Wake up with orange, carrot, ginger juice

Orange, carrot, ginger juice. It seems too simple to call this a “recipe” — it’s only 3 ingredients long! But if you’ve only been drinking orange juice in the morning, there’s room improvement. Orange juice’s hefty dose of vitamin C is great for some morning pep, but why not pair it up with other pro-health ingredients and get even more greatness per gulp? Ginger is known to fight against infections and alleviate muscle pain and soreness, nausea and morning sickness during pregnancy. It’s also known to have anti-inflammatory effects, help indigestion, lower blood sugar, lower cholesterol, and it may even prevent cancer and protect against Alzheimer’s Disease. Carrots help prevent cancer, improve eyesight, boost immunity and control diabetes. Furthermore, fresh-squeezed juice gives you the most nutrition, so when possible, DIY. orange, carrot, ginger juice Serves 2 Ingredients 5 large carrots, washed 2 oranges, peeled 1 inch fresh ginger Directions Press all ingredients through a juicer. Pour and…

5 watermelon recipes to try before the end of summer

What would warm weather be without big, sloppy slices of watermelon? Given that this summer essential is more than 90 percent water, it’d be easy to assume that it has little or no nutritional value. But the low-calorie fruit is filled with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that soothe sore muscles, improve cardiovascular health, and pack about one-third of the daily recommended vitamins A and C, and lycopene that can even combat cancer. August through October is watermelon harvest in most of the country, so there are usually lots of great, local picks at farmers markets and grocery stores this time of year. But how can you be sure you’re selecting the perfect melon? To avoid mushy melons, a good rule of thumb states that you should choose the one heaviest for its size. The melon should also have a deeply colored cream spot on the bottom — the color signifying the watermelon had plenty of time to…

Watermelon, mulberry, lime smoothie is light and refreshing

Smoothies are a great way to use up extra watermelon. With so much juice inside, there’s no need to give your blender any more liquids to power through the other ingredients. Mulberries are about 85 percent juice anyway, so be prepared for a light, refreshing summer smoothie. And don’t let the dark color fool you. Mulberries aren’t as strong as other common berries, so they won’t crowd out the watermelon flavor. The two flavors are enjoyed in perfect harmony — and hopefully outside on a sunny porch somewhere. Enjoy! Watermelon, mulberry, lime smoothie Serves 2 Ingredients 4 cups ripe watermelon, seedless 1 – 1 1/2 cups mulberries 1 half lime, juiced 2 cups ice Directions Combine all ingredients in blender. Mulberries have a dark juice that easily stains, so be sure the lid is on tight! Blend on high for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Pour over ice and enjoy this…

Cool, Creamy Mango Avocado Smoothie Great for Summer

Avocados elevate pretty much everything. This summertime smoothie is no exception. Enjoy the satisfying flavors of mango and avocado, with a unique nuttiness from hemp seeds. Mango Avocado Smoothie Ingredients 1 1/2 cup frozen mango 1 avocado, peeled and pitted 1/2 cup plain (or Greek) yogurt 1 cup almond milk 2 tbsp hemp seeds Add water slowly if mixture is too thick for your blender Directions Add milk and hemp seeds to blender. Follow with yogurt, frozen mango and avocado. Blend on high until mixture thoroughly. Add water slowly to blender container if mixture becomes too thick. Enjoy!

Tropical mango, pineapple, chia smoothie recipe

Tropical mango, pineapple, chia smoothie Serves 2-3 Ingredients 1 cup mango chunks (fresh or frozen) 1 banana 3/4 cup pineapple chunks (fresh or frozen) 1/3 cup plain yogurt 1/2 cup your favorite milk (I like almond milk here) 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup coconut shavings 1/2 cup ice (omit if using frozen fruit) 2 tbsp chia seeds Directions Pour almond milk into blender. Add yogurt, water and chia seeds followed by all fresh or frozen fruit and coconut shavings. Blend on medium high or high until all ingredients are well mixed. Watch for consistency and add more water or fruit for desired thickness. Top with extras for extra texture and presentation if desired — I used almond slices, more chia seeds and shredded coconut. Serve smoothie immediately.

Home & Garden Show Giveaway Winner Announced

Liz McLaughlin, of Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, was the winner of the Everybody Craves Vitamix giveaway from the 2017 Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show. The random drawing was made from several thousand hopefuls who entered their name during the 10 day long show held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh last month. McLaughlin picked up her Vitamix Professional Series 5200 and gift basket full of recipe books and kitchen goodies from our offices yesterday. McLaughlin said she has heard how easy food prep and blending can be with a powerful blender, and she is most looking forward to making smoothies, vegetables purees, and soups. Congratulations Liz! Here are a few easy Vitamix recipes to get you started, Liz! And for more ideas, keep checking everybodycraves.com. Blueberry, Banana, Kale Smoothie Carrot, Ginger Soup Sweet Potato, Chipotle Hummus

Scientists Approve Eating Avocado Every Day

Good news for avocado lovers everywhere. A review of scientific literature suggests that including an avocado in your daily diet may help prevent metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrom is the term used to describe a combination of risk factors that can occur together — like high blood pressure, high triglycerides, and a large waist measurement — that increase risk for heart disease and diabetes. The review was conducted by Iranian researchers and published in the journal Phythotherapy Research. It took into account 129 previously published studies on the health effects of avocado consumption. Most studies were done on the meaty, lighter green part of the fruit you’re used to eating, but a few dabbled in the health benefits of leaves, peels, pits and oil, as well. The researchers found that, of these, avocados have the greatest effect on cholesterol levels, but they helped fight other metabolic syndrome symptoms, too. In addition to their heart-healthy fats, avocados are…

Smoothie bowl, so fresh and so green

Swap your favorite smoothie glass for a bowl and spoon this morning. If you’ve never tried a smoothie bowl, you’re in for some food fun. I like to do this variation on the classic when I have produce just too beautiful for the blender. I’ll use a mostly unsweetened smoothie base, heavy on greens, and I’ll top it with naturally sweet fruits and nuts. To make, combine almond milk with your favorite vibrant leafy greens. I used kale, but you could do any number of variations — spinach, arugula and maybe even a bit of parsley. This recipe is actually a great way to use up whatever odd portions of produce you have in your fridge. I topped mine with tangy, tropical kiwi and coconut, banana and almond slices, and chia seeds for additional protein. I like the texture they bring to the smoothie bowl as well. Green Goodness Smoothie Bowl Ingredients 3/4 cup almond (or…

Shop Smart and Enjoy Healthy Green Smoothies Year-round

When switching to a healthy lifestyle, you’re not alone if you feel the price of groceries could be the reason you slip back to your old habits. But calories are cheap—and not all are created equal. For your health and happiness, it’s important to find a balance between budget and pantry. The easiest solution is to buy in bulk. As a single person, I thought Costco was only for large families of big eaters—you know, the ones who can go through a box of cereal in one sitting—but it was the bags of frozen fruit that changed my mind, and let me eat healthy throughout the year. Nearly everything (except bananas) in this smoothie recipe was purchased in bulk, making an otherwise expensive breakfast blend, something you can enjoy any time. I estimate I made two servings for about $2.40. Try ordering this recipe at a smoothie shack—you’ll pay 5…