Juice Master Detox Day 5

I have strictly stuck to my 5 day juice detox and not cheated at all.  Thank goodness that is over!  I do feel much better now than I did 5 days ago but I have missed cooking and eating with my family.

The first juice of the day involved beetroot again.  2 blog readers, Suz and Tina, suggested I peeled the beetroot to make it less earthy.  I had already done that previously but thanks for the tip ladies.  I think the beetroot which get too big taste too earthy and are very woody so today I picked much smaller ones and they were a huge improvement.

beets in veggie garden The day’s fruits and veggies (mainly) washed and ready for juicing.fruits and veg for day 5First thing I had a mug of warm water with lemon juice followed by a ginger shot which I really enjoy.  It’s the juice of half an apple and a chunk of ginger.
ginger shot 14-9 I then made the ‘Sweet Beet Smoothie’.  You juice 1 apple, 2 carrots and 1 medium sized beetroot.  Look at the colour of it !!sweet beet juice in jug You then blend that with frozen blackberries and it turns in to a soft frozen and very pleasant tasting smoothie.sweet beet juice 14-9 2Very enjoyable.
sweet beet juice 14-9 1 In preparation for all the healthy food I want to eat next week, I went through my grains, pulses and superfoods cupboard, throwing out the old and making a shopping list of things that need replacing.  I found this packet of broccoli seeds I have not opened before.Aconbury Sprouts broccoli seeds I found my sprouting jar.broccoli seeds and sprouting jsr Followed the instructions.sprouting instructions Now hoping they sprout !broccoli seeds in water Yesterday I bought a new cookery book.  It was a complete extravagance as I have loads but who doesn’t love Mary Berry?  Apart from the GBBO book, I don’t actually have any of her recipe books and wanted one.Mary Berry Cooks The Perfect I chose this one because I am beginning to teach Harvey to cook and I love the layout of this book.  There is a big picture so you know what you are aiming for.  The recipe is VERY clear and easy to follow and each page includes ‘keys to perfection’.pea and ham soup in recipe book The ‘keys to perfection’ are helpful little tips to make your meal really good instead of just good.  For the novice cook, they tend to answer the questions they would have.

It proved to be excellent for Harvey and would also be good for any teenager or young person about to head off to University or leave home for the first time.  Also very good for their Mothers – I can’t wait to get cooking some Mary Berry recipes.keys to perfection The Little Fella did himself proud. He made, all by himself, a delicious ham and pea soup, served with toasted slices of French bread with mustard butter.  Yes, I supervised, but he did all of it himself.  He, his sister and his Dad all enjoyed it very much and I have saved the 4th portion to have in the week.pea and ham soup with bread Meanwhile, back at the juice ranch, I made do with a pear and parsnip juice which was very pleasant.  It has a mild and sweet flavour.pear and parsnip juice The garden continues to produce food for us.  The runner beans have climbed up over their raised bed and up the wall of the fruit cage, where they continue to produce beans.runner beans on fruit cage Beans galore and plenty more young ones developing too.runner beans 14-9 1 The raspberries are also doing well.raspberries 14-9 2 These were picked and will be my first food after the detox tomorrow.raspberries 14-9 1 I will need some help slicing that lot.runner beans and raspberries 2 little helpers made swift work of that pile of beans.  Some were used in their pork and prawn stir fry Lara made for supper and the rest are blanched and in the freezer.  Thanks for helping 🙂runner bean helpers I have saved some beans to use to produce next year’s crop.runner bean new and old The small ones are the ones I picked last week and in just a week they have dried out to less than half their original size.runner bean pink beans

I did ny exercise as well today.  I didn’t manage the 2 sessions Jason recommends but I was on my feet a lot of time so think I did OK.  We walked the dogs over the road and I tried a little bit of jogging again.  Both children were astonished that I can run and that i am still alive.  Humph!  Plenty of life left in this old girl.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. 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 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. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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