Juicers. They're a bit messy, they are sometimes expensive, they take extra work to clean. Yes, there are ones that definitely are quicker, inexpensive, and efficient, but personally, I needed something faster if I was going to keep up with a juicing habit. I think we all can get into the mindset of having to have "the best" of everything. The best organic food, the best high-end juicer we can afford, the best recipe to follow until we actually start implementing a health habit.
I've learned over time to slowly let go of the idea of perfection and simply
~ b e g i n b e g i n b e g i n b e g i n b e g i n b e g i n ~
in fact my motto for 2019 was just do it. Just start, don't wait, just start that art project you've been wanting to do, start the habit of hitting up the gym, of eating healthier, of juicing more regularly, of taking more time to just sit and listen to some music for ten minutes + chill after work. It makes a difference to just decide to start a small habit and go for it.
How many things do we wait for perfect timing / this or that before we begin? I am inviting you to sit and ponder with me + think of some things you may want to implement for the second half of 2019. So many people check in at the New Year, but perhaps we want to be checking in with ourselves, our goals, our quests in life perhaps monthly. Vision boarding is an awesome way to do that (haven't done it myself but heard it's fun), or simply sketch out goals in a notebook.
Making goals can be fun, but only if we allow ourselves to *actually* start them without the need for perfection beforehand.
With that being said, forget the juicer, the perfect everything before you make this juice, simply use what you have, substitute if need be, and enjoy it thoroughly knowing that your live juice is fueling your awesome body to fulfill your life goals and utmost desires.
Cheers to health ~
Green blender juice recipe
~ one small head of celery
~ one pear
~ one lemon (rind removed)
~ a thumb of ginger, no need to remove the skin, just wash thoroughly
~ a palmful of cilantro (stems included!)
blend it all up. take your nut mylk bag over a big bowl and fill the bag with the contents of the blender. squeeeeeeeeze all that fab juice and revel at how easy that was!
This recipe is ridiculously delicious and I will admit that this recipe actually wasn't planned - it was simply an experiment gone super well. We want to encourage you to play with your food a bit, get crafty in the kitchen and see what yummy goodness you can create.
These bars are crunchy and are a mixture of a seven-layer bar, a rice crispy, and a peanut butter chocolate brownie. Here's a warning to you, however: they might be gone before you know it! They're good. But you'll know that you aren't feeding your bod with nasties, but instead, offering a sweet treat with no added sugar. Win-win? Win-win.
Here's what's in them:
- B U C K W H E A T : is actually a seed, is gluten-free, and offers a crunch filled with plant-based protein and fiber, what's not to like? It lends its hand well in this recipe. It's extra crunch and is soaked + sprouted thus offering superior nutrition, and easy digestability (woo!).
- S W E E T : You get the sweetness from dried fruit, in this recipe, dried cherries, and dates.
- N U T T Y : comes in two forms in this recipe. One is raw, soaked hazelnuts and the other is optional (but will admit it takes this recipe to the next level as long as you aren't a strict raw foodie) but is powdered peanut butter powder. You might find it as PB2, or in my case, I found it at my local Natural Grocer's. These two ingredients bump up the protein substantially while offering a rich flavor to these bars. You can use any nut you want!
- C A C A O : powder + chocolate chips, or cacao nibs, your choice! In this recipe I used semi-sweet chocolate chips as well as cacao powder, but like any recipe, you can tweak it to your liking.
- O A T S : full of fiber, more protein (#plantpowered), and they have a natural sweetness and depth to them. I actually used them as the main "substance" for these bars as they are 1) affordable 2) yum flavor and 3) easy to access 4) are gluten-free and 5) they are easy to play around with the flavor! You could easily take out the PB and chocolate and sub in blueberries to make blueberry bars. Basically, hail the oat for they are super versatile.
After gathering said above ingredients, take out your food processor, stick the dates, cherries, nuts, PB powder, a touch of vanilla bean powder or extract, the cacao powder, optional cacao nibs/chips, and oats, and about a 1/4 cup of filtered water to start, and pulse just to mix the ingredients.
Go to high on the food processor and get that blending until the hazelnuts start getting smaller, the oats become more powder like, and everything starts to emulsify. Again, with texture, if you want it chunkier, don't food process as long. If you're noticing that it isn't forming together like you want it to, you may need a bit more water or dates to get it to cling together.
Once you have it to the desired texture, take a pan, whatever shape you want, and if you are opting for the PB powder, sprinkle a thin layer of the PB powder at the bottom of the glass pan. If not, you can blend up some more oats in a blender, or even keep them whole, and sprinkle a thin layer at the bottom of the pan. Then pour the food processor mixture into the pan, wet your fingers with some water, and start smooshing it into the pan until it's evenly dispersed.
At this point, enter : buckwheat! Sprinkle as much crunch as you want onto the top of the bars and smoosh them into the top of the bars. If you want more of a layer of the buckwheat (aka more crunch), pour more on, and don't worry about it layering up too much, just smoosh it all in.
Put the glass pan into the freezer for at least an hour. Let them firm up. Then you can take them out of the freezer + cut them into desired size.
Here's where the fun happens. Because it doesn't have to be exact, these are *rough* measurements. Play around with it. If you want it drier, put in more oats and buckwheat. A bit stickier? Put in more dates/cherries/water.
Create alchemy in your kitchen! And as always, consume with intention, and appreciation ~
~ 1.5 cups oats
~ 10 dates (may vary depending on size + variety)
~ tsp vanilla
~ 1/2 peanut butter powder (+ 2 T for sprinkling on the pan)
~ 1/2 to 1 cup hazelnuts or nuts of choice
~ 2 pinches of salt (to bring out the sweet!)
~ 1/2 cup dried cherries
~ 1/2 cup buckwheat (and another 1/2 to 1 cup for the top)
~ 1/2 to 1 cup cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
~ (optional) 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Everyone and their mama knows about celery juice, but have you tried Medical Medium's Detox Smoothie yet?
I'll admit that I'm new to it as well, which is why I wanted to share it, so that we can all join in on this detox fun.
- Barley grass juice powder
- Wild blueberries
- Atlantic dulse
The spirulina and the barley grass juice powder work in tandem to pull out heavy metals from organs in your intestinal tract, reproductive organs, as well as your liver.
Photo from: @alter.health
My first thought about this smoothie was that it was going to taste uber green, however, I started feeling more drawn to try it out. I had seen multiple people on social media showing their Detox Smoothie topped with mulberries, goji berries, banana, and frozen blueberries, and it started to actually seem appealing.
We're at an in-between transition season wise going from spring to summer, and for some people, that transition can be challenging. In Ayurveda, the transition of seasons can be a great time to detox/cleanse, to not only assist your body in being ever healthier but to also assist your mental state to transition into either warmer or colder temperatures.
The summertime can make you feel a lot less grounded, airy, dry, and obviously, hot, which to some bodies can make you feel out of balance. In Ayurveda, there are three different types of constitutions, and depending upon your constitution, summertime can be a bit more challenging than other seasons. Pitta dosha means that you have more fire in your system, so in the summertime, that fire is exacerbated, and thus implementing cooling rituals can help the summertime become more enjoyable. At least that's what I am hoping!
Which is what brings me back around to the Detox Smoothie. I started gravitating towards it because it is a cooling food, and can help aid that transition from spring to summer. I'm looking forward to being more intentional about making summer the most enjoyable by using self-care practices to cool myself and feel more grounded.
Adapted from the Medical Medium site: https://www.medicalmedium.com/blog/heavy-metal-detox-smoothie
- 2 bananas OR 1-2 cups of mango
- 2 cups blueberries
- 1 cup cilantro (or less if need to adjust to flavor)
- 1 cup orange juice, or one whole orange if you don't mind some more pulp (you can also peel off any of the white part of the orange to make it less pulpy while still getting the whole food juice from the orange)
- 1 tsp spirulina
- 1 tsp barley grass juice powder (or another greens powder such as vitamineral green, or moringa powder)
- small handful of Atlantic dulse
Could range from mulberries, raisins, Higher Power raw sprouted pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, macadamia nuts, or gRawnola, to fresh fruit (strawberry, banana, blueberries, kiwi, orange pieces), or even some cacao nibs sprinkled on top with some coconut flakes could be a great option.
Tweak the recipe according to taste, and work yourself into the green powders/dulse/cilantro if it's too strong at first.
Tag us @higherpowerrawfoods if you snap a shot of your next smoothie bowl. We love to see what you all are creating ~
Until next time,
"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." (Maya Angelou)
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