Fruitful Flavors

Rosemary Melonade

Rosemary Watermelon smoothie by Tess Masters

This exotic blend sips like a fancy cocktail, but skips the hefty bar tab. Melon is hydrating, and rich in vitamin C and anti-inflammatory lycopenes, while rosemary contributes awesome flavor and antibacterial backup. The combination makes this your secret immunity agent! Throw in the jalapeño for an added cleanse and kick. Reprinted with permission, from The Blender Girl Smoothies* © 2014, 2015 by Tess Masters.  Photographs copyright © 2014 by Erin Kunkel. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. more→

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Chai Tai Smoothie

Chai Tai Smoothie by Tess Masters

If the world were ending, I’d make this decadent treat my finale. The incredible creaminess and blend of warm spices in this banana- and date-based smoothie will make you weak in the knees. The boosters add an injection of protein and omega-3s. Reprinted with permission, from The Blender Girl Smoothies © 2014, 2015 by Tess Masters. Photographs copyright © 2014 by Erin Kunkel. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. more→

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Rustic Strawberry Tart

Vegan Rustic Strawberry Tart

As with all desserts that spotlight fresh fruit, the season’s best berries make this tart shine. This dessert was inspired by a large basket of spring strawberries from Fall Creek Farm in Granbury, Texas, where Cullen and Ashley Crisp’s mantras are “the smaller, the sweeter” and “the redder, the better.” If you’re purchasing the grocery-store variety, pony up for organic—it’s worth it. Reprinted with permission from Meatless in Cowtown: A Vegetarian Guide to Food and Wine, Texas Style © 2015 by Laura Samuel Meyn and Anthony Head, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Photos by Jason Varney. more→

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5 Juicing Mistakes Everyone Must Avoid

fresh green vegetable and fruit juice

Contributed by Garrick Dee Tan, from Juicing with G. Juicing can be very beneficial to your health when done right. But when done wrong, the results can have the opposite effect from what you want to achieve. Instead of losing weight, you can gain weight, and in some cases it can be life threatening (I’ll explain this in a bit). So before you drop that first celery into a juicer, read this article carefully so that you maximize every ounce of juice you drink and don’t waste money on stuff you don’t need.

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Yellow Pear and Spinach Smoothie

Pear and spinach smoothie from Love and Lentils

I used forelle pears for this smoothie, as they are cute and adorable and bite-size. Okay fine, not only because of that, also they are quite sweet and have a bit of a cinnamon spice flavor (making them perfect for kid-friendly snacks or smoothies). This variety is only available from about September until December, so use another kind of nicely ripe yellow pear at other times or if unavailable. I call this smoothie my winter blend; because of the pear variety and also because it’s not a freezing cold drink. If you want to make it colder, go ahead and add a few ice cubes. Recipe and photos contributed by Sophia Zergiotis of Love and Lentils.
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Carrot, Apple, and Orange Juice

Carrot, apple, and orange juice

A classic combination, juicing fresh carrots, apples, and oranges will give you a great boost of energy and nutrition.  more→

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Mocha Maca Banana Smoothie

mocha maca banana smoothie

Give your maca banana smoothie an extra kick with a subtle coffee flavor. Maca in itself gives you an energy boost, so you can use decaf if you’d like; it’s really for the flavor rather than the caffeine. Use the lesser amount of the maca powder if you’re new to using it. more→

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Cucumber Cooler

Cucumber Cooler by Danielle Omar from Skinny Juices

The popular duo of watermelon and cucumber is perfect for rehydrating on a hot summer day. High in water and electrolytes, this juice balances the fluid levels in your body and keeps you cool . . . as a cucumber. From Skinny Juices by Danielle Omar, MS, RD. Reprinted with permission from Da Capo Lifelong, © 2014.

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