Juice reboot – the verdict

It’s the morning after our 1-week juice reboot, so a time to reflect as I drink my hot water with a slice of lemon.

After 3 days of feeling tired (and as a result a little short tempered) from day 4 onwards I felt FANTASTIC, not just on the 4th day, even today I’ve woken up feeling rested and full of energy for the day. For this reason alone I recommend a reboot to everyone!

It’s been delightful eating all the colours of the rainbow on your plate or in your juices – some of the green ones do taste a little swamp-water like but others have been delicious. Either way, it’s impressive how many vegetables you can fit into one juice – going forward we are going to continue juicing at least once a day to make sure we get all our nutrients in.

Things I was concerned about…
Quick weight loss and looking wrinkly as a result of it: I’m pleased to say that neither of us have had any drastic weight loss (and we didn’t want to). I have no more wrinkles than normal and other people have told me I don’t look gaunt. That said, the scales record a weight loss of 1kg.

Constantly feeling hungry: not a problem at all, we’ve had plenty to eat and in fact one day I missed a breakfast smoothie and another and afternoon juice because I just couldn’t fit it all in.

Fatigue: Yes, as already mentioned the first three days I felt exhausted. That said, my husband didn’t, as he started feeling brilliant after just two days, not three.

Things I was hoping for…
Glowing skin: I started out with a few a few spots but they have thankfully now cleared up. I’m not sure if my skin has changed, but my hubby’s has – it’s an all over healthier look and glow.

Lots of energy: a big YES!

A general feeling of wellbeing and health: yes again, we both feel great!

Going forward…
As I mentioned above, we will continue drinking at least one juice a day to keep up the high nutrient intake. Because we both feel so good the plan is to do a 3-day detox once a month.

If you’d like to do the reboot too, I got the plan and all recipes from http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/

Here’s a recipe for a nutrient packed green juice:
(Makes 2 generous servings)

10 kale leaves
2 large handfuls of spinach
6 romaine lettuce leaves
2 cucumbers
2 celery sticks
2 green apples
1 lemon (I have learnt that you should remove lemon skins, otherwise juice is quite sharp)

 
I loved Joe’s Sporty Spice (red juice)
Makes 2 servings
Nutrition per serving: 146 kCal; 610 kJ; 5 g protein; 31 g carbohydrates; 1 g fat; 0 g saturated fat; 5 g fiber; 20 g sugar; 175 mg salt

Ingredients:
4 beets
2 carrots
2 celery sticks
2 oranges
1 lemon
2 handfuls of basil

And finally this morning breakfast smoothie is delicious!

  

Island Green Smoothie
Makes 1 serving
Nutrition per serving: 496 kCal; 2073 kJ; 8 g protein; 91 g carbohydrates; 17 g fat; 3 g saturated fat; 17 g fiber; 63 g sugar; 154 mg salt

Ingredients:
1 mango
1 banana or fresh coconut
1 avocado
a handful of spinach
125 ml (4 oz) coconut water
ice cubes

Directions: Place all the ingredients in a blender and whiz until smooth.

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sharon fruit breakfast

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I’ve recently ordered a couple of fruit and veg boxes from Abel & Cole – the idea was to broaden my food horizons and try some new things that I wouldn’t usually buy in my weekly shop.

And that’s what I got – the sharon fruit was a complete surprise to me and I had no idea what to do with it. One suggestion was roasting with a bit of honey or liquidising and swirling into yoghurt.

I settled on a combination of the 2 – peeling and chopping the fruit, adding a squeeze of honey and mixing in to yoghurt to serve with my granola breakfast.

Bruschetta

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This is one of our favourite Mediterranean snacks, and this is my version.

Make a mix of chopped tomatoes, a small onion, 1 clove of garlic (grated or through a garlic crusher), a pinch of chilli flakes, salt, pepper, 3 or 4 leaves of fresh mint or basil (chopped) and a glug of olive oil.

Spoon onto slices of Maltese bread (the most delicious bread in the world – although ciabatta and sourdough make a good substitute). We add some chopped bacon on top of our bruschetta for a bit of extra saltiness and put under a grill for a few minutes until the bacon is crispy.

Drizzle some more olive oil on the top once you take the bruschetta out and serve with an olive oil and balsamic vinegar mix.

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