Cheeseless Tuna Casserole Bake

PicsArt_1375005269528Tuna Casserole Bake 

  • 25g organic butter
  • 3/4 cup of Gluten Free plain flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon English mustard
  • 1 tbsp of Mayonnaise
  • cayenne pepper to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 pack of gluten free macaroni
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • Frozen peas(Half a packet)
  • 2 cups of mushrooms

Preheat oven to 180-200 degrees

To make white sauce:

In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt butter, and stir in flour.

Gradually whisk in milk, and increase heat to medium. As the mixture thickens, whisk in English mustard, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Continue whisking until a thick sauce has formed, being careful not to allow the mixture to boil

Then add in Mayonnaise and stir in

Turn off heat and allow to cool whilst you complete next steps.

To make Bake:

 Grease a shallow baking dish

Mix in drained tuna, mushroom, onions & thawed peas in large bowl

Then pour in pasta and mix well

Then pour sauce and stir in well

Pour mixture into greased shallow baking dish and spread evenly

Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes until slightly browned on top.

 

I was so proud of not using cheese in this recipe that I thought I could say it was dairy free, but fact of the matter is that there is still milk & butter.

One step at time :)

This was so delicious!

When you look at pic, it looks like I put cheese but didn’t.

It even tasted like there was cheese(probably because of mix of flour & butter)

I am totally adopting this recipe as the  replacement for my cheese tuna bakes..got two thumbs up from the family :)

Get on it! :)

 

 

 

 

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Creamy Spinach Soup

PicsArt_1375093559209Creamy Spinach Soup 

Another great Beyond the peel inspired recipe I dove into today.

So far only had a taste as I made it for lunches for next few days..

The instructions to this recipe is via this video, but I have  given you my own here as well as I have made it my own as well

It looked delicious in the picture and  looked simple..and it was..so simple

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin(I had cumin seed, which I crushed with pestle)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth(didn’t make my own, did used stock cubes for this, not the healthiest of options, but all I had to use)
  • 1 ½ cups organic coconut cream(or one can)
  • 8 cups fresh spinach(recipe calls for organic, if you have it)
  • salt to taste (depends how salty the broth is, I used ¾ tsp salt)

Heat olive oil in medium size pan

Sautee onions for 3 minutes(until translucent)

Add in garlic & cumin and keep stirring in

Add spinach and stir in with onions, garlic & cumin

Cover and allow to wilt for about 2 mins

Uncover and stir  a little more, adding vegetable broth and stirring in until nicely mixed and spinach wilted in broth.

Once done, take mix and pour in blender to blend to a puree(or use hand mixer like in video if you have it)

Pour puree mix back into pot and back on low fire

Add in Organic Lite Coconut cream and stir in for a minute or so…or until it thickens.

And

Voila!

Optional and fun substitutions for spinach:

2 cups of roasted squash and 2 Tbsp of curry powder, garnish with cilantro and chopped green onions
4 cups of cauliflower and 1/2 tsp cardamom, garnish with cashews
2 cups mashed sweet potatoes, 1 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp chili powder and 1 Tbsp lemon juice (add lemon juice at the end)

Yogurt Cilantro Sauce
1/4 cup Greek yogurt (DF: reserve a 1/4 cup of coconut milk from the recipe above and use it here)
2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
salt and pepper to taste
Finely chop the cilantro and mix with yogurt. Season with salt and pepper. Use as a garnish to the Coconut Spinach Soup.

A beautiful soup made in minutes!

So amazingly easy to make :)

No excuses.

Get on this :)

Thanks again to Beyond the Peel for such awesome easy recipes to follow :)

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Cauliflower Couscous Cakes

PicsArt_1374989786052Cauliflower Couscous Cakes

3 per person, makes 21 cakes or serves 7

With thanks to inspiration from Beyond the peel’s original recipe with Quinoa

  • 1 cup cooked couscous(1 cup raw)
  • 1/2 head of cauliflower florets (1 large head) or 4 cups riced cauliflower
  • 2 cups spinach, finely chopped
  • 1 cup chopped parsley
  • 5 free range eggs
  • 1 finely diced onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp gluten free plain flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp fresh ground pepper

Put 1 cup of couscous in bowl and pour boiled water just covering the couscous.

Cover for 5 minutes.

Remove cover, stir and Allow to cool.

Meanwhile, place the cauliflower in a food processor. Process until the cauliflower is in rice sized pieces. You’ll need 4 cups. If the cauliflower is wet, place over a fine mesh sieve and allow any liquid to drip out.

Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl until combined. Cover and set aside in the fridge for 30 minutes.

In a large frying pan over medium high heat, heat a 1 Tbsp of olive oil, coconut oil

Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup. Scoop out the mixture. Pack firmly using your hand to create a firm little puck. Flip the cup upside down into the pan (you should get a neat little puck in the pan).  Squish the puck using the back of a spatula.

Allow to cook for 5 minutes until golden brown. Gently flip. Cook until cooked through and golden brown on both sides.

The oven: Alternate method. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Repeat making the pucks and squishing. Bake at 180 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until cooked through.

 Serve with your Roasted Pepper and Tomato Sauce that follows and greens.

IMG_20130728_150353Roasted Pepper and Tomato Sauce

  • 1/2 fresh pepper
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped & squeeze out pips
  • 1 small diced onion
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  •  2 tsp agave or honey
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp sweet smoked paprika

Briefly cook onion, cherry tomatoes & capsicum in fry pan.

Place all the ingredients in a blender. Puree until smooth. Make sure the tomatoes are well strained to avoid a runny sauce.

Serve at room temperature. In the winter, this sauce can be heated up in a sauce pan and served hot.

Note: If you do not handle raw onions well, place the puree in a pan and cook for 5-10 minutes. Add a couple tbsp of water if it becomes too thick.

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Truth Shake

IMG_20130723_181125Truth Shake

The Fully Raw Blueberry Milkshake! (Dairy-Free)

This is a recipe I’ve had on my blog for a while, but I am renaming it as an amazing yummy Shake for your Throat Chakra.

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Ingredients:

  • 2-3 Cups Almonds Soaked Overnight and Strained
  • Water of 1-2 Coconuts (make it super hydrating, electrolyte filled & sweet)
  • 2-3 Cups of Blueberries or Strawberries
  • Half a Cup Pitted Dates
  • Cinnamon
  • Dash of Nutmeg

Directions:

  1. Soak your almonds overnight or for 7-8 hours.
  2. Rinse and strain the nuts.
  3. Place them in a bowl with your coconut water. (For this instance, I only had one coconut, and used filtered water as well)
  4. Run the nuts with the water through an Omega Juicer or a Breville JS600 with a ladle.
  5. You can also blend the nuts with coconut water in a blender and strain with a nut-milk bag.
  6. Strain your nut-milk after you run it through the juicer for extra smoothness.
  7. After you create your nut-milk, blend it with your other ingredients (blueberries, dates, cinnamon, and nutmeg)

I also added the coconut meat in the blender which gave it extra creaminess :)

Pour and enjoy!

I absolutely love and adore FullyRaw  Kristina.

She is an immense inspiration to me.

IMG_20130727_131021Although I have not been able to adopt the fully raw lifestyle as she has, she certainly inspired me in many ways to adopt many of the aspects to integrate with my own.

This beautiful Blueberry Milkshake was just simply divine….amazingly divine!

I usually make my nut milk with just water in a blender. I loved being able to do this through the Breville JS600 today…so much cleaner and easier I felt.

Plus putting it through with the coconut water made it soooo deliciously creamy!

When I watched  her video, I was salivating..and with good reason, as it was definitely to die for!!!

Love it love it!

So So simple to make!

I highly recommend it to you all :)

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Passie’s version of JM’s Sweet Beet Smoothie

Sweet Beet Smoothie

 Ingredients:

  • 1 small Beetroot or half a large Beetroot
  • 2 Carrots
  • 1 green Apple
  • 1 cup of strawberries & Blueberries(originally with blackberries)
  • 2 ice cubes(or crushed ice)

Instructions:

  1. Juice apple, beetroot & carrots
  2. Put strawberries & blueberries in blender, pour over juice and blend
  3. Serve in tall glass or wine glass over ice
Not only is beetroot great for boosting stamina and making muscles work harder, it also contains potassium, magnesium and iron as well as vitamins A, B6 and C, and folic acid.
 
Beets also contain carbohydrates, protein, powerful antioxidants and soluble fibre. What’s more, just three baby beetroot equal one of your recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
 
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Pas’ version of JM’s Pear & Parsnip Juice

Pear & Parsnip Juice

 Ingredients:

  • Mint bunch
  • 1 Lime(peeled)
  • 2 Pears
  • 1 green Apple
  • 1 Parsnip
  • 2 ice cubes(or crushed ice)

Instructions:

  1. Juice Apples, mint, lime,parsnip then pears
  2. Serve in tall glass or wine glass over ice
Parsnips contain a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and nutrients, including dietary fibre, folate, potassium and vitamin C.
Parsnips belong to the same plant family as celery, parsley and carrots.
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My daughter – An Angel of Forgiveness

Something happened a couple of days ago that I am not very proud of how I reacted.

It brought out feelings and issues that I thought I had dealt with but as we all know, there’s always new layers to re-emerge for healing.

I won’t go into the incident but it did involve my 3 year old daughter.

With the massive planet alignments, super moon, and massive changes going on lately – it was evident how much it was affecting my daughter and I  – both being extremely sensitive to not only our environment but everything occurring on a cellular level too.

This incident sticks out the most for me but the truth is that my daughter is my Angel of Forgiveness

No matter how much I yell at her and tell her off(mostly within good reason), she always comes to me and gives me a hug or wants a hug, seconds after I have told her off.

This Angel has been my strength since she and I agreed to be each other’s soul support on this earth.

Since I was pregnant with her, she showed me the path to how much strength I have.

The decision to bring a feminine energy in my life, in my home, in my being – ignited my own feminine energy..which without realising, I had buried under all the male energies so that I didn’t have to face them.

Because facing them would mean facing things that I have been running from most of my life(that’s a future blog in itself!)

At the same time, Anjalia is going through her own healing and growth that she’s come here to experience and work through – and when I reflect on this, I feel so honoured that she chose me to help her with this part of her journey.

With the energy of love and compassion that she’s made sure I receive, it opened the door to self-forgiveness. Not only about this particular incident, but of so many others aspects that I need to exercise love and compassion for myself.

It really is like a veil has lifted and I can now see clearer.

And my Angel of Forgiveness is happy with what she has achieved with the smiles she has been given me for almost 2 days now :)

Meanwhile, on this journey of ours so far, she has shown me so much strength, through her own that she demonstrates everyday, but she also helped connect me to my own strength when we were physically connected(pregnant).

Recently, a veil lifted and I see that she is my Angel of Forgiveness.

The unconditional love she pours over me and surrounds me with can’t be put into words!

The compassion is beyond what I have ever experienced before.

So much love, compassion and forgiveness in her eyes, pouring out from her soul.

And since yesterday, because she’s on the other side of all the changes and alignments – the affection that beams from all that she’s embodied with, is…I don’t have  a word that justifies it…really…amazing is not enough. Only one I can think of is stupendously enlightening.

I am so grateful for her and I am so lucky that she’s in my life.

The journey that she’s leading me on is amazingly loving!

{p.s – my sons are equally as amazing…guiding me and instilling growth in me in so many other ways – a lot more grounding, which we all need!!! If it wasn’t for all that we have experienced together, the evolution would not have taken place to where we stand now :)

 

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There is more to life than increasing its speed

In the journey that I have embarked on in the last 5 weeks with training for a fun run and Juice Detox, the biggest reflection and experience has been about:

Enjoying the moment

Enjoying the journey

The more we try to rush to the end, the less the end result means to you.

Every moment, the good, the bad, the mediocre, the amazing, the sadness, the happiness, etc..all make up the journey.

EVERY single small achievement, builds up towards the biggest achievement!

Even if we didn’t set out to achieve what we were aiming for, how about taking a step back and reflecting on how far we’ve come in that process.

How much we’ve grown

How much we’ve learnt.

The process is not about the result, but ALWAYS about the journey it takes to get there.

The result is the reward.

The success is the reward.

And yes, even the failure is the reward.

Why?

Because it has helped you to grow.

Opened another layer of your healing.

Made more room for growth

Were you willing to accept it as it was or did you allow your ego to take over and control your emotions?

Take back control! :)

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Run Melbourne: 1st Fun Run

On Sunday 21st of July 2013, I participated in my first ever fun run with Run Melbourne.

It took 5 short weeks of training to run the 5kms.

WOW, was this a massive journey to get there.

I feel like so many good things came out of the journey to get there as well as so many learnings from the not so good things!

It was initially a journey that my hubby and I embarked on together. Waking up at 6.15am every morning!

I was so proud of my hubby for doing just that because I know just getting up was a massive achievement for him.

And then keeping up with me(me being fit due to working out everyday, and hubby not having done anything for quite a while before this point)!

It was a journey of togetherness.

A journey of  praise

A journey of little successes everyday

A journey of many learnings from failures

A journey of life reflections through this exercise

What was happening in our training as a couple and individually was truly a reflection of our lives.

How we react to life.

How we play the game.

Alas after 3 weeks of training, hubby had to pull out of the race as injury to his knee was becoming too much to go on.

This in itself brought up so much stuff for us both to have to face – not only individually but also as  a couple!

As you know from my previous posts, I then had to keep going on my own and that was a whole new challenge for me as well!

I mourned not having hubby there.

I was sad

Depressed even at some stage.

But I had to go on.

Had to find ways to keep going and keep pushing through, no matter what.

Keep going not just for me, but for the both of us.

Eventually it got a lot easier but I didn’t stop missing him by my side.

But it was necessary for me to get my head in the game to meet my goal of 5kms run

Eventually, I met this and did it in 30 minutes and got a personal best last week sometime too(on this post)

It was such a soul searching, mind bending journey – as well as the physical aspects(which were more positive than negative)

In the last week of training,  I started the juicing detox – which I am sure is not recommended by professionals. I am not a professional, so please understand that I did this according to what I felt was right for me. For me it helped me to be more focused, a lot lighter and ensured that my body was getting all the nutrients it needed to build up my strength for the Sunday fun run.

Come Sunday, I was full of adrenalin and anxiety.

It was an odd kind of feeling.

Didn’t know how to deal with it all and this unfortunately reflected on my family with my mood swings.

Needed to find a way to balance it out and was guided to carry a Rose Quartz close to my heart from that morning and throughout that day(and throughout the race). Helped me IMMENSELY!!Eventually I was so much calmer and balanced.

My hubby & kids drove me to Federation Square in Melbourne City, where the event was being held. It was so nice to have them all there as support. It meant the world to me.

When I was lining up to get started, I felt so elated with gratitude and so much sense of achievement for being there.

I captured the feeling of that moment, as the moment I have finally achieved from all the hard work that I put in.

Even though the run had not started yet..it didn’t matter, because I knew it was done. It was just a matter of going through the experience. The process.

I loved the rush of running with other people who were looking to achieve their personal best.

That energy was so amazing.

The track that we had was so much easier than the one that I was doing at home every week. As where I live has so many hills, often. This track had one hill and another slight  one at some stage..and that’s it! The rest was flats and down hills. So much easier.. So I was able to focus my attention more on pace..momentum.

It was a little challenging at times to weave through people who were not running at the same pace or those who were just walking. Especially when the track did narrow quite a bit in some places but I got through it.

I was also grateful that I wasn’t really familiar with the track as I was able to be in the moment and not think of how much further I have to go. I was aware of when we reached the 2km mark and the 2.5km mark – as that was an opportunity for water(Which I felt I needed – grabbed a cup, took two sips, and put the cup back down, all whilst still jogging along..hehe).

The music along the way also helped to restore energy and pumped me up to a faster pace for a while – until I felt I needed to pace myself a little more to last the distance.

Near the end, I hear a lady saying to her son, “Only about 500m to go!”

I was like “WOOOHOOOO!!”

Automatically, my legs just picked up pace for the next 150m or so..then slowed a little more.

Until I saw the Finish line…

Then I think it was the adrenaline rush that took over as well as everyone around me picking up their pace…

I found myself sprinting the last 200m  to the finish line!

At the same time, I was trying to see if  I could see my family at the finish line…but had to dismiss that so that I could keep going and come close to meeting my goal!

certificate32050I was really happy to see this result – when my family and I finally found each other after the race(lol, that was a little challenge adventure all on its own!)

I did a lot better than I thought I did, despite all the weaving and sometimes slow jogging, stopping for water etc..along the way.

By the way, this place was among 11,ooo runners/walkers!

It was an amazing experience.

One that I will never forget.

One that I look forward to experiencing again!

Next challenge, a 10km fun run.

After I have mastered this 5km one a bit more – time wise :)

I felt like I wanted to cry afterwards.

From pure joy and sense of achievement.

I finally understand how those athletes in the Olympics feel after  they’ve achieved their goal!

After all the massive amounts of time and energy that they put into it all.

If it felt this elating to me…imagine theirs!!

Truly a phenomenal rush!

Upon reflection of this whole experience though, this quote is entirely relevant:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Big Summer Juice Detox – Day 7

DAY 7

I made it to the last official day – DAY 7!!!

I won’t say it was easy..coz it wasn’t with virus and all.

But as I mentioned before, I am sure that being on the detox has helped me to recover a lot faster than I would have otherwise :)

Started the day with a great result in my run training this morning – 5.2kms in  30mins – a personal best!

It was a challenge even today because of my congested chest but with some help from the heavens,  I made it through. And I made it through better than I thought I would.

It’s like my hubby said to  me this morning, if this is what I am achieving not at my best, imagine what I can achieve at my best!!!

Meanwhile, I wish to share my decision to keep going on this journey.

I have made a final decision to join the Super size me journey – which is meant to be nothing but juice for the next 3 weeks…but I am not going to be as stringent as I have been this week…taking it more in my stride but still juicing at least 5 times a week.

After I had made this decision tonight, I found myself a little anxious because I felt like I don’t really have  plan, especially for the weekend.

Eventually got my head around it and I know exactly what to do until Monday, when I will go on the 5 day juicing which I did at the beginning of the year for the Big Spring clean with Jason Vale. And do the weaning during the weekend – where I juice for the day and eat a lite uncooked meal for dinner.

We will see how that goes, and I won’t be blogging about this everyday as I have been doing this week. 

I will report every week instead :)

PicsArt_1374216513864 (1)Today was market day as I mentioned in yesterday’s post and I believe I am all stocked up and ready to put next week in to action.

I was seriously stuffed after the run, taking boys to school and then shopping afterwards.

By the time I was home, the couch and I were like glue…as well as with hubby – who stayed home today, recovering from virus.

Today, I found myself quite hungry by the afternoon.

It could be because of the run, I am not sure.

But it was really annoying!

So much so that when the kids had banana bread when they got home from school..the smell was absolutely taking over my senses. I needed to kill it before I ended up eating a slice of it.

I thought, well maybe I am just feeling like I need to chew on food. So I had a couple of almonds, cashews, walnuts & brazil nuts. I chewed on them very slowly along with a large cup of peppermint tea. It definitely helped me to get rid of any craving to eat banana bread.

It actually felt really strange to be chewing again after almost 7 days.

I have once again, amazed myself with my will power and strength to get this far. 

When I got here this morning, I thought I don’t want this to end yet, so why I decided to extend ….but knowing that I don’t cope very well with being stringent for too long..allowing some leeway. This is evident of the fact that it’s not about the result but about the journey. Even though it had its ups and downs…getting through it feel like such an achievement and I feel like I can give more..so whilst the mojo is there – may as well keep it fired up.

This time around was so different from the Big spring clean I did a few months back with Jason Vale. That one was only for 5 days but I had weaned myself off breads, dairy, and sugar before which made it so much easier. This time, it’s taking a little more time for my body to accept what is happening.

It’s like Jason said in the video for yesterday – we can’t expect that in 3 days we will be totally cleansed & detoxed after years of  feeding the body junk food. Not that I have been doing it for years, but it has been a few weeks .. so to be fair, I need to give my body the chance to catch up with all the goodness and nutrients I have been feeding it in the last 7 days.

And now, there’s only :

Well guys, it’s Friday night and I am completely stuffed now and really feel like I need an early night or lie down. Not feeling too insightful tonight – so listening to my body right now and leave you all with this:

 

 

P.S Hopefully this post makes sense, as my eyes were closing on their own whilst trying to get this out on time :)

 

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Big Summer Juice Detox – Day 6

DAY 6

I wanted to start off this blog entry by saying…that everything that is passing out of my body atm..is GREEN!!

Even my pee has a tinge of green in it! lol

I joked about it a couple of blogs ago, but it’s actually happening.

Anyway, just had to share that  – great ice breaker hehe

Right at this very moment, as I am writing this blog, I am having a new juice in this detox: JM’s Pure Green Super Juice.

More greens!

lol

I am certainly not loving it…and so glad that this is the only day that I have to have it!

Thankfully the orange is helping with the taste.

Just wanted to share that and get that out of the way.

At least this morning’s first 2 juices/smoothies were my most favourite in the whole detox – Passion 4 Juice Master – I was in bliss all morning. But like with life, all good things must come to an end. Now it’s time to rock my taste buds with oooh..so much green! lol

Woke up this morning feeling a lot better than yesterday. Went to bed mighty early last night!

My sore throat has now become a congested chesty cough – which is exactly the same thing that I had when I first started doing the training for run almost 4 weeks ago!

This all goes so much deeper than just detoxing, so will not go into it here.

But I felt good otherwise and even better after I woke up my hubby and he decided to get up and give it a go with Jillian Michael’s body revolution workout this morning!

Even though it has been nearly 2 weeks since he’s been able to do anything..I am so proud of him for getting up again and giving it as much as he could.

It felt sooo good to have my training partner back again :)

Spent the morning with my daughter and then we went to visit some old colleagues of mine for a short visit..which was really great as I hadn’t seen them for a year.

I don’t know why – but at the same time I think I know why – I was a lot more hungry today!

The reason why I said it this way is because I figured it out as I was typing it.lol

PicsArt_1374118845315Today’s juices were a lot cleansing and detoxing juices – and they worked the way they were suppose to work, without getting too graphic! :)

Had my last Boost juice tonight at a channelling course that I am doing locally – it took me an hour to finish it but I got there – yeah, not the best tasting juice as I said, but not worse than Pure Green Super Juice. lol

I am not having as much to say tonight as it’s quite late after I have come back from course and must get some shut-eye to wake up for my last running training session tomorrow before Sunday :)

I am feeling pretty proud of myself for getting this far and  I am seriously considering doing another week but with different recipes – I have to make up my mind as it’s market shopping day tomorrow! Will give myself a little bit of a break over the weekend though and allow some hot soups or something in my diet to break things up again, before continuing with another not so stringent as this week, detox plan :)

I have to say, that this is a lot easier than doing the raw diet at the moment. I know that the raw diet is a way of life and not a temporary detox but I have been able to cope with this a lot more – well at this stage in my life anyway.

Tomorrow’s juices are all green again!

No new recipes!

Can’t believe that I am finished Day 6 and about to enter Day 7…it feels like it has gone quickly and at the same time, not!

Very strange

Okay, just when I am about to sign off, my fingers and my brain take over!

I will leave this here for today and leave you with this message that resonated with me so much today:

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JM’s Boost Juice

Ingredients:IMG_20130718_164606-1
  • 1/2 large pineapple
  • 2 apples
  • 1/4 mug Alfalfa sprouts
  • 1/4 mug Watercress
  • 1/4 mug Parsley
  • 1/4 mug Kale
  • 1/4 mug broccoli
  • 1 ounce shot of wheatgrass juice or 1 tsp of wheatgrass powder(I didn’t have any of this so I used one of the Green Super foods capsule’s powder)
  • 2 ice cubes(or crushed ice)

Instructions:

  1. Pack the alfalfa, watercress, parsley broccoli, kale in tight and juice
  2. Follow by apple & pineapple
  3. Pour in blender and put in Green super Foods or wheatgrass powder  with ice and blend
  4. Serve in tall glass or wine glass
Green juices cleanse the system of toxins and pollutants and can have a rejuvenating effect on the body.
This juice is rich of some of nature’s real super-foods(all greens) which are packed with vitamins, folic acid & iron and bursting with chlorophyll.
This combination helps fight the battle against blood pressure, liver problems & constipation and terrific antioxidant & anti-cancer agent.
Honestly, I didn’t think this tasted the best again..but when you read all the goodness that it offers your body..you just drink it..sip it slowly and let it to work its magic :)
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JM’s Pure Green Super Juice

Passie’s version – Greenila shot

Greenila Shot
Greenila Shot

(after tequila shot)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 medium Cucumber
  • 2 sticks of Celery
  • A small handful of spinach
  • 1 ounce shot of wheatgrass juice or 1 tsp of wheatgrass powder(I didn’t have any of this so I used one of the Green Super foods capsule’s powder)
  • 1 slice of orange
  • 2 ice cubes(or crushed ice)

Instructions:

  1. Juice the celery, cucumber spinach & wheatgrass
  2. Serve in tall glass or wine glass over ice
  3. After each mouthful, take a bite of the orange
Green juices cleanse the system of toxins and pollutants and can have a rejuvenating effect on the body.
This juice is rich in chlorophyll, which helps to rebuild red blood cells , detoxify & purify the blood, and aid immune system function. Also great for keeping your teeth & gums healthy due to the abundance of calcium & vitamin C
Yes, well I am glad to know that it’s doing amazing work for my body because the taste of it was less than desirable!
The above amazingness is the only reason why I put myself through tasting this horrible juice – the orange helps a lot(like having a healthy tequila, sip some juice, bite on orange – reminded me of having tequila shots! hehe)
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Big Summer Juice Detox – Day 5

DAY 5

It’s day 5 and from past experience, I know that I should be feeling amazing today!

But I went to bed with a sore throat and tiredness last night,which I really hoped would be gone by today.

I woke up feeling ok, the itchy throat has travelled to my chest now.

Asked Archangel Michael for the strength to go out for my run and Archangel Raphael for the motivation

I get the courage to go out there.

As I am running, have to keep feeding myself positive thoughts to keep pushing through.

There was a lot of having to pace myself.

By the time I was 4.5kms in, I started to feel a little light-headed. Prayed for motivation and strength.

Just when I thought it was going away, and as I am about to get up the last hill I had to run up, I start to feel somewhat cold all over and realise that if I don’t stop – I may faint. So I follow my intuition and I stop running but keep walking up the hill until the feeling disappears.

Once up the  hill, I start jogging slowly and pick up my pace a little halfway – in my mind clocking 5kms to the  corner of the road is my goal and I know I can do this. That’s all I kept saying to myself:

I CAN DO THIS! 

I CAN DO THIS! 

I CAN DO THIS! 

And I made it

Despite walking up that hill I still made it:  5.14 in 31mins..  .14 walked!

This was all due to my body wanting to shut down because of the cold/flu that I am getting. Nothing to do with the juicing!

In fact, I believe that the juicing is helping me to be better than I would’ve been if I was sick and drowning myself in crappy food.

I just wish that this insight would stay with me when I am not in such a good place physically as I am right now.

For now, as I am writing the first half of this blog, I am resting in bed.

I am listening to what my body needs outside of me pushing it when I need to.

Rest!

Rest!

Rest!

As much as possible before Sunday. I have 1 more day of training this week – being Friday before the Fun Run on Sunday.

Meanwhile I have completely run out of fruits and veggies for the next 3 days of juicing, so I will need to drag myself out of bed earlier to get this organised on the way to picking up the kids :)

On another positive note…I am at Day 5!

YAY!

Feeling good about that.

Despite the cold symptoms.

I wanted a challenge and I am certainly getting one.

Be careful what you ask the universe, as it will provide! he he

A lot of healing going on…a lot of releasing.

When I got into bed earlier, I felt drawn to follow Doreen Virtue’s Past Life Regression meditation for today – feeling like forgiveness in this lifetime and many others are in order for me to get through this and other changes I am looking to make.

Changes that won’t be easy.

Changes that will need a lot of energy!

UBER amounts of ENERGY!

Time will tell if I am up for it…this means a lot of soul-searching.

Once I have come to a conclusion, all will be revealed :)

PicsArt_1373964190776Thank goodness I had the energy to make all my juices last night.

I have to say though..hmmm not a fan of the Super Chute Juice – which I believe I have mentioned before. I did add some pineapple to help it taste a little better – but nope..didn’t really work.lol

I think I am a little sick of that one and glad to see that it’s not on the menu for the next 2 days!

I forgot to mention yesterday that I did feel like giving up in the afternoon.

I was ready to pack it all in and eat!

I felt the same this afternoon.

I would say because I have this cold and just want the comfort of food and hot beverages!

But I didn’t.

Because I knew that I would feel absolutely terrible that I gave up.

I am determined to see this through.

Just like I am determined to do this run on Sunday..even if it rains!!

So healing and praying to get better before then so I have the energy to put into it :)

I went shopping and this afternoon and bought all the fruits & veggies I need for the next 2 days.

Came home, started cutting everything up and placing them in bowls to juice later in the evening.

Even packed the ingredients for day 7 juicing. How organised am I!!!??

I have no idea where the energy came from but I took advantage of it whilst it was there.

Very grateful that it was there :)

Was even able to prepare stuff for dinner..had a rest for 15 mins and came back to complete dinner later.

And then later whizzed them all through the juicer – which by the way I don’t think I have mentioned here on this blog that it’s my own juicer.

Bought a new Breville BJ5600 juicer on Saturday 29th of June after my sister came to reclaim hers.

Hubby helped me with doing some research on the best juicer we can get in the morning, and by the afternoon we were at Harvey Norman purchasing their last one in stock! And it was $200 less than the original price, being end of financial year! We were very happy with that.

I have been very happy with the juicer. There’s definitely a different taste from juicing in the centrifugal juicers. They taste a lot fresher. Greens definitely come out more defined in colour and taste. And I am able to juice the night before, and keeping them in glass jars or bottles, keeps them fresh – not that much of a taste difference from making it fresh!

The only draw back, as with everything – is that it’s a lot more fiddly to clean.

Oh, and when making a few juices at a time, the filter needs to be cleaned/rinsed out after 2 juices before continuing on with the next 2. Otherwise it does get stuck and the juice doesn’t flow through.

Yes, learnt that lesson the hard way!

lol

So this evening I feel a lot better than I did during the first part of today…although still tired and glad that I am staying in for workout in the morning.

And there maybe the bonus that my hubby may join me…his knee is getting better..YAY!! :)

Still feeling a little tired, but as I mentioned before – all to do with this cold/flu – otherwise would have been feeling fantastic.

I am feeling so much lighter, clothes are getting looser.

I have no idea how many kilos I have lost and I am not finding out – no more scales for me!

The fact that I feel better in myself is enough for me.

Tomorrow is Day 6 .. and the decision to make is whether I extend this juicing for another 7 days or another month!

Eek…not sure about the latter…maybe tweaked a little, I can do it.

I have a plan in my head and will see if I am up for it after the 7 days – definitely would like to do some kind of extension of it..just not doing another 7 days of these same juices from this week…that I know for sure!

Meanwhile, this is what I will keep doing:

P.S I think this is my longest post so far on this journey…hehe – ENJOY :)

 

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Big Summer Juice Detox – Day 4

DAY 4

Woke up feeling much better this morning

No headaches, only a slight itchy throat.

And I know this is a little graphic..but I am sharing it anyway…was able to move my bowels today!

So feeling much much lighter after that!hehe

Started day with Jillian Michael’s Body Revolution workout!

Love this workout so much.

It’s only half an hour but I get to put in as much or as little as I wish to get out of it. And yes, I always go for as much as possible! :)

I am currently on Phase 1 Week 3-4 again, as I started it over when my hubby joined me.

I think I have only got up to the last 2 weeks once on this program.

But I tell you what…it never gets any easier..because I push myself more every time!

It’s an amazing program..the best that Jillian has put out there as far as I am concerned :)

Finished this off with a 15 mins meditation before starting my day.

PicsArt_1373883883724Today’s juices are all entirely green.

I think I may turn green.

Everything that comes out of me will be green for sure!lol

There’s a new one thrown in the mix today – Super Detox Juice – honestly, not a big fan of that one! But sipped it slowly this afternoon :)

This morning had a lot of stuff to release…a lot to do with my boys fighting all the time..so they received the mass part of it all with massive lectures – all really called for!

At the same time, my reaction and my delivery could have been a lot better but the fact that I see that is a step. The next is to act the way that I want to. It’s not easy.

It’s like I told them this morning..Life is a constant learning. Nobody stops learning.

We are ALL always looking to be better! No matter how old we are!

Most of the day went really well.

I had a client for an intuitive massage in the morning..so spent most of the morning preparing for that. Because it was someone I knew, we had a little catch up afterwards so she ended up leaving almost a couple of hours after session.

Once she left, I thought I would be all ready to go and finish some stuff on the computer before going to pick up the kids from school. After 10 minutes of getting into what I wanted to complete, an extreme tiredness took over me and I felt that the itchy throat that was starting, had become a little more extreme than it was earlier.

I felt that maybe I should do a little bit of meditation – also as a form of clearing after the massage, in case I picked up anything that was not mine.

I find that Leonie Dawson’s Chakra healing meditation is really great for clearing and cleansing. I go on about Leonie’s stuff because I love it and she’s amazing! She gives such an abundance of information for so many aspects of your life.  Just so you all know that I only highly recommend what is working for me and believe that sharing is caring :)

Anyway, enough of that now!

So I ended up falling asleep in the meditation..as you do when you’re sleepy before going into it.

The afternoon was eventful with being locked out of the house when I was on my way to pick up the boys. Too much of a long story to go into that one!

I was quite tired and lethargic in the afternoon and really had to pick myself up to be able to make juices for next day. Luckily there were a few leftovers in the fridge for the family!

I wouldn’t have had energy for both!

So in the end, I am unsure if the symptoms I am feeling are as a result of a cold that I am getting because of my body’s way of detoxing or for some other reasons, such as hubby being sick and may have caught it off him!

Being Day 4, I should be feeling fantastic!

Maybe this is just the last bout of it…

So now let’s address the question from yesterday’s post, what is my deepest reason for doing this detox? Beyond the physical benefits. How will it help in my body, mind and soul?

Firstly, let me just acknowledge the shallow reasons for doing this detox..because I wouldn’t be honest with myself if I didn’t acknowledge them:

  • fit into my clothes better
  • feel & look better in my clothes and in my physical body
  • feel lighter(helps with 5k training)
  • helping towards getting fitter/toned body
  • clearer skin

The deepest reasons for doing this detox:

  • spiritual feeling – to be more in touch with my higher self(as when I am eating a lot of rubbish, I feel less connected) – this also helps me to pour so much more self love into myself. This is not a form of deprivation but of care for my body, mind and soul in the process
  • healing of many aspects of my life – detoxes help me to look at myself and be more aware of myself on a much deeper level than everyday practice
  • helps me to have a clearer mind – hence then I am able to create more in my business

At this time, this is all I am able to reveal as my reasons – purely because I am tired and can’t give any more energy to this blog entry tonight.

My body and bed are making a love connection at the moment. he he

Yes, that means bedtime! :)

So I will stop for now and leave you with a quote tonight:

“Many are so preoccupied with what others think it defines their existence. When we fixate externally, it keeps us from truly knowing ourselves and our destiny. Most [people] fear looking inward for worry they won’t find greatness, but when you stop allowing others to define your worth, you’ll see—greatness exists in us all, waiting to be
 expressed.”

~Jillian Michaels

I wonder what Day 5 will bring for me to share with you all……

Till tomorrow…

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