Posts tagged ‘fresh juice’

January 27, 2014

In a Hurry? Drink Up!

Come on, let's go!

Come on, let’s go!

Hey peeps! It’s Brooke, here. Is it hard for you to squeeze in your recommended 3-5 daily servings of vegetables? Are you waiting until lunch (or even worse, dinner!) before laying eyes on your first piece of produce? Oh no, this will NOT do! You deserve better than this, and so do I. But sometimes life’s a bit of a struggle, isn’t it? I barely sit still enough to eat, or at least eat as well as I want to. And I often eat my food in shifts (e.g., scrambled eggs at the counter before getting ready, then my oatmeal and my protein shake packed in a cooler to take with me to work). It’s not the greatest system, but it gets me through most mornings. Lately, however, I’ve been trying to take better care of my husband and myself. I’ve loved concocting fresh juice to start our days feeling happy and light.

If you’re a crazy person on the go like me, you’re probably pretty tight with your juicer and blender already. If not, now’s the time to make friends with these kitchen helpers, because they will save you from yourself 😉 Here are a few of my favorite recipes for you to try. They are super easy and delicious!

 

Freshly-Pressed Juice, aka Liquid Gold

Morning Garden Delight

Morning Garden Delight

Morning Garden Delight

Serves 2

  • 1 big handful baby spinach, washed
  • 1-4 romaine leaves, washed
  • Several sprigs fresh mint
  • 1 cucumber, peeled if not organic
  • 2 carrots, scrubbed and ends trimmed
  • 2 celery stalks, washed
  • 1 apple, organic
  • 1 pear, organic

Cut produce, if needed, to fit your juicer’s feeder tube. Feed veggies and fruit into the juicer, and capture the yummy goodness that comes out of the spout. Stir fresh juice, and pour into glasses. Garnish with mint sprig if you like (and I always like ;).

 

Sweet Carrots

Sweet Carrots

Sweet Carrots (or Happiness in a Glass)

Serves 2

  • 4 carrots, scrubbed and ends trimmed
  • 2 apples (Braeburn or Red Delicious are awesome)

Cut produce, if needed, to fit your juicer’s feeder tube. Feed the apples and carrots into the juicer, and collect the juice. Be sure and stir the juice to blend the flavors, and pour into glasses. Pure heaven!!!

 

Blend, Baby, Blend

Berry Spinach Smoothie

Berry Spinach Smoothie

Berry Spinach Smoothie

Serves 2, or 1 if you hog it for yourself like I did! (makes 20 oz.)

  • 2 handfuls baby spinach, washed
  • 1 c. almond milk
  • 4 strawberries, organic
  • 4 raspberries, organic
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I chose Sunwarrior Raw Vegan Classic Blend, but any protein will do)
  • 1 Tbsp. almond butter
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Dash of cayenne pepper, optional
  • Ice, for desired consistency

Blend spinach and almond milk together until spinach has been broken down. Then add berries, protein powder, almond butter, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper. Last, add ice and blend until the smoothie is desired consistency. Talk about a delicious, nutritious powerhouse of a smoothie!

 

Gorgeous and green, just the way I like!

Gorgeous and green, just the way I like!

Drink up, you beautiful thing!

Brooke

November 8, 2013

HEALTHY PLACES I EAT AT IN DALLAS FREQUENTLY

Dallas offers all kinds of healthy eats!

Dallas offers all kinds of healthy eats!

Being a trainer, my clients always ask me what do I eat and where do I go eat at on a regular basis. So I am going to give you the name, my favorite dish, and the link so you could check them out.

 

Love how they tell you where they got the recycled materials at Snappy's.

Love how they tell you where they got the recycled materials at Snappy’s.

Snappy Salads: I go a few days a week for lunch to Snappy Salads. This is the “fast food” that I eat. I get to make my own fresh salad. They have a lot of organic choices and they even make the dressing in house. I love how they are very involved in the community and they have lots of recycled items such a table tops and napkins. Companies that car about the environment AWK! I am a plant-powered healthinista, so I make sure I eat fresh whole foods every day. My usual is a vegan salad-spring mix lettuce, cucumbers, celery, carrots, tomatoes, black olives, quinoa, chick peas, and beets. I LOVE the chipotle lime vinaigrette made in house. It has lots of cilantro. YUM! http://www.snappysalads.com/

So many options at Salata!

So many options at Salata!

Salata: This is another build your own salad place but it has a slightly different flavor. The dressing is made in house and have different flavor. I get the same salad but the combination of ginger lime and fresh herb dressing. The two mix together rock the taste buds! http://www.salata.com/

Season's 52 has dessert for the healthy eater in mind!

Season’s 52 has dessert for the healthy eater in mind!

Seasons 52: I usually go here for dinner but meet friends here occasionally for lunch. What I love about this place is that they have a ton of vegan and vegetarian choices. They change their menu every season and they have a ton of organic/farmer market choices. Even their plates are calorie portioned. Each dinner plate is 450 calories. Oh, and the desserts are small. You can get 3 large bites or 5 small ones. Perfect for the one who wants dessert but not trying to make a meal of it. http://www.seasons52.com

The Juice Bar Menu

The Juice Bar Menu

 

 

The Juice Bar: I love this place for a quick snack. The have fresh made green juices and fruit smoothies for a quick pick me up. I usually get a skinny greens. LOVE! I like when someone else juicing my juice then me. LOL! Hate cleaning the juicer. Even though I will do it, I would rather buy one. http://www.thejuicebardallas.com/

Coconut Kale Enchiladas form Be Raw are to die for!

Coconut Kale Enchiladas form Be Raw are to die for!

Be Raw: This place is 100% raw vegan. They don’t cook anything. You can get tacos,
burgers, sushi, and green juices. My favorite dish is the coconut Kale
enchiladas with a green juice on the side. I get that almost every time. http://www.berawfoodandjuice.com/

 

FT 33 makes cuisine out of fresh farmers market food!

FT 33 makes cuisine out of fresh farmers market food!

 

FT 33: This place is in the Design District in Dallas. It as AH-MAZING! They shop local at the farmer market and they make cuisine with it. The menu changes daily due to what food is available at the Farmer’s market. You have to try the lemon martini made from fresh lemons. I always get their salad and a vegan dish. I have been a few times and every time has been DELISH! http://ft33dallas.com/

 

ENJOY,

Marzia

 

 

 

April 1, 2013

My Fast Food

tulips

Morning, everyone! This is Brooke, and yes, I’m struggling today. It really feels like a Monday today, which works out well, since it IS Monday. But surely I’m not alone here. Here in North Texas (Dallas to be exact), spring has sprung forth joyfully—the tulips are gorgeous, the redbuds are crowned with purple-pink blossoms, and yellow-green pollen is beginning to coat everything. And while the weather may feel like California for the next few glorious weeks, allergy sufferers (like me) are likely sucking it up, mainlining eye drops and Kleenex for the foreseeable future. But at least it’s spring!

I know we’d all like to have everything under control, but I’m just going to be honest—I’m kinda sleep-deprived most of the time, including today. So when I have these draggy kind of days, I think what would help me feel more nourished and less depleted? Good food and fresh juice, of course! Thankfully, I have the perfect place for fresh, fast food strategically placed between work and home—Whole Foods! I swear I hear heavenly melodies every time I turn into the parking lot.

car pic w juice_cropped

My first stop is the juice counter to order the Sweet Tooth—a scrumptious mixture of apple, pear, beet, carrot, and ginger. A little of that ginger will clear your sinuses right out. Wow! Then onto the rainbow spread of the salad bar and prepared food—not only are the choices abundant, but they are (for the most part) healthy and conscientiously made. It makes my heart happy to partake of these delicious dishes, and the very best part is that I didn’t have to think about them or cook them. They are special for me—fast food that’s a little bit fancy. I load up on some starchy carbs as well as veggie carbs and tasty protein. Here’s a fun tip: If you need a nice, crunchy little salad and you’re in a hurry, pick up a Salad Shooter. It’s a small container with 5-6 layers of crunchy, tasty salad fixings, and when you add the little container of dressing, you put the lid back on, shake the whole thing up, and magic! Instant salad perfectly dressed.

whole foods_cropped

You can still make healthy choices for your fast food, even if you don’t have a Whole Foods or Central Market nearby. Find a lean protein, some slow-digesting healthy carbs (whole grains, sweet potato, quinoa, etc.), as much salad and green veggies as you like, and of course lots of water.

feeling great

Have a super week and happy eating—you deserve to feel great!

~Brooke