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Spring Fever Zucchini Smoothie (Raw, Vegan, GF)

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Spring Fever Zucchini Smoothie (Raw, Vegan, GF)

5 Comments 31 March 2014

Where is Spring? There has been a lot of complaining about this winter. A lot. When New Yorkers hear that this is my first winter in the City, they make sure that I know that this has been the hardest winter in years. “You picked the worst year to come,” they encourage. “The winters are not always like this.”

But I haven’t complained one bit. Well, I haven’t complained much. I did complain that school wasn’t canceled on the days that it snowed between 8 and 12 inches, but even on those days it was kind of exciting to strap on winter boots and tromp through the snow to work. In general, I have loved this winter. This Southern girl loves the snow! And dealing with the cold hasn’t been too terrible either. While this is a walking community, ducking into warm places like shops, train stations, or cabs means you really don’t have to be out in the cold for too long.

Plus, I think I finally figured out the whole layering clothing concept.

But March is coming to an end, and Spring just has to be around the corner, right? If not, I just may need a visit to a tropical island.

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Spring Fever Zucchini Smoothie

by Heather 

Ingredients:

Directions:

1. Place nut milk, quinoa flakes, and protein powder in the Vitamix or high powered blender. Blend for 5 seconds and let it sit while you prepare the remaining ingredients.

2. Add remaining ingredients to the Vitamix and blend until creamy.

3. Pour and sprinkle with orange zest.

Serves 1

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Another favorite zucchini smoothie:

Chocolate Zucchini Wake Up Smoothie

Readers, dish!

  • Has spring sprung for you?
  • What are some of your favorite tropical fruits?
Valentine’s Day at Candle Cafe West

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Valentine’s Day at Candle Cafe West

8 Comments 19 February 2014

On Valentine’s Day, the Husband took me to one of the vegan restaurants in our neighborhood that we hadn’t yet been to together. I was thrilled to be wined and dined at Candle Cafe West with my love on this special occasion, and he definitely knocked it out of the park with the restaurant choice. We had to chuckle when the waiter asked if either of us had ever been to Candle before. I had been there with some girl friends, but the Husband had not. So the waiter looked at the Husband and said, “Don’t worry, you’ll be fine. This is vegan food for people who like food.” Obviously he had no idea who he was dealing with!

There are two Candle restaurants in the city. We had a wonderful experience at Candle Cafe East several years ago, so I knew this was going to be an incredible dinner.

We had the option of ordering dishes off the prefixed menu or going for the whole kit and kaboodle by choosing a soup, an appetizer or salad, an entree, and a dessert.  There was also an option to have each course paired with a different wine. Guess which one we chose!

Every single item we ordered was outstanding. There were at least two gluten-free options in each category, so there was plenty for me to choose from. We both ordered something different so we could enjoy more of the menu.

The Soups

Both soups were creamy and unique, starting off our meal with warm tummies on a cold evening. The portions were huge, but they were so delicious I just couldn’t help eating the entire thing! I wondered how in the world I would be able to eat 3 more courses. Don’t worry, I managed.

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Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Arame Caviar and Truffle Oil

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Smoked Red Pepper Soup with Bread

(The soup was gluten free, but the bread was not.)

I appreciated that there was plenty of time between courses to enjoy the wine and actually start feeling ready for more food. We weren’t rushed on this busy night but were given time to savor and anticipate the next course.

The Appetizers

Again, the appetizers were ample. Mine was almost a mixture of an appetizer and a salad. The Husband’s was almost a lunch portion entree.

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Grilled Artichokes with Green Beans, Hearts of Palm, Kale, English Peas, and Red Pepper Aioli

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Yes, I actually ate peas! There are few foods that I dislike, and peas are one of them, but these weren’t bad disguised in the delicious flavors from the rest of the dish.

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Spinach Ravioli with Tofu Cheese, Sauteed Spinach, Garlic, and Roasted Plum Tomato Sauce

(This was not gluten-free, so the Husband enjoyed this one all by himself.)

The Entrees

I actually can’t say which entree I liked better. I thoroughly enjoyed both of them in the restaurant as well as the leftovers the next day. I am determined to improve my tempeh and tofu-baking skills after tasting what can be done with them! The tempeh tickled my tastebuds with spiciness while the tofu had a Asian flair similar to Suzanne’s Dragon Sauce at Hello Veggy.

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The Desserts

Love. Love. Love. Three out of the four desserts offered were gluten-free. So we narrowed it down to chocolate and chocolate. I’m a firm believer that if there is a chocolate option there’s no need to look further. I’m sure we ordered the best two desserts, because I can’t imagine a dessert tasting better than either of these.

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Almond Joy – Chocolate and Almond Mousse, Candied Almonds, and Raspberry Coulis

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Brownie with Candied Pecans, Strawberries, Kahlua Ice Cream, and Chocolate Sauce

It was a delightful evening with incredible food and wine and great service. I would highly recommend Candle West for a special occasion or just a fun dinner out. Put it on your list!

Candle Cafe West
2427 Broadway
New York, NY

Readers, dish!

  • What did you do for Valentine’s Day?
  • Which of the above dishes would you order?
  • Have you ever been to Candle Cafe?
Life After Juicing

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Life After Juicing

12 Comments 10 February 2014

Several of you have asked me how I transitioned from a month of juicing back to solid foods. I wish I could tell you that there is a magic formula that works perfectly for every person. And that if you follow those directions precisely, all will be well. All I can give you is my plan, what actually happened, and a few tips.

I intended to ease back to solid food with smoothies, more juices, and pureed soups to slowly wake up my digestive system. Looking back, my fourth week was pretty rough. I was very ready to be finished with the New Year’s Juicing Challenge and needed more nutrients. I started pureeing bananas into my morning green juice and avocado into my evening juice. On the last few days, I used the same ingredients that I would have juiced for my Spicy Avocado Soup and made a raw soup, blending everything in my Vitamix instead of putting it through the juicer. I think these days served as my transitional days. They required my stomach to work a little harder at digesting in preparation for solid foods.

On the evening of Day 30 we went to a party hosted by two of my favorite NYC foodie friends. I came armed with a bottle of green juice and intended just to nibble a few soft foods. But when I saw that they had made the entire feast gluten free with a vegan option for every single dish, I knew that this would be my transitional meal. Thankfully every single dish was soft and easy to digest — roasted root vegetables, rice and veggies, marinated tofu and mushrooms, and guacamole. The flavors were so intensely delicious that I could barely participate in conversation.

I was a little afraid that I had overdone it and awaited a stomach ache, but it never came. I believe that pure, soft, vegan food was a great transition.

For the week after Day 30 I started each day with a smoothie like this one.

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Love Smoothie recipe coming soon!

And then I turned to my blogger friends for lunch and dinner ideas. For 30 straight days, I posted about juice while salivating over the warm recipes that my friends were posting. As food bloggers, we love reading each other’s posts, but most of our time in the kitchen is spent creating our own recipes. So it’s rare that we have the time to try each other’s creations.

My transition week was filled with delicious meals thanks to some of you!

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This Tomato and Red Lentil Soup with Dill by Janet of The Taste Space was perfect to take to work throughout the week. Warm and filling with the perfect amount of spice and fresh dill, it kept me singing joyfully about the wonders of cooked food again.

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These Green Power Burgers by Emma of Coconut and Berries are fabulous! Made with buckwheat and edamame, they were a delicious dinner one evening and made great leftovers over salads. I loved these burgers topped with Carrie’s Pesto Hemp Dressing from Carrie on Vegan.

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Are you a cauliflower fan? I am most definitely not, but I devoured this entire bowl of Tempeh and Cauliflower Pasanda by Emma of Coconut and Berries. This dish is to die for. It’s a meal to make for company.

Gabby of The Veggie Nook finished off my week of delicious meals with this Warm Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad. Rainbow quinoa, roasted sweet potatoes, mushrooms, and kale topped with a tantilizing dressing.

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Speaking of dressings, Suzanne of Hello Veggie wowed us with her Vegan Grain Bowl with Dragon Sauce this week too. That sauce was so incredible that it was gone almost instantly! Fighting over the last spoonful of Dragon Sauce could get ugly, so next time I’m doubling the recipe!

Every afternoon I came home and made a green juice blended with a plain or vanilla protein powder as my afternoon snack.

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Kiss Me Kale recipe coming soon!

I also turned the dehydrator on for the first time in a month and made this Zucchini Hemp Banana Bread.

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I also made the BEST bread I have made to date.

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It’s thick, it’s pliable, and it’s coming soon to a blog near you!

Here are my tips for transitioning from a juice cleanse back to solid food:

1. Start with smoothies and blended soups.

2. Introduce cooked, pure vegan foods.

3. Then add in raw salads and vegetables when you feel like your digestive system is ready to break them down.

4. If you eat dairy or meat, wait several days to a week before reintroducing them.

5. Keep juicing! Stay in the habit of juicing once a day, because it’s insanely good for you.

Post juicing challenge reflections:

1. I’m so glad that I did the Juicing Challenge, but I think 30 days was about 5 days too long for me. I was able to make it work, but it’s good to know my limits.

2. Juice cleansing provided me with some great results:

  • Clear complexion
  • Release from caffeine addiction
  • More connection with the hand to mouth reflex
  • Strengthened intuitive eating cues
  • Increased energy and brighter outlook
  • Resolve to keep my diet pure
  • Sharpened taste buds
  • All of my clothes fit again

3. They say nothing tastes as good as skinny feels, but I’d like to revise that. Nothing tastes as good as healthy tastes AND feels!

Thanks so much for your support during my challenge! I’d love to hear how you’re doing!

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Readers, dish!

  • How did your juicing go?
  • How have you transitioned back to solid food after a juice cleanse?
  • What is the longest juice cleanse you’ve ever done?
  • How do you break food addictions or cravings?
Juice Generation: Day 30!

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Juice Generation: Day 30!

18 Comments 02 February 2014

Day 30 of my New Year’s Juicing Challenge is finally here! While breezing around the City running errands, I hit an energy lull. A serious energy lull. But I still had one more stop and 6 more blocks to haul my bags of groceries. While I was telling myself just to power through, I literally looked up, saw this storefront, and thanked the Lord.

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Inside I found bottles of cold pressed juices.

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In all sorts of delicious combinations.

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And a juice bar!

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Do you think that produce rack would fit in my NYC kitchen? Of course my eyes immediately scanned the Fresh Juices menu to find exactly what I needed…PURE ENERGY.

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But they also have:

  • Smoothies
  • Acai Bowls
  • Shots and Boosts
  • Raw Foods
  • Vegan Soups
  • Baked Goods

For a 20-ounce juice I paid just under $10.00. I thought that was a little steep, but I reminded myself that I live in a City where someone will make juice for me at precisely the place and time that I need it.

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Cheers to Juice Generation and cheers to my final day!

Readers, dish!

  • Have you been to Juice Generation?
  • How do you replenish your energy when you’re on the go?

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Raw Foods Thursdays: 1/30/14

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Raw Foods Thursdays: 1/30/14

16 Comments 29 January 2014

I am completely ready for this New Year’s Juicing Challenge to be over. I’ve been sailing along for the past three weeks, but this last week has been a bear. I went from exercising 4 days last week to not exercising at all this week and having headaches. I think my body is telling me that it’s time to be finished. Plus, I believe I’ve made every possible veggie/fruit juice combination imaginable, and quite frankly, I’m bored. I’m ready for food!

This is Day 28 of 30, and I do intend to finish, but I also intend to keep with my original guidelines. The most important guideline is to listen to my body. Right now I need more fuel. This week I started blending a banana into my morning fruit juice and a half avocado into my green juice, and that seems to be helping my energy level. I also foresee a raw blended soup in my immediate future instead of juicing the ingredients.

Enough about me. It’s Raw Foods Thursdays, and I would like to sink my teeth into every submission from last week. Please indulge me while I highlight a few submissions that crunch.

Imagine crunchy raw noodles drizzled in a mouthwatering sauce.

Green Mango Sauce over Raw Veggie Noodles by Mini of Quick’n'Healthy

Grabbing a handful of granola, not just any granola, but chocolate granola.

Paleo Dark Chocolate Granola with Berries by Tessa the Domestic Diva

Munching on peanut butter crackers with a unique twist.

Peanut Butter Carrot Crackers by Sandy of Vegans Eat Yummy Food Too

Noshing on these gorgeous spring rolls.

Fresh Cabbage and Herb Spring Rolls by Amber of The Tasty Alternative

With these creations to look forward to, the next three days are going to be long ones… See you on the other side!

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Simply link up a raw foods recipe (see What is Raw Food?), mention Raw Foods Thursdays, and link back to this post so your readers can join in the fun!
  • Please link to the recipe, not to a blog’s home page, so we can all find your raw foods recipe.
  • You may link up a recipe that you’ve made in the past. Just make sure to share something different each time you participate.
  • Be sure to leave a comment letting us know who you are and what you’re sharing.
  • Feel free to use the Raw Foods Thursdays blog badge created by the lovely, talented Heather Peters!

Sharing the Raw Love:

  • All raw submissions will be pinned on the Raw Foods Thursdays Board.
  • All raw submissions will be shared on Facebook.
  • Feel free to share this event in your social media communities as well!

What are Raw Foods Meals?

  • Plant-based meals that are not cooked.  Dehydrators may be used.  (The raw foods community has differing views on temperature, but the range is between 104 and 118 degrees.) Feel free to link up recipes that use a slightly higher temperature as long as they could be made at 118 with a longer dry time.
  • Raw Ingredients: vegetables, fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, gluten-free sprouted grains, beans, and oils.

What isn’t raw?

  • Anything cooked or heated above 118.
  • Anything processed.  If it comes from a can or a package that lists more than one ingredient, chances are it’s not raw!
  • If your recipe contains an ingredient like maple syrup that makes your submission “almost raw”, please share it anyway. Raw sweeteners are easy to substitute.

I’m sharing my Lucuma Almond Milk. What do you have to link up?


Organic Avenue Love Deep Cleanse: Day 27

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Organic Avenue Love Deep Cleanse: Day 27

7 Comments 29 January 2014

I’m back to making my own juices now that my week of Organic Avenue deliveries has come to an end. Just a few more days to complete my 30 day goal! I had such a wonderful experience with Organic Avenue that I wanted to tell you all about it.

Organic Avenue has three different levels of cleanses:

  • LOVE Easy – a beginners cleanse that combines a booster shot, juices, and raw meals.
  • LOVE Fast – an intermediate cleanse consisting of a booster, juices, mylk, raw soup, and a raw meal.
  • LOVE Deep – an “expert” cleanse consisting of a booster, juices, and a mylk.

The LOVE Deep Cleanse comes as a 3-day, 5-day, and 7-day program.  Since Organic Avenue was having a 30% of sale, I decided to go for the 7-day to give myself a week break from juicing in my baby NYC kitchen. This is what I received on the first day.

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My juice for the day was delivered to my home, free of charge, between 6:00 and 8:00am. I immediately opened the box and labeled each bottle with the time they recommended consuming it. This made it easy for me to toss the bottles I needed throughout the day into my lunch bag and save the rest in the refrigerator for later.

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8:00 – 9:00 am The Booster Shot

Each day began with a booster shot.

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  • E3 Live Shot – It doesn’t taste great, but when you know that you’re getting 64 vitamins, minerals, and enzymes from blue algae, it’s much easier to get down.
  • Aloe – This tastes sour, which surprised me as I’ve taken aloe in the past and it didn’t have a taste at all. Aloe is great for detoxification and decreases inflammation in the digestive tract.
  • Wheatgrass – LOVE, love, love! By far the most deliciously sweet shot. The benefits of wheatgrass seem to be endless, but it’s well known for it’s detoxifying properties as well as its ability to increase red blood-cell count.
  • Chlorophyll – Brush your teeth and tongue afterwards if you don’t want to leave the house looking like you just ate a green lollipop. It regenerates and cleanses the body on a cellular level, so it’s worth looking a little like a toddler.

9:00-10:00 am Fruit Juice

Now we’re hungry and we’re ready for our first juice of the day. One of the following fruit juices came each day.

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Orange Juice – 100% pure orange juice. I added vanilla protein powder to this on the days that started with a workout which made it taste like an orange julius.

Grapefruit Juice – 100% pure grapefruit juice! Delicious, but I missed the ginger that I put in my Morning Zinger.

Royal Red – Packed with antioxidants and powerfully delicious with carrot, beet, orange, pear, pineapple, ginger, and lemon. I love this juice.

11:00 am -12:00 pm Green Juice

Next was one of the following green juices:

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Sweet Greens – Sweet pear, orange, and hydrating cucumber balance the intensity of Swiss chard, kale, and collard greens. A touch of lemon and mint finishes it off.

Mellow Love -  A smooth combination of romaine, celery, cucumber, spinach, and parsley.

Green Coco – Wonderfully hydrating with organic young Thai coconut water, green chard, romaine, spinach, kale, and celery.

Green Love - Pear and lemon sweeten up a concentrated combination of dark leafy greens including kale, Swiss chard, spinach, parsley, collard greens, and romaine.

Medicinal Green – This one had to grow on me. I finally came to appreciate the kick from the garlic, turmeric, cayenne pepper mixed with cucumber, Swiss chard, spinach, collard greens, kale, lemon, and Himalayan salt.

1:00 – 2:00 pm Tonic

The early afternoon tonics gave a little boost during a busy time of day.

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Master Tonic – Flashback! Have you ever done the Master Cleanse? One sip and you’ll be flashing back. Maple syrup, lemon, and cayenne pepper is the original Master drink, but Organic Avenue uses coconut sugar instead of maple syrup. Very tasty.

Ginger Lemonade – Sweet and tangy with a kick of ginger, this was by far my favorite tonic. Purified alkaline water, lemon, lime, ginger, and coconut sugar provided a great boost.

Turmeric Tonic – This was my least favorite. In fact, I didn’t like it at all. It may be that the spices are gritty and collect at the bottom of the bottle. Ingredients: purified alkaline water, ginger, coconut sugar, lemon juice, turmeric, cardamom, black pepper, cayenne pepper, Himalayan salt

3:00 – 4:00 pm Vegetable Juice

My favorite time of day! I’d come home from work and sit down to a tall glass of…

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Carrot Juice – Yes, pure organic carrot juice. It tastes like candy. Have you ever tried 100% carrot juice? It’s out of this world. I didn’t even miss the fact that none of my boxes included the alternate veggie juice called Veggie Vibe.

5:00 – 6:00 pm Green Juice

Early evening brought another one of the 5 green juices.

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7:00 – 8:00 pm Mylk

And the best part of the day was ending it with one of these.

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Cashew Hemp Mylk – I love love LOVE this milk. It was such a treat right before bed. More decadent than my version of Cashew Hemp Milk, this one has organic coconut sugar.

Coconut Mylk – Thick and dreamy, this creamy delight is made from 100% Organic Coconut Meat and 100% Organic Thai Coconut Water. That means it’s 200% delicious if I’m doing my math correctly. Seriously, it’s so thick that it pours out of the bottle like a pudding. What a great way to end the day.

Having Organic Avenue cater to me during the third week of my cleanse was the refreshing break that I needed. Now just a few more days of juicing on my own to meet my goal. I would highly recommend Organic Avenue’s LOVE Deep Cleanse. The juices are top quality, the variety keeps you interested and properly fueled, and customer service can not be beat.

Readers, dish!

  • Have you ever tried an Organic Avenue cleanse?
  • Have you tried a cleanse by another company?
  • Which Organic Avenue juice would you like to try?
  • Which juice would you like for me to replicate and post?

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Dining Out While Juicing: Day 24

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Dining Out While Juicing: Day 24

5 Comments 26 January 2014

I can’t believe that I’m almost finished with my New Year’s Juicing Challenge. It has been much easier that I thought it would be, but juicing does curtail your social events, and when you’re doing it alone it can feel kind of isolating. But going out and having fun isn’t out of the question when you’re juicing in NYC.

That reminds me, do you remember how excited I was on Day 1 about doing this challenge with a group of friends? Well, I’m the only one who actually started it! So I’m doubly thankful for supportive readers like you. I appreciate your encouragement and enjoy hearing how your juicing endeavors have been going.

Everyone goes to brunch on Sundays in New York City. It’s not a matter of if you’re going to brunch. That’s assumed. It’s where you’re going to brunch. We have several restaurants in our neighborhood that serve gluten-free, vegan meals, and thankfully they also happen to serve juice too. So going out for Sunday Brunch hasn’t changed while on this juice cleanse.

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These juices are from Blossom, my absolute favorite vegan brunch spot. I have sampled every juice on this menu, and it’s hard to say whether the Pink Lady or the Ruby Red is my favorite. The green juices are good too, I just make them a lot at home so the others are more fun for “out for juice” drinks.

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Last weekend I asked the Husband if he wanted to go hang out at a bar. His response was “I feel like this is a trick question.” It was and it wasn’t. We did hang out at a bar, but it was a juice bar at Peacefood Cafe. I was excited to try their Asian Roots juice with green daikon, sweet potato, apple, and ginger.

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I loved this juice and can’t wait to make it at home.

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They call this one The Hangover Cure with apple, orange, carrot, celery, and ginger.

Perfect for brunch.

Last night we went out for dinner with friends at Spring Natural Kitchen, another favorite neighborhood restaurant. They serve cold-pressed juices along with a beautiful menu with many gluten-free, vegan options. They even have homemade gluten-free bread!

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I meant to try several of their juices, but the Watermelon Pineapple was so good that I had to have two.

I realize that I’m in a unique situation in New York City. Not everyone has 5 different juice bars within a few blocks of their home. But on Day 24 I’m incredibly thankful to be living in such a juice-friendly city!

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Readers, dish!

  • Do you go out for brunch?
  • Do you have juice bars near you?
  • What’s your favorite juice bar?
Cashew Hemp Milk: Day 18

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Cashew Hemp Milk: Day 18

9 Comments 20 January 2014

I have been spending a lot of time in the kitchen since beginning this New Year’s Juicing Challenge. A lot. I can spend anywhere from 1 to 2 1/2 hours in the afternoon or evening washing, peeling, chopping, bagging, and then I make a dinner juice for the evening. Then I clean the juicer.

In the morning I make 3 different juices to take to work. I have the juicing part down to 30 minutes. The juicing itself doesn’t take that long. It’s washing the juicer between each batch that is beginning to drive me up the wall.

I also lack a garbage disposal in my baby NYC kitchen, so my dirty juicing parts swim in a pulpy sludge making the cleaning process even more complicated.

I am getting so tired of this process! I’m definitely not tired of the drinking process, just the preparing process. So I’ve turned to my favorite juice shop in Manhattan. Organic Avenue.

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Organic Avenue had a New Year’s sale that I’ve been watching for the past 2 weeks. 30% off any of their cleanses. So at the peak of my kitchen frustration, I got out my receipts for two weeks of produce and figured out just how much I’ve been spending on juicing. With my mad math skills I learned that yes, it is cheaper to juice on my own, but only 5 dollars cheaper ($10 if you factor in a tip for the delivery guy). YES, there is a delivery guy!

So I made the decision. For the next 7 days someone will bring 7 bottles of juice daily to my home before I leave for work. No washing, peeling, chopping, pulpy sludge draining will be happening for an entire week. Mentally, I need this break. I’m putting a $10 per day price tag on my sanity.

One of my favorite Organic Avenue indulgences is their Cashew Hemp Mylk. While theirs is far more decadent, sweetened with coconut sugar, mine is simply sweetened with a few dates.

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You don’t even need a nut milk bag. This is pretty much nuts and seeds blended into a creamy milk.

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A glass before bed and I sleep like a baby.

Cashew Hemp Milk

by Heather

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. raw cashews, soaked 4 hours
  • 1/3 c. hemp seeds
  • 2 T. chia seeds
  • 6 c. filtered water
  • 5 dates
  • pinch of seasalt

Directions:

1. Soak cashews for 4 hours or overnight.

2. Drain cashews and rinse well.

3. Put 6 cups of filtered water in a Vitamix or high-powered blender and drop in 5 dates allowing them to soften in the water for 10-20 minutes.

4. Add remaining ingredients and blend until creamy.

Yields 7 cups

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***Money saving tip: Buy raw cashew pieces for recipes like this. They’re cheaper and they’re going to be crushed anyway!

Readers, dish!

  • What is your favorite nut milk?
  • Have you ever made cashew milk?
  • Would you pay to have fresh juice delivered daily?

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This recipe was shared at Minimal Ingredient Mondays, Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Raw Foods Thursdays. Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Wellness Weekends, Healthy Vegan Fridays, and Gluten-Free Fridays.

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My Power Juice: Day 5

3 Comments 07 January 2014

Balanced PlatterIt’s Day 5 of my New Year’s Juicing Challenge, and I thought you might be wondering how it’s going. In general, it’s going remarkably well. So far it has been one of the easiest cleanses I’ve ever done. I just try not to do the math often. 30 minus 5 equals 25. WHAT? I committed to 25 more days of this????

I did start to wonder a bit about brain function when I had two space cadet moments at school today.

1. I walked into the wrong classroom. I justified this with the fact that I did switch classrooms 3 days ago. Old habits die hard.

2. I thought I saw a pigeon in the classroom. Just for a split second. It turned out to be a kid’s foot, but my justification is that I must be on my way to becoming a New Yorker. Dodging pigeons on the sidewalk is just a part of daily life!

I’ll share more about the cleanse tomorrow, but today I’m sharing a long time favorite juice recipe over at The Balanced Platter, and I’d love for you to swing by and check it out. In fact, it’s this one:

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So come on over and check out my Power Juice!

Reader, dish!

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  • How is your juicing coming along?

A Curious Girl in the Gluten-Free World

I'm a curious girl, wife, teacher, friend, fitness fanatic, foodie, high raw vegan, child of the King, and Mama Cat. I've made the transition from baking and cooking gluten-free to creating raw vegan recipes that are naturally gluten free. My gluten intolerance opened up my diet to a whole new world of nutritious plant-based foods. And now I have another challenge ahead...I'm moving to New York City! I look forward to Living Raw Vegan in the City and sharing my experience with you.

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