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These days when you mention the word ‘salad’ most people think of the classics; Greek, Caesar and
(God-forbid) Garden. These boring and lack-luster displays of GMO greenery are not only aesthetically deficient, they’re in desperate need of some nutrient variety! Cucumbers, tomatoes and ice-burg lettuce is just not how I roll when it comes to getting my greens in. Tonight I threw together what I would say is a solid salad. It doesn’t involve anything too complex or detailed, but it offers more flavor and variety than your usual side dish.
As always there’s plenty of wiggle room with the recipe and I invite you to play around with the ingredients and figure out what you like best! For example, I know a lot of folks don’t like grapefruit (I absolutely HATED it until just a few months ago) so feel free to swap it out for a preferred citrus fruit such as oranges, clementines, tangerines, blood oranges, tangelo etc.
- 1 chopped apple
- 1 grapefruit, cut into 8ths
- 1 cup of dehydrated apple slices
- 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
- 1 cup of red grapes
- 1 cup of celery greens
- 4 cups of mixed organic greens; spinach, arugula, romaine, red leaf etc.
For the dried apple slices, I pulled out my mom’s old dehydrator; an rustic looking thing with 5 round trays and two settings - on and off. No idea what temperature it may or may not reach. I just chopped up a few granny smith apples and left the slices in the trays for about 8 hours or so rotating the trays twice. Dehydrating is a great way to preserve tasty fruit for the colder months when it might not be available in your area; mangoes for example are one of my favorite dried fruits!
And yes you can eat your celery greens! The leaves are packed with five times more magnesium and calcium than the stalks! They’re also a rich source of vitamin C and potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds. I like to mix them up with some parsley usually, but tonight I was fresh out.
For a dressing you can do as you wish, though this time I blended up:
- 1 small chunk of grapefruit
- 1 cup of grapes
- a few raspberries
- 1 medjool date, pitted
And the end result was a chunky fruit concoction that really hit the spot! I love it when my dinner tastes like desert! Haha! If you try this recipe out let me know what you think! Thanks for reading! Here’s to never having to eat another ‘garden salad’ again! ;) <3
I went to the Western Fair Farmer’s Market yesterday with a friend to stock up on a few weekly essentials. We had a great time; bought some delicious juices and checked out the new organics. I was also pleasantly surprised to find some organic rainbow carrots and purple kale among the stalls and as soon as I got home I felt inspired to create some sort of violet, magical concoction with my dark, leafy friends!
I couldn’t decide if I wanted to make a juice or a smoothie, so I got creative and went for a little bit of both! I juiced the kale, with some beets, a carrot, apple and an orange, then blended up some bananas with sprouts, kiwi, lemon juice, blueberries and a few leaves of basil. Mixed ‘em together and this vibrant super-drink was created!
Chop up the following and run through your juicer. Alternatively, if you don’t have a juicer at home you can use a blender and strain it through a cheesecloth after. Be warned: this juice will be very deep in color and stains easily - if you’ve juiced beets before you know what I’m talking about - just be a lil extra cautious about where you wipe your hands. This should yield ~500mL of fresh juice depending on the size of your produce.
- 2 beets
- 1 bunch of purple kale
- 1 carrot
- 1 apple
- 1 orange
Next, mix the following ingredients in your blender (keeping the greens on the bottom to eliminate any big leafy chunks) and slowly add the juice to the mix to even out the consistency.
- sprouts (here I used pea tenders)
- 4 bananas
- handful of basil leaves
- 1 kiwi, with skin
- 1/4 cup of blueberries
- juice from 1 lemon
Pour it into a big glass and enjoy! The recipe takes a bit of extra work but it’s surprisingly smooth & rich! Has a nice, light Earthy flavor & I really am pleased with it! And it definitely packs a nutritional punch! ;) Let me know if you give it a whirl and what you think! What’s your favorite way to use purple kale?
Like I said I would in my last post, I’ve hopped back on the green smoothie train and never felt better! I’ve lost the few lbs I gained last month and I’ve bounced back into my training routine; yoga 20-30 minutes a day, weights 5 x a week, cardio 3 x a week. I’m chugging back the water, eating clean and lord help you if you get in the way of my 8 hours of beauty sleep. ;) It feels good to be energized again.
As some of you might know, my usual routine is fresh fruit, juices and/or smoothies for breakfast. Over the past couple weeks I’ve been putting the emphasis on the big green smoothies to super-charge me throughout my day. Kale, spinach, parsley, basil, broccoli, chard, kiwi, celery… Basically anything green I’ve been tossing it in and hoping for the best! I have so many combinations that I LOVE but this one was especially tasty and simple, so I thought I’d share it with you guys!
- 1 russet apple
- 2 cups of chopped spinach
- 2 bananas
- 1 stalk of celery
- 1 kiwi, with skin
- juice from 1 lemon
**Remember to put your leafy greens on the bottom when you load up your blender. It helps ensure that they get pulverized and not left in chunks. Gives it a smoother, creamier texture!
Try it out and let me know what you think! What’s your favorite green smoothie recipe? A quick Google search shows literally thousands of different shades of green for you to pick from, so no matter what your taste preferences you can always find a smoothie that tantalizes your taste-buds AND gives you your daily dose of chlorophyll! Kale and spinach are my two favorites that pack a punch! I also like adding herbs like parsley, basil and mint into my smoothies for a well-rounded flavor and sometimes a surprising kick!
After having at least one green smoothie per day this week, I’m definitely feeling the green smoothie love! My body is thanking me with more energy, my hair and skin are hydrated and smooth and my mood has definitely brightened! I think I’ll be keeping up my green-themed breakfasts for a while! ;)
Do you feel the love? <3
I woke up this morning feeling happy, energetic and alive in my skin for the first time in far too long, and very thankful. Since coming home from my trip I’ve felt sick and in a funk; my eating habits were all off and I didn’t feel as excited about food as I normally do. After a few weeks of off and on again bad eating habits (LOTS of processed & cooked foods) I finally got smart with myself and got out of the way to let my body do the healing.
After just one day of clean eating with proper sleep and hydration, I woke up feeling strength in my frame and a spark in my soul. How silly we are sometimes when we’re feeling down to rely on “comfort foods” that really do us no comfort at all and in fact promote the moody, uncomfortable and dis-eased state that is a direct result of poor digestion, poor nutrition and an over-toxic system. I felt foolishly full of gratitude as I gulped down my lemon-water like in communion. Wow, so this holistic thing really works!
I’ve put on a few lbs, big deal. My weight will work itself out once I’ve established myself back into a healthy pattern. I’ve stayed reasonably active; lifted weights a few times and cardio twice a week but nothing that has really challenged me - my inner trainer is being soft on me! Tisk Tisk!
A few days of abundantly raw meals will work my mood and energy back up and this laziness in my gut will be kick-started with green smoothies galore! ;) Have you ever felt like it was time to give your body a break and reward it with good, clean fuel? I’m taking a couple days to really repay my body for all that it puts up with from me. After all, she’s all I’ve got!
Who doesn’t love lemonade? This recipe for my zesty-fresh Green Lemon-Aid Juice is so simple and so yummy I know you’re gonna LOVE it too! It’s packed full of alkalizing nutrients and good for what ails ya! You really get a big bang for your buck with this one - because the ingredients are soo powerfully zesty, you need to water it down a little to your prefered taste. The amounts listed in this recipe yield about 500 mL of raw juice and I watered it down to make up 2 L. Now I like my lemon-aid to be pretty sour, so you may want to add more or less water to yours depending on how you like it! :)
Toss the following into your juicer and get ready for a BANG of flavor! You can smell it can’t you? Go on and taste the raw stuff, I dare ya - be warned - it’s mighty powerful! ;)
- 2 lemons
- 4 limes
- handful of basil
- 1 cucumber
For a little more of an earthy kick you can add these guys in. Also you can toss in any variety of herbs for a visual and flavorful effect!
- nub of ginger
- 1 granny smith apple
- a handful of mint leaves
Try it out and let me know what you think of this recipe, or experiment with your own lemony-combos and share! It’s always a delicious suprise when playing around with with zesty flavors! ESPECIALLY on a nice hot, summer day! :) Cheers to a healthy and happy August!
The one thing I love about smoothies and juices is that there are literally infinite combinations of fruits and veggies that taste soo amazing! I mean sure, some veggie concoctions might result in something that slightly resembles a green mud but the flavor and nutrient levels are through the roof! ;) Luckily, fruit smoothies usually tend to look great as well as taste phenomenal!
This morning I watched a couple of Kristina's youtube videos for ideas and after watching her 'Amazing Orange Spinach Basil Smoothie' recipe vid, I was inspired to make a variation of my own. Check it out!
- 6 oranges, juiced
- 3 mangoes in chunks
- 1 cucumber, juiced
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 handful of fresh basil, thai basil
- sprig of mint & parsley
Toss it all in a blender and you’ve got a refreshingly sweet meal! I loved how the herbs added a little more pazzaz and charm to the fruit blend! And adding cucumber was just right to give the mangoes a bit of a more creamy, earthy texture.
I threw a few extra herbs in my jar before pouring this bad boy in! Definitely a new fav combo you guys! Try it out or similar combinations and let me know what you think! :)
I’ve never met a protein bar that I liked. Before I knew how to read labels and dissect health claims, I gave all the usual suspects at my gym a taste-test, in all the usual flavors; ‘vaguely vanilla’, ‘I can’t believe it’s not chocolate’ & ‘imitation caramel’ etc. But none of them lived up to their flavorful claims or seemed to offer any benefit or physical effect other than a bloated belly. After learning about the negative effects of whey protein, which many major bar brands use, I gave up on protein bars, thinking there wasn’t any vegan-friendly options out there.
So, when I was contacted and asked if I’d be interested in trying out Lärabar's new alternative protein bar, I was skeptical but intrigued. Was it vegan? Totally. Non-GMO? You-betcha! So, I gave them a shot, why not?
The first thing I want to tell you about these bars is that they are 100% vegan, gluten-free and each flavor uses only a handful of ingredients including; dates, almonds, peanuts, brown rice flour, sunflower oil etc. and pea protein.
LÄRABAR products are made by a simple process in which fruit, nuts, and spices are ground and mixed together. They are not baked or cooked. We use simple ingredients, as close to their natural state as possible. Practitioners of the Raw Diet should be aware that to ensure the safety of our products some of our nut ingredients are steamed or roasted and our few juice concentrates are pasteurized.
So not technically a raw product, but minimally processed and with basic natural ingredients. A great on-the-go alternative if you’re caught away from fresh fruits or veggies.
I first grabbed one after a mid-day workout that was supposed to happen in the early-morning. I was rushed and out the door before I realized I didn’t pack a snack for the afternoon. I grabbed one of the ‘Peanut Butter Cookie’ flavors from my back seat and suddenly it was like I was 7 years old again in my mother’s kitchen baking cookies and getting to lick the spoon! Crumbley but not too sweet with just the right amount of peanutty flavor! SO good! I tried the other three flavors over the next couple weeks and while I have to say they all have their particular merits, the ‘Lemon Pound Cake’ is my favorite! A decadent indulgence for this citrus lover! ;)
I did a little further reading and found out that the wrappers of the ALT bars are recyclable and made with 31% bio-based material and all displays/boxes are made of 100% recycled paperboard and made using 100% wind energy. Another step in a green direction that you can feel good about supporting!
If you’re interested in trying out a couple flavors or want more information about Lärabar and their products, check out their website here: http://www.larabar.com/
And for a coupon to save 1$ when you buy 2 bars click here!