Sweet Berry Immune Booster

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Sweet Berry Immune Booster: A sweet way to keep your immune system fueled with vitamin C is to juice yourself some protection from the snifflies and winter blues and drnk yourself a healthy dose of anti-oxidants and pure deliciousness

A sweet way to keep your immune system fueled with vitamin C is to juice yourself some protection from the snifflies and winter blues and drink yourself a healthy dose of anti-oxidants and pure deliciousness.

1 Carton Strawberries

1 Carton Raspberries

1 Pear

1/4 Bag of Grapes.. just a few handfuls

Juicy juice that deliciousness, strain and serve.

I saved my berry “applesauce” from straining and ran the pulp through the juicer to make a puree-like consistency and mixed them to create my own Raw Homemade Jelly!!! Yummy Yummy.

Why is this juice so beneficial? All four of these fruits contain different levels of Vitamin C, strawberries being the highest of them. Three if these fruits also contains an essential enzyme activator, Manganese. Manganese helps our body absorb the Vitamin C more efficiently while aiding our blood sugar levels along with Fiber. Fiber can be found in the strawberries, raspberries, and pears which helps our bodies not only regulate our glucose levels, but also regulate the rate our food enters our bloodstream. Who knew everything worked together so collectively?

Dandelion & Greens Super Juice

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Get You Some:

12-17 Dandelion Greens

12 Kale Leaves

1/2 Head Cabbage

3 Carrots

3 – 4 Apples

1 Cucumber

1 Yellow Squash

a few pieces of fennel

Juice, Strain, Drink Nutritiously!!

There are so many natural and wonderful remedies mother nature gives us to aid in our overall well-being, it’s easy to forget that the seemingly humblest plants provide a powerhouse of nutrients.

I was in awe when I discovered the amazing benefits of Dandelion – the root, the leaves, and the flower! In today’s society we have forgotten about the wonderful nourishing and detoxifying effects Dandelion greens have on our digestive system. Our spleen, gall bladder, liver, intestine, pancreas and stomach will all thank us for incorporating a little more dandelion green goodness into our diet for several reasons.

First and foremost, Dandelion purifies our gastro-intestinal system through its mineralizing (zinc, calcium, magnesium, iron, & copper to name a few) and alkalizing effects, it not only increases bile (essential in digestion) and urine production (to rid of toxins and even water retention), but also stimulates our metabolism and liver cells to promote our general wellness.

Secondly, there are quite a few uses for topical ailments in addition to the many internal benefits Dandelion offers. The leaves produce a a milk-like substance that can soothe bee stings and blisters. Not to mention, you can use this substance to help remove pimples, moles and even warts (mostly due to the anti-viral qualities in not only the leaves, but also predominantly found in the root).

Thirdly, they are delicious to eat! This juice had me perplexed when I took a sip and found it a little spicy.. I had to make sure I wasn’t crazy and luckily I wasn’t the only one who found it to be somewhat peppery and on the verge of spiciness. I did find that the best time to pick them though was when they were young because they are sweeter and the more mature they get the more bitter they become. So get the young inner leaves and crowns when picking – the best time to go? Whenever! Where to go? Anywhere!! Kinda… try a field (or your backyard) unpolluted by chemicals and toxins from cars and pesticides. The pros recommend early spring rather than late fall, but hey – goodness is goodness. Until next time, I will leave you with words of wisdom from Sir Ralph Waldo Emerson!

“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”

For more nutritional info on the rest of these ingredients check out some of my other blog posts, like Thank Goodness For Apples or Strawberry Pineapple Cooler

Sunshine Juice

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For a taste of sunshine:

1 – 2 Cups Coconut water from Mature (or Young Thai) Coconut

1/2 Pineapple

4 Oranges

1 Carton Strawberries

1 Lime

This tastes super scrumptious all by it self, first juice your Oranges, Pineapple, and Strawberries and then strain and set aside. Open your coconut and add the coconut water to your juice, hand-squeeze your lime and tada!!! You have the most refreshing, nutritious and hydrating breakfast. It looks pretty, like the sun rising over the clouds and it tastes even better (who likes cumulus clouds? not me!)!

This makes around 64 oz. of pure delight and the only thing big enough to hold all of it is my blender so feel free to share since it’s pretty big – drink nutritiously!!!  Sunshine Juice 1-2 Cups Coconut Water (from coconut), 1 Carton Strawberries, 4 Oranges, 1/2 Pineapple, 1 lime

RAW Coconut & Spice Granola

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RAW Coconut & Spice Granola - Chewy, satisfying, and guiltless. These raw goodies will dance across your taste buds like no other ordinary granola bar.

These guiltless goodies will definitely satisfy your sweetest cravings while still being healthy and packed full of nutrition. This is a very versatile recipe, you can make this as a base for a raw pie, roll them in to delectable balls or have simple chewy granola bars. This was my first recipe using my food processor and I had a blast experimenting with random things that I had on hand. Here’s what you will need, but feel free to use whatever you have, it may seem like a lot in print, but it’s very simple:

Tools: Food Processor, Spatula, Measuring  cups

Ingredients:

1 Cup Walnuts

1 Cup Pecans

1 1/2 Cups (roughly) Dates, pitted

2 Tbsp. Coconut ‘Meat’ 

1 1/2 Tbsp. Sunflower Seeds

1 1/2 Tbsp. Quinoa

1 Tbsp. Pumpkin Seeds

1 Tbsp Chia Seeds

1 Tbsp. Flax Seeds

1 Tbsp Oats (optional)

1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil

1 Tbsp. Cacao Powder

1 Tbsp Coconut Nectar (optional)

1 Tsp. Cinnamon

1/2 – 1 Tsp Vanilla

Pinch of Cardamom

Pinch of Nutmeg

Pinch of allspice

I say the Coconut Nectar is optional because it was a natural alternative to Honey and Agave, although I believe with just the dates that it would have been sweet enough so it’s up to your discretion. 

Step 1: Add your pecans and walnuts to the food processor first and pulse until finely chopped, almost powdered.   RAW Coconut & Spice Granola - Chewy, yummy and guiltless. These raw goodies will dance across your taste buds like no other ordinary granola bar.

Step 2 Add your dates and pulse until processed well, try to keep an eye on it balling up, you don’t want that otherwise it will make it a little more difficult to mix the ingredients properly RAW Coconut & Spice Granola - Chewy, yummy and guiltless. These raw goodies will dance across your taste buds like no other ordinary granola bar.

Step 3 Add everything else all at once or gradually and pulse until mixed thoroughly RAW Coconut & Spice Granola - Chewy, yummy and guiltless. These raw goodies will dance across your taste buds like no other ordinary granola bar.

Step 4: Carefully remove blade and get creative!!!

I took half of the batch and made cute little coconut balls with the extra coconut shreds I had on hand.  RAW Coconut & Spice Granola - Chewy, yummy and guiltless. These raw goodies will dance across your taste buds like no other ordinary granola bar.

The other half I made into little bite-sized squares of deliciousness. RAW Coconut & Spice Granola - Chewy, yummy and guiltless. These raw goodies will dance across your taste buds like no other ordinary granola bar.

I would recommend refrigerating them before serving for a firmer pie base, ball or granola bar. They are wonderfully chewy and the flavors will dance across your tongue. It starts off  nutty and sweet with a gentle hint of the cardamom, allspice and cinnamon blend and finishes strong with a cocoa aftertaste. 

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Snack Time: Spotty Bananas

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I meant to post this earlier, but I took a nap and then ran some errands and forgot all about it sitting in the draft box. Oops!

I am going to rant (quite poorly) about how much I love bananas and how they are so delicious and nutritious for you.

Bananas have become one of my favorite fruits because of how easy they are to incorporate into my busy schedule and how energized they make me. Bananas are also a favorite of mine because of how easy their packaging is, you don’t even need scissors to open them up. They provide the right amount of sugars and B vitamins to keep me happy and full. They are cheap!! I love that I can purchase organic bananas at cents a pound!

We can’t forget the potassium which makes happy hearts and happy blood pressure and then there is fiber… we all know about fiber. I have to say though, may favorite thing about bananas are the SPOTS!! I enjoy nothing more than a spotty banana shake… it’s a guilty pleasure of mine.

Spotty Banana Shake Recipe:   Image

8 Bananas (or more if you are super hungry)

1/4 Cup Water, or until desired consistency (totally made that measurement up, I just eyeball it!)

Here Comes The Hard Part:

Step one: Peel the bananas

Step two: Blend Bananas

Step three: Guzzle from blender Image

Summer Sip: Watermelon Pineapple Papaya Wonder

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SUMMER SIP: Watermelon Pineapple Papaya Wonder. This summertime gem will quench your thirst in the heat of the moment!

It’s no surprise that watermelon is a popular summertime treat especially with it being over 90% water and packed with Vitamin C, magnesium, beta carotene (Vitamin A), and zinc to name a few. Also, nifty fact – there is this wonder anti-oxidant by the name of lycopene (most popularly recognized in tomatoes) which is an awesome way to fight free radicals. The best part – it’s fan-freakin-tastic and delicious, simple to make in shareable batches and very easy to compliment with virtually any fruit – this is definitely a summertime gem.

What you shall need!

Watermelon Juice: 

1 Large Watermelon

Blender and Strainer

Watermelon Pineapple Papaya Wonder:

1 Large Watermelon

1 Pineapple

1/2- 1 Large Papaya

2-3 Limes (optional)

Blender, Strainer and Juicer

Want to just make watermelon juice? No problem, you don’t even need a juicer or a fancy blender. I have one of the cheaper blenders, something to serve it’s purpose and we are great friends…. when I’m not trying to blend nuts (they don’t like that, bad idea). Here’s how easy it is, grab your blender, a strainer, if you so desire, a knife and of course a watermelon and let’s go!!

1. Chop up your watermelon into suitable pieces  SUMMER SIP: Watermelon Pineapple Papaya Wonder. This summertime gem will quench your thirst in the heat of the moment!

2. Blend until smooth

SUMMER SIP: Watermelon Pineapple Papaya Wonder. This summertime gem will quench your thirst in the heat of the moment!

3. Strain, if you so desire and serve chilled!

SUMMER SIP: Watermelon Pineapple Papaya Wonder. This summertime gem will quench your thirst in the heat of the moment!

Now for a twist on the classic watermelon refresher, grab yourself a pineapple, a papaya and some limes and let’s get juicing!

1. If you haven’t already done so, chop and blend your watermelon in your blender and strain.

(Why do we strain? To separate the fibers from the juice, creating a less chunky beverage. Yes, the fibers are good for you, but if you prefer a smoother juice, much like I do, than it’s best to strain, but I leave it up to preference.)

2. Juice your papaya and pineapple first and then your limes for an added zing!

3. Combine your juices and chill!

This makes a huge juice! The watermelon juice alone made about 10 cups/ 76 oz. and the pineapple, papaya, lime mix is roughly 46 oz. just around 7 cups, that is about a gallon of pure awesomeness. Enjoy and drink nutritiously!

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My straw fell in to the abyss!

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Amanda and I getting our drink on!