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Healthy

Get Glowing Juice: Carrot, Ginger & Pineapple

 

This past week I made the ultimate purchase that I've wanted FOREVER: a juicer!!!

I know it might seem like a trivial excitement, but I remember seeing the Jack Lalanne juicer commercials on TV as a kid and wanting to throw combinations of my favorite fruits and veggies into it and make my very own drinks. So, a mere 20 years later here I am with a brand new kitchen toy and I couldn't be happier. 

 

There will be a series of juicing recipes to follow, as I discover the healthiest and yummiest blends. 

One note, I am making a habit of drinking these first thing in the morning before consuming any food. Why? Because your body is able to easily digest the nutrients in juices because it does not have to breakdown the fiber. Prime time for absorption of these vitamins is on an empty stomach!

 

I do not recommend having juice replace food, but it makes a nice prelude to breakfast. You can start your day energized without caffeine and knowing that you are giving your body a major boost of nutrition and antioxidants before the sun rises!


Side note: consume juice immediately if made with a centrifugal machine. Cold-pressed juices (masticating) are able to keep a bit longer, but those made with a spinning blade should be drunk as soon as possible to avoid loss of nutrients. 

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 handfuls of chopped kale
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 2 slices of pineapple
  • 2 slices of lemon, peeled
  • Sliced ginger, add to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Slowly add ingredients into machine. 
  2. To get the most of your greens, put them in between other "juicier" ingredients such as pineapple and celery.
  3. Stir to combine and drink up!
 

Incredible Red Wine & Lemon Vinaigrette

 

If you've never attempted homemade dressing before, then I am here to tempt you.

This vinaigrette takes 5 minutes to prepare and you can store in a dressing bottle to replace other pricey and sugar-laden options found in your grocery store. Another perk? It is SO FREAKING FLAVORFUL. Seriously. 

Do I enjoy salad? Yes.

However, I am not the type that can be satisifed with a simple squeeze of lemon. Also, participating in the Whole 30 challenge for the month of June means I am not allowed to have added sugars (refined, natural or artificial). 

 

After tinkering with several vinaigrette creations, this is my favorite. 

It brightens up any salad combination and can be used as a marinade as well. Most importantly, it is free of preservatives, chemicals and sugar. You can feel good about adding this to your family's meals and save a few bucks as well.

 

I am confident that you will soon prefer this to any bottle you'd find in the store!

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

DIRECTIONS:

  1. For this recipe, use fresh lemons and garlic.
  2. Simple combine all ingredients above in jar or dressing bottle and shake vigorously.
  3. Use immediately and store in fridge for several days!