Green Goodness | Juicing 101

“Let food be thy medicine, and let thy medicine be food.” – Hippocrates

Our bodies are truly magnificent creations.

We are made to survive. We have epic armies fighting battles in our bods to keep us happy and healthy. And these hard-workin’ germ-whoopin’ wellness warriors need our support!

Our greatest responsibility is to keep ourselves bright, inspired and ablaze with life, because our energy affects everyone around us. After all, we can only give to others if we give to ourselves!

So take some time today to check in with yourself: physically, mentally and emotionally. Listen carefully to the signals sent to you by those on the front lines. Dis-ease is a sign of imbalance in the body, and prevention is the best cure!

Nourish your body with nature’s best. Sleep well. Soak up sunshine. Smile!

One ritual that empowers me is starting off every day with thoughts of gratitude, meditation, yoga, hot ginger tea and a fresh green juice (recipe below!).

Personally, I love juicing. It’s a fabulous way to get an abundance of nutrients that we may not consume otherwise, and it makes me feel fresh and clear. I could rave about this forever, but try it for yourself and see how you feel over the course of a few weeks! :D

Think of this superjuice as the ultimate multivitamin, courtesy of dear mama earth. All you need is a juicer, fresh greens, and an honest heart-to-heart with your inner guru about how you want to live the best life for you.

And regardless of whether you decide to juice or not, just make time to re-connect with your beautiful bodies. That’s the most important thing!

Wishing you health and happiness, from the bottom of my heart to yours. <3

Sufey

INGREDIENTS:

I like to mix and match from:

  • cucumbers
  • celery
  • kale
  • broccoli stems
  • lettuce
  • spinach
  • dandelion greens
  • asparagus
  • cabbage
  • bok choy
  • parsley
  • cilantro
  • ginger
  • small piece fruit if needed (lemon, green apple, pear or cranberries)

Sample combination:

  • 1-2 cucumbers
  • 3-4 stalks kale
  • 2 broccoli stems
  • 1 apple
  • ginger
  • a kick-ass attitude!

**Note: My staple juice is made purely out of green veggies and ginger. But if you don’t typically consume a lot of raw veggies, I recommend starting with a pure cucumber juice or a cucumber/ apple mix (which is deliciously refreshing) and slowly adding darker greens as you go to get used to the taste. You may also want to dilute the juices with filtered water if they are too strong to begin with. Always listen to how your body feels!

Lemons cut bitterness and apples and pears add sweetness to juices. But keep your juices mostly green to prevent sugar overload from sweet fruit juices. Also, as juicing removes the fiber, which concentrates both nutrients and pesticides, be sure to buy organic and rinse well!

For optimal results, consume immediately on an empty stomach. Let’s get started! :D

DIRECTIONS:

Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly.

Cut thick veggies in half or thirds lengthwise if needed (depending on the size of your juicer’s mouth).

Push all produce through juicer slowly, alternating different types of veggies. To make it easier, push loose leafy vegetables (e.g. spinach) in at the same time as another firmer vegetable (e.g. cucumber).

Drink up delicious vitality, a delicious day! :D

**Note: Clean the juicer immediately to make it easier for yourself. I push my lemon through last to pre-clean, rinse all the pieces right away, and use dish sponges or old toothbrushes to scrub the filter well!

PS. Thank you to beautiful Éva for inspiring this piece by asking me about juicing. I am certainly not a health expert of any kind, but I am always open to questions and happy to share the little I do know. So feel free to ask me anything, and I’d love to learn from you too!

CHEERS to our healthy, wealthy lives! <3

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Melon Melody | A Raw Elixir

How do you like to greet the dawn? :D

My morning routine prepares me for the day: meditation in the dark, an activating yoga flow, and a feast of liquid love potions as the sun stirs.

As a surprise treat to myself today, I indulged in this delicious elixir outside under the rosy rising rays. Simple, sweet, and oh-so-satisfying!

(Because it’s the simple things that bring us the greatest joy, isn’t it? The universe provides us with everything we need, all we have to do is say YES!)

INGREDIENTS (serves 2):

  • 1 cantaloupe
  • ½ seeded watermelon
  • 1” fresh ginger root
  • 3-4 leaves fresh basil
  • 1 sprig fresh mint
  • gogi berries (for garnish)
  • generous amounts of love!

DIRECTIONS:

Blend cantaloupe and watermelon till smooth.

For super silky sweetness, strain out pulp: pour juice into cheesecloth and hold above bowl, using fingers to squeeze all that delicious magic out!

Pour back into blender and mix with ginger, basil, mint, and lots of loving energy.

Serve in cantaloupe shells and garnish with a few floating gogi berries.

Mmm… tastes like a beautiful morning! :D

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Fruity Fiesta | Raw Pie in a Cup!

WARNING: This pie is seductive. Eating this may cause you to love raw, organic goodies!

Growing up, my brothers and I were always fed foods fit for royalty. Mama is an artist, and the infinite love and beauty in her meals nourished our spirits along with our bodies. Her food always looked good, tasted good, and made us feel good- and that’s what I aspire to create in the kitchen!

Our bodies are such magnificent temples. We must cherish our health and worship our senses with vibrant flavours that radiate vitality, energy and life!

INGREDIENTS (all raw & organic if possible- makes 6 scrumptious cups!):

Crust:

  • 2 cups dates
  • 1.5 cups pecans
  • 1.5 cups almonds
  • 1 cup almond milk (or any other nut milk works great!)
  • Unsweetened shredded coconuts

Two layers of fruit filling:

Red-purple fruits (can also be substituted with blueberries, blackberries, etc.):

  • 4 plums
  • 4 figs

Orange-yellow fruits (can also be substituted with mangos, oranges, nectarines, etc.):

  • 2 peaches
  • 1 banana

Optional to blend with fruits:

  • Ginger
  • Mint

Optional décor:

  • 2 kiwis
  • Gogi berries
  • Mint leaves

DIRECTIONS:

Toss pecans, almonds & dates in the food processer to blend, baby, blend! Add nut milk to the slightly crumbly crust and mix it real yummy-like. Try to resist eating the whole delicious mess right away (but you can lick the spoon).

Divide crust into six cups and mold it to the insides of the glasses with a fancy little flat edge around the top. Sprinkle shredded coconut love around the edges.

Blend the purple fruits up together & pour them into each cup. Repeat with the orange fruits, adding ginger or mint if desired. Add another layer if you want. Make polka dots. Play with colours. Let your inner creativity go wild!

Optional décor (as shown in picture): Peel kiwis, cut in half & slice super thin.  Arrange in a pretty flower-like pattern around inner edges of crust. Add mint leaves in between slices of kiwi & two baby gogi berries in the shape of a heart.

Bless with a generous serving of love! Enjoy!!