Raw Breakfast Recipe: Freedom Fruit Salad

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.

strawberry blueberry banana freedom fruit salad

  • 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.

~Enjoy!~

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Juice Recipe #22: Not-So-Green Juice

Not-So-Green Juice

I was craving a green juice today and made this tasty juice that looks anything but green. In fact, I’m not fond of its color but it packs some serious nutrient power so whatever! I purchased some collard greens at my local supermarket a few days ago that were calling my name. I’m sure I’m not the only weirdo that sees a gorgeous veggie in the market and just has to have them. That’s how I felt about these collards when I laid eyes on them. They were fresh, large, leafy and the most gorgeous shade of green.

I LOVE Collard Greens or what I grew up referring to as Sukuma Wiki, google that! Collards and Kale are definitely my favorite greens. I grew up eating them sauteed with onions and tomatoes. My mouth is watering just thinking about them. But given that this is a juicing blog and I was craving one I thought I would create a juice around them. It just refused to become green though thanks to the carrots. Go carotene! I also was excited to drink a veggie juice out of the glass in the picture. It was a wedding favor from a wedding I attended two weeks ago and I can’t say I’ve ever been more excited about a favor. Silly, I know!

Collard greens are loaded with Vitamin A, C and K, along with calcium, potassium and omega 3 fatty acids. Greens are definitely nature’s secret weapon. Here’s one recipe that helps you drink your greens and get filled up on these nutrients.

  • 2-3 large collard green leaves, thouroughly washed, stem and all!
  • 5-6 carrots
  • 1 apple
  • 1 inch piece of ginger

~Juice & Enjoy!~

If you want to taste and see a ‘real’ green juice, check out the most popular green juice recipe MAJ has so far… Juice Recipe #4

My First Vitamix Green Smoothie :-)

Christmas has come early courtesy of my more-than-amazing husband! I seriously can’t even recall how many years it has been that I have wanted a Vitamix blender in my life. My desire (obsession) to have one recently grew along with my intent to prepare even healthier meals. I even went so far as to fall asleep on several nights with a Vitamix brochure I picked up my local Whole Foods last year and this was after having watched at least 3 or 4 videos on YouTube of folks using their Vitamix blenders at home. Crazy! I know. I have no idea what winning the lottery feels like but I can’t imagine it feels any better than the day my Vitamix arrived at my doorstep. It arrived on September 21st, 2012 at 2:14pm weighing in at 10lb 9 ounces and 20.5″ long. I wasted no time when it arrived and blended my first Vitamix green smoothie.

Ingredients were as follows (makes about 16 ounces)

  • 1 cup of frozen mango
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup of plain coconut yogurt
  • 2 organic kale leaves, thoroughly washed
  • 6-8 ounces of filtered water

I literally just dumped all these ingredients in the Vitamix, turned it on and in less than a minute I had prepared what was the smoothest and most delicious green smoothie ever! Yes, I said it! E-V-E-R…EVER!! I’m not sure what planet I was on while drinking this smoothie but it wasn’t earth. God Bless the makers of Vitamix. It absolutely did not disappoint and hasn’t yet. I have used it every single day since then and can’t say enough great things about this kitchen appliance. My deal-finding husband purchased a refurbished one by the way and you would never know the difference (the 64 ounce container, tamper and lid are brand new). My breakfast of choice is a smoothie but now it’s always a GREEN smoothie thanks to the Vitamix.  I made green smoothies with my Ninja even though now that I own a Vitamix it does not compare. The path to a healthier lifestyle absolutely does not require a Vitamix or a Ninja, it just requires doing the best we can with what we have and know in the moment. If you can afford one though and love to make smoothies, soups, purees, nut butters, desserts, dressings etc go with a Vitamix. It doesn’t get any better.

If that wasn’t a darn good commercial for you folks at Vitamix I don’t know what is. You’re welcome 🙂

…and thanks babe! You da best.

~Happy green smoothie making!~

Here’s my baby… Isn’t she a beauty?

Juice Recipe #18: My ‘Everything’ GREEN Juice

So after creating an ‘everything’ juice last week that was really delicious I was obviously inspired to make an ‘everything’ green juice. I had an abundance of green fruits and vegetables in the fridge and got to work as soon as the idea came to me. While the first ‘everything’ juice was AMAZING and so was this one, I don’t think I’ll be doing this too often. I love my kitchen, it is by far my favorite space in my home, but like with anything else I prepare I prefer to be in and out so spending lots of time preparing lots of different fruits and vegetables for juicing is not my cup of tea. I like to keep it simple! (and spend more time drinking/eating my creations). One of the many things I am most grateful for since I started this blog is that it has truly inspired me to get more creative with my juicing and to overall live a healthier life. I hope it does the same for you. Even if you never make your own ‘everything’ green juice, I dare you to find healthier, new and exciting ways to prepare meals/juices for you and your family. You might really love what you come up with 🙂 and your body will thank you for it.

Here are the ingredients for my ‘everything’ green juice, all organic: Cilantro, Bok Choy, Kale, Green apple, Lemon, Kiwi, Romaine Lettuce, Mixed baby greens, Cucumber, Celery, Pear and Broccoli. Yeah, I know… I went way overboard! I had about 60 or so ounces of green juice. This juice is alkalinizing and filled with phytochemicals, vitamins, antioxidants, enzymes, light energy and minerals. I can’t imagine a more nutritious way to start the day.

everything green ingredients frothy green juice

everything green juice

~Keep Juicing and Enjoy!~

Smoothie Recipe #2: Green smoothie (mango, pineapple, banana & spinach)

Here’s the only green smoothie recipe I love and make right now. I look forward to making new green smoothie recipes but it’s pretty hard because I really love and make this one every single time I’m in the mood for a green smoothie.

1 cup of chopped frozen mangoes

1 frozen banana

1/2 cup of chopped frozen pineapple

2 handfuls of organic baby spinach

8 ounces of filtered water

Feel free to add any protein, flax seeds, coconut oil or anything that would boost the nutrient power of your smoothie.

It’s delicious, and comes out smooth and frozen with the help of my Ninja blender. The Ninja blender is my second favorite kitchen appliance after my Breville juicer of course! I have tried to make many a smoothie with my regular blender and while it works it, produces a less frozen smoothie as the blades heat up. It also requires more liquid and lots of shaking/stirring in between so I don’t bother! I love and appreciate my Ninja but I look forward to the day I bring home a Vitamix. This is actually our second Ninja, we received our first one as a wedding gift and it conveniently ‘died’ at 14 months, 2 months after the warranty expired. After using a regular blender for a few weeks, I couldn’t take the mooshy smoothies and used my 20% off BedBath&Beyond coupon to bring home a new Ninja. I’m still coming for you Vitamix 🙂

~Enjoy!~

Juice Recipe #9: Apple & Lemon Juice

I can’t believe I’ve gone all of my, albeit short, ‘juicing-life’ without ever having made this. This recipe was like hitting the jackpot!! It is so ridiculously delicious. It’s so funny to me that I’ve never thought of this combo before, so thanks you-tube. I make up almost all my juice recipe combos since it doesn’t require that much thought and it’s pretty hard to mess up…actually…let me take that back. I messed up a lot in the beginning and the only word that comes to mind is yuck to describe the taste of my original juices. This recipe on the other hand is YUM YUM YUM 🙂

2 organic ginger gold (or any other variety) apples *don’t forget to take out the seeds

1/2 an organic lemon, peel and all!

I had never tried ginger gold apples before making this juice. The only reason I actually bought them was because the grocery store didn’t have granny smith apples which are my favorite for juicing. I’m sold on ginger gold apples now!

~Juice and Enjoy!~

Juice Recipe #8: Cucumber, Kale, Spinach, Celery, Apple & Lemon Juice

Hey Folks!

I’m literally drinking this juice as I write this post and it’s really quite good. I remember how when I started experimenting with green juices they tasted quite atrocious. To be honest though, the only thing that’s different now is the fact that I always add half a lemon to all my green juices. I’m pretty sure I learned this ‘lemon-trick’ from one of the many you-tube juicing videos I’ve watched. It’s amazing how the lemon makes the juice sweeter, more refreshing and takes the edge off the super strong leafy green flavor.

1/2 cucumber (I peeled mine because it wasn’t organic)

4 organic celery stalks

2-3 organic kale leaves

2 handfuls of organic baby spinach

1 organic Fuji apple

1/2 lemon (don’t bother peeling it, I don’t know why I ever did)

This makes exactly 16 ounces of yummy green goodness. I can imagine all my cells doing a happy dance now 🙂 Are yours?

~Enjoy!~

Raw recipe: Guacamole

Is there a soul that doesn’t love guac? I actually strongly despised avocados as a child.  I’m sure it had everything to do with an uncle of mine who would mash them up and use it as a spread to make sandwiches with banana slices in between. It did not look appetizing or tasty to me. My aunt would make a hair conditioner and/or face mask with them which was very disturbing to me as a child.I would do this in a heart beat now if I didn’t prefer to eat them so bad!

I have no idea when everything changed but I’m extremely glad it did. I’m sure it was an awesome recipe of guacamole that did it! Avocados are  quiet the nutrient dense food. They are full of vitamin K, C, E, folate, potassium and monounsaturated fats. Besides making guacamole, I will add avocado to each and every salad I make. They add a creamy mouthfeel besides being super delicious. The only down side is that avocados are pretty pricey around here so I consider it a treat when I have them in the house. Here’s a pic of some guac I made a few days ago. Every single time I followed other folks’ recipes to the T my guac didn’t come out so great so I never measure anymore, so the measurements that follow are very much approximations.

Avocados ( I usually use 2)

A handful of Cilantro, chopped

Onions, finely diced appox 1/4 cup (I prefer yellow)

Tomatoes, finely diced ( I usually use 1 small Roma tomato)

Juice of 1/2 a lime

Salt to taste (1/4 tsp)

Garlic (1 small clove, minced) *optional

Mash the avocados with lime juice and the salt in  a bowl and then fold in the finely diced onion, tomatoes, cilantro and garlic.

~Enjoy!~

Smoothie Recipe #1: Strawberry & Banana Smoothie

This is my all time favorite favorite thing to have for breakfast. I have been making the recipe I will share with you for the past year and a half and I honestly don’t remember what I used to have for breakfast on most mornings before I began using the ‘secret’ ingredient to this smoothies. It is so fast and so easy to make and tastes HEAVENLY….if  heaven has a taste. My girlfriend and I have been singing the praises of this ‘secret’ ingredient since we discovered it. My mother just got into smoothie-making so I had the pleasure of hand delivering a bag to her yesterday and can’t wait to call and ask what she thought of it. Anyway, here’s a pic of the smoothie and the recipe follows underneath. Doesn’t it just look so yum?

1 cup of organic frozen strawberries

1/2 of a large banana, frozen

You can opt to use fresh fruit and add ice instead.

8 ounces of  filtered water

1-2 tbsp of organic ground flaxseed

Drum roll please….and the secret ingredient is….1 scoop of Sunwarrior’s Raw Vegan Vanilla Protein. It’s made from bio-fermented raw sprouted whole grain brown rice protein….whew!….that’s a mouthful for it’s healthy and delicious. Our fave flavor is vanilla but they have natural and chocolate as well.

Dump all of these ingredients in a high speed blender, blend and of course….

~Enjoy!~

Raw Recipe: Mango Salsa

Here’s a delicious new recipe I made this weekend. It’s pretty darn good and I’ve had to stop myself from eating it all in one day. You can have it with chips of course but I think it would be a great side dish to lots of summer meals. It’s light, crunchy, sweet and tangy all at the same time. I think the key to this recipe is having a perfectly ripe and firm mango. My husband and I were beyond thrilled to have purchased two cases (with 8/9 mangoes in each) for $9.90 this past week. We’ve devoured them all and here’s what I did with just one of them…

1 mango diced

1 tomato diced

1/4 red onion

small handful of cilantro chopped

1/2 cup of diced cucumber

1 jalapeno chile

1/3 cup of diced red bell pepper

juice of 1 lime

salt to taste

~Enjoy!~