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Hey there 🙂

A lot has happened since my last post ((ohh no, she’s said that before and it was depressing..)), in lots of good ways ((woohoo!!))!!

It’s the middle of the summer here in the UK and in Kent we have had some really great weather. OK, apparently we’ve got a heat wave over here, but that’s so different to our usual kind of weather ((rain, sun, rain, sleet, sun, snow, rain.. – sometimes in the same day 😛 )) that people have been really enjoying it, going out to beaches and having BBQs and garden parties, running and cycling more, playing with kids outside, it’s really great to see 🙂

Sundae 4 Dinner

Also of course, it means it’s time for ICE CREAM!! Or “Nice Cream” in my case 😉 , this one being a vanilla and “chocolate” ice cream sundae that I had for dinner ..on a Sunday 😛

So, what else have I been up to?? Well, last week on Wednesday, I got a call-back for a 3-day job, helping to sell strawberries & cream and other fruits at the Kent County Show. I got it 🙂 and then the next day I got another call from Cobtree Park Café, a tiny little outside café in a country park, only about 2 miles from me!! So I went there for an informal interview and was told the hours – only 15:00 – 18:00, but it’s certainly better than nothing!! I’m just selling drinks and ice creams, crisps, chocolates and cakes, so it’s probably only going to be a summer job, but I finally feel like I’ve caught a break, and that’s something 🙂 .

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So, I started at the County Show on Friday at 08:00 and worked with a guy called Morris, or Mo, for short. We got on well and he was nice and got on with everyone else. In fact, he kept giving me bits of fruit to try, as we were prepping all day continuously, and on Saturday I came away with a cup full of watermelon and grapes, an overflowing pint of cherries and over a pot of strawberries!! Thanks, Mo!! It was really warm over the 3 days, and we were right in the corner, at the entrance to the food tent, so it got very hot and tiring after a while – especially on Saturday. I also helped out a girl called Lea and another guy called Jazz, making fruit smoothies and selling different fruits. By the end of each day I had bright red hands and very sticky clothes 😛 but it was all great fun and I wish that I could do it full-time!!

I started work at Cobtree yesterday ((Monday)) and found it very slow-paced compared to the show, but it’s not too bad. I don’t go in until 15:00 so that should mean that I have a lot of time to do things in the morning, but today I have been very unproductive.. I haven’t even done my squats, yet!!

As you may have read, I have a new blog, that I started up in April, called Simply LFRV ((Low-Fat, Raw Vegan)). I created it in hope that I could assist people who are interested in the lifestyle, inspiring them with recipes, my favourite LFRV and LFV, tips, fruit info and advice.. I’ll be posting another recipe on there tomorrow, a summery berry treat. You heard it here first 😉 . Here’s a link to my new site: SimplyLFRV..

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To find out why I eat so much fruit and veg, and also, why I’m vegan, check out these links:

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If you’re interested in the low-fat vegan or low-fat raw vgan way of eating, and the whole lifestyle, check out 30BananasADay! ((30Bad!))

Hoping that this weather stays for a while. I’ve really been enjoying getting out there on my bike, seeing how many miles I can get in on TribeSports, of course selling ((and eating copious amounts of..)) fruit in the sunshine, going for long walks with Pat and sun-bathing in his back garden 😛 .

Right, that’s all I’ve got time to write today, as I need to get to work ((feels good to say that!!)) 🙂 have a lovely day!!

🙂 Jade 🙂

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Posted by on July 16, 2013 in Recipes, Uncategorized

 

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My Juicy Journey. Day 5….

Well, I have been doing the 7-day juice programme for 5 days now and am ashamed to say that I messed up a bit. Actually more than a bit…. I stupidly let some feelings and stress get to me and reacted to it in the same way that I usually do.. with food.. peanut butter to be exact….

Yes, I am annoyed at myself, but I will continue on with the rest of the programme as planned, and NOT trip up again. Hopefully I go through with the plan again in a few months time and pass through it without any slip-ups, but this time I must accept what has happened and move on. That’s all I can do.

Next time I’ll know, I need to relax. NOT to have the “diet mentality”, and that things happen. Stress is very much a part of all our lives. How we deal with it is another thing entirely. Many of us feel like shouting, screaming, blaming everyone around us for our own mistakes and often mentally and sometimes even physically abusing ourselves.

When we act in the wrong way ((blaming ourselves and others, giving up on problems, hitting things, shouting, however it may be)), we just make the problem worse!! I, for one, really need to practice not doing this. I must find a way to improve the situation, make it better before it’s really a big problem.

In the end, by doing un-constructive things, by digging ourselves an even deeper hole, we make it harder and harder for ourselves to climb back out. Out in the fresh air, where the problem is no longer a problem but an obstacle, the hole that we must learn not to fall into.

We must learn from our mistakes, dodge the pitfalls, work out how to improve the situation. And how?? By working toward something that IS worth our time. Instead of always looking down, worrying about that hole, look up, right up, for what you DO want to happen. Set yourself a goal, a target, so that you can forget about the hole and move up in life, to greater things.

This is my plan. To let go what I have done and to move on to improving the current situation. I made a mistake. I felt terrible about it. I’ve learned to not make that same mistake again. It’s happened. There is nothing that can be done to change the past.

So, onwards and upwards….

I will write a follow-up of the programme after the 7 days are up so that I can share with you the magic of pure, natural, fresh juices, accompanied by lots of juicy pictures, like this one:

In the books, Vale explains which nutrients, vitamins and enzymes are in the different juices, and this green beauty is literally brimming with vitamin B, calcium, vitamin C, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and loads of antioxidants. It is great for: cleansing the body, hlping to lower cholesterol and it even helps to protect against cancer!!

On top of that, it only has 4 ingredients!!

So, if you want to know more about juices, smoothies and my new-found juicy lifestyle, tune in next time!!

Ciao 😉

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2012 in Serious Stuff, Uncategorized

 

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Getting Juiced 4 2012!! Plus a quick WIAW..

Hi peeps!!

I will do a quickie WIAW today, then continue with the rest of todays post ;).

My latest eats have consisted of: LOTS of oats!!

Topped with Peanut Butter and Emma’s Maple PB Granola – so good!! Mine crumbled a bit but this can probably will definitely be avoided in the future with EVEN MORE PB!! Can’t ever have too much nut-butter, of any kind!! 😉

Pumpkin Oats – yes, I know it’s Spring-time now, NOT Autumn/Fall/whatever you call it where you live :P, but I had a small pumpkin ((a munchkin!!)) leftover that I got aaaages ago and just couldn’t think up anything to do with it. So the night before I made this  deliciousness, I simply cooked this little guy when I was making dinner, so it would be ready in the morning :):

See, it was tiny and cute!!

Creamy Oats with a whole sliced banana and a sprinkling of carob powder – a match made in heaven!! I had this on the day of the 6-miles and it fuelled me perfectly 🙂

Suprise, suprise, she only got pictures of breakfasts :S – it’s true. I haven’t really thought to take pictures of my eats as much, lately. Which is sad because Pat and I had the hugest, most delicious tofu stir-fry last night. Yup, Pat ate tofu :D!! I found one that I’d not tried before, – Taifun Smoked Tofu with Herbs and Sunflower Seeds. We found it in the Health Food store in town and although it was pretty pricey, I picked it up – and I’d do it again ;)!! It was great!! Firmer than any other tofu I’d tried and had amazing flavour and a lovely “chew” from the sunflower seeds. I will be buying again ..when I can afford it, that is 😉

Other things I’ve had recently have been lots and LOTS of bananas, homemade coconut butter on crispbread and homemade any-fruit sorbets – recipe coming up!!

Anyways, onto the title of this post. Where’s the juice?? Well, I am going to do a 7-day juice-and-smoothie challenge. The come-about of this challenge for me is quite a story.

First, I was looking for a juicer. Why?? Because I wanted to make juices and smoothies, thanks to the blog-world, yet again!! So I looked high and low on the internet, in catalogues, 4 or 5 different shops, and finally found that the one with the best reviews ((and raves, even!!)) was the Philips HR1861. This juicer is top-of-the-range at a low price, and it.is.brilliant. The HR1861 has a wide chute, so there is minimum prep-work needed. You can put in whole apples, without even halving them first and what’s more, it can juice 3 at a time, too!! Fresh, live apple juice in a matter of seconds. Yes.

But it doesn’t stop there, ohh no!! When I purchased my juicer, it came with a free juicing book, by the one-and-only Jason Vale, a.k.a THE JUICE MASTER!!  Not heard of him?? Then click on the link!! I got this book:

..and it is a great place to start for new juicers ;). There are over 100 simple and gorgeous juices and smoothies in this book, as well as a “3-day cleanse” which is quite a fun challenge. I’ve done it once so far, and now I want to do it properly. With the 7 days programme!! The programme is actually called 7 lbs in 7 Days, but I really want to follow it because I’ve read so many reviews about how people feel AFTER doing the programme. Customers say that they no longer get cravings, feel worn-down, hungry and that they want to keep being healthy!! This is what I am aiming for.

I have quite a lot of trouble getting to sleep, getting an average of 5 hours a night, sometimes none at-all.. My skin is dry and my hands get so bad in the winter that they actually peel and bleed – not nice!! I also suffer from depression and anxiety, which speaks for itself. But I see new hop in this programme and think that I can really benefit from it.

I should hopefully be starting to juice tomorrow, as today I still have things in the fridge to use up, and the last of it should be gone tonight!!

My Dad helped me to get all the ingredients, and there are a LOT of ingredients!! Here is some of what my diet will include over the next 7 days:

  • 76 Organic Apples
  • 5 Organic Avocados
  • 7 Organic Pineapples
  • 5 1/2 Organic Cucumbers
  • Lots of Cinnamon – yess!!
  • Greens: Spinach, Kale, Alfalfa, Spirulina, Wheatgrass.. all organic, of course!!

and more!! Now I’m ready to embark on my juicy adventure that I’m sure I will continue on for years to come!!

I have tried quite a few of Jason’s recipes from the book, Keeping It Simple:

As you might have guessed, the first and the third one here contain lots of beetroot. Which has its own special little side-effect :S.Don’t think I need to continue there..

As well as the Keeping It Simple book, I’ve now bought 7lbs in 7 Days and Turbo-Charge Your Life in 14 Days. I highly recommend all these books and also that you visit this site.

I’ll be back soon with updates on my juicy journey and some more recipes 🙂

Take care 😛 ….

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2012 in Uncategorized, WIAW

 

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Cars and Sport Relief..

Sorry it’s been quite a while again – been a little busier than usual..

On Saturday, Dad took my brother and I to see a “rally cross”, which turned out to be pretty fun – I took my DSLR camera with me and got a lot of photos – over 200 in fact!! It was good experience getting to photograph lots of fast-moving objects:

It was a hot, sunny day and we all got sun-burnt – on only ONE SIDE of our faces!! But on the up-side, they were giving out Monster energy drinks and also T-shirts!! We got 6 tops in all and 4 drinks!! All of which Luke had finished by the end of the day….

There were some pretty nice cars :P:

  

And as suspected, things went wrong sometimes..

Like this guy spinning-off and almost causing a crash!!:

 

One car did even crash, but I only got to snap the aftermath:

Yeah, the front of that car is missing!!

That was all yesterday, and I would have posted then if I hadn’t been so tired!! Strangely though, I’m buzzing with energy right now!! I entered Pat and I in a 6-mile run for Sport Relief. Unfortunately, Pat was quite unwell, so couldn’t run as much as he’d liked to have done..

But we still had fun anyways, and have raised about £70 for it!!

As usual, some people came dressed up for the event:

As well as this costume was a banana, a couple of ladybirds and a group of 5 guys dressed up as 2 monkeys, a lion, a bear and a penguin!! This made me want to dress up next time – maybe for my 10K in July!! This one is for Cancer Research’ Race 4 Life, so pink is the colour that time 😉

Pat and I just made sure we wore some red:

I was actually wearing more red than is visible here – my top underneath is red, but I started wearing my hoody and threw it at Dad to take, about halfway through ;). But, after taking over 400!! photos yesterday, as well as the 700+ that were already on my camera, there wasn’t enough memory left to get many more pictures. Ohh well :P.

Of course, with today’s weather, I soon regretted taking off that layer of warmth, as about 3/4 of the way round, the wind really picked up and it was SO COLD!!!! My arms started to burn, but Pat wasn’t even cold!! He soon threw his jacket on me and we stumbled on.. Thank you, Pat!!

And thank you, for reading 😉

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Green Quinoa Mix-Up

Now, this was another recipe I whipped up especially for St. Patty’s Day. It’s a really simple dish really, pretty similar to my Bulgar Mix-Up.

Simple and Quick Quinoa dish:

  •  1 serving plain-cooked Quinoa
  • about 2T liquid of choice ((Stock; Water; Coconut Milk might be nice 🙂 !!))
  • 2 handfuls of Spinach
  • handful of Sugar-Snap Peas
  • about 7 Brussels Sprouts ((or sub if you don’t like them – peas; kale; green beans; green pepper; etc..))
  • about 1/2 a Courgette/Zucchini
  • 1-2 T Soy Sauce
  • 1 T White Wine Vinegar / Light Malt Vinegar

Start by getting out a small sacucepan and a wok or frying pan. Cut your veggies to desired size and set to one side.

In the saucepan, add the cooked quinoa and the 2T liquid and heat through gently. Then add the spinach, turn heat right down and cover.

Now cook the veg – over a medium-high heat, stir-fry the veg in the wok / frying pan, starting with the harder veg ((sprouts, pepper if using, green beans)) and finishing off with the sugar-snaps and courgette.

When the veg is almost cooked, uncover the quinoa and spinach and turn up the heat a bit. Mix it up, then remove from heat and add to the veg.

Now turn the heat right up and splash in the soy sauce and vinegar, moving it about so that it doesn’t stick too much. Heat through for only a minute.

Tip into a bowl and you’re done!! See, simple 🙂 .

Of course I topped mine with some Peanut Butter 😉 :

..just couldn’t help it 😉 ..

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2012 in Recipes, Uncategorized, Veg Box

 

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Coconutty “Mint-Cremes”

It’s another vegan recipe?? :O ohh, what a ..coincidence!!

Here we go 🙂

Coconutty “Mint-Cremes”

  • Coconut Butter (or make your own – simply grab a bag of dessicated coconut and blend, baby, blend!! This may take up to 15 minutes, depending o your blender type. It took our Braun 600W about 10 minutes)
  • Peppermint Extract – as much as you wish
  • Liquid Sweetener – I used Agave Nectar
  • Green Food Colouring – not too much!!

Pretty simple: just blend it all up, or if you want a marbelled effect, blend the coconut, extract and sweetener, then mix colour in with a spoon.

You should have a smooth and thick-but-pourable consistency. Now just put in candy moulds/chocolate moulds, or drop rounds on baking paper.

Set in the fridge or freezer until hard, then enjoy!!

Either as-is..

..Or crumbled atop ice cream, with coffee, or crumbled in or on top of your breakfast:..

..along with  your favourite nut-butter and leftover rich chocolate mousse <–recipe to come later!! ((Totally NOT optional!!))

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2012 in Recipes, Uncategorized

 

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Back tomorrow!!

Sorry, I said before that I would have the recipes up on the blog BEFORE St. Patty’s Day, but.. I kinda got confused and thought that was Sunday ..not tomorrow :/..

Soooo, the recipes SHOULD be up tomorrow!! Sorry about that.

For now, here’s a sneak preview:

The recipe for this, as well as a few other recipes, will be up here as soon as possible!! Expect lots of GREEEEEEEEN!!!! 😀

Thanks for waiting!! 😉

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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