Superfood Highlight

Some people absolutely love cilantro. Others report that it tastes like soap. If you are in the “soap” category, just skip it in lieu of another dark leafy herb. However, if you are one of the lucky folks who find the smell “intoxicating,” use it often in green juices or smoothies or tossed into your favorite salad. Cilantro offers loads of antioxidants, phytonutrients, and minerals such as calcium and potassium. You’ll also get vitamins A, C, and K and even some B vitamins from this potent herb. It’s truly a cleansing and healing dynamo that’s fantastic during a juice cleanse. To store cilantro, loosely wrap the stems in a paper towel to keep it free of moisture. Put it in a plastic bag and store in the fridge to preserve it for a longer period of time. Stored properly, it can last up to three days. When juicing, cut off the long stems, as they can be bitter.

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Thirsty Thursday

Honeydew is one of my favorite summertime fruits. Related to watermelon and cantaloupe (but better!), it simply melts in your mouth. It really sweetens up a green juice so nicely.

sweethoneydewgreen

Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber
  • Big handful of spinach (2/3 bunch)
  • 1/2 cup (75g) seedless green grapes
  • 1/2 cup (90g) cubed honeydew melon

Directions

  • Wash the cucumber, spinach, and grapes.
  • Run all ingredients through your juicer, scrape off foam (if desired), and enjoy.

Meatless Monday

The dog days of summer are upon us. Cool off with a refreshing watermelon cucumber salad! The secret to the success is the sea salt, which brings out the sweetness in the watermelon and cucumbers. Enjoy!

watermelon

Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber, peeled and cubed
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 2 cups (300 g) chopped watermelon
  • Handful of mint (6 to 7 leaves)
  • Handful of basil (6 to 7 leaves)

Directions

  • Place the cucumber into a salad bowl and sprinkle a light layer of salt over the top.
  • Add the watermelon and sprinkle another light layer of salt on top.
  • Tear up pieces of mint and basil and sprinkle over the salad. Toss gently, and enjoy.

Superfood Highlight

ginger

Ginger root has been used for centuries to alleviate symptoms of gastrointestinal upset and as an aid for digestion. Recently, ginger has been shown in studies to help prevent and ease symptoms of motion sickness, including nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. It can be easily stored, unsealed, in a crisper drawer of your refrigerator for long periods of time.

Dinner for Two

One of my favorite summer treats is freshly made raw gazpacho. I love grabbing all the ingredients from a summer farmers market and blending up a big batch to enjoy over the course of several days. It hardly takes any time to prepare, and it’s even better the next day-stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator overnight. Enjoy!

Gazpacho

Ingredients

  • 1 yellow bell pepper (yellow capsicum)
  • Handful of basil (6 to 7 leaves)
  • 1/2 jalapeno, seeded
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1 white (sweet) onion, cut into quarters
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup (235 ml) water
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 4 to 5 ripe tomatoes, cut in halves or quarters
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients except tomatoes in a high-speed blender or Vitamix and blend on chopped setting.
  • Add tomatoes and pulse until desired consistency.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Summer Time Favorite

This is such a simple salad, but it really hits the spot on a hot summer day. I love anything that combines my two favorite veggies: avocado and tomatoes.

tomatoes

Ingredients

  • Bowl of super greens (spinach, kale, arugula [rocket], watercress (stems removed), Swiss chard, mache, and tatsoi)
  • 1/2 cup (75g) cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small avocado, cubed
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  • Combine super greens with tomatoes and avocado in a large bowl.
  • To make the dressing, whisk together the olive oil and apple cider vinegar in a separate bowl, then season wtih salt and pepper to taste.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and toss gently.

First Day of Summer!

Summer might seem like an odd time to cleanse since we’re naturally more active in this season, but barbecues and trips to the beach can mean a big increase in consumption of animal proteins- and a big drop in your energy levels! So if you’ve got an upcoming vacation or wedding that you’d like to look and feel your best for, the 4-day cleanse is the best way to jump-start your progress.  Try out our Summer Morning Green Juice to kick your summer off right!

summer morning greens

Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 to 2 collard green (or kale) leaves
  • Handful of mint (3 to 4 leaves)
  • 1 1/2 cups (230g) watermelon chunks

Directions

  • Wash the cucumber, collard green leaves, and mint.
  • Run all ingredients through your juicer, scrape off foam (if desired), and enjoy!

Green Goodness

Vanilla adds a note of sweetness to this green juice without adding calories. Enjoy!

pure vanillagreen

Ingredients

  • 1 pear
  • 1 cucumber
  • Big handful of spinach (2/3 bunch)
  • Handful of cilantro (coriander) leaves (from 3 to 4 stems) (optional, but recommended)
  • 1/4 lime, peeled
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  • Wash the pear, cucumber, spinach and cilantro.
  • Cut and core the pear and cut into pieces that will fit in your juicer.
  • Run all ingredients except vanilla through your juicer and scrape off foam (if desired).
  • Add the vanilla extract, stir, and enjoy!

Midweek Motivation

Today is the day to let go of the fruit and start making your green juice as green as can be. This juice contains an amazing superfood- collard greens. Super green juice will leave you feeling energized.  Hang on, you can do it, only a few more days until Fri-Yay!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber
  • 3 celery stalks, bottoms removed
  • 3 romaine (cos) leaves
  • 2 collard green (or Swiss chard) leaves
  • Handful of parsley leaves (from 3 to 4 stems)
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled (optional)

Directions

  • Wash the cucumber, celery, romaine, collard green leaves, and parsley.
  • If you need to cut the greenness, use 1/2 lemon. If not, skip it.
  • Run all ingredients through your juicer, scrape off foam (if desired), and enjoy!

Springtime Favorites

Carrots have many wonderful nutrients, but like fruit, they contain a lot of natural sugar. Thanks to their sweetness, they are great substitute for fruit in a green juice-but be careful not to add too many. I love this recipe’s combination of carrots and cilantro.

CarrotCilantroGreenJuice

Ingredients

  • 4 to 5 small carrots, tops and bottoms removed
  • 1 cucumber
  • 4 to 5 kale leaves
  • Handful of cilantro (coriander) leaves (from 3 to 4 stems) (optional, but recommended)
  • 1/4 lime, peeled

Directions

  • Wash the carrots, cucumber, kale, and cilantro.
  • Cut the long stems off the cilantro leaves.
  • Run all ingredients through your juicer, and scrape off foam (if desired).