Detox Ingredient: Parsley + Fire cider recipe

IMG_4582DSC_0037DSC_0038When I did my cleanse a few weeks ago I learned that parsley is a super food and not just a garnish due to it’s unique components: volatile oils and flavonoids. The volatile oils help protect us from some carcinogens like those in cigarette and charcoal smoke while the flavonoids function as antioxidants protecting our cells from damage.  It is also a great source of vitamins C, A & K and the nutrients Iron and folate.  Vitamin C cancels out dangerous free radicals in the body therefore protecting us from all sorts of disease.  Vitamin A, aka beta carotene, is also an antioxidant that helps protect us from diseases like diabetes, colon cancer and arteriosclerosis (hey, I heart my heart!).

I’ve always loved parsley in tabouli but I’m going to start using it in salads, on fish, in stews and soups and in this: Fire Cider.  It’s a whole food remedy for colds and flu and helpful for allergies,  digestion, circulation and bronchitis.  I am an allergy sufferer so that is my main reason for making this.  The fire cider is incredibly tart and I only eat a spoonful once-twice daily.  I also eat it on salads as a vinaigrette with some olive oil.  Here’s how I made it:

Ingredients: apple cider vinegar (preferably organic)// 3 tbs horseradish root// 3 tbs grated/peeled ginger// one head garlic// small onion// 3 tbs fresh parsley// 1 C organic beets.

1. Blend all ingredients and pour into a jar.  Pour the apple cider vinegar to the top of the jar.  Label with the date  2. Refridgerate for 2-4 weeks and do not open it!  You can strain out the liquid and bottle it for use or I just use it all because it’s so good!  Be careful though if you have heartburn or stomach issues or take blood thinners because it might exacerbate these problems.  To our health!

If you want more info on fire cider and parsley, check out these sites: (a little nutritional info + recipe) (Fire cider recipe-not the one I used, but the main ingredients are similar) (this lovely blog is where I first learned of Fire cider) (this site is great to learn all about the nutritional content of food, love it) (tons of recipes that have parsley)


Whole fruit apple carrot juice

This colorful smoothie has 4 whole carrots, peeled// 1 apple, de-stemmed// 1/2 C water// strawberry garnish *add a slice of ginger for extra health benefits. DSC_0030 DSC_0026 apple carrot juiceToday is Day 3 of my cleanse and I’m having my second smoothie of the day.  I feel fine, good even.  I stopped feeling hungry yesterday as the smoothies are very filling.  My headache stopped also which I think was largely due to my lack of caffeine.  One cup of green tea with my breakfast smoothie and I’m good to go.  I’ve been sleeping very well.  I’ve been reading my Clean eating (awesome vegetarian, dairy free, gluten free recipes) cookbook for ideas of what to cook after my cleanse so I stay on track.  I’m also going to start planning a garden so I’m going to read up on good veggies to plant here.  I’ve been wanting to do this forever!

So what after the cleansing period?  While I’m not going to be a vegetarian or go on any “diet”, my goal is to continue to eat lots of veggies, whole grains and no refined or processed grains as much as possible, no refined sugars, less liqueur and more wine (happy face), nuts, and plenty of proteins.   I’m also committed to a regular exercise regimen of which currently I workout with my husband every other day and then walk the dogs on off days. I’m really excited to start this year off so healthily, it feels really good!!!

How are you guys doing on your new years resolutions?

P.S. If you want to do a cleanse, I highly recommend watching Joe Cross’s documentary “Fat, sick and nearly dead” first for some great information and motivational stories.  A couple great detox smoothie recipes I found were from Dr. Oz; I really liked the ingredients he used in them like coconut water, almond butter, cucumbers, kale (click for some great nutrition facts/cooking methods) and pineapples.  I plan on doing this cleanse several times a year as part of my regular diet.  It makes so much sense to clean out your insides every once in a while.

Green whole fruit smoothie

vitamixDid I mention that with this cleanse of no food, caffeine and alcohol are not to be consumed as well?  The caffeine part so far is the hardest. I had a dull headache the entire first day.  I even allowed myself a small cup of loose leaf green tea, but it didn’t help much if at all.  I did a work out and that DID help for a while.   My lunch smoothie today was inspired by V8 juice and it wasn’t very good:( so I started feeling sorry for myself when my husband made himself a spinach, feta omelet. So I’m getting out of the house for a while to get more ingredients to use, like a pineapple:) yay.

Here’s one of the recipes I made for my cleansing detox that is really good tasting: 3 C spinach// 1 C grapes// 3/4 C mango// 1/2 C blackberries// 1/2 banana // strawberry for garnish or just throw it in the mix
DSC_0024I’m really enjoying this cleanse despite the lack of caffeine (and my lunch smoothie).  Whole foods can only make you feel good and despite the funny colors, this tastes really good!

Fresh start

So today I’m starting a cleansing detox for 3 days. What it means is no food, just fresh produce smoothies.  I’ve lately felt sluggish and tired and I think this might be just what I need.  I watched several documentaries like “Fat, sick and Nearly dead” about juicing and cleansing and how it really should just be part of your life, not something you do once and done.  We eat a healthy, clean diet as much as possible but I think I just need something extra to get me motivated again. I remember feeling this way a year ago as well, in fact much worse. I was severely stressed out with planning an out-of-state wedding by myself, suffering a very difficult loss in the family, and with my job.  I wasn’t dealing very well and couldn’t get motivated for several months.  I want this year to start out well now!

We bought ourselves a Vitamix blender for Christmas. It’s different than a juicer but I’m convinced that eating the whole fruit/vegetable is way more beneficial than just squeezing the juice out.  I would love to try a juicer sometime, but for now I think this is the way to go.  I’ve already been having a smoothie a day for breakfast for about a week now and they are really great.  The vitamix is so powerful that it can even blend up strawberry seeds and get out all those nutrients that normally your body just rids because it’s too small or hard to digest.

Today’s smoothie: Green goodness

ingredients: 3 C spinach// 1 celery rib// 1 medium carrot, peeled// 5 strawberries// 1 orange, peeled// 1 apple, whole// small bunch cilantro

The cilantro really overpowers this smoothie, but in a good, clean, fresh liver-cleansing way. It’s altogether sweet and delicious.   Are you doing anything new this  year to get motivated/healthier? Bottoms up, Jessica.