Kale-Navy Bean Mix in a Green Pepper Bowl

Plant-Based. Fast. Flexible. Delicious. Four principles I strive to bring to every Juice Junky post. And this meal hits the jackpot! A quick, delicious, vegan entree that doesn’t call for any fancy schmancy ingredients or some 50 hour prep time. … Continue reading

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Wellness Wednesday: YELLOW!

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I was approached by fellow health blogger Allison In Wellness Land a few weeks ago about participating in a weekly posting called “Wellness Wednesdays”.  The goal is to highlight a different colored food each week in an attempt to promote the great advice to “eat a rainbow”!  Well, obviously I was on board, but if you notice, today is definitely NOT Wednesday, and last time I checked, the rainbow starts with red.  Okay, so I’m a few weeks late to the party, which accounts for the fact that Yellow is now the highlighted color of the week!  As for my tardiness, that’s all on me.  I woke up Wednesday fully prepared to talk all about the healthy benefits of lemons and lemon water as a part of a daily morning routine, but that clearly didn’t happen.  I received some unfortunate news about an old friend yesterday, and as a result was very distracted. 

Things work out, though.  This morning, I woke up feeling slightly off, and after being at work a mere 2 hours, a headache, clogged sinuses, and a wicked sore throat were threatening to derail me.  School was all but unbearable as I struggled to remain conscious during a 3 hour lecture on disease outbreak and transmission.  By 6 pm, my day was done and I was finally able to focus on getting over this horrendous cold.  

An old boyfriend once told me that the best way to beat a nasty bug like this is to “sweat it out”, and what better way to do so than to sweat this cold out in the sweatshirt he left at my place?  Big, baggy, comfy, and definitely got me feeling like a sauna. 

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Yeah, I may be sick as a dog but I’m still rockin’ the trophy hoodie, don’t deny it! I bet you’re wondering how yellow food plays a role in this.  Well, I’ll tell you!  My go-to flu buster juice just happens to be lemons, garlic cloves, and ginger root, all three of which are very yellow foods with very healing properties!  Mix in some cayenne pepper, and my throat feels so much better.

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I’ve also taken to nibbling on some raw yellow onion, which has notorious anti-inflammatory properties as well as plenty of B6. They are also alliums, which means that yellow onions (as well as the raw garlic I was juicing) are natural antibacterials and anti-fungal foods.  

Hippocrates once said “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”  By eating a rainbow, we can do just that, and expose our bodies to a plethora of phytonutrients and vitamins essential to thriving health and a flourishing life! 

Stay happy, stay healthy, and stay juicing!

Apple Coconut Popsicles- Utilizing Juicer Pulp: Part One

Welcome back!  I know it’s been a while, but I’m back and ready to get you pumped up about juicing again!  I submitted my last final exam for the semester Monday, and I immediately felt the summer arrive! Now that school is done for the summer, I can get back to posting delicious recipes and advice on here.  Sorry about the hiatus, but you best believe I am back full force with tons of great stuff on the way!

Today was an amazing day.  Starting off the morning with a little yoga and some hot lemon water was just what I needed.  After spending all morning in the kitchen, I got to spend the afternoon going for a 6 mile hike.  It was GORGEOUS!

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Today was day 2 of my Spring juice cleanse.  I spent the morning juicing lots of fruits and veggies.  I used two bags for pulp, switching them out between juicing the fruits and the vegetables.  After bottling up the juices and storing them in the fridge, I set off on a mission to utilize all my pulpy leftovers.  Yesterday at work, my coworkers and I got into a discussion about juicing, and they mentioned that juicing was a waste since all that pulp gets thrown out.  Now, I’ve used juicing pulp in recipes before, but a lot of times I put the pulp outside for the animals around my house.  They love it!  Not now, though.  Now, I felt an overwhelming need to prove a point (gotta love stubbornness).  Since I’m fasting, I know I can’t eat anything right now, which begged the question, what can I cook with this pulp that will stay good until this fast is done?  As far as the fruit went, that was easy.  I could make fruit leather, or I could make some fruit pops!  I’m all about fruit leather, but that’s more of an overnight endeavor since the oven’s gotta stay on for about 9 hours, and I wanted to be outside today!  That meant it was fruit pop time!  These popsicles have tons of fruits in them, but mainly the fruit pulp was full of apples. I imagine you can use any fruit with this recipe, so make it how you want!

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Apple Coconut Pops

  • 2 cups fruit pulp
  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup full fat coconut milk
  • Agave nectar, to taste (if needed)
  • ½ lemon
  1. Boil the water in a pot and add the fruit pulp.  Add the lemon juice.
  2. Simmer for 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Pour the mixture into your Ninja or other blender and blend for 1 minute.
  4. Add the coconut milk and agave nectar and pulse until it is evenly distributed throughout the mixture. 
  5. Distribute the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze!

These fruit pops are heavenly on a hot day like today was!  I won’t be able to enjoy these fruit pops today, but you best believe I will be smashing on them in a couple weeks!  For now, I’m making do with very yummy kale-carrot lemonade, and it is refreshingly delicious!  Juice fasts are definitely easier with the warm weather; an ice cold juice really hits the spot!

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apple, ginger, kale, carrot, lemon, and spinach

What did I do with the vegetable pulp from my daily juicing?  I’ll have that awesome recipe in my next post!  Stay healthy, be well, and happy juicing!