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SamCyn’s Juicing Adventure: Day Five

07/27/2011 1 comment

Day five has been by far the best day, thus far!

I got out of bed at around 5:45am (I was awake much earlier) to kiss my honey goodbye, then I checked my tongue and I’m happy to report, there was no white fuzz (AWESOME). Since I had to go to work, I started to prepare juice #6 for breakfast and lunch.

Because it was my first day back at work since I started this adventure, I was feeling a tad bit nervous.  It’s so weird, even though I’ve been juicing during the day for the past few days, I felt apprehensive about not packing any lunch and only bringing juice.  It’s like I felt “naked”.  So, I brought along some blueberries and strawberries as back-up.

I managed to get through the day, without eating any of the fruit.  I drank the remainder of my juice at around noon and then I went to Whole Foods Market and got myself a shot of wheatgrass.  Though not reliably substantiated, It has been argued that wheatgrass helps blood flow, digestion and general detoxification of the body.  For more information on wheatgrass, please see here.

OMG! All I drank was a 1 oz. serving and as soon as it hit my system…

POW!

It was as if I drank an 8 oz. cup of espresso.  I was wired (in a good way), I was ready for action and most of all, I felt no hunger.

That lasted for close to two hours and by the time it was quiting time, all I could think of was the veggie stir-fry we had planned for dinner.  I tell you, I couldn’t get home fast enough.

I basically tossed in a bunch of veggies into a large pan (I don’t own a Wok) along with some sesame oil and low-sodium tamari sauce.

YUM!! It was delicious! Sam loved it and said we should definitely have it at least once a week.  Mind you, there was no rice or noodles and yet it satisfied us both.  How can you go wrong when you have such a beautiful array of colors and textures from such guilt-free ingredients in every bite? As an end to our lovely meal we ate the blueberries and strawberries.

Well ladies and gentlemen, this post concludes my minimum of five days of juicing/eating only fruits and vegetables commitment and adventure.  It’s been a wonderful, eye-opening experience and I thank you for letting me share and I thank God for allowing me to survive it without any issues.

While I (and Sam, of course) do plan to continue this path of primarily eating fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains (minimum of 80% of the time) and exercising 4-5 days a week (like I used to), I will not be posting daily.

Instead, I will update you once or twice weekly and share any notable changes that may occur (like my return to my pre-wedding weight).  I will also share healthier and delicious dishes.  Although…I am likely to include some naughtiness…like dessert ;-).

Oh, and another thing…I truly feel really, really great!

“Those who think they have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”  – modified from : Edward Stanley (1826-1893) from The Conduct of Life

Juice #6

Yields about 2 quarts

4 granny smith apples

1 beet

5-6 celery stalks

4 medium carrots

ginger (approx. thumb size portion)

To prepare:

Wash all veggies, cut apples in half, insert into your juicer.  Enjoy!

Veggie Stir-fry

Yields approximately 4 servings

1 stir-fry veggies package (broccoli, snowpeas, etc)

3 garlic cloves

1 small onion

2 small yellow squash

1/2 red pepper

1 package of snow peas

1 zucchini

1 package of mushrooms

1 1/2 tablespoons of sesame oil

1 1/2 tablespoons of low-sodium tamari sauce

To prepare:

Wash, dry and cut up all veggies.  Toss into pre-heated (very hot) pan with sesame oil and tamari sauce.  Stir all ingredients around for just a few minutes, serve and enjoy.

As mentioned in previous posts, I journaled and shared the past five days of this experience to make myself accountable.  I am not a doctor, or a professional in the field of nutrition.  Therefore, I DO NOT, I REPEAT, I DO NOT RECOMMEND ANYONE TO FOLLOW WHAT I’VE DONE.  If you’re interested in fasting, detoxing, juicing, etc., please consult your doctor.

Thank you and God Bless!

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SamCyn’s Juicing Adventure: Day Three

07/25/2011 1 comment

When I woke up on day three, I was feeling pretty good.  I had energy, despite not eating for over two days (60 hours as of 8:00am) and just like the morning before, my tongue had the white fuzz, which proves the process is working.

I did have a slight headache, so for breakfast (and lunch) I made juice #5.  I gotta say, I’m liking this juice the best.

This blend of fruits and veggies makes a great combination and the little kick you get from the ginger is a perfect eye-opener.

After breakfast, Sam and I went for a walk on the beach, and let me tell you, it was glorious.

(This is an old photo of us, but on the same beach)

We walked along the shore and let the waves crash on our feet, as our leg muscles got a workout.  The best part was when it started to drizzle on us…what a great feeling it was to have the raindrops cool us off, as they fell on our skin.  Each time we do this (which is not often enough) it reminds us why and how lucky we are to live near the beach.

Another thing that I’m reminded of on this journey, is how grateful I am for what we have.  The fact that I can say I haven’t eaten in over two days, all because of a choice and not because I have no other alternative, is truly a blessing.

As of the night before, Sam has asked when would I be eating something.  Despite the fact that I’m not passing out, or having any major issues (thank God), it would make him feel a lot more comfortable if I ate.   Therefore, I promised him I would eat a salad when we went over to my mother’s.

As soon as we walked in, the smell of garlic and spices from the chicken and beans wafted all throughout my mom’s place.

MMMMMMMMMM! Can you say T-O-R-T-U-R-E?

I’ve got to pat myself on the back, because as good as it smelled and yes, I was hungry.  I stuck to my juicing/fruits and veggies only commitment, and ate the awesome salad I made, while everyone else feasted on roasted chicken with rice and beans (and salad).

Normally, we would have had some type of dessert.  I certainly would have made something like this carrot-pineapple cake.

Instead, we talked about healthy eating (amongst other things), and the future cake that my mom’s friend would like me to bake for her (I was flattered).  Honestly, as delicious as it would have been to end the meal with a piece of cake.  I didn’t miss it.  My prayer and goal is to be able to resist these types of desserts on a daily basis and just enjoy them (a small portion) on occasion.

When we got home I unwinded with a cup of sleepytime tea, Sam had an apple and then we happily went to sleep.

Sugar is a type of bodily fuel, yes, but your body runs about as well on it as a car would. – V.L. Allineare

Juice #5

Yields approximately 2 quarts

4 apples

5-6 medium carrots

ginger (approx. thumb size)

1/2 a papaya

To prepare:

Wash all fruits and veggies, peel skin from papaya and cut in pieces, cut up apples, insert into your juicer.  Enjoy!

Day Three Salad

No measurements, I just tossed in the following into a large salad bowl:

arugula

1 cucumber

mixed greens

2 Haas avocados

1/4 red onion

spinach

2 tomatoes

I drizzled just a little bit of olive oil on my plate, did not add any salt or pepper and it was delicious.

As I’ve mentioned before, I am journaling and sharing this experience just to make myself accountable.  I am not a doctor, or a professional in the field of nutrition.  Therefore, I DO NOT, I REPEAT, I DO NOT RECOMMEND ANYONE TO FOLLOW WHAT I’M DOING.  If you’re interested in fasting, detoxing, juicing, etc., please consult your doctor.

Thank you!

Burnt Caramel & Apple Walnut Gelato

05/03/2011 5 comments

 

This past weekend was all about “saving” the foods that would soon expire if I continued to use them as props in my fridge and counter.

Part of the inventory of edibles were some leftover Fuji apples from last week’s delicious Waldorf Salad.  Whereas I could have cooked the apples to accompany the dynamic rosemary-garlic pork tenderloin I made (I’ll have to share this one at a later date).  

Instead…I followed my heart’s true desire and made gelato. 

But first, let me ask you…

Do you like caramel?

I do!

Do you like apples cooked in cinnamon and sugar?

Yes!

What about caramelized toasted walnuts?

That’s a double yes! 

Well then ladies and gentlemen…..

You will L-O-V-E this!!!

Although I had never caramelized anything in my life…I let myself loose and the results were just divine!

The inspiration came from this recipe, and in typical SamCyn fashion, I changed things up a bit and ended up with a Burnt Caramel & Apple Walnut Gelato.

Sam and I were immediately seduced by the creamy, subtly sweet, nutty, smokey flavors of this gelato.  We both agreed, this was a sophisticated flavored gelato…Definitely not one for the “kiddies”. 

HAH!

I gave some to my six-year old niece to try and she loved it. 

Which proves one of two things:

1. My niece has got sophisticated taste buds.

or

2. We just don’t know what we’re talking about :-).

Life is uncertain.  Eat dessert first. ~Ernestine Ulmer

Burnt Caramel & Apple Walnut Gelato

Serves 1 1/2 pints

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 medium-sized apples, peeled and diced 
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1 capful of dark rum (optional, makes the gelato easier to scoop right out of the freezer).

To prepare:

  1. Heat ¼ cup of sugar in a deep pot over medium heat until it begins to melt and turn golden. Add apples, walnuts and cinnamon and saute until well coated and caramelized. Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. Heat the remaining sugar in the same pot over medium heat until it melts and turns dark brown, about 2 to 4 minutes (do not stir sugar during this process, except to evenly melt the sugar).  Slowly whisk in cream until well combined. Whisk in milk, add vanilla bean and salt; cook until very hot, about 2 more minutes.
  3. Beat eggs yolks in a medium, heat-proof bowl. Slowly whisk ½ cup of cream mixture into the yolks. While constantly whisking, slowly pour egg-cream mixture back into pot with milk-cream mixture. Reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring constantly, until it thickens enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. 
  4. Transfer to a container, stir in the rum (if using) and cool completely in the refrigerator or by using an ice bath. Using a sharp paring knife, scrape seeds from vanilla bean pod into the gelato mixture and discard pod. Churn according to the directions on your ice cream maker, during the last five minutes or so of churning, stir in the caramelized apples and walnuts. then store in a tightly sealed container and freeze until firm. 

Enjoy!

Waldorf Salad – GCC: Menu 30

04/25/2011 6 comments

It’s been so long since I’ve made a dish from the Gutsy Cooks Club, I feel like I’ve just joined for the first time.  Thankfully, Monica (our club founder) has been patient and kind enough not to boot me out :-).

The Waldorf Salad was first created between 1893 and 1896 at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City by Oscar Tschirky, who was the Waldorf’s maître d’hôtel.  This salad is traditionally made of fresh apples, celery and toasted walnuts, dressed in mayonnaise, and usually served on a bed of lettuce as an appetizer or a light meal. 

Hmm, I thought what a perfect (and super easy!) Spring dish and accompaniment to Easter dinner at the In-laws.

The recipe from The Illustrated Kitchen Bible consisted of apples, celery, mayonnaise, lemon juice and walnuts, along with some salt and pepper which I thought was a bit bland. 

Therefore, I searched around and found this Waldorf Salad recipe and added romaine lettuce, seedless green grapes, dried cherries and jazzed up the mayonnaise with some non-fat, plain greek yogurt, lemon juice and in lieu of sugar, I added my newfound friend agave nectar, a sweetener made from the Blue Agave plant (which tequila is made from).

Much to my delight, the sweet, tart and nutty flavors combined with the crispy, crunchy and juicy textures of all the ingredients made this salad a total hit with everyone.

Needless to say, I will make this again and I think next time I’ll add some goat cheese.

Ladies and Gentlemen…this concludes this week’s Edible Adventure.

“To remember a successful salad is generally to remember a successful dinner; at all events, the perfect dinner necessarily includes the perfect salad.” George Ellwanger (1848-1906) ‘Pleasures of the Table’ (1902)