Tag Archives: juicing

j1title

j2j3j4j5

Copper French Press here

▼▼▼▼

Who needs an excuse to make margaritas?! I’ve never had any trouble coming up with one, but if you really need a reason, today is Cinco de Mayo! I started making these a few years back and they were a hit with mis amigas, and are SO easy, so I decided to share the love here. They key is gauging the heat level of when infusing the tequila…I like it HOT, so keep all the seeds, and let it sit for about 24 hrs. The fun part of these is the straining method…a French press! The process of French pressing your coffee is super fun and we decided to apply that to another fun beverage…tequila. Enjoy these responsibly and ¡Salud!

 

Ingredients:

-Silver Tequila (we used Espolon)
-7 Cups Grapefruit Juice
-5 Large Jalapeños
-5 Limes (reserve one for garnish)
-1/3 Cup Honey
-1/3 Cup Filtered Water
-Margarita Salt

*Note: This process takes a couple of days…So plan your party accordingly!

 

Instructions:

To infuse the tequila: Wash and slice jalapeños, place half in French press. Pour half of the tequila over the jalapeños and cover with saran wrap, refrigerate remaining jalapeños. Leave mixture in French press on counter for at least 8 hours per batch…just remember the longer you let it set, the hotter it will get! When you are ready to strain tequila, place lid on French press and press down just like you would with coffee. Pour off tequila and place in freezer while you make the 2nd batch (we just used the original tequila bottle for storage).

To make the margaritas: Heat honey with water in a small sauce pot to create a simple syrup. Let cool. In a pitcher combine grapefruit juice, 2 1/2 cups of the tequila, and the juice of four limes. Stir together. Add in simple syrup and ice. Salt the rims of your favorite glasses and serve immediately.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Anti-Allergen Smoothie Bowl

smoothie lastsmoothie 3smoothie 1

▼▼▼▼

I got really into eating Acai bowls in college where our favorite smoothie place near campus would blend up healthy combinations and top with hemp granola and honey. They weren’t cheap, usually coming in around $9 each, but I somehow managed to have one almost every day. I still love smoothie bowls, and there are many places in LA that you can find them, but I tend to stick to just making my own now. There are infinite possibilities and combinations, and don’t necessarily have to contain Acai. This bowl doesn’t, and is a basic strawberry/pineapple/mixed berry. I love switching up the toppings as well. Bee pollen is a go-to, and I’ve also been using dark chocolate covered cacao nibs lately too (YUM). The bee pollen is floral in flavor, high in protein, and acts as an amazing anti-allergen superfood. How you ask? Just imagine bees buzzing from flower to flower, collecting pollen that they bring back to the hive to create granules. An allergy happens when your body develops an immune response to an allergen, in turn creating antibodies. Antibodies cause cells to release histamine which is the cause of allergy symptoms. When you ingest these granules of different flowers pollen, they act as an anti-histamine, and a natural anti-allergen! NATURE IS AWESOME. The trick is to buy LOCAL be pollen, where bees have been pollenating your regional flora.

Smoothie Ingredients:

(Frozen)
-Strawberries
-Pineapple
-Mixed Berries

-Coconut Milk
-Bee Pollen
-Hemp Granola
-Honey
-Chocolate Covered Cacao Nibs

Blend 1/2 cup each of frozen fruit, and 1//2 cup coconut milk until smooth. Pour into a bowl, top with topping and serve! Extra portions can be kept in small mason jars and even frozen for easy, ready made smoothies to take on the go.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

Juice Cleanse Recap

image (2)moon juice final final

 Moon Juice | Moon Milk | Moon Juice Pantry | Zenbunni Chocolate

▼▼▼▼

Ok so it’s been two days since we finished “the cleanse,” and I’m feeling pretty damn good. I feel LIGHT. I’m energized. I feel like I’ve completed a goal, so if nothing else it’s boosted my self-confidence lol. But really, my body has had five days to reset itself, and it shows, but before we get down to results, I’ll give you the rundown of each day. Day one was well, not amazing. On the first day you’re coming to terms with the fact that you wont be eating for the next five days, so it’s really the most mental day. You’re coming down off the holidays, which is like the heroin of drugs am I right? You have to switch off your brain a little, stop looking in the fridge, and god forbid read the new issue of Bon Appetit. It’s time to be quiet. Read, drink tea, sit in the sun, contemplate, and internalize WHY you are really doing this. It’s going to help your body, it’s going to reset your metabolism, and it’s the mecca of willpower tests. Day two rolls around..Alright! We made it through one day, four more to go. This day isn’t fun. It’s hard. You might have a headache (which is totally normal), you may feel cold, and yes, you’re hungry, but you make it through. Day two and three are definitely the hardest. It’s day three…you are HANGRY. All of your wildest inner fat child cravings emerge. Pasta, pizza, something with a creamy dressing, oh maybe some sugar (remember this cleanse is basically sugar-free), and COFFEE. Give me my coffee. I always crave coffee the most on a cleanse. Let me tell you, if you can make it through three days of any cleanse, you can make it to 10 on the master-cleanse. THE FIRST THREE DAYS SUCK. But you know what? It’s all down hill from there. Day four-alright! You can do this. Feeling pretty good that you’re over the hump. Only today and tomorrow. Headache is gone, and your mind is clearing from the fog. Day five…success! So the results: I feel no bloat. Like I said, I feel lighter, I haven’t weighed myself, but everything feels just a little looser. Under eye circles, where have they gone?? Skin looks preeeeety good! One thing that was new for me on this cleanse was my nails. My nails have no more transparent spots where the white begans. They are white and feel STRONG. This must have been from all the chard and kale we drank. 20 lbs of veggies and nuts a day…that adds up to a total of 100 lbs for the entire cleanse. No wonder I’m feeling like super woman. SO,  now that its over, we’ve been really successful in not gorging ourselves on whatever we were dreaming about mid-cleanse. We made a huge pot of veggie soup, and have lots of things  to snack on around the house (organic peanut butter, nuts, rice cakes, apples). We are continuing the “dry-January” thing as well, so no wine here. I also really advocate for drinking a ton of tea. Green, Kukicha (really savory and satisfying), and Yogi Detox tea are some of my faves. I usually drink them without any added sweetener, but sometimes at night if Im craving dessert, I’ll add honey and coconut creamer. I have to say, I enjoyed Moon Juice’s green cleanse regimen, and I’ve loved Moon Juice since we moved to Venice. They have so many other juices, snacks, and pantry items that keep me coming back for more. I definitely recommend this to anyone, and if you aren’t in LA, then create your own juice cleanse regimen, its the best 5 days you can give your body.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Juice Cleanse (& a new category!)

moonjuice0678_2_48058  juice 3  juice 1

First Day of Our Green Juice Cleanse from Moon Juice

▼▼▼▼

So we decided to jump on the cleanse bandwagon this January. Why? First, living in LA now, there are literally hundreds of juiceries that do the work for you. It can be daunting to put together a wholesome cleanse program yourself, and after doing my research, I felt that the Juicery I go to most (Moon Juice-Venice location) was right on par with what I had in mind. They serve CCOF certified organic, cold pressed, medicinal juice each day which “keeps your metabolism going, your organs supported, and your brain active so you can be fully fed and functioning.” I’m down with that. Having done both the master cleanse, and 2 day intense liver cleanse a few times before, I knew that I wanted something more hearty this time, a cleanse that would feed my mind, body, soul. The green juice cleanse from Moon Juice is a super clean, sugar free cleanse that you can feel good about drinking. Each day of the Green Cleanse includes:

•4 Goodness Greens-Kale, dandelion, parsley, spinach, and celery
-This juice alkalizes, heals, stimulates, and lifts mood.

•2 Canyon Greens-Collards, rainbow chard, parsley, ginger, celery, and cucumber
-This juice nourishes bones, enhances blood, and boosts energy.

•1 Enzymatic Aloe Tonic-Aloe Vera and E3 Live Digestive Enzymes
-Promotes radiant, glowing beauty and happiness.

• 1 Moon Milk of choice (Hemp & Coconut, Hazelnut, or Pumpkin)
(We chose Hemp & Coconut) Hemp seeds, coconut meat, alkaline, mineralized, and oxygenated water, coconut nectar, vanilla bean, and pink salt
-This milk beautifies, balances the brain, and is high in complete protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

***Each day of the cleanse you flood your system with 20 lbs of certified organic, raw produce and nuts or seeds! Try eating all those veggies…it’s just not possible…enter, juice!

The second reason is that I am a veteran cleanser, and I truly believe that cleansing helps reset your entire body. Moon Juice says “Juice cleansing enables the body to naturally go into detox mode while flooding it with live nutrients and enzymes. We like to think of our Moon Juice Cleanses as a juice feast, a holiday for the body, the ultimate indulgence.” Read their concise, and informative “cleanse basics” here. After cleansing I notice an overall change in my body chemistry. The two things effects that I feel the most are, increased energy, and decreased cravings. With all of the junk I loaded my body with from spending the holidays in Mexico, I knew a cleanse was on the horizon, and I’m glad I took the plunge. We started our five day cleanse yesterday. Today is day two. I have a slight headache, and yes, I feel hungry, but it’s nothing  overpowering and I know I can handle it. The benefits will be worth it! Ill check back in a few days with an update…but for now, go get your cleanse on!

 

 

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

LA Faves

lafaves1111faves4444444

▼▼▼▼

Alfred Coffee | Sin-Min Lip Spread | Moon Juice | Gracias Madre | Thyme Market and Cafe | Treats Yogurt & Ice Bar

We’ve been in LA for almost two months now and have definitely developed some favorites in our hood. It’s been so fun to explore around our new neighborhood and check out the hot spots. We’re walking distance to Rose and Abbot Kinney, so the shopping and dining possibilities are endless. I had been wandering around Rose one day and happened upon Golden State, the coolest little shop carrying only California made products, art, books (SIN-MIN, STANCE etc.). If you haven’t checked out this store, you must, and pick up some SIN-MIN Horchata Lipspread or find it on their website here. Its kind of amazing. There is a juicery around every corner in LA, but Moon Juice on Rose has become our favorite. Not only do they serve cold pressed juices here, but they have their own line of tonics, and carry local raw snacks, and chocolate. Oh and the baristas? Juicisistas? Are the nicest folks around! Two fave West Hollywood finds are Gracias Madre, 100% organic and vegan Mexican food, and Alfred Coffee. The outside ambience by the fountain at Gracias Madre is so relaxing you feel like you’re in Mexico. We had the Ensalada de Verduras, the “Bacon” Coconut Torta, and both the “Purista” and “Quinceanera” cocktails. I would highly recommend this spot to anyone…not just vegans. The price is right, and no snooty hostess here. Head down the road to Alfred Coffee to enjoy freshly brewed Stumptown Coffee and shop around Melrose. Santa Monica faves are Thyme Cafe and Market where I’ve been lunching with my friend Caitlin who works in the neighborhood. Last time we split the Kale and Fennel Salad with Pecorino, and the Bacon, Caramelized Onion, Apple, Gruyere Panini (w/ Sauv Blanc of course) which were both incredible. There is a multitude of freshly baked bread, pastries, and a huge deli carryout section filled with different sides and salads which are perfect for any night of the week. With the heat wave a couple of weeks ago, I sought out the best snow cone/ frozen yogurt I could find, and Treats Frozen Yogurt and Ice Bar seemed to be a popular choice. If you’re a shaved ice fanatic like I am, you have probably heard of “sour spray,” and let me tell you, Treats has it. Stay tuned for many more LA faves…

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Cara Cara & Rosemary Granita

orange 1orange2orange4orange3orange5orange6orange 7

▼▼▼▼

Cara Cara oranges are in season, and with the recent LA heatwave, we decided to make some granita with the fruit. Cara Cara’s are a bit less acidic, and evoke notes of rose, which hold up nicely to a stronger herb like rosemary. Granita’s are the perfect palette in which to create a cooling snack or dessert, with whichever flavors are in season.

Ingredients:

Cara Cara Oranges (6)
Rosemary (5 springs)
Pellegrino or Sparkling Water (2/3 cup)
Light Agave (1 tbsp)
Water (1 tbsp)

**9×9 in glass Pyrex

 

Directions: 

Squeeze oranges into glass pan. Finely chop 1 tsp of rosemary and add to pan. Create a simple syrup by heating agave, 1 tbsp water, and 3 sprigs rosemary. Stir for five minutes until fragrant. Strain rosemary and add syrup to pan. Add Pellegrino and stir to combine. Let set overnight adding last spring of rosemary as garnish. Using a large serving spoon, scrape granita out of pan and into stemless wine glasses, or serveware of your choosing.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

caulifolwerkale crunch 1kale crunch 2kale crunch 3kale crunch 4kale crunch 5

▼▼▼▼

We visited Erewhon Natural Foods Market in West Hollywood for some grocery shopping and lunch last week. The only thing I can describe it as being close to, is Peck Market in Milan…and we left obsessed. Erewhon sells only the “purest, ethically and sustainably produced foods, wellness and beauty products, and household items” most of which is packaged in glass jars, and has a pretty hip juice bar as well (you actually sit down and order shots/drinks that are juiced right in fornt of you). We sampled a few of their pre-made items from the deli and loved the cauliflower crunch salad, so we made sure to list the ingredients in order to recreate it at home. Here is our attempt…it’s pretty damn good!

Ingredients:

Cauliflower (1/2 head)
Kale (1/2 head)
Garbanzo Beans (1 cup)

1 cup diced each, of the following:

Yellow Bell Pepper
Orange Bell Pepper
Celery
Cucumber
Sweet Peas
Red Onion
Green Olives

Vinaigrette:

Olive Oil (1/3 cup)
Hemp Oil (1/4 cup)
Lemon Juice (1/3 cup)
Garlic-diced (6 toes)
Dijon Mustard (2 tsp)

 

Directions:

Wash and dice everything except garbanzo beans. Combine together in a large mixing bowl. In the mixing cup attachment of an immersion blender, combine all vinaigrette ingredients. Pulse together, then steadily blend, until creamy and frothy. Pour over vegetables and fold in to mix.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

textjdn.qo
lemonade2
lemondae 3lemondae 4lemonade 6

 ▼▼▼▼

I noticed this week that the three most plentiful things at the market (and at our house) were; tons of organic juicy strawberries (3 square containers for $10 at the farmers market), big bright yellow lemons, and two rosemary bushes in the courtyard, so naturally lemonade came to mind. The rosemary adds a beautiful herbal flavor and aroma to the drink, and makes it a bit more interesting than regular lemonade. Crushing the rosemary between a wooden board and wooden spoon is the secret, and slowly releases all of the oils into the beverage.

Ingredients:

Lemons (7 juiced/about one cup lemon juice)
Strawberries (fresh-3/4 cup sliced)
Rosemary
Agave (1/4 cup)

Directions:

Rinse strawberries and rosemary, put rosemary aside. Slice strawberries and drop into the bottom of whatever pitcher you have chosen. Juice lemons, by cutting each one in half, and inserting a fork into the center of each half, twisting as you juice (I find this is the easiest and juiciest way). Strain and discard seeds. Stir agave and lemon juice together, add to strawberries. Add in 5 cups water and gently stir. Place rosemary on your cutting board and with a wooden spoon, press down and roll. Push rosemary stems down into lemoande and serve.

**This beverage only gets better with time, overnight is even better

***Add some vodka or gin for a refreshing cocktail

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Juicing

kermits fiesta final

“Kermit’s Fiesta”

beet of my heart

“Beet of My Heart”

juice yayyybet 2 final

▼▼▼▼

Make sure you use ALL organic ingredients, and wash everything REALLY well. You are trying to do something healthy for your body, not add chemicals to it right?  Juicing is basically a superhighway to your bloodstream,  if you don’t use organic fruits and veggies, those chemicals/insecticides are gonna cruise straight on through. The green juice we lovingly named “Kermit’s Fiesta” (green w/ cilantro), has become my absolute favorite. It’s refreshing, and I swear it gives me more energy. Even though juicing is a great way to get nutrients from the earth quickly and easily, we try to steer clear of too many fruits because they add a suprising amount of sugar…not good for people who have say, Candida (a half of an apple adds the perfect amount of sweetness to two juice servings). Get creative with your juice, and start feeling better!

You will need an electric juicer for this recipe…try this one

Ingredients:

(Kermits Fiesta)
Celery (3 ribs)
Cucumber (3/4)
Cilantro (5 springs-stem and all)
Lime (1)
*Juice beforehand…lemons and limes do better hand juiced

(Beet of My Heart)
Beet (2-quartered)
Ginger (1 tbsp worth-peeled)
*A little goes a long way
Lemon (1)
*Same thing as limes, they do better hand juiced

Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,
%d bloggers like this: