Juicy July: Basic Green and Red Juices

Juicy July is coming to a close, but  I hope your relationship with juicing will not end with the turning of calender page.

To help keep you going, don’t forget the basics – basic green and basic red juices.

Basic Green Juice

cucumber

celery

greens (spinach, kale, etc)

apple (green preferred)

lemon (optional)

ginger (optional)

Clean produce thoroughly and juice.

Notes: There aren’t any amounts listed, because it’s really up to each individual’s taste. I typically use two cucumbers, 2 large or 4 small (heart pieces) ribs of celery, a big bunch of greens, two medium apples, and two lemons (peeled). I don’t care for ginger in juice.

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Basic Red Juice

beet

apple

carrot

lemon (optional)

ginger (optional)

Wash everything well and juice. Be sure to scrub the beets well and/or peel them.

Notes: I don’t list amounts because everyone’s taste is a bit different. I typically use two beets, two apples (one apple for each beet), two large carrots, and one or two lemons (peeled). I don’t care for ginger juiced.

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These are two of the juices I go to time and time again. They aren’t fancy, but they taste good, and a lot of people who eat a plant-based, whole-foods diet have these ingredients in their refrigerators anyway.

Enjoy!

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Juicy July: Book Review – The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Juice Fasting

I’m back!

Sorry for the hiatus. We found out last week we are moving! We knew it was likely a matter of time, but after waiting for nearly three months for the final word, we’d moved on with our lives. But, Mr M got the call last week, so we’re packing up the family (Dick Cheney the cat and Betty the goldfish) and moving to southwest Michigan. Yes. We are moving towards the snow. And yes, we’re crazy!  We’re moving from a 20 inch snow fall average area to one that averages 70+. Yikes! Plus, I’m likely losing access to local, organic produce – and the small number of vegan acquaintances I’ve come into contact with in my current area. And friends, familiarity, comfort, and all of the other stuff that makes home “home.” Can you tell I’ve never moved? I live less than 20 miles from where I was born and raised. This is definitely going to be an adventure!

Until the moving adventure begins, the juicing adventure continues!

Today, I’m reviewing a book I received – wait for it – last year! I guess times flies when you’re a happy juicing vegan 😉

I’m sure most of you are familiar with The Complete Idiot’s Guide books. They have one for just about everything you can think of – including juice fasting. And, like other Complete Idiot’s Guide books, this one is full of little extras that make this little book a handy reference you’ll turn to time and time again. I have!

Inside The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Juice Fasting, you’ll find 12 jam-packed chapters that will teach you everything you ever needed to know about juice fasting. The first few chapters talk about weight loss, cleansing/detoxing, and getting the most out of your fast. Then, you transition into the fast by deciding if a long-term or short-term fast is right for you. Finally, you get to the recipes. From transition smoothies and soups to fruit juices, veggies juices, and green juices, you’re set for success! There are even chapters dedicated to elixers and “famous” juice blends – like the Master Cleans and recipes from the Jay Kordich. Combined with the traditional tid-bits of info sprinkled throughout the chapters – like definitions, juicy facts, pulpy pitfalls, and tantalizing tips – this book is a hit!

If you have some extra cash (the Kindle version is less than $5), and you want a physical reference to consult whenever and wherever you are, this little book is a gem. It’s compact, but full of information. And the recipes – wowza – they are so many recipes! Don’t do what I did and just throw food in the juicer expecting it to come out tasting delicious – that usually doesn’t work. Try some recipes, get accustomed to certain flavors, figure out what you like and don’t like, and then work on your own recipes. Kind of like you did when you first started cooking (if you can remember back that far).

Juice on!

Juicy July: Watermelon Lemonade

If you follow the Veggie V page or the Raw Fusion Reset group on Facebook, you know I’ve been obsessed with watermelon this summer…watermelon juice, that is! I can’t get enough of this stuff. It’s so good!

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Most of the time, I turn my watermelon juice into watermelon lemonade by adding a few lemons to the mix. It really is as simple as that, but if you must have a recipe, here ya go 😉

Watermelon Lemonade

1 whole watermelon, outer green rind cut away (keep as much of the white rind as possible)

3-5 lemons (to taste), peeled

Add ingredients to your favorite juicer or blend and strain for ‘blender’ juice.

Optional: Blend with ice for an icy, lemony watermelon smoothie.

I love loading up on watermelon lemonade before a workout. It gives me quick digesting carbs to fuel whatever I’m doing. It’s also super hydrating. I find I need to drink less water while I’m working out if I suck down a couple cups of watermelon lemonade before a tough workout.(Don’t stop drinking water during our workout!)

What fruits or veggies are filling you up this summer?

 

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Juicy July: A Vegan on the Road

Mr. M and I don’t travel much (I don’t like to travel, and he gets his fix traveling for work.), but we do try to get out of town a couple of times a year – usually around July 4th weekend and the first week of October. This year was no different.

Thursday morning, after a quick workout and my favorite carob banana smoothie, we hit the road for the four hour trip to northwest New York state. I packed the car full of fruit, water, and juice, so I’d have something to eat along the way and over the weekend. By the time we stopped for lunch, I had already made my way through half of the watermelon juice I packed and made a nice dent in my homemade trail mix (a bag full of almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, raisins and goji berries).

Finding an open restaurant was a challenge. I’ve never know so many places to close for Independence Day; it was odd. We finally found an open Panera, and I filled up on a cup of black bean soup and a small house salad with avocado. Another hour on the road, and we arrived at Mr. M’s aunt and uncle’s house.

While we were visiting with family, I may or may not have eaten a medium cheeseless pizza for dinner. Ok. I did. So much for that grain-free thing *sigh* But…it was worth it!

We finally got to the resort and checked into our room around 10 pm – just in time to go to bed.

{No snow this time of year, but the grounds were still very pretty.}

After a bad night of sleep, I was up with the sun and ready to hit the gym. I quickly realized it didn’t open until 7, so I fueled up on the rest of my watermelon juice and waited it out. When I finally got the gym, I found one of the treadmills was out of order, and right after I got on the one working machine, people started wandering in wanting to use it. I wasn’t about to give it up, so I finished my workout even though I felt like I was on display as three people hovered around me, waiting for me to get off of the machine. Crazy.

Once I got back to the room, Mr. M was up and ready for breakfast. I had some fruit in our room then enjoyed a decaf cafe au lait with soy milk in the resort cafe.

While we were eating, the weather cleared up a bit, so we grabbed our bathing suits and hit the pool.

photo(480){I got a little too much sun between the clouds and pick up some crazy bathing suit lines.}

Even though the pool area wasn’t very big or deep, they had a fun water slide and lots of lounge chairs. A couple of hours later, were chased back inside by a downpour, which was the perfect excuse for Mr. M to visit the resort bar. I don’t drink, but I was appreciative of the ice cold lemon water I sucked down; the sun was a lot hotter than I realized!

After a quick nap, we got in a round of put-put and then left the resort to eat dinner at a local dive restaurant. Since Mr. M is from the area, he knew all of the local holes-in-the-wall; this place was no different. I was surprised they had a decent salad bar – if you consider iceberg lettuce ‘decent.’ At least everything was fresh. And, I may or may not have eaten some fried mushroom with my giant salad. Hum…I wonder 😉

We wanted to go back down to the bar later that night to listen to live music, but after a few hours in the sun and dodging raindrops the rest of the day, we were both wiped out and ended up falling asleep before it started. In hindsight, I wish I’d stayed up because I was wide awake at 3 am. And, unlike ‘regular’ hotels, nothing opened at the resort until 7, so tossed and turned until the sun came up, did a little hotel-room yoga, and started packing. After noshing on some fruit, Mr. M finally woke up and wanted breakfast in the resort dining room. I was ready for second breakfast by then and was able to find some bottled juice and indulged in another decaf cafe au lait with soy milk before we packed up the car and headed back  home.

photo(482){There are a family of ducks in the water. So cute!}

On the way home, we stopped in Erie, Pennsylvania to see if the Brig Niagara was in port, and it was – for another hour or so.

photo(481){Brig Niagara in port.}

We totally lucked out! The lady in the Maritime Library told us the ship was about to sail to Lake Michigan, and if we got to the channel in time, we could see it sailing out into Lake Erie. Since the beach was our next stop anyway, we took a little extra time, and guess what we got to see…

photo(483){Brig Niagara heading out to the Lake.}

After we watched the boat sail away, we visited a few more beaches at Presque Isle. Here’s Mr. M photo bombing my lake side selfie.

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After a couple hours of driving and a short stop at a music store and health-food co-op (where I snagged two piece of vegan cake!), we stopped for an early dinner at Melt.

photo(488){Vanilla Cake with Strawberry Filling}

I’d already read up on the restaurant and knew they had vegan offerings, so I was really excited to try a grilled cheese. (Melt was featured on the Food Network’s show Dinners, Drive-In’s and Dives and has become a very popular grilled cheese restaurant in the Cleveland, Ohio, area.) Check this out!

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I ordered the Kindergartener with tomato and avocado  – veganized. I called ahead of time ot make sure they took care of the butter situation, and they use Earth Balance on the bread. I’m not sure what brand of cheese they use, but it was really, really good. I didn’t eat many of the fries because I ate all but one bite of the giant sandwich. Soooo gooood! The prices were good too. We’d definitely stop there again if we were in the area. (Mr. M is excited to take his work people there the next time they’re in the area, which happens quite a bit.)

The best part of our trip was coming home to a very happy to see us Dick Cheney. In case you missed it, Dick Cheney is the name of our adopted kitty 😀 I had a friend come and check on him while we were gone (and feed Betty (Yes. Betty is still alive and well.)), but he was still beyond thrilled to see us. I had to hold him for about 15 minutes, and he never stopped purring. Aw….

photo(490){Yes. We still have Christmas stockings hanging up. I guess now we’re celebrating Christmas in July??}

So, if you were keeping track, I may or may not have eaten an entire medium pizza (cheeseless of course), one and half orders of fries (Did I forget to mention the fries poolside? Oops.), an order of fried mushrooms, two giant coffee drinks (decaf), two pieces of vegan cake, and a giant grilled cheese sandwich. Oh, my aching belly! Thank goodness today was a new day and the beginning of a new week. It’s back to fresh fruit, smoothies, juices and salads. Hold on belly; I’ll have you back in tip-top shape in no time!

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Juicy July: Cherry Bomb

Happy Fourth of July to all of my US friends! Mr M and I are taking a little road trip back “home” to visit with his family in Pennsylvania – and relax at a local ski resort. No skiing this time, but hopefully lots of vitamin D exposure 😉

Since we’re going to be gone for a few days, I wanted to use up whatever produce I thought wouldn’t travel well or was on the verge of going bad, so I cleaned it up and threw everything in the juice.

This is what I came up with.

This is about 3 cups of cherry, raspberry, beet and lemon juice. I strained it after it came out of the juicer.

I was a little surprised by how thick and gel-like the raspberries came out. That wasn’t a problem – just wasn’t what I was expecting.

Anyway, we’re on the road tomorrow and gone the rest of the weekend. I’m all packed with raw vegan goodies and a half gallon of watermelon lemonade. (I seriously can’t get enough of that stuff!)

Have a safe and happy 4th, and enjoy
your (hopefully) long weekend!

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Juicy July

Welcome to Juicy July!

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If you follow our Facebook group page, Raw Fusion Reset, you know that each month since Mattie and I started the group, we have been doing month long challenges to help people along with their raw food journey. The first month, May, we worked on increasing the amount of raw foods in our daily diets. The second month, June, we focused on reducing the fat in our high-raw vegan diets. And this month, July, we’re encouraging everyone to add at least one juice (or smoothie if you don’t juice) to their daily diet – either as added nutrition or a meal replacement. (Don’t skimp on those ounces/liters if you’re replacing a meal!) July is the perfect time to take advantage of abundant summer produce (except for our southern hemisphere friends – sorry) and stock up while prices are good and fruits and veggies are at their peak of ripeness.

As the month progresses, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite juice recipes (Yes, I finally have some favorites!) and a few juicing books/program reviews for those of you who like a little more structure with your juicing.

Happy Juicing!

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