Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Jump for JOY!

Literally...I'm kind of jumping for joy.  My two nights of work are done (with no crazy mishaps) and I have two nights off (I've been doing only 1 night off for a while and it's exhausting!). juice cleanse is done!  I will admit I'm not a total fan.  But I feel lighter and a bit "cleaner."  It was an experience for sure but doing it while working was hard...except I did have the company of these two beautiful ladies to help me!
Showing off our white tongues as we detox...yum!
I may do a 24 hour juice cleanse monthly though just to keep things clean and detoxed.  Kris Carr in her book Crazy, Sexy, Diet advocates this idea as a way to periodically "clean house."  She does it weekly but I'll take baby steps.  As you may remember I have reason to keep things clean internally and not let the little cancer bugs back in my life...
Anyway, here is a little juice "porn" of the mixes I had for the past few days...
So much loveliness going into the juice!

Beet, apple, cucumber
Carrot and ginger (my fav)

Greens (kale, spinach, cucumber, celery, parsley, romaine) and apple, plum on top of carrot 
But now it's back to real food as I wind down with some green smoothie love and some veggies...luckily my kids wanted in and had some smoothie love with me (they specifically requested lettuce in theirs)

Tomorrow is a full day off and I'll spend it training to my little hearts content and then cooking up a storm as I whip up some new recipes I've been thinking over...let's just say I've been super inspired lately by the fabulous woman behind Sprint 2 The Table and her amazing look for some carrot loving coming your way soon (not in this form...more of a muffin, but inspiration is inspiration)...
Speaking of inspired, I was majorly inspired recently as I gazed longingly on an Almond Joy bar that I couldn't bring myself to much crap included.  I KNEW I could improve on I threw some things together...
...and VOILA!!!
Jump For (Almond) JOY Bars!!!
It's a revelation for me!!  I LOVE Almond Joy bars and these are a great substitute...they even got the hubby's seal of approval.  Enjoy until next time!
Jump for (Almond) Joy Bars
by Jaclyn Trosper
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: N/A

Ingredients (10 bars)
  • 1/2 C coconut flakes
  • 1/4 C dried tart cherries
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened carob chips
  • 1/2 C raw almonds
  • 1 tbsp raw coconut crystals
  • 1 tsp maca root powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 4 tbsp agave
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
Mix all ingredients in a food processor until well mixed.  Keep scraping sides of bowl to thoroughly mix.  Use extra coconut oil to well grease sheet of parchment paper.  Roll out mix onto sheet and cut into 10 small bars.  Place in fridge to set.  Devour as needed to feel amazing!
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