Vegan Cinnamon Spiced Horchata

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I updated this traditional Mexican drink by making it dairy-free, but it's still full of flavor and nutrients! When you begin to try new recipes out, you'll realize that you can upgrade a lot of other recipes you used to make, by taking out inflammatory ingredients such as dairy, flour, and sugar. This recipe is the perfect example!

The soaked rice blended together with water and almond milk provide a silky smooth texture, and the dates add a natural sweetness. Cinnamon is one of my favorite spices to use especially during the holiday season, it just has that warming effect on your soul. This drink is a great alcohol free option to offer your guests during the holidays and if you want to add alcohol to half of your batch, feel free to add some rum to the mix.

I remember when I first started transitioning my diet, I would make classic dishes I loved and craved but would use healthier substitutes. For example, I would make pancakes and oatmeal using GF oats, almond milk, flaxseed eggs, and maple syrup instead of eggs, milk, and flour. The flavor was still there, but the inflammatory ingredients were gone! I began to have more energy, was able to work out harder, think more clearly, and was getting sick a lot less! The better and better I felt, the more motivated I became and I just kept searching for healthy restaurants and recipes, because when you have a variety of options available, you won't be missing anything. I promise you! You'll only be excited about trying all these new things!

So I hope you enjoy testing this recipe out and please let me know what you think in the comments below! 


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Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup basmati rice
  • 6 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup unsweetened plain 
  • 8-9 pitted medjool dates 
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cinnamon stick 

Instructions

  1. Soak the rice in 2 cups of hot water for at least 2 hours. The rice should be soft and easily break in half. Drain and add to a blender.
  2. Add 4 cups water, almond milk, dates, vanilla, and the cinnamon stick, top with lid and cover with a towel to ensure it doesn't splash. Blend for about 5 minutes until the mixture is extremely smooth and there aren't any large pieces of dates or cinnamon. 
  3. Taste your horchata to see if it needs more dates for sweetness or if its too sweet you can add more almond milk. 
  4. In two batches, pour the mixture over a bowl or pitcher covered with ca cheesecloth or a nut milk bag. This will sift out all of the pulp and make your horchata nice and smooth. 
  5. Strain the mixture until only pulp remains in the cloth, squeezing to get every last drop out. Set nut milk bag aside with pulp aside. 
  6. Next, whisk together the mixture and pour into a mason jar and keep in your fridge for up to 3 days. Serve your horchata over ice with a cinnamon stick for garnish and enjoy!

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Dragon Fruit Smoothie

I've been making smoothies without bananas or dates lately to decrease my sugar and carb intake especially earlier in the morning. Using coconut meat or avocados instead of bananas emphasizes on eating more healthy fats, which are still filling and low-glycemic. 

Avoiding sweet and high carb foods in the morning will help decrease sugar cravings throughout the day. This smoothie does contain fruit but not a lot of high carb fruits and the dragon fruit packets are unsweetened. 

The best part about this smoothie is that it's naturally bright pink! Dragon fruit is naturally bright fuschia pink. It's also filled with iron, fiber, and magnesium, which should be incorporated into our daily diet. 

The cocao powder makes this smoothie taste like a chocolate milkshake, for all you chocolate lovers out there. Hope you enjoy it!



Ingredients:

2 packets of Pitaya Plus

1/2 cup fresh blueberries

1/2 cup mango

1/2 cup almond or coconut milk

1 Tbsp. Cocao powder

1/2 Tbsp. Maca powder


Instructions:

1. Blend together all ingredients until smooth. Add more almond milk if it needs to be less thick. Enjoy! 

4 Juice Cleanse Recipes

Written by: Jen Marley 


Whether you’re looking to upgrade your nutrition or you overdid it with the holiday goodies, a juice cleanse is a great way to reboot your health. Juicing has numerous benefits, and has even been shown to lower blood pressure, combat arthritis, and fight various diseases. A juice cleanse takes it one step further, fully immersing you in all that juicing has to offer. So, what exactly is a cleanse? It’s when you have nothing but fresh juice, water, and herbal tea for five days, and it’s just what it sounds like – cleansing! It floods your system with much-needed nutrients, and helps rid your body of all the things that can make you feel sluggish. Plus, if you’re looking to improve your eating habits, a juice cleanse will help prepare you for your healthy transition.

Many people who undergo a juice cleanse feel not only a physical change, but a spiritual one as well. It’s a well deserved rest for both your body and your soul. It’s not something that should be entered into lightly, though. A successful cleanse requires planning and preparation. Get yourself ready by following a mostly vegan diet the week leading up to your cleanse, as well as alcohol and caffeine. This way, you’re body won’t be in total shock when it goes straight from regular steak & potatoes and a glass of wine a night to nothing but juice. Even if you already have a very healthy diet, preparing your body is necessary for a smooth transition into your cleanse. You’ll also want to spend the week after your cleanse is over following the same routine. This way, you’ll be more likely to stick to your health goals and retain the benefits your body gained during the cleanse.

Another important step in your preparation is finding recipes that you’ll actually like! A juice cleanse isn’t about deprivation. It’s about recharging your batteries in a healthful and delicious way. That’s why we at Select Juicers put together this infographic – to give you four of our favorite juice recipes to include as part of your cleanse! With these scrumptious concoctions, we’re sure that you will be a juicer for life. You may even decide to start growing your own fruits and veggies! If so, Bren Haas has a fantastic gardening blog that will be a great resource for you.

Even if gardening isn’t your thing, we are confident that your juice cleanse will be a beneficial experience, and one that you’ll look forward to repeating. If you have trouble viewing the info-graphic we put together, just scroll down past the image to find the same great recipes. Now, let’s raise a glass (of juice) to your juice cleansing endeavors. Cheers!



4 JUICE CLEANSING RECIPES

If you’re planning to do a juice cleanse, you don’t want to go into it blind. Just throwing random vegetables in your juicer can lead to a less than pleasant juicing experience. You need combinations that are going to be tasty, filling, and of course, nutritious! These recipes accomplish all of that, and add some great variety and color to your cleanse. Enjoy!


GREEN

Recipe – Courtesy of What’s Gaby Cooking

  • 3 leaves kale, stem removed, roughly chopped
  • 1 handful spinach leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 bunch parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 English cucumber
  • 2 sticks celery, roughly chopped
  • 1 apple, halved and seeds removed
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger
  • 1 lemon, rind removed

Benefits

Spinach, kale, and romaine are all really high in iron and magnesium. Parsley fights bad breath, and celery is high in potassium. The ginger will aid your digestion, and the lemon will give you a burst of energy, making this the perfect breakfast juice.


ORANGE

Recipe – Courtesy of Mind Body Green

  • 4 carrots
  • 1 cm fresh ginger
  • 1 green apple
  • 1/2 lemon

*Be sure to remove the rind from the lemon before adding it to the juicer.

Benefits

Carrots are super high in vitamin A, lending to healthier eyes, healthier skin, and preventing heart disease and fighting inflammation. While apples add sweetness, they are also full of flavonoids that help prevent asthma, and their high vitamin C content promotes bone health and boosts the immune system. This fiber-filled drink will keep you full during your mid-day slump.


YELLOW

Recipe – Courtesy of Tess Ward

  • 1/2 large pineapple (peeled and cubed)
  • 2 apples
  • 1/2 lemon (peeled)
  • a knob of ginger
  • a handful mint leaves

Benefits

This juice is a fantastic start to any cleanse. While the ginger works to speed up your digestion, the mint soothes cramps, bloating, and nausea, and the pineapple works as an anti-inflammatory. Sweet and soothing, this juice works cleansing wonders.


RED

Recipe – Courtesy of Raw Juice Cleanse Recipes

  • 3 beets
  • 5 stalks celery
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 bunch spinach
  • 2 apples
  • 1 knuckle ginger
  • 1 knuckle turmeric
  • 1 clove garlic

*Makes 42 ounces

Benefits

If you’re cleansing to help with high blood pressure, this delicious juice is a must. Celery, beets, blueberries, ginger and turmeric are all amazing at lowering blood pressure and reducing stress. Combined with the antioxidants and iron found in beets, the protein in spinach, and the immune-boosting power of apples, this juice will fill you up and lead to a healthier you.


Tropical Smoothie

I usually make the same few smoothies at home, made with berries and cocao powder, but when I received my colorful box of Natalie's hand crafted juices I was immediately inspired to create something different!

I went with using their mango orange juice, because those are two of my favorite juices put together, so you can't really go wrong. 

Just because I don't live in a tropical paradise (which one day I hope to) doesn't mean I can't treat myself to the fruits that grow there. This smoothie celebrates all of those fresh, tart, and sweet flavors. Filled with coconut, banana, pineapple, mango, and fresh orange juice. 

Making something as simple as a smoothie can just bring you back to that time you were at the beach, and hey, if you're lucky enough to be living on a beach take this smoothie with you! 



Ingredients:



Instructions: 

1. Blend all of the ingredients together until mixture is smooth. 

2. Pour smoothie mixture into glass and top off with a few coconut chips. Enjoy! 



Infused Water

This recipe is part of Dig Inn's Wellness Series. Dig Inn is a farm-to-counter restaurant serving up real, good food here in NYC with a focus on seasonal, vegetable-friendly cooking.



Not only are these waters pretty to look at, but they are also flavorful and detoxifying. I recommend drinking plenty of water throughout the day, about 9 glasses, and infusing your water adds a fun twist to an everyday routine. Getting bored of drinking plain old water every day?  Using fresh organic ingredients guarantees flavor and beneficial nutrients.

I decided to make 4 different recipes, although I wanted to make way more! The combinations are unlimited!

I used large 800 ML mason jars for this recipe. For more flavor allow these to infuse overnight. You can stir and drink them right away, but they will have more flavor the longer they sit. I also continue to refill them with water once I’ve finished drinking them, until the fruit doesn’t have any more juice to ad to the water. You can get about 2-3 servings per jar.


Pineapple Ginger Infused Water

My favorite flavor was the pineapple and ginger infused water. The pineapple adds a nice tart sweetness and the ginger adds a little spice. Pineapple is extremely rich in vitamin C, Vitamin B-6, potassium, magnesium, and antioxidants. Did you know that pineapple contains half of the daily-recommended value of vitamin C? Fresh pineapple is not only sweet and delicious, but it also aids in detoxing your body, thanks to the presence of bromelian, a powerful digestive enzyme. This enzyme has been proven to aid in digesting protein, breaking down fats, and reducing inflammation. Pineapple is also packed with manganese, which has been recommended by nutritionists as a way to boost your mood if you’re experiencing symptoms of PMS.  Ginger helps to alleviate pain and inflammation, stimulates circulation, and also settles your stomach if feeling nauseous.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 2 inch piece of ginger (thinly sliced)
  • Water

Strawberry, Cucumber, and Mint Infused Water

The second recipe is infused with cucumber, strawberries, and fresh mint. Cucumbers are known to reduce your risk of cancer, fight inflammation, and the B vitamins found in cucumbers help to manage stress. Strawberries are an immunity booster because they are an excellent source of vitamin C. They also promote eye health, fight bad cholesterol, and aid in weight management. Mint calms indigestion, is a natural stimulant and fights against fatigue and depression. It also contains an antioxidant, which is known to relieve symptoms of seasonal allergies. This mixture is super powerful!

Ingredients:

  •  ¼ cucumber thinly sliced
  • 5 strawberries
  • 3 sprigs of mint leaves
  • Water

Orange, Kiwi, and Blueberry Infused Water

The orange, kiwi, and blueberry infused water is citrusy and delicious! Oranges are full of vitamin C and great for immunity, and are full of beta-carotene, which is a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from being damaged. Kiwi’s are rich is vitamin C and this helps to improve skin texture, prevent damage caused by the sun, and smooth wrinkles. The blueberries are rich in antioxidants, which are also great for your skin.

Ingredients:

  • 1 small orange
  • 1 kiwi
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • Water 

Melon Infused Water

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The melon water is infused with watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew melon. This is rich in vitamin C and Vitamin A, and Vitamin A is important for healthy teeth, skin, bone and mucous membranes. It helps the vision system by promoting retinal health.

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 chunks watermelon
  • 4-5 chunks cantaloupe
  • 4-5 chunks honeydew melon
  • Water 


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Cocao Goji Berry Smoothie


My smoothie creating method seems to be, "oh I see that ingredient I like, now what else can I put in there?" And I have to say it seems to be working. There was no planning or measuring really with this recipe, all the ingredients combined perfectly together.

I've been having a love affair with cocao as of recently, and its what I really enjoy adding to my smoothies. It doesn't hurt that its also rich in iron, antioxidants, and magnesium either, but mostly I like the flavor. Especially when combined with my homemade almond milk, and some fruit!

If you're a lover of cocao, goji berries, coconut, and almond milk, well then, say no more, because  this smoothie was  basically made for you! Blend, drink up, and enjoy! 


Makes One Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ripe banana (frozen) 
  • 1 Tbsp. Goji berries
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut chips
  • 3 Tbsp. cocao powder
  • 1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 medjool date

Instructions:

1.  Blend together ingredients until mixture is smooth and creamy. If you didn't freeze the banana, then add 2-3 ice cubes. 

2. Drink, and enjoy!