Thank you all for your comments to last week’s post. The word is that split pea soup is amazing (both as is and with extra added veggies!), and also that many of you would be interested in me documenting a juice fast.
So document, I shall! I started my fast on Tuesday (yesterday, April 9th), and I intend on doing fourteen days.
I will be doing a video journal via UStream on our social network, My Digital Notebook (www.mydigitalnotebook.com). Membership is free so to view and comment on my fast, you can sign up in seconds through facebook, twitter, google, linkedin, etc.
My videos will cover my personal experience and day to day intake of course, along with answers to the most frequent fasting FAQ’s that I receive. I hope that the videos will inspire you but that you will also learn a bit about detoxification, fasting, and understand your motivations for fasting as well. There are so many benefits to fasting, but sometimes we approach it for the wrong reasons (reasons that stem from being self loathing or self critical) and then we don’t get any benefit.
If you’d like to learn all about fasting and how to make it most suitable and beneficial for YOU then I highly recommend grabbing my free audio guide, Your Guide To The Perfect 3 Day Juice Fast.
The first video will be up before Friday.
I love food. So I wanted to go out with a bang before my fast. I’m not one that thinks you necessarily need to eat lighter and less in the days approaching a fast – I certainly don’t think you should over do it to compensate for the days of not eating, that would be silly! But I do think that fasting is a very individual process. Breaking a fast is something that should be done slowly, with smaller amounts of lighter foods, but how you go into a fast is really up to you. Just keep in mind that the heavier and more acidic your diet is before starting a fast, the more difficult your fast will feel, especially those first 3-5 days, as your body gets used to not having that sort of stimulation.
This recipe I’m sharing with you today is definitely going to be something I always have the ingredients on hand. As many of you know, I am a bit macaroon obsessed. I’ve tried so many variations of macaroons. I first loved Jennie’s macaroons, but I did not love the egg white or the non organic ingredients in them. I then had the extremely good fortune of trying Salud macaroons before they stopped making them (these were available only in NYC).
They. Were. Unbelievable.
The only ingredients in these most outstanding macaroons were honey, coconut, and water. I went on a mission to recreate them. I think I came close, but I always found them to be a little bit too heavy on the honey. It was hard to keep them nice and light with that fluffy cake like texture, but also have enough honey in them to keep them from falling apart. It was also difficult to keep them from burning. It seemed that even the weather affected how these macaroons would come out from time to time, and I just got very frustrated with the process.
Additionally, spring has finally arrived in Lancaster, and I really, honestly, try to avoid using the oven so the house stays nice and cool with open windows. I loathe the AC but I also loathe feeling hot and sticky.
So raw vegan macaroons it is! I was very inspired by macaroons I found at the health food store called “Coco-Roons”. They had three varieties: Lemon Pie, Brownie, and PB & J.
I didn’t try the brownie (I don’t love chocolate macaroons unless it’s cold out, kind of weird I know), but the Lemon Pie and PB & J were AMAZING. I have yet to recreate the Lemon Pie, but yesterday I took a shot at the PB & J and they came out pretty great if I do say so myself.
The PB & J Coco-Roon ingredients are: coconut, almond flour, almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla, coconut oil, and strawberries. Rather than almond butter and flour, I was thrifty and used my homemade tahini, which I feel has a more peanut buttery taste than almond butter and flour anyway. Instead of maple syrup, I used agave nectar because that was all I had on hand (although I definitely prefer maple syrup as a liquid sweetener to agave because I like maple syrup’s depth). I omitted the coconut oil because I was out of it, and it turns out this recipe really didn’t need it.
PB & J Macaroons
makes about 5 macaroons
2 frozen strawberries, soaked in warm water until soft
1/6 cup agave nectar
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp tahini
3/4 cup coconut flour (put coconut flakes in a high speed blender and pulse until grainy, or buy coconut flour)
In a blender mix your wet ingredients: agave, strawberries, vanilla, and tahini. If you have a magic bullet or nutri bullet that would be your best bet for this because it is a very small amount of ingredients, but it is doable in a large blender (this is what I used).
Stir your coconut flour into the wet ingredients, roll into little balls, and refridgerate.
Generally, I enjoy my PB & J macaroons at room temperature, but these still were very moist and soft straight out of the fridge. I do recommend keeping things like tahini and coconut in the fridge so that they don’t go rancid. I’ve never had the experience of eating a rancid fat, but from what I hear it can make you feel pretty awful.
If you are interested in watching me document my fast, please join our social network: My Digital Notebook! I will still be posting once per week on my blog as usual, but my juice fast will be exclusive to members of My Digital Notebook. The website has just gotten a face lift, and we are going to be having lots of exclusive content for members. Things like the fasting journals are one feature, but there is much more we have coming your way.
One thing, for example, is my brother’s cleansing journey!
Yes, he will be doing a two week daily blog about his clean eats and fitness routine on My Digital Notebook, too! I’m very excited to say all of that produce in the above picture he put into a smoothie, and it’s becoming a staple for him. I’m getting breakfast, lunch, and dinner photo texts from him, and I’m loving it. This week is his “practice” week to work out the kinks, and he’s planning on going into it full force next week!
I’m VERY excited. Everyone who knows my brother knows how hard it is to get veggies and fruits into him…but he’s changing! And honestly, if my brother and dad can change their eating habits (and really enjoy it), I think ANYONE can.
My mom and I have been into the juicing and salads for over five years now, and we are both very impressed, and happy that we’ve been so patient.
Questions For You Lovelies:
1. What’s your favorite hot weather dessert (preferably easy to make and not requiring an oven or stove)?
2. What’s your feeling about long term fasts? Do they appeal to you, or do they seem dark and restrictive? Can you share why you have either opinion?
3. Who are the people in your life that are toughest nuts to crack? Have you managed to have any success in showing them how delicious healthy food can be? If so, can you share? I know one common theme with most of my clients – both female and male, is how much the health of their family means to them. Not only is it easier to eat well when the people you live with eat well, but it gives you peace of mind knowing that they are properly nourished.
Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!
That’s all for today! Hope to see you in the comment section below, and on MDN!