Thursday, May 31, 2012

Nice Cool Juice RECIPES 4 Summer Fun

I wanted to share with you 2 Cool New Summer Time Juice Recipes. Make these up and keep them nice and cold. Take then in the cooler to the pool with you or freeze then into Popsicle or Slush for that perfect dessert.
 The Accelator 
1 Athana Cantaloupe or (2 Regular Cantaloupes)
2 cups Black Grapes
3 Large thick Carrots
1 Large Cucumber
½ Lime
Juice all together and serve Cold.
My husband named this juice based on what it he said it did for his workout after he had an 8 oz glass. This juice is loaded with yours vegetables if you make sure to get large cucumbers and carrots. Yet the cantaloupe and black grapes are the star of the show! So smooth and oh so delicious!

Today on my 71st day of my Juice Cleanse I have fresh peaches in the house and wanted to create something that showcased the peaches yet was not overly *peachy*. Here is my Peach Supreme.
Peach Supreme by Sandi
5 Peaches
2 Cups Red Grapes
1 Cup Strawberries
1 Large thick Carrot
1 Large very big Cucumber
Juice all the above together and  drink over ice.
I wanted to create a fun and exciting dessert for us to have and of course I am only *eating* juice so after putting on on my thinking cap I am up with something like an Italian Ice without the extra sugar. 
Just pure and wonderful juice...and of course ice!
Really simple to make. Take 2 cups of your Peach Supreme Juice and add it to 1 cup of ice in a blender. Blend on the *grate* making sure to hold on tight to the lid so that you don't have a mess.  Add a more ice to your  blender as needed until you get the consistency of Italian Ice (shown above). 
Spoon into serving bowls and place in the freezer if you will be serving within an hour or so or you can leave it in the blender jug and place it into your fridge for up to 4 hours.  You will not want to garnish with anything if it is for juicers. Right before you serve it squeeze a small amount of fresh lime juice...a mean small, less than  1/4 teaspoon for a serving dish. If it is for anyone not juicing garnish with a sprig of mint leaf or grate a little bit of fresh lime zest.
Hope you enjoyed today's Cold Summer Recipes.

Tomorrow we'll be talking about What You Can Do With Some of Your Pulp for the Non Juicer's in Your Family. It's a really Yummo Salsa!
Stay Juicy

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Yummy Yummy In Our Tummies! Juice Recipes

I wanted to showcase and give you all some recipes now only from me and my family but from some of my Juicing Friends. I will share pictures if I have some. Hope you will try them out at your home too.

Tracey White's WoW We Juice
2 smallish beetroots
1 Large Lemon with half the skin on
2 Cucumbers
1 Granny Smith
3 inch Chunk of Ginger
Juice All together and Enjoy this Beautiful Drink!

Wendy Cheek's Papaya TwoFer Juice

2 Oranges
2 Carrots
2 Mangoes 
2 Peaches
1/4 Papaya
1 Sweet Potato
Juice all the above together. Serve and Enjoy!
Makes about 28oz of  fresh juice.

1 cucumber
1 celery
1 carrot
1 red pepper
10 radishes
3 scallions
half a lime
1 garlic clove 
half bunch of cilantro
Seasoned with pepper, a smidge of cumin, sea salt.

3 roma tomatoes
2 carrots
2 small celery
handful of spinach
I warmed it right around 100 degrees and added some garlic and onion powder.

1 small Egg Plant
4 medium tomatoes
4 basil leaves
4 cloves garlic (to taste) Note from Sandi this seems like alot to me
Toppings: Be creative
1 medium green Onion 
1 Red Peppers
2 chili peppers (remove seeds , or leave in for heat)
Juice all together

Hope you enjoy these delicious recipes.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

What Makes A Nice Balanced Glass OF Juice?

When  I started juicing the first thing I asked in groups was HOW Do I know WHAT TO JUICE? 
I watched "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" by Joe Cross and joined his online Community, Join The Reboot.
There are a whole mess of good recipes to follow and weekly meal plans too. BUT I am one of those adventurous gals who is always in the kitchen or in front of my sewing machine making up my own thing, so I knew it would only be a matter of time before I would have to make up my own Juices.
So I had to know WHAT MAKES A Nice Balanced Glass of Juice?

I picked up a couple Juicing Books, got online and read  from some pretty knowledge folks and of course asked lots of questions in the Join the Reboot community as well as the Rebooter Buddies on Facebook.
One of the best books I can recommend is "The Juicing Bible" by Pat Crocker. My hubby gave it to me for my birthday along with Eat to Live and those to books already look like I have owned them for 5 years. (Been less than a month.)
 So the run of thumb for creating good healthy juices is to make your ratio at least 80% vegetable juice to 20% fruit juice. You can always create an all vegetable juice that would be wonderful and if you create all fruit juices now and again that is fine too...Just try not to make a habit of it. The reason being you don't want to have your blood sugar going through the roof and your weight going UP not down. The whole purpose of Juicing is to get HEALTHY so Juice responsibly. 
Did you notice the nice fresh glass of juice at the top of the page?
IT was one of our first Fresh Raw Juices we made. Nice Tasting too. Here is the Recipe
and a Peek at the Beautiful Bountiful that made it up.
3 Carrots
5 -6 Large Roma Tomatoes
1` Cup Broccoli
3 Stalks Celery
1 Small Beet 
2 Small Pieces of Cauliflower

When you are creating your juices, pick our the vegetable and fruit combos you want to juice together. Juice them and give them a taste. You can always add to your mixture. to suit your personal taste. Remember NO Recipe is written in stone. It is only a guide line for you to follow.
Use your taste buds and let your body guide you. Have fun and love to hear some of your recipes.
Have a Juicy Day!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Recipes for This Odd Fellow ...Jicama

I am always getting asked about this weird looking thing we have in our Marketplaces. Looks like a coconut but it's not. Around Texas the locals eat it cut up with chili pepper on it. In our house we just juice this mighty tuber called a Jicama.
If you have never seen one before they can be rather odd looking, but let me tell you juiced they can be so great for your body! Jicama is high in carbohydrates in the form of dietary fiber. It is composed of a bout 90% water, it contained on trace amounts of protein and lipids. It's sweet flavor comes from the oligofructose inulin (also called fructo-oligosacuuharide) which is a prebiotic. 
Jicama is HIGH in Vitamins C,A and B, along with Calcium and phosphorus.

Keep in mind when using this vegetable this is a very unique veggie so when eating or juicing it you will need to make sure to *pair* it with a nice and tasty friend. I think it has a slightly vanilla taste so keep that in mind when you pair it up. I have some wonderful ideas for it in the FALL for Thanksgiving. but for now...
Below you will find 2 of my Family's favorite recipes for Jicama Juices. (pictures included).

1 Large Jicama (peeled and sliced)
1 1/2 cups black grapes
1 1/2 red grapes
2 stalks celery
2 Large cucumbers
4 Large carrots
6 Large starwberries
2 Granny Smith Apples
1 lime ( may add some of the peel if you like. I love the peel or zest in my juice.)
My Grand Daughter Zoe loves Jicama To Go Juice in her Sippy Cup. She is 8 months old and  loves her fresh juice at Nanna's Tree House.

1 JICAMA (peeled and cut into pieces that will fit into your juicer)
1 cup of fresh blueberries ( if you can't find fresh you can use frozen they work fine in your juicer...believe me.) 
6 oz of fresh Strawberries

 Hints for juicing blueberries and other small berries: If you want to juice blueberries just add them with your jicama. Be very careful when you add them they will POP out everywhere. Add them slowly and with some of the jicama in your hand. Place the berries into the chute and quickly add the berries and plunger so that the berries don't POP out. You can do the same thing with frozen berries (in fact I find if they are frozen they juice better).

There are so many things you can do with your fresh juice. Use your imagination. 

You can make a Popsicle. Simply place some of the juice in small solo cups in your freezer until they juice is slushy. Then insert a wooden Popsicle stick so that it stands in the center. Place your cups back into the freezer until they are totally frozen. Remove from freezer when they are hard and run under hot water to loosen or if the cups are paper you can simply peel then away from your frozen Popsicle. ENJOY.

Using a glass baking dish pour your juice into the dish and place into the freezer about an inch deep. Be sure the dish is setting flat. Check the dish at 30 minute intervals and when it reaches the  stage where it is somewhat hard but not totally frozen take a fork and scrap the top layer . You will scrap the enter top of your pan. Continue scraping the juice and removing it to another pan or place it is a dessert glass and into the freezer to serve to that special someone. This makes a wonderful Shaved Fruit Juiced Ice Dessert. 
I served this in a dessert dish as a special treat to my hubby the other night.  Of course I forgot to snap a picture.
I'd love to see or hear about any of your ideas and unique ways to use juice.
Have a Great Juicy Day!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Shweet Tomato Juice...YUMMO MY V8

I love V8 Juice BUT it has way to much salt and other stuff in it that I just do NOT want to put into this body any longer. So I set about playing around in the kitchen one day when hubby was away at work. I decided after several attempts at creating the *prefect* V8 that I would just created one that we both loved and call it my SHWEET TOMATO JUICE.  As you can guess from my recipes I create them for two people at least and usually make them for a pitcher size.
Here is the one we both agree'd is our Favorite one.

Shweet Tomato Juice

2 cups of red grapes
1 sweet green onion
5 stalks of celery ( you may add more if you like your tomato juice saltier)
2 large carrots (4 if they are smaller)
1 large hand of FRESH basil
1lime peeled
1 large cucumber
10 -12 Roma  Large Tomatoes

Juice all your items together. Make sure to juice the green onion and basil before the cucumber and tomatoes so that their liquids will clean out all the herbal goodness. Taste to see if you need to add any of the veggies or fruits to adjust for YOUR tastes.
Save your pulp in freezer safe bags or boxes for sauces. I'll have a post about that soon on here and also in the Living the Shweet Life Blog too.

This juice can be served cold or can be served luke warm as a soup. Never heat more than 118 degrees
Recipe was created in ~My Tree House Kitchen

Breakfast Juice Recipe ...Great Start to Your Day

This is a really super quick and easy juice you can make up in the mornings to get your day started off on the right foot...or make it up the night before, store it in a jar filled to the top with a well sealed lid to keep the air out. Nice and cold this juice is so refreshing and and a wonderful *wake up* call any morning!
                   A.C.S. Juice
Apple Cucumber Strawberry Juice

6 Medium Strawberries
2 Granny Smith Apples
1 Large Cucumber

Juice all together and serve. This make a very large glass. You can double this and even tripe this recipe. This recipe also makes wonderful Popsicle.

Juice Popsicle
 Just get some small paper solo cups and wooden Popsicle sticks. Fill the cups most of the way with the juice and place in the freezer on a flat surface. When the juice reaches a slushy stage place a Popsicle stick in the center and all each to freeze completely. Once frozen remove the outer paper and enjoy your Popsicle!

Shweet Italian Style Juice

I like to experiment in the kitchen much like a mad Scientist does in the lab. Only I think I am luckier 'cause I get to taste what I create when I am finished mixing up the veggies and fruits.  This is one of my Tomato Juices that I drink about once a week to make sure that I get my weekly dose of turnips. Turnips have a beneficial effect on the urinary system, purify the blood and aid in the elimination of toxins.You can use both the greens and the bulb of you wish. I can't use the greens due to a stomach issue, but the bulb is nice and mild when juiced, not at all like the cooked critter.

Shweet Italian Style Juice

12 Large Roma Tomatoes
6 Carrots (if carrots are think use 4)
3 Sweet Green Onions
1 small Turnip Bulb
1 Large Handful of FRESH Basil
2 Large Cucumbers (peeled)
( You can add 3 stalks of Celery )

Juice all above and serve. This makes more than a glass so share with a friend or love one. Make sure to juice the Sweet Green Onion and Basil before you juice your Cucumbers so that the Cucumbers will remove all the nice yummy herbal goodness.
Created in my ~ Tree House Kitchen~

Make sure to save your pulp and store it in your freezer in a freezer safe storage bag or box I will be showing your ways to use your pulp to create sauces, make cakes and even use it in things like meat loafs (if you eat meat still).