Friday, March 21, 2014

Citrus Kale Smoothie

I found this recipe a couple of days ago on thisrawsomeveganlife and switched it up a bit according to what ingredients I had on hand. I've made it every day since.



I've had green smoothies before that I wasn't too fond of, so I was unsure how this would turn out. I was pleased to find that this drink blows away all other green smoothies I've had.

It's packed with nutrients from fresh oranges, lemons and kale, and a nice little kick from a bit of ginger.


Ingredients:


1 lemon, peeled
2 oranges, peeled
2 1/2 cups fresh kale
1 to 2 frozen bananas (depending on how sweet you want it to be)
chunk of fresh, peeled ginger (or a dash of ground ginger if you don't have any on hand)
ice


Directions:


Put the citrus fruit in a Vitamix or other powerful blender. It's important to use a high-powered blender, otherwise the kale will not be blended enough and you'll end up with little green pieces. Blend the fruit until it becomes juice. Add the kale and blend until completely incorporated, slowly moving up to high speed. Once completely combined, add the bananas and ginger and blend until combined. Add ice until you reach your desired consistency. I usually use about 2 cups.


Cheers!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Carrot Orange Juice

This morning I woke up in need of an energy (and immune system) boost. This juice was the perfect remedy. It's incredibly refreshing and is full of vitamins A and C. It's also good for your hair, skin and of course, your eyes.

I snapped this with my phone after already consuming
half of it, but next time I'll take better pictures!


This recipe makes more than enough for 2 people, depending on how much you plan to drink. I used a very large glass for myself with enough left over for two more normal servings. One thing I love about this drink is that it not only gets you started on a helping of vegetables and fruit, but it fills you up too! 

I use a Vitamix for juicing, so all the fiber isn't lost. 


Ingredients:


4-5 large oranges, peeled and separated
3 medium carrots, chopped into chunks
1 tsp lemon juice
dash of cinnamon
1/2 cup water


Directions:


Place the orange pieces into the Vitamix, a couple at a time, and slowly turn the machine to high until the oranges become liquified. Add in the chunks of carrot, again, a couple at a time, until completely incorporated. Next, add the lemon juice, cinnamon and water and blend for a few seconds. Depending on how thick you want your juice to be, you may want to add another 1/4 cup of water or so. 

That's all there is to it, folks! This is the kind of juice you could make daily because of its simplicity and tastiness. 

Enjoy!