January 4, 2012

Juice Fast - Day 3

Today started out significantly better than yesterday. The headache was about 90 percent gone, and as the day went on, it disappeared completely. That was a relief! All in all, I actually felt REALLY good today. I *think* I even had slightly more energy than usual. Definitely a good thing!

We began the morning with a new concoction: Sweet Broccoli juice.
2 heads broccoli
2 celery stalks
1 lemon
1 apple

This was REALLY good. I enjoyed it more than Jon did, but I'd definitely make it again. The broccoli comes out slightly sweet, and the added lemon flavor is perfect.

Here's the juicer in action:

The juice comes out the little circular area on the bottom and "pulp" (which is basically the leftover fiber) comes out the end. When we juice apples, carrots, or pears the pulp is great in breads and muffins. I haven't discovered a good use for the green pulp yet, so right now it goes out to my compost pile. I'm sure there are things you can do with it, but I haven't had the time to delve into that yet.

Lunch was "Green Carrot" juice:
4 carrots
2 celery stalks
1 large handful of spinach
1 apple
1/2 lemon
1 bunch of parsley

We've definitely decided that parsley is a wonderful additive to green juice. It seems to cover less desireable flavors well and yields a nice, consistent taste.

However, after work we tried another beet concotion:
1 beet
1 carrot
1 celery stalk
1/2 potato
1 radish
(and Jon added parsley for good measure)

There's just no way around it. Beets taste like DIRT! They're supposed to be crazy good for you, but I think the rest of my beets are going to get chucked in the trash unless Google shows me a way to make them avoid tasting like the ground from which they came.

Later in the evening, some friends came over for a little juicing party and we introduced them to the carrot/apple/ginger combo and also the "Green Carrot" juice. I don't know if we'll make juicers out of them, but I think they enjoyed the experience. Afterward, our resident teenager that we're hosting for the school year asked us to do apple/grape, which she loved. I admit, 100% fruit juices are AMAZING. But for her to drink it and ENJOY it....it must've been good. She pretty much thinks we're crazy, but it's OK...at least she's drinking pure, fresh fruit juice. A small 'win' for me ;) 

We did lots of veggies today, so I'm not sure what the focus will be tomorrow. But we do have have a cabbage in the fridge just waiting for it's time. We'll see what happens!


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