Monday, February 24, 2014

Raw Food Recipes Menu February 23, 2014: Sweet and Savory Juices




“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”
~ Thomas Jefferson

I'm on day 12 of a 30 day juice fast/feast. I've resisted juicing all along because it seemed like it would be so expensive. The truth is, it IS expensive. Most days I'm staying at $10 a day or less, but not all (this day goes slightly over). That said, I feel amazing. I've lost weight, my skin is like baby skin, my physical and mental energy seems boundless, and I've been making excellent progress at the gym. I'll be sticking with this for at least 30 days total and am pretty excited to see what happens :)

I'm not hungry at all, and I make a huge batch of mixed juice and drink it all day long. But that can get boring. Here are some tasty combinations that have made juicing even more interesting for me. You can add any of these juices to a regular or juicing menu, or do it for the full day.


Breakfast
Beet & Lemon Super Juice
$1.65 per serving ~ makes one serving




This is amazing first thing in the morning. I didn't peel the lemon and just cut a hunk off and threw it in with the beets.

ingredients
  • 2 beets ($1.00)
  • 1 apple ($.50)
  • 1/4 lemon ($.15)

instructions
  1. Process all ingredients through a juicer.


Lunch
Watermelon Tomato Gazpacho Juice
$3.40 per serving ~ makes one serving



OMG, this is my all-time favorite juice. It's spicy, savory, and can be served with optional salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.

ingredients
  • 1/2 small watermelon ($2.00)
  • 2 tomatoes ($1.00)
  • 3 stalks celery ($.15)
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper ($.10)
  • 1/2 small yellow onion ($.05)
  • 1/4 lime, unpeeled if organic ($.10)
  • 2 cloves garlic 
  • salt (optional)
  • black pepper (optional)
  • crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

instructions
  1. Process all ingredients through a juicer. 
  2. Add salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes as desired.


Dinner
Pineapple Cucumber Juice
$3.25 per serving ~ makes one serving




This is another spicy juice and I love it!

  • 1/2 pineapple, with most of peel cut off ($2.00)
  • 2 cucumbers ($1.00)
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper ($.10)
  • 1/2 small yellow onion ($.05)
  • 1/4 lime, unpeeled if organic ($.10)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • salt (optional) 
  • black pepper (optional)
  • crushed red pepper flakes (optional) 
instructions
  1. Process all ingredients through a juicer. 
  2. Add salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes as desired.

Dessert
Coconut Orange Chocolate Drink
$2.30 per serving ~ makes one serving




I no longer crave things like this every day as I get farther along in this juice fast, but every once in a while a chocolate treat really hits the spot. Yes, I realize cocao powder isn't a juice (it's an imperfect world), but everyone is different and this is what I've allowed myself.

ingredients
  • 1 cup coconut water ($1.00)
  • 1 cup orange juice ($1.00)
  • 3 tablespoons cacao powder ($.30)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 3 droppers stevia 
  • 10 ice cubes

instructions
  1. Process all ingredients in a blender until very smooth and creamy.


Super Salad with Balsamic Tahini Dressing
$4.00 per serving ~ makes 1 serving
 



Not everyone is juicing, so when lunching with a friend on Sunday, I made this salad. It was an amazing salad, too, I can't wait to have one! Salads are the only thing I'm craving so far!

ingredients

salad
  • 1 head green leaf lettuce ($1.70)
  • 1 carrot ($.05)
  • 1/2 cucumber ($.25)
  • 1 tomato ($.50)
  • 1/4 onion, sliced 

dressing
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar ($.30)
  • 3 tablespoons tahini ($.60)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos (agave or maple syrup works well, too) ($.60)
  • 1teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
instructions
  1. Assemble salad
  2. Whisk together the dressing ingredients and pour over salad. 


Total Cost for the Day (Juice Only): $10.60
 

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