A free pair of glasses from Firmoo (just pay for postage! I got mine sans postage for a review which will come soon)
Three days of juices to try from Urban Remedy from their new spring menu. Will let you know how they go! You can enter to win a three day juice cleanse in my blogiversary giveaway if you wanna give it a go! :) xx
I have a fitness assessment at the gym this afternoon. SO not looking forward to getting on those scales, but needs to happen. Bring it!
Crunchy Eskal Freenut Butter. Made with ground and roasted sunflower kernals, it has all of the texture of peanut butter without the peanutness. Rish even lked it and thought it wasn’t a terrible thing, unlike peanut butter!!
Golden Circle Healthy Life Probiotic Juice. Yeah, weird I know! But I tried and loved the flavour of the Apple Mango, and Rish informs me that the breakfast juice “tastes like breakfast juice”. So all is good with the world.
Australian Afternoon Tea. It seems milder to me than my usual Dilmah, or Twinings English Breakfast. I’m not sure if it’s meant to be or not, though! I’ve been working my way through all the Twinings flavours after taking home a million tea bags from Blogopolis!
Dried cranberries. I don’t care what brand, they’re all good. It’s just REALLY hard to stop before I reach the sore tummy threshold. Nom nom nom nom nom. No UTIs here!
Greek yoghurt. Mostly with honey. Or bananas and honey. Or banana, apple and honey. Or berries. Or any of the above and some trail mix. Or by itself. Or as an egg substitute in savoury muffins. Seriously. Yums.
The Freenut Butter and Juice were sent from PR companies. The tea was from Blogopolis. I just have a thing for Craisins and Greek Yoghurt.
18 bottles of the new winter menu of juices, soups and smoothies showed up to my door about 9:30am Tuesday, so I thought I’d start that day as I hadn’t yet eaten that morning, plus I’d had a rough night the night before, so why not start something positive a day early? :)
Breakfast / aka #1, was a “healing smoothie” of avocado, banana, coconut, vanilla and chia seeds. “Tastes like liquid banana bread” said Rish. I wasn’t so enthusiastic, but the smoothie was a filling way to start each day (especially after my long walks in the mornings). I’m surprised they didn’t add a little lemon to slow the browning.
Juice #2 each day was “metabolism booster” of lemon juice, agave, cayenne pepper and water. A little tingle on my tongue, nice and hydrating, and made this chilli wuss sniffle on Wednesday :p Wasn’t hungry at the time it came to have this one each day, so full from the first smoothie, so no worries about it just being a light juice.
Lunch was a “repairing” lentil soup, with carrot, onion, tomato, garlic, onion, veggie stock, olive oil, rosemary and thyme. Deceptive in size in the bottle, there was a lot more to it once poured into the bowl. And reminded me how much I love my warm lentil soups in winter to fill me up for cheap and warm and being good for me! :)
#4 was another light juice – this time, as joked about with Rish, “alkalising” – apple, silverbeet, celery, lemon and parsley. “Not as bad as it sounds” was Rish’s verdict on that one. I quite liked it :) again, fit in well in the schedule of juices (one every two hours) and soups.
Dinner was another (“purifying”) soup, slightly less filling this time – asparagus, leek, pea, broccoli, olive oil, veggie stock, raw cashews, cumin. Again, getting ideas for soups this winter! (and using nuts for proteiney padding?). Went down well after each of a few long days.
Night drink, and “calming smoothie”, definitely better warmed up, of coconut milk, raw cashews, raw cacao, agave, water. Was like a warm coconut milk hot chocolate. A nice way to fill the tummy before collapsing into bed!!!
Overall I really liked not having to think about food for a few days (aside from watching others eat cake and have cappuccino while I had herbal tea!), and the tastes of pretty much everything. I would have made the first one more lemony ;) I only got hungry a few times, and that was when I was out and hadn’t taken the next juice with me.
The fact that it was the same juices/smoothies/soups for three days straight was a little boring, totally couldn’t do that for five days! (I can see why people would get a whole head of Mondays in a row though to help them kick their butts into gear after the weekend!). I struggled a little with timing mine at times, as I was out and about on the Wednesday, and so the soups were a little trickier to juggle (but oh so worth it!)
It’s left me feeling a bit more inspired to continue with my health goals (yeah, I’ve lost 6 kilos this year in amongst everything else) and to keep on moving, and to keep discovering new soup recipes! :)
(forgive that I seem to have lost a few juice pics along the way!)
Six rather large bottles of juice or soup arrived in a little esky. So much there, I wasn’t going to starve!
Breakfast each day was a Schkinny Leap frog. It had kiwi, which I shouldn’t really have drunk, but hey, I’m still here despite tingling lips!
A little morning tea.
Tomato and lentil soup for lunch. Quite filling!
Fruit afternoon tea on the road.
Cage fighter biatch!
Some ‘claims’ #skepchic
Dinners to soothe to taste bugs. There were all YUM!
A night cap which I never drank more than a few sips of.
Teeny tub of nibbling seeds
Tea for the tummy.
The Best Bits
Not having to think about what to eat for three days.
Getting off coffee for a few days, but still being awake in the mornings!
The pumpkin soup was yum! Actually, all the dinner soups were :)
The not-so best bits
The evening drink. Couldn’t get into it. But then, I wasn’t that hungry so it didn’t bother me. I’ll use it on oats this week
All the plastic bottles! Yes, into the recycling, but still…
The same lunch 3 days in a row. Maybe I’m normally that boring anyway (tuna and rice cakes ftw!) It was yum though!
Going to the loo. Lots!
I know some people use those sorts of juice diets to lose weight, but I don’t think you really can if you have most of the juice! (I was back to my low weight for the year, same as Oct 25, at the end, but we’ll see if that motivates me to keep going!!) Not to worry, I’m sure my body is relieved to have a little change in routine, and a break from the sneaky mentos. The low fruit menu looks quite appealing.
At the price, I’m not sure it’s something I’d purchase myself, but I can see sooo many advantages. No way I could motivate myself to prepare that much fruit and veg in a day!
(yes, this was provided to me at no cost by the good folk at Schkinny Maninny. RRP $215 plus $19.95 delivery in Sydney)