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A juice fast for all seasons!

Alex and decided it was time to shed the holiday weight and detox with a juice fast.  This was a first for us- we opted for 10 days- a bit of a stretch for first timers- we made it three.  We started with a salt water flush made popular by the lemonade diet.  You drink 32 ounces of water with 2 tsps non-iodized salt water.  It’s a great way to kick it off.  Overall, it was a great experience and we each lost about 6 lbs in three days.  We’re slowly incorporating food back in and we plan to do it for a few days each month. Here are a few recipes I threw together:

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The Kitchen Sink (green juice- makes about 2 servings of 24 oz.)

1 orange

1 grapefruit

1 head of kale

1 handful of spinach

1 head of romaine

1 cup of fresh cranberries

1 English cucumber

1 head of celery

1 in of ginger

This is a zesty and refreshing way to kick off your cleanse- also great for hangovers 😉

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Beet Beauty

6 beets

1 head of celery

1 head of kale

1 handful spinach

1 orange

1 lemon

1 lime

1 in of ginger

Do not be alarmed if you see a lot of pink when you visit the restroom- that is supposed to happen!

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Sweet Potato Pie

2 large sweet potatoes

8 carrots

1 apple

1 orange

1 in of ginger

– add a dash of cinnamon after you pour the juice

Happy juicing!

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Multi-Purpose Cones for the Holidays!

For our office holiday party this year I decided to try my hand at making a charcuterie tree out of a styrofoam cone and kale.  It was a little trickier than I thought, but came out pretty cool and was a hit!

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I started out with the cone and added kale pieces to it and attached them with toothpicks.  I then added the meats, cheeses, and olives to keep the kale down.

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I had some leftover for the hubby as well.

I also made some icing candy trees!

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There was a bit of trial and error here- I realized that you need to work from the bottom so it all doesn’t slide down and it helps to stack the candies instead of lightly dusting the icing with candy pieces like I did on the second one here.
Here’s the recipe for the icing- I had to add another 1/2 pound of sugar to make it thicker.
Royal Icing
1 pound (3-3/4 cups) powdered sugar
1-2 large egg whites
Mix all of the ingredients together using an electric mixer, until the icing is smooth and thick.

 

Hope you all had a great holiday season and enjoy a very merry new year!

 

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Health Benefits of Juicing

We recently received a juicer as a wedding present and I am anxious to explore all the possibilities! Here’s a juice I’ve made several times from Dr. Oz’s 48 hour weekend cleanse.

 Kale, Pineapple and Ginger Detox Drink

Ingredients (Makes 4 Servings; Drink Throughout the Day)

1/2 cup pineapple

2 large cucumbers

1 bunch kale without stems (4 cups chopped)

1/2 lemon, squeezed

1/4 inch of ginger

1 bunch of mint (1/2 cup)

Directions

Combine all ingredients and blend in juicer.

*If you don’t have a juicer, you can use a high speed blender and squeeze the blend through a nut milk bag.  This is the same method used for making almond milk. The bags are the same as fine mesh produce bags or pantyhose.  You might need to add a bit more water to the blend to get more juice out.

It has a tangy yet refreshing taste from the lemon and cucumber/mint combo with a sweet finish from the pineapple.

Quite yummy!

Kris Carr and Dr. Oz enjoying green drinks

Kris Carr of Crazy Sexy Life, discovered the benefits of juicing when diagnosed with stage IV cancer- she had no other alternative treatments available to her.  Nearly 10 years later she is feeling better than she ever did even pre-cancer.  Check out more of her story and juicing recipes in her e-guide.

http://www.crazysexyjuice.com

Here are just a few benefits of juicing that Kris mentions:

“Say hello to boundless energy, glowing skin, clear eyes, improved digestion and exceptional health and happiness. Say goodbye to toxins, excess weight, sugar cravings, addictions, premature aging and a lackluster appearance.”

The proof is in the juice!

~Lauren

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