Harvest From Our Garden

I LOVE PNW! This place is marvelous, especially for a raw vegan! Cherries and apricots are ready end of May, strawberries are available all summer long, and now tomatoes, blueberries and apples are ripe. A dream, no? And the best part is the latter three are from our own personal garden 😀 I collected a whole mini container of yellow and red cherry tomatoes today and they of course cannot even be compared to the store bought – just so sweet and yummy. Blueberries though are not very good – with the drought this year they are pretty dry and almost bitter. But still our own, so I happily munched on them. And apples – we were so lucky to get a house with two apple trees – one with regular granny smith apples, and the other tree with red fruits that are pink inside. Still not sure what they’re called, but while researching I figured that there is a pretty large variety of pink flesh apples here in PNW. I love you, Seattle! Another plant that makes me super happy in PNW is undoubtedly local wild blackberry. They grow in every single corner, every hill and where ever they can along the roads. And they have tons of delicious berries that nobody picks for some reason. Not facing any competition I regularly forage on those, every time feeling like a bear.

Harvest From Our Garden

Harvest From Our Garden

Breaking the Juice&Smoothie Fast

I’m in progress of breaking the 7-day Juice&Smoothie Challenge/Fast and super happy about it! 😀 So excited to be able to chew on this beautiful fruit and veggie abundance instead of permanently liquefying them haha. Now, on a serious note, this Challenge was amazing and so were the effects of it. Compared to the previous fasts (water/dry/juice) when I had much more detox to do, this time the fast went much more smoothly and I only had slight detoxification on days 2 and 3 when I felt somewhat tired and could only walk instead of jogging. But the recovery happened much faster than in the previous fasts and starting from day 4 I was already back to my normal jogging, and from day 5 on started jogging, biking and doing abs workout at home. See the list of Overall Results from this fast in my previous post.

Now, let’s talk about breaking the juice&smoothie fast properly:

  • After a week of only consuming liquid foods your body needs to go back to regular food step by step.
  • That is why during at least the first day or two you should be eating predominantly mono-meals and the portions should be very small.
  • Eating mono-meals means that each meal should only include one type of fruit or vegetable and there should be a minimum of 2 hours between the meals.
  • If you’re not a raw vegan, then I would strongly recommend going raw vegan of at least one week after the fast. That way you’ll ease the stress on your digestive tract while switching back onto foods and extend the detox further.
  • After one week of raw veganism you could switch back onto cooked vegan/vegetarian foods and ideally stay on this lifestyle because it’s amazingly beneficial for you!
  • But if not, then definitely stay on vegan/vegetarian food for at least a month after breaking the fast. Your body will be very grateful for this and you’ll ripe all possible benefits such a further healthy weight loss, continued high energy levels, glowing skin, increased stamina and positive attitude non-stop!

Breaking the Juice&Smoothie Fast

Day 7 of JUICE&SMOOTHIE CHALLENGE! Blueberry Pineapple Smoothie

Day 7 of Juice&Smoothie Challenge! Final day!! So glad to say I did it!

Overall results:

  • increased energy
  • feeling light
  • waking up fast and early
  • looking great after waking up 😉
  • weight release 5.5 Lbs
  • skin looks much better – it’s glowing!
  • increased resistance – able to do the same exercises for longer now
  • feeling permanently happy and optimistic

I’ve been doing juice fasts for over a year now and every time I’m amazed with how great these ‘fasts’ are, how much positiveness they bring and with how little effort. I really do recommend this kind of experience to everyone! It does not matter what type of food you eat and what is your current weight – you will benefit from such ‘fast’ immensely! However if this is your first time and your lifestyle is conventional, then you should definitely check out my Juice/Smoothie Fast Recommendations. Following those tips will ensure smooth sailing for you during your first raw vegan liquid cleanse and will help you achieve maximum detox while doing it!

  • If you want to join me for future Challenges, then let’s do it and support each other along the way! Follow me on Instagram @vegantraveling. Post pictures of your smoothies/juices and tag #vtjschallenge;
  • And don’t forget to check out the Juice&Smoothie Challenge Tips!

Blueberry Pineapple Smoothie

 

Blueberry Pineapple Smoothie recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1 cup cubed pineapple
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1 orange

Instructions:

Wash, peel and cut larger ingredients into small pieces. Blend in Vitamix or any other blender on high speed.

Day 6 of JUICE&SMOOTHIE CHALLENGE! Pineapple Kale Smoothie

Day 6 of Juice&Smoothie Challenge! And feeling even lighter and more energetic today. Weight released as of today – total of 5 Lbs from the start. This was not really needed but always nice to get a tad lighter! The best thing about juice/smoothie fasts is that no muscles are lost during weight release and this is a huge deal. Most extended water fasts and especially dry fasts are extremely beneficial practices, but they always make you lose some muscles along with fat tissue and this makes people look very exhausted by the time they break those fasts. That is why compared to those two types of fasts, juice/smoothie fasts are much milder and will make you not only feel great, but also look even better by the time you break such juice/smoothie fast.

  • If you want to join me for this Challenge, then let’s do it and support each other along the way! Follow me on Instagram @vegantraveling. Post pictures of your smoothies/juices and tag #vtjschallenge;
  • If you are not ready to do the complete Challenge, but still want to participate – then just have at least one juice or smoothie per day, post its picture daily, follow me on Instagram @vegantraveling and tag those pics #vtjschallenge.
  • And don’t forget to check out the Juice&Smoothie Challenge Tips!

We’re off to the Ocean today! Loaded the car with tons of fruits, greens and my Vitamix and headed out West 😀 Long Beach, WA here we come!

Day 6 of JUICE&SMOOTHIE CHALLENGE! Pineapple Kale Smoothie

Pineapple Kale Smoothie recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1 cup green kale
  • 1 orange
  • 2 peaches

Instructions:

Wash, peel and cube all ingredients. Blend in Vitamix or any other blender on high speed.

Day 5 of JUICE&SMOOTHIE CHALLENGE! Strawberry Peach Smoothie

Day 5 of Juice&Smoothie Challenge! Feeling amazing – started jogging in the morning and noticed how easy it is compared to the previous 2 days. Ended up jogging for 3 km today, and will definitely bike a lot at night. I’m back to my energetic self, yay, so everything is going very much as expected – like in all previous juice fasts. Weight loss is still at 4 Lbs total which is just perfect. As I mentioned earlier, there’s no drastic weight release happening during juice fasts. However all of the weight released will stay off you even after you break the fast.

  • If you want to join me for this Challenge, then let’s do it and support each other along the way! Follow me on Instagram @vegantraveling. Post pictures of your smoothies/juices and tag #vtjschallenge;
  • If you are not ready to do the complete Challenge, but still want to participate – then just have at least one juice or smoothie per day, post its picture daily, follow me on Instagram @vegantraveling and tag those pics #vtjschallenge.
  • And don’t forget to check out the Juice&Smoothie Challenge Tips!

Day 5 of JUICE&SMOOTHIE CHALLENGE! Strawberry Peach Smoothie

Strawberry Peach Smoothie recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup baby spinach
  • 2 large peaches
  • handful fresh strawberries
  • handful fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 lemon

Instructions:

Wash and peel the ingredients. Place everything in a Vitamix or another blender and mix on high speed.

Day 4 of JUICE&SMOOTHIE CHALLENGE! Nettle Orange Juice

Day 4 of JUICE&SMOOTHIE CHALLENGE is going great. Started the day with a warm glass of lemon water, as usual. The weakness that began on Wednesday is receding and I’m feeling much more energetic than yesterday. Still walking instead of jogging, but hopefully will do some biking tonight. Weight is releasing slowly – 4 Lbs so far, but I know this weight will not come back after this juice&smoothie fast is done.

During a walk in local park I found plenty of the amazing (and super stingy!) fresh stinging nettle. Perfect timing! That’s exactly the ingredient I could use for my today’s juices, so I harvested quite a bit of it and was juicing nettle all day. Check out my post on benefits of this awesome herb.

  • If you want to join me for this Challenge, then let’s do it and support each other along the way! Follow me on Instagram @vegantraveling. Post pictures of your smoothies/juices and tag #vtjschallenge;
  • If you are not ready to do the complete Challenge, but still want to participate – then just have at least one juice or smoothie per day, post its picture daily, follow me on Instagram and tag those pics #vtjschallenge.
  • And don’t forget to check out the Juice&Smoothie Challenge Tips!

Day 4 of JUICE&SMOOTHIE CHALLENGE! Nettle Orange Juice

Nettle Orange Juice recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 heaping cups of fresh stinging nettle
  • 2 large oranges
  • 1/2 lemon

Instructions:

Soak nettle leaves and stems for 5 minutes in cool water, then wash thoroughly. Make sure to use rubber gloves! Wash and peel oranges and lemons and cut into smaller pieces. Juice everything using a masticating juicer like Omega. Unfortunately, centrifuge juices like Hamilton Beach brand, will not work for juicing herbs or will yield very little juice, so a cold pressing juicer is a must here.

Day 3 of JUICE&SMOOTHIE CHALLENGE! Grape Peach Smoothie

Started the day with a glass of lemon water, as usual. And then – loads more peachy smoothies on Day 3 of my Juice&Smoothie Challenge! 😀 Peach abundance in my fridge is still high, peaches are amazing in smoothies, so that is why the main ingredient is still the same today. To make it more interesting though, I added grapes and some raspberries. Mmm… 😉

Compared to the previous two days, I’m feeling slightly tired – same thing I have experienced during my previous juice fasts. Based on my experience and knowledge, I know that this is happening because of a detox that my body is going through right now. When we feed our bodies with easily digestible foods such as juices and smoothies, our system doesn’t need to waste time and resources on digestion and is now able and available to start fixing any issues on a full-time basis. Giving your body a week to do this internal cleanse is usually sufficient to go through this whole process and achieve feeling energetic and more vibrant than before the fast. Coming back to elevated energy levels happens for me after the 5th day.

  • If you want to join me for this Challenge, then let’s do it and support each other along the way! Follow me on Instagram @vegantraveling. Post pictures of your smoothies/juices and tag #vtjschallenge;
  • If you are not ready to do the complete Challenge, but still want to participate – then just have at least one juice or smoothie per day, post its picture daily, follow me on Instagram and tag those pics #vtjschallenge.
  • And don’t forget to check out the Juice&Smoothie Challenge Tips!

Day 3 of JUICE&SMOOTHIE CHALLENGE! Grape Peach Smoothie

Grape Peach Smoothie recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 baby spinach
  • 2 large peaches
  • 1/2 cup green grapes
  • 1/2 orange
  • 3-5 raspberries
  • 1/2 lemon (optional)
  • 2-3 tbsp water

Instructions:

Wash and peel orange and lemon if using, and cut into smaller pieces. Wash spinach, grapes, peaches, raspberries, slice peaches. Place all ingredients into your Vitamix or another blender, add 2-3 tbsp water and blend on high speed.

Day 2 of JUICE&SMOOTHIE CHALLENGE! Peach Smoothie

My day 2 of JUICE&SMOOTHIE CHALLENGE. Got rid of 2 lbs by now, while feeling happy, light and energetic! How amazing is that? Delicious unlimited juices and smoothies all day, extra energy and getting rid of unwanted couple pounds? No diet in the world can offer you such fantastic results, but raw veganism! Overall, my fast is looking amazing as always, going strong! 😀  Just to clarify, for this Challenge you will have to make one type of juice/smoothie and have it as many times as you want that day.

Today’s deliciousness was this peachy smoothie, same one as I had on Sunday. I bought tons of fresh ripe peaches from farmers market that day and now I have peachy overload in my fridge, so gotta do something about it. And this something will obviously be smoothies! 🙂

  • If you want to join me for this Challenge, then let’s do it and support each other along the way! Follow me on Instagram @vegantraveling. Post pictures of your smoothies/juices and tag #vtjschallenge;
  • If you are not ready to do the complete Challenge, but still want to participate – then just have at least one juice or smoothie per day, post its picture daily, follow me on Instagram and tag those pics #vtjschallenge.
  • And don’t forget to check out the Juice&Smoothie Challenge Tips!

Day 2 JUICE&SMOOTHIE CHALLENGE! Peach Smoothie

Peach Smoothie recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 large peaches
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 orange
  • handful of blueberries

Instructions:

Wash, peel and cut peaches, orange and lemon into smaller pieces. Place in your Vitamix or other blender and mix on high speed. Enjoy! 🙂

Day 1 Raw Vegan Juice & Smoothie Challenge! Carrot Juice

Hey guys! As promised through my Instagram account @vegantraveling today I’m starting my 7-day JUICE & SMOOTHIE Challenge. I do this kind of “fasts” regularly because it always gives me plenty of energy, feeling light and positive, as well as helps me get rid of unwanted 1 or 2 lbs as an added benefit. This kind of weekly challenges improves my digestion and metabolism. Just these things I mentioned altogether combine into a huge inspiration to repeat juice&smoothie fasts again and again.

Usually I do strictly juice fasts. This time I decided to repeat the challenge on both juices & smoothies because there’s such a great abundance of unjuiceable fruits that could be used in smoothies, and I wouldn’t want to miss out on delicious fruits in the mids of July. Plus, the main reason for this fast is the crazy heat that we happen to have now in Seattle, so I decided to take this ‘bad’ and make it into a ‘good’ 😀

  • If you want to join me for this Challenge, then let’s do it and support each other along the way! Follow me on Instagram @vegantraveling. Post pictures of your smoothies/juices and tag #vtjschallenge;
  • If you are not ready to do the complete Challenge, but still want to participate – then just have at least one juice or smoothie per day, post its picture daily, follow me on Instagram and tag those pics #vtjschallenge.
  • And don’t forget to check out the Juice&Smoothie Challenge Tips!

And here goes the first recipe of this Juice&Smoothie Challenge:

Raw Vegan Juice & Smoothie Challenge

Day 1 Raw Vegan Juice & Smoothie Challenge! Carrot Juice

Ingredients:

  • 8 large carrots
  • 1/2 lemon

Instructions:

Wash and peel all ingredients. Then cold press on a masticating Omega juicer. Enjoy this orange liquid health! 😀

Juice & Smoothie Challenge – Tips

Went to our local farmers market today (I a Sunday markets freak in case you didn’t notice lol) and now we have an amazing fruity and veggie abundance in our fridge. Got especially amazing peaches and nectarines, yum! But now we have to make sure to consume all that greens and peachy cornucopia, so I’m thinking to have a 7-day Juice & Smoothie Challenge! Looks like a great idea to me, because smoothies are healthy, they use lots of greens and fruits, veggies can be juiced, and plus the weather is actively cooperating – currently it’s 36 degrees Celsius (which would 96.8 Fahrenheit 😉 ) and I’m permanently feeling tired and worn out. So Juice & Smoothie Challenge it is! Yay 😀 I’ve done many of these previously and every time the results are great: my energy levels at the end of the “fast” are higher than before, I feel light and happy, and plus I always get to get rid of those annoying couple pounds, all of which make such “fasts” into an amazing experience!

Now, here’s how I will do this Challenge:

  • I will re-watch the amazing movie called “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” – this movie is a huge motivation! It also goes through a bunch of important moments on health during such fasts, so I would really recommend watching it online;
  • Every morning I’ll drink a glass of warm lemon water;
  • Each day I will choose a type of juice or smoothie and then stick to this same recipe for that whole day. No other food will be eaten for these 7 days;
  • There’s no restriction on how much juice or smoothie I will have, so I’ll drink as much of the same juice/smoothie as I feel like! 🙂 It’s very hard to overeat natural food like fruits and veggies, and yet even if you eat too much there’s no harm as it will all digest perfectly. One of the reasons I love raw vegan lifestyle!
  • I will continue to drink clean filtered water throughout the day as much as I feel like;
  • I will do at least 5 km jogging each day. If I feel tired, then I would need to walk that distance – it’s important to exercise at least for 30 min a day during such “fasts”;
  • Around 2nd or 3rd day into your Juice & Smoothie Challenge you might feel tired and that means that your body is going through a detox. Be patient, usually this tiredness vanishes by about 5th day when you’d experience elevated energy levels – which means that the detox is over and now your body is healthier and more energetic than before! Congratulations! The main purpose of the Challenge is achieved 😀
  • However if you’re feeling really unwell, having lots of headaches and the tiredness is not going away for a long time – check out my previous post on Juice Fast Recommendations. I also really like this article from a website dedicated to fasting – I find that its Tips section is very useful for beginners;
  • If you’re unfamiliar with raw food lifestyle and are planning to join me for this extended Challenge, then you might be interested to read my post on How To Maintain Raw Vegan Lifestyle. In a way you’re going raw vegan for these 7 days and those tips I have compiled from my own experience will be very helpful to you.

The 7-day JUICE & SMOOTHIE CHALLENGE starts tomorrow! Yay 😀

  • If you want to join me for this Challenge, then let’s do it and support each other along the way! Follow me on Instagram @vegantraveling. Post pictures of your smoothies/juices and tag #vtjschallenge;
  • If you are not ready to do the complete Challenge, but still want to participate – then just have at least one juice or smoothie per day, post its picture daily, follow me on Instagram and tag those pics #vtjschallenge.
  • And don’t forget to check out the Juice&Smoothie Challenge Tips!

I look forward to achieving great results along with you gals and guys! 😀

As for today’s snacking – it’s going to be loads of fresh amazing farmers market peaches, blueberries as well as some citrus!

Peachy Snacking! And Juice & Smoothie Challenge Tips