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Two Post-Holiday Juice Cleanse Recipes

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

You are definitely not alone in your indulgence of holiday food – those warm, home cooked meals, cookies, cocktails, cakes and candy are hard to resist. But if you would like to try to balance things out (hello, New Year’s resolutions!), here are two refreshing and cleansing juice recipes to try for breakfast, lunch or as an energizing afternoon snack. Each recipe makes about 2 servings.

LemonsLemon & Mango

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup frozen mango, chopped into large chunks
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 3/4 coconut water
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Serve cold.

Lemon, Carrot, Apple & Beet

Carrots

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 lemons, peeled, seeded and quartered
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 apples, quartered
  • 2 beets, trimmed and chopped
  • 3/4 cup water*
  • 1 cup ice*

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Serve cold.

*If you would rather use a juicer, leave out the water and ice.

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Holiday Sangria Recipes

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Cranberries

December 20th marks National Sangria Day, so here are three sangria recipes to help you celebrate this holiday season and the rest of the year (each recipe makes 6-8 servings).

Cranberry Sangria

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 750-mL bottles of Malbec, or a fruity red wine
  • 1/2 cup Cointreau or Simple Syrup
  • 1 medium Gala apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 small orange, halved and thinly sliced

Directions:

  1. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan to make simple syrup, bringing to a boil over high heat. When the sugar has fully dissolved, remove from heat.
  2. Add cinnamon sticks and set aside to cool completely. Combine cinnamon and simple syrup with cranberries, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  3. Combine wine, Cointreau, the apple and orange in a container with a lid. Add strained cranberry-cinnamon mixture to taste; cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Garnish with cranberries, cinnamon
    sticks and fruit slices if desired; serve and enjoy!

Spiced Citrus Sangria

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • 1 large orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups spiced rum
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 750-mL Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1 cup orange juice

Directions:

  1. Chill fruit and liquid ingredients for at least 2 hours. Place the fruit in a large pitcher, and add rum and sugar. Stir gently and refrigerate for at least 2 more hours.
  2. Add the wine and orange juice to the pitcher, stir. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

White Wine Sangria

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 750-mL bottle Pinot Gris, or other dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup granulate sugar
  • 1 lime, sliced thick
  • 1 lemon, slicked thick
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced
  • 1 bunch green grapes
  • 1 cup lemon-lime soda

Directions:

  1. Combine white wine, brandy and sugar in a large pitcher, stirring until sugar is mostly dissolved. Chill for at least 2 hours.
  2. Add lime, lemon, apple and grapes. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving. Top everyone’s glass off with lemon-lime soda. Enjoy!

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Seven Favorite Apple and Pumpkin Recipes

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Our last full week of October is here, and while we are excited for Halloween to arrive, we are also looking forward to Thanksgiving (it is just 30 days away!). This week, we are laying out seven of our favorite apple and pumpkin recipes to continue celebrating fall and its festive occasions, whether that means a cozy date on the couch or an autumn dinner party with friends.

Apple Muffin with Crumble Topping

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Apple Muffins

Perfect for chilly mornings (that are upon us) during the weekend or as a grab-and-go breakfast during the week. The crumble topping is an added bonus to this tasty apple confection.

Halloween Apple Mouths

Let the kids have a little fun with their after school snack by serving these spook-tacular treats. They are quick and easy to make, especially if you are rushing to sports practices or a last-minute Halloween kids party.

Beverage Dispenser with Chalkboard Label & StandApple Cider Punch

Perhaps the drink of fall, this apple cider concoction is a mixture of fruit juices that will leave your party guests refreshed and thirsty for more.

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

The best of three worlds, really. Satisfy pumpkin pie lovers, cheesecake lovers, pie lovers, and general pumpkin lovers with this irresistible recipe you may find yourself making all year long.

Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

Things just got better. Milkshakes aren’t just for summer, this fall alternative is creamy and delicious to serve at any party or while you’re watching your favorite Halloween movies.

Pumpkin Bread

Infuse a loaf of bread with delicious pumpkin by following this recipe and serve for breakfast, dessert or a snack (we recommend adding chocolate chips!).

Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip & Pecan Granola Bars

Talk about flavor! This homemade granola bar recipe can be altered to fit your tastes, and offers a great way to start off your mornings right this season.

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