Tag Archives: Vegetarian

Bottled Green Juices, Green Smoothies and Kombucha Tea

2 Apr

We’ve been in Arizona for 5 days now visiting my awesomely cool aunt and uncle. I thought it would be easy to (mostly) avoid the Standard American Diet (SAD diet) but it has definitely been a struggle. We brought some of our own snacks such as dried apricots and trail mix. We’ve also been eating bananas, carrots, apples, strawberries and pistachios. But I am really craving my green juice. Because we don’t have access to a juicer, we went to the local grocery store to see if they sell any kind of healthy bottled juices. And, when I say juice, I do not mean Mott’s apple juice. I want ‘green juice’. We bought a variety of different brands and flavors. The GT brand contains kombucha which I’ve never drank before. Kombucha is a fermented tea, which would explain the fizzy-carbonated aspect to these drinks. The brand also claims it is a ‘raw food’, however, I don’t easily believe everything I read (remember agave honey was suppose to be ‘raw’ too)!

Not all of the drinks below were green juices, some are green smoothies, and others we were just curious to try. Why not. I’m not convinced yet I like the kombucha, but I’m not ready to write it off either. Below, is my evaluation of these products.

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1) Naked- Green Machine  – very tasty, even my aunt liked it, each serving is 140 calories, contains a variety of fruits and greens.

2) GT’s Kombucha- Gingerade-tastes like fizzy, fresh gingerade. Delicious.

3) GT’s Synergy – Grape Chia– great flavor, however, texture reminds me of an oyster. A fizzy grape flavored oyster?

The chia seeds become gel-like when introduced to water, so this is a ‘thick’ drink, the seeds are still slightly crunchy. This was my aunt’s least favorite but kudos for her for even trying it.

4) GT’s Kombucha- Multi-Green Juice – a fizzy green drink, very bland flavor, easily my least favorite.

5) Odwalla-  Green Smoothie- 190 calories per serving, very tasty, but if I have a choice, then I would choose the Naked brand due to less calories.

6) Evolution- Green juice- Sweet greens and lemon- The celery, cucumber and parsley were easily distinguishable. It wasn’t great but it wasn’t horrible either. This will probably be my first choice for green juice when traveling unless I find something better.

I think most people would agree they tend to eat differently when traveling. It’s difficult to stay on track when there are so many options and temptations. I say just try your best and when (not if) you stray, don’t beat yourself up.  The next time we travel, we now know we have more options.

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Mexican Fudge

31 Mar

We’re currently visiting relatives in Tucson for some much needed R&R. I usually do not post recipes I haven’t personally eaten and enjoyed but my aunt swears by this recipe. She is a ‘five ingredients or less’ kind of cook.

This is definitely not my typical concoction, but hey, it has calcium, protein, vitamin B12, and Vitamin C so it can’t be too bad, right? 🙂

Recipe

2  80z shredded cheddar cheese

2  8oz shredded Monteray Jack cheese

4 oz diced green chile

3 eggs, beaten

Mix ingredients together and pour into an 8×8 glass pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Slice and serve.

Shrek Juice, a day in my life….

24 Mar

I get a lot of these looks drinking my ‘Shrek juice’ in the morning.

Gross! Disgusting! Ewwwwww, what are you drinking!

Excuse me, I say, this is my breakfast. I like to drink my multivitamin, thank you very much!

People are either really intrigued by my food choices or they want absolutely no part of it. Sadly, I’ve noticed it’s usually the unhappy and unhealthy people who keep turning up their noses at me. But simple human curiosity usually prevails, and some wonderful and thought provoking conversations commence around the water cooler.

This is what a typical day in my life looks like:

Shrek Juice recipe, juicer required

1 apple

1 zucchini

1 cup bok choy

1 cup celery

1 cup kale

ginger and freshly squeezed lemon juice

……..followed by

2 juiced oranges (or grapefruit) citrus juicer required

then,  a Green Smoothie, blender required

1 1/2 frz banana

1 tbsp cacao powder

1 tbsp chia seed

cinnamon

1 cup almond milk

1 cup spinach

I typically snack on an apple and 1 cup of baby carrots at some point during the day.

For lunch….

1 cup refried pinto beans with a dollop of sour cream and homemade salsa, with nutritional yeast sprinkled on top.

For dinner

1 bunch of asparagus, with lemon juiced squeezed on top, a generous helping of Mrs Dash and paprika, dipped in low fat ranch dressing.

Now, I usually do not count calories, but for today, I want to show how a person eating a (mostly) vegetarian diet can meet their recommended Daily Allowance (RDA).

5 fruits, 11 servings of vegetables

Calories    1500

Protein      54        (for  my size and weight, I need 47 gm)

Calcium     1270

Iron            20

Folate         975

I easily meet all my nutritional needs.