Down at the market

Today was produce day.

groceries

There is this great produce market a few blocks away from my condo. They have the best prices and most of the produce is local. Since going to my 80/20 plan, I needed to stock up so I can have a few choices for all of my meals. I must admit, I can go a little crazy when it comes to produce. I will buy everything in site while thinking of a million things to create and eat. The bad side to that is I only have so many hours in a day to eat it. I hate wasting produce… but I seem to “forget” about a few items each and every time. They are usually hiding in the back of the fridge and are in a sad, soggy, inedible state. So now, I am only buying a few fruits to have on hand, besides my staples, and vegetables that I know I will be eating within a few days. I am more of a veggie girl than a fruit girl. Always have been. But now that I am juicing more I want to start experimenting with fruit mixtures.

fruit

veggies

Breakfast:

1 cup of coffee then switched to green tea. I was sipping on it while talking to Ashley. I love the taste of green tea but it always seems to make me nauseas. It seems like it is very hard on my stomach, especially if I have not eaten. I made myself a half of a whole wheat bagel with strawberry preserves to help combat the sickness. I also snacked on some cut of fruit I had in the fridge mid morning.

Lunch:

salad1

A raw salad – mixed greens + beets + red bell pepper + carrots + cauliflower + avocado + spritz of lemon + homemade dressing.

Dressing

  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 1 clove garlic, juiced
  • salt/pepper
  • tablespoon almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • squeeze of lemon
  • dash of cayenne

I put it in a small glass jar with a lid and shook it up to mix. It was spicy and sweet at the same time. I only drizzled a little bit on my salad as I don’t like to mask the flavor of the veggies. This dressing should last through 3-5 salads.

salad3

Afternoon Snack:

juice2

juice3

juice

I will be posting more juice recipes and combinations. My mom just received a juicer for her birthday and she asked me what combinations I suggested. I am still fairly new to juicing, too. I tend to like the sweeter juice combinations with apples, oranges and beets. I will be posting recipes as I create them, both fruit and vegetable juice.

I have a few questions for those that juice on a regular basis:

  • How do you prevent foam? Is this wasting the juice?
  • What are some of your favorite combinations or resources for juicing.

I am also looking into what I can do with the pulp. I don’t have a dehydrator yet so I think I will start freezing it for a later use.

Dinner:

I snacked on a cucumber and hummus while I made a batch of vegetable chili for tomorrow. I forgot how full you can feel after eating a cucumber – lot’s of water!

Thoughts…

I am loving this new transformation and I am eager to create more raw recipes. I haven’t been this excited about food for a very long time. I am working on my blog full time now, revamping, getting new ideas and excited for some changes in the future.

I have some great posts to write this week, too. An interview and a giveaway from a very famous vegan cookbook author… announcing a partnership with a local women’s health event and a local restaurant review.

If you would like to leave a comment or ask a question, simply click on the title above and scroll down to the comment box.

tasha

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