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Magenta Mocktail with Nutmeg & Rose Cleanse Day 10

Magenta Mocktail with Nutmeg

The most significant thing I did all day was create this mocktail. I was off and decided to have a not-leave-the-house-for-anything-but-fresh-air day. There was much blog reading, yoga doing, and cheesy song singing involved.

I fell in love with beets and nutmeg completely on accident last week when I added nutmeg to my juice bar purchase instead of my intended cinnamon. Here is my attempt at re-creating that fabulous mistake:

Ingredients:

2 cucumbers
1 head romaine
1 large or 2 small beets
vanilla stevia and nutmeg

Juice vegetables and add nutmeg and stevia. I like quite a lot of sweetness and spice but feel free to adjust to your preferences.

Homemade Kombucha Brewing Kit

I started a batch of homemade kombucha! I promised my kombucha recipe ages ago but after several failed batches I had to compromise and actually buy a kit. A few years ago I started my kombucha with a pre-made bottle from the store and it worked wonderfully, I don’t know if something changed or if I’m just forgetting how to do it but I finally decided to spend the money on a kit from Oregon Kombucha. I’m a big fan of freshly fermented kombucha, kefir, and veggies as they are delicious and a great probiotic source.

A surprisingly delicious herbal tea combo: Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride plus Tropic of Strawberry


The cleanse continues. I had a big thermos of hot tea, a Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride and Tropic of Strawberry combo (thanks Celestial Seasonings), I can’t stop combining my teas! Magenta Mocktails and Wheatgrass-Spiked Carrot Juice were consumed throughout the afternoon, and dinner was a big salad with broccoli-goat cheese soup. I’ll have the soup recipe up shortly, it just needs a bit of tweaking 🙂

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Creamy Roasted Pepper Sauce and Rose Cleanse, Day 7

One week of Rose Cleansing. One week of juicing ’til dinner without an almond milk latte or cacao spiked carrot juice in sight 🙂

Enjoyable Things:

I’m re-learning to appreciate the lighter, more vibrant energy that comes from juicing instead of the jittery caffeinated energy that I’ve found so easy to rely on.

Clothes fitting a little more comfortably.

Much more calmness and mental clarity during the day.

Not-So-Enjoyable Things:

A few head and body aches

Needing some extra rest.

Occasional moodiness.

I had a very near disaster today when I got halfway to work and realized I’d forgotten my juice! Thankfully I leave early and had time to go back. Crisis averted. I brought along a berry chai (2 bags Celestial Seasonings Wild Berry and 2 bags herbal chai steeped in 4 cups hot water with stevia) and some yummy bright pink veggie juice loaded with beets!

Dinner was inspired by the Detoxinista. This Roasted Pepper Cream Sauce is great on kelp noodles, or spiralized veggies of any kind!

Ingredients:
1 cup goat yogurt (raw if you’re lucky enough to have it!)
2 large roasted red peppers (de-seed raw peppers and broil, skin side up for 10 minutes)
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/4 cup fresh basil
salt, pepper, and stevia to taste
pinch of cayenne

Blend until creamy.

Today was easily the best day I’ve had on the cleanse, no headaches or really anything negative. I felt more calm and present at work than usual and juicing sustained me well until evening. I’m quite tired now that my flights are over but grateful for a day that felt so good.

Happy weekend!

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Nutty Cookie in a Glass, Kabocha Taco Shells & Rose Cleanse Day 3

Another great day on the cleanse! I had a bit of running around to do this morning and felt like I wanted something earlier than usual but, as I’ve been learning to do, questioned whether it

Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride and Aztec Sweet Chili herbal teas. A winning combo.

was just a stressful situation (traffic) talking or if I was actually hungry. I dropped my girlfriend off at an appointment and went into the mall next door, spent a few minutes in the massage chair and *magically* my body loosened up and my desire to snack was completely gone. It’s pretty great learning non-food ways to nourish yourself 🙂

Kale, Avocado, Sprout Salad.


I had a large thermos of hot herbal tea, I love mixing flavors, my favorite for the last couple days has been Celestial Seasonings Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride mixed with Yogi’s Aztec Sweet Chili. Throw in some stevia and YUM. Veggie juices fueled me through an active day and dinner came courtesy of the fantastic Ani Phyo- Kale, Avocado, Sprout Salad. I made some kabocha squash soup to accompany the salad but ended

Kale Salad Taco in a Kabocha Shell

up stuffing the salad into the emptied kabocha shells with some Trader Joe’s hot sauce (this stuff will change your life) like tacos! It was seriously delicious and I put the soup in the fridge for another day.

I didn’t get a picture because we downed them so quickly but Britney’s description of our dessert was: “It’s like drinking a nutty chocolate chip cookie!”. Mmmmmmm, hot chocolate 🙂 It’s not terribly original but here’s what I whipped up:

Nutty Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Glass

1 cup homemade nut milk (I blended shredded coconut with water and strained)
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
1-2 dropperfuls NuNaturals Cocoa Extract (too much straight cocoa keeps me up at night)
2 dropperfuls NuNaturlas liquid Vanilla Stevia
pinch of sea salt
pinch of nutmeg

Mix ingredients and warm in a saucepan to your desired temperature.

Yum, yum, yum. I feel like my body has been begging me to lighten things up like this and I didn’t even realize how much until now. So far so good anyways 🙂 Please keep sharing your experiences, I love hearing them!!

P.S. A very important note for those who purchased the 31 Days of Sugar-Free Desserts E-book!! I caught a major typo after a few books had already gone out. If your copy tells you to put 4 cups of nut milk into your Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread we have a problem 😉 I apologize for missing this, please feel free to email me at veggiecentrickitchen@gmail.com and I’ll send you an edited copy!

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Lemon Shortbread Wheatgrass Shot


I took a gorgeous chilly walk around the lake today with a new friend and we discussed how difficult juicing can be during the Winter. Fresh veggie juice, as much as I love it, chills me to the core and can be very difficult to look forward to if I’m not in a very warm place (like a sauna, my favorite juice drinking spot 😉 ). The series of tea-wheatgrass shots I’ve created are wonderful for having something warm after your juice, replacing your juice entirely if you’re desperate, OR jumping back onto the juicing bandwagon. I find them to be a nice break when I’m really not in the mood to clean my juicer or I’m having an off day. It’s extremely rare that I skip a day of juicing entirely but its nice to know I have this option. My very favorite holiday tea is Celestial Seasonings Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride (I’m drinking a mug right now!), I get so excited when they bring these out! Here’s to staying warm and healthy this Winter…

Ingredients:
1 cup water
1 bag Celestial Seasonings Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride herbal tea
1 dropperful NuNaturals liquid stevia (the vanilla is also yummy if you have it)
juice of half a lemon
1 frozen wheatgrass cube

Heat the water, pour into a mug, and let steep in the fridge with the teabag until its just warm enough to melt the wheatgrass but not damage it. Add remaining ingredients and stir.

P.S. For other flavors check out my Chocolate Coated, Gingerbread Coated, and Strawberry Shortcake Wheatgrass Shots as well as the Citrus Ginger Wheatgrass Cream!

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Chocolate Scented Raspberry Coconut Milk

Rushed mornings and limited ingredient options have lately been inspiring some surprisingly delicious creations! I was feeling rather rushed this morning when I threw my latest creamy beverage together and it was so good I managed to squeeze in some photo snapping before scampering off to work. It was too yummy not to share.

Ingredients:
4 cups water
3/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup cacao nibs
4 bags Celestial Seasonings Raspberry Zinger Tea
NuNaturals liquid stevia to taste

Blend water, coconut, and cacao nibs in a high speed blender and strain through a nut milk bag. For a raw drink, place tea bags in milk and refrigerate for at least an hour. For a hot drink, heat all ingredients in a saucepan until boiling, remove from heat and let the tea steep for a few minutes. Sweeten to taste.

I drank mine hot as I headed out to the airport, I’ve been off for nearly a week but was back to playing Flight Attendant today. It was a brief trip to Phoenix and now I’m back again for several more days in Seattle with plenty of recipe experimentation and blog posting planned until flights pick up again next week.


My poor feline has been missing me terribly and is now assisting me in this post by helping me keep it short (and by that I mean insisting on sitting his hairless cat self upon my laptop). More deliciousness to come!

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