So this is my last day of my makeshift juicing cleanse.  Have a couple confessions…although I did supplement my breakfast and lunch with juice, I couldn’t sacrifice my dinner.  The first day was miserable, second day got a bit better and by the third I was comfortable with just the juice for the greater portion of my day.  BUT everyday around 3pm I would literally go crazy insane….tired, irritable, delusional, emotional- the whole bit.  SO, I had to snack on raisins, walnuts, fresh veggies or a little peanut butter to curb my appetite.  I constantly drank water or jasmine pearl tea (one of my favorites) and naturally cut out my daily Nespresso shot in the morning.

Ingredients for Juice Muffins

Ingredients for Juice Muffins

Things I noticed immediately…trimmer tummy, clearer/smoother skin and I feel much lighter than normal…if that make sense.  I definitely have a new found appreciation for vegetables and fruits so I think I am going to keep this going by making one juice a day.  I also think I dodged a cold that was going around the office this week by juicing- had a little sniffle and sore throat at the beginning of the week and now I am 100%.  Overall, I am happy Jack LaLanne came into our lives.

Juice 4-5 carrots, 1-2 apples and 1 orange and put the pulp in a medium bowl

Juice 4-5 carrots, 1-2 apples and 1 orange and put the pulp in a medium bowl

Mark on the other hand…ask him about his juicing experience and he will just say that it was “boring”  :0) …. but secretly I know he likes the concept, he just enjoys all food- period.

Mix eggs, apple sauce, oil, milk, sugar and vanilla then add flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and cranberries /raisins

Mix eggs, apple sauce, oil, milk, sugar and vanilla then add flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and cranberries /raisins

So while juicing you will have tons and tons of pulp that is 100% editable.  We don’t have the need to save it for compost and Jack certainly doesn’t eat leftovers so I felt a little guilty disposing of the pulp.  My sister, Maggie (who also did the cleanse with me this week), found a recipe for muffins made of juice pulp so we gave it a try last night…the recipe itself was horrible (poorly written) so we improvised and although the muffins taste great, they look a little….earthy.

Mix well

Mix well

What you will need:

  • Pulp of 4-5 medium carrots
  • Pulp of 1-2 medium apples (we used green, but I bet honey crisps would be awesome)
  • Pulp of 1 orange
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup milk (I bet you could substitute for almond milk or soy if desired)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup dried cranberries or raisins

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and you can either use paper-lined muffin tins or spray the tins with a baking spray.  Next time, I am going to try using just the tin because some of the muffins were sticking to the liners.

Add mixture to the pulp and stir

Add mixture to the pulp and stir

Juice carrots, apples and orange and put the pulp aside in a medium mixing bowl.

In another bowl, mix eggs, apple sauce, oil, milk, sugar and vanilla until smooth and then add the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and cranberries/raisins.  Mix thoroughly!

Add the mixture to the pulp and blend well.  Taste test to see if you need a bit more sugar!  And then fill each muffin tin about 3/4 full.

Fill each tin 3/4 full

Fill each tin 3/4 full

Bake for about 25-30 minutes…just keep an eye on them and use the toothpick test to see when they are done.

Will be a perfect snack around 3pm today!

Happy Friday everyone!!

Bake at 400 for 25-30 min

Bake at 400 for 25-30 min

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