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I Survived My First Juice Cleanse!

May 31, 2016

juice cleanse

Two weeks ago, I decided to try a 3-day juice cleanse. During a juice cleanse, juice and water are all you consume. So no coffee/tea and definitely no solids. It’s something I’ve been wanting to try for a while because I wanted to see/feel the effect of the detox on my body. I did a lot of research prior to the juice cleanse and learned that most people do the cleanse to improve digestion, decrease cravings for sugar/salt, increase cravings for fruit/vegetable, brighten skin, improve sleep, and elevate energy. Although most people lose about 5 lbs during the cleanse, it’s only temporary so I did not weigh myself before/after the cleanse.

3 day juice cleanse

I purchased my juices from Peeled Juice in Evanston. I had to drink 6 juices per day for 3 days. Lets talk about the juices:

  • Green Lantern x2 – Multi-vitamin with the combined nutrients of 5 full servings of raw, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables. It contained kale, romaine lettuce, spinach, parsley, celery, lemon, ginger, cucumber and apple.
  • Haute Lemonade – Sweet, sour, and spicy! Lemon sweetened with agave nectar and maple syrup. Also contained cayenne pepper to cleanse the intestinal walls of the digestive tract.
  • Maroon Five x2 – Health boosters and nutrient-rich energy provided by beet, carrot, apple, lemon and ginger.
  • Cashew Dream – Cashew milk with maple syrup, agave, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Here is a brief summary of the things I ate and day-by-day progress:

Day Before:
Most blogs advised people to start consuming raw food and produce, to drink plenty of water, and to avoid fatty food the day before cleanse. I finally got the chance to get lunch at the Purple Pig, so I went crazy and ordered 5 items to share between my husband and I. For dinner, I had a shrimp lettuce wrap. I also snacked on dried mango and bubbled tea.

Day 1:
Had my first drink at 10:30am, followed by a drink every 1.5-2 hours after. Walked 2 miles to go to Dunkin Donuts with hubby, which was torturous, and I waited outside to avoid smelling the donuts! I did not feel hungry but it was difficult drinking the juices because I did not find the green lantern and maroon five tasty. The entire day I kept thinking about cheeseburger, Chipotle, and chocolate.

Day 2:
Started at 9:30am. I felt energized and full the entire day. Even though I still did not find the drinks tasty, I did not have as much adverse reaction to the drinks. I learned the best method is to drink as fast as possible. I noticed that my stomach was no longer bloated. I kept craving for fried eggs with salt and pepper. The low point of my day was during night class from 6:30-9:30 because students all around me were eating dinner while I sadly drank my Maroon Five.

Day 3:
Started at 10am and again I felt energized and full throughout the day. Again, my stomach looked great as if I’ve been working my abs. I started wondering if I still remember how to chew since I had not used my teeth in days. I was tempted to snack after drinking my last juice, but instead I went straight to bed.

Day After:
Surprisingly I did not immediately go to Chipotle the next day. I had blueberry oatmeal and fried eggs for lunch, and Chinese takeout for dinner.

Overall I am happy that I tried and survived the cleanse, but will definitely NOT be doing it again. The biggest pros: got rid of my bloating and saved a lot of time by not cooking/eating complete meals. The biggest cons: the taste and cost.

Let me know if you’ve done a juice cleanse or have any other questions about it!!

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Persimmon Berry Smoothie

October 18, 2015

persimmon blueberry smoothie

One of my favorite fruits in the fall is persimmon! It is in season from September to December, so I purchased a bunch during my recent grocery run. Persimmons originated from Japan, and are orange fruits that look like a tomato. Persimmons are rich in vitamins A and C, and are a good source of fiber. It also contains high fructose, so it is a good ingredient for a smoothie.

I make a smoothie almost every morning, so I was excited to start experimenting with persimmons. I’ve tried a couple of recipes and my favorite so far is the persimmon/blueberry combination. Here is the recipe for this delicious smoothie:

  • 2 persommions chopped
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (add more as needed)
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon protein powder or chia seeds


persimmon blueberry smoothie

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Coconut Macaroons

August 13, 2015


Yesterday I was craving sweets, so I decided to make some coconut macaroons. I’ve had coconut macaroons from several bakeries, and I just love the flavor and the soft/chewy texture. I couldn’t believe how easy these were to make–much easier than traditional macaroons! I love how they turned out so I want to share with you! Continue Reading…

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5 Day Smoothie Challenge

July 15, 2015

I have been on a health kick recently, so it has been important to start my morning off with a healthy breakfast! Since my morning drive is over an hour long and I would rather spend an extra 20 minutes sleeping than eating at home, I have been making myself a healthy smoothie and drinking it on my drive to work. I challenge you to a 5 day smoothie challenge where you opt for the smoothie rather than an unhealthy snack or meal. Below are five of my favorite recipes. The first four can be meal replacements, and the last is a dessert smoothie. Warning: if you’re looking for the sugary stuff, these aren’t the best recipes for you. These contain raw vegetable, freshly frozen fruit, superfoods, etc, that will boost your energy and help with weight loss but are not the best recipes for beginners who are not used to raw ingredients. Feel free to share with me your favorite smoothie recipes–I am always looking for new ones to try!

IMG_0472 Creamy Avocado Banana
-1 cup fresh spinach
-1/2 frozen avocado
-1/2 frozen banana
-1/4 cup frozen raspberries
-2 cups unsweetened almond milk
-1 tablespoon protein powder or hemp seed
IMG_1948 Rolled Oats Peach
-1/2 cup rolled oats
-1.5 cup unsweetened almond milk
-1 cup frozen peach chunks
-1 frozen banana
-1 tablespoon almond butter
-1 tablespoon protein powder or hemp seedInstructions: Soak 1/2 cup of rolled oats in 1 cup almond milk overnight, pour into blender and add 1/2 cup more of almond milk and the rest of ingredients, then blend.

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Husband’s Favorite Recipe – Shrimp Alfredo

June 22, 2015


It was my husband’s birthday this past weekend. Instead of going to a restaurant, he wanted me to make his favorite meal, Shrimp Alfredo, and to bake a chocolate cake together. This is a delicious recipe that I’ve been using for years, but I often change the vegetable around, so feel free to take out what you dislike and replace with your favorite vegetable. I was at the farmers market last weekend and picked up the zucchini and pepper, but in the past I’ve switched it up with mushroom, cauliflower, and spinach. You can also use other types of pasta. I had half a box of mostaccioli on hand, but you can also use penne, rotini, fettuccine, etc. Great side pairings include cheesy or garlic bread, guacamole bruschetta, and of course… chocolate cake 🙂 Hope you enjoy this recipe! Continue Reading…

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Best Thick, Soft, and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

June 11, 2015


By popular demand, I am posting this delicious chocolate chip cookie recipe. I have tried dozens of recipes in the past, but this is the one I keep going back to because of my strong preference for thick, soft, and chewy cookies. (From my previous job, I learned there is a 50/50 split between preference for chewy and chunky cookies. Hard to believe, I know!) Continue Reading…