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I do not exaggerate when I say that we have approximately 500 carrots growing in our raised beds right now and they are all of that perfect, young, sweet stage that makes me want to pick them every night. If you were to see me and wonder where I got my “tan”, it’s not from the sun. I’m afraid our skin is taking on that orangish color from eating an over abundance of carotene. Our kids had that warm glow when they were toddlers and preferred strained sweet potatoes and carrots above all else.

I was delighted to see this recipe in the March/April 2016 edition of Cuisine at Home. It calls for half a pound of young carrots. Bingo!

This is currently my favorite summer recipe. That may change when the tomatoes are ripe and the zucchini are bountiful, but for now, this wins. I love the ginger, honey, lemon flavor. The carrots are tender and beautiful.

Ginger-glazed carrots, an outstanding recipe from the March/April 2016 edition of Cuisine at Home. Makes 2 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces baby carrots, trimmed
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Directions:

Bring to boil the carrots, water, ginger, and salt in a covered skillet. Remove lid and cook carrots until crisp-tender, about 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

Stir honey and lemon juice into the skillet. Simmer until syrupy. Return carrots to skillet and simmer just until glaze clings to carrots. Serve on a preheated platter.

T e n j u i c e s f o r f a s t t a n n i n g

To prepare your skin in the sun to gild without burning, it is also played on the kitchen side. Place to the food called “tanning” rich in beta-carotene (carrots, peppers, tomatoes, melons, apricots, peaches), antioxidants that help fight against the effects of “UV” and aging that we like to mix. 10 recipes of shots where the carotenoid forms a natural screen of protection, to tan easily, without ever dispensing a high index to apply.

The illuminator juice

The winning equation?
Carrot + apple + orange + ginger

Well seen the association carrot, apple, orange to give energy and start the day well. A shot “beach friendly” concentrated in beta-carotenes, amino acids, vitamins and minerals to gradually increase the color.

The restorative juice

The winning equation?
Apple + pineapple + ginger + mint

To cure dryness and dehydration, we put on a well balanced shot between antioxidants and betacarotens. Ideal, the pineapple helps the cells to regenerate but also top the apple-ginger duo to fight free radicals and repair gently.

The anti-aging protective juice

The winning equation?
Carrot + orange + grapefruit + turmeric + red pepper

Based on carrot, orange and turmeric, this juice acts as a natural protection shield to preserve youth and fight against skin problems (acne, aging). Well seen the pink grapefruit that acts on the formation of collagen and strengthens the dermis after exposure to the sun.

The after-sun juice

The winning equation?
Beetroot + pomegranate + lemon + coconut water

Explosion of benefits through the beet-pomegranate duo, which contains antioxidants, vitamin C, minerals and amino acids. A moisturizing juice that repairs after exposure to the sun and rich in vitamin C to help skin stay supple and youthful.

The “solar” juice

The winning equation?
Carrot + apple + lemon + ginger + turmeric

To help skin stay supple and youthful, this anti-oxidant and polyphenol gourmet cocktail has moisturizing and protective qualities (but does not dispense a high index)!

The melanin booster juice

The winning equation?
Strawberry + red pepper + apple granny + lime + cayenne pepper

A very caliente protective juice based on strawberry that contains almost twice as much vitamin C as orange, red pepper for an accelerating effect of bronzafe. Very rich in vitamins C and antioxidants, it is siropped to improve its tolerance to the sun.

The tanning preparation juice

The winning equation?
Apple + melon + turmeric

Thirst-quenching, rich in antioxidants and with anti-inflammatory virtues, this “beach friendly” juice hydrates, protects thanks to the polyphenols contained in the apple and promotes tanning, in addition to a good sunscreen.

The tanning accelerator juice

The winning equation?
Carrot + papaya + orange

To boost the melanin and subtly intensify its natural tan, we opt for this cocktail rich in beta carotene and vitamins C, to be adopted from the first rays of the sun, in cure, every morning.

The vitaminized juice of the holidays

The winning equation?
Mango + carrot + coconut water

With its vitamin and beta carotene intake, which helps to combat the effects of UV, this shot also protects and reinforces natural pigmentation by progressively activating the tan. With its little taste of paradise, it also moisturizes the thirsty epidermis and gradually prepares the skin for holidays.

The tanning extension juice

The winning equation?
Beetroot + apple + pomegranate + lime
To make the tan last, we hydrate and sip this cocktail sexy rich in beta carotene which has any good to prolong the good effect after the holidays

My belly has been feeling kind of out of whack, and I feel like I need to reboot my digestive system, so I’m going on a 5 day smoothie reboot.

This isn’t a diet.  This isn’t a fast or cleanse.  It isn’t to lose weight.  It’s to give my digestive system a break from all of the bad eating habits that I’ve picked up during a stressful, junk food-filled season. 

Here’s my plan, in case anyone is feeling the same!

Friday:

Wake up: Yoga + warm water and lemon
Smoothies:
Breakfast- oats, pineapple, strawberries, agave, dairy-free milk, bananas
Lunch- spinach, pineapple, banana, orange juice, dairy-free milk
Dinner: protein powder, almond butter, banana, cinnamon, cacao powder, ice

Saturday:
Wake-up: Yoga + ginger tea with lemon and cayenne
Smoothies:
Breakfast:  aloe vera juice, cucumber, lemon, banana, gelled chia seeds, cilantro, spinach, coconut milk yogurt, green apple, agave (to sweeten)
Lunch:  raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, banana, orange juice
and 
spinach, pineapple, cucumber, carrot
Dinner:  carrot, apple, orange, ginger, ice
Snack:  frozen bananas, dairy-free milk (ice cream)

Sunday:
Wake-up: Meditation + green tea with lemon + shot of aloe vera juice
Smoothies:
Breakfast: spinach, pineapple, orange juice, dairy-free milk, protein powder, banana
Lunch: cucumber, kale, spinach, green apple, ice
Dinner: pineapple, coconut milk yogurt, banana, spinach, ice

Monday:
Wake-up: Yoga + hot water with lemon, cayenne, ginger, and agave
Smoothies:
Breakfast: oats, coconut milk yogurt, gelled chia seeds, cacao powder, dairy-free milk, agave, banana, ice
Lunch: blueberries, apple, banana, strawberries, raspberries, pineapple, orange, orange juice, ice
Dinner: carrot, spinach, kale, cucumber, ice
Snack: Bananas (frozen), dairy-free milk, blueberries 

Tuesday:
Wake-up: Yoga + green tea, agave, lemon
Smoothies:
Breakfast: Pineapple, blueberries, mint, lemon, ice
Lunch: almond butter, banana, dairy-free milk, oats, ice
Dinner: aloe vera juice, banana, blueberry, mint, cucumber, ginger, gelled chia seeds, coconut milk yogurt, ice
Dessert: frozen banana, dairy-free milk + orange, frozen banana, oj, dairy-free milk, frozen coconut milk yogurt = creamsicle goodness

Shopping list:

  • frozen pineapple
  • frozen strawberries
  • frozen blueberries
  • frozen raspberries 
  • bag of lemons
  • bag or oranges
  • bag of apples
  • ginger root
  • green tea
  • dairy-free milk
  • cucumber
  • bag of shredded carrots
  • chia seeds
  • cayenne pepper, cinnamon, agave, cocao (or even cocoa) powder - I had these already 
  • almond butter
  • frozen kale
  • bananas (2 bunches)
  • oats
  • protein powder
  • orange juice
  • mint
  • aloe vera juice

Honestly, I had a lot of this stuff already (green tea, oats, almond butter).  It cost me a little over $45, and I’m sure that I’m going to have leftovers.  Aloe vera juice was the most expensive ($8).  If I’m hungry, I’m going to eat light snacks from the leftovers (banana or apples + almond butter, oatmeal, chia pudding, etc.).  If I really get hungry, I’m going to eat miso soup with tempeh and greens (I’m trying to avoid soy during this though).

I hope this helps my fellow followers with digestive issues or who feel like they just need a break!

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Nothing fancy today just wanted to showcase my brand new ceramic knife!  This is a serious joy in the kitchen. Made cutting up these veggies completely easy. I find the key to these rice wraps is to use lots of herbs and then there is no need for a sauce. I added lots of mint, basil, and cilantro along with mango and apple for flavour. so good! I’m still pretty awful at rolling them but atleast they are the right shape… 

If you are looking for a sauce mango, lime, jalapeño is a great choice or carrot, orange, ginger :)