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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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I thought I’d do a little round-up of my favorite vegan dishes in Philly! As you can see, some of them are raw, some aren’t, but they’re all vegan, mostly gluten-free (I think!) and are completely delicious. They are in no particular order.

10. “Clean” Green Juice

Where to get it: Jar Bar in Center City

My favorite juice in the city, hands down. “Clean” contains: cucumber, celery, romaine, spinach, kale. $5.50 for 16oz is very fair and makes this my go-to juice when on the go in Philly.

9. Chickpea Salad with Falafel

Where to get it: SweetGreen in University City.

This salad is delicious. SweetGreen is amazing, and so close to where I live it’s almost criminal. (Image.)

8. Banana Whip, aka “Frobana”

Where to get it: HipCityVeg in Rittenhouse Square

A long time ago, Gena Hamshaw figured out how to make frozen bananas into truly magical soft-serve ice cream using only a food processor or green star juicer, empowering legions of vegans to make the treat for themselves. HipCityVeg, which opened a little while ago, serves this healthful vegan twist on soft serve from 10a-10p each day of the week! I love that I can get this whenever I’m remotely near Rittenhouse Square. Everything is remotely near Rittenhouse Square, and for that I am very, very grateful. (Image)

7. Brussels Sprouts shaved and grilled with smoked mustard

Where to get it: Vedge Restaurant, when it’s featured on the “Dirt List”

This dish is unreal. Shaved, grilled and smoked, these Brussels Sprouts are unlike any I have ever tried before. Crisp, savory, and slightly crunchy bits grace each sauce-coated shaved Brussels sprouts mound. I ordered this dish both times I have had the privilege of dining at Vedge and was consistently thrilled. Pure vegetable bliss. (Image)

6. Brown Rice Inari

Where To Get it: Mizu (in various locations throughout the city)

Inari is so amazing. It’s traditionally made with sushi rice wrapped in fried bean curd, but Mizu makes a version with brown rice that’s a tad more healthful and really delicious. You have to specially request it with brown rice but it’s totally worth it! (Image.)

5. Sea Vegetable Salad

Where to get it: Vegan Tree on South St.

Generous chunks of wakame, fresh greens and other veggies, plus sesame seeds and well-prepared tofu. A truly delicious option for pre-made seaweed salad–the best I’ve found in Philly so far. (Image)

4. Vegan Bubble Tea

Where to get it: Vegan Tree on South St.

While some controversy abounds as to whether bubble tea is safe, for now I’m a huge fan of the bubble tea options at Vegan Tree. Completely vegan bubble tea is semi hard to come by in Philly, so these are a real find. I love the green tea, coconut, and Jasmine green tea flavors best, but have a (tapioca) ball and enjoy what you will! (Image)

3. Chocolate Coconut-Based Vegan Soft-Serve

Where To Get it: Pure Fare, Center City

This soft serve is out of this world good. Coconut-based soft serve has arrived to Philly and it’s unbelievable. (Image.)

2. Gluten-Free Vegan Cake Balls

Where to get it: Sweet Freedom on South St.

Sweetened with low glycemic coconut sugar, these gluten-free, soy-free, corn-free confections from Sweet Freedom are made with high-quality ingredients and taste like a chocolate Universe just collided in on itself to form black (brown?) holes of deliciousness. These are gone in just a few bites. Perfect. Image.

1. “Green Delight (w/ Spirulina)” Popcorn

Where to get it: Atiya Ola’s Spirit First Foods in West Philly.

This spirulina-coated popcorn is like crack for those of us who love algae snacks. And who doesn’t love algae snacks?

Thanks for reading! I’d love to hear in the comments which dishes you love to enjoy in Philly that I haven’t listed here ;)

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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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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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If you’ve got a juicer, a juice bar, or a raw restaurant nearby, you’ve probably figured out how to get your hands on nutrient-dense liquid nutrition. But did you know that you can also make juice in your blender? With the help of a nut mylk bag (available at health food stores and online) or even cheese cloth if you’re in a pinch, you can use your plain old blender to make delicious juice. To be fair, I tend to make blended juice in a Vitamix and it’s been awhile since I’ve used a less advanced blender to get the job done, but I have done it, and yes, it does work.

This weekend, while visiting my brother Asher in Los Angeles, he took a few breaks from working on exciting projects at his film studio Pollution Studios to drink juice and hang with me. Here is the technique and recipe we used to make juice together!

Juice In A Blender! (Serves 1-2)

1. Chop all veggies, fruit, greens.

2. Blend all  ingredients.

3. Pour smoothie mix into a bowl with a nut mylk bag or cheesecloth. Pictured is a cheesecloth straining system.

4. Remove pulp-filled nut mylk bag or cheese cloth (freeze or immediately use in other recipes, if you’d like!) and pour strained juice into vessels of your choice.

My brother…enjoying fresh juice!

Voila! Enjoy! How do you like to make or get your juice? ;)

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