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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.

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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.

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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

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!

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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

Green Smoothie Recipe – with Spinach, Lime, and Avocado

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Green smoothies are an everyday occurrence at my house. They are a quick and easy way to get your daily dose of greens, fruit, and water. Sometimes it can be challenging to come up with new and exciting green smoothie recipes, but I think you will be pleased with this tangy and creamy spinach, lime, and avocado green smoothie recipe below:

Spinach Green Smoothie Recipe

1 and 1/2 cups water or coconut water
1 ripe banana (fresh or frozen)
2 cups baby spinach
3 chopped and pitted mejidool dates (about 1/3 cup chopped dates)
1/4 Hass avocado (peeled and de-seeded)
1 whole lime peeled
1/2 teaspoon lime zest
pinch white stevia powder (or to taste)
3 cups ice (optional)

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately. Makes about 30 ounces. Enjoy!

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♥,
C

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January 28, 2014   2 Comments

Raw Juicing Recipes – My Favorite Summertime Recipes

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Summer is my favorite time to juice! Not only is there an abundance of local produce in season, but nothing beats the heat like a tall glass of freshly made juice.

Here are a few of my favorite summertime raw juicing recipes:

(Put all ingredients through a juicer and each recipe makes about 32 ounces of juice. I used my omega vrt350 to make these recipes but you can use whatever juicer you own.)

Fennel Orange

2 English or Japanese cucumbers
2 Oranges peeled
1 Bulb fennel

Greens and Grapes

1 Large bunch grapes
2 English or Japanese Cucumbers
1 Bunch Swiss chard

Plums and Kale

5 Large ripe plums or pluots pitted
1 Apple
2 English or Japanese Cucumbers
1 Bunch kale

Watermelon Parsley

¼ of a watermelon with rind still on (make sure you wash it first and that it’s organic)
1 small bunch parsley

Cantaloupe Ginger

Meat from ½ of a cantaloupe (or any other melon in season)
2 English or Japanese Cucumbers
Small knob ginger
10 ounces baby spinach (about 6 cups)

Hope you enjoyed my summertime raw juicing recipes and please do add your own summertime raw juicing recipes in the comment’s section below.

♥,
C

August 25, 2012   6 Comments

5 Simple Spirulina Recipes

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(Please consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplement.)

You might’ve heard of Spirulina before but perhaps you have been intimidated to try it, or perhaps you have a jar at home you don’t know what to do with. I hope these simple 5 Spirulina recipes will give you the confidence to experiment with it at home.

Spirulina is a bluegreen algae that is available as a powder or tablet. Although Spirulina looks like food from the future, it was actually used as a food source for the Aztecs and Mesoamericans until the 16th century.

Today it is used as a supplement and considered a superfood because of its nutritional content.  Spirulina contains about 60% (51–71%) protein and Spirulina’s lipid content is about 7% by weight and is rich in GLA , ALA, EPA, and DHA among other fatty acids.  It contains B vitamins (not a reliable source of vitamin B12), vitamins C, K, A, E, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, and Zinc, plus, bioavailable pigments such as beta-carotene and zeaxanthin. Go here for the nutritional analysis.

Where you get your Spirulina is very important because you want it to be fresh, mild tasting, and free of contaminants. My favorite source is from Mountain Rose Herbs.*affiliate link

Just to warn you, Spirulina is an acquired taste. It has a slight fishy flavor, but not as strong as seaweed. The easiest way to use Spirulina is to add it to juice or a smoothie. It tastes good with apple juice or in a smoothie with bananas or mangos. Start with a teaspoon or less at first and add more only when you are sure you can tolerate the taste.

And for the adventurous, here are some simple Spirulina recipes:

Spirulina Green Juice

1 English cucumber
2 medium sized apples (I like Fuji apples best, but any variety will do)
1 small lemon or lime
1 teaspoon Spirulina powder

Juice the produce in a juicer (such as the Omega 4000) and then add 1 teaspoon of Spirulina powder to your juicer. I prefer to blend the Spirulina with the juice in a blender, but you can mix it well if you don’t have one. Makes 16 ounces of juice, double the recipe for 32 ounces.

Spirulina Mango Pudding

3 cups ripe mango, chopped
zest from 1 lemon
1 teaspoon Spirulina powder

Blend all ingredients in a powerful blender (such as the Vitamix Blender) until smooth. If not sweet enough, you can add your sweetener of choice such as dates, honey, or stevia powder to taste.

Spirulina Honey

3 tablespoons raw honey
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon Spirulina powder

Mix all ingredients together and use as you would regular honey by drizzling it on fruit, putting it in your tea, cereal . . .(etc.).

Spirulina Seasoning Salt

4 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon Spirulina powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste

Sprinkle this seasoning salt over air popped popcorn, kale chips, steamed veggies, baked potato . . .(etc.)

Simple Spirulina Salad Dressing

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon Spirulina powder
Juice and zest of ½ lemon
Sprinkle of garlic powder and cayenne pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together and  pour over your favorite salad. Some people make the dressing without the lemon juice and zest, so you can experiment with what you like best.

I like to buy my spirulina powder in bulk here*

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Although Spirulina is an acquired taste, I hope these Spirulina recipes will give you the courage to try it! And please do share your favorite Spirulina recipes below.

♥,
C

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May 21, 2012   11 Comments