I sat down last night to write my blog and realised I had only taken a photo of one of the juices and nothing else all day. So decided that would not be worthy of your time and attention.
Day 2 of the plan requires you to drink a juice called ‘Ruby Tuesday’ which features beetroot. I quite like beetroot cooked but despise it in a juice. Lara and I both decided the juice tasted like soil. Look at how gigantic this beetroot was. There is a £1 coin next to it for comparison. I don’t know why this one grew so large because the others are more average. I managed to drink the juice but only just, it really does make me gag.
The other juice of day 2 was much better.
This one is called ‘Veggie Power’ and contains the juice of 2 apples, a large handful each of kale and spinach, half a lemon, half a celery stalk, quarter of a cucumber and some broccoli, blended with half an avocado. You get two of each juice a day and that is it ! Having really struggled with Day 2, but feeling pleased I stuck with it, I was really looking forward to this morning’s smoothie. This is a ‘Berry Banana Crunch’ and I used a frozen banana to make it the lovely ice-cream consistency I like so much. You are allowed an SOS each day of either a banana or an avocado or an energy bar. I had an extra half a frozen banana in each of these today so it made it like a banana ice-cream, aka ‘nice-cream’ or ‘nana ice-cream’. This is very substantial as it contains the juice of 2 apples blended with a frozen banana, frozen raspberries, live yogurt and 2 tbsp mixed seeds. It was practically a 3 course meal in comparison to the other juices consumed so far and I enjoyed every mouthful. The other juice today was a ‘Green Refresher’ which was very ordinary. I had a large glass at lunch time over ice. Then another late afternoon, just before I took the dogs on a walk to get some exercise in. I walked the dogs over the road and did some gentle jogging first of all to get my heart rate up and then walked really quickly. Well, quickly for me.
I love the intensity of the colours outside in September. There are fewer colours in the garden than there are in the Spring and the height of summer but still plenty to brighten the place up. One of the hardest things about juicing is having to cook for the Little Fella. Tonight I made him stir fried chicken with onions, kale, mange tout, bean sprouts and yellow pepper with sweetcorn and wholewheat noodles. I flavoured the stir fry with garlic, soy sauce, peanut butter and honey. It smelt fantastic and I would have loved to eat it but I resisted. Luckily he ate it all so there were no leftovers to tempt me :-).I have been asked about freezing bananas. It is easy. Just peel them and place them in a tupperware box. I had some apricots that were perfectly ripe too and as I can’t eat them, I froze those too for ice-ream concoctions next week. I cut them in half and removed the stone before freezing them. Now, when I want to use either fruit, I just cut them in to smaller pieces and pop them in the VitaMix. Simples!
Supper was another Berry Banana Crunch. This one was made with frozen blackberries and a frozen banana. It was excellent.I feel much better today than I did yesterday which was a real struggle. I am pleased I have stuck to the 3 days very strictly and pleased I went on a walk today and even managed a short jog. Bring on Day 4.