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As the title implies… the morning started off a little rainy. I did wake up early, but Mike had to leave for business early so I wasn’t able to get to Pilates Class this morning. Hopefully this afternoon I can squeeze it in.:)

But, I did get up and made this mornings Juice Drink of Carrot, Beet and Cucumber. I also took my spoonful of Barley Max with water and took at look at the menu for today. 

HINT: Cucumber juice is a natural diuretic, is beneficial for those with rheumatic ailments, is high in potassium, promotes hair and fingernail growth and helps to eliminate skin eruptions.

Barley Max 30 minutes before lunch 

Lunch:  Bananas until I’m satisfied

Mid Afternoon: 8oz Carrot Juice

HINT: Carrot Juice is the #1 Juice in the diet. Contains natural vitamins, B,C,D,E,K and beta carotene, a precursor of vitamin A, as well as calcium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, and many other minerals a trace minerals.

Barley Max 30 minutes before dinner

Dinner: Hallelujah Acres Cabbage Salad &   Carrot Soup

My old juicer had a bit of problem Wednesday night as I was using it to juice some carrots for the Carrot Soup…. so the Soup looked nothing like a soup.

Wednesday Menu Carrot Soup

Wednesday Menu Carrot Soup

Carrot Soup:

Ingredients:

2Cups Carrots

1/4Cup Red Pepper

1/2Cup Celery

1/4Tsp paprika

1/4Cup Red Onion

1/4Cup Broccoli Florets

1Cup Fresh Carrot Juice

1/2Tsp Thyme

Celtic Salt

Directions: Clean and grate carrots, and finely chop onion, red pepper, broccoli and celery. Mix together. Add carrot juice, Celtic Salt and seasonings. Stir to blend.

Wednesday Menu Cabbage Salad

Wednesday Menu Cabbage Salad

Hallelujah Acres Cabbage Salad:

Ingredients:

2Large Apples

2Cups Green Cabbage

1/2Cup Organic Raisins

1Cup Carrots

2Stalks Celery

Directions: Grate apples, carrots, cabbage, chop celery and add raisins. Delicious plain of with the following dressing.

Combine and Mix well:

1/2Tsp Dried Onion

2Tbsp raw unfiltered honey

1/2Tsp minced garlic

2-3Tbsp Organic Apple Juice

HINT: Organic raisins have no harmful sprays that regular raisins do. Regular raisins are sprayed with harmful chemicals then left in the sun to dry, causing toxic chemicals to be concentrated in the raisins.

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My friend and her daughter got here after 1am. It was a long drive for them and a long wait for us. Staying up that late is exhausting. So needless to say, I didn’t want to wake up Saturday morning.

But we did get up are 8am.. and I got out my Almond Butter and warmed up some Whole Wheat Bread and put it out on the table, while Mike made his famous scrambled eggs.  I made the Almond Butter the night before and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it… and when I did it was delicious. I can’t believe it was so good on the bread like that.

 

Almond Butter

Almond Butter on Bread

Almond Butter:

2Cups Almonds

1Tbls Honey

1/2Bottle of Water

Directions:

Soak Almonds overnight in water. Put Almonds into food processor, add honey and water as mixture blends together into a chunky paste.

Once we cleaned up from breakfast, we jotted down to D.C. to do a little sight seeing with my girlfriend and her daughter.

At the WhiteHouse

WhiteHouse with Liz & Alexis
Secret Service Leaving Secret Service Cars Leaving WH

We actually had a chance to see the President leave from the Whitehouse.. or at least that’s what we thought was going on out there with all the secret service guys.

Then, we headed over to New York Avenue to do a little wholesale shopping with the store owners there. It’s a great place to buy stuff at bulk/discount prices.

It was getting later in the day and  that time, we were all hungry. We made it back to the house around 3pm and we unloaded all our bags and I started warming food up and putting finishing touches on some things. I asked Liz to set the table and then we all sat down to Mike’s Roasted Eggplant & Potato and my Stuffed Avocado dish, Almond Cheese, and for dessert we had my famously new recipe for Strawberry Pie.

Stuffed Avocado

Stuffed Avocado

Stuffed Avocado:

Ingredients:

2Ripe Avocadoes

1/4Cup Green Onions

2Tsp. Fresh Lemon Juice

2Tbsp. Olive Oil

1/4Cup Carrot

1/4Cup Celery

1/4Cup Beet

Directions:

 Mince Green Onion, shred Carrot and beet and finely dice celery. Peel avocados, cut in half and remove pit. For each serving, place 2 halves of avocado on a bed of mixed greens and stuff with vegetables. Combine lemon juice and oil and drizzle over stuffed vegetables.

Almond Cheese

Almond Cheese

Almond Cheese:

Ingredients:

1Cup Distilled Water

1/2Cup Red Bell Pepper

1/4Cup Nutritional Yeast Flakes

1/2Tsp. Garlic Powder

1/2Tsp. Sea Salt

2Tsp. Onion Flakes

4Tbps. Agar Agar Flakes or Arrow Root Powder

1Cup Almonds

1Tbsp Tahini or 2Tbsp. Sesame Seeds

2Tbsp. Lemon Juice

1Tsp. Paprika

1Tbsp. Vegetarian Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

Place water and almonds into blender and process until a creamy milk consistancy is reached. Pour into saucepan, Mix in agar agar(or arrow root powder) and bring to a boil. Immediately, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until agar agar (or arrow root powder) is completely dissolved. Place mixture in blender, and add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Scrape sides until all ingredients are  mixed well. Pour into container and refrigerate until set. This cheese can be sliced in the size you prefer.

Fresh Strawberry Pie

Fresh Strawberry Pie

Fresh Strawberry Pie:

Ingredients:

Pie Shell:

1Cup Raw Almonds, Soaked Overnight

1Cup Soft, Pitted Dates

1/2Tsp. Vanilla

Soak almonds in distilled water for 12 hours. Grind the nuts in a food processor until finely chopped. Add the dates and vanilla and blend well. Press thinly into a pie plate (from center to the outside rim) to form the shell.

Binder:

7 or 8 Large Ripe Strawberries

5 Soft Dates, Pitted

2Bananas, ripe

1Tbsp. Fresh Lemon Juice

Blend all binder ingredients in food processor or blender until well mixed.

Fruit Filling:

Cut 2 pints of fresh strawberries into quarters, and fold into binder and fill shell. Decorate with approximately 1/2 pint of quartered strawberries. Cover with plastic wrap and store in refrigerator. Chill before serving.

And that was it for both lunch and dinner. I did however make Almond Milk with the left over Almonds Soaked in water. The ingredients are easy, but the process is a bit time consuming.

Almond Milk:

Ingredints:

1Cup Almonds, Soaked Overnight

1/2Bottle Water

2Tbls. Vanilla

4 Pitted Dates

Directions:

Drain almonds from water and peel skin off of the nuts. Place the nuts into food processor and blend pouring in the Vanilla and Dates and water to keep substance smooth. Strain ingredients through a cheeseclothe until liquid milk comes through. Keep refrigerated.

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Apples & Bananas

Apples & Bananas

I couldn’t wait to wake up and go to Pilates this Monday morning… since I didn’t go all weekend and I ate Chocolate Dove Bars the night before!

 

 

It was a great work out at this morning’s Jump Board Pilates and my legs are definitely feeling the burn, even now.

After the workout, Mike and I got an early start on getting some errands done. We hit up the bank first and then it was off to the post office, where I check the P.O. Box. We drove all the way out to Virginia to drop off the dry cleaning and back tracked it to Tyson’s Mall area so we can get lunch. Mike likes to go to the Olive Garden Restaurant off Leesburg Pike in Tyson’s area.

I got my regular Minestrone Soup and Salad combination. I just love their Minestrone Soup, and today it was even better than the last time. Again, I indulged on two bread sticks during my fairly healthy meal. If only Olive Garden could switch to Whole Wheat Bread Sticks, that would be ideal for me!!!!

Robeks Smoothie

Berry Burst Smoothie

Later, I had a sweet tooth so we stopped off at Robeks for a smoothie. I got a Berry Burst Smoothie with an appetite suppressant boost. Yum Yum Yum!

We made it home just in time for Mike’s son to get home from school, and he had a little buddy with him. So I decided to cut up some Apples and Bananas and I made a side dish of Pita Chips and Hummus for the boys to snack on… and we’re still snacking on them. I’m not sure what’s for dinner.

Hummus & Pita Chips

Hummus & Pita Chips

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Sunday Soup

Vegetable Soup

Sunday Soup

Vegetable Soup

I’ve been feeling so much better these last couple of days… I must have over done it with the day at the Space Museum Saturday… and the stretching and weights these last couple of nights. My back is killing me again.!!!!

While we were at the Space Museum Saturday, we stopped for lunch at the indoor McDonald’s and I had a Southwestern Salad w/out the Chicken. Then we went to see the IMAX Theatre presentation of Space Exploration, which was great. Afterwards, we went home and hung out.

Mike made a Persian meal with Plums and Turkey Meat. It’s more of a stew and I ate that with some White Rice. For desert… I ate some Raspberries, Blackberries, Flaxseed, Whipped Topping and Leftover Ice-Cream.

I’ve been keeping up on my Carrot Juice and found a new drink Smoothie from Bolt house Farms Strawberries and Bananas. Tried some last night!

This morning… Sunday I woke up with throbbing back pain. After I took my morning vitamins and drank the Barley Juice. Mike made me another Veggie Soup: so I had some with Whole Wheat Bread crumbs.
Carrots
Celery
Cream Corn
White Beans
Barley

This soup stock however, was made with left over Turkey from last night’s meal.

As the day progresses, with me on the bed sitting on the heating pad, I’ve got my Carrot Juice, Almonds, Apple and Banana to munch on.:)

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