Fat Burning Energy Boosting Beet Juice

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Need an energy boost? Look no further! This juice has all that you need to put that “pep” in your step, boost your workout, or if your an athlete, provide that last needed bit of competitive edge. Beets have actually become the new secret weapon among athletes. A study showed cyclists who drank a large serving of beet juice rode 20% longer! Beets are so under appreciated but they shouldn’t be. If you don’t like the taste of beets, I encourage you to try this juice recipe because it really does taste amazing!

Excellent health benefits of beets:

Lower high blood pressure
Oxygenate and strengthen the blood
Improves circulation
Prevents and fights cancer with betaine
Supports detoxification
Fights inflammation
High in immune boosting vitamins A, B, and C
High in many minerals such as Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Iron
Improves mental health with tryptophan
Boosts muscle power in heart patients

Check out my ingredients below…

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Once everything is juiced, filter it for a smoother taste.
Optional: add in 1/2 teaspoon Maca powder for an extra boost of energy

Other ingredients in this juice that support weight loss and boost energy…

COCONUT WATER: Hydrating the body has been scientifically proven to help with weight loss because a dehydrated body slows the metabolism. Hydrating the body fights fatigue and can suppress the appetite, increasing the body’s ability to metabolize stored fat.

PINEAPPLE: Fights inflammation and is a high water content food, helping you feel full and curb your appetite. It also contains an enzyme known as bromelain, which speeds up digestion and boosts the metabolism.

APPLE: Apple peels have a component known as ursolic acid, linked to a lower risk of obesity. Apples have been shown to energize you better than coffee!

CUCUMBER: Provides hydration and cleansing properties. They are a natural diuretic which can help banish water retention and bloating.

LEMON: Excellent toxin eliminators and alkalizers for the body. They can also acts as a mild diuretic helping to reduce bloat.

GINGER ROOT: Researchers at the Institute for Human Nutrition at Columbia University found enhanced thermogenesis and reduced feelings of hunger with ginger consumption. This thermogenic effect activates the metabolism.

CAYENNE: Peppers boosts the metabolism with fat burning properties and decrease the appetite. Eating spicy foods raise the body temperature. When the body temperature rises, it needs to be cooled so you burn more calories when the body goes through a cooling process.

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Love the color of this juice! I like my juices cold so I stuck my pitcher in the freezer for about an hour, excellent way to keep you going during your workout!

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by Lupita Ronquillo, holistic nutrition writer

Sources:
http://www.webmd.com/heart/news/20150921/beet-juice-boosts-muscle-power-in-heart-patients
http://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/research/title_145007_en.html
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/8-beet-benefits-aphrodisiac-brain-booster-more.html
http://www.livescience.com/36482-apple-peel-ursolic-acid-prevents-obesity.html
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22538118
http://www.webmd.com/diet/20110427/cayenne-pepper-may-burn-calories-curb-appetite

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Raw Pumpkin Carrot Cake with Pumpkin Cashew Frosting

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Pumpkin flavor is back and what better way to celebrate than with a pumpkin flavored carrot cake! I already stocked up my shelf with some canned pumpkin puree for smoothies but yesterday I decided to get a little more creative. I’ve made raw carrot cake before but for this one, I added cooked pumpkin and created a seasonal flavor for fall. I love carrot cake but what makes this one a lot healthier is most of the ingredients are raw! Adding pumpkin and carrots to any dessert can only maximize your intake of beta carotene and who couldn’t use that? Even the frosting was perfect and complimented the cake with just the right amount of pumpkin flavor!

Ingredients for Cake

  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups moistened dried plums
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (cooked)
  • 3/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dried coconut
  • 1/4 cup crushed pineapple (fresh)
  • 2 teaspoons ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice
  • juice of 1 lemon

Ingredients for Frosting

  • 1 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked
  • 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree (cooked)
  • 2 tablespoons pineapple juice (fresh)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder

Other Ingredients

  • raw slivered almonds
  • raw sprouted pumpkin seeds

Instructions

  1. After soaking cashews for about an hour, drain the water. Blend all the ingredients for about 2-3 minutes. Mixture should be very thick and smooth. Scrape out the frosting with a plastic spatula into a bowl, cover and chill until ready to use. The frosting will thicken up by the time your ready to frost the cake.
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    2. In a high powered blender or mixer, add lemon juice, pineapple, and pumpkin puree first. Then add the remaining ingredients. Pulse blend and stop to push down ingredients as needed until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed . Be careful not to over blend. You want to aim for a MINCED batter, not a smoothie batter.
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    2. Add half the batter into a small springform cake pan. If you don’t have a springform pan, you can just use a regular cake pan and line it with wax paper. Just make sure you leave enough sticking outside of the pan to be able to pull out the cake. The wax paper helps make removing the cake easier after its frozen. Press the cake batter down firmly into the pan. Create your middle layer by adding some frosting and almonds on top. You can add fruit such as crushed pineapple instead if you choose.

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3. Now add the remaining cake batter on top of the middle layer and press down firmly smoothing out the top. Cover and freeze for about 2-3 hours.
4. Once frozen, remove side rings and frost your cake. Its much easier to frost a raw cake when its frozen. Feel free to decorate your cake as you please. I kept it simple and just added almonds and sprouted pumpkin seeds on top. Hope you enjoy! 😉

by Lupita Ronquillo, holistic nutrition writer
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Creamy Peppers and Mexican Squash

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We should all eat more squash. For one, they are grown all over the U.S. and easy to find. We can find them at our grocery store, local farmers market, or at any roadside vegetable stand. Second, they contain a litany of health benefits. They’re low in calories supporting weight loss, and provide a good source of vitamin A & C, folate, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium. They’re also high in fiber. Best of all, they’re easy to cook or “uncook” since we can eat them raw too! Among the many ways of preparing squash, this dish was easy to make and creamy delicious taste! Enjoy 🙂

Ingredients

  • 3 Mexican squash, cut into 1 inch thick pieces
  • 2 green bell peppers, cut the same way
  • 1/2 red onion, cut long and somewhat thin
  • 1 cup Daiya mozzarella shreds
  • 3 tablespoons Tofutti sour cream or plain vegan yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • salt, pepper, onion powder to taste

Instructions

1. Start by spraying olive oil in a hot skillet on medium heat. Cook the squash, peppers, and onions until 90% softened, about 10 minutes.
2. Add spices, salt, and garlic and cook another 3 minutes.
3. Lower heat and stir in vegan sour cream until all the veggies are coated
4. Top with vegan cheese shreds and cover. Remove from heat and allow the steam to melt the cheese. Serves 4-6 persons.

by Lupita Ronquillo, holistic nutrition writer

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Raw Cauliflower Couscous Salad

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If your trying to cut back on calories and get more veggies in your diet, here is a great recipe holding the grains. You can actually imitate the texture of rice and couscous by simply preparing cauliflower using a high powered blender for only a few seconds. Most people don’t eat enough broccoli much less cauliflower but these foods fight cancer! There are many studies linking cauliflower and cruciferous vegetables to preventing bladder, breast, colon, prostate, and ovarian cancers. Steaming or boiling cauliflower which is the most common way of preparing it can destroy most of its precious phyto-nutrients, specifically sulforaphane. The benefit of pulverizing cauliflower raw in the blender is that this process counts as “chopping” which is how sulforaphane is born in broccoli and cauliflower. This is the phyto-nutrient known to fight cancer. So change it up and get more raw with this delicious recipe!

Health benefits of eating more cauliflower:

High in vitamin C
High in B vitamins
High in fiber
High in folate
Builds the immune system
Very low calorie
Super rich in antioxidants
Anti-inflammation
Prevents and fights cancer
Supports digestion
Detoxifies the body

Ingredients

  • 1 head organic cauliflower
  • 2-3 rainbow radishes, minced
  • 2-3 shredded carrots
  • 1 small green bell pepper, minced
  • 1/2 cup purple cabbage, chopped
  • 1/2 cup or more minced flat-leafed parsley (forgot to add it in mine)
  • 2-3 tablespoons vegenaise
  • 2 tablespoons raw sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
  • dash or 2 of pepper

Instructions

1. Add one fully chopped cauliflower into high powered blender and pulverize until shredded. It literally will look like couscous or rice.

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2. In a large bowl, mix in all ingredients.

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Depending on how big your cauliflower was, this recipe makes about 6-8 servings. It can stay fresh stored in the refrigerator for about 2 days. Feel free to add any other spices or ingredients you wish such as cucumbers, olives, sun dried tomatoes, etc. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did! My toddler loved it! 🙂

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by Lupita Ronquillo, holistic nutrition writer

Red Chili Vegan Enchiladas

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I love these enchiladas! They were so rich and creamy and loaded with mouthwatering red chili flavor! If you’ve decided to try this recipe and are thinking of just buying a can of red chili sauce at the store, allow me to change your mind! The secret to making your enchiladas taste amazing is in the sauce you use. Store bought sauces don’t come close to the flavors you’ll get by simply making your own. For the rich and delicious red chili sauce my husband made, check back for my next post… 😉

Ingredients

  • 12-15 organic corn tortillas (we used Mi Rancho brand)
  • 2 cups Daiya mozerella style shredded cheese
  • 2 cups red chili (homemade is best!)
  • 1 cup black beans and brown rice mixed
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced baby portobello mushrooms
  • 1/2 cups minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup minced red onion
  • mixed baby greens
  • garlic and onion powder
  • Olive oil spray

Instructions

1. In a glass baking dish, layer 3-4 corn tortillas. Depending on the shape of your dish, you may need to cut some tortillas in half to cover the corners.
2. Lightly spray olive oil with each layer of tortillas and then sprinkle garlic and onion powder on top.
3. Next, pour and cover red chili over corn tortillas until completely covered.
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4. Then layer some of the black beans and rice and some sliced mushrooms.
5. Now layer some mixed baby greens, cilantro, and red onion.
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6. Top with Daiya cheese and then some more red chili.
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7. Repeat steps 2-5 for about 3-4 layers or depending on how much your making.
8. After your done layering, top with 3 or 4 corn tortillas and pour remaining red chili on top.
9. Cover and bake at 375 degrees for about 20-25 minutes.

Makes about 8 servings. Goes nice with a green leaf and cucumber salad! 🙂

by Lupita Ronquillo, holistic nutrition writer