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Grapefruit/Cilantro/Pineapple/Cucumber Smoothie from Sarma Mengalis

Here is a “hearsay” smoothie — someone on one of the raw food forums (sorry, I don’t remember which one) said that that Sarma Mengalis had posted this smoothie on her site OneLuckyDuck (but, in my impatient searching, I could not find it, and I realized I had forgotten where I had seen the reference)


-about a half a bunch of cilantro
-half a cucumber
-some pineapple
-a red grapefruit
-pinch of sea salt
-agave nector to taste
-vanilla extract
-a squeeze of lime

Sounds delicious. I have most of the ingredients – will march off to get the rest tomorrow, and let you know…………



Is it the moon or something? All by myself I had decided to do a juice fast for a while, starting with a Master Cleanser “Lemonade Diet”, and then moving on to a juice regimen. I don’t much care for green drinks the way I make them, so I went looking for some new ideas, and, lo and behold, it seems like everybody and her sister is doing Juice Feasting. It seems that I have decided to do something that is all the rage right about now. First, it was Terilynn at Daily Raw Cafe, and then, today I see that Heidi at Raw Food Right Now is doing it, too.

Then I found a site which was totally devoted to coaching people who are juice feasting. Goodness!! I never thought of getting someone to help me do a juice fast…. I’ve just always kept on slogging through all by my lonesome.

If you’re thinking of doing the Master Cleanse, you can find the recipe at this Master Cleanser page.

Of course, if you are thinking of doing any sort of Juice Fast or Juice Feasting (it seems the difference in terms has to do with whether you are juicing your vegetables or blending them), you will need to have, at the minimum, a powerful blender. I love my Vitamix, which some describe as a “blender on steroids”. It will pulverize just about anything you put into it (within reason, of course). You might also want a personal blender, so you can blend fresh anywhere (I usually just blend up and carry my juice for the day in an insulated bag — not the guru’s choice, maybe, but it works for me).

I do like plain old juice, so I need my Champion juicer. I do have a Green Star juicer, but, even though it does juice greens and wheatgrass, but I just do not like all the work for clean-up — I can take apart my Champion and wash it before ice cream can melt on a hot summer’s day in a non-air-conditioned New York City apartment (about 2 minutes, I’d say). The Champion wins.
If you’re ready to do a Juice Feast, or even if you just want to read about the concept, A Juice Feaster’s Handbook is a good guide.

If you are not ready to juice feast, but you are looking to take off some weight (all that yummy raw food you’ve made from those fine raw food recipes you’ve collected sitting on your your hips?) Try looking at RawReform: How to Go Raw for Weight Loss for some good information.

Need more weight work inspiration? Check out Raw Reform.