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Spicy Mango Green Juice and My Post-Juice Feast Diet

While on the one hand I would consider the juice feast officially “broken”, on the other I still feel like I’m navigating dietary life cautiously as I continue to be surprised at how different this feast breaking process is. The first time I did this I went back to food with gratitude…and fear. I was afraid of gaining weight before my wedding and I was afraid of what I might eat if given the chance and I spent too much time restricting and feeling the rebound effect of that. This go-round I feel so much more at peace, what and when to eat feels fairly simple. I still love food, I still think about it maybe a little more than is healthy (but wow has that part improved!) and I still have a hearty appetite, even if it’s just for gorgeous salads. Something I love about this particular feast breaking is how much I’m just enjoying the process. The months following the first juice feast saw a lot of dietary experimentation. Everything from a super restrictive diet of green juice and salads to a free-for-all, “I’m going to eat whatever I want” phase, to a super high fruit, high starch, high volume of food in general plan. I tried things I hadn’t eaten in years since getting into cleansing and I’m so grateful for all of it! Even though I put on some weight, even though I went through periods of my skin looking worse than it had ever looked (my body was so clean after the juice feast that it just didn’t tolerate much), and even though I felt like I was floundering and all I wanted to do was juice feast again, I am grateful. So here’s what feels so different this time: I’m still experimenting a little but I’m doing it without fear and with my eyes wide open. I’m present to all the little quirks of what’s working and what’s not and I find that I’m letting go of things that don’t work a lot more quickly. If I spend a night feeling physically miserable because I ate something that my body doesn’t like anymore (mass quantities of anything dry: dates and seaweed specifically), it doesn’t really get me down. I’m just like “oh hey! there’s a new thing that doesn’t work!”. And I move on. So what does my diet look like at the moment? I’m currently loving just having juice during the day (carrot, orange, and jicama based juices with greens are my favorites) with a fairly giant (though not as giant as they once were) salad in the evening. I spent several years juicing, or trying to juice until dinner and I’ve never found it as effortless or enjoyable as I do now. Including fruits is heavenly and great for my state of mind and energy. I’m much more balanced than I was on just green juices and I’m also drinking more (2-3 quarts). The other thing I’m paying attention to is keeping the fats in my diet pretty low- I know there is plenty of controversy around this but I’ve experimented in just about every direction and this really feels best to me. At the moment that’s looking like a half an avocado on my salad at night though I imagine I’ll play with nuts, seeds and coconut as time goes on. I also really thought I’d stay 100% raw  for awhile but I was craving cooked veggies and find I do really well as long as they are the smaller part of a giant, juicy salad. I’ve taken a lot from my experimentation with the 80/10/10 diet, I love my simple fruit and veggie based meals, no salt, no oil, really clean. That being said, I just don’t feel as much of a need for that volume of food, I love juicing, I can’t get enough sprouting, and I’ve even got a batch of cultured vegetables happening atop the fridge.

I got a comment once asking why I’m always changing my diet. Can’t I ever just eat and be happy with it? Well here’s the thing…looking back over all my years of experimenting, I wouldn’t change it! I rather love it, it’s kind of a hobby! Since I was a kid I’ve been fascinated by the connection between food and how we look and feel and I’m still going with it. I love reading diet books, getting other perspectives, trying them on for myself and usually moving on while keeping some things and tossing the rest. I don’t pretend that my diet now will be my diet for the rest of my life but it feels really great for right now.

Here’s a recipe from my juice feasting days (all of about 10 days ago), you can juice the mango but I found I got a lot more out of it by blending it with the juice and straining it through a nut milk bag.

 

Spicy Mango Green Juice

 

Spicy Mango Green Juice 

 6 oranges, peeled

1 jalapeño (with or without seeds)

1 bunch parsley

1 mango, peeled

Juice oranges, jalapeño, and parsley and blend with the mango. Strain in a cheesecloth or nut milk bag.

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Peaches and Cream Juice

Peaches and Cream Juice

I’ll be honest, all you *really* need for this recipe are peaches. I remembered I had a bag of really ripe peaches in the fridge and when Britney found out she requested peach juice! I made it a little more gourmet but you really don’t need to. The almond extract gives it the sensation of being mixed with a creamy almond milk and the nutmeg adds a little extra spice. It is Summer breakfast perfection.

Ingredients:

4-6 very ripe peaches
almond extract
nutmeg

Remove pits from peaches and run through juicer. Add a few drops of almond extract and sprinkle with nutmeg.

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Cinnamon Cantaloupe Shake

Cinnamon Cantaloupe Shake

Ingredients:

Ripe cantaloupe
cinnamon
vanilla stevia (especially great for bland Winter produce)

Halve, peel, and remove seeds from the cantaloupe (or cantaloupes! I used several). Blend cantaloupe flesh and add cinnamon and stevia to taste.

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“Grape Nuts” – Fruitarian Style Cereal

This does not resemble the original grape nuts in the slightest but it does take care of my cereal craving! If it bothers you to call it cereal, think of it like a really chunky, delicious smoothie.

%22Grape Nuts%22 - Fruitarian Style Cereal

Ingredients:

2 bananas
1/2 cup water
4 dates, pitted
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 bunch grapes

Remove grapes from stem and chop. Place in a bowl. Blend bananas, dates and water to make “milk” and pour over grape “cereal”.

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Blueberry Ginger Green Smoothie Ice Cream and a New Year

Happy 2013! 2012 has ended along with my 30 Days of 80/10/10 Raw Vegan and 60 days of my Tracy Anderson Fitness Challenge.

So what now?

Well, the fitness challenge continues (update: my backside is much improved 😉 ), 90 days is the current goal. And the fruity lifestyle? I can’t imagine stopping. I don’t know if this is a forever sort of a thing for me but unless I stop feeling amazing, I have no reason to do anything else. I don’t know what this means for The Vegetable Centric Kitchen, I’m just going to give it time and let the blog evolve with me. And in the meantime…ice cream!

Blueberry Ginger Green Smoothie Ice Cream

Ingredients:

1 cup coconut water
2 cups blueberries
3 frozen bananas
8 dates, pitted
chunk of ginger, minced
large handful of greens
dash of vanilla

Blend until smooth and creamy.

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80/10/10 Raw Vegan Experiment: Mid-Month Update

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I’m over two weeks into this majorly fruity lifestyle now so I thought it was time for an update. I can honestly say…I’m loving it more all the time. I’ve fallen into eating this way so easily and I’m starting to have a hard time imagining giving it up. Here is a list of the ups, downs and oddities I’ve noticed lately:

1. I have NO chocolate cravings. In fact, chocolate sounds quite disgusting. It’s true.

2. I’m not thinking about salt and cheese all the time like I was during the first week. Things like celery and lettuce are starting to taste divinely savory.

3. Toxic treats that I could once get away with are not treating my so nicely. My one “slip-up” was half a glass of wine one night and I spent the next day feeling so “off” that it doesn’t even seem tempting anymore.

4. My moods feel so steady and dependable- I don’t worry about feeling like I can’t handle a rough work day or too many social situations (major introvert here) or needing to eat junk food to get through them.

5. My energy for working out is plentiful. Caffeine is the furthest thing from my mind.

6. I don’t feel bloated but I do feel “puffy” if that makes sense. I see it in my face and my clothes are a little tight. I hear this is normal at first. It reminds me of when I initially got into clean eating and detox, I spent a good deal of time feeling really puffy but it eventually went away. I kinda feel like I’ve started all over again but it’s way more fun this time.

7. I have to use the bathroom WAY more than usual. It makes road trips interesting.

8. I’m feeling like I can just get on with my life instead of worrying about food all the time. This is HUGE. Huge.

I’m feeling so good that there is absolutely no sadness whatsoever about not making a traditional (or what I would have considered traditional) Christmas feast. I do have some fun treats planned though, I will share here soon!

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Minty Honeydew Refresher

Minty Honeydew Refresher

Ingredients:

a handful of fresh mint
1 ripe honeydew

Chop honeydew in half and remove seeds. Cut halves into slices and use a knife to peel off skin. Run through juicer with mint and drink.

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