Happy weekend loves!!!
Have you worked out today? I feel amazing after squeezing in a 6:30 am CorePower hot fusion class. In fact…Im running a little late this morning cuz of it, but totally worth it. Remember… I work saturdays, eeeekkkkk! Anywho…I am loving this shit!!! I’ve soooo become that chick. The “yogi”. I gotta say…I’m happy to be home from my wannabe jet setting vacations, and it’s time to do a little natural cleansing. I just finally bought a new Omega juicer from Bed Bath & Beyond (with my 20% off discount) and have been loving incorporating green juices into my diet.
What I love about the Omega, is that, it extracts the the juice at a slower rpm, so it doesn’t create all that foam that my old Breville juicer used to spit out. GOOD NEWS: more juice…less foam!
I also recently found a couple of amazing products. I found them at Raw Food World, but I’m sure Whole foods carries these brands.
Lydia’s Organics – Green Power
Alfalfa, wheatgrass, barley, chlorella, spirulina, nettle, rosehips, licorice, fennel, dandelion, kelp, beet, ginger, burdock, stevia & peppermint powder.
Superfood to the MAX!
#2: Camu Camu berry powder
Camu camu is a bush, native to the South American rainforest, that grows in the black water rivers of the Amazon. Its small, purplish red fruits are a rich source of antioxidants and powerful phytochemicals that support and enhance health.
Camu camu fruits contain more vitamin C than any other plant in the world from 30 to 60 times more than an orange. They also contain amino acids including serine, valine, and leucine; and significant levels of beta carotene, calcium, iron, niacin, phosphorus, riboflavin, and thiamin.
The phytochemicals in camu camu are highly effective in curbing the effects of the herpes virus; in fact, on a list of plants with anti-herpetic compounds, camu camu takes the highest honors as most potent. It is effective against depression, and has even been used to wean users off dangerous antidepressive medications (under medical supervision, of course.) Alternative medical practitioners have also been using it to combat attention deficit disorder.
Camu camu also:
Provides immune system support
Helps maintain good eyesight
Supports collagen, tendons, and ligaments
Helps fend off viral infection
Improves respiratory health
Helps maintain clarity of mind during stress
Our wildcrafted camu camu berries come in the form of a pure, unadulterated powder with a light tan color. It takes 15 pounds of berries to make one pound of the powder, which has 13-16% vitamin C by weight. Thus only a little is needed to provide you with a powerful antioxidant boost.
(source: live superfoods)
And… Since I’ve been juicing so much lately, I just can’t bring myself to throw away all that amazing pulp! So, I decided to utilize those extra nutrients. That fiber is full of fiber ya know! I busted out my big ass, totally obnoxious, almost commercial sized dehydrator… and made some enzyme rich “RAW” pulp crackers!
I know what your thinking…GROSS!
Well, think again. #sorrynotsorry babes… Sooo not gross!
So here’s the deal….I made mine savory, but, only because I was juicing mostly greens, beets and carrots. If you’re more of a sweet person, like…maybe you prefer juicing oranges, tangerines, carrots, melons, berries, etc, you could also do a sweeter cracker.
I’d have to play around with that sweet idea…hmmm.
Either way…we are recycling. Nothing goes to waste in this household. If you don’t have a dehydrator to make them “raw”… It’s ok. You can also bake them. No bigs;)
Anyway… I searched around for recipe ideas, switched a few things around, and found that this one was the easiest.
Mind you…play around with the flavors and spices you want to taste. Make a few different batches if you’ve got a few trays. Just sayin’
- 2 cups pulp
- ½ cup flax seed meal (ground flax)
- 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
- ½ tsp italian seasoning
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- ½-3/4 cup water
- using a food processor or vitamix, mix all ingredients to remove chunks of pulp.
- You can also mix with fork or hand if you don’t mind chunks.
- roll or pat down onto a dehydrator sheet. Roll or pat quite thin, or it will take a long time to create the crispyness of the cracker With a butter knife, line the shape of your cracker squares. It will be easier than trying to do it while they are crispy.
- Dehydrate at 115 degrees for 12 hours or until desired crisp.
- NOTE: you may also bake them at 350 for 20-30 minutes, but be aware that you will be loosing out on those raw enzymes and nutrients.I didn’t even put mine through the food processor and they turned out just fine, but I do recommend it;)
I’ve been juicing daily…so I’ve got a lot of extra pulp. Wish I could send you all some;)
THE TRICK: FREEZE THE PULP!!!
I found a great article on the kitchn.com on different ways to use pulp, so I’ve been playing around with those ideas as well.
I figured while we are talking raw, I’d bring up an “oldie but goodie”
RAW ZUCHINNI HUMMUS
One of my all time favorite recipes! I seriously put it on everything, and dip everything in it! Lol. It’s fu**ing amazzzzeebalzzzz! I made a batch and it pairs beautifully with these little delish raw pulp crackers.
WHAT IM INTO AT THE MOMENT:
Super ripe slightly frozen watermelon.
Like just stick them in there for 15-20 minutes. OMGGGGGG! The most refreshing thing you will ever have!
Also would be delicious if you did that, then juiced it or blended it and made watermelon agua fresca!
8 cups seedless watermelon cubes
2 small packets of stevia
1/3cup fresh lime juice plus 1 sliced lime
A few sprigs mint or basil
1 1/2 cups Water
Puree watermelon in blender, or juice put it through your juicer. if you blend it, strain into bowl through fine-mesh sieve to remove most of the pulp. Stir in stevia and lime juice. Transfer to pitcher stir in 1-1/2 cups water, add some lime slices and mint ( or basil) Let it chill in the fridge & serve over ice.
Let’s be honest….this next pic preeeeetttyyyy much summarizes my summer so far, lol. Lots of fresh fruit…agua fresca, iced tea… Wine spritzers, or sometimes an ice cold beer by the pool;)
Some would say, ” does this bitch ever work!?” I just smile and say
” if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life!” In other From Fries To Fit news….
articipated in the OOO SOOO KILLER SPARTAN RACE!
Check it out pics here