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After a juice for breakfast and a juice for lunch I needed something filling but healthy for dinner. After a doing a little fridge recon and running a few food algorithms in my brain, this is what I came up with.
For how quickly I came up with this masterpiece I was pretty blow away by the flavor super happy that I could eat it without worry about my pants busting at the seams afterwards.
Here are the ingredients:
This is very simple to make. I am a big fan of simple and fast. I sauteed the potatoes in the garlic and olive oil and steamed the broccoli by itself. I then added all of the ingredients to a large bowl, tossed, topped with sriracha and served. Voila! Simple, filling and healthy. Exactly what I am looking for in a meal.
Give it a try!
Grantham on twitter @veganormous
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So I’ve been on nothing but juice now for five full days. Heyo! I have never gone even close to this long and I’m feeling pretty good about it. I am down 12 lbs and feel fantastic. I have tons of energy and other than a few times I haven’t even been hungry. A cleanse is as much mental as it is physical and I am learning that usually when I am “hungry” it is just my mind telling me I want to eat. People have asked how long I am going to go and to be honest I haven’t decided. I might try to push this one a little bit! We’ll see.
Anyway, here is what I am drinking as I type.
Looks like liquid magic doesn’t it? Here is what is in this bad boy.
Apples. We’ve talked about their benefits before. Look at prior posts if you want more info. Suffice it to say they keep the doctor away. Bada bing!
Lemons are often discounted but have many of the same health effects as other citrus fruits. High in vitamin C, cleansing and full of flavor.
Ginger! Once again we have been over the numerous health benefits of ginger. Ginger is a superfood and combined with lemon add a great kick to the juice.
Ready for the kicker???
Beets! Yep, beets. Look at those magnificent beet daddies.
I love the color of beets and they are on the most powerful superfoods in existence. Looking at this little plant makes me want to just take a bite out of it but I wouldn’t recommend it. If you do you might be praying to the porcelain god for quite a while. Beets are extremely potent and have a very bitter flavor. I hate the flavor to tell you the truth! So I mask it with other vegetables and fruits. I couldn’t even taste it in this juice. Here are just a few of the benefits of beets:
See what I mean?? Better get you some beets asap!
So that’s where I’m at. Thanks for all of the questions and I promise to keep you updated as I unleash my inner Gosling.
Grantham on twitter @veganormous
I know last week I did a nice little juice fast and basically went about 2 days on juice. Well, I got the itch again this week and have decided to juice until my pants fall off, or until I cave, whichever comes first. I’m hoping its the falling pants!
I have officially juiced for longer than I ever have before. As of right now I have gone 72 hours on nothing but juice! High five, high five. To top it all off, my wife is juicing with me and has gone 48 hrs on fresh juice alone.
I really didn’t plan on going this long but I ran into a friend at church who looked super fit and when I asked what he had been doing, he said juicing. Being the competitive moron that I am, I of course took that as a challenge. ”Oh yeah?! You lost some weight juicing? Well I’ll show you. I’m gonna juice for years!” Nothing like a little competitive inspiration to get you where you need to be.
We gone through some serious fruits and veggies!
Surprisingly it has been extremely easy and I have had more energy than I have had in a long time. I was only hangry (hungry/angry) a bit during the day yesterday but I held strong and didn’t eat a pie. These have been our juice staples as we are trying to incorporate as many various fruits and veggies as possible:
We are definitely super-charged with vitamins and minerals and I’ve lost 8 lbs so far which is a nice little side benefit as well. I don’t know how long I’ll last but I’m going to try and push myself to a new level. I like the challenge!
Check out the movie “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” for a great look at what juicing can do. They have a very good website and blog as well. Don’t knock it till you try it!
Also, just a warning. If you haven’t ever juiced, the flavor will slap you in the face but you will get used to it! Don’t be a wuss. Drink your juice!
So the ole juice fast is over. I actually broke it after around 60 hours. I wanted to go longer but my mind got the best of me and I caved. Oh well. It did exactly what I wanted it to do. I feel cleaner and healthier and I was craving healthy food again instead of the trash I had been eating.
When you break any kind of fast it is important to have healthy food at the ready. My “go to” is whole foods during lunch. I can go in there, go nuts and not worry about have to figure out whether what I am eating is healthy. This was my fast breaking meal this week.
I also started craving exercise again. It’s amazing what a good fast or cleanse can do for your mind. This was the result of my first post-fast workout.
Every time I start to fast I absolutely hate it. And every time I finish I’m so glad I did it. I guess that is how many things in life work. The things you dread sometimes are the things that benefit you the most. Give a fast a try. I think you’ll be glad you did.
For some reason I haven’t been able to quit eating trash and when that happens I know it’s time for a fast of some sort. After waking up this morning out of my candy induced pre-diabetic coma I decided a juice fast was in order. As you hopefully know by now, raw juice (raw is the key. the trash at the grocery store doesn’t count!) is great for your body when added to a normal diet. It is packed full of vitamins and nutrients and is a great way to supercharge your body with all of the things it needs.
Sometimes the body needs a break from food, however, to give it time to rest, regenerate and heal. Fasting has been promoted for centuries due to its healing powers and I would encourage you to test out a fast, even if it’s just a short one. For this one, which I haven’t decided how long it will last, I will be drinking raw juice only. I can also have as much water as I want and green tea at night.
Here is what was for dinner.
3 apples and a bunch of strawberries. Fantastic. Now for dessert.
This will put hair on your chest!
-Bunch of spinach
-chunk of ginger
It looks pretty funky but believe me it tastes great. So how am I feeling? I’m sure you expect me to tell you that I feel fantastic and actually feel enlightened by being free from the chains of food. No chance! I feel terrible. I’m in full detox mode so I’m “starving,” I’m nauseous, my head hurts and I just want to punch someone in the face.
Luckily this isn’t my first rodeo so I know that if I can make it past tonight without eating a pig’s face covered in melted cheese I will be good to go. It’s a nice little lesson in self-discipline. See there, you get more than just health benefits! I’ll let you know how long I go and what I’m drinking.
I’m about to give you the super secret recipe to a juice that (maybe potion is a better word) will keep you looking 25 well into your 100′s! Ok, so the recipe isn’t a secret and it won’t keep you looking young into your elder years. What it will do though is pump your body so full of vitamins, minerals, nutrients and other goodies that you’ll feel like a new person.
No joke. Raw fruit and vegetable juices are a key part of my plant-based routine. When I slow down on the juices, my body and mind seem to slow down as well. When I first starting juicing I actually had people tell me that I looked years younger. Craziness you say? Not craziness. Logic!
Our bodies crave vitamins and nutrients and in our processed food dominated culture people are literally dying slowly from malnutrition. What better way to pack in multiple servings of fruits and veggies that you know you need than to knock it all out with a big ole glass of juicy delight! Enough about that. Without further adieu, my whole raw vegan super ginger juice! (no, the ginger is not a reference to my hair color…jerks)
Apples are the base for pretty much every juice I make. None of that trash your parents slopped down your throat when you were a kid. Raw apple juice is the cat’s pajamas (is that a phrase?). Not only does it taste good but it has the following vitamins and minerals:
|Potassium - 195 mg
Calcium - 11 mg
Phosphorus - 20 mg
Magnesium - 9 mg
Manganese - 0.064 mg
Iron - 0.22 mg
Sodium - 2 mg
Copper - 0.049 mg
Zinc - 0.07 mg
Also contains a trace amount of other minerals.
|Vitamin A - 98 IU
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) - 0.031 mg
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) - 0.047 mg
Niacin - 0.166 mg
Folate - 5 mcg
Pantothenic Acid - 0.111 mg
Vitamin B6 - 0.075 mg
Vitamin C - 8.4 mg
Vitamin E - 0.33 mg
Vitamin K - 4 mcg
Now listen here before you go turning off your computer. I get it. Lots of people aren’t crazy about carrots. Guess what. I’m not either! In, I’d rather eat a cat turd that eat a bowl of raw carrots. But the juice is a different story and unless you’ve tried it you can’t refute what I’m saying. Carrot juice is very sweet and when combined with other fruits tastes amazing. It’s not strong at all blends perfectly with other fruits and vegetables. Oh yeah, and look what all it has in it:
|Potassium - 183 mg
Calcium - 23 mg
Phosphorus - 23 mg
Magnesium - 8 mg
Iron - 0.27 mg
Sodium - 5 mg
Zinc - 0.3 mg
Copper - 0.052 mg
Manganese - 0.062 mg
Selenium - 0.2 mcg
Also contains small amounts of other minerals.
|Vitamin A - 13286 IU
Vitamin C - 2.8 mg
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – 0.051 mg
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – 0.034 mg
Niacin - 0.503 mg
Folate - 11 mcg
Pantothenic Acid - 0.181 mg
Vitamin B6 - 0.119 mg
Vitamin K - 10.7 mcg
Vitamin E - 0.8 mg
Contains some other vitamins in small amounts.
Holy cow! Put that together with some apple juice and you have one deadly (no pun intended) combo. But wait! There is one last secret ingredient that you can only challenge if you are truly worthy. The feared and followed ginger root! Duh duh duh!
Ginger root is what really makes this juice for me. It definitely takes a little getting used to (too much and it burns your throat a bit) but the flavor is amazing and it really turbocharges this already potent elixir. Not only is ginger a natuaral antihistamine but it also contains vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, copper and manganese in it. It helps with intestinal gas, antioxidant effects, motion sickness, nausea and vomiting, arthritis, colorectal cancer, helps kill ovarian cancer cells &boosts immune system. Come on! Now you’re just talking crazy.
Not bad huh? Look at that color! I dig it the most. Seriously though, if you haven’t yet started juicing, go ahead and slap yourself in the face then head off the buy a juicer. Your body will thank you!
Have you ever woken up one day to find that you have completely forgotten how to do something you have been doing your entire life? Sounds crazy right? It happens all the time to athletes. Think of the pro golfer or baseball pitcher who has been playing their sport literally for as long as they could walk, then one day it just all falls apart and it is like they have started all over again. Usually it has more to do with their mind than it does with their body. This is what recently happened to me with my diet.
I had been practicing a plant-based diet (I refuse to use the word Vegan ever again…long story) when all of the sudden I woke up one day and had no stinkin idea what I was doing anymore. I’m not even kidding. I remember standing in my kitchen one day staring at a fridge full of food having zero idea what I should eat. No idea! How crazy is that. Well it happened. So what did I do? I started going even crazier, eating meat, worrying about macros, even worrying about protein! Me! You know when I start worrying about protein something has gone haywire. So I finally (after gaining a few lbs back) did what had to be done. I went back to basics.
Instead of worrying about every little thing and trying to be precise down to the last degree, I went back to what got me healthy in the first place. I ate lots of plants (fruits and veggies), drank lots of juice and stuck to whole natural foods. Green smoothies became a staple again.
What happened is what you probably expected. I feel great again. After going through an initial detox withdrawal which was not fun, my body started to feel “normal” again, and by “normal” I mean amazing. I could tell an immediate difference in not only my physical well being, but also my mental frame of mind. After going plant-based almost two years ago, it is still crazy to me how great you can feel if you only put the right kinds of fuel in your body and get a little exercise. What is equally crazy is that some people will never experience that feeling.
I don’t yet have any absurd/fantastic physical goals for 2013 like I did in 2012. My goal for this year is to learn balance, which is not something that comes natural to me! I want to learn that it is ok not to be training for something all the time. When I first stopped training for triathlons I felt lost which made me realize that I had become dependent on the regime.
2013: The Year of Balance
Has a nice ring to it doesn’t it? Don’t worry. I’m sure I’ll find some new form of personal punishment before too long.
G on twitter @veganormous