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Cucumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice

Cucumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice by Taste Love & Nourish

We make a lot of smoothies in my house and I love them, but sometimes I actually crave juices. Sounds crazy, I know, especially if you haven’t tasted a green juice. I have to say though, if you do, I think you’ll be surprised by how fruity and refreshing green juices can be. There are so many opinions on juicing and debate over how nutritious they really are, but I look at them as a great way to get veggies and fruits into your day. I don’t feel that juices should supplement eating whole fruit or vegetables, but they make a great addition. I sometimes start the day off with a green juice for breakfast. It leaves me feeling light, refreshed and restored.

This particular combination is really delicious. The pear adds just enough sweetness without being overpowering. Kale is one of the most nutritious greens, adding lots of Vitamins A, B6 and K and even minerals like calcium and iron and potassium. Then there’s the cucumber. Cucumber is a wonderful addition to juices. It’s made up of ninety-six percent water, so it really adds to the volume of your juice, but it also contains electrolytes and minerals that are so good for you. Finally, I love adding lemon to my juices. Not only does it give a bit of a boost of Vitamin C, its citrusy tang perks up the flavors of the greens and balances out the sweetness.

Cucumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice by Taste Love & Nourish

So, with all of this juicing and smoothie drinking we do, you can imagine how many straws we go through. I mean, it’s a bit contradictory to put so much effort in doing something so healthy for our body, only to fill our landfills with plastic straws. Did you know that plastic straws are one of the largest component of plastic pollution? They are also one of the top ten items found during beach clean ups. I’ve tried using paper straws, but honestly, as pretty and decorative as they can be, I find them really unpalatable to drink from. So, when I received a message recently from Glass Dharma asking if I’d like to try their glass straws, I was intrigued! As soon as I tried one, I knew I wanted to work with them and to share their product with you. I love the selection of straws they carry. There are a variety of diameters, lengths and even bent and decorative straws. They have a great feel when using them without altering the flavor of your drink the way paper straws seem to.

Cucumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice by Taste Love & Nourish

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Cucumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice by Taste Love & Nourish

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Cucumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice

1/2 large cucumber, about 5 to 6 inches, peeled unless organic or home-grown
1 large pear, peeled unless organic and seeds removed
4 large stalks organic kale
1/2 lemon

Place the cucumber, pear and kale into your juicer and juice according to manufacturer’s directions. You can peel the lemon and juice that in your juicer as well, or simply use a reamer or citrus juicer. Drink immediately for the most nutritional benefit or store in a sealed jar for one day.

 

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Cumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice by Taste Love & Nourish

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Vanilla Almond Frozen Latte

Vanilla Almond Frozen Latte from Taste Love & Nourish

I am not a morning person. Well, not until I’ve had my first cup of coffee…and my second…OK, sometimes, even my third. After that, well, I tend to go, go, go all day until I hit the bed at night. I love being busy, but I admit, some days I need that coffee more than others.

In warmer weather, I love to drink my coffee iced or frozen, like in this yummy frozen latte. What I love about making my own latte at home is being able to control the ingredients. This recipe tastes so creamy and decadent, but is incredibly low in fat and low in sugar. If you know me, you already know how much I use almond milk. I love the flavor, the texture and that it’s a plant-based substitute for regular milk. Using almond milk allows me to create recipes lower in calories without any added sugar that are actually higher in calcium and without any cholesterol. I love Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk in this recipe. It has such a great vanilla flavor that goes so well with some added almond extract and paired with a nice strong shot of espresso!

I really think you’re going to love this even more than any coffeehouse latte you’ve ever had!

Vanilla Almond Frozen Latte

1 shot espresso (1 ounce), cooled
3/4 C. Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1 1/2 – 2 t. honey or agave (optional, adjust to desired sweetness)
1/2 t. pure almond extract
1 C. ice cubes, (about 8 to 10 cubes)*

In a blender, combine the cooled espresso, almond milk, honey or agave and almond extract. Blend on high speed for 15 seconds. Add ice, cover and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

1 Serving

*See Notes

Vanilla Almond Frozen Latte from Taste Love & Nourish

Notes:

  • If you’d like, try freezing any extra espresso in an ice cube tray. Use two espresso ice cubes in addition to the ice in this recipe. One ice cube is about one tablespoon. Two espresso ice cubes will equal one shot of espresso.
  • Using Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk in place of traditional skim milk in this recipe, saves over 40 calories, 9 grams of sugar, and provides more Vitamins B-12 and E and more calcium.

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