Here is the best thing that came out of week 2 of my New Year, New Me 6 week plan. I thought of waiting till the 4th of July to share it with y’all but that just feels like light years away! It’s a recipe I have dubbed Freedom Fruit Salad for it’s gorgeous red, white and blue colors. It’s not just beautiful, healthy, raw, organic, vegan but also out-of-this-world delicious and so easy to make. It’s the perfect healthy raw breakfast recipe, healthy snack or even main meal if you make a large portion of it. Here were the ingredients to this recipe that literally had me dancing in the kitchen as I devoured it. All ingredients are fresh, not frozen.
- 1 large organic banana, sliced
- 1 cup of organic strawberries, sliced
- 1/2 cup of organic blueberries
- The freshly hand-squeezed juice of 1 orange or clementine
- 1 tbsp or organic unsweetened dehydrated coconut *optional
- 1 tbsp of organic raw shelled hemp seeds *optional
I don’t need to give directions, do I? (Throw everything in a bowl and stir!) It’s the easiest, tastiest and most original breakfast recipe I have made in a while. I was in and out of the kitchen in 5 minutes. The last two ingredients are optional but really add a wonderful dimension to this recipe. If you don’t have them, the recipe is just as tasty but feel free to get creative with what you have in your kitchen.
I can’t believe I haven’t had a single post since right before Storm Sandy came and turned mine and so many other people’s lives around. I pray for those whose lives will never be the same again and it is admirable to see the country come together to help in any way possible. Like so many of you Thanksgiving is truly one of my favorite holidays and in the spirit of gratitude for all that we have, are and can do I would like to take the time to list 5 things that I am beyond grateful for.
1. The idea and inspiration to begin this blog this year. Eating and Living well is my life’s passion and this blog has been a wonderful channel for expressing that. Thank you World Wide Web, thank you Word Press, thank you Breville Juice Fountain Plus, thank you Olympus Pen epl1 and thank you Veggie Markets.
2. Thank you to every follower, reader and ‘liker of my posts’. Thank you for validating my work and taking the time to support my blog and sharing in the excitement that a little homemade juice can bring.
3. There are no words to express how grateful I am for the strength and health that I have had this year. I have gone the entire year without so much as a sniffle. This time last year I was suffering from my umpteenth cold, couldn’t breathe and felt like death warmed over. Yup! It was that bad. Health is our Wealth.
4. I am thankful with every breathe that I take for my AMAZING family but most importantly my beloved husband. He is my rock, my #1 fan and my best friend. I am grateful that he tastes almost every one of my kitchen creations and gives me feedback that is sometimes a bit too honest 🙂
5. I am thankful for this juice recipe I created last week while feeling mooshy and happy inside. It awoke my taste buds and got me excited to juice like crazy again.
- 2 cups of pineapple, chopped
- 2 oranges, peeled
- 1/2 an inch of a ginger root
~Juice and Give Thanks!~
I really like how simple, tasty and affordable this recipe is. For anyone who’s starting out juicing, you may have began to realize that it’s easy to go through your supply of veggies and fruits pretty quickly by juicing them. This recipe uses veggies and fruits that are pretty inexpensive (at least where I am) and still pack a whole lot of nutrients. Celery juice is anti-inflammatory, a diuretic and lowers cholesterol. As for carrot juice…well folks…it really does improve and/or maintain vision. I wear glasses, and I really do believe that my prescription stopped getting worse (as it was in previous years) thanks to all the carrot juice I’ve been drinking in the past few years. Oranges and Lemons are loaded with vitamin C which is by far one of the most powerful antioxidants.
Here’s the recipe:
4 stalks of organic celery (folks, please note that conventional celery is very very very high on the list of veggies loaded with pesticides, there’s quite a few veggies and fruits I buy conventional due to cost or availability and celery is NEVER one of them)
3 organic carrots
1 organic orange (washed, peeled and cut in half)
1/2 an organic lemon (wash thoroughly and leave peel on)
~Juice and Enjoy!~
This is probably the simplest and sweetest of all juices!
Purchase organic oranges if possible as they contain many more nutrients per orange and are therefore cheaper if that’s what you’re going for when you buy you’re fruits and vegetables. Quality over quantity, right? Wash, peel and quarter you’re oranges and make sure to use a low setting on the juicer as they are soft and require less power to juice. Juice oranges that are room-temperature to get more juice out of them or soak them in warm water for several minutes if they are out of the refrigerator.
This juice is full of vitamin C and tastes a million times better than any store-bought pasteurized artificially-ripened and plucked in the year 2000 orange juice. LOL!. Homemade fresh orange juice is just so easy, so delicious, so full of vitamins and enzymes that you’re bound to appreciate and enjoy. It can sometimes be too sweet for me so I add some pure filtered water in half-and-half proportions and enjoy 🙂
I really don’t consider myself a juicing expert yet but I really really really love to juice. The thing is, I’m the kind of girl who always orders the same exact thing from my favorite restaurants. I’m the same way with my juices. I have my favorite recipes and I just alternate. It’s something I’m working on changing but thankfully I have a girlfriend who accelerates this process! We saw this recipe on some TV show and my reaction was literally “What? Juice a sweet potato? potato juice?…I think not”. My girlfriend’s eyes on the other hand lit up and she just had this look of “Wish I had a sweet potato with me right now!”. I have to admit it looked delicious on TV and I was slightly curious but not curious enough. Enter my crazy girlfriend…
She showed up to my house a few weeks later with a really big beautiful organic sweet potato with bright orange flesh and I headed to the kitchen to clean and peel 2 organic oranges because I knew where this was going. Long story short, we juiced away and she made me eat my words! The juice was out-of-this-world-good and I can’t wait to make it again. It was bright orange, had a creamy consistency and was sweet. I savored every drop of the beta-carotene and vitamin C filled juice. Folks….don’t judge a veggie or fruits juicing potential. You just never know 😉