Juice Master’s Lemon Ginger Zinger

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Apparently this juice is a favourite of Martina Navratilova. I don’t think it’s going to turn me into a tennis champion but, hey, it tastes nice – in fact, it tastes so nice, this is the second one I’ve had today.

Juice Master’s Lemon/Ginger Zinger
(taken from Jason Vale’s 7lbs in 7 days Super Juice Diet)

2 carrots
2 apples
1 inch slice lemon
1/4 inch fresh ginger

Juice the lot and pour over ice.

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Juice Master’s Super Chute Juice

Just reading the ingredients for this juice makes you feel healthier before you’ve even tasted it. Because it has so many vegetables in it, I was worried it would taste a bit ‘green’ (despite it being red in colour) but I needn’t have worried, it was just as fruity as a normal glass of juice.

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Okay, so here’s the bit where I tell you what I left out: 1/2 an inch of broccoli stem (because I didn’t want to buy a whole head of broccoli just to use a bit of stem and didn’t know if I’d be able to use the rest of it up in the next few days) and a small handful of alfalfa sprouts (because I have no sprouts at the moment).

Apart from that though, these are the ingredients as listed in Jason Vale’s 7lbs in 7 Days Super Juice Diet book.

2 Golden Delicious apples
a small chunk of carrot
1/2 stick celery
1 large handful of mixed greens – watercress, kale, parsley, spinach and whatever other green leafy veg are available (I used spinach and parsley)
1 inch slice cucumber
1/4 inch slice unpeeled raw beetroot
1/4 inch slice courgette
1 small piece of lemon
1/4 inch slice ginger

Juice all the ingredients and pour over ice.

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Back On The Juice With Jason Vale’s Super Juice

Jason Vale's Super Juice

I’d been doing well making my fresh juice every day, then I contracted shingles and, just when I needed fresh juice more than ever, I didn’t have the energy to make any. Or, more to the point, I didn’t have the energy to muster up the motivation to make juice and then clean up the juicer afterwards.

But, now I’m better, I’m back on the juice and this morning’s one was Jason Vale’s Super Juice, taken from his 7lbs in 7 Days Super Juice Diet book (not that I’ve done the 7 day thing; I just like the juice recipes in it).

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In Jason’s original recipe, he adds 1/4 ripe avocado, 10z of fresh wheatgrass, 1 level tsp of spirulina and 1 capsule of acidophilus bacteria powder and although I have spirulina, there’s no way I’m adding a teaspoon of it to anything as that would absolutely ming. ‘Ming’ is also the only word that comes to mind when I think of avocados so I left that out too and I’ve got to admit the wheatgrass and the acido-thingy doesn’t sound appetising either. Without these extras though, it’s delicious and surprisingly creamy and filling. Add the avocado if you like it though as they are super-healthy (and I’m aware I’m us avocado-haters are in the minority).

Jason Vale’s Super Juice

1/2 lime – peeled
2 Golden Delicious apples
1/4 pineapple
1/4 medium cucumber

Juice everything and pour over ice.

If you’re using the avocado, spirulina powder, etc., add these to the juice with the ice cubes, then blend.

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Juicing Again

Wow, is it really almost four years since I did Jason Vale’s 3 Day Detox? (If you want to read my posts from then, here’s day 1, day 2, day 3 and the conclusion.) Although after doing the challenge (I prefer the word ‘challenge’ to ‘detox’), I had said I was going to have a juice for breakfast and lunch, then have a normal dinner but, yeah, that didn’t quite happen.

Recently though, I’ve noticed friends on Facebook have been juicing and posting photos of their creations. This inspired me to dust off my juicer and give juicing another go, especially as I’ve been feeling a bit of a fat bloater lately.

I’m not following a plan or even following any recipes (although I am taking inspiration for combinations from Jason Vale’s Juicemaster Keeping It Simple book, which contains over 100 recipes for juices and smoothies.

Over the last few days, I’ve been having a smoothie or juice for breakfast (no change there then), then a juice for lunch. My fridge is currently bursting with spinach (chuck in a handful to each smoothie or juice – you won’t taste it), celery, apples, pineapple, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cucumber and ginger.

This morning’s smoothie was spinach, raspberry, strawberry and soya milk, and lunch was spinach, celery, apple, ginger and pineapple. Delicious.

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Jason Vale’s 3 day detox – Day two

I wake up reasonably early and get up to see if I faint with hunger. I don’t. In fact, I’m still full from last night’s dinner of avocado and spinach juice.

I have my lemon with hot water, then make the Super Detox Smoothie, which I’ve been looking forward to, as I love home made smoothies and this one contains 1/2 a small pineapple, which gets juiced, then poured into a blender along with 1 handful fresh blueberries, 1 handful fresh blackberries, 200g low fat live yoghurt and 4 ice cubes.

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I don’t have much of a sense of smell but the smell of the fresh pineapple juice coming out of the juicer is amazing (if you don’t want to clean a juicer for just a bit of pineapple, you can leave it out). I add it to the blender with the blueberries, blackberries and the yoghurt and whizz it up. I’m used to adding soya milk to my smoothies, not yoghurt, and so it’s a bit sour but still, it’s very nice. And makes a change from flipping beetroot.

I don’t have to have beetroot again until linner when it’s the H2O Detox again and then dinner is the same as last night’s – Beyond Detox. I’ll try to blend the avocado properly this time. I know I moaned yesterday about having the same juice for two meals in a row but I’m going to moan again about having the same dinner two nights in a row. Considering how Jason Vale is the self-proclaimed Juicemaster, couldn’t he have devised a programme with a bit of variation? It is only three days, after all.

10.15am

Just back from a run and very surprisingly, I don’t want peanut butter on toast and a mug of hot chocolate. I usually have a cup of Options hot chocolate at 11am every day but the thought of all those chemicals now isn’t appealing at all. I was quite thirsty on my run, so I must have lost a bit of fluid by drinking all that juice and could be a bit dehydrated. Interval training while detoxing probably isn’t the best idea in the world. Tomorrow I’ve got to run 3 miles, so I’ll see how that goes.

11.11am

Forget what I just said about not wanting hot chocolate. I’ll be strong though and have a cup of Choco Yogi Tea instead.

12.00pm

I’ve just had the results in for my Open University Creative Writing course (which I sporadically blog about here). A Grade 2 pass, yippee! Just what I wanted (well, obviously, I’d have liked a distinction but that was never going to happen as I’d only had one assignment in that grade).

So, for my celebratory lunch, I’ll be having a Dreamy Detox?

Bah. Can I stick a vodka in it?

The Dreamy Detox consists of 2 apples, 1 slice of lemon, 1 inch slice cucumber, 1 stick celery (if you didn’t forget to buy any), 1 inch piece fresh ginger which is all juiced then blended with ice.

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Doesn’t make much, does it? It’s really nice and refreshing though and makes a change from red liquid.

I’ll be making this one again, for sure. Yum.

I’m supposed to be making the H2O Detox between lunch and dinner but I’m going to do without it and just wait for dinner. I can’t be bothered to drink a litre of very weakly flavoured red coloured water and will just stick to plain water.

19.21pm

Just had dinner of Beyond Detox. I blended the avocado properly this time but I’m still not keen. I’m supposed to be having it for lunch tomorrow, but don’t think I can face it.

That’s day two over with. Just one more left.

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Jason Vale’s 3 day detox – Day one

As my diet lately has consisted mostly of pizza, alcohol, crisps and chocolate, I thought I’d take drastic measures and go on Jason Vale’s 7lbs in 7 Days Super Juice Diet.

I read the book in one sitting, ordered a juicer and a blender and then decided 7 days was too long to go without eating anything and as my juicer came with a free copy of Juice Master Keeping It Simple, I thought I’d do the 3 day detox that’s in there instead.

This involves consuming, in liquid form, the following fruit and veg over three days:

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That’s 3 carrots, 22 apples, 3 lemons, 1 yellow bell pepper, 1 1/2 cucumber, 3 celery sticks, 3 broccoli stems, 1 large beetroot, 2 pieces ginger, small handful parsley, 2 avocados, 1/4 cup blackberries, 1/4 cup blueberries, 1 medium pineapple, 1lb spinach, 3 1/2 litres water, 1 tub natural live yoghurt.

Celery got missed off my shopping list and I did buy beetroot but forgot to take it out of the cupboard to include in the photo and only remembered after I’d put everything else back. The only thing I’m not looking forward to is the avocado. I hate avocados. Bleurgh. But I don’t want to leave them out because they are very good for you and I’ve got to get some calories from somewhere.

Jason Vale reckons that in three days, I’ll have a flatter stomach (not that I’m overweight; I’m 5′ 6″ and weighed in at 9st 6 and 3/4 this morning, but I would like to lose half a stone although obviously I’m not expecting to lose weight in three days), a better mental state and I won’t want to eat so much crap. Yay. He also says to not watch any TV for three days as it’s a mind polluter but that’s just bollocks so I’m going to ignore that bit.

Each day starts with a cup of hot water with a slice of lemon. This doesn’t bother me in the slightest as I gave up ‘normal’ tea a few years ago and had lemon and water then.

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Don’t you just love my cow mug ? I’ve got a pig mug too.

Then breakfast, lunch, linner (a horrible word Jason’s made up meaning in between lunch and dinner), and evening ‘meal’ is a juice or smoothie.

Day one’s breakfast is the Detox Special:

This contains 2 apples, 1 carrot, 1 slice lemon, 1/4 yellow bell pepper, 1 inch slice cucumber, 1/4 piece celery (if you don’t forget to buy it, like I did), 1 inch broccoli stem, 1 inch slice raw beetroot, ice.

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I usually have a banana smoothie for breakfast, so a juice won’t be too much of a change. Everything gets juiced, then ice is added afterwards (or crush it in a blender). Due to the beetroot, this turns out a gorgeous crimson colour

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and it tastes good too – kind of like creamy apple juice – which is handy as it’s also going to be today’s lunch.

12:45pm

I’m back from the gym and feeling peckish. It’s lunchtime and what I’d really like is a cheese sandwich (although I don’t usually have sandwiches for lunch; I usually have soup in the winter and salad in the summer and I probably want a sandwich now because I can’t have one) but I’ve got to have the Detox Special again. I’m quite surprised I’ve got to have the same juice twice in a row but it’s the only time during the three days anything’s repeated in the same day.

In between lunch and dinner, I have to drink the H2O Detox which is 1 inch beetroot, 1/2 an apple, 1 inch slice pineapple, 1 inch slice lemon and 3/4 litre of water. Jason Vale reckons it’s lighter than a juice but more filling than water. I hope so, as I’ve just had ‘lunch’ and I’m still hungry.

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I used tap water and it’s a bit weird, although not unpleasant, kind of like very weak pineapple flavoured water. I think sparkling water would work better.

I’m getting a bit bored of drinking red liquid and my hands are very dry after washing the juicer three times already today.

6.30pm

It’s taken me all afternoon to drink the H2O Detox and I’m hungry and it is dinnertime but I decide to wait a while to have my ‘dinner’ and have a cup of Yogi tea instead. I think I’m allowed to drink herbal tea aren’t I?

Meanwhile, The Meat Eater’s taking advantage of the fact that I’m not cooking anything for three days and barbecues himself a steak.

About an hour later, I give in to my stomach which is rumbling noisily and make Beyond Detox. This contains 3 apples, 1 large handful of spinach, 1 inch of beetroot, 1 inch slice cucumber, parsley which is all juiced, then blended in a blender with avocado and ice.

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I’m not looking forward to trying this as I hate avocado, and spinach juice doesn’t sound particularly appetising, but it’s quite nice and actually tastes like banana. Unfortunately, I didn’t blend the avocado properly and so have to eat lumps of avocado and it takes me about 30 minutes to finish my dinner but it’s certainly very filling. It’s just as well it tasted ok, as I’ve got to have it another two times.

So, that’s day one done and I’ve survived so far. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s breakfast which is a blueberry and blackberry smoothie.

I could do with a pizza though.

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