Wednesday, February 19, 2014

3 Day Juice Cleanse

I decided to partake in a 3 day juice cleanse.  I've been feeling a bit sluggish lately and my  skin is looking a hot mess.  I normally juice a couple of times a week, but I am kicking it up a huge notch and drinking 6 juices a day! I will also eat at least one meal - I'm going to try to make that a raw meal, but veggies fer sure.

There a ton of reasons to juice, including detox, increased energy and clearer skin.  I won't go through all the benefits, you can find a million websites with great info.  I also recommenced checking out the movie Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.  Joe Cross looses over 100 pounds through juicing. He went extreme juicing, which I only recommend
under doctor supervision.

I'm adopting recipes from  She juices broccoli, which I'm not a fan of and I have a ton of carrots and grapefruits, so I'll add those to some of the juices.  Last night I make 3 days worth of juices for the first juice of the day.  Today I'll make the rest.  I just pop them in the freezer and will take them out each day that I need them.

I'm expecting major withdrawals the first and second day, I'll be sure to keep you updated on my progress!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The wonderful world of tea

I am a sort of tea enthusiast.  Not so much a fan of coffee, but I can throw down tea. i am more of a fan of black and green tea not so much a fan of fruity/floral teas. I am still trying to work out the exact difference between Earl Grey, Lady Grey, English Breakfast, and Irish Breakfast teas. But they are all yummy! I can't justify buying tea from places like Starbucks, well I can't justify starbucks to begin with, but that's another story.

When I go out to eat with my parents I mortify my mom when I bring my tea and honey out of my bag.

There is one place here in Alexandria I will buy there tea.  It is this yummy blend of I am not even sure.  Lol!  But they never sell it loose, so I am on the hunt to find it elsewhere.

My friend lives in Pittsburgh and there's this really awesome tea shop.  When I visit it's a stop fer sure; when you walk in you are lost in a world of delish smells. They sell this yummy chocolate mata with actual pieces of chocolate!.

I recently discovered green tea with matcha and brown rice.  It has a medium nutty flavor.  I found it at a Korean grocery in the area.  And it's so fun to look at!

making tea at home is not only fun, but economically important. $1.95 for a cup of tea everyday starts to add up. I'll stick to my $0.35 per cup thank you very much. that

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Broccoli with brown sauce

I was craving broccoli with brown sauce tonight after work and almost stopped at the Chinese restaurant.  Then remembered I am broke and went to Shoppers instead to buy broccoli.

So glad I did because this meal is alot cheaper than the $6 or more I would have paid.

Did you know that brown sauce was so easy to make??

1 1/2 c. cooked. Jasmine rice $0.50
2 c. Steamed broccoli $0.98
3 garlic cloves. $0.10
1 Tbsp sesame oil $0.10
2 Tbsp brown sugar $0.10
4 Tbsp soy sauce $0.16
1 1/2 c water
1-2 Tbsp corn starch $0.10

Brown garlic in oil.  Add brown sugar, soy sauce, water.  Cook until sugar dissolves.

Add corn starch.  Cook until sauce thickens.  It will brown up some more as you cook it.

Ass broccoli.  Serve over rice. 


Total cost $2.04

I thought I was going to eat all of this, but my eyes were bigger than my stomach. So I have lunch for manana! Cost per serving. $1.02


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Veggie soup

I love the winter.  I love the snow.  I love having four seasons. 

I do not love being cold. 

And for the past week I have been cold all the time.  At school, at work, in my car, at home.  Today I decided to warm up with some yummy veggie soup.

Veggie soup is great to make because you can pretty much use any left over veggies in your fridge or freezer.  And you don't need stock.  I used a veggie bouillon seasoning, but there have been plenty of pots without it.

I had leftover spaghetti sauce from pizza I made the other week and threw that in for more flavoring.

A big bowl with some crunchy toast makes a perfect winter warm-up!

Veggie soup
1/2 onion $0.17
2 carrots. $0.34
1 c. Frozen corn. $0.25
1 c. Frozen okra. $0.30
1 c. Frozen broccoli $0.25
1 c. Frozen cauliflower $0.30
1/2 c. Barley
1/2 jar spaghetti sauce $0.60
2Tbsp veggie bouillon
6 c. Water
salt & pepper to taste

Total cost $2.20

I can get about 3 bowls from this pot. 
Noms noms!

what veggies do you put in your soup?