So I’m having some fun with Alicia’s Mother’s Day dinner. Here’s the plan.

Appetizer: Cheese plate of Brie and Gorgonzola served with various types of pears, dehydrated cranberries, walnuts, almonds, kalamata olives, and tomato slices. Triscuits serve as the delivery mechanism. (Those new dill, sea salt, and olive oil ones are highly addictive.)

Fruit Salad: Nothing fancy, just threw together some mango, raspberries, blackberries, and bananas, and topped with a little lime juice to reduce oxidation.

Side: I haven’t decided whether I’m going to roast or steam/boil, but I’m going to make some asparagus (a favorite in our house), but this time I’m going to top it with salt and a hollandaise sauce. I’m borrowing the sauce recipe from here

Entre: Chicken breasts stuffed with a cream cheese, green onion, garlic, and red bell pepper mixture, then wrapped in bacon and baked. I’m pretty excited about the use of bacon.

LibationsFlirt California red wine, 2009--we cheated and started on this one last night, and Belleruche Cotes du Rhone, 2009.

It's the evening of the second day of my juice fast.  It really hasn't been too bad.  This morning was a little rough with some headaches and general fatigue, but by afternoon, and especially after I worked out I felt pretty good.  It is amazing the way even a short break from food will make you crave almost anything as if it were the most delicious food on earth.  I've allowed myself a bit of wine in the evening since it is fruit juice and I'm not doing this primarily for any supposed detox effects, but rather primarily for weight loss.  That's been nice.  

One thing I have learned: be sparing with beets.  They are really strong and overwhelming, and they tend to make your juice taste a little like dirt in my opinion.  I've also come to the conclusion that it's better to mix things up and only use the recipes you find online as a loose guide.  Yes it's best to get lots of greens and keep the fruits for the morning.  But it's better to drink some fruit juice that you enjoy in the evening than break your fast because you can't bear the thought of another spinach, broccoli, cabbage, and celery juice.  That said, here are a few of the recipes I've enjoyed most.

  • 2 apples
  • 1 wedge red cabbage
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 thumb sized piece of ginger (or just a little under a tablespoon minced)
  • 6 leaves of swiss chard or kale
  • 1/4 lemon

Another good one for breakfast that is simple is:

  • 3 carrots
  • 2 apples
  • 1" or 1 Tblspn minced ginger
  • You can throw in other mild stuff like some celery to fill this one out a little

Finally my favorite so far:
  • 1 orange
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1 pear
  • 1 apple
  • 1 sweet potato/yam
  • 4-6 celery stalks
  • 6-8 strawberries