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!

supergreen2

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).

Meatless Monday

Collard greens are a wonderful alternative to romaine leaves for the purpose of making wraps, but they are thicker and stiffer so you need a tiny bit of steam to make them pliable. To prepare, just wash and use the entire leaf.

collardgreens

Ingredients

  • 4 collard green (or cos) leaves
  • 2 tbsp raw miso paste
  • 1 medium carrot, thinly sliced or shredded
  • 1/2 red bell pepper (red capsicum), thinly sliced
  • 1 celery stalk, thinly sliced or shredded
  • 1/4 cucumber, finely chopped
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced
  • 1 large basil leaf, torn into bits (or several small ones)

Directions

  • Wash the collard green leaves, then steam them ever so slightly by dipping them very briefly in boiling water, approximately thirty seconds. (If you’re using romaine [cos], don’t steam.) This cook time should be just long enough to make them pliable for forming wraps, but not long enough to lose nutrients to the heat.
  • Coat each leaf with 1/2 tablespoon miso paste.
  • Distribute carrot, red pepper, celery, and cucumber evenly onto each leaf.
  • Top each leaf with avocado slices, and sprinkle with torn basil.
  • To eat, wrap the sides of each leaf inward to cover the filling, and enjoy!

Earth Day at our Juice Bar

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This month, Daily Greens is excited to be a partner of Austin’s Give 5% to Mother Earth Day, the annual Earth Day initiative where more than 100 local businesses, like us, pledge to donate 5% of our Juice Bar sales to benefit nine nonprofit organizations working to keep Austin clean, green and healthy.

By purchasing a juice at our Austin Juice Bar location (979 Springdale Road Austin, TX 78702) Friday, April 22nd, you will be helping to raise funds for these nine environmental causes! Join us anytime between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Earth Day to contribute to this great campaign.

We look forward to seeing you on Earth Day at our Austin Juice Bar on Springdale Road! Bring your friends and spread the word!


Refreshing Afternoon Beverage

Fresh ginger root is wonderful in vegetable stir-fry dishes, and it adds a touch of spice to any green juice or smoothie.  You can find it year-round in the produce section of your local market.

sweet greens juice

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Fuji apple
  • 1/2 pear
  • 5 kale leaves
  • 5 celery stalks, bottoms removed
  • 1/4-inch (0.6 cm) piece ginger root
  • 1/4 lemon, peeled, remainder reserved for morning lemon water (optional)

Directions

  • Wash the apple, pear, kale, celery, and ginger.
  • Cut and core the apple and pear, and cut into pieces that will fit through your juicer.
  • Run all ingredients through your juicer, scrape off foam (if desired), and enjoy!