Home Brewed ‘Booch

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Basically ‘booch, or more commonly called kombucha, has become a a big hobby of mine. My current struggle is getting the second ferment more effervescent. I’ve been researching and am pretty sure it’s a sign that 1. I’m either letting the first ferment go to long or 2. my cultures aren’t super healthy. What doesn’t help is that our weather has turned bitter cold, and kombucha LOVES warmth. So, I’ve been working on ways to provide the extra heat in an otherwise chilly house: setting it next to the crockpot during the day, placing the second ferment bottles in the bathroom with the door shut to catch the heat, and pulling my second ferment from the top leaving the bottom with all the wispy yeasty strings in order to garner a stronger first ferment.

If you have any tips, I’d love to hear! How did you know when the right time to pull from the first ferment was? Did you find different kinds of fruits produced more CO2 buildup? How did you figure out if your SCOBY was healthy?

Cheers to Fermentation!

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Juicing Recipes

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Juicing recipes

I thought I would take some time to post a list of juicing recipes that I have found so you don’t have to “go it alone” when you begin juicing. Coming up with your own juice concoction can be fun, but its usually trial by error. To start, try using other peoples’ recipes to get an idea of what fruits and vegetables taste like when juiced together. Use other peoples experiences to guide you towards a successful juicing experience.

*Disclaimer* I have not tried all of these juices yet, but based off of the juices I’ve made so far, I know these will be good options when deciding what to juice.

Food Babes Ravishing Red Juice

Food Babes Kickin’ Kale Juice

The Little Pines 5 Green Juices

*Almost the Original Mean Green Juice, which is first on The Little Pines list, is TO.DIE.FOR. Seriously – great combo

Dr. Ben Kim’s Juice List

1/2 pear, 1/4 head of cabbage, 8 stalks kale, 4-5 stalks celery, chunk of ginger, 1-2 slices lemon

2 Kiwis, half orange, half apple, 2 large chunks of purple cabbage, 2 carrots (High in fruit, so drink sparingly)

 

Joys of Juicing – Part 5

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LAST DAY OF JUICING! What better way to celebrate than go snowshoeing, drink only juice and water, and expend enough calories to cover you for a good couple of days? At first a bit skeptical about hiking on just energy derived from juice, we ventured out anyway and though we had enough energy for the day, we definitely felt more tired than usual when spending a day hiking or out in the snow.  Doable, but not necessarily enjoyable. A good warm meal after being outdoors all day part of the benefit of winter exercise!

Day 6

*Breakfast – Almost the Original Mean Green Juice (Reference Day 4)

*Apple, Spinach, Carrot, Brocolli

*Dinner – Bone Broth + Orange, Kiwi, Brocolli,

At first my original thought had been to see if I could make it to 10 days on just juice. In full disclosure, I ended juicing early mainly because I was having trouble with constipation. I’m going to research this and figure out exactly why…but in the mean time, I am moving right into eating just fruits in vegetables with occasional juice replacement meals. From there my plan is to just move right into Whole30 and continue documenting my paleo journey from there.

In conclusion, would I suggest a juice fast/cleanse to others? YES. My experience isn’t necessarily the norm and I believe it’s attributed to other health factors. My friends who were doing it at the same time experienced opposite results. I lost 5 pounds over the course of the week, had great energy after the first couple of days and realized that I can use self control over my cravings.

Happy Juicing!

 

Joys of Juicing – Part 3

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Energy Energy Energy! Today has been the best day so far. No detox symptoms, no fatigue, and energy for the whole day! I definitely felt more hunger pangs today, partially due to the fact I had a longer day away from home than usual and I pushed my lunch juice farther into the afternoon. Between breakfast and lunch I sipped on a strawberry kombucha.

Day 4

*Breakfast – cucumbers, celery rib, apples, large kale leaves, lemon, ginger (Recipe Here – Almost the Original Mean Green Juice) DELICIOUS recipe by the way!

*Snack – Kombucha

*Lunch – Same as breakfast except I used carrots and green beans and orange.

*Dinner – grass fed bone broth + kiwi, orange, bell pepper, cabbage, apple, sweet potatoe

I can definitely say, that as I sit here typing this at the end of day 4, I feel less tired and more energized than I normally do at 9:30 in the evening. It’s wonderful!

Happy Juicing!

Joys of Juicing

Cleanse, Food, Juicing, Uncategorized, Whole Eating

Veggies

Recently, I was encouraged to purchase a juicer which would allow me to get condensed amounts of nutrients and antioxidants from fruits and vegetables in a single glass of home made, freshly pressed, colorful and (usually) tasty juice. (Look on your local craigslist for a lightly used juicer if you don’t want to pay full price.) In order to take it a step further, I was challenged to do a juice fast during the same time as two of my close friends who were both committing to start January 4th for 30 days. A bit leary of the whole thing because of how juice can play so much with your blood sugars, I did some investigating. Two of my favorite health bloggers, Dr. Josh Axe and Dr. Ben Kim, are proponents of cleansing and detoxifying your body by juicing. This was enough encouragement to get me started, at least for doing 10 days of juicing.

In order to keep your blood sugars level fruits, carrots, and red beets should not make up more than one-third of the contents in your glass. Harder said than done, but definitely doable.

If your following a paleo lifestyle, a juice cleanse will probably be much easier to begin and maintain. Coming right off the Holidays and having eased up on my healthy eating routine, I decided to ease myself into the cleanse a day before. I began by cutting all caffeine, dairy products (at that time only cream from grass fed cows used in my coffee) and sugar. Thankful I did as I experienced a slight headache that afternoon into the evening due to cutting the caffeine out, which I knew would happen.

Day One

Having juiced the night before for breakfast and lunch, it was a breeze getting ready for work in the morning. Throwing a couple jars of juice and a bag of herbal tea into your lunch bag is as easy as 1-2-3.

*Breakfast – half a quart of a citrus based juice

* Lunch – quart of greens and beets (I made a bad combination that ended up tasting like dirt)

* Dinner – half a quart of green apple, orange, spinach, celery and ginger

Detox – other than craving actual food, my detox symptoms were mild. I was pretty cold throughout the entire day, partially due to the frigid temperatures outside, but also because when you cleanse your body isn’t working to digest foods which encourages heat production.

Day Two 

Again, I juiced my breakfast and lunch the night before, storing the juice in glass mason jars with the lids tightly screwed on and the jars filled to as close to the top as possible so that it would have less opportunity to oxidize.

*Breakfast – half a quart of  various greens, orange, romaine lettuce, ginger

* Lunch – half a quart of acorn squash, kale, apple, broccoli

* Dinner – half a quart of tomato, onion, cilantro, carrot, celery, kale, garlic + a half glass of apple, orange, celery, spinach

Detox – My body seemed to be warmer this day, which was a nice relief. I experienced a slight headache that evening and throughout the day I felt more hungry. Drinking water helped the hunger cravings go away.

(Because I don’t want to stop living life when I get together with other people, I drank half a bottle of kombucha while hanging out with a friend. You’ve gotta make it fit your lifestyle in order to be successful. Choose healthy *cheat* options)

Throughout the past couple of days I’ve reminded myself of these key thoughts: I’m doing this in order to have a healthier body that will allow me to live life more fully +Hunger isn’t bad, I won’t starve + All I have is from the Lord, I’m being a steward of my body and need to view this as an opportunity to give glory to the Lord by allowing me the resources to do this.