I gained 7 pounds this summer. I blame food. Mostly the food, but also my failure at meeting my summer goal of “exercising more.”
It started during my trip to Houston when I consumed a massive breakfast burrito within minutes of landing. My subtle weight gain continued when John and I visited my favorite panaderia downtown and purchased 5 lbs of pan dulce which we then finished off within three days. The five entrees we got during happy hour because we were so elated at their Texas cheapness probably contributed too. The whipped cream that went on top of those 4th of July parfaits and the sugar covered Jicaletas…You can totally trace the calories back on Instagram.
When I returned from Houston, I didn’t notice the few extra pounds that had stealthily crept on. It was only until my mom mentioned that she had gained a few pounds from our trip that I weighed myself. I stepped on the scale and my mouth dropped at the numbers that popped up. Numbers I hadn’t seen in years. Still, I told myself, I still have a month of summer to exercise and eat healthily. Surely this is only temporary.
It was not. The recipe testing and dessert baking kept the extra weight on. A week of retreat eating greasy camp food did not help. Most recently, the last two weeks of back to school training, meetings and prep meant that I cooked virtually nothing at home. Trader Joe’s frozen meals and H-mart sides saved the day!
So here we are at the start of September and I am regretting those white chocolate donuts, the matcha tres leches failure, the lemon bars and even the white chocolate bark. I am filled with regret when I think about the fact that winter is just around the corner. More than anything I am sad that I did not eat well and exercise this summer, when I presumably had the most time to do so, not that I have gained weight. Although, for me, weight gain is usually a reminder of unhealthy eating and life habits.
So what do I do when I feel gross and I’ve been eating too many lemon bars and chocolate chip cookies? I do a juice fast! After a day or two of juice fasting, my portions shrink significantly. I add some exercise to the mix; I am eating less and I get my cravings in check. It seems obvious but these small changes help me feel like I am fully in control of my body and allow me to do a “Reset.”
This Jugo Verde is the perfect drink to help you reset after a particularly unhealthy day or week. The Jugo Verde contains antioxidant rich cilantro, fiber-full kale, potentially weight loss-friendly capsaicin in jalapeño and finally, pineapple for some natural sweetness. Not only is Jugo Verde healthy, it’s also delicious. It is refreshing, sweet, tart, and spicy!
I was first inspired to try making this particular Jugo Verde at home after buying a tonic at Life Alive on a whim. I didn’t read the tonic ingredient list very carefully but knew the tonic definitely consisted of cilantro, jalapeño, and pineapple. When I made the Jugo Verde at home, I wanted it to be a bit heartier so I added kale to the mix. Although I’ve also considered adding ginger and apples to the jugo verde, I haven’t tried it yet.
Notes: Depending on your jalapeño peppers and whether or not you choose to deseed them, this juice might be, like, actually spicy. Be careful and add jalapeños one piece at a time! This is the Spiced Kitchen, so I obviously love the sweet and spicy taste, but it’s something to watch out for if your spice tolerance is low.
Yields 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
- 2 Jalapeños
- 1 small bunch of kale
- 1 small pineapple, cut into juicer- friendly chunks
- 1 bunch of cilantro
- Peppers: Deseed the jalapeños and cut them into a few chunks.
- Juice: Wash kale, pineapple, and cilantro and run through juicer. Add jalapeño chunks a few at a time at the very end and test frequently for spice level.