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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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Glazed Strawberry Muffins

Glazed Strawberry Muffins from Taste Love & Nourish

Strawberries, no matter what the temperature outdoors, give me hope for warmer days ahead. As soon as they come into season, we seem to always have a container in the fridge. Usually, just popping them in our mouths is our favorite way to eat them, but I do love to bake with them too. I love them in these muffins. They just taste like spring to me.

To keep these muffins light and fluffy I use Silk® Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk in place of dairy milk. I find that the almond milk gives me that tender texture that I’m looking for even though I use some whole wheat flour that can add some heaviness. The other reason I love baking with almond milk is that it adds no extra grams of sugar to my recipe. One cup of dairy milk contains twelve grams of sugar compared to zero grams in almond milk. That is especially important when baking with strawberries. They do require sugar to enhance their flavor. Using almond milk lets me add the sugar needed to make the muffins taste wonderful without adding extra grams that do not affect the flavor. With the glaze, these muffins are by no means low in sugar, but the muffin itself is compared to traditional recipes. Feel free to make them without the glaze…they are still wonderful, but I personally just can’t resist that sweet topping!

Glazed Strawberry Muffins from Taste Love & Nourish

Glazed Strawberry Muffins

1 1/4 C. all purpose flour
3/4 C. whole wheat flour
1/3 C. sugar
1 T. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
2 large eggs
1 C. Silk® Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk
1/4 C. non-fat plain Greek yogurt
1 t. vanilla extract
1 1/2 C. fresh strawberries, hulled and finely chopped

Strawberry Glaze

3/4 C. confectioner’s sugar
1 t. strawberry preserves
1 t. Silk® Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 12 cup muffin tin or line with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk to beat the eggs lightly. Add the almond milk, yogurt and vanilla. Whisk to combine.

Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients and stir just until combined. Add the strawberries and fold in gently.

Divide the batter between the 12 cups. Bake in the oven for 16 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool the muffins in their tins for about 5 minutes. Remove and cool completely on a wire rack before glazing.

Prepare the glaze by combining the ingredients in a small bowl. I like to dip the tops into the bowl of glaze, then allow them to dry on the rack. (Who am I kidding? I usually eat one as soon as it leaves the bowl!)

Makes 12 muffins

Glazed Strawberry Muffins from Taste Love & Nourish

Notes:

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.