Friday, April 26, 2013

Juice Your Soup!

Veggie Juice Soup

I'm not a fan of cold V8 juice and similar juices, but I love tomatoes and use them in salads and as an ingredient quite often. For this soup, I thought, why not make the base of the soup a juiced veggie concoction and just warm it (no lengthy process or boiling allowed). 

It was pretty darn good, as well as a healthy replacement for us who are attempting to add in more fresh juices to our daily diet. 

The second time I made this juice soup, I decided to add in a few sautéed vegetables which made it more soup-like and satisfying to us.

Veggie Juice Soup
Keywords: raw juicing soup/stew raw gluten-free low-sodium vegan


Juice your soup!
Ingredients (serves two)
Juice the following Ingredients:
  • 11 large carrots
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 3 celery ribs
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 3 mushrooms
  • sprigs of parsley
Instructions
Saute the following in coconut oil (low—med heat)
  • 1/4 purple onion cut up
  • 2 mushrooms sliced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper cut (or red/orange)
Add sautéed veggies to juice with seasonings to your taste. I like: sea salt, pepper, basil, rosemarry, real onion powder, and a dash of hot pepper flakes.Variation: Juice fresh cut corn and or a handful of spinach to add to the juiced items. (This will turn your soup to an olive green color.)Eat at room temperature if you like or just warm and serve! 


Try it sometime and see how you like it!

For more info about our life of juicing and a list of many other juicing and smoothie recipes check out the post: A Juicing Lifestyle

Linking up Wellness Weekends, and with Gluten-Free Cat and Raw Foods Thursdays

Josh's Jacuzzi Green Smoothie

Josh's Jacuzzi
Green Smoothie

One habit Hubby and I enjoy most every weekend is our Jacuzzi bath in the fabulously remodeled bathroom he did for us last year (thanks again Hun). But someone else usually joins us on this semi-romantic, de-stressing interlude—Josh Groban (in song, of course)!

So, it's in honor of my love for Josh's magical voice that I've named this smoothie, specially prepared for one almost-heaven Jacuzzi morn.

Josh's Jacuzzi Green Smoothie 

Ingredients:
1/2 cup apple juice 
3 oranges, peeled, cut and seeded
2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
1 Tbs. coconut oil
Stevia to taste (about 1/4th a packet)
1 pear sliced and cored
1 banana sliced (frozen if preferred)
Bunch of organic spinach

Add the first 5 ingredients into a high-powered blender (like VitaMix) and blend until smooth. Next, add the pear and banana slices and blend again. Lastly, add the spinach while using the tamper to push it down while blending. 

Don't let stress bog you down. It's not enough to just "eat right." Enjoy this great tasting, nutritious treat, and find time to relax and take joy in the simple pleasures of life! 

To Where You Are—JoshYou Raise Me Up!

For more info about our life of juicing and a list of many other juicing and smoothie recipes check out the post: A Juicing Lifestyle

 Linking up with Gluten-Free Cat and Raw Foods Thursdays


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Happy Day Juice

Starting today with a SMILE!

Happy Day Juice
It's gorgeous outside right now on this pretty spring day, so I stepped outdoors to take in the glorious morning. I took my Happy Day Juice with me!

It's easy to get caught up in the horrific happenings that we are facing in this country and personally, my Hubby fills me in on all the gory details on a daily basis . . . but I just can't live my life with the weight of all that on my shoulders. Yeah, there's a time and a place and someone has to be on the front lines, but let me persuade you to think about your health and I don't mean just the physical.

Do something that makes you smile. Go somewhere that you enjoy. Be with those you love. Help someone today. And don't wait to do it tomorrow!
Start the day out right.

Fix up this feisty juice in a flash, like I did this morning. I've talked about fennel before in my post Let's Get Juiced, and it's becoming a favorite juicing ingredient. I only had one apple left this morning so I decided to use the tangelos in this recipe. We loved this one! I hope you do too.

Ingredients:

1/4 fennel bulb
10 carrots
1 Fuji apple
2 tangelos peeled (or oranges)
ginger (small piece peeled)
1/4 cup lemon juice

Cut or slice all ingredients to fit your juicer. Juice all ingredients together but pour in the lemon juice last. Serve in your happiest cup or container and enjoy!

This recipe makes about 2 cups.

For more info about our life of juicing and a list of many other juicing and smoothie recipes check out the post: A Juicing Lifestyle

Linking up with Wellness Weekend

Saturday, April 13, 2013

A Juicing Lifestyle

Ten Days—
A Juicing Fast or Feast?


Almost two weeks ago, I announced to the world (you out there) that I was going on a juice fast. A fast where all I "ate" was fruit and vegetable juice—like in the film Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. At the time that's sort of what I had in mind.

Well, on day two, my mind was flip flopping on what was really the healthy thing to do, and I thought about the fact that what I was honestly after, was a lifestyle change, not a quick fix, nor a deprivation disaster, that when I went off of it and started eating again, that I'd gain all the weight back that I had just lost. (Weight is secondary to health, but I've been there—done that). 

We actually  "juice fasted" for many meals over a ten day period—just not for 24 hours straight. And it was FUN searching for ideas and recipes and making up a lot of my own juice (and a few smoothie) recipes. You'll see, as I'm listing many of them at the end of this post, and I have plans to compile them all into a PDF for quick reference here at some point. I do not want to lose these recipes, and I'd love to share them with you too!

We hadn't really prepared to fast!

It's agreed that eating whole foods (we do that), and a lot of fresh vegetables and fruits, contribute to a healthy way of eating. Our family has been involved in getting our act together for a long time as we've made healthier choices every year. With wisdom should come change! And juicing those fresh veggies and fruits makes a lot of keep-out-of-the-doctor's-office sense. So we've been doing that—just not so frequently. 

Hubby was eager to be on this journey with me. We (especially him) had not prepared ourselves to jump into a full-fledged fast—I mean, the day after Easter? That awesome (non-raw) pineapple-walnut carrot cake I made, and nontraditional shrimp and steak kabobs on the grill? I wanted us to be successful, but my will power is only so willing. 

So let me explain that after those first few days of juicing, I decided that what I desired was to claim a juicing lifestyle—one that included juicing every day (if possible) and basically continuing on with what I had already been doing—adding in those wonderful raw dishes, snacks, and desserts (in moderation). That's it! That's what most made sense to me.

I wasn't hungry!

I did find that the nutrition from the juices I drank was satisfying and I wasn't hungry. But I still wanted to feel my teeth bite into something. Raw nuts and some dehydrated fruit were fill-ins. Habits are hard to change.

While these past two weeks have been loaded with a variety of raw juices and soups, we've kind of hit upon what seems to work for us, and I suppose after a period of time, we might make some further changes, but . . . 

 Here's what our eating pattern looks like:

I made two different juices each day, often with some left over for later in the day. We ate one meal that included a hearty amount of a steamed vegetable, or a juice soup with some sauteed veggies added, or a big salad.  We've eaten so many brussel sprouts that I almost feel like we're on the brussel sprout diet (great prices right now). We ate fresh fruit and raw nuts here and there also. And Hubby ate a little extra on his own—he did really good (only one Little Debby Nutty Bar on day 12)!

After one week, I added in a smoothie here and there (I missed those green smoothies) and we designated Sundays to be our treat day (to relax and eat what we want within reason). Hubby had BBQ beef and cheese with his salad on Sunday. And Sunday is the day our older son visits so I will make a nice meal with meat included then, and perhaps a fancy raw dessert. So, we're juicing and eating lots of raw all week, and indulging on Sunday. 

Curb the cravings.

I also wanted to get to the point where the cravings disappeared. I so hate the feeling that food is controlling me! I needed to get to the place where I am in control. Am I there? Much better, but not quite yet. As an emotional eater in the past, it's something I've struggled with. Though the physical desire and cravings to eat were diminished, the emotional craving found it's way there on a few days, especially when I wasn't feeling well. The hardest day so far was day 10, and I didn't feel well for 3 out of 10 days. 

Was it a typical detoxifying reaction that I experienced? Spring-time allergies? Or just my usual self? I had two bad headaches, a runny nose most every day, and a very low BP (for me) a few of those days. The days I felt good though were great! I had a lot of energy and my mood was soaring. Kind of typical for me though—I'm like that song "Moody Woman" sometimes. What could I expect anyway in just 10 days?

Well, I did lose 8 pounds in 10 days! Just water weight maybe? Not sure. I'm losing, and that's icing on my raw cake! Though the last two days I added in some rice and two pounds came back! 

I'm exercising about every other day with either T-Tapp Basic Plus, Tempo Arms, or Jazzercise. I'm convinced that I don't lose an ounce unless I keep moving and exercise. (That's Teresa Tapp on the right.)

So, what about those healthy changes since January?

The biggest change for me has been to cut out the wheat (I do make an occasional dish using small amounts of spelt flour and I'm intrigued in using almond flour). And starting last year I ditched cheese and cow's milk (plain yogurt still allowed, though I haven't added it back in yet on my juice fast), and I consume many less eggs and meat, as well as I cut out many processed foods (of course). For me, it comes down to eliminating the foods that I know I don't agree with or harm me in some way, and sticking to a basic mostly raw, anti-inflammatory diet.

If you have kids or family that live with you, an adjustment would be in order I'm sure. Our youngest son still lives at home but his job takes him on the road and we really don't see him much. When he was here for a few days recently, he ate what we did, but I fixed him a little something else to go with it. To suddenly make huge habit changes in your family won't work, you need to make them gradually.


We miss going out to eat!

We were in the habit of going out to eat  at least twice a week, but my usual fare was a healthy salad anyway. I can still maintain that if we decide to enjoy a restaurant meal. Two of our favorite places have the best salads anyway! I've already conquered this problem but Hubby would have a hard time if we went to a restaurant and he wasn't committed to eating healthy foods. He has switched to the salad, instead of the sandwich at our favorite spot (pictured here) but he likes to get dessert there too. If we go on Sunday, he can have it! (BTW, after two weeks of eating this way, he's lost 15 pounds.)


My list of yummy juices and recipes:

These are just a few of those I've made and many I've posted online. Check back to see when I've completed the PDF that will include recipes for those not yet available plus a few more.

And how many of you noticed our new look and the fact that I changed our name? The blog was named Kathy's Kitchen & Raw Nutrition and now it is what it is! The changes you may find here are slight, but I may throw in a paleo recipe or two, a cooked food dish or dessert that is otherwise healthy too, and perhaps a little more commenting on health concerns and issues.

Thanks for visiting and sticking to the end of this long post! I'd love to hear your comments. Maybe what worked for you, or what you might relate to, or even to share your blog or recipe with me!

Linking up with Wellness Wednesday,
Raw Foods Thursdays, and Thank Your Body Thursday

Pineapple-Fennel Surprise!

Pineapple-Fennel Surprise
—Juice—

Here is another great tasting concoction that my hubby said to be sure I write down the recipe of. I agreed, and I did!

I think that adding pineapple and lemon to this juice is what makes it so flavorful, and actually that's what I started out with, and then I went looking in the fridge for what to add to it. To my surprise, it tasted sweet and delicious!

You know, you can add celery and cucumber to most juice recipes and their mild flavor isn't noticed. Carrots are kind of a standard as they help keep the juicer running well when alternated with adding softer fruits like pineapple and cucumber. Fresh spinach, when used moderately will change the color of your juice (usually to a shade of brown) but the taste is not overwhelming. If you want a pretty juice to serve company you might want to leave the spinach out.

Pineapple-Fennel Surprise
Ingredients:
1/2 fresh pineapple
2 Granny Smith apples   
1/4 fennel bulb
7 large carrots
3 celery ribs
1 large cucumber
Big handful of spinach
1/4 cup lemon juice

Cut all ingredients into pieces to fit your juicer. Juice them, and add the lemon juice. Enjoy! 

For more info about our life of juicing and a list of many other juicing and smoothie recipes check out the post: A Juicing Lifestyle   

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Raw Cinnamon Pear and Apple Munchies

Before
Cinnamon Pears Lined Up 
and ready for the dehydrator

After
Dried and Ready to Eat

I just love the sweetness of ripe pears! I bought a pretty bunch of them with a coupon from one of our Health Food Stores, which brought the price below $1 a pound. A good buy!

I needed something to carry with me or have available at home when the urge to chew comes over me. Being on a new juicing lifestyle change is an adjustment so I'm just figuring out some worthwhile raw treats and munchies to have in my grab bag when I need something.

Let me tell you . . . these are scrumptious!

Here's how to make these chewy sweet munchies:

Slice pears with an apple slicer, then cut each slice in half (or thirds). 
Place pear slices in a bowl along with several tablespoons of fresh lemon juice. Keep them stirred up as you fill the bowl.

Line pears on the mesh dehydrator tray and sprinkle with cinnamon. Dehydrate @ 105-110 degrees until dry and chewy. (I made mine in the late afternoon and let them dry all night. They were perfect in the early morning.)

When completely cooled, bag them up or store them in an airtight container. 

I kept some in my purse for a healthy, tasty snack. Perfect for trips and kid's lunches too.

I also made some cinnamon apple slices—almost as good as the pears, but since they were thicker I let them dry a bit longer.

What are you favorite dried fruit snacks?

Linking up with Raw Foods Thursdays 

Pear Pineapple Juice

Pear Pineapple Juice

We believe in taking advantage of those produce sales! $1.19 for a big lovely pineapple? You betcha! And when juicing fresh fruits and veggies, it's helpful to keep an eye out for those on the "Clean 15" list where you might be fairly safe buying the non-organic varieties (see list below).

This recipe started simple enough and then I threw in a lone kiwi and mandarin orange, then a couple carrots just because (they also help keep the juicer functioning well).

I'm not a cucumber fan, but I'm getting to like it lately. A nice large cuke is often in my juice and soup recipes, and though you can't actually taste it, it's so good for you. Same thing with the celery (though I do like celery a lot); you don't really taste it in the juice, but it packs in more nutrition.

Juice the following ingredients in your juicer for a delicious Pear Pineapple drink . . .
Ingredients:
2 pears
1/4 pineapple
2 apples
2 celery ribs
1 lg. cucumber
Juice from one lemon
1 kiwi
1 mandarin orange
2 carrots
 You may also like the Tropical Sunshine Smoothie.

The Clean 15:
  • onions
  • sweet corn
  • pineapples
  • avocado
  • cabbage
  • sweet Peas
  • asparagus
  • mangoes
  • eggplant
  • kiwi
  • domestic cantaloupe
  • sweet potatoes
  • grapefruit
  • watermelon
  • mushrooms
 Have you been juicing lately? Gotten any great buys on any of the Clean 15? Besides pineapples, we've gotten good buys on mangoes, grapefruit, cabbage and mushrooms.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Don't Skip a Beet—Juice

Don't Skip a Beet—Juice

Perk yourself up with this great tasting heart-healthy mix of beets, mandarin oranges, and ginger. I didn't know what kind of juice I wanted to make tonight and suddenly I remembered the beets sitting in the fridge.I seemed to keep forgetting them.

Cooked beets lose a lot of their nutritional value while raw juiced beets pack an antioxidant powerhouse of vitamins and minerals and are useful for detoxification. I like that they are anti-inflammatory and high in Vitamin A, Potassium, B6, Vitamin C, Magnesium and Calcium. Important for me and for you too!

Adding raw beets to your juicing ingredients aids the body to heal from anemia, bladder, and cardiovascular disease, and they encourage liver cleansing and lymphatic circulation. Beets are also known as a cancer preventative.

Ingredients: 
3 medium beets, peeled and diced
6 mandarin oranges (Cuties)
5 large carrots
1/2" fresh ginger peeled
Big handful of spinach 
Put all ingredients through your juicer. Drink up!

According to  Love to Know Vegetarian  you should:

 "Never drink juice from beets alone or in great quantities. While rare, reported side effects include hives, chills, fever and stomach upset. Always dilute it with other natural, freshly juiced fruits or vegetables."
I didn't know that!

Also, watch for red pigment in your urine and stool—no, it's not blood you are seeing!

Linking up with Raw Foods Thursdays!

Topical Sunshine Smoothie


It appears that I've been indulging us a little! 

After a week of making many mostly vegetable juice recipes for healing purposes, I allowed us the pleasure of this awesome tasting breakfast smoothie!

Beware, you don't want to indulge in drinking strictly fruit juices, but natural fruits are a part of a healthy diet. Moderation and balance are key, pertaining to your personal health journey.

Ingredients:
1 pineapple
8 oranges
1 Tbs coconut butter (optional)

Cut pineapple into chunks and place them in a high-powered blender (like a Vita-Mix) along with your juiced oranges and coconut butter.

Blend, pour into cups, and enjoy!
Super delicious.

For those that are interested in finding out What's the Difference Between a Juice Cleanse and a Smoothie Cleanse and the benefits of each, check out the answer by  Dr Ritamarie Loscalzo at Tera Warner's web site.
Linking up with Intoxicated on Life and  Wellness Wednesdays 



Monday, April 8, 2013

Banana Berry Frozen Dessert


Banana Berry Frozen Dessert

I know a lot of you reading this have heard of this recipe or have enjoyed it yourself, but it's so GOOD and NATURAL that it's worth repeating until everyone has placed it in their recipe files! (Or have it planted firmly in one's brain.)

This was my yummy treat to myself after a long week of sticking to a new juicing lifestyle change!

I looked forward to making this since yesterday, and several times at work today!

This is an awesome treat for anyone of any age!

 It's super easy to make and only uses these three ingredients:
Frozen Bananas
Frozen Strawberries
Frozen Blueberries

Let your frozen fruit thaw about 30 minutes before using (the time depends on how clumped together and frozen your fruit is). 

The fruit should be slightly thawed and easy to put through your juicer or to blend in a high-powered blender, or in a food processor. I used my Omega juicer with the "blank" attachment (not the one I use for juicing).


Just mix them all together and serve immediately, or place it in a container and freeze for later. (Even the really frozen "icy" version is ice-cream-heavenly, especially if you've been deprived of sugary sweets for awhile.)

To prepare your bananas ahead of time
Peel ripe bananas, slice them, and place them in a Zip-Lock bag and freeze.

Variations:
Try using a variety of frozen fruit like peaches, pears, apricots, or raspberries.
Add nuts, carob chips, or cocoa / raw chocolate powder.
Make a plain banana frozen dessert and top it with berries or a homemade chocolate sauce.

What's your favorite ice cream flavor? Mine is chocolate chip mint! I'll have to make a version of that sometime in the near future. I have some chocolate mint plants growing in the yard and want to experiment some with that.


Happy to be linking up with Wellness Wednesday!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

D & D Juice

Digest & Detox Juice

(Or D & D for short.) 

Here's another one of the great tasting juices from this past week's juice "fast". This would be especially good for digestion and detoxing. Just what the doctor didn't order!

This recipe is pretty basic. Instead of the usual apple that ends up in most of my juice recipes, this one uses grapes. I don't know if I've mentioned it, but the ingredients for these juices I'm sharing are best made with organic fruits and vegetables. In all cases wash your produce well before using.


Ingredients:

12 large carrots
3 celery ribs
1 lb. green grapes
Several parsley sprigs

Put all ingredients through your juicer. Pour into cups, and drink up!

Co-Co for Oranges Juice

Co-Co for Oranges

Oh boy—was this delicious! 

I'm so glad I thought of it. Easy to fix too, when you get hubby to do the juicing.

It's been fun coming up with juice and smoothie recipes. I guess if you like to cook and you happen to like to make raw food recipes, you'd enjoy whipping up your own drinks too!

We keep lemon or lime juice on hand most all the time. And for this one I bought a can of coconut water. They say coconut water is the new sports drink (a very healthy one).

Just mix all ingredients together! Especially good for a refreshing pick-me-up and get-me-going breakfast drink.





Ingredients:

8 oranges 
(2 cups juice)

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

Coconut water 
(2 cups)

Pretty Pink, Fennel Fusion Juice


Pretty Pink, Fennel Fusion

I wanted something different tonight and I remembered that I had fennel waiting patiently in the fridge. I've juiced fennel once before and I don't remember actually tasting it so much in the juice I had made. In this recipe, the fennel gives a slight anise taste. My husband loved this drink; I got the best response from him out of all of the juices I made this past week! Try this pretty pink one.

Pretty Pink, Fennel Fusion Juice
by Kathy Reynolds
Keywords: juicing beverage raw vegan fennel


The pretty color adds to this great tasting and healthy juice!
Ingredients
  • 1/2 small red cabbage
  • 1/2 fennel bulb
  • 3 apples
  • 2 Tbs. lemon juice
Instructions
  • Wash and cut all ingredients and put them through your juicer. Enjoy!

 I'll be posting a lot of my juice recipes from this week of our juice "fast" so please look for them. As for our fast? I'll give you an update soon!

This recipe is similar to one I found in 
Juices & Smoothies and it's online here.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Our Fresh Juice Fast — Day 1

Our First Day of a Juicing Fast starts with 
Green Goddess Juice

The day has arrived!

In the past year we've watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead along with Forks Over Knives and several other documentaries that expound on the wonderful benefits of juicing for improved health. I've been a member of Raw Food Rehab, I've done green smoothie challenges, and I've explored the healing and juicing nature of Gerson Therapy, and most of you know I'm a fan of raw foods. I've been thinking that since hubby and I both have some serious-enough health issues, that we need more bombardment than just adding more raw food recipes into our lives and drinking raw juices here and there, and that a juice fast might be the best way to go for us.

I'm really excited about this, which sort of surprises me—I mean, not eating food . . . "me" . . . who is really addicted to food!  I imagine it would be hard for anyone, to abruptly change that habit of eating so often, from eating big meals to drinking meals, and consuming nothing else but water and a few supplements. But I'm also thinking that with the nutrition we'll be getting, I won't be hungry at all, and that has been the case today. I'm not hungry, but I have to get over my habit of nibbling something so often. 

Nothing is as beneficial as a daily green drink. 
And we'll be getting much more than one a day!

The amount of nutrition you consume from juicing is much greater than you could ever eat. According to Mimi Kirk (voted Sexiest Vegetarian Over Fifty, and she's 70+) says in her book Live Raw:

"It (green drink) can pack more nutrients in one drink than we can consume in a plate of salad. One large glass of juice can supply us with more nutrients than we could get from eating three vegetable meals a day."

That's what we need, to jump-start and continue the healing process!  

What is a green juice exactly?

A variety of fruits and vegetables can be juiced with a juicer. I use an Omega Juicer similar to this one. Through the mastication process (some juices use a different method), the fiber is taken out and you get a predigested juice that is very healing to the body. Most all of its nutrients remain in the juice, and we benefit as it quickly goes into our systems to all cells, tissues, and organs. Fresh juice also helps to flush the colon. Doing a juice fast allows the colon to rest and heal, especially good for G.I. symptoms and diseases.

I'm envisioning myself being drenched in enzymes, nourished with minerals and chlorophyll, and flushing toxins and disease out of my body. Plus, dropping a pound a day (just a hopeful guess), as I continue to exercise, feeling bright-eyed and alert, with more energy, and no aches or pains or migraines. Honestly, there have been many days the past year that I have not felt well and the brain fog has got to go. I look forward to seeing what I'll feel like at the end of a week, and then some.

We're going to take it a week at a time, but I know I'm going to want to continue somewhat longer. How long? I don't know actually. We'll see how it goes.  
 

I'm Excited to Get Started!

I did a "Master Cleanse" maple syrup lemonade fast for 10 days many years ago and I remember then, that the third day was the hardest. I managed, (I remember saying no thanks to the homemade ravioli at my neighbor's house) and I lost too much weight. I was a skinny rail, just in that short period of time, but then the weight quickly returned and I found myself pregnant with baby boy number three (yes a long time ago)! This is much different—I won't be starving myself, but feeding all my cells what they crave, at the basest level.

Hubby may need a bit more juice (or nutrition) than me (he's 6' 4" and 280 lbs), and he did eat some steamed broccoli, a handful of grapes, and Brazil nuts today in addition to his juice. That's perfectly fine!! If he goes without enough food, he gets terribly grumpy. I'm 5'10" and 200 lbs. wanting to drop 30 lbs. Since I'm tall, the weight hasn't always been a problem, but a few years ago when I was 170 lbs. it made a big difference in the way I looked and felt, so I'm wanting to get back to that weight.

Our chiropractor told my husband that for every 10 pounds overweight you are, there is a greatly increased pressure of 40 pounds on all of your joints. We all know that, right? That's something both of  us need to consider, especially at our age (too close to 60—YIKES!)

Green Goddess Juice 

I think it was the fact that I LOVE pineapple and I happened to have four of them sitting on my kitchen counter, but the name grabbed me . . . and with this fresh juice, hubby and I started our juice fast.

I found this great tasting recipe here through Karen Knowler. My version was only slightly different.

Ingredients:
2 cups of organic spinach
5 celery stalks
1 cucumber unpeeled
2 Granny Smith apples
1 large ripe pineapple
Juice from two lemons

Instructions:
Wash and cut all ingredients into pieces and then put through your juicer.
Have you done a juice fast before? I'd love to hear how it went for you!

To Your Health, and Mine—
Delicious! 

Linking up with Wellness Wednesdays