Guess what came out of hibernation last week? My juicer! I have the Conscious Cleanse to thank for reminding me to dust if off and Parkesdale Farms for inspiring me to make a strawberry juice by sending me a massive shipment of strawberries.
What do you do when you have eight cartons of strawberries? Share, snack and then juice… at least that’s what I did.
It’s not berry season here in Virginia so it was such a fun surprise to have perfectly ripe strawberries from Florida to snack on. And I’d never juiced strawberries before but since I had so many I decided to give it a shot.
I threw a bunch of strawberries into the juicer and although the juice was delicious on it’s own, I couldn’t stop there. I rummaged through my veggie drawer and started grabbing other things I thought would be good in the juice — romaine lettuce, carrots, lemon, kale…
I took a sip at this point and thought it was pretty good but still a little earthy tasting so I added an apple. As it turns out, this was an awesome decision. It would have been fine without the apple but the added sweetness made it much more enjoyable. Hardcore green juice drinkers probably wouldn’t need the apple so if that’s you, feel free to try this recipe without it.
I shared a little of my juice with Isaac, but made him his own little cup of grapefruit juice as well, which btw is amazing and so much better than any bottled grapefruit juice you’ve ever tasted.
Have you ever felt like you needed to detox? I usually feel like I need it most after a vacation or a weekend that’s full of indulgences — like wine with the girls on Friday night, date night that includes a decadent dinner on Saturday and a day full of snacking on Sunday. This makes sense because alcohol, high sugar foods and processed foods can slow down or hinder our digestive systems.
Of course our bodies have their own natural detoxification system but sometimes it doesn’t hurt to get back to the basics and help your body with the process. That’s my goal for the next two weeks as I follow the Conscious Cleanse, which I started Monday.
I definitely plan to share more details about the Conscious Cleanse (including my results once it’s over), but it’s going so well! This is the first cleanse I’ve ever done and it’s been great thus far.
Today I want give you a recipe for one of the salads I’ve been enjoying this week. It’s packed full of delicious foods that contain vital nutrients and are perfect for cleansing. And it’s tasty too!
I must give you a fair warning that several ingredients in this salad do need to be prepped beforehand -- like marinating the mushrooms and roasting the beets and brussel sprouts. These things do take a bit of time so it might be easier to do them the day/night before and keep the veggies in the fridge until you're ready to prepare the salad. That's what I did and it worked out great because the veggies were already cool. Feel free to use this as a guide and substitute ingredients with what you have on hand as well, I'm sure it will still turn out wonderfully.
½ bunch of kale, de-stemmed and chopped into bite size pieces
4 oz. organic spring mix
⅓ of a small head of red cabbage, chopped into bite size pieces
2 carrots, chopped or cut into thin ribbons with a vegetable peeler
½-1 cup cooked black beans
2 portobello caps, chopped and marinated in dressing for at least 1 hour, but overnight is best
Prep all your veggies. Start with the things that take the longest like roasting the beets and brussels sprouts as well as marinating the mushrooms.
To marinate the mushrooms, simply combine all ingredients for the dressing in a bowl and place mushrooms into the bowl to marinate. Stir occasionally (or shake if you're using a tupperware container) to make sure all the pieces are getting coated in the dressing.
After marinating the mushrooms, add the mushrooms and remaining dressing into a large bowl with all the rest of the salad ingredients except the roasted brussels sprouts, sunflower seeds and avocado.
Mix everything together. A large tupperware container works great for this because you can put the lid on it and shake all the ingredients to mix them up, but if you don't have one, stirring everything together in a big salad bowl with a spoon will work.
You can let the salad marinate a bit more before serving (this will help to soften the kale a bit) or you can serve immediately. To serve, place salad portion on to a plate or bowl and top with roasted brussels sprouts, avocado slices and then sprinkle on some sunflower seeds.
Left overs can be stored in the fridge for a day or two. You should be able to get at least 3 large salads out of it. You could combine any left over brussels sprouts, avocado and sunflower seeds with the salad for easier storage if you'd like. I usually keep them separate because the beets discolor everything and the sunflower seeds get a little soggy. If you're not worried about how pretty your avocado and brussels sprouts look for food photos or soggy sunflower seeds, than don't worry about keeping those items separate.
It’s great to have on hand for fast meals and it gets even better as the ingredients have time to marinate in the dressing. I ate the salad as my meal for lunch one day and then had it again for dinner with a side of broiled salmon.
The ingredients not only taste good, but they’ll make you feel good as well. Happy detoxing.
It’s hard for me to tell if the ACV drink is working wonders on my body and helping in all the ways I mentioned above, however I do know that my complexion has seemed really clear since I’ve started taking it and I crave it every day now. … If you’re interested in learning more about ACV here’s a few links I’ve found helpful: Raw Apple Cider Vinegar and Ab Definition – Tosca Reno ACV Uses, Benefits and Risks – Web MD It’s important to know that that due to the lack of supporting research, apple cider vinegar cannot be recommended for treatment or prevention of any health problem.
Detox. You’re probably hearing that word a lot now that it’s January. That and the other D word I try not to say out loud. You know which one I’m talking about. The dirty four letter word that stars with a ‘Die’ and ends with ‘T’. I sort of hate how January rolls around and […]