Kiwi Wheatgrass Juice

Kiwi Wheatgrass JuiceJuice might not be the typical Sunday Funday beverage, but I’ve got another yummy green one for you today! This week I made the fatal mistake of going to Whole Foods hungry and left with five trillion bazillion dollars worth of produce that I’m determined to not let go to waste. Oh, hello there, juicer.

Kiwi Wheatgrass Juice

Kiwi Wheatgrass Juice

Yield: 8-10oz

Kiwi Wheatgrass Juice

Ingredients

  • 1 small apple
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 2 kiwis, peeled
  • 3 kale leaves
  • 6 parsley stalks
  • 3 chard leaves
  • ½ cucumber
  • Wheatgrass (a clump about a dime’s width)

Instructions

  1. Run everything through your juicer. Ball up the wheatgrass into a little knot before putting through the appliance for the biggest juice yield.
http://pumpsandiron.com/2014/04/20/kiwi-wheatgrass-juice/

Kiwi Wheatgrass JuiceAfter a green juice and some breakfast, I’m off to teach a couple classes at Btone today. A nice healthy start to my Sunday that I’ll probably completely cancel out later on with some real Sunday Funday drinks. ;)

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Crock Pot Tomato Soup with Popcorn “Croutons”

Crock Pot Tomato Soup (Vegan) with Popcorn "Croutons"When I was out in Colorado a couple months ago, a restaurant we ate at had soup on the menu that was served with popcorn instead of croutons or crackers. Maybe this is a common thing and I’m just behind the times, but it was a total why didn’t I think of that?? moment.

Crock Pot Tomato Soup (Vegan) with Popcorn "Croutons"

Popcorn (real popcorn—not movie popcorn slathered in butter or caramel chocolate popcorn or cheese-covered popcorn) is a low-calorie snack option, and its texture makes it pretty flippin’ perfect as a healthy soup topping (especially if you’re gluten-free!). In a recent post, I mentioned that Clean, Lean & Sexy had sent me some of their healthy snacks to try out, and I couldn’t wait to put their popcorn to use.

Crock Pot Tomato Soup (Vegan) with Popcorn "Croutons"

I got annihilated by allergies this past week (I’ve never had them this bad before—it was awful!), and my cold-like symptoms were craving some good ol’ tomato soup. This one is ridiculously easy to make (gotta love crock pots!) and vegan.

Crock Pot Tomato Soup (Vegan) with Popcorn "Croutons"

Crock Pot Tomato Soup with Popcorn “Croutons”

Yield: 11-12 cups

Crock Pot Tomato Soup with Popcorn “Croutons”

A vegan tomato soup made in the crock pot and topped with popcorn.

Ingredients

  • 2lbs fresh Roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped (= about 6-7 large ones)
  • ¼ cup packed fresh basil
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 small-medium onion, diced
  • 3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Popcorn (or topping of choice)

Instructions

  1. Over medium heat, sauté onions, celery and carrots in a little extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper until onions are translucent (6-7 minutes).
  2. Dump everything except the almond milk and popcorn into a crock pot, give it a couple stirs, and cook on low for 5 hours.
  3. Put it in a blender for a couple minutes until smooth (do this in batches).
  4. Stir in the almond milk.
  5. Top with popcorn and enjoy!

Notes

This is a thin(ner) soup. If you prefer your soup thick, leave out 1 cup veggie broth and 1 cup almond milk.

http://pumpsandiron.com/2014/04/17/crock-pot-tomato-soup-with-popcorn-croutons/

Crock Pot Tomato Soup (Vegan) with Popcorn "Croutons"

Have you ever used popcorn as a soup topping?

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P.S. Sorry for the lack of blog posts this week! Life keeps getting in the way, and I figure it’s better to just prepare awesome blog posts for next week rather than throw up a bunch of quickie junk posts this week.

Cinnamon Sweet Potato “Dessert” Juice

Cinnamon Sweet Potato "Dessert" JuiceI normally drink juice first thing in the morning to start my day off with a big boost of nutrients. For that reason, on a typical day, I’ll make some sort of green juice. But the more indulgent juices—sweet potato juice, cashew juice, all-fruit juice, etc.—are great to have on hand if you’re doing any sort of cleanse and want to feel really satisfied. Typically these are the last juice you have during the day so that you go to bed feeling full and happy.

This juice is a total treat. The sweet potato gives it a thicker, creamier texture, and the cinnamon makes you feel like you’re drinking some sort of seasonal fall dessert.

Cinnamon Sweet Potato "Dessert" Juice

Cinnamon Sweet Potato “Dessert” Juice

Yield: 12oz

Cinnamon Sweet Potato “Dessert” Juice

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1 pear
  • 4 carrots
  • Cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Scrub the potato and chop into big chunks. Scrub the carrots.
  2. Push sweet potato, pear and carrots through juicer.
  3. Stir in cinnamon to taste (I used three big dashes).
http://pumpsandiron.com/2014/04/13/cinnamon-sweet-potato-dessert-juice/

What’s your favorite “dessert” juice?

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