Green Juice!

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I decided to hop on the green juice bandwagon like every one else is doing these days. One of things I wanted for Christmas was a juicer. So glad, I got one! The main reasons I decided to get a juicer was because I thought it would be easier to get all your fruits and vegetables in for a day. I’m terrible at getting fruits and vegetables in and this way I feel pretty good grocery shopping in the store these days buying kale, spinach, green apples, etc…. I’ve also been reading about juicing diets and have yet to try those, we’ve just been drinking them for a snack.

My juicer is a Breville. It works pretty well although it seems to have problems juicing kale. When I go to open it up you can see the kale still left in the juicer, because it didn’t get juiced well. I’ve tried just randomly adding different fruits and vegetables that I had lying around in the house in there, but lately I’ve just been following recipes.

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Ingredients
4 celery stalks
1 bunch kale
1 green apple
1 pear
1 lemon
1 chunk of ginger

Grapesicles

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I didn’t add any sugar to these and they turned out great. All I did to make them was puree a bunch of grapes in the food processor and poured the liquid into popsicle molds. You COULD use already made grape juice, but that stuff is so full of sugar it woudldn’t be healthy and these ice pops would be 0 points plus because all I did was use fruit! How sweet is that? Super easy and a really healthy summer treat!

I’ve been wondering what you do when you take out all of the popsicles out of their molds. It helps to use some water in order to get them out of there, but what happens when you don’t want to keep on doing that? Do you wrap the popsicles in saran wrap? How do you store them so you don’t have to keep on running the popsicles under cold water in order to get them out all the time? If anyone has any suggestions that would be great!

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Homemade Grapesicles

1 pound of grapes red or green

Directions:

In a food processor, blend all grapes together until they are smooth. Pour into popsicle molds. Freeze until they’re ready to serve.

Mango-Kiwi Sasla

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The last time I went to Whole Foods (Ben likes to call it Whole Paycheck, because it’s expensive), I ended up picking up this incredible mango salsa. It was so fresh, I ended up eating the whole container of it in one hour. It was THAT good, and money well spent.

It is sometimes hard to find a fresh mango where I live (that and every other type of Tropical fruit), and I’ve been thinking about using frozen mangos, but haven’t come to try that yet. Thinking frozen mangos would get kind of squishy and make the salsa go bad really fast. There is also canned mangos, but I need to go on a mission and hunt them down in every store in town. Don’t really feel like doing that. One thing I don’t like about mangos is the big pit that is in the center of it. I feel like that is all I’m paying for. You have to buy 4 or 5 mangos to get enough mango, to make the salsa. Kiwi was pretty cheap so I threw it in there with the mangos. This would be good over anything grilled or just with some chips.

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Ingredients

2 ripe mangos, chopped
2 kiwis, chopped
2 tablespoons of chopped red onion
2 tablespoons of cilantro
1 half of a lime, squeezed
1 half of a jalapeno, diced
salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

Cut and dice up all the fruit and vegetables and toss together in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cauliflower “Rice”

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I’ve read about people replacing rice with ground up cauliflower so I decided to give it a try finally. It still has that cauliflower taste to it, but if you are looking to replace carbs in your diet this a good way to go. I don’t know if I can continue eating cauliflower because when I ate this with Trader Joe’s Mandarin orange chicken, I ended up having an asthma attack. Right after that, I googled can cauliflower cause asthma attacks and sure enough it was listed as a food that can cause that. I’ll have to ask my doctor about that when I go there next time.

If you don’t own a food processor, then this might be quite difficult to make. You just pulverize the cauliflower in a food processor until it looks like rice. The next thing I want to try making is the cauliflower pizza crust. That looks fantastic.

The best part about this is you can count it as 0 points plus per 1 cup.

Update: 4/2/2012 – WARNING: Cauliflower makes your house smell horrible! My house reeked this morning.

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Ingredients:

1 head of cauliflower

Directions:

Break up pieces of the cauliflower so that they can fit easier into the food processor. Pulse the cauliflower until it resembles rice.