Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Crazy Sexy Juice Reboot, Day 2!

I've just wrapped up day two of a 3-day juice/smoothie/high-raw reboot thing, and I'm still going strong.

In case you missed yesterday's Day 1 post, here's a recap: I'm using Kris Carr's juice "cleanse" plan from her new book, Crazy Sexy Juice. I'm calling it a reboot though because that's how I'm viewing it. It's just a way for me to get some healthy eating habits back on track! I'm not trying to detox or lose weight or anything. Just going for a good infusion of nutrition. It includes juices, smoothies, and whole foods/high-raw snacks and dinners. For a juice thing, it's relatively easy. And I'm feeling pretty good, but I did have a pretty low point today between 4-ish and dinner.

But before I get into that, here's what I had between 5:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. I woke up at 5, ate an almond butter-stuffed date (not pictured) with some lemon-ginger water, and set out for a 3-mile run. Then I had a small glass (top left) of Rise 'n' Shine juice (grapefruit-pineapple-carrot-ginger) to replenish glycogen. Breakfast (bottom right) was a Berry Protein Power smoothie (blueberry-cacao-hemp-banana-raw almond milk). Morning snack was a Green Me Up juice (pineapple-pear-chard-kale-parsley-cucumber-celery) on the top middle. Lunch was the Inflammation Heavyweight smoothie (cherry-blueberry-hemp-spinach-raw almond milk) on the bottom left, and my afternoon snack was the Savory Smoothie (cucumber-avocado-spinach-garlic-lemon) on the top left.

I loved the rainbow of colors today! Proof that green drinks don't always have to look green. This is also the second day of Kris Carr's #greendrinkaday challenge (which I'm doing for 10 days, even after this reboot is over), and her email newsletter today talked about how green drinks can be all colors. By the way, a commenter yesterday asked what kind of juicer I use. I have a Breville juice fountain for juicing, and I use my Vitamix for smoothies.

I kept count of the calories, protein, carbs, and fat — to make sure I was getting enough! And I actually got more calories and fat than I typically would in a day. I was slightly over my FitBit's daily allowance of 2,200ish calories. So anyone who thinks you can't get enough to fill and sustain you on a juice reboot is doing it wrong! It's not about depravation. It's about getting in lots of healthy fats with those juiced and blended fruits and veggies.

I did notice a slightly lower protein intake throughout the morning than what I'm used to, which may explain why I became ravenous between 4 p.m. and dinner. The afternoon savory smoothie (with garlic and avocado!) at 3 p.m. helped, but by 4, my tummy was rumbling. Had it been any earlier than 4, I'd have just added an extra snack. But I knew I had a giant, awesome dinner and dessert waiting for me as soon as I got off work at 5 p.m.

And that dinner was FABULOUS, and I was so stoked to be chewing again! And eating something savory! I had Kris' Lemon Quinoa with Steamed Veggies, Hemp Seeds, and Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette.

The quinoa (I used I Heart Keenwah's toasted quinoa!) is seasoned with flax oil, lemon zest, and parsley, and I served it with steamed brussels, asparagus, squash, carrots, and cauliflower. All of that was tied together with a vinaigrette made from olive oil, cilantro, and lime juice. Yum!

The second best part about today was tonight's "dessert" — Chocolate Almond Milk.

I made a big batch of raw almond milk for my smoothies and such throughout the reboot, and I used a full glass of it for this. It's mixed with cocoa powder and warmed for a yummy bedtime treat.

Okay y'all, one more day! I'm already SUPER excited about Wednesday night's dinner!


Unknown said...

Gorgeous rainbow of juices and smoothies today!
Do you make your own almond milk and then strain the almond solids or blend it all together and not strain..?
I found that i have to have a serious snack around 4pm (something with protein and fat) since i often end up at work til 7-8pm or i just hit a wall and get home hangry!

vegan peace said...

I guess I need to open my mind up a bit, but the thought of a savory smoothie doesn't do it for me. I mean, I guess it's just like a room temperature soup when I think about it, but I like my smoothies cold and fruity! I might have to give it a try though. Your dinner looks beautiful, and you're definitely eating/drinking the rainbow!

vegan peace said...

Oh, I forgot to mention that seriously grapefruit, carrot ginger is one of my all time favorite juices!!

Bianca said...

Hey Ttrockwood! Great question! I do strain out the pulp for my almond milk because I love it smooth and creamy. I don't own a nut bag (not sure why I've never ordered one!), so I use a thin dish towel. I pour the milk into the bowl over a big bowl in batches, and squeeze the milk out each time. It's kind of a pain since some of the pulp falls over the sides of the towel. I should really invest in a nut bag, but I don't make raw almond milk all that often.

Sarah said...

What a beautiful rainbow of food and drinks! The color of the first juice is so gorgeous! I need to dust off my juicer this summer. Chocolate almond milk is the best snack at night, I'll have a cup of it too if I have a chocolate craving.

Unknown said...

Thanks! i need to do that myself more often- my few tries made a mess but it was really delicious