Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Day Two : Juices, Smoothies and Soups

We've done day one, and it was fine! More than fine, we both even enjoyed it. We've got an absolute mountain of fruit and veg in the kitchen and we're having fun mixing them up to make different tastes. I'm in charge of smoothies, and we're sharing the juice and soup making. 

Very Berry Smoothie this morning - need some more unusual names don't we?! Anyway, it was yummy  and with the Sun Warrior Protein Powder in it fills us up for hours. We gave it 9/10.

Very Berry Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients :
Handful of Goji berries
Handful of frozen strawberries
2 cups Almond milk
1 cup Coconut milk
1 Avacado
1 tbsp Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Raw honey

Method : simple, just whizz it all up in the Vitamix! And drink, slowly, and chew! Remember it's a food.

I walked/ran the dog, and collected wood again. And then did some yoga. Exercise done for the day- tick.

Mid morning juice - It's All Green (except it wasn't because it had lemon and ginger in it!) . Very refreshing! 

It's All Green (well nearly!) 

Ingredients :

Chunk of courgette
1 Apple
1 Pear
Chunk of lime
Chunk of ginger
Chunk of lemon

Method : juice everything and drink! Yum.

Lunchtime - Celeriac Soup, really creamy and very filling. We scored this with 7/10.

Celeriac Soup :

Ingredients : 

2 onions red or white
3 cloves of garlic
1 celeriac
1 large sweet potato 
2 pints of chicken stock or vegetable stock - home made
1 tin of beans or pulses, of your choice (optional but adds more protein)
Coconut oil 

Method :

Gently fry the onions and garlic in the coconut oil
Add the stock, and the celeriac and sweet potato chopped into small pieces.
Leave to simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the vegetables are soft
Add the beans/ pulses and whizz up in a Vitamix or using a hand blender

Celeriac is a great seasonal root vegetable perfect for soups. It contains lots of essential minerals, and B Vits,and plenty of dietary fibre.

Mid afternoon juice - Omega Juice, great this one, bit of an acquired taste! 7/10 but you can taste it doing you good! 

Omega Juice :

Ingredients. :

2 small apples
Chunk of pineapple
Chunk of ginger
Chunk of lime
1 tbsp spirulina
1 tbsp Organic Cold pressed Flax oil
1 shot glass of Aloe Vera
1 tsp Raw honey
Chunk of cucumber
1 Avacado

Method :

I whizzed the Avacado, flax oil. Chia seeds, aloe vera , Raw honey and  spirulina up in the Vitamix, and juiced the rest. Then mix the two together and drink slowly, swishing around your mouth like a food.

Dinner time soup - Spicy Chickpea and Lentil Soup. John made this and he wasn't over impressed but I really enjoyed it. It tasted like Chana Dahl, and I love that! I gave it 8/10, John probably slightly lower. 

Spicy Chickpea, mushroom and  Lentil Soup

Ingredients :

1 can coconut milk
1 pint of vegetable or chicken stock
1 can chickpeas
1 can lentils
2 red onions
3 cloves garlic
Cumin 1 - 2 tsps
Coriander, fresh or dried 1-2 tsps
Chilli flakes 1-2 tsps
Coconut oil
Handful of mushrooms

Method :
Gently fry the onions and garlic in the coconut oil with the mushrooms
Add the spices, and stir for a minute
Add the stock , the coconut milk, and the lentils and chickpeas and simmer gently for 10-15 minutes

Serve hot with fresh coriander to garnish. Yummy!! 

I had my usual spoonfuls of fermented cabbage before lunch and dinner to boost my gut health. Still acquiring a taste for it, but I'll get there because I know it's doing me good! 

So that's day two- we both feel great doing this eating plan. It's not torture, we're not starving, we don't feel deprived. We do feel clean, vibrant and excited for our next juice, smoothie or soup! Roll on day three. 

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