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Blueberry Ginger Kiwi Kale Juice

There comes a time in a twenty-something vegan’s life that she realizes it’s time to make juice out of blueberries for the first time. I don’t know why I’ve waited this long. While I’ve been drinking yummy juice for years, it wasn’t until a recent trip to New York City’s Blossom on Carmine with Erin Red and Ivory that I tried Bilberry juice–another delicious choice–which reminded me that little adorbs berries can indeed be crushed and strained and turned into liquid antioxidant heaven.

I’d love to make bilberry juice at some point, but my local co-op here in West Philly currently doesn’t stock them so blueberry juice was the order of the day. I mixed in some kiwi, a big head of kale, a bit of apple and some ginger and a squeeze of lemon for good measure. This Blueberry Ginger Kiwi Kale Juice will rock your day, I promise.

Bilberry is a great option to juice instead of or in addition to blueberries if you can get a hold of some.

Blueberry Ginger Kiwi Kale Juice

Serves 2

Ingredients:

1 lb blueberries

1 kiwi

1/2 inch ginger

1 bunch curly kale

1/2 lemon

1/2 golden delicious apple (optional)

Instructions:

Juice all ingredients using a juicer or my juice in a blender method. Enjoy!

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This morning I made a really yummy new juice combo I couldn’t help but share here! My method was simple: toss the veggies and fruit in my Vitamix and strain using a nut mylk bag. I’ve definitely been known to overload the Vitamix, but actually just a few whirls on low was all it took to get everything moving!

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Sweet Beet Green Juice (Serves 2)

Ingredients:

1 Head of Romaine

1/2 lemon

1 medium apple

1 carrot

1/2 mediu, knob ginger

1 large beet

1 cucumber

1 cup parsley

Instructions:

Make green juice in a blender using my method or using a juicer. Enjoy!

Tomorrow I’ve got some super exciting news to announce . . .stay tuned and see you here tomorrow!

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Gorgeous new Philly juice spot “Ryan Crown’s Club” opened just a couple weeks ago and is already bursting with positive vibes.

Jar Bar, one of my favorite spots in the city to grab a bite of raw food or juice–the only raw food restaurant in Philly–abruptly packed up and moved all operations to the suburbs last week. While I wish them great success in their new location in Radnor, I was pretty bummed that the options for organic juice in the city had gone from really solid to practically zero overnight. My love and I had actually made plans to grab juice at Jar Bar with Rachel, a beloved childhood friend I hadn’t seen in years, and suddenly our juice venue of choice had closed without warning! Oh no!!

Luckily–fatefully–Ryan Crown’s Juice Club opened just a couple weeks ago and I’m SO glad we were able to down our liquid nutrition and spend some quality time there! Ryan Crown’s Juice Club is a gorgeous spot nestled in a great location, the Sweat Fitness on 15th and Arch. The bar is a tiny oasis packed with beautiful living accents like plants suspended above the bar in mason jars.  The juice menu is the product of mastermind owner and creator Ryan, who lovingly prepares extraordinary libations for his juice delivery clients and juice bar patrons. Ryan is seriously knowledgeable about juicing. Got acne? He’s got a genius herbal and veggie blend to take care of that. Craving green juice that tastes amazing? Grab the Lemon Ginger Blast, Ryan’s signature drink that recently landed him “Best Green Juice In the City” accolades from Philadelphia Magazine.

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Ryan Crown’s Juice Club menu is artfully and thoughtfully designed to meet your taste and health needs.

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Ryan looks peaceful in his cilantro and aloe plant juice kingdom.

Drinking "Alkaline Forest" at Ryan Crown's Juice Club.

Drinking “Alkaline Forest” at Ryan Crown’s Juice Club.

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Taking sweet and lovely wheatgrass shots prepared–on the house!–by Ryan.

The alternate title for this blog post was going to be “If You Juice It, They Will Come,” because I’ve decided that despite our unhealthful gastronomy reputation, Philly has a growing nutrition awareness current flowing through it and just needs the right visionary leaders and businesses to usher in a new age of wellness here. I’m super grateful for the new Ryan Crown’s Juice Club, and will be sure to patronize it as much as I can. Let’s all support this gorgeous new Philly institution and get our drink on, yeah? Check out the juice bar and juice delivery service by clicking here.

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Drink this juice, feel amazing.

Green juice flavor balancing is somewhat of an art. Folks like Gena, Kris and Courtney juice expertly, and I have to say I often combine juice ingredients pretty well myself. Too much spice or tang overpowers the juice, while too much sweet and the libation tastes weird. My friend Ivory puts jalapeño in juices! There really is a spectrum in terms of what our unique palates can handle!

Today, I made this juice incorporating beets, fennel, chard and kale, and with a little experimentation realized that for the whole juice to come together it needed a bit more sweet for me to get it down. After all, the best green juice is the one you actually like to drink. I added a bit of cucumber, apple and lemon juice and it really changed things! Here’s the recipe I used. I’d love to hear what you like to put in your green juice!

 

Slightly Sweet Beet Fennel Kale Juice (serves 1-2)

Ingredients:

1 beet

1 bulb fennel

1 cucumber

1 apple

1/2 lemon

bunch of kale

bunch of chard

Instructions:

Juice them in a juicer, or try my “juice in a blender” method.

 

 

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Green juice and locally-grown flowers in my kitchen.

While I’ve been known to down glasses of liquified mustard greens, radish, beet greens, arugula and other “strong” plant ingredients, I’m a huge fan of mild green juice now and then. Appease your palate while boosting your veggie intake with this cool twist on a classic:

Delightful Mild Mint Green Juice

Serves 1-2

Ingredients:

1 medium or 3/4 large cucumber

1/2 head romaine lettuce

5 stalks celery

1/2 green apple (optional)

4 peppermint or other mint leaves

Instructions:

Juice, drink deeply and enjoy!

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Hi, Queer Vegan Foodies!

Savvy writer, nutritionist, blogger and doctor-to-be Gena Hamshaw recently wrote a series of posts on her blog Choosing Raw that shed light on the problem with conflating health with beauty, offering insightful commentary on these topics. Here is an excerpt:

Do I think there’s some truth to the idea that healthy lifestyle habits can help to keep one looking trim and youthful? Sure. Do I think there’s any sort of guarantee? No, not really. I’ve met incredibly healthy women and men who did not necessarily emanate youth, and I’ve met many more women and men who have lifestyle habits I’d call pretty unhealthy (processed food, no exercise, alcohol/nicotine/drug addictions) who appear to be the picture of youthful beauty. Healthy habits may offer some promise of youthfulness and beauty (whatever “beauty” means), but there’s certainly no direct cause and effect relationship.

I highly encourage you to check out the post on Choosing Raw!

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Fresh green juice. Great for fasters and non-fasters alike.

In a relationship, fasting can be a complex situation. Body image and emotional issues are often heightened when one or both partners fast. Additionally, when people fast, they often choose to do enemas, have decreased energy and/or sex drive (though not always) require more sleep or less social interactions than when they are eating normally. When one partner fasts and the other one doesn’t, however, it can bring up some interesting issues. Here are my top tips for when you fast and your partner doesn’t (or vice versa):

1. If you are fasting, try your best to maximize times when you have the greatest energy to accomplish important tasks and spend quality time with your partner.

One of the most difficult things when fasting is to acknowledge that you may have less energy for engaging in typical activities. If you find that you have more energy at certain points of the day, try to maximize those times for doing important tasks and spending quality time with your partner. If you have more energy at 6am than any other time of day, perhaps you and your partner can work around that to hang out in your special way.

2. Engage in lower-energy activities together that you both enjoy.

Meditation, watching films, reading books, listening to relaxing music, writing or playing games together is a great way to still connect while one person has less energy.

3. Make juices for each other.

Just because one partner is fasting officially, that doesn’t mean you both can’t enjoy juice together, at least once a day. Now that my partner is fasting and I’m not, I find that I’m using it as an opportunity to drink more juice in addition to the regular meals that I’m enjoying. It’s nice to sit together while we do our own thing.

4. If you’re the non-faster, make sure you still have meals that you enjoy.

I struggled with this during my partner’s most recent fast, and I think it’s really crucial to highlight. It can be hard not to feel guilty enjoying food while your partner is abstaining, but it’s really important that each partner finds pleasure in whatever they’re doing. Just as one partner might try to make juices that they enjoy, the other partner should seek meals that bring them pleasure and nourishment. Some ideas: cook for/with friends, go out to dinner with friends or solo, cook for yourself and enjoy what you made while your partner sips juice.

5. Set appropriate boundaries when it comes to enemas.

While some couples may choose to engage in enemas together or feel no need to set boundaries, most couples can benefit from a dose of discretion. Schedule times when the partner doing enemas has time alone in the part of your apartment or house where enemas will take place, or plan to be out of the house when they do this. Then again, if you’re both cool with it, do as you feel best…

6. Try to minimize focus on weight or physical appearance.

People tend to drop weight quickly when they fast. They will likely get comments from  friends, but it’s best within your partnership not to focus on the topic of weight as it could encourage unhealthy dynamics for one or both partners. This is tricky especially between two women, who are often compared in same-sex relationships anyway.

7. Try to spend more time alone than usual.

In partnerships, there’s typically a balance between time spent alone, with friends, and together as a couple. During this time, it’s especially helpful to focus on doing activities that you both like doing that you prefer or enjoy to do alone. For instance, while my partner is fasting, I like to spend more time running with friends, working on my own projects and meditating on my own. She likes to do activities by herself too, and it works well with our different experiences to spend even more time doing things that make us both feel nourished in unique ways.

8.  Be kind to yourselves and each other!

Whatever you do, make sure that you respect yourself and your partner. You are both gorgeous creatures deserving of love, happiness, and nourishment in whatever form works for you at any given time.

Thanks for reading! I would love to hear how fasting has affected your partnership!

;) xo Sarah

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