Posts tagged ‘juice’

March 3, 2014

Sweet Nékter

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Just what I needed–beautiful purple juice (The Cure)!

Hi, Friends! It’s Brooke here, and I want to share with you my latest addiction: Nékter Juice Bar! I sure do love my caffeine, but I know I drink too much of it. So, I’ve been trying to figure out how to nourish myself enough to step away (gradually) from my beloved stimulant. I love how happy, fresh, and alive I feel after drinking a fresh-pressed juice, so I started looking for juice bars near my neighborhood. Whole Foods makes amazing juices, but they are pricier than I’d like. And if I had more sense and time management skills, I would plan ahead and juice more at home. But when I’m on the move and I need some TLC, it’s Nékter to the rescue!Healthy History

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Nékter Juice Bar founders, Steve and Alexis Schulze, opened their first store in 2010 with the simple idea of providing a neighborhood juice bar where everyone could enjoy delicious, healthy fruit and veggie juices at reasonable prices. Turns out people were starving for stellar nutrition on the go—Nékter now has 26 stores and counting! Thankfully, the only store outside of California just happens to be down the street from me in Dallas—yippee! One of my client friends even surprised me with a Nékter gift card out of the blue. What a beautiful gift of health—pure plant love.

Recently, as I prepared to get out of my car and grab a juice, I watched customers come and go from the store and I was struck by Nékter’s resemblance to a hummingbird feeder, with creatures zipping in, alighting briefly for nourishing sweet nectar (!), then buzzing away. Somehow, things just feel right when life imitates nature.

Smoothies, Cleanses, and Other Treats

The Cure and spicy kale chips--nutritious and delicious!

The Cure and spicy kale chips–nutritious and delicious!

In addition to the fresh juices, Nékter offers raw vegan smoothies as well as bowls of blended fruit with bananas, granola, and other tasty bits. If you need a good crunch to offset the smooth juices, they offer nuts, trail mix, and my favorite—spicy kale chips! For an easy way to detoxify your life and kick start your path to better nutrition, Nékter offers 1-, 2-, 3-, or 5-day juice cleanses with a handy cooler thrown in. Be sure and check out the Snider Plaza location (near SMU): http://www.nekterjuicebar.com/ You’ll be SO happy you did. 🙂

Homemade Delight

My favorite juice is The Cure, and I love getting it when I’m beset by allergies or changing weather, which is often. It’s a gorgeous deep purple-red color, it’s bursting with antioxidants, and it’s delicious! Here’s my take on this tasty treat:

The Cure

(Makes 16 oz. of juice)

  • 1-1½ small beets, raw and scrubbed
  • ½ small head of broccoli, with stem
  • 1 large handful curly parsley
  • 2-3 kale leaves
  • 1 red apple, small
  • 2 handfuls red grapes
  • 4 celery stalks, with leaves

Cut produce to fit the feeder tube of your juicer. Add pieces of fruit and veggies to your juicer, collecting the juice in a medium-to-large measuring cup or pitcher. Once finished juicing, stir and enjoy!

Here’s to health, love, and juicing,

Brooke

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April 1, 2013

My Fast Food

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

~Brooke