How to Make Celery Juice without a Juicer

celery juice at home

You KNOW celery juice has gotten trendy when the local health food store charged me $8 for a 16 oz cup.…um….no thanks!!! I think I’ll make it at home!!! Problem is…..I don’t have a juicer!!!! I considered buying one on Craig’s list until I learned how EASY is is to make celery juice at home using my ol’ trusty (barely working) blender and a nut milk bag……Yippee….

Since I believe drinking celery juice is one of the healthiest habits you can have, making it at home is a huge TIME and MONEY saver (although I saw organic celery priced at $4.99 a bunch…how crazy is that?).

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Raw Applesauce from Liver Rescue Cleanse 3:6:9

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To be perfectly honest, when I first saw this raw applesauce recipe, I thought it couldn’t possibly taste good…I mean celery and raw apples???? Weird!!! I’m naturally skeptical so my “we shall see” attitude kicked in….. Well, I am happy to admit that I was WRONG!!! This simple raw applesauce recipe turned out delicious and not just because I was doing the liver cleanse. Nope!! I’m still whipping up this delicious applesauce after a workout or for a nourishing snack.

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Why You Will Like this Raw Applesauce

  1. It’s delicious! This simple recipe will surprise you. It’s texture and flavor taste so much fresher than store bought applesauce. The celery adds a cool crunch without tasting bitter, the lemon gives hint of tartness and generous cinnamon and nutmeg make it taste like apple pie filling. For a sweeter version (and this is part of the cleanse) to add 2-4 pitted dates or fresh figs.
  2. Fast, fuss free recipe! This recipe takes under 5 minutes to make. Simple add the ingredients to a blender and pulse until desired consistency. I like it slightly chunky.
  3. Guilt-free! Who doesn’t want a healthy snack? This applesauce tastes like an indulgence, but apples reduce inflammation, help digestion, purify the organs, improve circulation, repair the skin and regulate blood sugar. Healthy AND Delicious!! (Read what Anthony Williams says about apples here).

Permission to Eat Fruit if You’re Avoiding it 

Several years ago, I read information warning me of the high sugar content in fruit, so I ate it sparingly. A mango for dessert, the occasional apple, maybe 1 “decadent” peach per summer. I was depriving myself of my favorite foods.

Then I read 50 Life Changing Foods by Anthony Williams and questioned why I was demonizing fruit. Anthony suggests that, “Fruit essential for your liver, and It’s the most important food to eat when healing from disease.” He touts the health benefits of berries (especially wild blueberries), mango, Pitaya (dragon fruit), melons, apricots and APPLES, to name a few. (Read more on fruit fear here).

This was music to my ears and I’m welcoming my favorite fruits back into my diet including this multiple apple raw applesauce (hmmm….maybe a peach wound be tasty in there too).

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Recipe: Raw Applesauce from Liver Rescue Cleanse 3:6:9

This recipe is quick to make and only requires a few ingredients tossed in a blender. You might feel tempted to omit the celery but it adds a crunchy texture and deepens the flavor.  I like to add a lot of cinnamon and nutmeg so it tastes like apple pie filling. Organic fruits and vegetables have less chemicals and waxy coatings so it’s best to buy them when you are cleansing the liver.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium apples sliced for the blender (I like Fuji)
  • 1 Celery Stalk sliced for the blender (preferably organic)
  • Juice of 1 small lemon
  • 2 pitted Medjool dates or fresh figs (soak in hot water to soften if necessary)
  • Generous amounts of cinnamon and nutmeg (roughly 2 teaspoons each)

Directions:

Put all ingredients in a blender and pulse until the applesauce is well blended but slightly chunky.

apples and the liver

Hydrating Wild Blueberry Smoothie and Chronic Dehydration

In his amazing book Liver Rescue, Anthony Williams suggests that most people are chronically dehydrated which affects the liver.  When I read these words, I was sure he was talking to ME!!!  As a runner and avid exerciser, you’d assume I drink a ton of water, but I don’t!!!  I forget to hydrate because I don’t get very thirsty. I also embarked upon a low carbohydrate diet last year and dehydration is a known side effect. Therefore, I’m probably adding additional stress to my thirsty liver. This book has motivated me to hydrate better with water and this tasty light, coconut water based hydrating smoothie.

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Golden Milk – Yay or Meh???

vegan golden milk

So, what do you think of the Golden Milk trend?? Are you on board with sipping this hot Turmeric Ayurvedic drink or would you rather have a hot cocoa or pumpkin latte??? Since I’m a sucker for anything “healthy”, I had a bee in my bonnet to try making this at home. My Kind Organics Golden Milk powder was on sale, so I bought it out of curiosity and played with the recipe to customize a yummy, frothy GOLDEN YELLOW hot liquid beverage.

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Whipped Cinnamon Chai Froth

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If you love the texture and taste of milkshakes than you will love this healthy, vegan Cinnamon Chai Froth. It’s my latest addiction. This light foamy beverage combines sweet coconut water, vanilla almond milk and frozen banana with a ton of cinnamon and other warming spices like cardamom and cayenne. Plus, I snuck in a few hemp seeds for protein and Brewer’s yeast for Vitamin B. It’s the perfect Fall drink when you’re tired of Pumpkin lattes.

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Guilt Free Gluten-Free Seed Bread

Gluten free seed bread

Several weeks ago, my husband and I hosted a BBQ with all the accouterments to make grilled steak sandwiches. Grilled meat (none for me), sliced red onions, crimson beefsteak tomatoes, Swiss cheese, spicy sweet mustard and organic mayo to spread onto warmed sourdough baguette. The spread was so appetizing but to my surprise, hardly anyone ate the bread. This is usually my favorite part of the meal. Instead, our friends ate deconstructed “carb-free sandwiches leaving us with 3 long uneaten baguettes.

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“Big Magic” and a Carob Dessert Shake

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I’ve been engrossed in Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Big Magic. In this enlightening book, she illustrates not only the importance of creativity but the idea that there is a touch of divinity or “magic” involved. Thus, it is critical for us to be receptive so when an idea or spark of genius comes flying towards us, we have an alluring vacancy sign attracting it.

Elizabeth is a beautiful writer whose sentences flow together like Tango dancers but she also understands and empathizes with the struggle of being creative. She recognizes the crushing perfectionism and self-doubt that hold us back. She’s been there herself and articulates it with heartfelt validation.

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Pumpkin Pie Spiced Sweet Potato Muffins

Spiced sweet potato muffins

The summer has ended and Fall is in the air. The cooler mornings have me shutting the windows and putting on my heavier robe. I love this time of year. The light is softer and the summer chaos is gone. The beaches clear out and the sun rises a little later. It’s the perfect time for making end of the summer vegetable soups and baking. These Vegan Spiced Muffins tick all the boxes. They are easy to make, taste amazing and no fancy equipment is needed. And the best part is that your house will smell heavenly.

I’ve made these as muffins and bread and each have their merits. The muffins are adorable and self contained in their own little jackets. And really, what’s cuter than a muffin? The bread is slightly more sophisticated and great to slice up anytime of day.  Make whichever you are feeling at the moment. I loved serving either with a hot mug of tea and homemade raspberry chia jam.

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Cuckoo for Coconuts

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The first time I tried fresh coconut water I thought it tasted like dirty socks. It was back in 1994 before coconut water became popular in the US. I’d just arrived in Costa Rica where carts of fresh young coconuts or “Pipas” were being sold for 25 cents each.  My friend handed me this giant green bowl with a straw popping out of the top that had been hacked off with a machete. The bowl was brimming with a golden liquid which to me tasted “off”.

My friend insisted that I hydrate my body after the flight and she rattled on about how healthy this vitamin rich elixir was. Her enthusiasm was catchy but she sold me on the prospect that these unruly nuts prevent aging and weight gain. Pretty soon, I was drinking one a day and loving how great I felt.

Coconut water is incredibly hydrating and your body will love how nutrient dense it is. The flavor quickly grew on me and honestly – who wouldn’t drink the fountain of youth for that price????

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