Healthy Juice Cleanse – Carrot, Orange, Ginger, Radish, Lemon

Healthy Juice Cleanse – Carrot, Orange, Ginger, Radish, Lemon
(Serves 1) ~ Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free

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Hello and greetings! Thank you for those of you who have been patient with me and I’m looking forward to inspiring some new folks. I have been away for a while… a long while. I definitely have been meaning to get back on here since forever ago, just couldn’t.

But I’m back from the rabbit hole of disappointment, stress and life. I’ve been present yet morose for the past too many months. With personal life events and the various crises around the world; it brings me back to the simplistic fact that life is short. And the older I get, it seems the days are falling that much faster off the calendar.
Without a doubt, I need to get back to this… Blogging. Creating. Sharing. Motivating. Looking ahead is essential for personal growth.
I was in a sad place. Feeling hopeless and discouraged; primed to quite literally gain the 50lbs, while going through the motions, consumed by stress.
Wow, stress!
For brevity, I’ll just share that we had a major life change that nearly defeated me. Having experienced confusion, heartbreak, disappointment, and ultimately estrangement; I’m better now. There we were, hearts open with such optimism and love; only to be exploited for some personal agenda. It’s not part of my character, so I will never understand how someone can so easily, lie, manipulate and effortlessly discard people. It was intensely difficult for me but watching it also hurt Seth, Josh and Jasmine was genuinely painful. An unfortunate situation.
I made some edits to a few previous blog posts to help move forward, while erasing some memories in a sense. Whatever helps, right?
But I get it all now.

“Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

This quote speaks to me because it correlated to our ordeal. It took some time to process, since I’ve always been an honest and truthful person. Truth is such an important component of the very essence of my character and soul. And so thankful for Seth through everything, he is my constant. His strength through adversity is admirable. He, I’m sure is thankful for me also… it’s the magic of our balance together.

So despite a stressful job and active home life, I look forward to diving back in here.
We are all doing well by the way, of course, Brody and Beanie are still living their best lives. 🙂

Now back to blogging…
I needed a reset, a complete reset; mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically.
I’ve mentioned before that juicing is an invigorating way to start your day. So this felt like a proper way to begin here also.
This is a simple recipe and delicious way to boost your immune system (with our current Coronavirus situation)…I’ll take any preventative measures possible.

Can we talk about the benefits of frozen lemons real quick?
First, I always buy organic when juicing and freezing. When grating the frozen lemon, be sure to grate through it all, including seeds.
Briefly soak the lemons in apple cider vinegar, rinse, dry and freeze them individually before transferring into a freezer bag or container to store.
The entire lemon is used because the peel/rind, seeds and pulp have so many benefits. I’ve read studies that the peel can have at least five to 10 times more vitamins itself. Which contain anti-cancer properties and also antioxidants that protect you against free radicals. Add the grated lemon zest over food or stir into your juices like I’ve done here.

Carrots – Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene
Ginger – Anti-inflammatory, helps with digestion and there are also studies about cancer prevention.
Radish – are a good source of Vitamins A, B6, and C, as well as, Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium, and Iron.

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Ingredients:
3 Medium/Large Carrots, topped
1 Radish, topped
1 Orange, peeled
½ inch piece of Fresh Ginger, peeled
¼ Grated Frozen Lemon

Directions:
-Grate the frozen lemon with the zester side of grater. I place into the bottom of the cup. Juice all the other ingredients, stir together and enjoy!

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Healthy Juice Cleanse – Carrot, Orange, Ginger, Radish, Lemon

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Healthy Juice Cleanse – Carrot, Orange, Ginger, Radish, Lemon
(Serves 1) ~ Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free

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Ingredients:
3 Medium/Large Carrots, topped
1 Radish, topped
1 Orange, peeled
½ inch piece of Fresh Ginger, peeled
¼ Grated Frozen Lemon

Directions:
-Grate the frozen lemon with the zester side of grater. I place into the bottom of the cup. Juice all the other ingredients, stir together and enjoy!

Carrot Ginger Soup

Carrot Ginger Soup (Serves 4-6)
Vegan/Gluten-Free

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I was inspired to create this soup after a story my husband shared with me upon coming home from work just the other day. While at work a man sparked up a brief conversation with him in passing…“The gentleman at 58, retired, had a degenerative eye condition where he was losing his sight. He didn’t name the condition but mentioned how the doctor wanted to put him on medication. Instead, he began to eat a bag of carrots a day until he miraculously rejuvenated his eyes back to 20/20; he doesn’t even need glasses anymore. Since his vision was restored, he went from a bag a day to now a bag a week. The man added that the bible teaches that one must Eat to Heal.”

So what’s up doc? While I cannot prove the validity of the stranger’s story I was certainly intrigued. Seems logical…carrots are great for you! They are rich in antioxidants and beta-carotenes. The body converts beta-carotene into Vitamin A, which is important for immunity, eye health and promotes healthy skin. This carotenoid is also found in sweet potatoes, another ingredient in this soup. Along with the antioxidants and beta-carotenes, sweet potatoes are a good source of Magnesium, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Iron, Vitamin C and D. The coconut milk in this recipe helps make it velvety smooth. Additionally, it is a good source of Iron, Potassium and Protein. This feel good soup would not be complete without ginger to spice things up. Great for immunity, digestion, blood circulation and it is popular for its anti-inflammatory properties.

As I listened intently and relished every word of Seth’s encounter, it truly made me re-evaluate my relationship with the frequently underrated Carrot…the star of this recipe. Thanks again to my hubby, the great narrator, for sharing that story.

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Ingredients:

1 ½ Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 stalks of Celery, chopped
1 medium white Onion, chopped
10 Whole black Peppercorns or ½ Tbsp
2lbs of Carrots, peeled/chopped
1 medium Sweet Potato, peeled/chopped
2 cans Coconut Milk, divided
2 Cups Water, divided
1 (2inch piece) Fresh Ginger, peeled
½ Tsp Garlic powder
½ Tsp Curry powder
½ Tsp Salt

Directions: – One Pot Meal

-Heat Olive oil over medium heat. Sauté Celery, Onions and Peppercorn for about 5 minutes.

-Add Carrots and Sweet Potatoes and continue sautéing stirring occasionally for another 7-9 minutes.

-Add 1 can of Coconut milk plus 1 cup of Water. Continue to cook for another 5-7 minutes or until Carrots and Sweet Potatoes are tender.

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-In Batches: Add soup mixture to blender (about 2 ladles at a time). Blend until smooth adding remaining Coconut Milk and Water to blender to help thin mixture during blending. I blended entire recipe in three batches.

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-Add fresh Ginger during blending process. Note: You may grate the ginger first before adding to blender also.

-Once soup has been blended, return to pot. Bring to slow boil and add remaining seasonings.

-Reduce heat and simmer for another 5-10 minutes before serving. Add a drizzle of Sriracha for added heat, optional. Enjoy!

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