All tagged Vitamin C

Cucumber Lime Celery Juice

Most green juices on the market are sneakily loaded with sugar from too much fruit, fruit juice, or fruit concentrate, which can cause blood sugar spikes, inflammation, and weight gain.  This Cucumber Lime Celery Juice is made with hydrating green veggies and lime, keeping sugar content low, while providing your body with vitamin C, chlorophyll, and antioxidants to boost your immune system. 

Serves: 2

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 0 minutes

What (your ingredients):

1 large cucumber

4 celery stalks, rinsed

1 lime

2 cups cold water

How (your directions):

Slice the cucumber into 4 large chunks and add to a highspeed blender. 

Chop each celery stalk into 2-3 pieces and add to the blender.

Squeeze the juice of one lime into blender.  Add 2 cups of cold water.

Blend on high for 1 minute. 

Place a nut milk bag into a pitcher.  Pour cucumber lime celery juice through the nut milk bag, and squeeze the bag until all the juice is in the pitcher and only the pulp remains in the nut milk bag.

Enjoy immediately or store in fridge for a day to be enjoyed later!

Why (the science):  Green juices do not contain fiber, healthy fats, or protein- so don’t replace meals with them.  However, this green juice provides an additional way to hydrate and helps you get more antioxidants in your body between balanced meals!

 

Strawberry Pepper Gazpacho

Strawberry Pepper Gazpacho is sweet with a kick!  The strawberries balance the spiciness of the jalapeno, and the peppers add body and texture to this bountiful summer soup.  I poured my gazpacho into two clean pasta sauce jars, making these the perfect grab-and-go meals or afternoon snacks.  Because it can be enjoyed cold or room temperature, strawberry pepper gazpacho can be enjoyed anywhere, be that work, school, outdoor festival, or picnic!

Serves: 2

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 0 minutes

What (your ingredients):

1 lb. strawberries, rinsed (keep the green stems on!)

1 yellow pepper

1 orange pepper

6-8 small tomatoes

1 jalapeno, veins and seeds removed

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

How (your directions):

Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor and blend until almost smooth but leaving a little texture.

Serve immediately or keep in the fridge for 4 days.

Enjoy!

Why (the science):  With colors like orange, yellow, and red, this soup is truly overflowing with vitamin C and antioxidants 😊

 

*Recipe updated from Purple Carrot

Lemon Orzo with Artichoke Hearts and Asparagus

Bright and fresh, this pasta salad can be enjoyed hot, cold, or room temperature!  This recipe makes enough to serve 8, but I love to packservings in mason jars to take with me to work throughout the week.  Dinner plus meal prep for the week?  Check and check 😊

Why (the science):  Herbs are often used only as a garnish, but they have so much nutritional power!  Parsley plays the lead with artichoke hearts and asparagus to provide an abundance of vitamin C and folic acid, which play critical roles in our immune system and heart health.