The Green Secret

Green Juice ArrayHave you ever had one of those mornings where you wake up and just feel thinner? That sensation that your body is shrinking from the inside out and you know when you get on that scale the numbers are going to be down. This has happened to me two days in a row… and it feels beyond fantastic. After battling with my body for weeks I feel that I finally have it under control and I am finally reaping the benefits of all my hard work. Alleluia!

Now is the perfect time to talk about one of my “secrets” (though it really isn’t a secret) and that is juicing. Green juice to be exact. I know many people cringe at the thought of drinking juiced kale or spinach. And rightfully so – by itself that sh*t is nasty. But when you combine greens with the right blend of fruits and other veggies, it becomes a refreshing, healing elixir that you’ll never want to live without. I have juice for my breakfast pretty much every day – I find I get the most out of it in the morning on an empty stomach. When I’m really feeling ambitious I will also juice for either lunch or dinner. The philosophy behind juicing this is that you’re getting all the vitamins and nutrients of an entire bushel of fruits and vegetables – an amount you could never eat in one sitting – condensed into a beverage that you can drink down in no time and will be easily absorbed into your body.

If you’re a long time follower of my blog, you may recall a post from many months ago where I spoke of my recipe for the magic green elixir. I have since changed my recipe and I think it’s a winner:

  • 1/2 bunch of kale
  • 2 or 3 leaves of beet greens (see below)
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 beet
  • 2-3 small apples
  • a 1-inch chunk of ginger
  • 1 lemon

When I buy beets they come with huge beautiful greens attached to them. Instead of throwing them away, I juice a few stalks along with the kale. It’s delicious. Also when blueberries are in season I will juice them in here as well for an antioxidant boost – it’s phenomenal. I also have been adding an aloe solution to my juice for an extra cleansing kick. I use Herbalife’s aloe, but I am sure you can find a good one at Whole Foods. It may seem crazy, but I promise this will not only help you lose weight, but it will do wondrous things for your overall health.

If you’re in need of a juicer, I highly recommend this Breville on amazon for $150. Its feed tube is extra wide so you can put in whole apples and cucumbers and carrots without having to cut anything up in advance. Considering it’s a product I use every single day, the price is a super deal.

If you’re still in need of convincing, you can read about some of the benefits here. I also highly recommend checking out a documentary called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. This film is what turned me on to juicing in the first place and presents a very compelling real-life case for making juicing a part of your life.

Hot Cauliflower Mess

So you might have noticed I haven’t done too much cooking the past few weeks. We’ve had some pretty hot days here in SoCal and honestly, the hotter it gets, the less I want to be at home standing in my air condition-less kitchen. Hence why most of my posts have been sweets like s’mores or restaurant reviews. Still, on my last trip to Trader Joe’s (which feels like forever ago… seriously I don’t even know when I was last in TJ’s… clearly I need to get my life together…) I was inexplicably compelled to purchase an entire head of cauliflower. No idea.

Last night I was at home, in the mood for dinner, but unwilling to have yet another meal out. I opened my fridge and there it was. The cauliflower. Staring at me. What the hell does one do with a cauliflower besides chop it up and use it for veggie dip? After a good hard look around my kitchen I discovered a box of vegetable stock on top of my fridge. Though it was not exactly soup weather, I decided a nice hearty yet not heavy stew was in order, particularly considering all the garbage I’ve been feeding myself lately. So I just started throwing sh*t in the pot – bay leaves, basil, sriracha, few cloves of garlic, baby carrots, half a red onion, salt, pepper. I ended up running to the store and getting a can of fire roasted tomatoes for $2.50 (a ridiculously high price for a can of tomatoes. Thank you, Gelson’s.) and one bunch of kale. You can read the recipe for the details, but I ended up with a healthy, flavorful, and chunky… mess. But a good mess. I even managed to dig up some whole wheat penne, which I cooked up and dumped the mess over. Perfect. And honestly there’s a lot of ways you could serve this. Instead of pasta use wild rice, maybe some white beans, or even some noodles. You could even serve this cold with some nice hearty bread instead of penne. Perfect for a summer night. And of course put in whatever you want – any veggies will do, but I literally just threw in stuff from my refrigerator. Not too bad if I do say so myself. Enjoy!

 

Also, for those of you watching your weight, this is practically a zero-calorie meal if you skip the pasta/beans/rice/whatever. But it will still fill you up and leave you feeling satisfied. So eat as much as you want, guilt-free!

Hot Cauliflower Mess (Recipe PDF)