How to Make Celery Juice without a Juicer

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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.

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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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Summery Gem Lettuce Salad – And How to Make a Dinner Party Sparkle!

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My neighbor Ann is amazing! Despite being in her 80’s (and still working part-time as a lawyer) she’s my entertainment guru. Whether she’s throwing a holiday gala, decadent dinner party, or casual drop-by of wine and nibbles she entertains with grace, charm and elegance. She always sets a beautiful table and serves wonderful food making her fêtes very memorable. At her last dinner party, she served this stunning gem lettuce salad to the oohs and ahhs of all her guests. Not only was this salad well received but not a leaf of lettuce was left. Now, I’m sharing this beautiful salad here.

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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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How to Eat Raw Cauliflower: Try this Cauliflower Detox Salad

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As it turns out, cauliflower isn’t always the vegetable on people’s minds. In fact, this humble superfood often goes completely unnoticed. Seriously, when was the last time you ate cauliflower? If you can’t recall, you are not alone. It’s easy to overlook this white Brassica but it ranks among the top 20 foods according to the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index score (source). I am certain this cauliflower detox salad will surprise you. It’s fresh, tangy and delicious, you’ll hardly notice that you’re eating cauliflower!!

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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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Protein Rich Breakfast Smoothie

I’ve been exercising a lot lately. I like to work out extra hard in the summer because it’s light out early and I tend to have more energy in general. My routine this summer is to get up around 5, lollygag in bed for 15 minutes, drink a cup of tea (Rooibos chai) and go out for an hour of cardio. I either power up the hill behind my house, take a 4 mile run, or climb the stadium stairs at the local high school. Afterwards, I take a yoga, barre or Pilates class to strengthen my core and keep me flexible.

I prefer not to eat before I exercise so by the time I am done, I’m hungry and ready to replenish my system. If this sounds like a lot of working out, it is. But I’m training for a 5 day hike in the Andes which I will enjoy it a lot more if I feel strong and well-conditioned.

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Broccoli Sprouts: Why you Need Them in your Life

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Broccoli sprouts recently hit my radar. I spotted them at Whole Foods when I was looking for powerhouse salad additions. Several days later I was at the farmers market buying Christmas gifts and I stumbled upon a stall exclusively selling broccoli sprouts. I’d never seen this guy before so it felt like the universe was mirroring my newly found broccoli sprout enthusiasm.

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Hydrating Watermelon Ginger Juice

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We just had a flurry of guests visiting us in Mexico. Our friends are wonderful and it’s fun to share our love of Baja with them. What ends up being hard for me is the consecutive days of eating out. Dining out is festive and offers a plan for the evening but truth be told, I’d rather eat at home. I have noticed that cooking for guests is tricky. Some feel guilty as if they are putting you out, others want the full Cabo experience of dining on the beach. Who could blame them?

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