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I’m a big lover of lunch-time! I feel like a hobbit some days because I don’t just eat once in the middle of the day. Usually I have 2 or 3 small meals between 11am and 2pm. I might have a few servings of fruit and then a salad and a smoothie, or a raw pasta, or something a little bit different like below: a cute & colorful display of power-packed phytonutrients!
- purple cabbage leaves*
- 1 zucchini, spiralized or thinly sliced
- 1 cup of grape tomatoes, halved
- 4 cups of mixed garden greens; spinach, arugula, chard, kale etc.
- handful of sprouts
- red & orange bell peppers, sliced
- 1 cup of mushrooms, chopped
- handful of fresh basil
*as many as you can eat: one person could gobble down 2 or 3 quite easily
- 3 tomatoes, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
- 1 cup of basil leaves
- 1/2 cup of sundried tomatoes
Toss the ingredients into a food processor (or blender) until it’s as chunky or smooth as you like. For a bit of extra flavor you can cover and let sit in your fridge for about an hour or so to marinate.
This is one of my juice & banana combos that’s really creamy as far as green smoothies go (I posted it on Instagram a few weeks ago)! Some people take a while to warm up to the bitterness of certain greens like kale, and this can be a great way to introduce them to it and chug it back without even realizing!
Throw the following into your juicer:
- 1 bunch of kale, chopped
- 4 sticks of celery
- 1 apple
- 1 kiwi
- 1 lemon
- 4 oranges
Blend with 3-5 bananas & a few handfuls of fresh basil, and that’s it! Enjoy it as its own meal or with the Rainbow Salad Bowl featured above! Use your lunch time as an opportunity to feed your body and love each and every one of your cells with healthy, clean & natural goodness for a healthy, clean & natural body & mind! ;) <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?
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! :)