I Did It!

I took the plunge and bought a Champion Juicer. All of the attempts I made to try to make beet juice with strainers and mesh bags were ridiculous at best. It was used and so I got it for about half of new. The woman said it was a year old and she had only used it a couple of times. My first attempt making beet juice was very successful! It was however messy and awkward – but I will get better at it!

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I know the benefits, but have sooo many reservations about juicing in general. Amongst them are:

  • Taking out all of the fiber, which is good for you
  • What to do with all of the pulp

Hmmm…..so that wasn’t soooo many, was it?

In case you’re wondering about benefits – like why the hell wouldn’t you just eat the freaking vegetable or put it in the blender? Here’s what I learned:

http://www.healthrecipes.com/fast20.htm (I was going to list out benefits but that would take too long)

I did get a good tip from Melissa, a juice guru along with Aleesha. Melissa recommended making crackers using the pulp! Genius! I’m hoping she’ll share a recipe with me 😉 I’ve heard you can also add some or all of the pulp back into the juice. There are also raw pates and burgers you can make. Or if you’re going the cooked route then added to meatloaves, muffins, or soups.

However, this week I averaged 33 grams of fiber per day, so maybe the fiber extracted from juicing is simply a casualty of the process?

From my research I also learned that if you’re going to juice fast one day a week (which I think is a GREAT idea) to use vegetables and not fruits because of the sugar. Beets and carrots being the exception because they have too much sugar in them – even though they’re technically veggies. SHEESH! So much to think about! I need to get myself down to the Goodwill (see item #18) or to half-price books to get a book on juicing.

And apparently the Champion can do more than just juice. I guess if you use different blanks you can make nut butters or smoothies instead of just juice and you can even grind your own flour!!! Yeah for super parents-in-law who got us a bread machine for Christmas so I can experiment with sprouted rye berry and sunflower seed bread. Mmmmmmm!

Melissa is also the woman, by the way, who “introduced” me – (via her super-duper inspiring blog about her son) to chia porridge.

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Calorie deficit for Thursday 1/29 = 714

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SHOCK!

I’ve slowly been introducing my colleagues to all of the “weird” foods that I eat, and every time I’m met with silence and wide eyes. Then maybe an “interesting” comment.
But I considered it a HUGE ENORMOUS GIGANTIC accomplishment on my part when a colleague (my boss actually) told me today that she made herself a banana spinach smoothie today!!!
The other colleague in the room, however looked like she was about to vomit….I just don’t understand! I really really don’t.

So, said boss-person is into healthy living so I told her about my chia porridge and hemp milk. She had never heard of EITHER! But was very interested and wrote them down. She had also not heard of stevia either.

I promised to bring in my kelp noodle salad next week…

I WILL transform the eating habits of the planet – 1 person at a time!

Which makes my next topic seem wildly inappropriate. And that is my confession that I had to restart my bodybugg program less than 2 weeks into it because I wasn’t losing weight because I’ve been really really bad 😳

It was restarted on Tuesday so here are stats:

Tuesday = 586 deficit
Wednesday = 489 deficit
Thursday = will let you know tomorrow.

How many times have I said this now – like 1,000? I need to start working out…Then the calorie thing wouldn’t be a struggle. It would be easy – and who doesn’t like easy???

In other news I’ve just coincidentally been eating mostly raw! Just because of the porridge for breakfast, then carrots, celery, red bell pepper, and avocado not to mention my banana-spinach smoothie make up the rest of my day (before dinner). Other non-raw things I’ve been eating have been Sunflower Rye Bread (wheat free, very dense, thin and chewey) and Kefir Cheese, and a hard boiled egg. Last night I had a 99% fat free turkey burger, which is weird because I NEVER want meat!

Hemp Milk Take 2

I found a new hemp milk that is totally unsweetened. The one I posted about last time was just the “original” which had brown rice syrup in it. See nutrition facts for this unsweetened one in the pictures below .
Biggest difference in my opinion? 60 fewer calories and 19 fewer carbs!
I did a side-by-side taste test and the unsweetened one is not as creamy, but totally unnoticeable in my porridge. And I don’t foresee a time when I’ll be drinking it by the glass anyhow. The way I see it you might as well buy the unsweetened one and sweeten it with zero calorie
stevia (which is a plant – not an artificial sweetener)

Without further ado – the pictures:

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So my chia porridge was only 160 calories this morning, which is good because I went way over my caloric goal yesterday. I still had my 500 calorie deficit, but still…I was annoyed at myself.

Here’s the updated nutritional profile for my chia porridge:

160 calories has:

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Following posts will update you on my calorie deficits and weight, etc!

Easiest Smoothie…..Ever?

Running 15 minutes late for work this morning….so I decided to make a smoothie! What? Don’t you always make a smoothie when you’re late for work?!?!

1 Banana

1 Enormous bag baby spinach

1/2 Tsp. Blue Green Algae

A little bit of water

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I know…..green smoothies never really look that appetizing, so you’ll just have to take my word that it was simply delicious! 
Confession: when I got to work I did end up adding about 1/4 cup more water and 2 drops of stevia.

Hemp Milk

Vegan Miracle Food. Very creamy! There are lots of brands out there but this one is very reputable and high quality – and it was on sale 😉

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Sinfully Creamy

New breakfast item: 2 tablespoons ground chia seeds (salba), 1 cup plain hemp milk, stevia drops to sweeten.

I let it sit for 10 minutes to thicken.

It was one of the most sinfully creamy delicious things I’ve ever tasted! The closest thing I can compare it to is maybe a combination of cream of wheat and tapioca pudding with cream.

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It’s high in fat, but they are all omega 3, 6 & 9 fats – and those come from both the hemp and chia. It’s a fabulous filling breakfast treat, for not many calories at all! Next time I’m going to add half a sliced banana. It’ll bring the overall fat percentage down quite a bit, be more filling, and give me some fresh fruit.

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Juicing Debacle: I made beet & carrot juice again this morning, this time going straight for the straining bag. It’s messy, inefficient, and I’m never doing it ever again. I need a juicer 😦

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Lunch: Same salad as yesterday except I used kale instead of parsley. I did add a lot more agave nectar so it’s not so sour. Now I think it’s a little bit too sweet so I added some nutritional yeast.

 

New Discovery Salad

You know how I LOVE kale, not only because it’s good but also because it’s like one of the best vegetables you can eat? Well I just found out that PARSLEY is nutritionally very similar! And in my opinion much more flavorful.
Before you whip out your calculators 😉 I’ll just tell you that parsley is 26% protein, and kale is 22% protein. I’m adding the nutrition profile of the entire salad at the bottom.

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So today’s salad is I’m guessing about 4 cups of parsley – it was an entire bunch, chopped coarsely, 1/2 cup of garbanzo beans (cooked, not raw). Then the dressing was a whole small peeled lemon, 1/2 avocado, and olive juice (for flavor and salt), and a drizzle of agave nectar all blended in the blender. It was creamy and super lemony!
Next time I’ll add more agave nectar so it’s not so sour, and if I can afford the calories maybe a sprinkle of hemp seeds or sesame seeds. With the avocado it was not necessary to add oil.

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So I thought I was being really clever and bought a mesh strainer so I could have my beet juice again and not have to deal with the pulp. I blended the beets, put them through the strainer, put the juice back in the blender and added carrot, ginger, and water.
It didn’t work  – again. This is where a juicer would come in handy. Problem is I don’t want to buy one. For 2 reasons – first, I would only use it for juicing beets and carrots, and second, I don’t want to spend the money.

It was really pretty though! When I get home I’ll put the entire concoction in my straining bag, where I can really get all of the juice out.

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