The July Summer Cleanse Fun

It’s that time again! Summer Cleansing Fun!! A cleanse is for assisting the body to clean out anything that needs removing. Then replacing it with something beneficial for the body and spirit.

I have done many a cleanse in my life. If you want to read more; see My 100% Raw Month (which I continued for many months!) and one excerpt on a 10-day Juice Feast and a post on a Liver/Gallbladder Flush.

I am planning a group cleanse for all of us! You can do as little or as much or none of it as you like, but I think it would be great to connect us all.

Here is how the cleanse will work:
7/5-7/11 – Raw Foods Diet — this will help prepare you and your body for juice cleansing, and will also work to purify your body & mind
7/12-7/17 – Juice Cleanse – 1-6 days long, however long you want to juice for. If you stop before the 6th day, just continue with Raw Foods (If you are in NYC we will be organizing a group juice cleanse through BLUEPRINT CLEANSE and should receive 15% off 🙂 )
7/18-7/25 – Raw Food Diet – this is a great transition from the juice cleanse and will continue to purify your body & mind

It would also be great to have an intention during this cleanse to make it that much more powerful! I am thinking a two-part intention:
1. With my Jivamukti Teacher Training Peeps, we are going to honor and thank our beautiful and gracious teachers Sharonji and Davidji …. But of course honor and show gratitude to any special teacher in your life who has helped you!
2. Bringing awareness to living a Vegan Lifestyle. So even if you or other people involved are not vegan, it will be a conscious effort to practice Ahimsa (non-violence and kindness to others) during this time.

**Please let me know if you are interested in The July Summer Cleanse Fun** 🙂

I will be updating on here with new information about how to order juice if you are in NYC, recipes and additional cleansing we can do during this time as I put this together.

And of course please invite others you think would be interested as well!

Leek and Feta Frittata, Hashbrowns & Tangerine Juice

Frittatas are always a hit in my house. I love leeks so I figured this would be deelish. Michael really liked it, so I guess it was 🙂 I served this for breakfast so it paired perfectly with hashbrowns (with onions and peppers) and deelish tangerine juice! We love juice in my house, but tangerine juice is just so sweet and deelish, a wonderful treat! We use our Breville Juice Fountain Elite and the juice comes out so creamy it is amazing!

Leek and Feta Frittata

  • 2-3 leeks, washed and chopped
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 8-12 eggs
  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/2-1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Heat olive oil over medium heat and sauté leeks and onions until soft; season to tates with salt and pepper
  3. Whisk eggs,  milk and feta together, till combined
  4. Pour into pan over leeks and onions and cook on stove for 5 minutes. Transfer to the oven for 8-10 minutes till set.
  5. Enjoy 🙂

YUM!!!

New NYC Juice Bar!

I love Juice Bars of course! We could always use more 🙂 Check this new one out! 

Simple Raw Juice Bar
203 Mott St., b/t Spring & Kenmare Sts. (212-625-2081)
http://simplejuicebar.com/
Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.

Six Reasons to Drink Green Juice Every Day

Six Reasons to Drink Green Juice Every Day

Check out this short article on the fabulous benefits of Green Juice! MMMM!!! We drink our juice or green smoothies every morning but it is still nice to be reminded of the benefits we are getting. I love doing what is more beneficial for me as much as possible and why not have that be the focus and start of each and every day!?!

So even if you don’t own a juicer you can always either make a quick green smoothie or go to a local juice store and order one up. Love it!

Here is my favorite recipe for our everyday green juice. But of course feel free to spice it up every once in a while for a change.

My go to recipe is:

  • 2 different heads of greens (kale, chard, romaine, etc.)
  • either a celery or cucumber base (3-5 stalks of celery or 1/2-whole cucumber)
  • 1-2 green apples

It is really very simple and the whole process from washing the greens, juicing to cleaning the juicer happens in less than 15 minutes! So there is no time excuse for me, unless I am truly rushing out the door and then I could always stop at a local juice place and order it up I always try to use as many organic veggies as possible. We drink these raw and we want to get the maximum benefits, so organic is the only way to go!

 

Superfood Smoothie

We normally make smoothies in lieu of our usual Green Juices once or twice a week. They are so yummy and such a great treat! We make so many different variations but here is our most recent one. I never measure the ingredients when I put them in the Vita-mix, so below are approximates.

superfood smoothie

Superfood Smoothie
3/4 cup Blueberries
4 ounces Acai puree
1/2 cup Cherries
3/4 cup Mango
3 stalks of rainbow chard, with the stems removed
2 heaping tablespoons Synergy Green Powder
1 teaspoon Maca
3/4 teaspoon Crystal Manna Blue green algae
1 tablespoon Lucuma powder
1 tablespoon Mesquite powder
1/4 cup Chia pudding
1 cup Coconut milk
1/2 cup water

Everyday Green Juice

green-juice

MMM!! There is nothing quite like a big glass of Delicious Green juice to wake your body up and fill it with a quick shot of instant goodness! My husband and I drink our green juice every morning and really feel the difference.

My go to recipe is:

  • 2 different heads of greens (kale, chard, romaine, etc.)
  • either a celery or cucumber base (3-5 stalks of celery or 1/2-whole cucumber)
  • 1-2 green apples

It is really very simple and the whole process from washing the greens, juicing to cleaning the juicer happens in less than 15 minutes! So there is no time excuse for me, unless I am truly rushing out the door and then I could always stop at a local juice place and order it up 🙂 I always try to use as many organic veggies as possible. We drink these raw and we want to get the maximum benefits, so organic is the only way to go!

I recently wrote a post on my Juice Feast  that has information on juicers and local NYC places to go.

Today I really love the juice that I made!! It is so yummy and sweet!

  • 2 heads of romaine
  • 1 head of kale
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 gala apple
  • 5 small carrots

I normally do not put carrots in because they are a high glycemic vegetable. (although most vegetables are really low glycemic in the actual index compared to other foods) But today I only had one green apple and was just mixing it up a bit. It is fun sometimes to just throw whatever you have in the fridge right into the juicer 🙂 It is also super fun to mix it up and try out different recipes.

My latest 10 Day Juice Feast

green-juice

I just finished a 10 day juice feast and loved it. I have done so many juice feasts over the last couple of years and they just get better and better! I feel so good, clean and light the whole time. I want to feel this way all the time. I have so much energy and I love knowing that I am really cleansing out my body. I drink between 64-80 ounces of green juice throughout the day and lots and lots of water and herbal tea. Many people drink 96 ounces for a juice fast and over a gallon for juice feasting, so you are not limited, as it is a juice feast 🙂 drink as much as you want and what you feel is right for you. Most of my feast I was drinking 64 ounces of juice. It really made me wonder and think about how full and satisfied I was feeling throughout the day. If all I needed was such a small amount of food, why do I eat more than this on a regular basis! I am sure the reason as my sister-in-law said, is that “Food is yummier than juice”. We go out to big dinners or the office orders in lunch, etc. In life you can always find an excuse. But I find that listening to my body and eating when it is hungry is the best route for me. The struggle is to know when to stop. I only need a small amount of food, but we live in America where even our salads are Huge! Something to work on….and I will 🙂

But back to my cleanse… I normally get my juices from 3 different sources. I make a lot of them myself in my fabulous Breville juicer.  It is wonderful having my own juicer at my home, but you do not need one, or you can get a less expensive model if you are not sure how much you will be using it. We make green juice in my house every morning, so for us this was a very worthwhile a great investment! During the feast, I strain this juice to make sure I am not ingesting any fibers. On normal morning we just go ahead and drink, as it will not affect you negatively. I also supplement my own juices from Liquiteria. Such a wonderful place, they sell fresh pressed juices (which is what I buy during the cleanse because they are made in the Norwalk Press*)  fresh-squeezed juices, smoothies and some delicious snacks and food! I am so lucky that this place is within walking distance from me, amazing! Plus, they even deliver to me! Then there is this great cleansing service called The Blueprint Cleanse.  I love them! Their juices are divine and they deliver them right to you (or you can pick them up) They deliver 6 fresh pressed juices (they use a Norwalk Press as well), 3 days at a time. What I do is I order 6 days of the juice and drink 4 of these juices a day which lasts me 8 days. As I said, I only need the 4 (64 ounces) juices a day and I want to give my body what is says. (unless it is really asking for a plate of nachos, which is ok to give in to every once in a while) So I use these 3 methods of attaining my juice throughout the duration.

The best part about juicing is how I feel. I have so much energy, the first couple of days I am bouncing off the walls. I know this is because normally 80% of our energy goes towards digestion and while I am juicing my body gives all that energy back to me! So incredible! I wake up feeling great and always try to remember the crazy vivid dreams I had. I love how clear my mind is in order to have these kinds of dreams!

During the juice feast I have gone out to lunches, dinner, events and even cook many meals for my family. People are always curious and say things like “I could never do that” or “I would be starving!” or “Are you sure you don’t mind me eating” or “How can you be around food!?”. Although a lot of people think they are not capable of doing these cleanses or feasts, I have seen many of these same people go for it, even just 3 days, and had pleasant experiences. I am literally NEVER hungry during the cleanse! I would probably go on like this forever if I didn’t love food so much, it feels sooo good and I am a little sad to end it. I have yet to take my first bite of food! But as I said before, it is a feast, so if you are feeling hungry, light-headed or just want more; drink more juice, it is that simple! Also I am feeling so good about what I am doing for myself that I can be anywhere, with people eating all sorts of food and feel great! I am not jealous of what they are eating or feel bad that I can’t eat; I know I am doing the best thing for me at that time. And let’s be serious, the food will always be there! You can have some when the juice feast is over.

On a daily basis drinking green juice is so good for you! It is like an instant shot of goodness and health everyday! I really feel it as all those live enzymes and nutrients enter your body and wake you up. If you do not feel you can do a juice cleanse, or are not able to, or even if you have done cleanses and juice feasts before; adding green juice to your diet at least once a day is something to consider or learn more about.

* The Norwalk Press uses a hydraulic press to extract pressed juice. This the single most nutritionally complete juice, containing 3 to 5 times more vitamins, minerals & enzymes than juice extracted any other way. They also have a shelf-life of up to 4 days when refrigerated. The one problem is that they are super expensive!

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