Grapefruit Mint Cocktail

It is Friday and sunny and 80 degrees just like last weekend. I would rather be outside than working, but since I am in here I thought I would share what I made last weekend with you. I took the fresh juice that you saw {here} and added a little something extra. Turns out a cocktail made with fresh pressed juice is the best thing ever. This was light and refreshing and perfect for a day like today.

Ingredients

  • 1 ruby red grapefruit
  • 20 mint leaves
  • 3 oz of gin, or to taste

Directions

  1. Start by juicing the grpefruit and mint. I used my Breveille Juicer and find it is best for getting the maximum amout of juice of any fruit or vegetable I use.
  2. Add Gin to taste and enjoy! You could also use vodka if you want to have an updated version of the classic Greyhound, but I found Gin to be the most refreshing cocktail.

Grapefruit Mint Juice

Finally reaching a point where I can juice to maintain health is the greatest feeling ever. I still plan to keep researching  {and sharing} what different fruits and vegetables can do for me/you, but it is great not to have any more cold or flu symptoms. Celebrating a great weekend of weather and health I chose to make something light and refreshing that would still pump my body with vitamins. Grapefruit is high in Vitamin C and will continue to keep away colds or the flu, but can even reduce the effects from seasonal allergies. No congestion whatsoever for me! Throwing in a little mint not only makes the taste that much better, but mint also aids in digestion and {surprise surprise} relives congestion and common cold symptoms. This simple mixture clearly is what I should have been drinking last week, but at least I know for the future.

Jalapeño Grilled Cheese

Amidst my sick weekend I did what any other social media type would do when confined to my bed…pinned my face off on Pinterest {you can follow me here}. I mostly browsing fashion, food and home decor and was so excited when I scrolled past this beautiful image of grilled cheese. When I clicked through I saw that it was a Jalapeño Popper version of the classic and I figured it was worth a try to make because aside from rest and fluids you can help relieve congestion with spicy foods. It was not the most spicy jalapeño dish I have ever made, but it was delicious and I have included the way I made the recipe below. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 4 jalapeños
  • 4 oz of plain cream cheese, softened
  • 4 slices of sourdough bread
  • 8 slices of sharp cheddar cheese
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • cayenne pepper
  • butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to broil setting and once warm place jalapeños directly on rack to char. Make sure to rotate every few minutes so they become blackened on all sides as seen in {this} post.
  2. Once charred, remove and place in a covered boil for 10 minutes.
  3. After the 10 minutes you can remove the top and the insides should come out easily. Discard seeds and top and then slice peppers in half.
  4. Take one jalapeño and finely chop and mix with cream cheese, black pepper, cayenne pepper to make paste.
  5. Coat inside of each piece of break with mixture and then add cheese and the halved peppers.
  6. Butter the outsides of the bread and cook on warm skillet.
  7. Once cooked to your liking remove from heat and enjoy!

Kale Carrot Orange Juice

I hate to have to admit this, but despite all my juicing and yoga in attempt to lead a more healthy lifestyle I have gotten sick again. I justify this as my body still detoxifying because there is no way I am giving up my new routine just yet. Surprisingly enough while laying in my bed all weekend I learned a thing or two about what I have been doing wrong to cure myself my whole life. While Vitamin C is what we all think for curing a cold, drinking straight orange juice only adds to swollen glands and the ever uncomfortable soar throat. Kale however, is also rich in Vitamin C and does not seem to be doing any damage. I chose to mix it with carrots and a little orange for flavor and find that my throat is not as irritated by the mixture. Lastly, I have also found the high content of Vitamin A from these ingredients will give my skin a boost from its weekend locked in doors.

I will definitely be including Kale into my weekly routine so that I can avoid any more sickness {at least until next winter}.

Tomato Orange Carrot Spinach Juice

This week I thought it would be important to introduce something green to my juicing regimen. I still feel like I am in the detox phase and have been researching the best ways to get everything internally in top condition. I found that the combination of tomatoes and spinach is great for cleansing the liver, and since it is essentially my own personal filtration system it is my new priority. I even found this base of tomato and spinach to be a good combination for preventing hangovers {that is, if you can properly operate your juicer after a few drinks}. The tomatoes are also full of lycopene, which is know for its cancer prevention properties and potassium which can prevent general weakness in the body. My favorite part about this drink is how it can help you internally as well as externally. With a clean functioning liver I have found that my skin feels more young and radiant. Definitely something worth having a few times a week.

Orange Beet Juice

I think I can feel this juice doing things inside my body, and it is great. Lately I have found the circulation in my body is not what it once used to be, and thats sad to say considering I am 24. I am convinced most of it has to do with the fact that I sit at a desk all day, but with this mixture and more yoga I think I will be back to my old self soon.

Beet roots contain high levels of nitrates, which are said top expand blood vessels and increase blood flow. The increased blood flow allows oxygen to reach parts of the body that were previously lacking-in my case my fingers, toes and maybe even my brain! Other than making me finally feel awake they can also lower cholesterol and serve as an aphrodisiac. On that note maybe you should give your lover some beet juice on Valentines Day instead of champagne. I chose to juice my beets with oranges for the immunity boost and the folate. Folate helps develop red blood cells and can reduce depression, and let me tell you having cold fingers and toes all the time because of poor circulation can really depress a girl.

Information found from Raw Food Diet Magazine and FitnRaw

Valentines Day Baked Donuts Recipe

Valentines Day is right around the corner and while the typical roses and chocolates may be the answer for some if you are looking to try something new you will not be dissapointed with this recipe. I was skeptical of the idea of a baked donuts, but there were delicious. They were moist and the touch of cinammon was great to taste and smell throughout my kitchen. I used a nodified version of this recipe because and found it quick and easy. A perfect way to send your sweetie off to work on Valentines Day.

Ingredients

  • 7/8 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinammon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon water

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Grease donut pan {heart shaped if you have it} and set aside.
  3. Whisk together all of the dry ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, oil, buttermilk and water until foamy.
  5. Pour the liquid ingredients all at once into the dry ingredients and stir just until combined.
  6. Bake the donuts for 10 minutes or until the spring back to touch.
  7. Remove donuts from pan and place on cooling rack to glaze and decorate!

Carrot Ginger Juice

Like many people I made a resolution in 2012 to try and get healthier. I tend to find my year is more of a February to February than the typical calendar because I feel January it just spent tying loose ends of the previous years up {taxes and thank you notes to name a few}, but no matter what time of year taking health into your own hands is a good idea. After receiving the best gift, a fruit reamer and reading more and more about different ways fresh juice {and hot yoga} could cure many of my ailments I have decided to take on this new interest full force and share it with you. As I uncover the benefits of the juicing process and new combinations to excite my palette I will put it up here for you to learn about and hopefully try as well. Granted I have had to upgrade from the handheld reamer to something a little more serious like this I am already certain it is worth the investment.

Now all of that business talk aside we can get to the fun part. Juice! Today I have made a simple, yet delicious carrot ginger juice. I found that 3 carrots to 1/2 inch of ginger made for the perfect flavor and gave me about 7 ounces of juice. I added a little ice and I gulped it down within 5 minutes. Carrot juice is packed with beta-carotene and Vitamin A, which is necessary for healthy eyesight, skin, growth, and also aids our bodies in resisting infection. Ginger is considered to be a natural remedy for improving digestion and circulation, but can also relieve nausea, bloating and inflammation. This juice was perfect with a few ice cubes and was a natural energy boost as carrots have one of the highest amounts of natural sugars compared to other vegetables.

Chocolate Baked Banana Recipe

 

I love desserts that involve fruit, and well mostly all desserts. I also love simple recipes that have tasty flavors and can be made quickly in case you have impromptu guest or a two. This recipe is easy for the amount of ingredients, the preparation time and the cooking time. If you need to sweeten up the lives of a bunch of people in a hurry your problems are solved. Perfect in the oven, but also could be done over an open fire. Who wants to go camping because this could be a tasty extra element to the traditional S’mores recipe too!

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, per person
  • 4 square of chopped dark chocolate, Valrhona is the best

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. With a sharp knife, cut a slit through banana peel and banana on one side {make sure not to go all the way through banana}.
  3. Cut chocolate chunks {you can also use chocolate chips} and stuff inside banana.
  4. Wrap banana in tin foil and place on center over rack {you can also grill outside if the you have one and the season is right}.
  5. Back for 20-30 minutes until chocolate is melted. Banana peel will turn black, but you aren’t eating that so who cares!
  6. Remove from oven and enjoy straigh out of foil!

Sweet Maui Onion and Garlic Macadamia Nut Recipe

Another day and another obsession. After a recent trip to Vegas my uncle brought back Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts which are seasoned with Maui onion and garlic and so good that I could eat a whole bag in one sitting. After finding out they are hard to get ahold of other than in Las Vegas, Hawaii and through Amazon I thought I would try and whip up a homemade version. Luckily, the market in my neighborhood happened to carry the Maui sweet onion which made the batch I made even better than the original.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of roasted macadamia nuts
  • 1 tablespoon garlic and herb butter
  • 2 tablespoons Maui sweet onion, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed

Directions

  1. Over medium heat, melt butter in a medium sized frying pan.
  2. Combine dry seasonings and lemon juice, mix well.
  3. Add dry seasoning to melted butter and then add macadamia nuts.
  4. Saute for 5-7 minutes, continuously stirring.
  5. Remove from heat and spread over paper towels to drain.
  6. Enjoy warm or store in an air tight container for later!