(Fruit- photos by me, no filter. Runway shots SS13.)
The level of excitement that coats over me like a paint brush when I see food this bright and colorful is ridiculous. A similar reaction to a kid in a candy store might be a good analogy. Squeals, squirms and wiggles of joy. I mean SERIOUSLY, look at those blood oranges. Have you ever seen anything so beautiful? Why would we ever want to genetically modify anything when something so lovely is created organically? Natures Candy! I gathered these lovely ingredients at the farmers market and made a juice that I enjoyed with my bestie! This is a level of orange even Lindsey Lohan couldn’t replicate! #justsayin
Benefits of Rays of Sunshine Juice
- Oranges– Protects against certain types of cancers, lowers cholesterol, protects skin, lowers risk for viral infections and alkalizes the body
- Carrots- See my post here
- Tomatoes– Vitamin A, C, K, Folate, B6, and prevents risk of cancer
- Ginger- See my post here
- Nectarines– loaded with Lutein an antioxidant power source that is thought to slow cognitive decline, protect against free radicals
What you need: (any quantity is fine, no right or wrong here)
5 carrots, peeled
1/5 Tbsl ginger, peeled and sliced
4 nectarines, sliced and pit removed
2 tomatos, sliced
5 blood oranges
Gather ingredients and toss into a juicer! Feel free to use a citrus juicer for the oranges or slice in half and toss the whole fruit in the juicer! Feel the radiant sun absorbed into your body through this lovely juice!
Soda is one of those things that I have given up almost entirely over the last three years but there is something about Ginger Ale that seems less threatening then a coke (i.e. ginger). I decided it needed to be made at home using fresh ginger and xylitol instead of sugar. Sugar is another one of those things I try to stay away from completely (try being the key word) as well! Ginger Ale was first created in 1851 in Ireland but the well known Canada Dry Ginger Ale was created by John J. McLaughlin in the early 1900’s. I think it is the best of all sodas. Somebody grab the Makers, its time for a Whisky Gingers! Happy Sunday!
Benefits of Ginger
- Anti-inflamatory properties that can help with joint pain- AKA post night in high heels remedy.
- Remedy for motion sickness or upset stomachs
- Strengthens your immunity and helps fight against certain cancers
What you need:
1 1/2 cups chopped peeled ginger
2 cups water
3/4 cups xylitol (or sugar if you must)
1 quart chilled seltzer of club soda
3 Tbls fresh lime juice
Put ginger in a small saucepan with the water a cook at a low simmer, covered, for 45 minuets. Remove pot from the heat and steep for 20 minuets still covered. Strain the mixture in to a bowl using cheesecloth or a sieve. (I rubber banded a cheesecloth over a bowl and poured the liquid in slowly, see image above) Squeeze the ginger while in the cheesecloth removing as much liquid as possible. Then put the ginger liquid back in the sauce pan with the xylitol (or preferred sweetener), add a pinch of salt and stir over a low heat until xylitol has fully dissolved. Pour syrup in a jar with the lid on and chill in the fridge until cold.
Mix Ginger Syrup with Seltzer and lime juice. To make one drink use 1/2 cup syrup, 3 teaspoons lime juice and 1 1.2 cup seltzer and adjust to your own taste! Enjoy out in the sunshine!