Mason Jar Salad Lunch

On Sunday night I made my first Mason Jar Salad for lunch. I used this “anatomy of a mason jar salad from The Two Bit Club” to figure out how to layer the ingredients properly and it took me about 20 minutes to make in total (including making the dressing, boiling & shucking corn-on-the-cob and quinoa).

I’m trying to eat healthier at lunchtime and to bring my own lunches from home, instead of going out to buy lunch every day.

I was curious to see how it all poured out into a bowl and if the salad would be edible the next day or if the veggies were soggy & wilted.

Well, here’s what it looked like on Monday at 12pm. This is a photo of the salad literally how it poured out of the jar.

Looks pretty delicious to me!

I was pretty impressed with how well this worked. My one tip is to make sure you use a Mason Jar that has a big mouth – the one that I used is smaller at the mouth and a wider jar. Just meant that I had to use my fork to get the greens out at the beginning but otherwise it all poured out super easily.

The veggies were still fresh and crunchy and didn’t soak up too much of the dressing and the lettuce & radicchio was crisp and not wilted. It was a quick and easy lunch and I will continue to make them.

In this salad I had:

  • Carly-Anne’s Creamy Poppyseed Dressing – recipe to be posted this week
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Red Radishes
  • Cucumber
  • Avocado
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Peaches & Cream Corn (from the cob)
  • PC Organic Black & White Quinoa
  • Radicchiio
  • Lettuce
  • Baby Spinach

Let me know if you make a Mason Jar Salad and feel free to share your photos or recipes in the comments!

xo

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Oats & Ivy for lunch

For lunch last week, the ladies and I went to find the Oats & Ivy bicycle. I’d seen them on the street before and another colleague, Ariel, recommended it. What a great idea!

They serve fresh, healthy food and have a real vegetarian option. You can check out their website HERE for where they are each day as well as the menu.

Cate, Liz & I shared 2 orders of Avocado Salad Rolls (avocado, carrot, cucumber, pea shoots, romaine lettuce, rice paper wrap, sweet chili sauce).

And Judy had the Asian Chicken Slaw (organic chicken, pineapple, carrots, peppers, cabbage, sesame seeds, cilantro, mint, tahini dressing)

From the @OatsAndIvy Instagram

We also each had a black bean brownie, which was absolutely delicious and I highly recommend getting one. Oats &Ivy has cold pressed juices as well and we sampled the Ruby Tuesday and High Five juices.

If you’re in the downtown Toronto core at lunchtime, check out Oats & Ivy for a healthy option. You can also call ahead and have a lunch waiting for you and we’ll do that next time.

Raw Juice Guru Blogger Challenge Wrap Up

Yesterday was my final day of the Raw Juice Guru Blogger Challenge and I felt better than I did on Day 2 (Wednesday). I was delivered a modified cleanse that incorporated raw food (salads) into it and it really made a difference.

Juice 1
Romaine, spinach, parsley, lemon cucumber, apple
Juice 2
Orange, grapefruit, lemon
Juice 3
Wheatgrass, pineapple
Salad 1
Kale, Pear, Sesame Seeds & lemon juice
Juice 4
Carrot, beet, apple, lemon
Juice 5
Pineapple, coconut water
Juice 6
Pineapple, wheatgrass
Salad 2
Zucchini, carrot, poppy seeds and pesto dressing

The juices were sweeter than the previous ones, which I enjoyed more. The salads were fairly plain but good and it was a lot of food (yay!)

I didn’t feel as tired or lethargic as the previous day but I still had a bit of a headache. Around 2pm pm I crashed, felt dizzy and hungry so I decided to skip ahead and eat my second salad. It was good and helped but around 330pm I crashed again and was hungry and dizzy so I went out and got a banana and a hard boiled egg. This seemed to set me straight and I drank my last two juices and had a great evening.

I weighed myself this morning and I’m at 107 lbs. Not a huge difference but I wasn’t hoping to lose any weight.

I’m glad that I tried the  Juice & Raw Food Cleanse. It was a great learning experience and I think I will incorporate more raw juice into my diet. It definitely gave me a different perspective on clean eating and though I love my pasta and my sandwiches on bread I’m going to try and be more conscious of what I eat!

Thank you to the team at Raw Juice Guru for providing me with the opportunity. It was definitely an interesting and memorable experience.

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Raw Juice Guru Blogger Challenge – Post 5

Yesterday I felt terrible. I had a headache since the previous afternoon, was lethargic, couldn’t concentrate on work, had a stomach ache and was overall a miserable person. I wrote to the Raw Juice Guru‘s to tell them I thought I might have to stop the cleanse and they told me that it was too strong for me and that I needed to eat raw food (fruits and veggies) to supplement.

I ended up leaving work at 4pm and went home. I ate a banana and some raw peanuts and then napped with Finn and Harley for a couple of hours until Jason came home. I ate more peanuts for dinner had some mashed potatoes and raw carrots and then went to bed.

Today they sent me my final day of cleanse juice and switched me up to the Raw Food Cleanse, which was mentioned on a recent post on phhealth.co.uk and looks absolutely delicious and I’m really excited about. I now have 4 large juices to drink, 2 wheatgrass & pineapple shots and 2 big raw salads to eat.

The lesson to get out of this is do your research and listen to your body. I know quite a few people who are on a cleanse right now – from 3, 5 and 10 days. I spoke to a bunch of people about how I felt yesterday and some encouraged me to stick with it and some said to stop it and eat.

The right thing to do was to call the experts – in this case the Raw Juice Guru’s – and let them know what was going on with me so they can adjust what kind of cleanse I’m on. I believe that because I’m a vegetarian (and have been for about 10 years) I don’t have any of the meat toxins of a regular diet, so the cleanse was not the right one for me to do. [UPDATE: Being vegetarian is not accurate and you can see the info from the Raw Juice Guru themselves BELOW] I am disappointed that I had 2 days of not feeling well and not being productive at work. But live and learn right? Thankfully there is an expert there to guide me along the way.

So on a positive note I do feel less bloated today and will weight myself first thing tomorrow. I was 108lbs at the start – I honestly doubt that I lost weight and I don’t really need to. The goal for this was to jump start myself into a healthier routine.

Stay tuned for the final wrap up!

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Here is the email from the Raw Juice Guru explaining a bit more about my reaction to the cleanse.

You being vegetarian had nothing to do with how your body reacted to the cleanse… Some people’s bodies can’t handle a straight juice cleanse, it’s too strong for them. So what we would do is incorporate raw food to make it easier for you.

The reason why the cleanse was too strong for you even though your juices were very fruity, is that you have a lot of built up toxins and sludge and your body is working extra hard to remove them… So we scale it back for the client. This is why we tailor the cleanses and deliver daily so we can track people’s progress and how they feel.‎ You being vegetarian for last 10 years does not mean your healthy. Toxins are not only in meat. They are also in fish, dairy, cheese, processed food, alcohol, coffee, energy drinks and let’s not forget stress…

…We don’t know how a person will react to a cleanse. And that’s why we keep track and ask questions. You didn’t feel well half way into day 1, so I kept an eye out for you. Made your day 2 juices a little more sweeter to see if that will help. And it didn’t, you said that you felt worse. So that’s when I put the brakes and said okay go have some raw food, fruits and veggies. And tomorrow we will include raw food for you…

Also…peanuts are extremely toxic and mashed potatoes are not raw [so they weren’t the right things to eat]

Thank you for the clarification Raw Juice Guru. This really helped and I am looking forward to my raw salads!

Raw Juice Guru Blogger Challenge – Post 4

Ok. So I’m on to Juice 4 for today and I have to be completely honest. I feel like crap. I’m tired and lethargic, have a bad headache, am really grumpy and I’m really hungry. I went out for a walk at lunch and bought some raw veggies to eat (2 pieces of red pepper, 3 pieces of cut up cauliflower). This cleanse is definitely harder than I thought and I’m struggling with whether or not to keep going. I’m going to suck it up and continue but it is a real challenge.

Juice 3
Wheatgrass pineapple

 

Juice 4
Beet, lemon, spinach, celery, cucumber, coconut water, apple