salsa salad

April 20, 2013 § 12 Comments

As a final post of my juice cleanse I am putting up one more raw food idea.  This particular juice fast was different from any other cleanse I have experienced.  It was remarkably easy.  The detox symptoms were unusually mild.  My challenges were cravings, wanting to “crunch” and “chew” food, and a dull headache for a full day.  The spicy food craving was simple to resolve.  We just added chili’s and garlic to the juicer. Then this cheese craving came over me.  I love sheep cheese and I wanted a good pecorino!  Juicing for detox requires willpower, especially when you love to cook and eat!  Let us not underestimate the emotions we have attached to food.  I understand our need to acquire, prepare, smell, taste and chew food goes far beyond our basic demand of nourishment.   I recognize how eating is such a big part of my life.  However, after 8 days of fresh pressed homemade organic fruit and vegetable juice and 5 more days of rice, quinoa, nuts and raw produce, I feel rejuvenated, my mind is clear, and my jeans fit better!!  And, I am ready to start cooking again!

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Here is a simple spicy salad.  We call it “salsa salad” because it is the same ingredients we toss in the food processor when we make salsa (except we leave out the cucumbers when we make salsa).  This would be delicious served on rice.  We did not add any fat or seasonings.  I think some olive oil, salt and maybe a sprinkle of cumin and chili powder would be nice.

Salsa Salad

  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1 large or 2 small avocados, diced
  • 1/2 cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 large or 1 small jalapeño, chopped
  • handful cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • juice of 1 lime

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss.

Lightly serves 2.

buon appetite.

juice

April 13, 2013 § 5 Comments

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Once a year we immerse ourselves into a “juice only” week.  We have been doing this for several years and always have tremendous results. By the end of the week we have a new outlook on our eating habits, our digestive system had a break, and we are feeling a bit lighter.  We figure after a year of eating, drinking, ibuprofen, and more than likely other types of chemicals, it feels right to cleanse the body.

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Last week I went to the market and came home with bags of fresh organic vegetables and fruits.  Fresh juices are full of antioxidant goodness!  Antioxidants bind toxins and carry them out of the body. Our reason for juicing is to rid ourselves of toxins, therefore we spend a little more and buy organic.  When we leave the house we use one quart mason jars to tote the juice with us.  Typically we drink 3 quarts during the day and one in the evening, for a grand total of one gallon of fresh juice each day.  For fun I am posting a few of the juice blends we have enjoyed.  Believe me, I am looking forward to firing up the stove again!

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fruit juice:

  • 2 fuji apples
  • 1 orange
  • 4-5 carrots
  • 5-6 strawberries

fruit juice:

  • 1/2 pineapple
  • 2 limes
  • handful of spearmint greens

vegetable juice

  • 1 large tomato
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 jalapeno
  • handful basil
  • handful spinach
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • handful of romaine lettuce

happy juicing!

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