Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sounds Strange, Tastes Great

The past few days I have been eating very little following the juice fast. I actually kept juicing the day after my 3-day fast ended. It just felt like I should keep going. I have been eating whole foods again but not much in the way of quantity and have only had one or two meals per day. Today I felt like a crunchy salad so I made a delicious curry sauce to toss onto dandelion greens, celery, carrots, and green apple. It sounds strange when you read the sauce's ingredients, but it tastes great!! Later today I will put this same sauce onto some grated cabbage and carrots and have it for dinner. If you thinned the sauce with some more water or lemon juice it would make a lovely dressing for tossed salads, keep it thick and use it as a fruit and veggie dip.
 This recipe is from Bethany Tait and she calls it:
Dandelion Greens with Curry Sauce
1 head dandelion greens, finely chopped
1 carrot, diced
2 green apples, cubed (I used one)
1 stalk of celery (I used two)


1 banana
1/2 C soaked sunflower seeds
2 Medjool dates, pitted
juice of 1 lemon
1 scallion (I used onion powder)
1/2-1T curry powder
sea salt
Using a food processor or blender, process the sauce until smooth, adding water as needed to thin to your likeness. If using as a dip omit the water and keep it thick.

Pour sauce over salad and mix well until all of the vegetables and apples are coated with dressing. Enjoy!

+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for finishing a very small organization project.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Juice Fast/Feast Day 3

I can't believe how fast this fast went!!! The most shocking thing is that I never got hungry. Amazing! Here is what today looked like:
I woke up feeling very well rested and had no detox symptoms. I am very shocked that I have not had frequent trips to the powder room, if you know what I mean. I was hoping for a good cleanse. I may have to take some other measures. I was given a pamphlet on some capsules that actually help to loosen old waste and really clean the colon. Something to think about.
8:45AM Big glass of lemon water
9:15 AM spinach, dandelion, pineapple, sunflower greens, and collard stems left over from the kiddos green smoothie ****This was by far my most favorite juice of the fast, it was so amazing!!!****

9:45AM Dino kale, parsley, carrots--I even shared this one with the three youngest kids. Very yummy.

11:30AM Time for a lemon spritzer
12:00PM Lunch was a "Ginger Fizz" ginger, apple, sparkling water
2:00PM 3 broccoli florets, 2 celery ribs, 3 tomatoes from my garden, 1 mini red pepper, pinch of sea salt
Dinner was grapefruit and apple juice

Snack time tonight was some watermelon, wow I actually got to chew something. It was really good and I felt fine after eating it. I have no idea what I will have tomorrow; I am actually considering doing one more day but we shall see.
I hope everyone has a Blessed, peaceful and joyous Easter!
+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for the phone conversation I had with my sister. Bless her heart; she is in really good spirits from what I could tell.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Juice Fast/Feast Day 2

Last night when I was typing my post I started feeling a bit off--slightly nauseous, a headache and that wicked sinus drainage. But I am happy to report that I woke up today with no headache and no sick tummy. The morning began with a big glass of lemon water at 8 AM.
At 8:30 AM I had a mean, green drink consisting of parsley, one cucumber, 2 kale leaves, 2 stalks of celery, a wedge of lemon, 1 red apple and 1 green apple. It was very good!

At 10 AM I had a "Pink Morning Tonic" which was simply 1 grapefruit and 1 red apple.

Unfortunately I had to run a ton of errands and was on the go with just lemon water from 12:30 PM to 3:30PM. When I got home I made some carrot pineapple juice for the kiddos and I had carrot, pineapple, cabbage, apple, pear and dandelion. Very good but if you don't care for cabbage, leave it out--you can definitely tell it is in there. I liked it!

4:30 PM I had back to back lemon spritzers. I used "Mountain Valley" sparkling water and the juice of 1 lemon. Dinner was late, at about 7:30. I juiced several oranges and had two tall glasses of OJ.
Right now I am sipping on warm mug of Detox Tea. Hard to believe I am functioning on so little. But when you think about it these juices probably have more nutrition than what a person eats all week consuming the SAD diet. I have not felt hunger yet and have been so pleased with all of the juices.
My best friend from Chicago was sweet enough to send me the link for a new juice bar in her town. She is so clever; suggesting I go to their site, read the menu and get recipe ideas. Way to go M!!! That place is amazing. Check out these juice combos at Peeled.
  • apple, pineapple, ginger
  • carrot, apple, beet
  • green leaf, celery, coriander, green apple, lime
  • green leaf, carrot, apple, beet, lemon, ginger
  • carrot, pineapple, lemon, ginger
  • beet, apple, ginger
  • beet, pineapple, pear, ginger
  • fresh greens, pineapple, cilantro, lime
Time to get some rest. Good night!
+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for the sweet smell of gardenia.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Juice Fast/Feast Day 1

The morning started with 10 oz of water and into it went the juice of 1 lemon and 1/2 tsp of Acacia fiber. At 10 AM I had a cup of Detox Tea.
11 AM was my version of Hippocrates Green Juice. I juiced 1 cucumber, sunflower greens, parsley, kale, celery, a small piece of lemon and 1/2 tsp dulse.

At 1 PM I juiced half of a Honeydew melon. Followed it with more Honeydew, ginger and pear juice.

3 PM was carrot apple juice. I made a bunch of it and shared it with the kids.

Had another glass of Detox Tea at 4:30PM. Then for dinner at around 5:30 PM I had a simple grapefruit juice.

 Lots of water in between. I am feeling tired tonight and will go to bed early. My sinuses are draining like crazy! Don't know what that is about.  
+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for making it through a full day of juice fasting. This is the first one for me, so it makes it a bit special :)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

My Food for the Next Three Days

Here is a pic of most of my food for the big 3-day juice fast/feast!! I am so excited it is queer. Missing from the pic is my broccoli, some more kale, collards and tomatoes from my square foot garden, parsley from my herb garden, some radish sprouts and three large cucumbers from my sweet neighbor across the canal.
For my records I am going to bore you with my food list and the cost. I want to keep track and compare to future juice fasts.
3 (5lb) bags of organic carrots $11.97
1  organic honeydew $4.99
1  bunch organic spinach $2.99
2 bunches of greens $5.98 (organic dandelion greens and organic dino kale)
3.08 lbs organic tangerines $5.21
3.31 lbs organic valencia oranges $5.59
5 organic lemons $4.45
2.89 lbs organic green cabbage $2.57
1.78 lbs  organic green pears $3.54
2 (3 lb) bags of organic red and green apples $9.98
1 box  organic Detox Tea $4.69
1 bottle of Mountain Valley Sparkling water $1.89 (for melon and lemon spritzers)
1 bunch of organic parsley $2.99
1 bunch of broccoli $2.00
red clover sprouts (pennies)
broccoli sprouts (pennies)
sunflower greens (pennies)
radish sprouts (not in pic--seeds soaking, will be ready on day 3)

I will be using my L'EQUIP XL Pulp Ejection Juicer to juice up all of this beautiful food. My recipes will be coming from the book, "Juicing for Life". I just love her simple recipes and she even gives you simple guide for a juice fast and a sample menu. All of the suggested juice recipes for the fast are grouped together for easy access.  She begins the book with the basics of juicing and then the main portion explains what juices are appropriate for various disorders from acne to water retention and everything in between. The final portion of the book show cases specific diet plans and she even has a suggested reading list. I really like this book because it is not complicated at all and the recipes are great.
In addition to my juicing I will be doing foot soaks, body brushing, detox tea, and Hippocrates green juice will start my mornings. Lots of lemon spritzers and lemon water throughout the day and if I get hungry in between green juices I will have orange juice as my "snacks". I actually considered doing a strictly orange juice fast but I don't think I could go three days with out my greens!
I look forward to starting this fast in the morning and will post my recipes and experiences as I go along.
+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for determination.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Lemon Herb Sauce

It is a beautiful, sunny, and hot day here in the SW of FL. I am sending warm thoughts to all of you who are still experiencing winter type weather.
Today's lunch came together beautifully. I have been wanting to create an oil free, raw, creamy sauce for zucchini noodles for several weeks now and today was the day to make it happen. This creamy sauce is so bright with lemon and herb flavor it is truly an explosion of tastes! Each bite is slightly different as you taste the Greek Oregano, basil, and lemon balm. So simple, so delicious and bursting with raw, living energy.
Lemon Avocado Sauce with Herbs

I topped some zucchini noodles and diced baby bella mushrooms with this delightful sauce. Right before eating it I decided to add some fresh ground black pepper.

Lemon Herb Sauce
by Elizabeth @ Raw Living and Learning

1 avocado
juice of 1 lemon
1 T nutritional yeast
1 T yellow miso
water to process
20 small leaves of Greek oregano
8 leaves of lemon balm
2 large leaves of basil
3 T diced Vadalia sweet onion
In the food processor, process the avocado, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, miso and water until creamy smooth. Add the fresh herbs and diced onion and pulse a few times. Spoon over some spiralized zucchini noodles and diced Baby Bella mushrooms. Top with some fresh ground black pepper. Enjoy!
This last week of Lent is a very special one, Holy Week. This week our Lenten topic is "Good Imagination". We all know that using our imagination can be a fun thing but at times our imagination can produce frightful images and thoughts. We shall try to focus on using our imagination to serve God, using it to assist us when solving problems, helping us to do what we know in our heart is right and also using it to help us learn and grow.
 I personally can always work on controlling my imagination as it tends to get the best of me at times. If I allow it to run wild I feel out of control and helpless. That is when I need to focus my thoughts, stop, pray, listen and react according to what I know is true. For the children I hope to help them see how their imagination can be a wonderful and creative tool they can use for good. Helping them to realize that thoughts, even if imaginative, can be turned into a reality if only they allow themselves to believe in them.
As a side note: I am getting very excited for my 3 day juice feast! I am planning my juicing menu and schedule and look forward to day 1, this Thursday.
+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for red tomatoes in my garden!! Looks like I'll have to juice them!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Constructing a Compost Bin, Planting a Pineapple, and Spirulina--Hands on Science

The other day I just had to do something constructive with the kids to get my mind off of things. I have been having chest pains, well actually a tightness in my chest, every time I think about my very sick sister. I just had to get outside and TRY to clear my mind!! Well, a science project would accomplish two things; science lesson for the kids and therapy for Mommy.

Step 1: Obtain a large plastic bin and charge up your cordless drill!
Step 2: Drill small holes into the bottom of the bin for proper drainage.

Step 3: Drill holes into the sides of the bin for proper aeration.

Step 4: Round up the kids, this is their science project after all!

Step 5: Load up the bin with some "brown stuff". Dead leaves or twigs work fine. This is a Mahogany tree that drops its foliage every April. We have Fall in SW Florida--crazy!

Step 6 : We added a thin layer of black manuer. This helps speed up the decomposition process.
Step 7 : Add a thick layer of kitchen compost scraps that you have been collecting for the last two to three days. We had fruits, vegetables and coffee grounds with unbleached coffee filters here.

Step 8 : Snap a picture of the kiddos admiring their finished science project. Now all we have to do is wait, add more scraps, keep it moist, and turn it often. The result will be rich, dark, soil for our next square foot garden bed.

The next science project we completed that day was the planting of our pineapple. Three weeks ago we kept the top to a beautiful pineapple that we got from the Farmer's Market and we placed it in a jar filled with filtered water. We waited patiently for it to sprout these tiny roots.

Then we planted it in some good potting mix, watered it and placed the pot next to our square foot garden. I will remember to water it each time I water the garden. Once it gets established and grows larger roots, we will transplant it in the yard. This was a fun and simple project showing the kids how easy it is to cultivate new plants from one that you just enjoyed eating for lunch. We attempted to do this with one of our avocado pits but it never did sprout. We will try that one again soon. I think I might have stuck the toothpicks in too far??
How about a delicious smoothie recipe? I finally bought our Spirulina!! Yeah! We have been enjoying it every morning in all of our green smoothies. This recipe was very green and very good.

Jolly Green Smoothie
by Elizabeth @ Raw Living and Learning

1/2 C frozen mango
1/2 C frozen peaches
2 small ripe bananas
2 C kale
1 C baby spinach
1 Celery stalk
1/2 C sunflower greens
2 T chia seeds
2 T Hemp seeds
5 spirulina capsules
1 C filtered water

+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for forgiveness. Can you tell where I have been? God is so good! 

Monday, April 11, 2011

Release Day and a Recipe

We had so much fun raising our ladybugs and butterflies this Spring! I had posted about it in a previous post here. I had done this with our older two children years ago and this time around it was the younger three that had a great hands on science project to learn from and enjoy. Here are two of the butterflies just after emerging from the chrysalis. No that is not blood dripping down but some liquid that relates to their pigmentation. I freaked out when I saw it and my daughter explained what it was. Too funny. 

Two Butterflies Newly Emerged from Chrysalis
Now it was time to feed our new butterflies. We followed the instructions that came with the kit and nourished them for about three days before we released them.

 We also were watching our ladybugs get bigger and bigger each day. Now it was time for release day. I had the help of our youngest child. He was very excited and got into it in a big way. He put on the gardening gloves, helped me plant our nectar plants and helped me release the butterflies first.
We released the ladybugs in our square foot garden, in the strawberry plants to be exact. They hug around for a while and then most of them flew away somewhere in the yard.
 See the Raisins? That was Their Food
Wow, This is so Cool!
Now let's talk green smoothies. As I have written before, we start our mornings around here with a killer green smoothie. I look forward to creating a new one each day for the kids and I. The other day I went a little crazy and started throwing just about everything into the blender and here is the recipe I ended up with. I call it, "Ain't Holding Nothin Back" smoothie. I submitted it to Blend It and Mend It and will post if she features it. SO far she has featured I think three of my recipes. She videos herself making her own and viewer submitted smoothies. I just love her site! Check it out.

Ain't Holding Nothin Back Green Smoothie
by Elizabeth @ Raw Living and Learning

1 organic red apple, skin on
Small bunch of inner celery stalks, organic
1/4 of a lemon
1 banana
1 large kale leaf, organic
8 dandelion greens, organic
2 T Hemp seeds
1 T chia seeds
Juice of 2 tangerines
8 oz frozen organic blueberries
1 cup ice
1/2 C water
Blend into creamy green/blue yumminess. Enjoy!

+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for the progress my sister has made.

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