Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I don’t know about you but I love a simple chocolate chip cookie. These cookies are deliciously easy to make and they are ready to eat in less than 40 minutes!

Ingredients

1 cup and 2 tbsps whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup margarine (I used earth balance)
3/4 cup brown sugar (I used cane sugar)
1/2 tsp vanilla
Egg replacer for 1 egg (you can used boxed egg replacer or 1 tbsp ground flax mixed with 3 tbsp warm water. I have had success with both)
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Mix together the dry ingredients (not the chocolate chips) in a small bowl and set aside.

In another bowl stir together the margarine, brown sugar, vanilla and egg replacer. Add the flour ingredients and mix until well combined.

Add the chocolate chips and mix again. It might be easier to get your hands stuck in.

Roll the dough into balls approximately 1 inch in diameter and lay out on parchment paper on a baking tray. You should get around 14 cookies.

Bake at 350 degrees for 14 minutes.

Once they have finished baking, remove from the oven and let them rest for at least 15 minutes.

Then enjoy a deliciously easy, fresh baked cookie, still warm from the oven.

You can also sub coconut oil for the margarine. It will give the cookies a slightly coconuty flavour, but in my opinion, that is not a bad thing!

You’re welcome!!

GVG xx

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Juice Cleanse: Greedyvegangirl’s thoughts

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We had talked about doing a juice cleanse a few years ago but it never happened, not sure why. I think I was worried about having an upset stomach or some such nonsense.

When I started seeing posts on Instagram recently, my interest was reignited. I think it was the posts from vegangirlfriend.com (check out their blog and IG page) that finally inspired me to try it.

At first, both James and I looked into companies that offer juice cleanses, they send you prepackaged juices which you consume in a particular order and everything is nice and easy but boy are they expensive! The cheapest option we found was by freshii but it still seemed a lot of money to pay for juices, and you had to collect them each day of the cleanse.

So, we decided to do it ourselves! After reading countless reviews and watching demonstration videos, we chose to buy the Salton VitaPro low speed juicer, just under $200 including taxes and shipping. We then studied Joe the Juicer’s reboot guide and settled on his 5 day plan http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/RBWJ_FREE-5DAY-2015.pdf

Then we had to write a grocery list! I have never bought so many fruit and veggies in one shopping trip before. Other shoppers were looking at us like we were mad! Buying 20 cucumbers, 23 lemons, 50 apples etc. will have that effect!

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The juicing was fun at first but it very quickly became a chore. Preparing the juices the night before helped a lot and James was great; he made lots of them while I was out at work during the day so I didn’t have to in the evening. What a good husband J

We had planned to start the juice cleanse on a Monday, but making a snap decision on Sunday morning, decided to start it that day instead. I think that was a good decision.

That first morning was fun. We made the juices right before drinking them but it was not long before the hunger set in. I think that first day was probably the easiest for me since I was in work Monday to Thursday. Being at home and having support helped a lot. When I was at work, I just kept counting the hours until I could eat again.

Each day we had 5 juices, breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner and dessert. We also had a coconut water mid morning and lots of herbal teas.

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Day 2 and 3 were pretty tough and at times I felt quite emotional, hunger will do that to you. I kept hearing that day 2 and 3 are the hardest to get through so was looking forward to day 4 and 5. I seriously contemplated quitting after 3 days.

Day 4 and 5 were slightly easier; I was still hungry, but we were approaching the finish line, so I stuck with it.

I had been planning all the things I wanted to eat on Friday! It was interesting how what I craved changed as the days progressed. At first I wanted big meals, mac and cheese, fries, chili, big hearty meals, then I craved salty snacks like olives, by day 4 I was craving hummus and veggies.

We had heard that when you start on food again you have to be careful not to upset your stomach. I didn’t think we had to worry about that, but despite all my cravings, the first food I had was a fruit smoothie! And that was followed by carrots, celery and hummus. AND I craved juice!

The downside of the cleanse was the hunger, but I also had headaches for a lot of the time. My back ached a little towards the end of the 5 days and I did have a slight upset stomach at times. I also was really thirsty which was strange because I drank a lot of water and tea. Much more than I usually do. I was also extremely bad tempered. (Sorry James, I was hangry!)

So for anyone who is planning on a trying a juice cleanse, despite what I wrote about it, I would recommend. Although I felt horrible for those 5 days, afterwards I felt amazing so it was totally worth it! Obviously there was no caffeine, and I had weaned myself off it the week before we started. Not having the dependency on coffee was a great feeling. I woke up on Saturday morning feeling refreshed and full of energy. And I lost 5lbs, bonus!

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I really liked the look of the cedar juices (cedarjuice.com) and would consider trying them in the future if i was feeling particularly lazy.

Would I do it again? It’s funny how easily I forgot how bad I felt during the cleanse. The day it ended we both swore never again, but just a week later we decided to incorporate juice Mondays into our diet. One day a week, just juice. Totally doable right?  I’ll let you know how that goes!

GVG xx

Juice Cleanse: Veganoso’s thoughts

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After toying with idea of doing a juice cleanse for a few years, we finally decided to buy a juicer and do a five day cleanse. After choosing a cold press juicer we ordered one on Amazon and then waited for its arrival. As neither of us had done a cleanse before, we were both super excited and couldn’t wait to get started.

Shopping for the fruit and veg was fun; we got some strange looks off people, buying twenty cucumbers will do that! We probably spent close to $200 on fruit and veg in total, and another $200 on the juicer (Salton). That still works out a lot cheaper than any of the store bought juice cleanses….and we have a juicer to show for at the end of it!

So my experience of the cleanse was overall a very positive one. From reviews I’ve read most people seem to find the first couple of days hardest from a hunger perspective, though for me it was the opposite. I got gradually hungrier as the days progressed, but I never got too hungry. I drank lots of herbal tea and water throughout the five days which I think kept the hunger at bay to a large extent.
I got back ache from about the third day onwards which again apparently is quite normal as your kidneys flush out the toxins.
Day four and five were mixed. My back was aching and I was feeling hungry but aside from that I felt great, a definite feeling of well being. After the cleanse was over, that feeling intensified and I felt really healthy and found myself missing juice. So much so that we are now having a ‘juice day’ once a week!

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I’d definitely recommend a juice cleanse for anyone who wants to kick start a fitness regime or simply wants to cleanse out their system. We used a five day program from joethejuicer.com Making the juicers each evening for the following day was very time consuming, though also quite fun. But if you’re a person who doesn’t have a couple of hours spare in the evenings to juice then perhaps a store bought course could be more suited.

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Happy juicing and please leave comments and let us know about your experiences!

It’s been a while…

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So, it’s been a while…. But I’m back! And I’m bringing with me my husband and guest contributor James a.k.a. @veganoso. You can follow him on twitter and Instagram.

We both look forward to posting in the near future!

GVG xxx