Not So Random Thoughts and Recipes

Thursday, April 28, 2011

FRIDAY, April 29th ~ Please Join Us . . .

Cara & kidos ~ photo credit: Health, Home & Happiness

Cara, blogger of Health, Home, & Happiness will join us in a juice fast day on Friday, April 29th.    

Cara and I have differing views on food and diet but we are aligned on one issue, our current 'standard American diet' is unhealthy. Although we are on different health quests, I respect Cara for her passion and thoroughness and her commitment to her family.

I'm compiling some juicing recipes from several sources and will post a few throughout the week.   With a high-quality juicer (we have a Green Star) and fresh, organic produce you can juice along with us on Friday.  

Whole Foods Market, Sebastopol, CA ~ photo credit: Whole Foods

If you don't own a juicer but want to do a juice day check your local high-end markets for fresh juices. I spoke with 'Darcy' at the juice bar in Whole Foods Market located at 6910 McKinley Street in Sebastopol. Darcy reports that they use all organic produce in the Sebastopol store. Their wheat grass is locally grown and organic as well. Not all Whole Foods Markets use organic produce and not all of their markets have juice bars so check their website and call ahead to confirm. 

Jamba Juice veg smoothies ~ photo credit: Jamba Juice

My son loves our local Jamba Juice at 617 East Washington Street, Petaluma, their phone number is: 707.871.0846. Jamba Juice is open at 7:00 am so you can grab a juice on your way to work and they're open until 8:00 most days so you can pick up a juice on the way home too. My son likes the fruit smoothies whereas I typically will get a shot of wheat grass juice. I recently tried their 'Berry Upbeat' smoothie with a mix of berries, mango, and vegetable juices. I was surprised at how delicious this smoothie tasted. Even my teenage son approved!  

Jamba Juice wheat grass is not organic and they do not use organic produce for their juices. If you want fresh juice you must make a request. In addition to fresh juiced wheat grass, the are two fresh juices available are carrot and orange (upon request).

Juice Shack in Petaluma, CA ~ photo credit: Juice Shack

Another local Sonoma County juice favorite is Juice Shack with several locations in Sonoma County, CA.  Juice Shack does use  organic wheat grass but uses conventional vegetables for their juices. Locations and phone numbers for Juice Shack are:

Santa Rosa Marketplace (by Costco): 522-6289
Montgomery Village (by Lucky's): 522-6822
Campus Center (across from SRJC): 528-6131
Stony Point Plaza (off Hwy 12): 545-6432
Pacific Plaza (by Pacific Theaters): 588-9577
Wolf Den Plaza (across from SSU): 664-1787
Redwood Gateway Center (by Kohls in Petaluma): 762-1052


Adapted from the book,  The pH Miracle by Robert O. Young, PhD, and Shelley Redford Young

Basic Green Vegetable Juice
Serves 1
Juice together:
3 celery stalks
1 cucumber
2 to 3 large kale leaves
5 large lettuce leaves
2 cups spinach
1/4 cup parsley
Juice of 1 Myer lemon (optional)

Spring Green Drink
Serves 2

Juice together:
4 cups sprouts
4 cups greens
1/2 cup dandelion greens
1/4 cup scallion
1 cup carrots

Note: Depending on the amount of toxins in your tissues you could experience minor or major detox symptoms when juicing. Symptoms could include fever, chills, nausea and vomiting. You should always consult with your physician before embarking on any dietary regimen especially if you are immune compromised or have other health challenges.


  1. I love it! We had juice for dinner tonight, just to 'warm up' and see what the kids thought. Sam loves that I use a power tool (the juicer) to make dinner, and Hannah loves veggies anyway, so tomorrow should be easy! I'm looking forward to it, got my produce bin stocked up :) Thanks for doing this with me!

  2. You guys are awesome! This is the perfect age to start the kids into juicing . . . I asked Sayer if he would like to try a day and his response was, "NO WAY!". Sam's response is so 'boy', love it!

    I am very interested in how things go with Sam and Hannah. I'll post our morning experience here soon.