Apple, Beet, Strawberry & Ginger Fresh Juice Recipe


Beets are high in antioxidants and offer anti-inflammatory properties and detoxifying benefits. A natural blood purifier beets also help to eliminate kidney stones, cleanse the intestines, liver and gallbladder. While offering great healing support for the eyes, by fighting off age-related eye problems that involve the macula and retina. Betalain is what gives beets their beautiful aubergine color, it’s also the phytonutrient responsible for the many healing effects. Unfortunately much of betalain is lost when cooking, so its great to add raw beets to a fresh juice mix at least once a week. Because of its great detoxifying abilities, first time drinkers should begin with small amounts until their bodies have adjusted. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day after having this juice.

Ingredients:

2 large organic Apples
1 small organic Beet root
6 large organic Strawberries
6 Parsley sprigs
1/2-inch Ginger Root

Prepare:

This is a juicer recipe, unfortunately this mixture would not do well in a blender. If you have a juicer which separates the pulp from the juice, then cut all into juicer friendly sizes. If not, then peel the apples,beet & ginger and remove the stems from the strawberries . Enjoy!

Guacamole (Inflammatory Culprits Free)

When eating for good health always buy local and or organic and focus on anti-inflammatory foods.  If buying local is a challenge, then consider Trader Joes as an inexpensive options.   Each store will vary in terms of quality, but I personally love the avocados from my local Trader Joes.  If shopping at other stores look for PLU #s 94046, 94225 and 94770 for Organic Hass Avocados.  Trader Joes buys in bulk and ships to each of its stores, so the avocados could be from a number of different places such as; California, Mexico, Chile, Dominican Republic or New Zealand.  Sometimes the country of origin will be included on the label. Another very reliable store is Wholefoods.  They offer both organic and conventional produce. They frequently purchase from local farmers, which is an amazing bonus.  The prices are a little higher as a result, but it’s completely worth it.  When avocados are picked and how they are stored affects their carbohydrate, starch and sugar content and level of anti-inflammatory healing properties. This is why its important to purchase your produce from someone who cares as much as you do. There are many known inflammatory culprits, so my recipes will exclude them.  Peppers being one of them, please feel free to add if you have no issue with this flavorful option.  Be sure to look for an article explaining these known culprits. Enjoy The Positive Pear ‘s version of Guacamole.
Guacamole Inflammatory Culprits Free:
  • 5-6 Organic Hass Avocados
  • 1/4 cup of fresh Cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons minced Shallots (substitution: onion or green onion)
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed Lime juice (substitution: lemon juice)
Anaheim peppers make a nice addition to this guacamole recipe, if you are fine with digesting these or do not have a chronic inflammatory contion, then feel free to add:
1/4 to 1/3 cup chopped & seeded Anaheim peppers (lime green-not spicy but completely optional)
Rinse avocados. Cut in half. Spoon out pit. Spoon avocado out of peel into medium mixing bowl and mash with fork or potato masher. Add all remaining ingredients and mash to blend. Serve with slices of fennel or celery.

Kale, Cucumber, Lemon & Fresh Juice Recipe

A Great Anti-Inflammatory Green Drink & My Absolute Favorite:

Kale, Cucumber, Lemon & Ginger Recipe:

6-8 clean Kale leaves (any variety)

1 to 2 organic English Cucumbers

1 Lemon

1 bunch of Parsley

1 inch of Ginger Root

1 cup of Water for blender only

If you do not have a juicer that separates the pulp from the juice, then peel all fruit and remove seeds from lemon.  When using a juicer, start with Kale, followed by the remainder of ingredients, strain using a drink strainer & drink. Or combine all ingredients in the blender, in which case you’ll want to make sure that you’ve pealed your cucumbers, ginger and lemon, also removing seeds. (Note: high powered blenders work best for liquefying ingredients) Once blended if your mixture is too thick, simply add water.  You can drink both the pulp and the juice or strain, drink and enjoy.

Purchasing tip: purchase local and organic whenever possible, especially when eating for the purpose of healing or controlling inflammation.

Juice, drink & enjoy!!

Be sure to check “The Positive Pear” article on  the healing benefits of juicing entitled “Can Juicing Cure Disease”

Need a blender or juicer? Check out “The Positive Pear’s recommendations”

Other Positive Pear Recipes: Nutritional, Gluten-Free, Diary-Free, Low-Starch & Inflammation Friendly Recipes

Raw Kale Salad with Lemon & Anchovy Vinaigrette

I absolutely love Kale in all of its glorious varieties and prepared in many different ways. I often eat kale as a side or an as entire meal, because of its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, cholesterol-lowering  and cancer fighting benefits.  This is a fun, tasty recipe for anyone looking to add more vitamin K to their diets.  This dish is perfect for a low-starch/balanced protein diet, and to make more vegan friendly simply omit the anchovies & eggs.  If your not growing your own Dinosaur Kale, be sure to pick up a few bunches from your local Farmer’s Market, Whole Foods or the Organic Produce section of your local grocery store.

Beautiful Kale of Many Names: Dinosaur, Tuscan & Lacinato:

Ingredients:

  • 14 ounces organic Dinosaur Kale, devein & remove large stem, thinly slice crosswise (makes approx 8 cups)
  • 6 Anchovy fillets packed in olive oil, drained (Trader Joe’s/approx 174 mg of sodium)
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed organic Lemon Juice
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon 365 Organic Dijon Mustard (Whole Foods) or Spicy Brown Mustard (Trader Joe’s)
  • 3/4 cup Extra-Virgin Cold Pressed Olive Oil
  •  Freshly ground Black Pepper
  • 1 hard-boiled Egg, peeled

Prepare:

Vinaigrette: Combine the organic lemon juice, anchovies, garlic & mustard in a blender; purée until smooth. Keep the blender running while you very slowly pour in the oil. Season with freshly cracked pepper to taste. Cover and chill.  Can be made 2 days ahead & kept refrigerated.

Using a microplane zester/grater and a small bowl, grate your hard-boiled egg.  I personally choose to use only the egg white, but if you prefer not to waste your egg, continue to grate the yolk as well.  Grating can be done up to 6 hours ahead, simply cover, chill & store separately from other ingredients.

Toss kale and creamy dressing in a large bowl to coat. Add additional freshly cracked pepper if needed. Top with grated eggs and voilà!  Enjoy as a meal or serve as a side dish, compliments of “The Positive Pear”  (to modify for vegan friendly avoid the egg & anchovy)

Other Positive Pear Kale Recipes: “Kale”

Fresh Raw Ginger-Cranberry Relish

Light, Vibrant & Palate Cleansing!

Natural Raw Cranberries having amazing healing attributes. Research shows that this small, amazing red fruit might be instrumental in cleansing and soothing the kidneys, fighting bacteria which leads to stomach ulcers, as well as supporting cardiovascular & liver function.  They are also high in antioxidants and provide many anti-inflammatory benefits. Combined with Ginger Root, you have double the healing power, as ginger is great for digestion & is known to reduce inflammation.

Ingredients:

12 oz Bag of Fresh Organic Cranberries

2 Oranges Juiced & Zest from 1 Orange

2 Tsp Lemon Juiced & Zest

2 Tsp Fresh Ginger Root

1 Shallot Minced

2 Tbls of Agave Nectar

Prepare:

In a food processor chop the ginger root until fine, add the orange & lemon juice with zest of both, add the cranberries, and pulse the motor until the berries are finely chopped (broken not mushy). Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in Agave. Cover & chill the relish for a minimum of 30 minutes. This relish keeps, covered and chilled, for up to 2 weeks.

TIP: Using a microplane zester/grater will produce lighter, fluffier zest.  If your relish is to tart, simply add more Agave to taste.  Serve as you would any cranberry sauce or relish.

Enjoy!

Check on some other healthy, healing recipes here on the “The Positive Pear”, Article: The Healing Power of Ginger