That time I did an 1 day juice cleanse

I once did an one day juice cleanse. All the way with the cheesy "I kiss my juice" pictures as proof.  I had a bit hangover from just drinking 2 bellinis at the Operation Smile Ball the day before. So when you don't feel so great, what do you do? Exactly you take care of yourself! Eating really healthy is your own medicine. So I decided to visit Organic Avenue.

About Organic Avenue

Organic Avenue was a vegan and rawfood chain in New York City. It was founded by Denise Mari, and back in the day I did an interview with her. There were so many new Organic Avenue Locations popping up around town at one point. To me it seemed they had a lot of success, but they also seemed to grow too fast. After a few years Denise sold the company, and from what I've read, she came back on board to run the company.  OA incorporated different foods into the menu besides cleanses (the vegan chicken and waffles was great!) but eventually they went out of business :( . Sad story of a vegan health food store I enjoyed so much in NYC! I notice many of my favorite restaurants have gone out of business, it is just part of doing business in New York City.

Organic Avenue Soho location
Organic Avenue Soho location before it closed

Now back to the juice cleanse story: There used to be an Organic Avenue Location in Soho, close to where I live, and I decided to do their one day cleanses.

The 1 day juice cleanse

I received 7 bottles of juice. 1 small one to start the day with chlorophyll, and 6 juices.  You were told to drink water in between..

1 day cleanse from Organic Avenue
1 day cleanse by Organic Avenue

8.30 am

Let's start this juice cleanse! I woke up tired and had my first juice at this time. A chlorophyll shot that made my tongue green! It has a specific taste, but it is not bad. Chlorophyll comes from plants and is an "extremely important bio molecule, critical in photosynthesis, which allows plants to absorb energy from light."- Quote from Wikipedia  

chlorophyll shot
chlorophyll shot

10 am

My first real juice is a nice simple orange juice. A great way to start a morning with some sweet citrus fruit juice.

orange juice
orange juice

12 pm

Green Love juice. Cucumber, celery, chard, spinach, pear, collard greens, kale, romaine, parsley, lemon juice. This one is a bit hard to drink due to the large amount of greens in this juice. So it took me a bit longer to drink this juice!

Green Love juice
Green Love juice

2.30 pm

Turmeric Tonic,  lemon juice, ginger juice, purified alkaline water, coconut sugar, turmeric, cayenne pepper, black pepper, cardamom, himalayan salt. This one was spicy but I actually liked this juice! It tasted a bit like something from the Middle East because of the spices. I drank it quite fast.

Turmeric Tonic
Turmeric Tonic
Lonneke & Turmeric Tonic
Lonneke & Turmeric Tonic

4.30pm

Veggie Vibe: carrot, cucumber, beet, celery, chard, spinach, ginger, parsley, lemon. This one is hard again! Took me longer time to drink. But you feel really healthy drinking it.

At this point I felt really energized and fit! Getting so many minerals and vitamins in, plus water is really doing good for your body, right?

6.30 pm

Spicy Avocado Soup: avocado, purified alkaline water, spinach, lime juice, celery, cilantro, garlic, Himalayan salt, jalapeño, cumin. This is my least favorite. maybe because of the garlic and that it is thicker. It took me some effort to drink it.

Lonneke & Spicy Avocado Soup
Lonneke & Spicy Avocado Soup

8pm

Last juice of the day! Fresh, sweet coconut juice. I love ending a day like this with something super yummy!

Although some people do cleanses a few days in a row, I think it was nice to just do a one day cleanse. This way it does not "shock" your body while still replenishing your body with the essential nutrients. It is also a great that for that day you have a plan, and the 7 juices keep you on track. You don't have to think what you are gonna eat or what's for dinner at night. The cleanse is telling you that already so it relieves stress that way as well!

Why a one day juice cleanse might be good for you

Because you drink the whole day so you are very much hydrated.  And you don't have much time to feel hungry. Right when you feel hungry, you have the thicker Spicy Avocado soup that is filling. I think anyone can do a 1 day cleanse to just feel better and get rid of toxins or indigestion, if you don't get tempted by any food! So do this during a rainy day when you are likely to stay at home, or if you are stuck at the office with no food in sight, that's my recommendation.

You start to appreciate food more while on a cleanse, that is for sure!

Why juicing might not so good for you

You notice there is a lot of parsley added to the juices. This is because parsley contains lots of Vitamin K, a lot of antioxidants, which helps our bones and strengthens our nervous system.(that's good!) But I only learnt later that Parsley, other green leafy vegetables and beets contain a lot of oxalates and goitrogens. I will go into that some other time why that is actually not so good for some people like myself (oxalates can form crystals in your body and can cause kidney stones, goitrogens slow down a thyroid). Not to mention the high sugar intake which research suggests due to the lack of fiber that helps release sugar slowly into the blood system, a juice is causing a sugar spike. And juices that are not pasteurized, can bring harmful bacteria to your gut which can cause a whole other range of issues.

Maybe, just maybe, juice cleansing was a hype from 2006-2016, and now people just have one juice once a while and are onto another fad, like Keto or Paleo?

Related: Why no one does juice cleanses anymore

Organic Avenue used to offer their juices in glass bottles, but they were more expensive as there was a fee for returning the bottles. Now they serve the juices in BPA- free plastic, I thought that was a nice thing! Of course with the demise of Organic Avenue, their bottles are gone too. (I just kept one as a souvenir).

If you want to do a cleanse, there are many places in New York City and beyond to get a juice from, including Juice Press, Pressed Juicery ,Blueprint and Juice Generation

Related: 5 cleanses that get delivered to your door in the USA

p.s. for my readers in the Netherlands: you can order from Sapmeesters.

Final thought on cleanses: You should decide yourself what works for you! I will now enjoy a small juice once a while!

Love, Lonneke

First Published on May 6th 2012, Updated with new insights in 2019

 


Organic vs non-organic

When you buy your fruits and veggies at supermarket in the USA, they always have this little sticker with numbers on it. Do you know what it means?

Produce from organic farms

Produce that comes from organic farms, have a sticker with five numbers, and always starts with number 9.

Organic vs non-organicOrganic vs non-organic

Produce from non-organic farms

Produce that been treated with pesticides, have stickers with four number, and always starts with number 4.

(Sorry, I don’t have non-organic fruits at home to snap a picture of it)

More information on organic vs. non-organic

  • Organic foods are foods produced using methods which do not involve synthetic inputs such as synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Organic products are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives. Click here to read more.
  • In the United States, the National Organic Program (NOP) is the federal regulatory framework governing organic food. You should visit their website to learn more http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/nop.
  • Wikipedia offers also a list of countries with regulations on organic agriculture. It contains links to documents with the status of formal government-standards, regulations, and certification of organic farming and organic food.

Next time you go to supermarket, pay attention to it and you will see.

Have a great fruit and veggie shopping!

Love, Val

 

First published on October 31st  2012, updated in 2019


homemade organic acai bowl

I love this organic acai bowl to start my day! And for those people who say a smoothie or juice is not good to eat, because you don't chew your food, this is a good in-between option. Why do some people oppose to having a smoothie? Because they say you don't chew the food, and that way you don't produce essential enzymes to digest your food. That's why our organic acai bowl is a lovely breakfast to eat in the morning!

Acai (really açai) is a berry that comes from a palm tree native to the Amazon rainforest. The berries are already over thousands of years  considered to have healing properties and a high nutritional value that boosts energy. Dr. Oz shares why acai is good for you.

Acai comes in many forms including a dried powder form which I like to use. Check out the below recipe for an energy boosting breakfast organic acai bowl!

p.s. we add peanut butter for taste but also because it contains healthy fats that give prolonged energy and make you feel full for a longer period of time. Normally we wouldn't recommend mixing sugars and fats, but in the morning your energy levels are low and I feel it is not that bad to eat healthy sugars and fats to get started!

p.s. sorry for the bad picture!

Love, Lonneke

homemade organic acai bowl
A nourishing and delicious breakfast bowl that will give you the energy to start the day!

Author:
Recipe type: breakfast
Serves: 1

Prep time: 
Total time: 

Ingredients
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 chopped banana
  • 2 handfuls of berries to your liking, we used blackberries, raspberries, strawberries.
  • 1 tbsp of acai powder
  • 2 tbsp spoon peanut butter
  • handful of raw organic cocoa nibs (raw chocolate)
  • handful of organic (raw) granola

Instructions
  1. mix the berries with the milk and acai powder in a blender with half of the chopped banana.
  2. Add the granola in bottom of bowl.
  3. Pour the berry mixture on top.
  4. Add the remaining banana on top.
  5. Add the peanut butter in the middle
  6. Sprinkel the raw organic cocoa nibs on top.
  7. Enjoy!

Notes
You can also use frozen berries instead of fresh berries. Just let them warm up a bit otherwise it is really cold.

organic acai bowl 2


Breakfast smoothie

Hello, lovely OYL readers! Today I want to share a breakfast smoothie. It contains fruits - for vitamins, leafy greens - for minerals and avocado - for fat (natural, high quality plant-based fat), which is a key ingredient for beautiful, glowing skin.

Breakfast Smoothie
Delicious smoothie for breakfast

Author:
Cuisine: raw food
Recipe type: smoothie
Serves: 2

Prep time: 
Total time: 

Ingredients
  • 1 peeled orange
  • ½ pineapple
  • ½ cucumber (do not peel organic cucumber! skin contains essential minerals)
  • handful peppermint
  • handful kale
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 cup water

Instructions
  1. Place orange, cucumber, pineapple and water in high speed blender.
  2. Blend till smooth consistency.
  3. Add kale, peppermint and avocado.
  4. Blend again.
  5. READY!

 

LOVE, VALENTINA

Pictures by Valentina Zelyaeva

First published on April 10 2012, updated in 2019


Breakfast: babyfood grows up!

When I was young I always loved a "fruithapje". A dish made out of fruits and other delicious things for breakfast or as a snack.

Organice Your Life team member Dirk Verest and I played with the ingredients and came up with the following modern version of my preferred baby food!

Remember: the eye wants something too, so think of a fun way to display your food, like in a recycled glass jar! Dirk used a 400ml jar. Which he thought was the right size for the right amount of food for a full feeling during the rest of the morning.

Breakfast jar

Shopping list for 1:  (buy organic and local whenever possible)

- organic (Greek) yoghurt

-  1 Apple

-  1 Kiwi

- 1 Mango

- 1 Grapefruit

- About 2 tablespoons of Teff. a type of grain from Africa that is healthy & gluten free, which is Dirk's favorite grain, and which one spoon helps to keep the shredded fruits form a cohesive mass. (It has to soak up the fruitjuices) You can also try it without Teff, or try another dry breakfast product like oatmeal, Brinta, or Liga, but from our experience this works the best.

- handful of your preferred muesli.

How to make:

Add layers of yoghurt, muesli & shaved fruits in a jar.

This one has layers of:

fruits: * Shaved organic apple & mango, * Cut Kiwis in cubes between. *Mixed with Teff for fibers and essential minerals, * Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.

Yoghurt: Greek organic yoghurt.

Crunch: organic crunchy muesli.

Costs: Less than a few dollars per person, maybe even less. It all depends on what fruits you put in that make the price go up. The more local and in season fruits you buy, the cheaper it is! Everything is for sale at a regular supermarket, the teff is only available in specialized organic food stores or for sale online.

breakfast jar 2

Enjoy!

Love, Lonneke 

 


Salad making for dummies

What you need for a good salad

  • 1. Pick a kind of lettuce as a base, I prefer organic. Romaine, watercress or mix different lettuces up.
  • 2. Pick 1, 2 or more vegetables that you add raw or grilled. Like cucumber, tomatoes, grilled mushrooms, red peppers, onions.
  • 3. Add a protein. If you go vegetarian you can choose nuts. If you eat meat you can add grilled organic chicken, beef, bacon or other options. And fish: tuna, salmon, grilled shrimp or scallops as a few examples. Avocado is a nice topping as it is filling
  • 4. Add extra toppings like dried fruits to make the salad get a sweet flavor (raisins, cranberries, grapes, strawberries or other fruits)
  • Add cheese to make it more hearty (goat cheese, blue cheese, parmesan, gouda or other cheeses)
  • Add finishing toppings. Seeds, sprouts or anything else you can think of too add.
  • 5. And last: add your dressing! *Simple salt, pepper and olive oil tastes great with good ingredients in a salad.
  • If you want to go to an asian twist: add soy sauce based sauces to the dressing.
  • If you want to go light, add yoghurt in the dressing.
  • When you want to go sweet & spicy, add a bit of spicy red pepper flakes in dressing with honey

Ingredients which taste great together and in combination are great:

  •  Goat cheese, cranberries & pistachios
  •  Romaine, parmesan, croutons
  • Tomatoes, cucumbers, salt, pepper
  • Goat cheese, roasted pumpkin, sunflower seeds
  • Walnuts & blue cheese.
  • Avocado is always great to add to every salad. Tomatoes and cucumbers almost always are good ingredients too!

Just add some lettuce and olive oil!

Try your own combinations of dressing, salad & ingredients to find your favorite salad!

Love, Lonneke

 


green juice

Green Spice Juice

Hi Everyone,

This is my first post as an OYL contributor!

First up: I love having a green juice a day.

Once a week I go to the market and stock up on whatever greens and fruits I can get . For me its very important to get in as many greens as possible. Every day I make green juice for the day. I use the Breville juice fountain Elite juicer to make the juice.

This green Juice I call Green Spice because it has ginger and cilantro in it.

To make it I use:

  • kale
  • collard greens
  • Fennel
  • cilantro
  • cucumber
  • ginger
  • celery
  • lemon
  • about 3 apples

green juice

Enjoy!

Kisses, Teresa


Fall vegetables and fruits

The Fall is here. As the weather changes so as our diet. Look for what's in-season now and start to incorporate and create recipes with Fall vegetables and fruits. It is important to eat what's local and in-season in your region simply because it is the freshest and most nutritious food.

Here is an example list of what you can find across the country this Fall:

1. Concord Grapes

2.Pomegranates

3. Apples

4. Butternut Squash (check out my recipe for Butternut Squash soup)

5. Brussel Sprouts

6. Eggplant

7. Carrots

8. Sweet Potato

9. Pears

LOVE, VAL