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Sarah Lawrence

You can't beet this juice

[caption id="attachment_590" align="alignleft" width="300"]Ruby Red Energy Juice Ruby Red Energy Juice[/caption]
Veggie juices and smoothies are a quick solution to morning nutrition.  While a juicer can make the process a breeze, you can also employ your high speed blender, a nut milk bag and a little therapeutic hand work for the same result.  Prefer to keep your foods full of fiber?  No problem!  Add a few small apples to the blender along with a splash of water and you can create a velvety, sweet smoothie that will perk you up all morning long while providing filling liquid nutrients that are equally easy on your GI tract. 
  When choosing greens for this or any juice/smoothie, consider Romaine not only for it’s watery sweetness but also for Vitamin A, K and C; spinach for manganese, magnesium, iron, calcium and potassium as well as Vitamins K and C; kale for Vitamins K, A and C as well as a bunch of minerals.  Every leafy green is pretty much a nutrient dense powerhouse.  Greens are also a source of ALA which is an Omega 3 fatty acid.  Omega’s 3’s are making headlines all over the nutrition world these days, and you can get yourself a plant strong shot of them first thing out the gate every morning by including greens in your juices and smoothies.  Vitamin and Nutrient levels differ based on variety, so my approach is to use a combination of the greenest greens every day.  But if I had to choose just one green, hands down, it would be kale… Kale will add slight bitterness to your drink, but it is full of glucosinolates (pronounced “glue-co-sin-o-lates”) which our bodies break down into isothiocyanates or (ITCs) (pronounced “I-so-thigh-o-sigh-a-nates”).  While those are a mouthful to say they are worth the trouble!  ITC’s are major players in cellular detoxification as well as being documented cancer preventers and cancer fighters.  It may sound like I’m pitching you something in an info-mercial when I say, “but wait… that’s not all!”  Truth is, that’s not all!  Kale is rich in antioxidants (specifically lutein, beta-carotein and quercetin, but there are at least 40 more); these antioxidants protect your body from all kinds of oxidative damage.  They are like a clean up and repair crew at a cellular level.  They are the anti-inflammatories in nature’s medicine chest.  You want these guys on your varsity team and juices and smoothies like this one are a painless way to play.     If you’re an info junkie, like me, click to check out The George Mateljan Foundation website for a lot more documentation on kale.  You can also look up other foods… in case you’re curious! Red Rising 1 ruby red grapefruit, peeled (any grapefruit will do, but ruby reds are a little sweeter) ½ lemon, peeled (unless it’s organic, then throw it in peel and all) 1 big beet, raw (scrubbed and quartered) 1 lb greens liquid stevia (optional)
  1. Place ingredients in Vitamix or high speed blender in the order listed so the juiciest items hit the blades first.  Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour the puree into your nut milk bag.  Twist the top closed and start massaging the juice out of the bag.
  3. If you need to adjust for sweetness, try a drop of liquid stevia.  Personally, I find the slight bitterness of this blood red juice to be just perfect, but if you’re not used to the bitter flavor or prefer something with a hint of sweetness, give it a drop and a stir and go from there.
Berry Good Variations (wink!):  Add 1 cup of raspberries, strawberries or cherries. Alternative:  Add 2 apples and about ½ cup of water to create a smoothie rather than juice.  Blend as above, but do not strain.  Just pour and enjoy.

Sarah Lawrence

Lemon Goji Smoothie


Kids developed this smoothie this morning and it was quite a neon shade of orange but tasted of lemon all the way!  A keeper!  They called it "lemon-neon"...

Lemon-neon smoothie
3 carrots
3 small oranges, skin removed
1 organic lemon, skin removed from half
1/2 cup Goji berries
3 Brazil nuts
2 cups water

Place all ingredients in vitamix.  Blend until smooth.  Taste.  Sweeten with a few drops of liquid stevia if needed.

It was a perfect foil for our omega 3 liquid supplement as well as a hefty dose of probiotics! 

P.s this is my first mobile upload... a bit of a test.  Figure I need to post when its convenient or I may not have time to post!  Fun android phone!


Crunchy Apple Celery Sunflower Salad

I've been eating raw this week after a bout of stomach unpleasantry on Monday night and this is the first real meal I've had outside of apples and bananas!  Super quick, crunchy and tasty.  My boys each ate a big bowl and gave all thumbs up!  The fennel bulb is something I bought last weekend and planned to use early in the week... but that plan got foiled by the sickness.  The bulb was very mildly flavored and likely would have been better if I used it closer to purchase, but it was still softly anise scented and very crisp and crunchy.  If you prefer more anise flavor, use more and if anise isn't for you just leave it out. Vary the nut choice, use orange juice instead of lemon, try thyme or oregano or parsley instead of the mint and lemon balm.  Sliced or shredded carrot would also be lovely in this salad.  Use what you have or try something new.  Enjoy! Crunchy Apple Celery Sunflower Salad [caption id="attachment_367" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Crunchy Apple Celery Sunflower Salad"]Crunchy Apple Celery Sunflower Salad[/caption] (Serves 4 as a main salad – 6-8 as an appetizer) This recipe can be doubled or tripled if you’re feeding a crowd.  It will keep in the refrigerator for several days before the veggies lose their crunch.  If you are going to be storing this salad, hold out the nuts and seeds until just before serving.  Choose a green apple variety if you want something particularly tangy, otherwise, go for something sweet and red like a Gala apple for a beautiful pop of color. Dressing fresh lemon juice from 1 lemon, approximately 1/3 cup splash of mirin 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon agave or maple syrup fresh ground pepper to taste Salad 8 celery stalks with greens, approximately 1 celery heart 3 apples, your choice of variety 1 cup raw fennel/anise, approximately ½ of a bulb 1 cup cucumber, approximately a 5 inch cucumber 1 cup raw cashews 1 cup raw sunflower seeds 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint or lemon balm Kale ~ how much you use is up to you and your level of green eating; see note at the end of the recipe.  Let’s start by whisking the dressing ingredients in small bowl until they are combined.  Dip the tip of a clean spoon and either lick it or swipe it with your finger to get a taste.  Adjust your seasoning with pepper or whatever suits your tastes.  Set aside. Moving on, we’re going to tackle the veg and fruit.  Keep the celery heart together and trim the bottom off.  Slice thin pieces from the stalks straight across or on the diagonal.  Put the celery slices in a bowl and cover with cool water.  Swish the pieces around to loosen and remove any debris, then strain and set aside. Slice the apples into quarters.  Thinly slice each quarter so you end up with bite size apple slices. Slice the raw fennel into pieces similar in size to the apple pieces. Slice the cucumber into quarters and slice it too as you’ve done the apple. Tip the apple slices into a large bowl and add the dressing. Toss to combine.  The acid in the vinaigrette will keep the apple from browning, so be sure to coat the pieces.  Add the remaining ingredients and toss to combine all the sliced veg.  If you are serving this within an hour or so, you can add the nuts and seeds.  Otherwise, if you want the nuts and seeds to retain their bite, hold them out until you are ready to serve and then throw them in and give everything a toss. The kale is something that you can use as a bed of greens for your salad.  You can also use large leaves of kales as wrappers to hold a scoop of salad and then roll it up like a burrito to eat.  Alternatively, you can chop or tear the leaves and add them into your salad in whatever amount you and yours enjoy.  This is a great way to introduce kale in a palatable salad in one of many ways… find something that works for you and get more kale into your gut!  Kale does a body good!


Cherry Carrot Orange Kale Smoothie

Here’s a smoothie that is full of fruits and nutrient dense veggies.  It tastes like oranges and is a pretty purply color.  We have become really comfortable with earth tones and pond tones in our house.  As a result, I don't have to hide the veggies and greens in our green smoothies!  The sneaky chef mentality is excellent if you need to employ those tactics, but I would much rather have kids who know what is in their food and love what is in their food.  Teaching the basics of good nutrition is something that we can do for our children every time we make healthy choices in the kitchen!  My 5 year old happily shares this and many smoothies with me... here we attempted the advanced double straw sharing move: [caption id="attachment_360" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="how to share a smoothie"]how to share a smoothie[/caption]   Cherry Carrot Orange Kale Smoothie (makes about 3 cups which is 1 generous portion or enough for 2 to share) 1 cup frozen cherries 2 oranges, peeled (I only peeled one because we like the bitterness that a little orange skin adds) 3 carrots 2 handfuls of organic kale 2 Tbsp golden flaxseed Put everything in the Vitamix or other high powered blender and whiz until smooth.  Add one cup of water, almond milk or orange juice if you need to thin it out or if you need to stretch for more servings.  If you put the cherries in the bottom of the blender you will see a beautiful red orange mixture form before the kale works down and turns everything purply brown.  It’s a very earthy color... beautiful! 
cherry carrot orange kale smoothie
cherry carrot orange kale smoothie
If you need to sweeten the mix, try adding a date and blending again.  Pour and enjoy!


Citrus Salad with Beet, Blackberries and Avocado (Raw Gluten Free Vegan)

Dinner tonight was inspired by a recipe that Annmarie Gianni prepared on the Renegade Health Show earlier this month.  I modified it to suit the ingredients I had on hand (some luscious blackberries and a ton of mixed greens) and also to meet my Father in Law’s dietary restriction; he can’t have grapefruit.  So unlike the Renegade recipe which features grapefruit, I went with citrus that my Father in Law can have… the amazing orange!  I tried the dressing per the Renegade recipe and while it has a super fresh zing that I loved... but I know that my kids prefer a creamy dressing.  So, I played around a bit and incorporated some avocado and a date to cut the tang of the lime juice vinagrette from the original.  I am SO pleased with the results and all 5 of us sharing dinner tonight enjoyed this salad.  I had a dinner portion and the guys had side salads with their meal. Let me know if you try this one.  The raw beets might surprise you with their sweetness.  So, so good.  Also, I can easily see the dressing as a dip for raw veggies of almost any variety.  It's a little tart and a little sweet, but the creamy factor is what makes it special. [caption id="attachment_320" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Citrus Salad with Blackberries, Beet and Avocado"]Citrus Salad with Blackberries, Beet and Avocado[/caption]   Citrus Salad with Beet, Blackberries and Avocado (makes 2 dinner salad portions or 4-6 side salads) Salad 1 ½ ripe avocados (you need 2 total for this recipe; the other half is used in the dressing) 3 organic oranges (you need 5 total for this recipe) 1 organic grapefruit (optional) 4 raw beets 1 pint organic blackberries 4 cups spinach 4 cups romaine 2 cups arugula
 6 fresh mint leaves 
 Dressing 2 organic oranges, peeled 1 medool date, pit removed 2 organic limes, juiced dash of sea salt a few grinds of pepper ½ avocado, pit removed 2 Tbsp olive oil or coconut oil (optional) 
 To prepare the salad: Wash all of the greens and spin them dry in your salad spinner or lay them on a clean kitchen cloth for a few minutes to dry. Fold the mint leaves in half lengthwise and use your knife to make thin strips (julienne).  Alternatively, you can minced the leaves or tear them into very small pieces.  Just be sure not to leave big pieces of leaf because it can be a strong flavor! Zest your citrus fruits with a zester and reserve the peelings.  Next, remove the citrus peels and cut the fruit into bite size pieces.  How you do it is up to you.  I usually quarter the fruit and then slice each quarter into 4 pieces.  If you’re peeling the fruit by hand you can just add the segments… whatever works! Give the raw beets a quick wash under cool water to remove any sand or dirt.  Slice off the greens and then peel the beets.  This is a messy task that will stain your fingers (and anything else) reddish purple for a while.  Consider this your red badge of courage.  You’re trying a new salad and it is making you commit!  Once the beets are peeled you have a few options.  You can grate them using a hand grater (uber messy!) You can cut them into small pieces with your chef’s knife (also uber messy). Or you can employ your food processor and either grate, slice or chop finely depending on the nifty blade attachments that you have.  I chopped the beets into a fairly tiny shred using my food processor and we all loved them.  Do what works for you. Let’s deal with the avocados.  Slice each one in half lengthwise and twist to get the pit to release from one side.  To get the pit out you can either scoop it out gently with a spoon or, if you’re confident with your knife, you can tap the knife blade into the pit (it will stick in there) and twist the handle until the pit pops out.  You really need to be confident to do the knife tap, so please don’t try it if you’re nervous.  I don’t want you to get hurt!  I’m going to go with the notion that you’re able to get the pit out and all.  Time to score the avocado flesh in lines lengthwise and then again width wise so you end up with a grid pattern on each piece of avocado.  Take a soup spoon now and work it in between the skin and the flesh as you scoop out as much avocado as possible.  As you do this, the cute little pieces will pop right out!  Fun. [caption id="attachment_321" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Avocado Citrus Dressing"]Avocado Citrus Dressing[/caption] To prepare the dressing: Put everything into you blender and whiz until smooth.  It took me about 30 seconds of blending in the Vitamix to achieve a smooth and creamy texture. To assemble: Toss the mixed greens into a large bowl or lay them out on a platter.  Sprinkle with the minced or julienned mint.  Spoon some dressing over the greens.  Use the amount that makes you comfortable.  For my dinner portion, I used 1 Tbsp of dressing.  Next, top with shredded beets, orange pieces, grapefruit pieces and berries.  Serve!