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Obviously, I wanted people to know that I was doing the cleanse, otherwise I wouldn’t have put it on the blog, instagram, Facebook and all other social media outlets.
So, I guess it comes with the territory when people start asking me questions about said cleanse.
I thought I’d answer a few of the questions that I’ve been asked since announcing my intentions.
How does it taste?
Some are better than others. The green one is good, it tastes primarily like the fruits (green apple and kiwi). I’ve noticed at times I’ve added too much spinach or celery, and then yeah, I’m kinda choking it down.
The cashew milk is also delicious. It’s almost creamy, with the honey, cinnamon and nutmeg working together nicely.
The cucumber is the yellow juice is really the dominant flavor in that juice, but the pineapple adds a nice amount of sweetness. I actually can’t even taste the apple.
Lastly, the spicy lemonade is probably my least favorite. I feel like I still haven’t figured out just the right amount of cayenne pepper. I know there has to be enough to taste it, but if I add too much, then I really have a hard time choking it down.
Aren’t you hungry?
Actually, I’m not. It’s kind of surprising. But as I mentioned before, the first few days I did it, I substituted a “real meal” for one of the juices.
I can totally see how some people say that you just want to chew something, drinking all, day erry-day gets old.
Are you ::ahemm:: going a lot?
I’ve tried to figure out just the right way to say this, but honestly, it wasn’t as bad as I thought. Obviously, you’re turning everything into juice, so that’s a lot of liquid. There are a lot of bathroom trips to pee, but other than that…
I expected.. well, I expected much worse. I’ll leave it at that.
Did you lose any weight?
Well, I actually didn’t do a before and after weight check, but I’m realistic enough to know that even if I did lose weight, it would just be water weight. I really wanted to do this as a jump start to cleaner eating.
So, I did this juice cleanse for 3 days, I had planned to do it for longer, but I got a touch of some kind of bug Wednesday that made me stop.
Going forward, I may try to do it here and there. I actually liked having the juice in the morning, it’s a good way to start the day with a huge serving of greens.
Now that I’ve answered some of the burning questions, is anyone thinking about trying it?
I’ve looked into doing the Blueprint cleanse before, but I quickly dismissed that thought. It’s $65 a day. A DAY!! I’m too cheap. I can think of a thousand other things I’d like to spend $65 a day on.
Thanks to Pinterest, I found some at home variations, and decided to give it a go.
The Blueprint Cleanse consists of 5 juices that you drink throughout the day. I’ve made them all with a few changes.
You start each morning with the “Green Juice”.
Green Juice (makes about 32 oz)
- 2 granny smith apples
- 2 kiwi (peeled)
- 4 stalks of celery
- 1 stalk of kale
- Handful of spinach
- 1 bottle of water.
I threw all the ingredients (except the water) into my Ninja Blender and gave it a whirl. I gradually added the water until the green stuff stared resembling juice.
Because I don’t have an honest to goodness juicer, I had to strain the juice (UGH, this part sucked).
This is the most time consuming- labor intensive part. It just takes time to separate the juice from the pulp. Put the pulp in a separate bowl while you to continue to strain, you’re not done with it yet, not by a mile.
Take the reserved pulp, and add it back to the blender along with more bottled water, and blend it again. The point is to get the most out of the greens.
I strained 3 times before finally wrapping it up. it’s helpful to strain into a large glass measuring cup, then you’ll know when you’ve got what you need. You should have about 32 ounces.
Now that you’ve got the gist of making the juice, I’ll tell you the other juices I’ve made.
Yellow Juice (makes about 32 oz)
- 1/4 of a whole pineapple
- 1 red apple
- 1 whole cucumber
- 1 bottle of water
Red Juice (makes about 32 oz)
- 1 beet (peeled)
- 4 carrots
- 2 red apples
- juice from 1/2 a lemon
- 1 bottle of water
Spicy Lemonade (makes about 16 oz)
- 1 tbsp honey
- juice from half a lemon
- dash of cayenne pepper (or more, to taste)
- 1 bottle of water
Put a little bit of hot water in your bottle before adding the honey so it dilutes easier. Add the lemon juice and cayenne, then top it off the bottled water.
Cashew Milk (makes about 16 oz)
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1 tbsp honey
- dash on cinnamon
- dash on nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 bottle of water
Very important! You MUST soak your cashews in water for AT LEAST 2 hours before making this.
Add the softened cashews to the blender along with remaining ingredients and about half the water. Blend together, strain, blend again adding a bit more water.
You should drink the juices as follows:
8am: Green Juice
10am: Green Juice
12pm: Yellow Juice
2pm: Spicy Lemonade
5pm: Red Juice
7pm: Cashew Milk
Here’s where I veer off course. I didn’t like the red juice AT. ALL. The beet flavor was very strong. I tried adding extra lemon juice, honey and frozen blueberries. Nothing seemed to mask the strong flavor. So yeah, the red juice, not happening. It all went right down the drain after the photo shoot.
The green and yellow juices are my favorites, so I decided that I’ll just replace the red juice with another yellow juice.
The cashew milk is good, not great. I’ve actually found a different recipe where after making the milk, you blend it with a frozen banana. That sounds good. right?
I actually haven’t decided how long I’m going to do this for. I originally thought I’d do 3 full days, but honestly, I went slightly cray cray after a mere 4 hours, I wanted to eat something, chew something. And watching Adam eat chips certainly wasn’t helping. Since I skipped the red juice anyway, I decided to eat a sensible dinner in it’s place.
Guess that’s pretty counter-productive to a cleanse, huh?
Going forward, I’m going to try to do this for the next 3 days. Whether or not I’ll substitute a real meal in place of a juice remains to be seen, but regardless, I will be juicing up all my fruits and veggies. I will not let all that stuff go bad.
Has anyone ever tried a cleanse? Which one? Did it work?
I didn’t get to the gym yesterday because I had a dentist appointment.
Rest assured, my teeth are fine.
But I was pretty pleased with myself that I went to the gym Thursday morning too.
So pleased that I had to BLAST it on all social media networks!
Last night, we had our friends, Julie and Craig, over for some good times. We started the night with some drinks…
Then we headed out to dinner at Danny’s.
After dinner we came back to our house for more drinks and GAME NIGHT!!
We played Scattergories…
The object of the game is to score the most points by uniquely naming objects, within a set of categories, given an initial letter, within a time limit.
Ok, so say we roll an “A”, and within 2 minutes you have to come up with different answers, all starting with “A”.
Seems easy enough, right?
Yeah, apparently not to this gal, but I caught on for round 2.
I didn’t come close to winning, but it’s all good.
After the game, there was this….
Yeah, delicious peanut butter pie.
It was so, so kind of them to leave us the leftovers.
Heading to the gym to burn that baby off, then I’ve gotta get started on some making some Super Bowl snacks for tomorrow!
I had an awesome day!
I had a half day at work today, so I decided to no longer make excuses, and get my butt to the gym.
Plus, I figured at 12:45pm, I’d be there well before all the “resolutioners”.
I hopped on the StairClimber for an intense 10 minutes. Level 8, fat burner program, alternating skipping steps every two minutes.
Then I hopped on the the treadmill to do 2 miles, power walking, varying the incline every quarter mile.
I finished out with another 10 on the StairClimber. Only because I really wanted to push myself
I did the manual program at an 8, bumped it to 12 for the last minute.
So, a solid minute at level 12 was frickin fast, and my heart was pounding, but when I was done, I felt great.
I love cardio overload!!
I also did a pretty good job eating right today!
I started this morning with some overnight oats, that I actually made a few nights ago, but they still tasted great.
It got me thinking that I want to make them more often, and I will.
When I got home from the gym this afternoon, I made myself a late lunch/early bird dinner.
I grilled up a piece of salmon, and on the side…
I made myself some quinoa, with grape tomatoes, red onion and 2 tablespoons of gorgonzola cheese.
I made enough quinoa that I can incorporate it into other things, like the overnight oats!
Full circle, readers!!
So, back in the good old Bananas and Beer days, I actually used to blog about what I ate.
That’s a lot of links, friends.
“All ya gotta do is put a drink in my hand…..”
There’s been far too many of those lately…
So this morning, when I woke up, I grabbed my new camera and got to snappin’ on my breakfast.
I had 2 scrambled eggs, with red onion and tomato.
The for dinner, I went way back, and went with a flatbread.
Tonight’s was steak and gorgonzola.
I added a little mozzarella to hold it all together and grape tomatoes for color.
It was just alright, but I do love that crispy crust.
Now, don’t look for me tomorrow, I’m going on a lady date with Stephanie.
We decided not to do Christmas gifts, in favor of a really nice dinner out and
perhaps definitely a big ass drink.
Give me some steak and a giant margarita!!
My sister Kate came in to town on Thursday morning to spend some holiday time with all of us.
Long story short, I scored a chance to leave work at 1:30 Thursday and had already planned on taking Friday off.
After some Mighty Taco for dinner, I took Kate out to Big Ass Drink Night with my girls.
Those drinks, while they will certainly give you a buzz for a mere $6, will leave you feeling not so hot in the morning.
I’m apparently a champion in the big ass drink department, because my big ass was out of bed by 7:30 and ready to start the day.
Kate and I headed out to East Aurora to get some lunch and some shopping at Vidlers.
And yesterday, Kate, Adam and myself headed to Lundy’s Lane to hit up the strip joints….KIDDING!
We went up there to have dinner at Swiss Chalet, a gone but not forgotten restaurant many Buffalo people still dream of.
We ate sooo much.
SAUCE, SAUCE, SAUCE SAUCESAUCESAUCE….EVERYBODY!!
The ride home was slightly uncomfortable, but luckily I was keeping Kate and Adam entertained with my newly discovered beat boxing skills.
Adam told me I sounded like a skillet,
DJ SKILLET IN THA HOUSE!!
There must be something in that sauce, because I swear I was drunk when this all went down.
Kate leaves tomorrow and she’s having lunch with some family today. Adam and I are heading out later to my work’s Christmas Party.
They take us all out to a nice steakhouse, where we can eat and drink and eat and drink. And roll home.
Actually, I’ve been doing a lot of rolling home lately. I have GOT to start eating better.
After my little rant last night, I realized I forgot to tell you quite a few things about my evening.
First, I made a pretty awesome dinner, if I do say so myself.
We had some spinach parmesan chicken sausages, but no rolls, so I popped the meat out of its casing, and browned it in a pan. Once it was cooked, I dumped it into a pot of spaghetti sauce. I let that simmer, and at the same time, I had some zucchini roasting in the oven.
I had planned on just eating the sausgage-y sauce over the roasted veggies, but couldn’t resist a scoop of that whole wheat rotini.
I’m sure it would have been delicious without the pasta, but it just tasted so good with it. Very filling.
So, good that I packed the same thing for lunch today.
And also, when I went to the gym last night with Adam, I just did a walk for 2.5 miles. I also did a few ab exercises, but was having some tummy issues and felt like a crunch wasn’t going to turn out well.
Today, I’m heading to my gym after work, cause that’s how I like it! Then we have to take Zeus to the vet. He’s due for his yearly shots. EEK!!
He’s not going to be happy about it, he doesn’t like going to the vet, but they give him cookies!
Who doesn’t like cookies?
I thought I’d lead with that, I don’t want to mislead anyone.
This is the recipe I hinted at yesterday, and I’m finally ready to share.
A co worker brought this in last week or so, and I think I may have eaten my weight in this stuff. I suppose it’s a monkey bread, but very easy, and delicious.
Easy Monkey Bread
1 16oz bag of frozen dinner rolls. (I used Rhodes brand, found it at Wegmans)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 box of butterscotch pudding mix (cook and serve)
1 and 1/4 stick of butter, cubed
Place frozen rolls in a non-stick bundt pan. Combine sugars and cinnamon and sprinkle over rolls. Sprinkle package of pudding over the rolls and finish by topping the rolls with the cubed butter.
Place in a turned off oven and let sit 6 hours or overnight.
In the AM (or after 6 hours) remove from oven, and preheat the oven to 375*, place pan back in the oven and cook for 25-30 minutes.
(Make sure you place a cookie sheet or foil under the pan, as it might spill over)
When it’s done cooking, remove from oven and flip onto a large plate.
Let cool slightly, and enjoy.
I resisted eating all the leftovers for breakfast this morning, and opted for an egg sandwich.
I also spent last night working on a cookie recipe that I had rattling around in my head. It didn’t turn out like I wanted it to, so it’s back to the drawing board for a new idea.
Have you ever made anything that seemed good in your mind, but didn’t really work out?
I’ve been kicking around the idea of this pizza for a while, but I always pushed it in the back of my mind, thanks to Adam making gagging sounds every time I mentioned it.
These are the flatbreads I use, in case you were wondering.
When I got home from work today I was huuungry, so I knew today was the day.
I peeled and diced the butternut squash in small pieces, as well as about 1/4 of a red onion. Lightly coated the squash and onions with a little bit of olive oil, salt & pepper and roasted the veggies in a 450* oven for about 20 minutes or until brown.
I topped my flat bread with a drizzle of olive oil, about 3/4 cup of the veggies mixture, a small grilled chicken breast and mozzarella cheese.
I threw it back into the 450* oven for 12 minutes.
It came out crispy and delicious. The squash was sweet yet savory at the same time. I really liked it! Luckily, I have some of the veggie mix leftover, so I may have this for dinner tomorrow too!
It seemed a little out of my pizza comfort zone, but I was pleased with the results, so it got me thinking about more fall themed pizza ideas I’d like to try. I’m thinking apple and gorgonzola cheese.
Adam will be gagging at the thought of that one!
I had a half day today. Another one! Hooray!
I was just about to punch my card when I looked down at my hands and realized the gel polish had completely fallen off one of my nails.
To all my female readers, you get it? Right? I just couldn’t’ have left it that way. So off to the nail salon I went.
On my way there, I was distracted by Spirit Halloween stores and their big signs advertising 50% off, today only.
I managed to get the 2 pivotal pieces to next years Halloween costumes for Adam and I.
I guess I’m more of a planner than I thought I was.
Ok, so nail emergency and costume shopping aside.
All better, by the way.
I’ve got to start getting get back into regular blogging.
Adam and I spent the entire evening yesterday cleaning up the remains of our two Halloween parties. Even though we didn’t actually throw the parties, our house was pretty messy. I had some white makeup, fake blood, pictures, glue dots and temporary tattoos laying around. Not to mention the fake eyelashes I pulled off in a stupor and left in various places in my house.
It feels good to get things back in order, and pack away Halloween until next year.
And honestly, having so much Halloween on my mind had really been taking it’s toll on my eating habits. I spent a lot of nights last week working on the Emmarie Board, and maybe skipping dinner in favor of 3 bowls of bold chex mix, or the Devil’s food as I affectionately call it.
It was worth it! I’m friggin adorable!! I mean the costume.
And oh yes, we can’t forget about the leftover Halloween candy my co workers brought in to share.
I gotta get back to normal.
But not tonight.
Our friends Craig and Julie had mentioned that they wanted to try a BBQ place that’s literally in our backyard, so we invited ourselves to enjoy dinner with them.
Ain’t we sweet?
So, yeah, BBQ, corn bread, and all the fixin’s.
Back to normal, starting tomorrow.