Golden Beet, Basil & Mint Juice (and the Larchmont Farmer’s Market)

I have a confession to make. Before Sunday I had only been to one farmers market in LA the entire 2.5 years I’ve been here (embarrassing, I know). But that spell was finally broken last Sunday, when I went to the Larchmont Farmer’s Market.

It was amazing! And so cheap! I got fresh, organic Golden Beats for $2. Then I found a table with rows of different greens and herbs; each bundle was only $1! I picked up a gigantic thing of Basil, Mint, and two bundles of Kale. My new plan/goal is to try to buy the bulk of my produce from farmer’s markets.

One of the best things about the Larchmont Farmer’s Market is that it is exploding with free samples. Everywhere. Everything. I pretty much ate a meal off of free samples.

And they had some interesting things, like these mushrooms:

And there was a puppy adoption going on nearby. I’m not even a dog person, but these guys were way too cute:

If you ever visit Larchmont, definitely check out Lette as well. The $1.70 price per cookie is a little expensive, but oh-so-scrumptious. I got an Earl Grey macaroon and came back for seconds to try the Caramel. I have to say, the Pistachio is still my favorite, but the Earl Grey comes close. (The caramel was a little overpowering.

Nom nom nom.

Back home at my juicing station, I have more Kale, mint, and basil than I know what to do with, so I juiced it all together (well, not all of it — I still have enough for like, 10 juices). I have to say, this one of the best juice concoctions yet!

Give it a shot. The mint and basil make it super sweet and super delicious. I’m also a huge fan of the golden beets. You get so much juice out of them!

Golden Beet, Basil, & Mint Juice

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Golden Beet
  • 1 Pink Lady Apple
  • Small Piece Ginger (like 1/2 inch)
  • 2 Handfuls of Mint
  • 1 Handful of Basil
  • 1 Large Handful of Kale (about 1/2 a bundle)
  • 2-3 Handfuls of Baby Carrots

 

 

Blend, enjoy, and feel healthy!

I think I may have a juicing problem. ūüôā

Elder Berry Extract

After coming back from Coachella, I ended up battling a 2 week fever/cold. As soon as I felt mostly better, I was back in action and working non-stop between acting and my new job; it’s safe to say, I started pushing myself a bit too soon and kept feeling like I was about to get sick again.

After complaining to a friend, she told me about Elder Berry Extract.

This stuff is seriously amazing; if you take it when you’re about to get sick, it helps boost your immune system and stops the illness. If you take it when you are already sick, it helps speed up the process and you feel better sooner.

As soon as I started taking it, I felt completely better within the next 1-2 days.

Here is a little excerpt from Nature’s Answer‘s website:

The dark blue/black berries of this plant have many naturally-occurring nutritional substances such as Rutin, Quercetin (flavonoids) and Anthocyanins. Current research supports the long held beliefs about Elderberry’s health benefits on the body. Elderberry syrup has been traditionally used to help support the immune system, especially during the winter season or when experiencing extra stress.

So if you’re feeling a little run down, maybe a cold or flu sneaking up on you, give it a try!

I found mine ate whole foods, or it seems as though you can order online at Nature’s Answer.

Great Way to Start the Day (Juicing, Of Course!)

I am totally obsessed with juice. The problem is, when you’re buying tons of produce, it can add up quickly. But here is a simple recipe, and using the ingredients below, it comes out to about $1.50 per juice. Not too shabby when you compare it to $5 or $6 drinks.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bag of Organic Carrots (I use the Organic Trader Joes Carrots which has about 10 medium carrots)
  • 1 Lemon (I usually cut off some of the peel)
  • Ginger (1 square inch)
  • 1 Clove Garlic

Throat & Cough Calming Spicy Tea

After getting back from Coachella (ghost Tupac, anyone?), I found myself battling a sore throat and cough. My sore throat pretty much went away after gargling with salt water, but my cough was pretty bad today, so I found some home remedies on this site, blended a few together, and came up with my own creation.

It is super spicy, but definitely relaxed my throat and my cough is gone!

Ingredients:

  • About 1,1/2 C Water
  • 1 Spice Chai Tea Bag
  • 6 Shakes Cinnamon
  • 3 Shakes Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Shake Ginger Powder
  • 1/3 Lemon Juice Squeezed
  • 1 TBSP Honey or 1 Packet Truvia or Stevia
  • Splash Almond Milk

Place the water in a pot and turn the heat on high.

Add the cinnamon, cayenne, ginger, and lemon.

Let it get pretty hot, just before boiling. Then take it off, and let the tea bag steep for 2 minutes.

Add honey or stevia and a splash of almond milk!

Healthy, Yummy, Happy Juice

I’m a huuuuge fan of juicing. Lucky for me, my roommate has a fancy Bellevue Juicer.

Juicing is probably one of the best things you can do for yourself, with lots nutrients, the juice form helps quick absorption and digestion. And I  always feel energized after I have my morning juice!

Make sure you buy organic!

Juicing Ingredients:

  • 3 Carrots (ends cut off)
  • 1/6 of a Pineapple
  • 1/2 Cucumber
  • 1/2 Lime
  • 1/4 Grapefruit (peeled)
  • 3 Romaine Leaves

Make sure you rinse off your veggies before!

Pineapple just makes juicing so much yummier!

Don’t worry about cutting the center piece out of the pineapple. Even though we don’t tend to eat it since it is somewhat tough, the juicer can handle it and you get a few extra drops of pineapple in your drink.

Enjoy your juice and feel rejuvinated!

Raw Cashew Yogurt Parfait with Sprouted Buckwheat

All I have to say is: nom nom nom.

Aside from the lengthy time it takes to sprout buckwheat, this recipe is very simple and totally delicious. Not to mention, sprouted buckwheat has tons of great health benefits. It is gluten-free and wheat-free, and high in protein. It is high in lecithin, which can lower cholesterol, high in rutin, which strengthens veins, high in iron, brain-boosting, colon-cleansing, and all sorts of other great things which you can read about here.

HOW TO SPROUT BUCKWHEAT:

What You Need:

  • Buckwheat
  • Fine Mesh Colander
  • Water

STEP 1: Soak Buckwheat in Water

Place the buckwheat in to a bowl and fill it with water, about an inch above the buckwheat. Stir once or twice while it is soaking.

You can soak it anywhere from 1 to 12 hours. I soaked mine for 3 hours and it worked perfectly.

STEP 2: Rinse & Drain

After soaking, the buckwheat will start to make this slimy liquid. Place the buckwheat in to the colander and rinse thoroughly with cold water.

Then place a bowl underneath the colander and buckwheat to catch any liquid that drips down.

STEP 3: Continue for 2-3 Days

Rinse the buckwheat in cold water 2-3 times a day for 2-3 days, until you start to see little white “tails” growing. I rinsed mine 3 times a day for 2 days and it definitely sprouted!

RAW CASHEW YOGURT PARFAIT RECIPE:

Once you have sprouted the buckwheat, you can start on the rest of the recipe! And if you have any buckwheat left over, you can always mix it in to some Oatmeal or cereal.

Ingredients (For 2 Parfaits):

  • 1 Cup Cashews
  • 1/2 Cup – 1 Cup Water
  • 3 Dates (don’t forget to take the pits out!)
  • 2/3 Cup Sprouted Buckwheat
  • 1 Cup Fruit

Soaking cashews & dates

Soak the cashews and dates in a bowl with room temperature water for 10-15 minutes (this is mainly for people with weak blenders, myself included).

Drain the water from the cashews and dates. Place the dates and cashews into the blender. Add about 1/2 cup of water. Start on a low setting and blend. Add more water as needed, up to 1 cup total for water in to the yogurt. Once you have the desired consistency (should be a thick paste), blend an extra 1-2 minutes.

Now, split the cashew yogurt between 2 bowls, add 1/3 cup buckwheat (more if desired) to each bowl, and then 1/2 cup fruit to each bowl. And ta-da! You have a tasty raw yogurt parfait!

Ideas For Fruit:

-Oranges, Green Apple, Banana

-Apple, Figs, and Dried Raisins

-Papaya with a squeeze of Lime

-Persimmons and Banana

-Blueberries and Rasberries