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forced juice detox

25 Mar

hi lovelies!
i got another surgery done, yay!
no really, i removed two wisdom teeth, and had to empty my sinuses- fun stuff! in any case, on doctor’s orders i wasn’t allowed any solid food for 10 days, only liquidy foods.
now, for a passionate eater like myself, that sucked bigtime. no steak, no chicken or turkey, no salads and crunchy veggies… but you know what, i decided not to let that get me down, and use it as an incentive to get my juicer down from it’s winter exile on the top kitchen shelf.

the three juicesketeers: juicer, citrus press, blender

the three juicesketeers: juicer, citrus press, blender

lovelies, it was a delicious week. i unleashed my creative juices (puns!) and made up smoothies and juices on a daily basis.
here are my concoctions, with ingredient list:

the getting started
imagecarrot
apple
cucumber
white grape
spinach
beet
raspberry
herbal tea

basically, i just wanted to try everything. first day back home, day 4 of eating liquids, i was sick and tired of water and broth they gave me at the hospital, so i really went for it :)
was delicious, and motivated me for the next day. i have to add though, that the cup i use is 0.5 liter- so im actually drinking at least half a liter of smoothie/juice in the morning, which is enough nutrients to keep me satisfied until the afternoon.

the so good i don’t want to stop

5banana
raspberry
blood orange
apple
carrot
herbal tea

i use both the blender, and the juicer. for bananas, raspberries and other soft ingredients, i like to keep all the fibers and just blend them, with water, almond milk, coconut water, herbal tea or skimmed milk. when i finish juicing the harder ingredients, i just add them to the blender, and give it a last spin, so that it’s nicely mixed.

the exotic pink one

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the smoothie
image3

the mostly veggie
6carrot
celery
lettuce
spinach
white grape
apple

the incredibly yummy
image2
the classic
image4

i got the stitches removed yesterday, and am allowed to start slowly eating solids again. however, it didn’t stop me from having juice today. i’ve gotten pretty used to it, and i wouldn’t want to miss having my delicious vitamin and taste explosion in the mornings!
while i was still recovering, i would have soup in the evening. i used my crock pot to make a delicious, healthy and light chicken rice soup with veggies. i found a recipe for this soup here, but i tweaked it to my needs and liking. i overcooked the rice, so that it pretty much fell apart, and shredded the chicken and veggies to a pulp in the processor. let me tell you, it wasn’t a pretty dish to look at, but it was so delicious! here’s the recipe for my chicken rice soup (of course you dont have to overcook the rice, nor process the chicken):
– 2-3 chicken breast fillets, skinless
– 1 big white onion, chopped
– 2-3 cups of mixed frozen veggies (i used a mix of broccoli, carrots, peas and cauliflower)
– 1 cup of rice (any rice you like)
– 8 cups of water or broth (i used 4 cups of stock and 4 of water- you can use chicken, beef or veggie stock, whichever you prefer)
– herbs
– salt and pepper for seasoning
start by putting half of the veggies in the crock pot, then layer the chicken over it, throw in the herbs, salt and pepper. then add the rice (spread it over the other ingredients),  and add the last layer of veggies over it. add the liquid, making sure everything is covered. cook on medium for 6-8 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours. after about half the time, i like to give it all a stir, and add some more liquid, if i feel the rice absorbed too much.
i had enough to eat from it for 5 days. i’d say it’s about 7-8 generous servings. it tastes amazing when served hot, with some lemon juice drizzled over it

i hope to have motivated you to welcome spring by trying these tasty doses of vitamins, veggies and fruits!
til next time lovelies xxxx

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low-fat wholewheat oat apricot muffins

30 Aug

yesterday i was grabbed by the urge to bake something.  i was also craving apricots for the longest time. so i put the two together. 2 birds one stone thing, you know?

i scoured my fridge for possible ingredients (i like to freestyle when i cook or bake, twist some recipes and personalize them), and found i still had some buttermilk, from when i made red velvet cupcakes for a friend’s birthday party.
so i googled “wholewheat buttermilk apricot muffins”, and was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of recipes and combinations out there. i opened the first 15, and decided to come up with my own.

now, i haven’t tried them yet (i forgot them at home- brain wasn’t awake yet), but i gave a few to my friends who were travelling today, and they told me the muffins were delicious!
i tweaked the recipes i found by using wholewheat and oats instead of regular “white” flour, and brown sugar instead of white. i also added a couple of spoons of apricot jam to the batter, to intensify the flavor.

ingredients:
– 1 cup chopped dried apricots                                        – 1/4 cup melted light butter
– 1 cup boiling water                                                             – 1/4 cup vegetable oil
– 1,5 cups wholewheat flour                                              – 1 cup buttermilk
– 1/2 cup oats                                                                          – 1 egg
– 3/4 cup brown sugar                                                         – 2 tbsp apricot jam
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 1/2 packet vanilla sugar (1,5 tsp)
– dash of salt

directions:
– preheat the oven to 190°C (about 400°F) and line muffin tray with paper cups.
– chop apricots and place in a bowl. pour the boiling water on them and let stand for 5 minutes.
– in a medium bowl, stir together the flour, oats, sugar, salt, baking soda and vanilla sugar.
– in a separate bowl mix the butter, oil, buttermilk and egg.
– slowly add the wet bowl to the dry ingredients, but dont overstir. add the jam and keep stirring.
– drain the apricots and add to the batter, make sure that they are evenly spread.
– fill the muffin cups and bake for about 17-20 minutes. test with a toothpick, if it comes out clean, they’re done.
– cool the muffins before removing them from the tray.

healthy, low-fat fruity muffins- enjoy!

food overload

18 Apr

i will be documenting my trip to the states by categories: food, stuff i got, and locations. i think this will make it easier to post about this awesome trip :)

first off of course, the foooood! we ate so much during these 9 days, but we don’t regret a single bite, everything was beyond delicious!
we had a running joke : “if in doubt, then always avocado” it was kind of like our theme food. we had it at every breakfast, and sometimes in sandwiches too- we just couldn’t get enough of the stuff!

in my scottsdale post there’s a picture of the bird, this insane omelette filled with turkey, pepperjack cheese, mushrooms, and of course- avocado. here’s another picture of it:

the bird is the word

it came with a side of fruit and potatoes, and it was just an explosion of flavors and tastiness! i had it every day for breakfast. not ashamed to admit it. the place we had this amazing treat at is breakfast club. needless to say that we highly recommend stopping by for the bird and a glass of super awesome cold tasty orange juice.

at our friend’s wedding, we had the chance to taste some crazy yummy cake pops, the groom was a smooth oreo cake, and the bride a velvety sugar butter cake. they were almost too cute to eat, but so delicious, one couldn’t resist!

bride and groom cake pops

since the bride is american, and the groom austrian, the dinner buffet was an original mix of both cultures: wienerschnitzel and potato salad, and mini burgers accompanied by mac’n’cheese. there was also a delicious salad, which unfortunately i didn’t take a picture of, baby spinach leaves, croutons, dried cranberries and cheese.

mini burgers and *le mac'n'cheese in a martini glass

at olive & ivy i had an incredibly good lemonade. i know, lemonade, right? what could be so special about it? well, it was the perfect mix of zesty, sweet, fruity and minty. deeeelish! unfortunately we didn’t eat anything there, we were still stuffed from our stint at breakfast club, but the food looked amazing!

lemonade and gold glitter polish

one evening we were so tired that we decided that it was time for pizza hut. i crave pizza hut, all the time! most probably because we don’t really have it in europe, only in a couple of cities, so wherever i go to a place that has the hut, i don’t leave till i’ve had one awesome pie :)

vegetarian pizza deliciousness

we left arizona after five days, and went to huntington beach in california, and continued our food bonanza there, with the best burger ever. no joke, 25° (degrees) on walnut street has the juiciest, tastiest, lushest burgers. and incredible sweet potato fries aswell.

like manna from heaven

our usual breakfast spot became the sugar shack on main street, where we would get our daily avocado fix in a breakfast burrito. i had never heard of this, but after trying it, i wondered how i could live without it! a soft tortilla, wrapped around an omelette with mushrooms, pepperjack cheese and caramelized onions, that hugs huge chunks of avocado. it blew my mind!

breakfast burrito goodness

i also couldnt leave the states without having had my beloved cherry coke

cherry coke with a cherry on top

scottsdale

7 Apr

Day 2 in scottsdale arizona!
My best friend mia and i arrived two days ago after an exhausting 24 hours of travel, but it’s so worth it! scottsdale, or arizona are truly different from any of the places I have visited in the states. you can really feel that you’re in the desert- it’s dry and hot, in a very unique way.
our friend christina’s wedding is today, and we have a half day plan of beautification! more about that in a different post :)
what I really want to tell you about is the food! we went to this amazing breakfast place called breakfast club and had a delicious (and huge!) omelette: the bird- stuffed with turkey, mushrooms, cheese and avocado! it was unbelievable! the omelette came with a side of potatoes and fruit, which was so yum! we also had fresh oj, and it amazed us how different fresh orange juice tastes here! it’s a bit sweeter, less tangy, and somehow more intense! needless to say we are going back there for brekkie- probably every day :)
yesterday was also my first time swimming and tanning this year! i can’t describe how much fun we’re having, even if the driving needs getting used to :)
come to think of it, i’ll get out of bed and go to the pool, catch you later.

the bird- omelette with turkey, avocado, mushrooms and cheese

the bird- omelette with turkey, avocado, mushrooms and cheese

pooltime

pooltime

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