Super Clean Eating is Fun

People turn their noses up at the word “cleanse.”

 

Yet they embrace the McDonald’s…

This cleanse is my favorite because you can eat.  Don’t get me wrong, I do miss peanut butter and meat.  However, judging from the way my body has responded, I needed the break.  I’ll refrain from the TMI, but let’s just say I’m definitely cleaner!

The other awesome thing about this cleanse is the creativity it inspires.  Check out of some the fun stuff I’ve made in the past few days!

Saucy Plate… 

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Creamy (Raw) Red Pepper Soup

Rules can inspire creativity.

 

Translation: no body puts baby in a corner!

One of my favorite things about this particular cleanse is that, while there are parameters, the rules are easy to work within.

For instance, one of the guidelines is to eat more raw veggies than cooked.  I love raw vegetables, but sometimes that can get a bit boring.  Raw soup, on the other hand… that’s interesting!  Eating a soup raw may seem strange, but it really is good.  And perfect for this warmer weather!

Creamy Raw Red Pepper Soup

 

The cool thing about this chilled soup is the creaminess.  The avocado and hemp seeds lend healthy fats and a smooth, cooling factor that is perfect against the jalapeño kick.

Red pepper and carrots add a natural sweetness.  It’s still early in the season, so I added just a bit of stevia.  I may or may not have added an extra jalapeño in my version… don’t worry, that’s not in the recipe as written below.

Red Pepper Soup

 

All you need is a blender to make this souper-easy soup.  I used my Vitamix, but any high-speed blender would work.  If you chop up the veggies a little more, I think you could even make it in a Magic Bullet!

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Raw Red Pepper Soup

Creamy Raw Red Pepper Soup

  • 1 C warm water
  • 1 medium red pepper
  • 1/2 large avocado
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 2 T hemp seeds
  • 1 T red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeded
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional: 3-4 drops lemon liquid Stevia

 

Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender (I used a Vitamix) and process until thick and smooth.  Allow to run for 4-5 minutes until slightly warm.

Makes 4 sides or 2 larger servings.

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How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

Sprint 2 the Table

Remember to use #strangebutgood in any Tweets and Instagrams of your creations. :)



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I always feel a little high after eating raw – is that just me?

What inspires (or forces) you to think outside the box in the kitchen?

Are you a raw food fan?

 

Skinny Limits Juice Cleanse Review

I eat a lot of protein.

 

It’s my thing.

For my goals, I need to eat all the protein.  It’s muscle fuel while I’m trying to build.  It’s also hard on the body to digest that much protein continuously (it’s been months and months of packing it in).  When Skinny Limits reached out and offered a 3-day juice cleanse for review I decided it was the perfect time to… well, be cleansed.

Skinny Limits Juice Cleanse… 

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Raw Tomato and Corn Salad + Weekend Marvels

Merry Marvelous!

 

Are you ever so cheerful you annoy yourself?

It’s false cheer.  Sort of.  I’m not in a bad mood… but does anyone really look forward to a Monday like they do a Saturday?  Yet another reason to love Katie’s Marvelous Monday link up. :)

Marvelous Monday

 

First up in the world of marvelous is this #vitamixporn.  That’s a legit hash tag, no?

This deliciousness is a Chocolate-Beet protein smoothie.  It was so thick and creamy I ate it with a spoon… like I do with just about every smoothie.  It’s the only way to go after a hot, sweaty romp in the gym. ;)

chocolate beet protein smoothie

You can make this in a regular blender, it just might not be quite as ice cream-like.  I posted the recipe here on Facebook.

 

Marvelous item #2 involves one of my favorite movies – Grease!  Saturday it was playing it on the big screen at a the Fox Theatre… it was done like a sing-along!  The words to every song were scrolled across the bottom of the screen and they handed out little props for people to use throughout the movie.

They had a costume contest before the movie started!

The less-then-marvelous part is that I was supposed to go with my best friend, but at the last minute she got the stomach flu!  So I went by myself.  It was a little awkward due to the interactive nature, but I sat back and enjoyed the show and the people watching.  It was rich – the over 50 crowed came out in full-force dressed like Pink Ladies and T-Birds.

 

In the end, I was happy.  I was in a loner mood for some reason anyway.  When I got home there was more marvelous = clean sheets!  I put myself to bed with a book and a handmade mason jar candle.

candle

 

This next item is more hilarious than marvelous.  I was in the gym, minding my business, when I came upon a full spread of beauty supplies in the locker room.

The pic doesn’t even show it all.  I couldn’t fit in the towel wrap, 2 pairs of shoes, flip-flops, bobby pins, comb… and dirty clothes on the floor.  I chuckled… and then I Instagrammed.  (She was in the shower… I’m not quite that ballsy.)

gym mess

Yes, that is a hair weave on the counter.

I had to take a picture.*  If I had to bring THAT much crap to shower at the gym, I’d just go home.  (I have never showered at a gym, actually.)  If I hadn’t been in a hurry, I would have waited to see what she looked like after getting all dolled up.

*Nothing shocks me anymore at my gym – last week there was a girl there carrying a dog around in her purse.  In the weightroom.  While using the leg extension machine.

 

Lastly, I have to include food in the weekend marvelousness.  This happened before I made it to the market.  you can always tell when it’s the end of the week because I’m eating a random hodge podge of protein.  There are 3 types of fish on that plate.

The real marvelous part was the salad.  I managed to end the week with a lot of veggie goodies left over, and throw together a fresh, raw salad.

Fish and raw salad

If you haven’t had corn raw before, check out this #strangebutgood Berry Corny Salad too.  It fabulously sweet and crunchy!

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Raw Tomato Corn Thyme Salad

Raw Tomato Corn Thyme Salad

  • 1/4 C sweet corn kernels
  • 1/4 C cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 C raw asparagus, sliced
  • 1 T diced shallot
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • Drizzle champagne vinegar (or other vinegar)
  • Freshly ground black pepper

 

Mix together veggies and drizzle of vinegar.  Finish with fresh black pepper.

Note: You could also add olive oil, nuts, or other herbs!

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It must be the crazy humidity, but I’m craving raw foods lately… which simply means I’m (re)learning you can put just about anything in a blender. :)

What is the strangest thing you’ve ever seen in the gym?

Would you go to a show at a theatre by yourself?  What is your favorite character from Grease?  Mine’s Rizzo!

 

Sweet Corn (Protein) Shake

Since discovering my love of corn, there is only one thing to do.

 

Besides simply “eat it.”

Turn it into a smoothie.  Duh.  You have to trust me on this one.  Corn seems strange, I know.  but it’s good.  I mean… have I lead you astray before?!  Don’t answer that.

Sweet Corn Protein Shake 1

 

Raw corn is super sweet.  Actually most raw veggies are sweeter to me raw than cooked.  This makes them perfect candidates for smoothies – Carrot Cake and Zucchini Bread smoothies happen weekly in my house – and you KNOW I add spinach to everything.

The avocado adds creaminess to the smoothie.  You could also use banana (I was out).  I never finish a whole avocado before it goes bad, so I eather bake with it or cut the leftovers into slices and store it inthe freezer for smoothies.

Sweet Corn Protein Shake 2

Lemon may seen weird, but that zestiness can actually bring out sweet flavors.  I added just a twist here!

Ginger also gives this drink it a teeny zing… you could leave it out, but remember it (and lemon) is a great detoxifier!!!

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Sweet Corn Protein Shake

Sweet Corn (Protein) Shake

  • 1/4 C raw corn
  • 2 T avocado
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 6-7 drops vanilla liquid stevia (or sweetneer of choice)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or other liquid)
  • Ice, to taste
  • Optional: squeeze of lemon, xanthan and/or guar gum (to thicken)

 

Put everything in the blender and mix until smooth.

Slurp away! 

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 How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week?

The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends!

Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

Sprint 2 the Table

Remember to use #strangebutgood in any Tweets and Instagrams of your creations. :)


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#StrangeButGood turens 30 this week!!!  And I turn 30 in 2 weeks.  Scary.  

"Age is just a number. It’s totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine." ~Joan Collins 

Do you drink more smoothies in the summer?  I can't get enough!

What are your favorite veggies to eat raw?  Do you ever use them to make them sweet treats?

 

Strange But Good: Berry Corny Salad

I don’t particularly like corn.

 

I really am a terrible Southerner.

On a cob it’s too messy, off the cob it gets all mushy when cooked.  When Kat brought corn over to add to our dinner Monday night I realized something – I just don’t like it cooked.  She cut the kernels off the cob and topped our salads with it… uncooked.  Duh.

Raw corn has a pure, crunchy sweetness to it.  That fantastic flavor was lost for me in all the cooked renditions I’d tried before!  How strange to me!  But oh man, it was good.

Berry Corny Salad 1

 

Inspired by the sweet, I decided to create a spring salad using corn and my latest berry-obsession: blueberries.  The two treats were a natural fit!  I also added cucumbers for a refreshing crunch.

Spinach was my base, but arugula would also be good here.  Shallot was my last add.  The mild onion provided a slight edge to the sweeter flavors without overpowering.

Berry Corny Salad 2

To dress the salad, I wanted to keep it light but thought a creamy dressing would be a nice contrast to my crunchy veggies.  I used Greek yogurt as the base for a lemon and rosemary-laced creation.

It was berry good.

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Berry Corny Salad

Berry Corny Salad

  • Spinach
  • Raw corn kernels
  • Blueberries
  • Cucumber
  • Shallot
  • 2 T Greek yogurt
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • ~1 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • Pinch of garlic powder
  • Black pepper and red pepper flakes, to taste

 

Mix together veggies and berries in a salad bowl.

In a small bowl, stir together yogurt, lemon, rosemary, and spices.

Dress salad and enjoy!

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 How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week?

The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends!

Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

Sprint 2 the Table

Remember to use #strangebutgood in any Tweets and Instagrams of your creations. :)


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I cannot get enough raw food lately!  It's such a relief after winter to begin eating fresh, local veggies again.

Have you ever eaten raw corn?

What are your favorite salad toppings?  Anyone else like fruit on salad?

 

Work it Out: 15 Detox Foods

Working out detox-style is sometimes necessary.

 

I don’t regret my gluttony but my body is rejecting pig meat after this.

I’m not a fan of diets, as you know from my No Shit Diet.  What I’m talking about here is NOT a diet.  It’s being gentle with myself after putting my body through… well… one delicious weekend.  You see, I was feeling a big tired, run down, and downright sluggish after 3 days of throwing my normal way of eating out the window.  It was fun and I am thrilled I got to try all of the foods that I did, but I was excited by the thought of getting back to reality this week!

Today’s Work It Out is in the kitchen, with a detox spin.

sprint2table-workitout

 

Many detox “diets” eliminate dairy, meat, sugars, caffeine, beans, grains… the list goes on and on.  Never a fan of cutting out foods, I decided to focus on what I needed to ADD to my diet to boost energy and help my body get back on track after last weekend’s Food & Wine Festival.

I consulted with my favorite resource – Google.  There are a million sites claiming to know the foods you should eat or special juices to drink.  I’m sure they are all fine, but I settled on the list of foods below for two reasons: they are seasonally appropriate and they all sounded appealing as I was making my list for the farmer’s market.

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Here are some of  the foods I’m making sure to add to my diet this week to reset:

detox foods

Detox Foods

  1. Basil - It turns out that my favorite herb has anti-bacterial properties, and is full of antioxidants which protect the liver.
  2. Beets - Beets are full of magnesium, iron, zinc and calcium, and help by making sure that toxins actually flush all the way out of your body.  They are also a great source of betacyanin, which has cancer-fighting properties.
  3. Blueberries - The berries I’ve had this season are some of the most flavorful in recent memory.  A handful of blueberries are a low-calorie way to curb a sweet tooth, while providing you with fiber and vitamin C.  They are consistently ranked at the top when it comes to antioxidant capacity!
  4. Cabbage - This beautiful cruciferous helps your liver and aids in… errr… going to the bathroom (if you know what I mean).  Going #2 expels toxins, leaving you feeling fresh.
  5. Cinnamon - I use cinnamon like most of America uses salt.  It goes on everything in my house because I like everything to taste like cookies.  In addition to making everything taste better, it revs your metabolism and is full of iron, calcium and manganese.  Manganese is great for helping your body process fatty acids and keep blood sugar levels stable.
  6. Cucumber - Cucumbers are 95% water, help flush out toxins and alkalize the body.  I love to snack on slices with a little rice vinegar ans freshly ground pepper.
  7. Garlic - It keeps vampires away, but did you know it also boosts up the immune system as well as helps out the liver?  It also helps to add flavor to all you other toxin-eliminating veggies!
  8. Ginger - Like cinnamon, ginger spikes metabolism and flushes out waste. It’s also a tummy soother and may help keep your appetite in check.  I like to add fresh ginger to smoothies (like this Cherry-Ginger), or just toss a piece in hot water with lemon and a cinnamon stick and Irish whiskey.
  9. Goji berries – These chewy teats boost vitamin C and beta-carotene intake. This is important because vitamin C help remove waste from your body, and beta-carotene improves liver performance.
  10. Hemp Seeds – These chewy, nutty nutritional bombs are an excellent source of omega 3 & 6 fatty acids, are an easily digestible protein, are anti-inflammatories, and aid in elimination.  Try sprinkling them on salads, yogurt, or smoothie bowls!
  11. Lemon - You probably all know that lemon flushes toxins from your body.  See the Ginger note for a great drink, or just squeeze a bunch in water first thing get your digestive system ready for the day.
  12. Onions - Onions have sulfur-containing amino acids, which efficiently detox the liver.  the are best eaten raw to get the most of their health benefits, so I’ve been tossing them on salads!
  13. Parsley - It’s not just a plate garnish!  Parsley is rich in beta-carotene and vitamins A, C, and K which protect your kidneys and bladder.
  14. Sesame Seeds – This one shocked me!  Did you know sesame seeds help protect your liver from alcohol and other toxins?
  15. Spinach - Popeye was on to something.  Spinach (and other greens) is high in fiber and contains high amounts of vitamins A, C,E, iron, beta carotene and calcium.  These are all essential nutrients that aid in the body’s natural detoxification process.

 

Bonus: Don’t underestimate the importance of water!  It is important for organ health, and for flushing toxins out of your body.  Especially in these sweaty, exercise-filled summer months it’s important to stay hydrated.

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If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen a lot of the salad creations I’ve been eating.  I’m still adding protein (duh), but I’ve been focusing on getting these veggies and seeds in too!

This Ultimate Detox Salad couldn’t be healthier if it tried.  It also tastes good.  I’d have eaten it at the Food & Wine Festival! ;)

 

Ultimate Detox Salad

Ultimate Detox Salad

  • Spinach
  • Parsley, chopped
  • Basil, chopped
  • Red onion, diced
  • Cucumber, diced
  • Raw beet, shredded
  • Sesame seeds
  • Shredded cabbage
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon

 

 Combine first 6 ingredients in salad bowl.

Toast sesame seeds in a non-stick pan over medium heat, stirring occassionally.  Add remaining ingredients and  saute until tender.

Add cabbage sautee to salad bowl and enjoy!

Note: This is more of a “guideline” recipe.  Salads make it easy to add or remove ingredients, and exact measurements really aren’t necessary.

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I’m actually feeling more normal today.  I’m SO thankful that exercise and a (mostly) healthy diet has left my body fairly resiliant.

Do you ever feel sluggish after eating heavy?

What are your favorite detoxifying/refreshing foods?

 

Ultimate Veggie Trail Mix

It would be impossible to make this dish any more healthy.

Filled with raw, fresh veggies, you would probably ascend into some new level of raw health food heaven if you ate it all in one sitting.  Either that or have some serious gas.

When I saw this recipe for a Detox Salad from Angela @ Oh She Glows, I knew I had to make it post-Chilean tour of gluttony.  In my version I use her base of cauliflower and broccoli, but added some extra nutrients with kale and mushrooms.  I love the meaty earthiness the mushroom adds!

To dress the veggie mix, I used fresh lemon juice and my new Chilean spice blend, merkén.  You can read more about it here, but it’s basically a mix of red chilies, coriander, cumin, and salt.  Spicy and smokey!  The other blend in the pic above is a sea weed flake mix: dulse, laver, and sea lettuce.  I picked it up a Whole Foods recently and am addicted to the briny, slightly sweet flakes.

All mixed up it looks like trail mix, hence the name.  However, I wouldn’t recommend adding chocolate in this type of trail mix. :)

Recipe at the end.

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I finally have workouts to recap!  This week I was back on it full-blast.  I’m embarking on a new fitness endeavor… after my first leg/glute workout with a trainer on Monday, I was so sore that I could barely walk until Friday.  At one point I (slowly) lowered myself to the floor to do push ups, gave up at 40, and then just laid there in downward dog for a sold half hour.  More this new punishment journey tomorrow!

Today I am sore from playing 4 softball games in 90 degree weather.  I drank 150 oz of water and I STILL had a headache until bedtime.  At least I my socks looked cool.

Workout Recap (6/18- 6/24):

  • Monday – Ab Ripper X, Legs/Glutes (w/ trainer), 40 push-ups
  • Tuesday – Tris/Chest, 1.5 mile walk, 100 push-ups
  • Wednesday – Shoulders, 3 mile walk, 100 push-ups
  • Thursday – Biceps, 3.5 mile walk, 100 push-ups
  • Friday – Back/Tris (w/ trainer), 2.5 mile walk
  • Saturday – Butt/Shoulders, 20 min bike ride
  • Sunday – 4 softball games

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Ultimate Veggie Trail Mix

  • 1 small head broccoli, stems removed
  • 1/2 small head cauliflower, stems removed
  • 1 large carrot, shredded or finely chopped
  • 2 large kale leaves, finely chopped
  • 5-6 baby bella mushrooms, diced
  • 2 T red onion, minced
  • 1/4 C pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 1 T fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1/4 C fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp merkén (or mix of smoked paprika, coriander, cumin, and salt)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Dulse or lavar flakes (optional)
  • 4-5 drops NuNaturals orange liquid stevia (or other sweetener, to taste)
  • S&P, to taste

In a Vitamix or food processor, process the broccoli until fine. Place in a large bowl.  Repeat with cauliflower, then with carrots.

Stir in kale, mushrooms, onion, pumpkin seeds, and rosemary.  

In small bowl, stir together lemon juice and seasonings to taste.  Pour over salad and mix well.  Allow to marinate at least 1 hour before serving.

Makes ~5 cups.

Approximate nutritionals: 94 calories, 5.9g fat, 8g carbohydrates, 2.7g fiber, 2.6g sugar, 5.1g protein.

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I brought this trail mix to the ball field for lunch.  Amazingly, people didn’t stare.  They must have been too busy having heat strokes.

Have you made any good blogger recipes lately?

What was the highlight of your weekend?

Leftovers + Love Your Liver Cleanse Recap

People are always hating on leftovers.

 

They aren’t so bad!  They make great lunches for work, and you much know that last night’s pizza is best eaten cold while standing in the refrigerator door.

This post isn’t about pizza (sorry).  It’s about the tidbits leftover from the week that I wanted to share, but never found a spot in the belly of my posts for.  (See the leftover food tie-in?  Funny, right?)

 

1. My new favorite snack combo:

Blackberry Coconut Cottage Cheese

  • ~ 1/2 C cottage cheese
  • 2 T unsweetened coconut milk (I used So Delicious)
  • 1 T coconut flour
  • ~1/4 c blackberries, sliced in half
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom
  • 4-5 drops NuNaturals Vanilla Liquid Stevia
Mix it all together, smashing the berries a big to release their juice.  Best enjoyed right out of the container. :)

 

2. Chilean late-night street food

It was a tasty adventure, but I’m still shocked I didn’t get food poisoning.  And I will never tell what time of night/morning this occurred.

Clockwise, Left to Right:  the line, a man cooking kabobs on a shopping cart, my sandwich being prepared, sandwich being shoved in my camera (they didn’t understand my need to take pics of everything).

I’m not sure what the sandwich it was, but it involved a delicious grilled bread with some sort of sketchy meat and lots of avocado.  Sold.

 

3. Guest posters are the best

I am forever indebted to my gracious guest-posters.  In case you missed any of them:

 

4. Travel Buddies

I don’t think I said it enough in all of the Chile recap posts, but these are the BEST travel companions in the world.  I have never spent so much time with such fun, laid back, drama-free women.

Julia and Katherine, thank you for a memorable, intoxicatingly fun, and sometimes bizarre (in the best way possible) adventure.

I can’t wait for our next excursion!!!

 

5. The “Love Your Liver” Arden’s Garden cleanse

I gave my live some love post-Chile trip.  Lindsay requested that I say a little more about my post-Chile recovery cleanse.  Here’s the basics from their website:

“Fatigue, depression, nausea, dizziness, and unexplained weight gain may indicate your liver needs some lovin’! This cleanse helps your body rid itself of toxins and cleanse the blood. The liver converts everything we eat and breathe into life-sustaining substances, while also filtering toxins at the rate of a quart of blood per minute.”

They give you the juices you need, and tell you when to drink what.  You are also told to drink as much water as possible.  Here’s the line-up:

  • 5 Multi-Max – afternoon snack was kale, spinach, cucumber, and celery
  • 3 Salad in a Glass – dinner was beets, carrots, celery, spinach, parsley, and cucumber
  • 3 pH Solution – breakfast (part 1) and mid-morning snack was distilled water, cucumber, celery, lemon, spinach, and parsley
  • 3 Apple – lunch
  • 2 Carrot (They only had 1 carrot, so I got a Carrot-Cocoa instead.  Poor me had to drink chocolate.) – this is breakfast part 2
  • 1 Pure Lemon – drink 2T with water first thing in the morning and again right before bed.

 

My favorite was the apple.  I used the Vitamix to turned it into an apple cider sorbet bowl (with some cinnamon):

 

The Multi was hard to choke down.  That just means it’s really good for you, right?  I added some cinnamon and Stevia.  It may be “cheating,” but you have to do what you have to do.

 

I was hungry the first day.  I cheated with salad with avocado and sunflower seeds at dinner.  After that I was used to the routine and didn’t suffer much from hunger pangs.

 

To get the full benefits, they suggest following the cleanse with two days of raw vegetables and fruits.  I mostly did that, with the exception of a much-needed casein protein shake.  This was a fabulous cleanse.  In 3 days I felt almost human; after the two raw days following I was back to 100%.

Added bonus: it tamed the sugar addiction that had been rearing its ugly head.

For more info, click here to visit the Arden’s website.

 

P.S. My sister’s band, Goose & Fox, is recording an album.  She begging for money via Kickstarter.  Click here to check out her project/video!  Here’s one of my favorite songs by the duo:

 

 

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Ok – done with Chile for a bit.  Next week I’m back with a TON of recipes and an awesome giveaway!

Have you ever done a juice cleanse?  Did you like it?

Would you eat random street food in a foreign country?  Out of a shopping cart?

 

Chilled Cucumber Spinach Detox Soup

Jet lag.  3 out-of-control inboxes.

 

…and a big smile after a stellar vacation.

 

 

I can’t wait to share all the fun with you guys, but today it’s going to be short ans sweet as I play catch up.

Yes, I ate the red meat, but surprisingly more fish (more popular in Chile).  I’m still committed to a plant-based diet at home though.  In fact, this is all I’ve wanted coming back today:

 

 

A chilled summer soup packed with green nutrients.

It was a bowl-licking moment.

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Chilled Cucumber Spinach Soup

  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 C spinach
  • 2-3 celery stalks (don’t use if you are using a regular blender)
  • 1/2 jalapeno
  • 1/2 C cilantro
  • 2 T hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4-1/2 C water (adjust to your preference)
  • S&P, to taste
  • Optional garnish: radish, cilantro, red pepper flakes, freshly ground pepper

 

Toss everything in a Vitamix (or regular blender) and blend until smooth.  Adjust spices and liquid to your preference.

Serves 2.

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You guys should see my Reader.  I missed you guys and I have a LOT to catch up on!

What do you crave after a decadent vacation?

What was the best thing you ate/did in the past week?