We are well into cold and flu season and this Ultimate Kick-that-Cold Juice is a recipe you need in your back pocket! If you feel a cold coming on, or you are currently in the throes of one, this juice recipe with oranges, lemon, carrots, ginger and turmeric will give you an extra boost of vitamin C and antioxidants to help your body naturally feel better!
When cold and flu seasons hits staying healthy can be a top priority. Our bodies naturally do a great job at utilizing their own defenses to fight off colds but it can never hurt to arm yourself with some extra Vitamin C and antioxidants to do it. This recipe has been used in my house for years and it’s time it’s officially landed on the blog. If we feel ourselves starting to get sick we immediately make this Ultimate Kick-that-Cold Juice and drink up! I swear by it, but it’s also super delicious and a good pick-me-up.
Benefits of juicing:
Juicing can be controversial in the health world as it does remove some fiber from the fruit and veggies, but I’ve found, when I am coming down with something, this really does the trick! While of course fiber IS important (because it also contains nutrients and helps digestion), practically speaking, you will absorb more nutrients because the gut doesn’t need to digest all that fiber at the same time! Want more info? I like this article!
Juicing extracts the juice from fresh fruits or vegetables. The resulting liquid contains most of the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients found in the whole fruit! Since you have to use a far larger quantity of fruits and vegetables to make a glass of juice than you typically would eat in a sitting, you will get higher doses of those micronutrients and phytochemical. Juice quickly reaches your vital organs, can help reset your body, re-oxygenates yourblood, flush out fat, and more!
What I will say is: when ordering juice out, ask them how much fruit is going into your juice (so you can watch the sugar intake). Nobody needs 3 apples in one sitting!
The juice is made up of oranges, carrots, lemon, fresh ginger and turmeric! The citrus and carrots add a much needed boost of vitamin c and antioxidants, the ginger is a natural antiviral and the turmeric has the nutrient curcumin which is a powerful anti-inflammatory.
To prep the fruits and veggies you remove the rinds from all of the fruit before juicing. This is important because the skin/rind is what can hold the most pesticide residue and we want to keep away all that harmful chemicals, especially when your body is fighting off a cold. You can either just wash the carrots, or peel them.
Place all ingredients through a high-speed juicer and mix well before serving over ice. Consume immediately.
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This paleo Homemade Jello recipe is one everyone will love, and made so much healthier than traditional jello. You can feel good about serving this healthier jello snack, and it’s a great to include healthy Grass-Fed Beef Gelatin in your diet. We’ve included a basic recipe as well as two options to make your own strawberry and lime juice or a carrot, orange and ginger juice to make the healthiest Homemade Jello ever!! There are no artificial colors/flavors or added refined sugar and they make the cutest lunchbox treat to send your kids to school with, or have for when they get home! Made in partnership with my friends at Vital Proteins!
When most people think of jello, they probably think of the unhealthy little plastic containers you buy at the store that are filled with artificial ingredients, flavors and full of sugar or those small little boxes filled with an unknown substance. Well, today we are going to change your mind about how healthy and delicious Homemade Jello can be! We have a recipe that brings jello back to what it should be: freshly made juice combined with healthy pasture-raised, Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin to make the cutest little lunchbox addition that any kid (or grown-up alike) will enjoy – with the same jello consistency you know and love!
Check out the vibrant colors of our jello! We made them with two homemade juices: Strawberry and Lime and Carrot, Orange and Ginger!
For the Strawberry Lime juice we simply combined sliced strawberries with a touch of honey (which you can omit if your strawberries are really sweet) in a blender, and then strained out most of the seeds. This juice is somewhat thick, and makes for the BEST tasting strawberry jello ever. It actually tastes like strawberry!
For the vitamin C and antioxidant rich Carrot, Orange and Ginger juice we used a juicer! It’s one of my favorite homemade juice flavors, especially when I feel a cold coming on, I always drink a glass of this. It is naturally sweet enough so this juice is perfect when made into jello.
We also share how you can shortcut the whole process and use fresh juice you buy in a store!
Once you have the juice, the only other ingredient is gelatin. We use my favorite Pasture-Raised Beef Gelatin from Vital Proteins. If you read my previous blog post you know how I use collagen peptides in my coffee each morning and this is just another great recipe to add a healthy dose of collagen to your diet. Adding collagen to your diet can be a great way to improve and promote bone and joint health, aid in healthy digestion and gut health, improve sleep and nourish your skin. BUT I’ve never showed you how I use Vital Proteins, BEEF GELATIN (the green container). This gelatin is different as it’s perfect for jello, marshmallows, homemade candies/gummies, and more!
How Do You Make Homemade Jello?
It’s so easy to make jello at home! All you need is either 100% juice purchased at the store or fresh made juice and Beef Gelatin. There are three steps to making it. First you bloom the gelatin by combining it with a bit of the juice and whisk (which ensures the gelatin is evenly distributed) and then boil the remaining juice and combine with the bloomed gelatin to dissolve it. Place in the refrigerator until it has set up!
We store our jello in 4 ounce mason jars for easy serving portions and they are so cute! You can send the jello in a lunch box, but treat it like you would a yogurt by packing it with an ice pack. If the jello is kept at room temperature for more than 2-3 hours (depending on the temperature outside) it dissolves again and will go back to being juice.
There are no preservatives in this jello of course so they’ll last about as long as the fruit and vegetables would that you made them with (about 3 to 5 days). Jello made with store bought juice will last slightly longer than jello made with the homemade juice.
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Slice strawberries and place in bowl with honey and combine.
Pour into a blender and blend until pureed and place in a fine-mesh strainer. Push down to get as much juice as possible. You should have about 2-½ cups.
To make Carrot, Orange, Ginger Juice:
Place all the prepared ingredients through a juicing machine. Leave behind any accumulated foam. You should have about 2-½ cups. If you have a bit less, add some water or extra orange juice, if you have it, until you reach 2-½ cups.
To Make Gelatin:
In a medium bowl place 1 heaping tablespoon (see note) of Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin. Pour ½ cup of juice over the gelatin and whisk it together until it's fully combined and let it bloom while you heat up the remaining juice. You want to make sure that the gelatin fully absorbs the water and there aren’t any clumps of unhydrated gelatin.
In a small saucepan, bring the remaining juice to a full boil. Once it has reached a full boil, pour it over the bloomed gelatin and whisk it until it has fully dissolved. Place jello in six 4 ounce mason jars, or in another container if desired. Refrigerate at least 3 hours, or until fully set.
Depending on what type of juice you buy, you may have to add some sweetener. We tested it with 100% mixed fruit juice from Whole Foods, and did not feel it needed any added sweetener. Overall we are going for a less sweet version than typical jello, so feel free to adjust to your liking.
A heaping tablespoon is exactly what it sounds, a mounded tablespoon. Place the tablespoon inside the gelatin and pull it out without leveling it. If you'd like to be a bit more precise you can measure it out to 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon. But we tested it both ways and there was no difference in the finished jello so went with the heaping tablespoon measurement since it's easier.
The finished Jello needs to be stored in the refrigerator and will last anywhere from 3-5 days, depending on what type of juice you use. Because this has no preservatives it will not last as long as the shelf stable variety. We found the fresh strawberry one to last the shortest amount of time, closer to 3 days. We did feel it stood up to being outside of the refrigerator for a few hours with an ice pack so it is a great choice to pack for lunch for kids (or adults).
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This Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie is the perfect make-ahead breakfast! It’s full of anti-inflammatory foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals, tastes delicious and will keep you satisfied until lunch time. It’s vegan, naturally gluten-free and and so easy to prep! We make them into freezer packs for easy breakfasts that are already prepped in the freezer. Just dump into the blender, add your liquid, and blend!
Smoothies are the easiest make-ahead breakfast! We love them because the possibilities are endless. In the past I’ve offered up many smoothie recipes, and even the perfect smoothie guide, but today we are focusing on the idea of smoothie freezer packs, and specifically nutrionally based smoothies.
Smoothie packs are so popular these days, and while they may be convenient, they can be pricey and you can’t really control what is in them. For the next four weeks we’re going to offer up 4 nutritional-minded smoothies that you can prep in advance, and in bulk if you choose, to be ready for a quick blend in the morning before heading out the door. And at the end we’re going to do a round up and a bonus 30 Budget-Friendly Smoothies (in under 30 minutes) guide!
If you are a long-time reader of mine, you know that I believe that food can play a big part in not only keeping the body healthy, but also healing the body, so we’re offering up 4 make-ahead smoothie packs that target specific health benefits! And today marks our first one: Anti-Inflammatory!
Inflammation in the Body
Our body uses a process known as inflammation to protect ourselves from invading foreign microbes such as chemicals or pollen, or to help heal from a wound. When this condition persists without the underlying cause it can be harmful. This is known as chronic inflammation and it has been linked to a number of larger medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. A natural and easy way to help keep inflammation down is through food!
Best Anti-Inflammatory Foods
Eating a diet full of foods rich with vitamins and minerals is a great start to lower inflammation. Some common foods to help with this are leafy greens, nuts and fatty fish. For our smoothie today we’ve paired a few (delicious) foods together that are high in anti-oxidants and rich in vitamins in mineral to help reduce inflammation: mango, cauliflower, ginger, turmeric and black pepper!
Stay tuned for the rest of the make-ahead smoothie freezer pack series:
Place all ingredients except coconut milk and water into a freezer safe bag. Freeze until ready to use, up to 1 month.
Combine all ingredients, including coconut milk and water in a high speed blender.
Blend until creamy, adding additional water if necessary.
You can substitute fresh fruit, but we find it easier to buy prepped frozen fruit for these smoothies
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I can’t believe May is about to be over! What a fun month I’ve had with Healthy Food Friday and American Express exploring foods inspired by travel. Let’s recap. We had… Tomatoes and my Hearty Bolognese, Hot Peppers and my How To: Roasted Red Peppers, Coconut and my Coconut Shrimp with Orange Chia Marmalade, Turmeric and a Super Smoothie, and now GINGER and a delicious way to prepare salmon. A lot of recipes and inspired foods from other places around the world. I. love. it!
I love ginger prepared with foods (especially salad dressing) but I also love it when I need to sooth my stomach or when I need an immune boost! I’ll throw it in some tea or even my morning smoothie for that extra boost when I’m feeling like I need it.
Ginger on salmon = perfection. I love the flavors in this dish. Pair it with some roasted or sautéed veggies for a perfect, simple dinner!
1. In a bowl mix together marinade ingredients and pour over salmon
2. Let marinade for at least 20 minutes in fridge (the longer the better)
3. Place oven on broil
4. Transfer salmon to a baking sheet and broil for 8-10 minutes
5. Garnish and serve
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These little honey vodka drink packs a whole lot of refreshing flavors; of ginger, honey, and lemon. Plus, an additional kick of vodka, because hey, sometimes we want to spice things up a bit. Leave out the vodka for a delicious lemonade beverage.
Honey Vodka Cocktail with Ginger
This simple and refreshing Lemon, Ginger and Honey Vodka Cocktail is simple and delicious. The ginger infused honey really amps up the flavor on this vodka cocktail. You could also use the ginger infused honey for lemonade!
How to Make Ginger Infused Honey:
There are two ways:
You can cook the ginger and honey together over a double boiler for about an hour. Be sure to check the water levels periodically so that the water doesn’t evaporate.
Or you can simple placed the crystallized ginger in the honey for a few days, or indefinitely.
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