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The new year means a new start! Why not embrace new beginnings with some revitalizing fresh beet juice??
I’ve been juicing for years now. Typically, I toss anything green from the fridge into the juicer and end up with something that looks a little swampy. Luckily, this interesting looking juice is loaded with oxygen, enzymes and millions of other micro nutrients our bodies need to perform at its best. My juicer has become a part of my daily routine.
Over the weekend, I ended up picking up a ton of beets! Intuitively, you can tell they are good for you. Generally speaking, the darker and more vibrantly colored a fruit or vegetable is, the more densely it is packed with valuable phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals. Beets are certainly no exception!
Beets are an amazingly dense source of betalains, specifically, betanin and vulgaxanthin. Both of these have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. Without going into too much more text heavy detail, here’s is the quick resume of a beet:
I’m sure you can put just plain on beets in the juicer and plan on living forever. But I simply incorporated with some of my other favorite ingredients to really load up the nutrition muscle power. And the flavor is also certainly worth bragging about.
Mind you, I’ve been juicing for about 6 years now, so I’ve grown accustomed to the raw taste. The green apple in here really sweetens it up, so I believe even a beginner would find it pleasing. Here is the full platter…that entire board of veggies would likely make 3 servings. The actual recipe is below.
Health Amplifier Beet Juice:
Directions: put everything in the juicer. This should yield about 6 oz of juice.
Don’t you feel healthier just looking at it? Try making it, you’ll be amazed! If you do, let me know what you think!
What would the holidays be without pumpkin pie?? I mean it’s kind of a necessity!
So why not take this holiday classic and clean it up a bit? These frozen pumpkin pie jars are super easy to make, extremely delicious, gluten free and vegan! Sounds like a win-win-win-win to me.
Since these beauties only take about 5 minutes to make, I suggest making your topping ahead of time. When you’re ready for some pie, whip up the filling, assemble, and let freeze for about half an hour.
If you let them freeze too long these pumpkin pie jars become hard as rocks. And if you don’t serve right away, then they get soupy. The first time you make these, you may want to check back a few times to get the right consistency for you!
This recipe makes 2 servings with 225 calories, 6.4g fat, 3.5g fiber, 11.5g sugar (less than half of normal ice cream) and 18g protein. Plus, they pack the micronutrient profile of a side of veggies with 48% vitamin A, 18% calcium and 12% of your daily iron needs! Take that Ben & Jerry’s!
What’s your favorite holiday dessert? Can I healthy it up for you?
What’s better than an easy weekend morning with time to relax with some coffee and cook up a big, yummy, clean and colorful breakfast!? This Sweet Potato Turkey Hash is one of our all-time favorites! It looks complicated and fancy, yet it’s so simple to make and requires just a few, easy to find ingredients.
This breakfast is hearty and satisfying and a way to level up the traditional pancakes, bacon and eggs. This nutritionally dense meal is loaded with color and the phytochemical power boost that comes with it! Just a few simple swaps to increase your veggie consumption can go a long way towards living a healthier lifestyle and might even help you lose a few pounds! By adding color to our lives you’ll be thrilled with how pretty your food is and and your body will be brimming with more natural energy.
Sweet potato hash is always one of my favorite meals to make for breakfast. Plus it’s a crowd pleaser! This sweet potato hash features a variety of colors, locally raised organic turkey from Foster Farms in addition to some pretty delicious over easy eggs for added nutrition, protein and flavor. The macronutrient profile of this dish will help keep you full and satisfied for hours making it a great breakfast or brunch for long weekend days!
Nutrition Facts: Serves 4: 312 calories, 13g fat, 4g fiber, 3g sugar, 25g protein
Nutrition highlights: Sugar Conscious, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Red Meat Free, Crustacean Free, Celery Free, Mustard Free, Sesame Free, Lupine Free, Mollusk Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added, No Sugar Added, Kosher
We don’t use a lot of animal protein, but when we do, we use the best! We’ve formed a relationship with Foster Farms Organic Ground Turkey because they are the only California-grown, organic, fresh ground turkey and is 93% lean – a healthy, nutritious and lean source of protein. Foster Farms Organic Turkey is USDA-Certified Organic, raised free-range on organic land and fed an organic vegetarian diet with no antibiotics ever. It is 100% natural with no added hormones or steroids and no GMOs. They are based in California’s Central Valley, and has been family owned and operated for more than 75 years.
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