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Juice Cleansing.

According to Wikipedia, spring cleaning is the practice of thoroughly cleaning a house in the springtime. A juice cleanse is like spring cleaning your body. I’ve thought about doing it in the past and I’ve had friends complete them so when I saw the 3-day Peeled juice cleanse on Groupon, I was on board.

Interesting experience.

Someone warned me to research prepping for a cleanse so after reading an interesting article, I started prepping one week before my cleanse. Omitting foods gradually from my diet — carbs, sweets, caffeine, dairy, meat until I was eating only fruits and vegetables for the two days leading up to the cleanse. I felt good going into it.

The cleanse lasts 3-days (there’s also an option for 5-days) and allows the body to release old toxins built-up in the system and help cleanse the blood. Awesome. It’s 6 drinks per day, drink them 2 hours apart. You start the day with a Green Machine — spinach, kale, etc. Drink 2 is Haute Lemonade, think lemonade + cayenne pepper. Drink 3 was The Red Line — pressed watermelon (my fave). Drink 4 was another Green Machine. Drink 5 was another Red Line. Then wrap up your day with drink 6 Cashew Milk. In addition to the 6 juices, you can drink as much water and green tea as you’d like.

Day 1 was spent just getting through the juices. I learned the smartest way to do that is to chug. I was surprised that I wasn’t starving. Day 2 was the hardest for me — I literally wanted to eat ANYTHING. I went to bed early just so I’d stop being hungry. By the time I finished day 2, I knew I was in the home stretch and I could do it so day 3 was really rewarding for me. The one mistake I made was trying to workout. I literally thought I might pass out so I definitely do not recommend working out on a cleanse.

Overall I feel awesome post-cleanse and it was the perfect kick-start to get me back on track with my healthy lifestyle!

Interested? 

Peeled Chicago

1571 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

312-266-PEEL

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Recipes: Cooking Out!

With Memorial Day weekend just around the corner and Mother Nature on board with the weather, it’s time to fire up the grill for one of my fave seasonal traditions: COOKING OUT!

   

Here are some of my favorite cookout recipe ideas:

Salads

Main Course

Sides

  • Corn on the Cob
  • Baked Beans
  • Watermelon Wedges

Desserts

Drinks

Recipes courtesy of: thetwentysixthyear, The Thread Affect, Food Network, Taste of Home, Our Best Bites

Recipe: Portillo’s Chopped Salad

If you live in Chicago, you know Portillo’s. We’ll even order it into work for a special occasion (like winning a contest or just a normal Friday…) You really cannot go wrong no matter what you order, but my fave item on the menu? Their chopped salad. Unreal. A homemade version? Just as awesome:

HOMEMADE PORTILLO’S CHOPPED SALAD

Modified from Stolen Moments Cooking

Ingredients: 

  • 2 bags shredded lettuce (you could also buy lettuce heads and chop yourself)
  • 2 chicken breasts, chopped or shredded
  • 1 small red onion, finely minced
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 package cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 2  c. ditalini pasta, cooked and cooled
  • 1 c. gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
  • Vinaigrette dressing, bottled or homemade

Instructions:

  1. Make sure all ingredients are chopped, minced, sliced, etc.
  2. Put lettuce in a large bowl.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients, except dressing, and toss well.
  4. Serve dressing alongside the salad or pour on and combine just before serving.

Perfect for work lunch or take out the chicken and take to a summer BBQ — ENJOY!!

Recipe: Funfetti Cake Batter Puppy Chow

A twist on my childhood favorite, when I saw this recipe for Funfetti Cake Batter Puppy Chow on Pinterest from one of my fave blogs Six Sisters’ Stuff I knew I’d love it. I was correct.

Be prepared that it does not taste the same as the traditional – no chocolate, no peanut butter – but it’s safe to say that there is definitely room in my heart for this tasty treat.

FUNFETTI CAKE BATTER PUPPY CHOW

Ingredients:
  • 5 cups Chex cereal
  • 10 oz (5 squares) vanilla flavored Almond Bark — I used 6 squares!!
  • 1 1/2 cups Funfetti cake mix (any kind of cake mix would work)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vegetable shortening
Directions:
  1. Melt Almond Bark according to the package directions, adding vegetable shortening to thin.
  2. Pour the cereal into a large bowl and drizzle the melted Almond Bark over the cereal.
  3. Mix gently with a large spoon or spatula.
  4. Dump the cake mix and powdered sugar onto the cereal and mix gently with large spoon until all the cereal is evenly coated.
  5. Enjoy!

Source: Six Sisters’ Stuff

Recipe: Chicken with Goat Cheese & Sun-dried Tomato Sauce

I wanted to make something different. I also didn’t want to fail. I love chicken. I love goat cheese. And I love sun-dried tomatoes. So I gave this recipe a go … I mean, how can you really go wrong with chicken, goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes??!

CHICKEN WITH GOAT CHEESE & SUN-DRIED TOMATO SAUCE

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts, pounded thin
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes, chopped (and drained, if packed in oil)
  • 2 oz herbed goat cheese
  • salt and pepper

Instructions: 

  1. Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat skillet over medium-high heat and add oil. When oil is hot, add chicken breasts. Cook through, about 6-8 minutes per side, depending on the thickness. Set aside and keep warm.
  3. In the same skillet, add the wine. Cook over medium-high heat until reduced by half, being sure to scrape up the browned bits from the chicken.
  4. Add the chicken broth and reduce that by about half too.
  5. Add the sun-dried tomatoes and heat through.
  6. Remove skillet from heat and stir in the goat cheese.
  7. Top the chicken breasts with sauce and serve.

Source: Annie’s Eats

Recipe: No-Bake Energy Bites

These little guys are addicting! I’d found the recipe (where else?) on Pinterest and decided to try them out. AMAZING. Since my initial recipe trial, I’ve had various other girlfriends try them out and it’s a positive response across the board. It’s the perfect combination of flavor, consistency and … energy? Who knows but please let me know what you think!

NO-BAKE ENERGY BITES

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)
  • 1 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Instructions: 

  1. Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
  3. Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like.  (Mine were about 1″ in diameter.)
  4. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Makes about 20-25 balls.

Substitution Options:

  • Replace peanut butter with any nut butter (almond butter, sunflower seed butter, etc.)
  • Replace chocolate chips with chopped dried fruit, dried berries, chopped almonds, pecans or sunflower seeds or any other chips (butterscotch, dark chocolate, etc)
  • Do not replace the honey – it holds everything together!

Source: Gimme Some Oven

Homemade Mac ‘n’ Cheese

About a week ago I was struggling to decide on what to make for lunch. I just so happened to have all the ingredients on hand for homemade mac ‘n’ cheese so decided to whip up a batch. Solid decision.

HOMEMADE MACARONI ‘N’ CHEESE

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 4 cups Milk
  • 1 lb Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 lb Pasta
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)

Directions:

  1. Boil noodles and drain.
  2. Melt all butter and mix in flour. Be sure to get all the lumps out.
  3. When smooth, add milk and turn on high heat. Keep stirring.
  4. When the mixture starts to thicken, turn the heat down and add the cheese. Add slowly and keep stirring so it all melts.
  5. Add noodles to cheese mixture.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. **Extra Step** You can put this in a baking dish and add parmesan cheese and bread (or cracker) crumbs and bake on 350 for 10-15 min if you want to make an easy to serve casserole.

Serves approximately 10 people.