Maybe it’s because I just got back from Las Vegas, maybe it’s because today is the first day of SPRING…whatever the reason I have had “clean” cocktails on the brain. By clean, I mean nothing from a bottle except for the booze.
Think: fresh squeezed green juice with celery, kale, apples, lemons, a little jalepeno mixed with a splash of vodka. Or maybe freshly juiced grapefruit with a little tequila and a pink salt rim? How about an earthy beet and blood orange juice with a bit of sparkling wine floating on top? The possibilities are endless. Don’t want to juice or blend? Buy cold pressed juice at the store and go to town. I recommend Suja and Blue Print, personally. Save yourself the time and effort of juicing at home!
We all know fruit has a lot of sugar but here’s what I suggest: throw in some veggies, a splash of ACV, some soda water, minimize the amount of booze, and drink A TON OF WATER while imbibing…you are sure to have a fun night with a pretty forgiving morning. Just add a group of friends and PLEASE add some food as well. (Sidenote: I am notorious for not eating enough when wining with my girls, but I am making a big effort to change this!) Hummus and pita, marinated olives, cheese with fermented pickles, and spiced nuts are my favorite “bar” snacks.
DISCLAIMER: This is one of the first viddies we filmed.
Rachel, Mary and I LOVE JUICE!!! We all own juicers now……but let me tell you this purchase was a long time in the making. Why? Juicing can be intimidating, stressful, expensive, messy, exhausting…… But if you follow these five simple steps you can do it! You may even become addicted.
1) Grab a friend. (don’t skip this step….I am serious.)
The Flower Child in Phoenix, Arizona is an experience that is almost indescribable. You’ll know what I mean when you get there. And you will get there. Promise me. The food is spectacular but that is just the beginning. The employees are literally spreading love with their overwhelming kindness, patience, (if you only knew how long it took us to decide what to eat because we literally wanted EVERYTHING on the menu) knowledge, and warmth. The Flower Child is worth finding a reason to go to Arizona!
The Flower Child’s fundamental promise is “to serve healthy food for a happy world.” It means they work with ranchers who respect, protect and love their animals – and their food supply. The proteins are all raised naturally, without additives. The organic produce is guided by the wisdom of the Environmental Working Group. Local sourcing is a priority. They know their farmers and their families. The food is always cooked fresh. And served quickly. They’re fast. But they never cut corners. You can taste it. They are grateful. Humbled. Honored.
To put it simply, if we ate at the Flower Child the first night we arrived at our Nutrition and Health Conference….we would have never even tried another restaurant. They even had the best Kale Salad we had ever tried or made…..and trust us….we may not be a connoisseur of wine or beer, but when it comes to kale salads, we know our stuff.
Hanging out with TED was a treat. (like eating an ooey, gooey, fresh baked chocolate chip cookie without the calories and sugar!) This guy lives and breathes a healthy lifestyle. I felt honored and energized to get to spend some time together. This will be the first of a three-part series with TED. STAY TUNED. BE EXCITED. Today, he will introduce us to his favorite breakfast/lunch/dinner/snack! Ted’s Energizing Green Drink. He makes it everyday for himself and his beautiful daughter and wife too. TED believes in nourishing the body and soul. I LOVE this guy. My hope is that everyone can find the “TED” in their life.
For extra credit, consider adding…chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, maca, spirulina or any other superfood.
Take ginger, turmeric, and one cup coconut water and mix in blender. Then add romaine, kale, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon, and another cup coconut water and blend. Add frozen bananas and blend and serve immediately. Drink. Enjoy. Rock on with your bad self:)
Warning: This recipe is enough to fill a Vitamix. I like to make a lot…I drink a full glass as soon as I’m done blending, fill two blender bottles (one for me, one for the wifey) and fill a kids cup for my 4 year old daughter, yes, she drinks them too. I take pride in nourishing my family. Hope you’ll soon be nourished as well.