Feeling Juicy

Today has been all juicy.  Well, nearly all juicy which means it was nearly all raw too.

I bought a new tea to try – Yerba Maté – which apparently helps curb your appetite.  I have this cute little gadget for making tea with loose leaves without the hassle of a teapot.  You squeeze the handle to open the scoopy seivey part and put the tea in.  Then you just put the tea scoop in the mug and add boiling water.  Very easy.

Tea scoop I was meant to feel less hungry and more alert.  I can not swear that I did but possibly.  Yerba Mate teaJuice for breakfast made with half a medium sized watermelon and a large handful of spinach just picked from the garden.
watermelon and spinach That was all, 2 simple ingredients.  It tasted ok but looked weird, as if it was separating which was slightly off-putting.watermelon and spinach juice I worked from home today and here was my happy view from the kitchen window – 2 chaps hard at work clearing ornamental shrubs, flowers and millions of weeds to make way for vegetable domination 🙂clearing the garden I was hungry so had an apple.Apple with bite For lunch I came over all juicy again.  I have some new kitchen gadgets to share with you and this is one of them – a Nut Mylk Bag, or in this case, a juicing bag.  The lime is there purely to add a sense of scale.Nut mylk bag I gathered a selection of vegetables; a whole spinach from the garden (LOVE that spinach, it’s so green and so good), a spring onion, a cucumber, a garlic clove with skin left on, a red pepper, a bunch of coriander and 2 tomatoes.veggies for lunch Chopped them up and put them in the blender.jug full of veggies Then poured them in to the nut mylk bag which I held over a large jug while I squeezed and pressed all the juice out.  All those vegetables made just over 500ml juice.Makinf veg juice It was very dark green with a frothy top.  It tasted much better then I was expecting and it even smelt good so that was an easy to drink and enjoyable green juice.veg juice

So what did I do with the pulp?  Compost it?  I should have done.  I spread it on a dehydrator tray and dehydrated it for a few hours.  The plan was to make crackers.

veg pulp crackers

 

 

Eventually it turned in to this!veg pulp dried Guess what?  It tasted as revolting as it looked!  I had planned to spread it with half an avocado and some tomato for supper but after one small taste, it went straight in to the bin.  Yuck!dried veg pulpI snacked on a pear in the afternoon and then another as I was feeling very hungry.

Pear For supper I was feeling more smoothie than juicy.  So I got out some of my favourite super foods and made the best chocolate milk shake ever.  I could live on this it was so amazing.

Chocolate Milk Shake

Ingredients (serves 1)

1 banana
1 tbsp Tahini
1 tbsp Udo’s oil
1 tbsp Carob
1 dsp Maca
1 dsp Lucuma
1/4 tsp Crystal Manna
A generous slug of coconut milk

Method

Chuck it all in the blender and blitz until smooth

superfoods for shake Then try to not stuff your entire face in this gorgeous chocolatey concoction or choke as you guzzle it.  YUM, YUM, YUM.  Chocolate, Tahini and banana are such a great combination.  I want one of these again.Chocolate shake That was going to be it for the day but I was peckish so ended up having 3 nut and flax seed crackers with some butter.  Then 3 more and then 3 more! 3 nut and flax crackers

So it is now Friday evening, I have the whole weekend to look forward to and I am feeling good about my eating again.  Enjoy yours 🙂

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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