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. 🙂

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

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!

Sprouted Chia Seed Juice

Chia seeds are perhaps one of my favorite things in the world. And no, not just because they make cool pets. A good source of Omega-3, antioxidants, protein, and fiber, these seeds have a ton of great health benefits, including; anti-inflammatory properties, detoxification, weight loss, energy, brain power, and more (see a complete list here).

Sprouted Chia Seeds have a great, gel-like texture and you can make so many things with them. I have a ton of recipes involving Chia Seeds coming up, but I thought this simple drink is a good way to start.

I also am a huge fan of Mamma Chia drinks, so if you are on the run, I definitely suggest stopping by your local Whole Foods to pick a bottle up.

What You’ll Need:

  • Glass Bottle
  • 1 TBSP – 1.5 TBSP of Chia Seeds
  • Water
  • Juice (see my favorites below!)

STEP 1: Sprout The Seeds

Place the Chia Seeds in to the bottle (about 1 TBSP to 1.5 TBSP depending on the size of the container). Fill the bottle up with about 1/4 of the container with water. Let them soak.

You will notice that they like to clump; I would suggest taking a knife and stirring once or twice to avoid this.

Chia Seeds sprout very quickly. They will get a gel like consistency after only 15 – 30 minutes. However, I tend to let them sprout for at least 1-2 hours, and you can definitely sprout them for longer and leave them in your fridge.

STEP 2: Add Juice & Shake

Fill the rest of the bottle with your favorite juice. Shake up the bottle so it is completely mixed.

You now have a yummy Chia drink! You can always add a few more chia seeds if you feel like it isn’t thick enough, and wait another 15 minutes for it to sprout completely.

Leave in your fridge to let it cool, or enjoy right away.

*Note: When leaving in your fridge, the seeds might settle. Shake it up again before drinking.

JUICE IDEAS:

My favorite brand of juice to mix in is Santa Cruz Organics. Pretty much any of their juices would work, but here are my favorites. (I mixed my chia seeds with Hibiscus Cooler!)

  • Hibiscus Cooler
  • Cranberry Nectar
  • Red Tart Cherry
  • Peach Lemonade

WHERE TO BUY CHIA SEED:

Many health food stores carry both white and black seed Chia, and some of them offer it in the bulk bins. You can also buy it online through www.azchia.com. I have one of the black chia seed 1.5 lb bags that they offer on this site, and I love them! This site also offers nutrition facts and other recipe ideas.