs and ankles…do a bit of research on toxins leaving the body and old injuries healing.

COMING OFF THE FAST:

The best “first meal” is an apple – DO NOT GO OUT AND EAT AN ACTUAL FULL MEAL! I sat down at the table with an apple cut into several slices and spent about 20 minutes really enjoying every last bit of that apple. Chew it very well, remember that your body is used to juice. A couple hours later I had a juice (of anything that sounds yummy). Then I had some pineapple, in the same slow way that I enjoyed the apple. Next, watermelon. Juice in between all of these “meals” or when you are hungry and drink your almond milk at night.

Day 2 I did the same thing but for dinner I had a bit of homemade guacamole and flax tortilla chips.

Day 3 off of the fast I had a smoothie for breakfast (banana, almond butter, agave, rice milk and ice), a Naked Green machine juice for lunch, homemade juice for a snack and a normal dinner – Normal meaning, tilapia and asparagus on the grill, baked sweet potato fries and homemade guacamole with flax chips.

Day 4 I did the same for breakfast, lunch and snack. For dinner I made a panini with one slice of whole wheat bread, tomato, lettuce, one slice of turkey and a little leftover guacamole. One the side I had a few olives and 6 or 7 leftover sweet potato fries.

Day 5 (today) I did the same for breakfast, lunch and snack and plan on having another light dinner. The key is to eat small portions, and honestly you probably won’t be able to eat much without feeling stuffed.

BEST WISHES TO ALL WHO GO FOR IT!ย 

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I wasn’t going to blog about this until I realized it could be helpful information or even motivation to someone considering a juice fast. I’m on day 3 of my juice fast/cleanse/detox, technically day 3.5 since the last solid meal I had was Monday at lunch. So I’ll tell you some of the books that have been helpful, the “plan” I’m doing and how I’ve been feeling through it all…

I’ve been carrying around a stack of books for the past 4 days, using each of them as reference and motivational reading.

“The 3-Day Cleanse” by Zoe Sakoutis and Erica Huss –> After explaining detoxing and laying out a week before plan, they give three different juice fasting plans to follow ranging from the person who eats junk food and drinks a lot to the person who eats very healthy. There is a lot of support in this book around what to expect, what each fruit or vegetable does for your body and so much more. In the back they list several combinations for fruit and vegetable juices, which have been helpful when wondering what to combine (although I have gotten to the point of just tossing whatever I have into the juicer!). One last thing about this book, their plans also include a nut milk in the evening…I’ve been making almond milk and it is an amazingly delicious treat that I’ve started looking forward to! This definitely contradicts most other juice fasts because this technically breaks the “fast”…but this protein is what helps me make it through and I am still very much benefiting from the “fast”.

“Juice Fasting Detoxification” by Steve Meyerowitz –> I borrowed this from a friend and it has been loaded with information, a few fruit and veggie combos and tips for going into and coming out of the fast.

“Natural Detox” by Marie Farquharson –> I haven’t read a lot in this book but it has remained in my stack that I read through when I feel hunger coming on. It has a lot of info about toxins and several different detox options.

“Ani’s Raw Food Essentials” by Ani Phyo –> …has been my new favorite book! The raw food lifestyle is very intriguing to me…after coming off of this juice fast I plan on trying several of the recipes out of Ani’s book. Depending on how they go, I hope to incorporate more raw foods into my life. Check out Ani’s website for more info.

So I’m on the non-plan plan (had to sneak in that little Along Came Polly reference)…I’ve been loosely following the ideas from the “The 3-Day Cleanse”…2 green juices a day, 1 or 2 fruit juices a day and an almond milk 2 hours before bed. I went into this not really sure how long I would do it and am still sort of just hoping for the best. I took fruit with me to work today just as a back up in case I couldn’t make it, but ended up getting a chance to run home and make juice. Everything I have read says that the hunger goes away…I wanna talk about that, this is the third juice fast I’ve done and in my experience the hunger never really goes away…more like you just learn to deal with it. It’s been a huge wake-up call as to how often I snack…I’ve known I’m a snacker but…wow. I’ve felt pretty good and been able to do everything I normally do, I’ve actually had a lot of energy and motivation. Days one and two I walked about 30 minutes and yesterday (day two) I did about 45 minutes of yoga.

I plan to make it through Saturday, possibly Sunday…but I’m taking it day by day…or, juice by juice ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Anybody else doing a juice fast or have you been considering it? Any raw foodies out there?

 

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