Food Friday | Drink Your Veggies

I love to juice!  However, I must admit that I haven't been doing it as often as I was earlier this year.  I was juicing almost daily but it had been a couple of months since I'd juiced.  I think I just got lazy!  Anyhow, when I made my juice last week I realized really missed it and I think my body misses it too.  I plan to start juicing again a few times a week, if not daily, so I think this is a great time for me to share some of my favorite go-to vegetables & fruit for juicing & a few combinations I love!  

My must-have veggies & fruit for juicing are: 

  • carrots
  • apples 
  • cucumber
  • celery
  • spinach
  • kale

With these in my fridge, I can pretty much make a few different combinations and end up with something yummy!   I find that cleaning your veggies as soon as you buy them, helps save time when juicing.  You just grab & go.  Here's today's juice recipe and a few more :)

Earthy Juice  (that's what my husband calls this one!)

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  • 6 carrots
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 1 beet
  • 3 big handfuls of spinach


 

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Apple-Carrot-Kale Juice

  • 2 red apples
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 bunch of kale

 

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Celery-Carrot-Apple Juice 

  • 6 carrots
  • 6 celery stalks
  • 2 red delicious apples
  • squeeze of lemon juice

 

Veggie Blast Juice

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  • 4 carrots
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 handfuls of kale
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • small bunch of cilantro
  • sliver of ginger
  • squeeze of lemon

One of my favorite things about juicing is that it doesn't have to be exact!  Lots of times, I just find myself combining whatever it is I have in my fridge and seeing what happens.  Most of the time, they taste great, but sometimes the combinations just don't work.  Like that time I thought I'd make my version of V8 because I had a bunch of tomatoes.  That didn't turn out so great.  It was like drinking bland & watery salsa. But, hey, here's trial and error and drinking your veggies!  

Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!   

 

 

Lifeway Kefir | Summer Smoothie

Last week I received my first opportunity to review a product with Influenster.  Yippie!!  They sent me a coupon for a free Lifeway Kefir product.  I chose the organic strawberries and cream kefir. I can't wait to also try their new frozen kefir, so I hope to find it soon :) 

I made a great smoothie with it, since it's got a thick consistency to it.  I added ice, a banana, and about a cup of kefir into the blender and the kids loved it!  It was super easy to make and the benefits of the probiotics are great for the kiddos and well, the whole family too!   

I'm excited to try some other variations to our smoothie and adding different fruits to it!  It's a great on-the breakfast or healthy afternoon snack :)

Thanks Lifeway Kefir & Influenster for letting us try out this yummy product :) 

 

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Food Friday | Paleo-Friendly Veggie Side Dishes

I'm thrilled that so many people are interested in getting the recipes to the food I post on Instagram.  (I'd love it if you followed along, if you don't already!)  So, I'm starting this series to share some of my favorites.  I love to cook and eat good food, but I am also a busy mom and I don't particularly want to spend hours in the kitchen.  That's why I'm so bad at meal planning or doing meal preps for the week.   Anyhow, back to the topic at hand.  I like to make quick, easy, healthy meals for my family.  I'm not really good at following a recipe, I like to improvise. a lot. And I don't really measure too accurately either.  I'll share my step-by-step albeit vague directions and share the link to the original recipe, where there's one.  Hope it helps & gets you to try something new!  

To kick off this "Food Friday" series I'll be sharing my favorite easy go-to side dishes.  I really make these way too often.  I need to add some variety into my dinners.  Maybe I'll start experimenting soon...yikes! 

Roasted Brussels Sprouts 

  • 1 lb. of brussels sprouts
  •  kosher salt
  • 2 tbs olive oil

1. Wash brussels sprouts, cut off stems and outer leaves.  Cut in half.  Place in bowl.

2.  Drizzle with olive oil.  

3. Sprinkle with kosher salt to taste - enough to coat them but not too much that they are totally covered in salt. ( I told you I was vague)

4.   Place evenly on baking sheet.  Bake at 375 degrees for about 30-45 mins. Brussels sprouts will be nice and crispy on the outside & soft on the inside.

 

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Sauteed Asparagus 

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  • bunch of asparagus
  • kosher salt
  • 2 tbs olive oil

1. Wash asparagus and cut off ends if they're dry.

2. Mix olive oil with asparagus

3. Add olive oil to a large cast iron pan.

4. Throw in the asparagus and let it cook for about 5-10 min. Toss the asparagus a few times while cooking. I don't like them too soft, but you can keep them in longer depending on how you like them cooked.  

* You could also add balsamic vinegar with the olive oil to these. 

Roasted Cabbage Wedges

I follow Martha Stewart's exact recipe for these, so here's the link:

http://www.marthastewart.com/315062/roasted-cabbage-wedges

I use the fennel seeds instead of the caraway - mostly because already had the fennel when I found the recipe. 

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Didn't I tell you they were easy to make!  Well. I hope you enjoy trying these easy and yummy side dishes for your family too. What are some staple side dishes in your house?  Clearly, I could also use some new ideas! Thanks & tune in next week for some juicing recipes :)

ps.  I also promise better photos next time.  These are all iphone shots for instagram!