Category Archives: Smoothies & Juices

Anti-Stress Smoothie

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Feeling a little stressed? Meh, it happens; not fun, but it comes with being well, human.

In my opinion, stress is something that absolutely needs to be combated, whether you get it out of your system by working out (my method), writing about it in a journal, or as I would like to address in this post, eating or drinking certain things that could help alleviate stress.

Anti-Stress SmoothieThat, my friends, is an “anti-stress smoothie”. It’s delicious, nutritious, and is proven to help combat dreaded stress.

What’s Inside: For one large serving
– 1 cup blueberries
– 3/4 cup homemade almond milk
– 1/2 cup chocolate frozen yogurt
– 1 medium banana
– 3-5 ice cubes
– 1 tablespoon honey
– sprig of lavender (for garnish)

It’s not even necessary to include instructions; simply combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, then garnish with lavender – and whipped cream if you have it (I didn’t) – and enjoy!

Aaaand, just to help give you a little giggle, here’s a picture of my cat with bread on her head.

She's So Happy Looking...

She’s So Happy Looking…

Remember: deep breaths. Namaste.

Garlic: The Onion Gen{i}us

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Bonjour,

It’s been a minute since I’ve posted some juice recipes. Lately, I’ve been on a kick where I am looking out for my skin. I’ve  been purchasing all natural, locally made face washes and skin moisturizers, and it seems only logical to translate this ideal to what I ingest. You are what you eat, right?

Garlic seems to be a crucial ingredient in juices when nourishing the skin is concerned. Below are two that I came across. I know they may not be the most appealing ingredients, but it’s way cheaper and less painful then various other procedures!

(1) GARLIC VEGETABLE JUICE

  • 1 clove fresh garlic
  • 5 carrots
  • 1 large tree broccoli
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 large bunch kale

Peel the garlic and juice along with the rest of the veggies. I would recommend juicing garlic first, so that the rest of the ingredients clear the garlic scent from your juicer.

(2) GARLIC APPLE JUICE

  • 1 clove fresh garlic
  • 2 apples (Granny Smith)
  • 1 bell pepper (Red)

Peel the garlic and juice along with rest of ingredients. Again, probable best to juice the garlic first.

*NOTE: You may think you can handle more than one clove of garlic, and I 100% bet that you can. However, stick to one. It’s the ideal amount to have in one day.

Now, let’s table about why garlic is so awesome, especially when eaten raw. Better yet, when juiced. I know it may not smell that magnificent, but it really is worth the stink.

Fun Fact: To reduce garlic breath, try wrapping garlic cloves in greens when juicing, such as spinach or cilantro. It would appear that chlorophyll binds to the stinky smell; because science.

~ Garlic has an anti-microbial effect, which also helps the immune system.
~ Garlic is an excellent source of vitamins, including A, B-complex, and C. It also supplies minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, calcium, copper, potassium, and iron.
~ Garlic contains anti-oxidants, which helps neutralize free radicals in the body.
~ Garlic contains amino acids, essential oils, and trace minerals including germanium, selenium, and tellurium.

Additionally, it has been mentioned in literature that garlic helps (but does not cure) the following disorders:

  • Common Cold (helps relieve congestion)
  • Thrombosis (garlic acts as an anti-coagulant)
  • Cholesterol (reduces build-up of plaque in arteries)
  • Diabetes (lowers blood sugar levels)
  • Fungal Infections (ex: athlete’s foot or ear infections)
  • Peptic Ulcer (it’s good against the bacterial stomach parasite that causes the ulcers)
  • “Wind” (small amounts can help relieve gas in stomach

Color Me Greens

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Helloooo –

I officially finished 1 of my 3 classes of the semester today! Unfortunately it was my easiest class and I still have 1 paper and 2 finals to go (plus my master’s comprehensive exam), but at least the countdown has begun! Also I have overcome the flu, which is another plus.

Anyway, I don’t have too much time to spare, but I did want to check in. I figured since I’m here, I could share a Juice Bar & Kitchen, “Color Me Greens” menu from Myrtle Ave in Brooklyn (Bushwick). Last time I was visiting friends in the Big Apple I went here, and it was a pretty tasty spot. Fun fact: they have free delivery your order is over $12!

I highly recommend you fine specimen try some of these recipes out when you get a chance. Healthy >>>

 

Pear + Ginger

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Hi Baby Loves –

It’s midterm week for me -_- which means this will most likely be the last you hear of me until Friday when the stress is over.

Here are a few tasty recipes to tide you over in my absence.

Pear and Cheese Panini (serves 4)
Ingredients: – 2 t fresh, grated ginger
– 8 slices whole-wheat sourdough bread, 1/2″ thick
– 4 oz blue cheese
– 1 pear, cored and sliced
– 1 c baby arugula
– cooking spray/butter/what have you

Directions: – Rub ginger across one side of every bread slice
– Sprinkle 4 T cheese over 4 slices
– Top with pear slices, arugula, more cheese and other slice
– Spray grill pan, set medium-high heat, place sandwiches (however many will fit), cover with parchment and place large skillet on top to press
– Cook until grille marks appear, 1-2 minutes
– Flip sandwiches, cover, press for another 1-2 minutes, eat!

Health Facts: Per sandwich, 310 calories, 11 g fat (5g sat), 38 g carbs, 9g sugar, 700mg sodium, 5g fiber, 12g protein

Green Smoothie
This one is simple. Blend together: 1 pear (cored, cut), 2 c milk of choice, 2 c baby spinach, 2 t lemon juice, 1t grated fresh ginger, 1/4 t ground cardamom. Serves 2!

Poached Pears (serves 4)
Boil: 1.5 c white wine, 1.5 c water, 1/4 c sugar, 8 slices fresh ginger, 8 cloves, 1 cinnamon stick. Reduce heat to medium-low and add 2 pears (peeled, halved, cored). Cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes. Remove pears and cover with foil. Strain liquid and boil until reduced, 20 minutes. Spoon syrup and 2T chopped crystallized ginger over the pears.

Spiced Muffins
Combine 2 c whole-wheat flour and 1T baking powder. In a large bowl, whisk 1 c plain yogurt, 1/3 c brown sugar, 1/3 c veggie oil, 2 eggs, and 1T grated ginger. Stir into flour. Fold in 1 1/2 c shredded pears and 1/4 c diced crystallized ginger. Pour into tins, make at 400 F for 18-20 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.

Enjoy! Wish me luck studying 🙂

Wheatgrass As Cancer Treatment

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Hey Loves.
My Raw Bob’s boss sent me this link, and I thought I would copy and paste the information below in case anyone was interested in reading it. I definitely recommend it regardless of the status of your health. The title of the article is “Ann Wigmore Wheatgrass Treatment For Cancer” and a full link to the article can be found at the bottom of this post.
Enjoy the rest of your day! I’m eyeballs deep in advanced microeconomic theory studying. What fun!
How It Works

If we look at oxygen as a bullet to kill cancer cells, then we should look at wheatgrass as a shotgun blast at treating cancer. The number of ways it deals with cancer is incredible. First of all it contains chlorophyll, which has almost the same molecular structure as hemoglobin. Chlorophyll increases hemoglobin production, meaning more oxygen gets to the cancer. Selenium and laetrile are also in wheatgrass, both are anticancer. Chlorophyll and selenium also help build the immune system. Furthermore, wheatgrass is one of the most alkaline foods known to mankind. And the list goes on.

Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass contains at least 13 vitamins (several are antioxidants), including B12, many minerals and trace elements, including selenium, and all 20 amino acids. It also contains the hormone abscisic acid (also called: dormin, see below), the antioxidant enzyme SOD (Superoxide Dismutase, see below) and over 30 other enzymes, the antioxidant enzyme cytochrome oxidase (see below), laetrile (see its own page), and a whole lot of other nutrients.

  • “superoxide dismutase (SOD) – which converts two superoxide anions into a molecule of hydrogen peroxide and one of oxygen”

In other words, SOD converts one of the most dangerious free radicals: Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), into a hydrogen peroxide molecule (which has an extra oxygen molecule to kill cancer cells) and an oxygen molecule.

Now let’s talk about cytochrome oxidase.

  • “In 1938, the great cancer scientist and researcher Paul Gerhardt Seeger, M.D., revealed that the true cause of the cancerous degeneration of a cell results from the destruction of a specific respiratory enzyme, cytochrome oxidase. In other words, cancer in the cell is caused by disturbance of oxygen utilization, or cell respiration.

But it may be that chlorophyll is the best part of wheatgrass.

  • “In a study reported in the journal Mutation Research comparing the anticancer effect of chlorophyll to beta-carotene, and vitamins A, C and E, chlorophyll was proven to be a more effective antimutagen than any of them.”

I suspect the main reason chlorophyll is so good at dealing with cancer is the oxygen availability it provides.

  • “Both chlorophyll (as in wheatgrass juice) and hemoglobin (red blood cells) are molecularly similar. The only actual difference is that the central element in chlorophyll is magnesium and in hemoglobin it is iron. Chlorophyll has the ability to break down poisonous carbon dioxide and release free oxygen.”

One key question about wheatgrass is how long to wait after cutting it before you consume it? Most people, taking their cue from Ann Wigmore, say to take it immediately after cutting and juicing. However, the hormone abscisic acid (ABA) is 40 times more potent 4 hours after cutting the wheatgrass than it is at the time of cutting. So the question boils down to this: How important is ABA to treating cancer compared to the other anticancer substances in wheatgrass?

Before her death, Dr. Virginia Livingston-Wheeler had a clinic that cured cancer patients. Her vaccine was based on abscisic acid. This is a quote about her clinic.

  • “Abscisic acid is a supplement you will not find in a health food store. Based on her research, Dr. Livingston-Wheeler determined that abscisic acid neutralizes the effect of chorionic gonadotropin, the hormone that protects the fetus from being rejected, and she classed it as her prime supplement in treating cancer. Livingston-Wheeler discovered that cancer cells (or the microbes associated with them) produce a substance very similar to chorionic gonadotropin. Abscisic acid is a close relative of Vitamin A. In her book, The Conquest of Cancer; Livingston-Wheeler describes how you can make abscisic acid.”

So what do you do, eat it immediately or 4 hours after you cut it? Perhaps both. Perhaps when you cut your wheatgrass and juice it, you drink most of it immediately and some 4 hours later you drink the rest of it.

The reason I get into such a technical issue is because in some cases wheatgrass juice therapy did not work as promised. This may be because the patient drank a lot of tap water with chlorine in it or it may be because abscisic acid is more important than thought or for some other reason. I don’t know, but by splitting up the wheatgrass juice into two sessions, you get the best of both worlds.

  • “The Wheatgrass Diet [of Ann Wigmore] excludes all meat, dairy products and cooked foods and emphasizes “live foods” such as uncooked sprouts, raw vegetables and fruits, nuts and seeds. The Wheatgrass Diet was developed by Boston resident Ann Wigmore who established the Hippocrates Health Institute which later was renamed the Ann Wigmore Institute (AWI).”

Using Wheatgrass as a Cancer Treatment

Step 1) Build-up starting at 1-2 ounces a day for 3 or 4 days,
Step 2) The ongoing dose is 4-6 ounces a day depending on body weight,
Step 3) This counts as the one and only highly alkaline protocol per day used in a cancer treatment,
Step 4) Use the wheatgrass as the highly alkaline item in the Dirt Cheap Protocol (i.e. do NOT use baking soda or any of the other highly alkaline items) – see the left side-bar for the Dirt Cheap Protocol,
Step 5) Use 13 other items in the Dirt Cheap Protocol with wheatgrass being the one highly alkaline item.


Supercharging The Effectiveness of This Treatment

The Independent Cancer Research Foundation, Inc. has been studying methods of supercharging the effectiveness of this treatment.

As part of their research they have devised a way that they think will make this treatment two to five times more potent at treating cancer.

That method is to bombard wheatgrass juice with ultraviolet light just prior to drinking the juice. The theory is based on experiments that were done many decades ago using human blood.

Back in the 1940s and 1950s, cancer patients were being cured by having their blood extracted, then their blood was bombarded with ultraviolet light and then the blood was put back into the cancer patient. The blood (actually the hemoglobin) “remembered” the ultraviolet frequencies (i.e. the hemoglobin continued to vibrate after being exposed to the frequencies) after the blood was put back into the body.

The Independent Cancer Research Foundation, Inc. feels that wheatgrass can be used instead of extracted blood because the hemoglobin molecules and the chlorophyll molecules have some very key similarities.

This treatment is totally safe if simple safety rules are followed, and it is felt the use of ultraviolet light will supercharge the effectiveness of a standard wheatgrass juice protocol.

Read More http://www.cancertutor.com/wheatgrass/

Raw Bob’s is Gettin’ Famous

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Folks –

Below is a video featuring my lovely town of residence, East Greenwich. As you may know, I work part-time at a local, AMAZING juice bar in town, called Raw Bob’s. Since we kick ass there, we were featured in the episode, and I wanted you all to be able to check it out. Of course I encourage you to watch the episode in its entirety, but if you fast forward to 15 minutes it, I won’t judge.

Juice Cleanse (Round 2)

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Hello Love Bugs.

A few days ago, I finished my second ever juice cleanse.

I did my flagship cleanse (read the original blog post with tips included here) in April of 2014 and I can’t say it was enjoyable… this one wasn’t much different, though I think it may have been more tolerable. I think I have gotten even healthier in the past year (go me!). But I mean, it was three days with minimal food = not my idea of a party.

It did the trick, however. I feel fantastic and I dropped 8 pounds in 3 days, which is even better than last year. I figured I would give you a play-by-play of my three days in case you were feeling brave. I made everything myself – including the pudding and soup – so if you desire any recipes, let this lady know! Maybe I’ll post them at some point on my own in the future.

DAY ONE
09:00 – two hard boiled eggs, hot earl grey tea with 1/2 lemon
09:30 – water with chia seeds
11:00 – 8 oz juice (dandelion, lemon, ginger, turmeric, celery, green apple)
13:20 – 16 oz juice (celery, cucumber, cilantro, parsley, ginger, lemon, cayenne)
14:30 – one medium red apple with 2 T peanut butter
17:45 – 16 oz juice (cayenne, lemon, lime, beet greens, ginger, cucumber, grapefruit)
19:30 – pint of detox soup
20:45 – 16 oz juice (beet, kale, cayenne, lemon, ginger)

DAY TWO
09:00 – one hard boiled egg
09:15 – 16 oz juice (grapefruit)
13:00 – 16 oz juice (kale, cucumber, parsley, lime, cayenne, red apple)
14:30 – 4 oz sprouted seeds and nuts
17:45 – 16 oz juice (cabbage, celery, ginger, jicama, carrot greens)
19:30 – pint of detox soup
21:30 – 2 oz juice (lemon, ginger, kale, cayenne, carrot, garlic)

DAY THREE
08:30 – 1/2 cup quinoa, plain
09:30 – 16 oz juice (tomato, dandelion, cayenne, parsley, basil, celery, lime)
11:45 – 4 oz chia pudding
13:00 – small coffee with coconut oil
16:00 –  3 0z wheat grass shot with ginger
16:30 – 16 oz juice (lemon, ginger, kale, cayenne, garlic, carrot, jalapeno)
21:00 – pint of detox soup

Notice that I didn’t only drink juices for three days straight; I added some healthy foods and snacks in there as well. Of course, you can totally only drink juices during a cleanse, but it would just be too torturous for me. Plus, my juices are intense enough a little food is probably a saving grace.

That’s it for me tonight! My sister and mom expressed interest in cleansing in the near future, too, so I’ll let you know how they wind up doing. Stay awesome my friends.