Pear Carrot Ginger Juice

A guest post from Holly:

We received some tasty ripe pears in our last delivery from Brewers Organics and decided to be creative with juices.  The pear juice was incredible and my husband loved the pear/carrot/ginger juice.  The juice was a little thick, more like an thin applesauce, but so tasty.  The carrot & ginger addition helped to thin it out.

Pear Carrot Ginger Juice

4 pears cut into pieces

8 carrots (peeled)

2 – 1 inch pieces of ginger (peeled)

Pear Juice – just use pears and leave the other 2 ingredients out.  Run through the juicer and voila!

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Sweet Corn & Bean Salad and Rosewater Lemonade

 

After taking my washer apart and painstakingly repairing it (yes, me, all by myself) – which took a total of about 6 hours hot food was not welcome – I needed cold and refreshing!  Enter the cold black bean and corn salad…with a  glass of homemade rosewater lemonade!  Lemons, corn and sweet red pepper compliments of Brewers Organics!

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Rosewater Lemonade

•6 cups water

•2/3 cup fresh lemon juice (about 5 lemons)

•1/2 teaspoon salt

•1 tablespoon rosewater

•1 cup sugar

Makes one half gallon

And the Sweet corn and Black Beans…

 1 15oz. can of black beans

1 large red bell pepper

2 large ears of organic sweet corn

1 avocado (ripened, but firm)

1 lime, juiced

1 tsp. rice wine vinegar

1 tsp. olive oil

1/2 tsp. adobo seasoning*

Remove the husks from the sweet corn and, using a chef’s knife, cut the whole kernels off of the cob.  Rinse the kernels under cold water, drain, and set aside.  Dice the red bell pepper and dice the avocado and set aside in separate bowls.  Cook the black beans over a low-medium simmer and, after about 5 minutes, add the corn and simmer over low-medium heat for another 5 minutes.  Keep an eye on the corn and beans to ensure they do not cook beyond the point of being firm.  Once they are done rinse them under cold water.  After everything has cooled gently mix all of the ingredients in a bowl, adding lime juice (to taste) as the last step.  Additional ingredients you may want to consider are cilantro and queso fresco sprinkled over the top upon serving.

*adobo seasoning:  you can purchase pre-mixed or make it yourself as a fresh adobo seasoning with a ratio of olive oil (2), salt (2), pepper (2), rice wine vinegar (1), garlic (1), mexican oregano (1), and cumin(1).

Old Fashioned Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

 

The McDonald Family is cooling off with some old fashioned strawberry lemonade and sharing their recipe with us:

Nothing is more refreshing on a hot summer day than old fashion lemonade.  It is very easy to make and it’s even more rewarding when you use organic fruit from your Brewers Organics box.  Regular lemonade is delicious as is, however with all the fresh organic fruit available in summertime we like to add strawberries to ours.  You can even add or subtract the amount of sugar you use depending on how tart you like your lemonade.  Here is our recipe for our Summertime Strawberry Lemonade.

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Ingredients

2 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, rinsed and tops cut off

Juice of 4 lemons

1/3-1/2 cup sweetener of your choice (depending on how sweet you like it and how sweet your strawberries are)

2 cups cold water

Ice

 

Directions

Blend strawberries, lemon juice and sweetener together in a blender.

Pour mixture into a pitcher with 2 cups cold water, and plenty of ice.

Stir and let sit for 5-10 minutes.  Stir again and serve!

 Yields ~ 8 servings

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Katie is Juicing!

Ripe Fruits or Veggies? Juice it!
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Some weeks are busier than others and that may mean eating out a little more than usual or making quick dinners in between checking off your “to- do” list. I for one tend to go in cycles of making a great dinner every night, to some weeks where I eat random snacks to add up to a meal.  My favorite quick go-to is half an avocado lightly salted. I eat it right out of the skin with a spoon! But one thing I hate to see is produce going bad before I use it! Perhaps that nectarine was too ripe or you just weren’t in the mood for plums this week. What I do before they go bad? Juice it.

Juicing foods has shown to be not only an awesome way to absorb all those rich nutrients in fruit but helps your diet and digestive track also. There are a ton of recipes out there for different combinations to try. However, I love just throwing in whatever I’ve got and seeing what I come up with. Always good staples to have are apples and lots of water to slightly sweeten any juice.  Pears are another great juicing fruit.  Berries pack a flavorful punch with just a few and adds beautiful color to it! Just remember to take out the pit of anything you throw into a juicer!

 

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Some Favorites:
2 apples + 1 carrot
1 pear + 1 cucumber + a little ginger
1 apple + fist full of Blueberries + grapefruit

Stretching and Juicing

 

In this post, fitness blogger Ashley shows us some basic stretches and shares a juice recipe.  She also gives some interesting nutritional info on kale and spirulina. 

So I realize I’m only 27…young, able bodied, healthy etc etc…but there are some days where I am starting to feel the 20 years of sports taking a toll on me. My knees crack and crunch when I bend down, my back hurts after certain lifting days and the range of motion in my shoulders just isn’t what it used to be. I’m not writing this to have a mini pity party for myself, I actually had quite a wonderful day…my awesome nephew had his four year old birthday party and I celebrated Mother’s day with my mom and step dad. No pity parties allowed after a day spent with family.

I only write about these aches and pains because they brought me to the realization that I am in need of a change in my routine. It’s so easy to get stuck doing the same exercises on the same day every week without fail so I’ve decided to start focusing on my flexibility. It is one of those things that I know is so good for me but if I run out of time or energy, I typically skip it.

The main muscle groups I’ve been trying to increase flexibility in are my hamstrings, hip flexors, glutes and quads. All of these areas contribute to my on and off low back pain so I’m trying to lengthen and strengthen. I’ve also been taking yoga at least once a week which encourages lower impact exercises to help with balance and flexibility. If you currently don’t take the time to work on your flexibility, I highly suggest joining the stretch party and just start by spending five minutes post workout just cooling down and working on it. The more consistent you are with it, the faster the results and more than likely, the better you’ll feel. Here are two simple stretches you can start with:

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Runner Stretch is a great for hamstrings. Stretch that opposite arm over to reach for your toes to feel a nice pull in those lats as well.

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This is a great stretch for hip flexors. If you can’t grab your foot, that’s okay, stay within your body’s range of motion. Once you’re in the correct position, try to sit up nice and straight for an even deeper stretch.

Back in the kitchen, I’ve been trying out some new food recipes as well as juice recipes. I’ve been using my juicer now for about three week now and I’ve really enjoyed it…though it takes a little bit of time to prepare, the nutrients I get out of each glass is well worth it. I actually enjoy healthy foods. I mean of course I was probably attracted to them at first because I know they are good for me but I actually really do like the taste. For me, fruits are a lot easier to consume so juicing helps me take in more veggies. Besides the color of the veggie juices, they are actually quite tasty.

Another plant based protein I’ve started incorporating in my juices is spirulina. It is actually a blue-green algae that is 65 to 71 percent complete protein (beef is 22 percent) with all essential amino acids in perfect balance. It also contains vitamin B12 which usually is only found in animal products. This superfood has helped me control cravings and has also helped balance out the decrease in meat protein in my diet. The label suggests one teaspoon a day and it’s pretty flavorless. All you have to get past is the bright green color and the fact that it’s algae.

So here’s a good juice recipe to add one teaspoon of spirulina to:

1 cucumber

1 celery stalk

1 peeled lemon

6 kale leaves

*side note: Kale is a superfood…thanks Brewers Organics for adding this to the menu. It has the highest vegetable source of vitamin K and may help the risk of developing certain cancers. It’s a source of calcium, chlorophyll, calcium, iron, and vitamins A and C. Kale is low calorie and also a good source of minerals, copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. It promotes eye and skin health as well. (thank you rebootwithjoe.com for all your fun veggie facts)

2 handfuls of spinach

2 apples

*you can also add a peeled orange or some carrots to sweeten it up a little.

While you’re enjoying your nutritious green drink, I’m off to figure out what to make with the world’s largest zucchini I got in my order this week.

 

Hungry for Change: creating a morning juice routine

 

In this post, fitness blogger Ashley talks about her new morning juice routine:

So it’s the weekend…I’m always happy to relax a bit, spend time with my family and friends and just get myself ready for the next week. Last weekend, I decided to make some healthy lifestyle changes.

It all actually started when a documentary was brought to my attention. Typically, Netflix gives me the opportunity to spend countless hours watching entire seasons of mindless dramas like Friday Night Lights. Though I was really sad to say goodbye to all my friends in Dillon, Texas, I can’t say I learned much from it besides how not dramatic my life is compared to tv shows most days.

Well, in this instance I was told that I should watch a documentary called Sick, Fat and Nearly Dead. It is about an Aussie, Joe Cross, who comes to the US for 60 days to go on a juicing fast. He was obese, unhealthy and suffering from a chronic disease that required him to be on many medications with numerous side effects. He was closely monitored by doctors throughout his journey because all he consumed were fruit and vegetables in juice form as well as tea and water. Long story short, he lost around 100 pounds and was able to stop all of his medications and to this day he is feeling great and is actually very well known for his choice to take a stand and change his life.

There was another documentary that piggy-backed off of it called Hungry for Change. This really impacted me. So many of the foods that fill our grocery store shelves are terrible for us. Partially hydrogenated oils, aspartame and sugar are just a few of the topics health experts tackle. It was almost as if I had a mini epiphany by the end of the documentary. I mean I eat pretty healthy for the most part. I have my days where I struggle or have a social event or family party to go to where the temptations are endless. But in my day to day, I tend to make good choices. I just realized that there are some new things I want to incorporate in my everyday.

The main change I decided I wanted to make was to start using a juicer. Vegetables and fruits in their purest state are the most nutrient rich. So that is what I have been doing for the last week. The baseline of this ‘diet’ that doesn’t feel like a diet is broken down as follows: 50% of daily calories should be from veggies and fruit, 25% from protein and 25% from whole grains. The more organic, grass fed, farm raised, cage free foods I can consume, the better.

So for now, I will leave you with a yummy morning recipe that i’ve come to really like.
The three ingredients are carrots, apples and a lemon. The following information about these fruits and their benefits are from www.rebootwithjoe.com:

Carrots: richest plant source of vitamin A, and a good source of potassium.
Apples: contain antioxidants that help protect “good” cholesterol levels in the blood.
Lemons: High in vitamin C and anti-inflammatory. Also contains natural anti-nausea and overall digestive-aid properties.

So take two carrots, two apples and a peeled lemon, put them all through the juicer and just like that you’ll have about 16 ounces of morning energy. I’ll have some rolled oats with peanut butter or eggs along with it to carry me through most of the morning.

So my journey has only just begun but I’m feeling motivated, energized and excited the reap the benefits of my healthy choices.

Well, I’m off to laugh at an episode of Modern Family before bed.

Juicing With The Kids

 

Juicing with Kids as they await the tasty treat

 

Wow, juicing is extra fun with kids! Kids naturally like the sweetness of fruits and some vegetables and to see it pulverize into juice is like magic to them. My 3 and 5-year olds ooh’d and ah’d over the miraculous change of colors in the juice and the exciting roar of the juicer. Best of all, they loved the taste of this child-friendly juicing recipe! Juicing is not difficult either as there are many basic juicers sold today with basic instructions. Juicers also extract the pulp which blenders do not do. Soon, you’ll deplete your fruit bowl and crisper drawer of fruits and vegetables just for the sport of juicing! Eager cries of “let’s get more apples!” and “what if we try a cucumber?” turn this activity into a delicious science experiment. Juice and have sweet, tasty fun!

 

Juicing with Kids ingredients

 

Juicing with Kids Recipe:

Needed:
1 orange

3 carrots

1 apple

This combination features some favorite foods at my house! It will make one 8 oz juice serving, depending on the size of the fruits and vegetables. To make more, simply double or triple the ingredients, depending on how many kids are eager to take part!

Personally, we took some juicing liberties that not every juicer needs to take: we chose to peel the orange and core the apples. Citrus zest can be bitter and even a little over-powering to children. Coring apples is optional to remove questionable seeds but we mostly do it because my Golden Retriever, Louie, drools hungrily for apples in any form and he needed to feel a part of the experience!

We added each ingredient, one by one, and celebrated as each bit of juice dripped down into our waiting cup. Even our cat, Mozart, got into the watching act!

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Soon, it was over and contented drinking began. “Delicious!” was the verdict of my children.

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