Heat Up Your Winter

Sometimes in the midst of winter cold, a little spice can be a big pick-me-up. Our Founder, Shauna Martin, has found that the winter blues are no match for a hot kick of cayenne in her green juice- it wakes up her taste buds and offers a jolt to her body and mind.

spiceywintergreenjuice

Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 celery stalks, bottoms removed
  • Big handful of spinach (2/3 bunch)
  • 1/8 pineapple or 3/4 cup (125g) pineapple chunks
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (1/8 tsp or less)

Directions

  • Wash the celery and spinach.
  • Top and tail the pineapple, peel it, and cut into pieces that will fit through your juicer.
  • Run the vegetables and pineapple through your juicer and scrape off foam (if desired).
  • Season with salt and cayenne, and enjoy!

Superfood Highlight

Swiss chard is one of those wonderful super greens full of antioxidants, including kaempferol, a phytonutrient that is also found in broccoli and kale. There is research showing that kaempferol may have the potential to assist in fighting cancer. Swiss chard is also a cousin to the beet family, and it contains phytonutrients found in beets called betalains, which have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. Baby Swiss chard is a great addition to salads, as it mixes well with other super greens like baby spinach and watercress. To prepare Swiss chard, just rinse before running it through your juicer, stems and all.

Swiss Chard

New Year’s Cleanse

Who said you can’t have spaghetti on a cleanse? Making spaghetti out of raw zucchini is super easy with a spiralizer, a very inexpensive tool that makes raw cooking a lot more fun. We highly recommend purchasing one, and then try this recipe, which will really satiate you.

zucchini pasta

Ingredients

  • 5 to 6 ripe tomatoes, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 white onion, cut into chunks
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Handful of basil (6 to 7 leaves)
  • 1 to 2 stems fresh oregano
  • 1 to 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 to 2 small zucchinis

Directions

  • To create a fantastic raw marinara, in a high-speed blender or Vitamix, combine tomatoes, onion, garlic cloves, basil, oregano, and olive oil. Pulse until smooth, then add salt and pepper to taste.
  • If you have one, use a spiralizer to create spaghetti-curls out of the zucchinis. If you don’t have one, just shred the zucchini with a carrot peeler, peeling and all, or finely chop into small sticks.
  • Arrange the zucchini “spaghetti” in a bowl and top with the marinara sauce.

Meatless Monday

This salad is so simple and delicious. Our founder, Shauna Martin, often uses it as a base for more complicated salads, as it contains such great building blocks. However, it’s also great just as it is. Enjoy!

Simple Winter Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 head of butter lettuce, torn or chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 to 3 green (spring) onions, thinly sliced
  • Handful of watercress (1/2 bunch), stems removed (optional)
  • 1 tbsp whole-grain mustard
  • 1 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • Pinch of cayenne

Directions

  • Combine the butter lettuce, shredded carrot, cucumber slices, and green onions in a large salad bowl. Add watercress, if using, and toss well.
  • To make the dressing, whisk together the mustard, apple cider vinegar, and olive oil in a separate bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste, add a pinch of cayenne, and whisk to combine.
  • Sprinkle salt onto the salad, pour dressing over the top, and toss gently.

Superfood Highlight

Watercress is a great source of antioxidants, vitamin C, beta-carotene, folate, potassium, phosphorous, iron, and calcium. Watercress also shows extraordinary potential in the realm of cancer prevention and management: It can increase the level of antioxidants in the blood and help protect DNA against damage.

watercress

Preparing watercress is simple: After trimming the stems, rinse the greens in cold water and dry on a paper towel or in a salad spinner. Use immediately, or store in a closed container in the refrigerator for up to four days. Watercress can take the place of lettuce in any salad, sandwich, or other recipe, and can be used as a nutritious garnish. It also makes a wonderful ingredient in green juice.