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Vegan day 301: BEET it!

BEETS are known for many health benefits including those which help with blood purification, calcium deposits, kidney problems, constipation, nerves, high blood pressure and weight loss. I am talking about it today as a cleansing juice. Each person’s body is different, but I feel it’s a great addition to my juices. I regularly juice kale, carrots and apples. It’s a good practice to switch up the vegetables or try new additions. Today I used my usual three with the BEETS and celery. It was amazingly potent- I could feel it! The good thing with beets too is that it adds sweetness and taste. 

Beets are high in folate and the pigmentation is indication of high antioxidant protection. 

The lids are off in the pictures for a second and almost a second too long sorry! Oxygen and warm temperature can lessen the potency of the enzymes. It’s best to drink it right away but if you want to make extra for later, then at least cap it and refrigerate it quickly!

Here are a few interesting links and compelling reasons to eat BEETS:



Disclaimer: The information given here is for educational purposes only. You should not use this to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified health care provider.

[Saturday, October 27th 2012 blog]

Vegan day 266: Green coconut smoothie

This is the type of smoothie that needs to be in a cute booklet featuring 101 of the best vegan smoothies. I love it when a simple yet exciting recipe crosses my path. As far as social media goes, I am still a major Facebook person. I get recipes and info from several fun Facebook pages. 

This RECIPE is from the Young and Raw.

Coconut meat
Mix the ingredients in a blender and then add
Shredded coconut topping

Disclaimer: The information given here is for educational purposes only. You should not use this to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified health care provider.
[Saturday, September 22nd 2012 blog]

Vegan day 221: Juicing with spices

People often ask me to post juicing recipes. Honestly, it’s not all that high tech. You can’t go wrong really juicing greens and vegetables. For me, juicing is a way to maximize my greens. I try not to miss a day and double up whenever I can. The healthiest and most energetic eating lifestyle for me to date has been that of the raw vegan diet. Here I was juicing, making smoothies, eating fruit, salads, nuts, seeds and dehydrated food items like granola and crackers. And of course… let’s not forget my ultimate mental fulfillment with raw vegan desserts. It was complete. Juicing was a major element though- a wonderful opportunity to bulk up on micronutrients. 
My favorite foods to juice are KALE-CARROT-APPLE-BEET. I will often supplement and experiment with other greens as well such as spinach, collard greens, swiss chard and dandelion. I like to use celery and cucumbers too! I will often add ginger and a peeled lemon for that extra pizzazz!
Ginger is a wonderful world renown spice added to many recipes both raw and cooked. Ginger is one of the “trinity roots” in ayurvedic cooking. Onions and garlic are the other two. You can juice these too but experiment wisely. 
I also enjoy juicing other spices or herbs – my all time favorite for it’s richness in nutrients is parsley. Whenever possible, include parsley in your juicing, salads, wraps, soups and other meals. 
So… long story short… lol 
I juiced a big bunch of cilantro thinking it was parsley. Of course they look alike and they are generally located next to each other in the grocery stores. Cilantro however, has a much more distinct smell and flavor. After preparing this juice, I was quick to blame the large amount of ginger that I used for the powerful taste. In the end though I will say it was the cilantro. I had to man up and drink it! Cilantro is another of my favorite herbs with amazing qualities so I wasn’t about to turn my back on her now! I did it- I drank about 32 ounces of this in two separate servings. It’s best to drink your fresh juices right away for freshness and to maximize the enzyme and antioxidant power, however, everything is relative. It’s better to make extra and drink it later or the next day than to NOT drink it at all!
I recently heard that cilantro has mood lifting properties. I researched it a little bit further and found this website GLOBALHEALINGCENTER.com listing the many benefits. Mood lifting was there! That alone and the delicious flavor makes it a wrap… literally! 


“List of Cilantro Benefits:”

  • Powerful anti-inflammatory capacities that may help symptoms of arthritis
  • Protective agents against bacterial infection from Salmonella in food products
  • Acts to increase HDL cholesterol (the good kind), and reduces LDL cholesterol (the bad kind)
  • Relief for stomach gas, prevention of flatulence and an overall digestive aid
  • Wards off urinary tract infections
  • Helps reduce feelings of nausea
  • Eases hormonal mood swings associated with menstruation
  • Has been shown to reduce menstrual cramping.
  • Adds fiber to the digestive tract
  • A source of iron, magnesium, and is helpful in fighting anemia
  • Gives relief for diarrhea, especially if caused by microbial or fungal infections
  • Helps promote healthy liver function.
  • Reduces minor swelling
  • Strong general antioxidant properties
  • Disinfects and helps detoxify the body
  • Stimulates the endocrine glands
  • Helps with insulin secretion and lowers blood sugar
  • Acts as a natural anti-septic and anti-fungal agent for skin disorders like fungal infections and eczema
  • Contains immune-boosting properties
  • Acts as an expectorant
  • Helps ease conjunctivitis, as well as eye-aging, macular degeneration, and other stressors on the eyes.


The Health Benefits of Cilantro. Retrieved from http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/benefits-of/cilantro
Disclaimer: The information given here is for educational purposes only. You should not use this to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified health care provider.
[Wednesday August 8th 2012 blog]

Vegan day 203: Lilli Pilli Berri Bar White Plains NY

Lilli Pilli Berri Bar- say that 3x fast after a few wheat grass shots!
I was so excited that there was an organic smoothie bar in White Plains where I am spending the weekend. I can’t run to Whole Foods every time I need something! 

I guess you can say that this is my kind of place! I was easily distracted from a smoothie to a tea to a wheatgrass shot to a juice. For me this is a good thing! I’m well into my raw vegan month and this is really the only kind of menu that interests me.

 I began with a smoothie. Actually, funny story: I know I am headed out of NYC and into White Plains so I bring my own raw vegan protein powder— but of course! lol I asked them if they could make me a smoothie with my protein powder. They were very nice and accommodating  but did ask me why. I think they were just curious. I explained how I was on a raw vegan diet and that most places didn’t carry that kind of protein. They asked the name and I told them SUN WARRIOR – honestly, I was AMAZED when they pulled that out from the prep area. I was so happy that I think I ordered everything in the store! While they were making the smoothie, I had wheatgrass shots with my friend and I ordered some vegetables to go. As I was about to leave I noticed the fresh pressed juices. I didn’t even realize this was a juice bar but happily delighted to see that it was. Of course, I will travel for fresh press. Oh.. and don’t think that iced green tea matcha wasn’t starring at me the whole time lol. I figured I would come back for that in the afternoon!

Everything was really wonderful- I have to say they saved me! I can’t forget to mention nor take for granted that it’s organic and local too- my favorites!

Disclaimer: The information given here is for educational purposes only. You should not use this to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified health care provider.
[Saturday July 21st 2012 blog]

Vegan day 195: Basin Bar Asbury Park

Some of the sensible meat eating theories go way back in time to the Paleolithic diet. This is the one of the “hunters and gathers”. I have written about this before because I can’t but laugh when people try to use this argument with me- as if they go out and club down their own food. I am obviously all about the gathering part- the quest and search for fresh fruits, vegetable, nuts, seeds and berries. As far as hunting goes.. the only hunting that is in my mind on this day was the hunting for this JUICE BAR IN ASBURY PARK lol!

I have two favorite places in Asbury- one I will visit tomorrow and the other is this juice bar called BASIN BAR. This used to be a yoga center and juice bar cafe. Since last year, they have changed their focus and their location. When I’m on a mission and in desire of cold press juice- I WILL FIND IT! It was slightly off the beaten path but well worth the hunt and find! Everyone that works their was super informative, overly helpful and simply delightful! I left loaded with juices for myself and my friends .. and for two days. You would think I was on a juice fast but I’m not- just a raw food diet for one month. Interestingly enough, this whole diet could be a fast in and of itself. A fast away from the every day processed foods that we SO TAKE FOR GRANTED! You would not even realize for a second the scope of processed foods you eat unless you tried hard to eliminate them for even one day. This experience to date has been eye opening for sure. 

older version NORWALK

Basin bar modified their focus so that they could put their energies into the growing demand and supply of cold pressed juices. This is different than regular juicing. I only began to learn about this last year when I visiting this very establishment. That’s when I first learned of cold pressed juicing and maximizing the enzymes. I finally moved away from the centrifugal juicer and onto a masticating one. This juice bar ad others however, go a step further to the press machines. That’s where the Norwalk comes in. They were so kind to show me around a little and I was able to appreciate even further the intenseness of these juicers. It was recommended strongly that I switch to a NORWALK. Wow- I just bought my OMEGA! I can’t do that quite yet since they are in the $2000 range but i will dream about it for now until it becomes a reality. 

Check out more info on their website:
“Most folks own a ‘centrifugal’ juicer (a spinning blade that shreds vegetables) spitting out juice into a cup and fibrous gunk into a basket. Growing trends favor cold pressed juices from a NORWALK machine suggesting the centrifugal juicers generate heat, pump in oxygen all contributing to plant cell damage, lessening the nutrient benefit. Since there is less waste created from the NORWALK it is a more sustainable process. Cold press is the best in extracting live juice of fruits and vegetables. The machineoperates at low speed preventing heat build-up and oxidation. This imparts to the juice an extremely fine quality and flavor which is unequalled by any other method of juice extraction. Considered an arduous task, requiring additional staff, time and a love to serve others through juice health the product is more expensive than typical juice bar drinks.”

If you are interested in CLEANSE: visit their site as well!

In the meantime, I think I tried every juice there. The fruit based ones are of course incredible and the greens tremendously healthy and even surprisingly delicious. I have to remember to include cayenne in my own juicing – it’s good for circulation and the blood among many other things.

Disclaimer: The information given here is for educational purposes only. You should not use this to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified health care provider.
[Friday July 13th 2012 blog

Vegan day 187: Press + Blend smoothies (Woodstock)

Back to the PRESS + BLEND my new favorite raw vegan stop while I am upstate visiting Woodstock! I came in here the other day for a smoothie.. and left with inspiration! The inspiration and motivation is what I had needed to to begin my challenge to a one month raw vegan food experience.. and my continued efforts on my one year full vegan journey. I was so excited to see so many delicious options for both juices and smoothies. They use 100% organic produce 100% vegan and 100% raw! They make cold pressed juices (with a Norwalk juicer), superfood smoothies, raw desserts and raw foods! 
The other day I ordered ECHOS OF MY MIND: Acai, raspberries, peach, cashew, coconut water, coconut meat, agave, kale, spirulina and cacao.
Today I ordered BANANA BOAT for the girls.. and THE TEA LADY for me. Their’s had banana, cashew, water, dates, vanilla and sea salt- a favorite among the kids! Mine had green tea matcha, banana, coconut water, coconut meat and agave. The agave was raw.. my new friend Mario even lifted the container for me. I love what some people will do to spread the joy and happiness of health! I really have to say.. I so appreciate all the extra efforts people make to accommodate my eating lifestyle. 
The smoothies were all delicious, refreshing and nutritious!
Press + Blend is also great for snacks and desserts. I often pick up whatever they have made that day- acai cheesecake, acai cacao bowl, granola, nuts and dehydrated chocolate cookies etc! 
Thank you PRESS + BLEND for being in one of my favorite towns!
Disclaimer: The information given here is for educational purposes only. You should not use this to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified health care provider.
[Thursday July 5th 2012 blog]

Vegan day 159: Celery banana green tea shake

A friend of mine posted this on my Facebook page the other day- it was part of her initial detox cleansing leading into a full juice fast. I love this recipe because it pulls together the benefits of green tea, celery and a banana.

Green tea is widely popular and filled with many health benefits:

  • Antioxidants (catechins)
  • Weight loss possibilities
  • May reduce pain of rheumatoid arthritis
  • Stabilizes cholesterol levels
  • Improves immune system
  • Reduced risk of heart disease
  • Promising studies for fighting cancer cells
Celery, as a I mentioned in yesterday’s blog is loaded with nutrients and is incredibly helpful for detox and elimination. Banana’s are a food I eat almost everyday and most certainly include in most of my proteins shakes. 


Green tea- prepare 2 cups and let cool
Celery- a few stalks with the heads on

Banana- one

Edgar, J. Health Benefits of Green Tea. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/health-benefits-of-green-tea
Benefit of Drinking Green Tea: The Proof is in– Drinking Tea is Healthy, says Harvard Women’s Health Watch. Retrieved from http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/benefit_of_drinking_green_tea

Disclaimer: The information given here is for educational purposes only. You should not use this to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified health care provider.
[Thursday June 7th 2012 blog]

Vegan day 158: Juicing with cucumbers and celery

I am a big fan of “carrot, apple, beet and kale juice”- and top that off with ginger and/or lemon juice anytime! 

I juice almost everyday! I have come along way but sometimes I feel like I still have a juice journey ahead of me! I believe in juicing and find it to be incredible for our bodies optimum health and vitality. I certainly wouldn’t mind getting into the habit of juicing twice a day– at the very least it would put better nutrition into my body then some of my vegan restaurant meals or sweets that I am drawn to so magnetically. 
I overheard someone say they were juicing cucumbers and celery and the thought crossed my mind- hey why are those not staples in my juicing? It’s interesting how quick one gets into a routine when the sky is really the limit- well the garden actually! The great thing about cucumbers and celery are that they are so liquid rich! When you put those through a juicer – you get a lot of juice.. as opposed to say.. kale! I juice kale by the bunch per serving- that’s a lot of kale! I decided today to skip the beet and instead use the cucumbers and celery. It was delicious I have to admit! 

Celery *(2)
Recipe today:

Kale (bunch)
Carrots (2 small bags)
Apples (2)
Cucumbers (2)
Celery (3/4 stalk bunch with curly heads on)
*This made 2-3 supersize servings

*(1) What’s New and Beneficial About Cucumbers. Retrieved from http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=42
*(2) The Incredible Powers of Celery Juice. Retrieved from http://www.naturalnews.com/024596_celery_juicing.html

*(3) Garbage Can Health Boosters. Retrieved from http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/garbage-can-health-boosters


Disclaimer: The information given here is for educational purposes only. You should not use this to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified health care provider.
[Wednesday June 6th 2012 blog]