Carrie Fehr

Kitchen Garden Food and Fitness

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The Present Moment: Juicing

Juicing

“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it. (21)”― Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life.

Sometimes, there are unimaginable moments in life, when being present with the truth feels overwhelming and out of our reach. A devastating heartbreak, the sudden death of a friend, or loss of a job can leave us feeling vulnerable and lost.

Our body is a powerful communicator and will intuitively discern how to navigate these unexpected challenges in life, cycling through various states of mind.  Have patience and trust in it.

Practicing mindful breathing will help to calm your body and gently redirect awareness back into the present moment.  Setting an intention will allow a deeper connection to the inner beauty that exists within.  Hold it, and savor this gift.

Embracing your strength and courage to stay in the present will unfold an infinite treasure like a flower petal blooming.  If you focus your attention in the moment, you will be totally present.

Juicing is a lovely practice of mindfulness that not only results in a masterpiece of color, flavor, and imagination, but will reward you with a healthy blast of energy to enjoy in the stillness of the moment “tout seul,” or in the company of a friend.

Have you ever felt lost? What did you do to find your way back to your center?  I’d love to hear what helped you the most?

Carrot-Beet Juice

Carrot-Beet Juice

Ingredients:

6 carrots

1 beetroot, golden or purple

Directions:

Cut the carrots into 3 inch pieces.  Cut the beet into narrow chunks.  Process the vegetables in the juicer. Makes about 8 ounces.

Coconut Chia Pudding

Chia 2 photoNeed a little breakfast inspiration? Throw together some chia seeds and coconut milk. Add a swirl of honey and voilà— you have a great start to the day.  These magic little seeds are nutritional superstars loaded with omega 3’s and protein that make this creamy pudding ideal as a pre or post workout snack.  A crown of summer berries or any other seasonal fruit is delicious on top of this cloud of chia seeds.  I enjoy it as a morning, noon, or evening treat.  And I’m certainly not above mid-morning or mid-afternoon too.

Coconut Chia Pudding

Ingredients:
2 cups coconut milk
1/3 cup chia seeds
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)

Directions:

In a medium-sized bowl stir ingredients together.

Set aside in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 hours or overnight until the seeds puff and expand.

Serve with your favorite fruit, nuts or seeds.

Lemon Energy Treats

Lemon "Energy" TreatWhile “better-for-you” energy bars are part of an on-the-go lifestyle, most are hiding a hefty (and expensive) amount of sugar, oil, and calories.  It is no surprise that obesity rates have increased in a society when meals are a rare occurrence in a busy schedule.

The healthiest nutrition bars do not contain added sugar and are full of ingredients that provide slow sustaining fuel, with whole foods such as nuts, seeds and fruits.  A homemade version is even healthier than almost any energy bar that you can buy in a store, and is incredibly simple to throw together, for a fraction of the cost.

Lemon “energy” treats are primarily dates, sesame seeds, and almonds, and are generously flavored with fresh lemon juice, that add a bit of zing to compliment a blanket of snowy white unsweetened coconut.  The later gives this energy treat its pronounced taste that pairs well with the floral-scented lemon.

The inside of this lemony treat is soft and slightly sweet, thanks to the flecks of creamy dates.  Dates not only replenish energy and revitalize the body instantly, but also contain the right amount of sugar to bring glucose levels up. It is no wonder that Muslims break their daylong Ramadan fast with this nourishing fruit.

The very best energy boost ultimately comes from healthy living.  People who eat real foods, (not processed) drink ample water, and exercise daily will have plenty of energy, the natural way.

Lemon “Energy” Treats

Lemon “energy” treats come from a Whole Foods Recipe that I tweaked, just slightly. I substituted toasted almonds for walnuts, and then added a couple of tablespoons of water to the mixture, using a blender to purée it, instead of a food processor.  A small-sized ice cream scoop is handy to portion these energy treats into even 2 “ round shapes. Oh, and one more thing, these raw energy delights are gluten-free and vegan-friendly.

Adapted from Whole Foods

Ingredients:

1 cup chopped pitted dates, (I used Medjool dates)

1 cup toasted almonds

1 cup toasted sesame seeds

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 lemon, zest

1-2 tablespoons water

1/2 cup unsweetened dried coconut flakes

Directions:

Place dates, almonds, sesame seeds, lemon juice, zest and water in a food processor or blender and mix until creamy. If using a blender place 1/2 of the mixture into the blender and mix until creamy and repeat with the other half. The mixture will be slightly sticky.

Using a small ice cream scoop, drop mixture in coconut and roll into a ball shape.  Chill until ready to serve. Makes 2 dozen 2” sized balls.

Lemon “Energy” Treats

Lemon "Energy" TreatWhile “better-for-you” energy bars are part of an on-the-go lifestyle, most are hiding a hefty (and expensive) amount of sugar, oil, and calories.  It is no surprise that obesity rates have increased in a society when meals are a rare occurrence in a busy schedule.

The healthiest nutrition bars do not contain added sugar and are full of ingredients that provide slow sustaining fuel, with whole foods such as nuts, seeds and fruits.  A homemade version is even healthier than almost any energy bar that you can buy in a store, and is incredibly simple to throw together, for a fraction of the cost.

Lemon “energy” treats are primarily dates, sesame seeds, and almonds, and are generously flavored with fresh lemon juice, that add a bit of zing to compliment a blanket of snowy white unsweetened coconut.  The later gives this energy treat its pronounced taste that pairs well with the floral-scented lemon.

The inside of this lemony treat is soft and slightly sweet, thanks to the flecks of creamy dates.  Dates not only replenish energy and revitalize the body instantly, but also contain the right amount of sugar to bring glucose levels up. It is no wonder that Muslims break their daylong Ramadan fast with this nourishing fruit.

The very best energy boost ultimately comes from healthy living.  People who eat real foods, (not processed) drink ample water, and exercise daily will have plenty of energy, the natural way.

Lemon “Energy” Treats

Lemon “energy” treats come from a Whole Foods Recipe that I tweaked, just slightly. I substituted toasted almonds for walnuts, and then added a couple of tablespoons of water to the mixture, using a blender to purée it, instead of a food processor.  A small-sized ice cream scoop is handy to portion these energy treats into even 2 “ round shapes. Oh, and one more thing, these raw energy delights are gluten-free and vegan-friendly.

Adapted from Whole Foods

Ingredients:

1 cup chopped pitted dates, (I used Medjool dates)

1 cup toasted almonds

1 cup toasted sesame seeds

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 lemon, zest

1-2 tablespoons water

1/2 cup unsweetened dried coconut flakes

Directions:

Place dates, almonds, sesame seeds, lemon juice, zest and water in a food processor or blender and mix until creamy. If using a blender place 1/2 of the mixture into the blender and mix until creamy and repeat with the other half. The mixture will be slightly sticky.

Using a small ice cream scoop, drop mixture in coconut and roll into a ball shape.  Chill until ready to serve. Makes 2 dozen 2” sized balls.

The Present Moment: Juicing

Juicing

“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it. (21)”― Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life.

Sometimes, there are unimaginable moments in life, when being present with the truth feels overwhelming and out of our reach. A devastating heartbreak, the sudden death of a friend, or loss of a job can leave us feeling vulnerable and lost.

Our body is a powerful communicator and will intuitively discern how to navigate these unexpected challenges in life, cycling through various states of mind.  Have patience and trust in it.

Practicing mindful breathing will help to calm your body and gently redirect awareness back into the present moment.  Setting an intention will allow a deeper connection to the inner beauty that exists within.  Hold it, and savor this gift.

Embracing your strength and courage to stay in the present will unfold an infinite treasure like a flower petal blooming.  If you focus your attention in the moment, you will be totally present.

Juicing is a lovely practice of mindfulness that not only results in a masterpiece of color, flavor, and imagination, but will reward you with a healthy blast of energy to enjoy in the stillness of the moment “tout seul,” or in the company of a friend.

Have you ever felt lost? What did you do to find your way back to your center?  I’d love to hear what helped you the most?

Carrot-Beet Juice

Carrot-Beet Juice

Ingredients:

6 carrots

1 beetroot, golden or purple

Directions:

Cut the carrots into 3 inch pieces.  Cut the beet into narrow chunks.  Process the vegetables in the juicer. Makes about 8 ounces.