Juice the Juice!

We’ve completed Day 4 of our juice fast. We’re shooting for 60 days of this, kiddos! All to reboot our systems!

Here’s the update for today:

Macaroon: Tired in the morning, but had a boost of energy in the late afternoon. Went to the gym and hit the elliptical for 35 minutes. Then, filled out some paperwork for school (moving from grad certificate to Master’s program) with an essay!

Artichoke: Had a rough go, but got through it on 1 coffee, 1 iced tea and a diet soda. Vowed to have no more iced tea or soda the rest of the way. Coffee is a difficult out to cut out completely. Needs to increase water intake and do more exercising. Also, decided to modify fast to include one salad a day. It’s tough not to be able to chew food.

Short and sweet.

Today’s fave juice blend: pineapple, cantaloupe, lime juice, carrots, celery, spinach and kale

(Sorry, no photos…again…I got to snap the juices as I make them to share with you)

Juicin’ Day 3

So, today was our third day of juicing. So far, so…okay? Headaches for me. Tummy cramps for Artie. However, we’re getting through it, despite cravings for a Streamliner burger and Tings (vegan Cheez Doodles for those who don’t know). 

To top of the day of sipping on liquified fruits and veggies, Artie went to Natural Way Cafe in Fair Lawn, NJ and picked a couple of “shots” of “Kiwi Twister” and “Fruits & Veggie Blend.” Yum Yum Yum! We enjoyed them while taking a detour through Rockland County, NY and the Tappan Zee Bridge to get back to NYC and The Bronx. It definitely made the drive home better.
By the way, I highly recommend Natural Way Cafe if you’re ever in Bergen County, NJ. It’s a small shop with great holistic and green products, fresh juices and delicious vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free snacks and meals.
Kiwi Twister: Kiwi, Apple, Banana, Superfood

Fruits & Veggie Blend: Kale, Carrot, Celery, Strawberries, Orange Juice

Juice Boot Shuffle!

It’s been a while, we know. We’ve missed writing on here, because life has been so busy and really become an obstacle in what we love. In fact, it led us to eating crap…though plant-based…but still crap. So to our dear non-veggie friends, yes, you can still eat a crap diet without meat!

Over the past few weeks and months, I’ve been dealing with some health issues. It’s totally based on how I’ve been eating. Carb overload, junk food mania, blood running with French fries and chocolate. Plus, my nearly 30-lb weight loss last year was totally eradicated and I literally went back to the exact weight where I started.

The 2 worse parts of this are the retinal vein occlusion that developed in my eye (basically a blood clot) and how I have to get monthly shots. Plus, my blood sugar has been really out of control, dipping and diving. And a side effect seems have to developed with skin breakouts! Not fun.

Artie’s also been dealing with weight gain and some bouts of excessive exhaustion.

So, I…well WE…finally decided to get things back on track. In deciding how to do that, we came across a common thread, even looking back on what friends and family did over the years. Juicing…

Momma Mac is a juicer. I even shared her recipe for her favorite juice a while ago here. It’s helped her a lot.

A few of our friends did juicing for weight loss. They found out that not only did they lose weight, they had more energy, health ailments reduced, medications were not needed as much, etc.

On top of that, 5+ years ago, the banquet manager for our wedding told us about the benefits he saw in juicing.

We’ve seen documentaries like Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and read multiple articles over the years. We even tested the waters ourselves and liked it…until our Vita-Mix container broke. Now looking back, why didn’t we stick with it?!?! Why weren’t we more proactive! I guess we can’t really look at WHY anymore.

So, we’re here today. Embarking on a juice fast. We’ll see how long we go with it. We’ll find out how we’ll do. I need to reset my body. Then re-learn how to eat. No more fad/crash diets. I just want to be friggin healthy and if I lose weight, then great. But I need to concentrate on myself…get rid of stress…be more positive…and live life to the fullest.

I sign off from this post with some homemade “Greenberry” juice. Raise of a glass. CHEERS

– Macaroon

Mac’s Greenberry Juice is a mix of strawberries, pineapples, cucumber, kale, mint and parsley! Blended up in the Vita-Mix

HellooooooOOOOOooooooo!

What’s been going on with The Food Duo? A LOT and almost nothing food related! Here’s a quick recap of our last 60 days:

  • Ongoing grad student shenanigans for both of us
  • Work, work, work!
  • Je suis la presidente de notre co-op
  • Foodie trips to Blossom Bakery and Sacred Chow 
  • Artichoke rocked a Marc Jacobs’ shopping bag on Bleeker St.! 
  • Home renovations abound – Phase 1: New furniture and closet clean-outs
  • Parents still trying to understand veganism and still scared to try some meat alternatives
  • A few appreciation for lunch has been uncovered
  • New cookbooks added to the collection, but not yet read
  • Mozzer and Connie still rule the roost!
So, we’ve been pretty busy. But this summer, we got some plans to fit the blog in between our summer classes and our jobs. We are posting photos and links on Facebook and Twitter from time to time, and will do our best to share goodies here.
Miss you guys!

SoL Cuisine: Bringing Sunshine into Our Tummies!

Being the delayed food bloggers we have been as of late, we have another great product review to share with you. We were recently introduced to a wonderful product meat alternative line called SoL Cuisine. With a variety of options, SoL Cuisine offers burgers, veggie crumbles, sausage patties and even ribs! You can find in your local Whole Foods Market. If you’re in the NY/NJ area, they’re also now available at Fairway!

Since we first tried their Veggie Crumbles, we’ve been hooked. In fact, we’ve made a few dishes with them, like a 3-bean chili (see photo below) and pasta bolognese. Mac is looking forward to using it in some vegan cincinnati chili over spaghetti squash soon. We’ve served the Veggie Breakfast Patties as sausage with pancakes, in breakfast sandwiches and even in a cool whip-up Mac created with Food for Lovers Queso on Wasa Light Rye Crisps. The Tofu Ribs are delicious just as they are with sides of rice and asparagus. And our most recent try was the Almond Grain Burgers, which we ate up so quickly (that good!) that we didn’t get a chance to take a photo (next time!). We’ll be having the Spicy Black Bean Burgers this coming week!

The prices per item are pretty much on bar with similar products in the freezer section of your local supermarket. In fact, we consider the prices to be pretty reasonable for the amount you get per box (between $3.29-$4.99 in our area). A single serving is actually pretty filling and is often good enough for 3-4 people, or seconds or thirds for 1-2 people (again, they are that good!)

So, if you couldn’t tell, we’re now fans of SoL Cuisine. If you’d like more information on the company or their products, please check out their website.

Veggie Crumbles in 3-Bean Chili:

Veggie Breakfast Patties on crisps with queso:

Tofu Ribs! YUM!