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Dandelion Greens Fig Salad – Delicious!

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Today I am going to show you how to make a simple dandelion green fig salad. Dandelion greens are a nutritional powerhouse, they contain: dietary fiber, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), Riboflavin, vitamin C, vitamin A,
vitamin K, iron and calcium.

dandelion greens salad

Dandelion greens can be a bit bitter, so make sure to prepare them with something sweet like fruit. In today’s fig salad recipe I combine currants and fresh figs to mellow out the dandelion green’s bitterness. Hope you like it!

Dandelion Greens Fig Salad

1 cup thinly sliced dandelion greens
1/4 cup dried currants (or dried raisins)
1/4 avocado, diced
4-5 fresh figs sliced into rounds
Dash of pink or sea salt

Salad Dressing

Juice of one lime
1 tablespoon local honey
Drizle of extra virgin olive oil*

Add all the salad ingredients into a bowl and toss. Whisk all salad dresing ingredients in a small bowl and then pour over the salad. Toss again and then serve. Serves 1.

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It has a nice fruity flavor which I really enjoy.

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Bon appetit!

♥,
C

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August 11, 2014   No Comments

Watermelon Juice Recipes – Joyfully Quench Your Thirst!

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It’s summertime, it’s watermelon season and I am over the moon happy happy happy! I love watermelon, but eating it whole sometimes upsets my stomach, so I prefer to juice watermelon to quench my summertime thirst.

Watermelon juice is full of electrolytes and perfect after a good workout or day at the beach. All my watermelon juice recipes are best served over ice with friends and a big smile!

Some of the nutritional benefits of watermelon include: vitamin A, C, vitamin B1, and B6, thiamin, potassium and magnesium. Watermelon is also a good source of beta carotene and red watermelon is a great source of the antioxidant, Lycopene. The rind also contains the amino acid known as citrulline which can aid in helping cells to divide, wounds to heal, and relax blood vessels among other important functions in our bodies.

For these watermelon juice recipes you will need a juicer or a blender with a strainer. I recommend the Omega Vert 350 HD for juicing and the Vitamix for blending. Straining is optional, but I prefer it. The best type of strainer you can use is a sprout bag that you can get here.

*Special note, if you are going to juice the watermelon rind, which is perfectly fine by the way, make sure that you use an organic watermelon (which you want to do anyways!). You also will want to wash the surface of the watermelon to remove any dirt or debris.

watermelon juice recipes

Watermelon Lime Cooler

2 cups chopped seedless watermelon (or 1 cup watermelon and 1 cup another type of melon)
1 cup coconut water
1 tablespoon lime juice or to taste
2-4 pinches white stevia powder or to taste

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender and strain through a sprout bag or a fine metal mesh strainer. Serve over ice. Enjoy! Makes about 24 ounces.

watermelon juice recipes

Watermelon parsley juice is once of my favorite juice combinations, and it doesn’t matter if you use flat leaf or curly. Parsley contains vitamin K and vitamin C as well as a good source of vitamin A, folate, and iron.

If you don’t like parsley you can substitute it with baby spinach which has a more mild flavor. Spinach contains vitamin K, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, vitamin C, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, protein, choline, omega-3 fatty acids, niacin, pantothenic acid, and selenium. Phew!

Watermelon Parsley (or Spinach) Juice

1/2 a small watermelon with the rind
1 small bunch parsley (or 2-4 cups baby spinach)
pinch white stevia powder or to taste (optional)

Juice all ingredients (except the stevia) in a juicer such as the Omega Vert 350 HD and strain through a mesh strainer or sprout bag. (You can also blend all the ingredients in a blender and strain.) Add a pinch of white stevia powder or more for extra sweetness and stir well. Makes about 32-48 ounces depending on the size of the watermelon.

watermelon juice recipes

Celery and watermelon juice might seem like an unlikely combo, but the celery gives the watermelon juice an earthy quality that I really enjoy. Plus, celery is a rich source of phenolic phytonutrients that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Celery also contains vitamin K, molybdenum, folate, potassium, dietary fiber, manganese, pantothenic acid, vitamin B2, copper, vitamin C, vitamin B6, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids).

Watermelon Celery Juice

1/2 a small watermelon with the rind
2 cups celery chopped
pinch white stevia powder or to taste (optional)

Juice all ingredients (except the stevia) in a juicer such as the Omega Vert 350 HD and strain through a mesh strainer or sprout bag. (You can also blend all the ingredients in a blender and strain.) Add a pinch of white stevia powder or more for extra sweetness and stir well. Makes about 48+ ounces depending on the size of the watermelon.

These are just a handful of my favorite watermelon juice recipes, please share your own in the comments section. If you like this post please like it or share it below. Thank you for stopping by!

♥,
C

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August 7, 2014   No Comments

Raw Kale Fruit Salad Recipe – Yum!

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Don’t get me wrong I love kale, but truth be told, sometimes the flavor can be a little strong. Inspired by a recipe I saw on a toneitup.com video I decided to lighten up the intense flavor of kale by making a kale fruit salad instead of a traditional savory raw kale salad recipe.

I used baby kale leaves in the kale fruit salad, which have a mild flavor, instead of the mature kale leaves. If you don’t grow your own baby kale, I have seen baby kale available in some super markets in the bagged greens section. Here is a picture of a baby Red Russian kale leaf from our garden:

baby raw kale for kale fruit salad

I also shredded the kale very thinly for the raw kale salad recipe, you can either use a food processor with the slicing blade or just use a good old sharp chef’s knife. My husband says this is key. (Thanks for the input honey!)

I then added some chopped fruit I had on hand. It was near the 4th of July so I decided to use flag colors and chose strawberries and blueberries, but I am sure any type of fruit would do. I also added some coconut flakes for color, flavor, and texture. I should call it the red, white, blue, and green kale salad!

The dressing I made was pretty simple: I used avocado, banana, citrus, and some honey and blended it in the Vitamix. (My favorite blender of all time!)

kale fruit salad dressing

Once I mixed everything together the final result was a sweet and crunchy kale fruit salad that even my husband enjoyed! (He usually prefers romaine or baby spinach salads over kale.) Hope you like it too!

Here is the full recipe:

kale fruit salad

Raw Kale Fruit Salad

2 cups shredded baby kale leaves
1/3 cup sliced strawberries
1/3 cup blueberries
1/3 cup shredded coconut (dried or fresh)

Raw Kale Fruit Salad Dressing

1/4 cup orange juice
1 small ripe banana
1/4 an avocado
2 tablespoons raw honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
pinch white stevia powder to taste for extra sweetness (optional)

Assemble all the salad ingredients in a bowl. Blend all salad dressing ingredients in a high-speed blender. Toss the salad and dressing together and serve. Will last for a few days in the fridge if you can’t eat it right away. Serves 1 or 2. Enjoy!

Thank you for visiting the Raw Glow Blog, if you liked this raw kale salad recipe please “like it” below. Do you have any favorite raw kale salad recipes? Please post them in the comment’s section below. Comments are always welcome.

Hope you are having a healthy and happy summer!

♥,
C

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July 23, 2014   No Comments

Delicious Green Smoothie Recipe – Our Family’s Favorite

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Hope you enjoy this delicious green smoothie recipe. My husband thinks this green smoothie recipe is the best!

I’ll never forget my first date with my husband. I brought him a mango kombucha and told him not to shake it. He shook it anyways and within the first five minutes of meeting him for the first time he had managed to get exploding mango kombucha all over the front of his pants. True story.

2nd date we went to Whole Foods to buy ingredients for a salad and when we got back to his place I made us a salad with a lot of cilantro. My husband, who didn’t like cilantro at the time, choked down the salad and pretended to like it for my sake.

I am sure that after our first few dates my (meat-and-potatoes-loving-midwestern) husband probably wondered what he had gotten into by dating such a California health nut!

Luckily he didn’t get scared away and to his credit he tries all my healthy creations at least once. And over the years he has actually even grown to love some my recipes. The green smoothie is one of them.

Although I make a different delicious green smoothie for my husband every single morning, this is the recipe he thinks is the best of them all!

delicious green smoothie recipe

Delicious Green Smoothie Recipe

2 bananas (fresh or frozen)
2 cups strawberries (fresh or frozen)
4-6 cups baby spinach
1 cup coconut water (or plain water)
2 pinches white stevia powder

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately. Makes about 32 ounces. Enjoy!

If you want to see how I make the green smoothie and learn a cool tip about how I prepare the smoothie the night before, check out this video below:

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♥,
C

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February 26, 2014   2 Comments

Raw Jicama Chips Recipe – Dehydrated

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My husband is an avid snacker, but he is not easily impressed by my dehydrator creations. So I was pleasantly surprised when he actually liked my raw jicama chips recipe and started munching them while watching T.V. No small victory for this healthy chef!

I think you are going to like them too. These raw jicama chips are sweet with a spicy kick and chewy kinda like a veggie jerky (verky?).  Nibble on raw jicama chips any time you get a snack attack.

Jicama is one of my favorite vegetables because it’s crisp, water rich, and slightly sweet. I am lucky that in California I can find organic jicama in some health food stores, but you might have to go to a Mexican market to find even conventional jicama. If you can’t find jicama, you can use zucchini or even raw eggplant for this raw recipe.

You will need a mandoline for this recipe, but if you don’t have one, just slice the jicama as thinly as possible with a sharp knife. I like the Kyocera Adjustable Mandolin Slicer. (Just be sure to use your handguard, so you don’t accidentally cut yourself.)

You will also need a dehydrator for this raw jicama chips recipe. If you don’t have a dehydrator, I highly recommend getting one. They are not as expensive as you might think and they can actually save you money in the long run by dehydrating produce that might go bad otherwise. They especially come in handy in the summertime when stone fruit and tomatoes are in season.

One last note, this recipe has some ingredients that are not technically considered “raw”, so feel free to make substitutions. However, jicama chips are way better for you than fried snacks in my opinion.

Without further ado . . .

raw jicama chips

Raw Jicama Chips Recipe

1 medium jicama (about 6 inches in diameter)
½ cup orange juice
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon tamari
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon cayenne powder
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika (or chipotle powder or regular paprika)

Peel the jicama and then cut it into 3 large pieces. Slice the jicama one piece at a time using a mandoline (on the thinnest setting) into strips (or just use a knife if you don’t have a mandoline). Put the jicama in a shallow dish (I used a glass lasagna dish). Put the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and whisk to make a marinade and then pour the marinade over the jicama strips. Marinate the jicama strips in the refridgerator for at least 3 hours.

raw jicama chips recipe

Then lay the strips on dehydrator trays by arranging them very close to each other because when jicama dehydrates, it shrivels up and shrinks to about half its size. Dehydrate at 145 degrees for the first hour and then turn the temperature down to 118 degrees and dehydrate for about 18 hours until they are dry and chewy (drying time depends on how thinly they are sliced and humidity). Flip them over half way through. Enjoy!

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♥,
C

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February 24, 2014   1 Comment