home made drinks

Fruits and vegetables juices are at the top of detox foods list.. I called it "life elixir " .. Gives all the nutrition you need, and it works like detox agent, immune booster in your body.. If you need extra energy for winter days, it's perfect.. Also great starts for “detox days”, before your breakfast..
Before starting, you need a juicer for making your own juice.. Don't worry about the buying most expensive model, but you need to get powerful, stronger model to have most nutritional juice.. Especially for veggies, you need at least 1000 Watt power engine..
All fruits and vegetables should be fresh, washed, peeled and cored before start juicing.. Ginger should be peeled, and chopped ½”inch long..
There are so many combinations of fruit- veggie juice recipes out there.. Mine is little different, because I tried to combine more greens and less fruits than others.. It took couple months to find the perfect combination, and taste .. If juice will be too thick for you, you can always dilute with water..
Here is our secret, everyday  juice regimen:

1 Granny Smith apple
1 Pink Lady or Red Delicious apple
1 Bartlett or Asian ( hard to find ) pear
1 big cucumber
1 red bell pepper
1 tomato ( big size )
1 big red beet
1 inch long fresh ginger
2 medium size carrots
3 stems of celery stalks
2 red chard leaves
2 kale leaves
Handful of parsley
Handful of spinach
5-6 leaves of dandelion ( excellent diuretics )
Juice them together, and enjoy. It will give you 4 big glasses of elixir. You can store it in refrigerator for next day, but I prefer fresh juice every day..
Be adventurous, whatever you have in your fridge, just add it.. Sometimes chunks of pineapples, kiwi, mango, or cauliflowers. Juicing is great way to refresh your fridge, too..

Another my recommendation for everyday drink beside our "elixir" will be chia seed-fruit mixture.We became addicted,since last year when we first found out the chia seeds drink.
Chia seeds excellent source for fiber and protein.One little drink can provide 2000 mg. omega 3 fatty acid for you, more than salmon fillets.
Chia seeds are coming from ancient Aztec and Mayan culture, and known superfood, powerful antioxidant, commonly consumed in Mexico and South America, but is not widely known in Europe.
Chia seeds placed in water or fruit juice are consumed in Mexico and known as "chia fresca". The soaked seeds are gelatinous in texture and are used in yogurts,puddings and desserts. Ground chia seed is used in baked goods mix with  flour,including breads, cakes,pancakes and biscuits. Chia seed may be eaten raw as a whole seed,
Chia sprouts also are used in a similar way as alfalfa sprouts in salads, sandwiches and other dishes. 

You can find many brands of bottled drinks in natural specialty store, but I would like to give you a recipe explains "how to make your chia drink at home"

Ingredients for berry delight chia:

1 measurement of organic chia seed - water mixture (explained below )

1 cup organic raspberry, washed and dry

1 cup organic blueberry,washed and dry

1 cup organic blackberry,washed and dry

1 lime juice

I mix seeds with water enough for two, me and my husband.

Mix 1.5 tablespoons of chia in 3/4 cup of drinking water. (That equals to 2 tablespoons per cup if you want to mix up larger amounts.)
Let stand for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure all seeds are absorbing water. Seeds have ability to hold water 50 times more than their weight. Longer is better if you want to mix it up at night, put in the fridge and use it in the morning. Seeds become gel thickness when absorb the water.
I usually don't make more than I can use over four or five days. I actually make those four measurements at a once and use one by one for four days. It saves my time, and hold it well.
Each day, I have a chia gel ready to use. When I'm on the last container, I make four more.
Blend all the berries and lime juice in a blender, if you want you can add touch of sugar (we usually like to taste of fruit sugar only )
Mix one measurement chia-water gel with berry mixture, shake well. Enjoy!!

 Summer days watermelon - cantaloupe -chia mixture is our favorite refreshing drink serve with fresh spearmint leaves.You can make smoothies ,cocktails with seeds or simply add to your breakfast.
I would recommend medium size glass of drink mixture every day. If you have low blood pressure  or taking medication to lower blood pressure,be careful,and don't overly consume chia, because seeds are capable to decrease blood pressure in dangerous level.

I'm having so many requests about healthy drink recipes. Here are more ideas for juicing..
Carotmania :
6 carrots
2 celery stalks
1 granny smith apple
½ inch ginger

1 red beet root
3-4 leaves beet greens
2 carrots
2 celery stalks
1 pear

Cucumber crazy:
2 cucumbers
3 celery stalks
½ inch ginger
1 red beet root
1 apple
2-3 leaves basil or mint

Sprout energy:
1 apple
6 oz.alfa alfa sprouts
5 fresh mint leaves
3 carrots
1 tomato

Papaya tropics:
2 firm papayas
2 pears
½ inch ginger
1 cup pineapples chunks

Grape to go :
20 green grapes
10 strawberries
1 apple
3-4 fresh mint leaves

Breakfast dream:
1 pint of mix berries (strawberry,blackberry,blueberry,gooseberry )
2 peaches
1 apple

Wake up drink: This is a terrific breakfast/wake up call drink..
2 apples
2 pears
3-4 celery stalks
small piece of ginger

Cantaloupe minty:
½ small cantaloupe
3 spring fresh mint
1 mango
handful spinach

Vitamin bomb:
1 tomato
1 red bell pepper
3 carrots
1 cucumber
1 pear
handful parsley

Fruit-Yogurt drink:
1 mango
½ small cantaloupe
3 oranges
3 tablespoons organic yogurt
Process mango,cantaloupe and oranges through the juicer. Pour into large bowl and mix in yogurt.


One of our good friend complained about not enough alcohol drink recipes. Now I’m giving drink recipes have alcohol in it but still stay little bit on the healthy side. Here are some healthy alcohol drink recipes,especially for you Niall !!

Citrucity Sangria Recipe:
8 Servings

This is very refreshing,very tasty drink,especially for summer afternoons and brunches..


3 bottles of red wine,such as cabernet sauvignon,Shiraz or merlot
1 orange, sliced ¼ inch thick
1 lemon, sliced ¼ inch thick
2 limes,sliced ¼ inch thick
1/2 cup blackberries
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 cup blueberries
½ cup pineapples chunks
3 tablespoons sugar
2 club soda,or ginger ale
1 ½ cup orange juice
3 shots gin or brandy

In a large serving container with spigot, pour all the wines,add orange,lemon,lime slices,squeeze juice from some of the slices. Add pineapple chunks,sugar,orange juice and gin shots.Refrigerate at least overnight, before serving,add ginger ale, blackberries,raspberries,and blueberries and lots of ice.
Enjoy !!

Gluehwine ( warm mule wine)
8 Servings

This one is a traditional German drink during Christmas. In Germany,everywhere you go during the month of December, you will most likely find someone selling mugs of hot, steaming Gluehwein. It’s a really warming drink after ski or winter activities.


(24 ounce) bottle red wine
1 cup water
1 whole cinnamon stick
2 whole cloves
½ cup blackberries
½ cup mix dry fruits,such as dry apple,pear slices
½ lemon, thinly sliced
1/3 cup sugar

Mix everything together in a large saucepan and heat until hot but NOT boiling.
Boiling it will ruin the Gluehwein, so be careful to not set your heat to high.
You can pour this into a pot on low heat and serve warm.

Pomegranate Margarita
8 Servings

This is our favorite Valentine’s Day treat, not just romantic,beautiful color drink,it tastes seductive,too.


8 shots of good quality white tequila
24 shots of pomegranate juice
3 ounces triple sec
2 tablespoons lime juice
lime slices for decorating
Pour salt onto a plate or shallow dish. With a lime wedge rub along the rim of a glass and dip glasses upside down to salt the rim. In a blender,put ice,tequila,pomegranate juice,triple sec,lime juice. Mix everything and chop ice for couple minutes. Pour drink on chilled glasses. Garnish with a lime wedge, if desired.


Last couple years drinking tea becomes more popular than ever.I want to mention about our favorite teas,which we usually switch weekly one to another to enjoy each one's benefits.We try to avoid to use tea bags,always buy bulk lose teas. When you are buying green teas,choose the best quality possible,and get small amount,because green tea can loose their taste and valuable Catechins when they sit a long time. Container for tea must be airtight, and store in dark place.

Oolong tea
is a very high quality tea, which is extremely well known and greatly appreciated by tea addictive in south China, and by Chinese citizens that live throughout Southeast Asia. Some Oolong teas taste very fruity and sweet, and have a honey type of aroma. While other types can be very thick, and come with a woody and roasted smell. Still other kinds smell like flowers, and taste extremely green or fresh.

The big difference between green tea and Oolong tea is the processing. Every type of  tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant, although there are many different types of it. All tea leaves are green when they are first picked. Green tea is heated up to stop the usual oxidation of the tea leaf.

Whereas, Oolong tea is set aside and maintained in stringently controlled highly sensitive environments to oxidize at its own pace, which is the reason for the wide diversity of smells and tastes it is available in. Color of oolong tea usually between green and brown,dark greenish tones.

Oolong tea benefits:
One of the biggest problems that many people face in todays world, is stress. Though drinking a nice cup of Oolong tea is  likely reduce stress, also help to reduce cholesterol level..
Oolong tea is well known for being able to make you slim! Oolong tea is a very efficient product that certainly could help you to lose a substantial amount of weight.The reason Oolong tea is thought to help people lose weight  because it increases their metabolism and fat burning. You see, when you drink Oolong tea, you have already done a good thing with switching from normal tea, coffee or soda based drinks.
Fortunately, Oolong tea has lesser amount of caffeine compared to coffee, which makes it healthier.

Green teas;
More than a decade's worth of research about green tea's health benefits -- particularly its potential to fight cancer and heart disease- has been more than intriguing, there are studies about green tea's role in lowering cholesterol, burning fat, preventing diabetes and stroke, and staving off dementia.Green tea has important antioxidants and compounds that help in maintaining good health.Green tea's antioxidants, called Catechins, scavenge for free radicals that can damage DNA and contribute to cancer, blood clots, and atherosclerosis. Grapes and berries, red wine, and dark chocolate also have same potent antioxidants.

Nettle tea;
Nettle is one of the most beneficial herbs grown in this world.Nettle tea has been found to be quite rich in a large number of vitamins, apart from calcium, iron, folic acid, potassium, magnesium, carotene, and zinc.
Nettle tea help to reduce water retention especially during menstruation, that means for women suffering from excessive menstrual bleeding or premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms, drinking nettle tea might be beneficial.

It's a superb diuretics,can be use during urinary tract infection.
The tea has been found to be rich in natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory substances.If you suffer from springtime allergies, drinking nettle tea three times a day proved to be beneficial.

Echinacea tea;
Echinacea also known coneflowers; is a wildflower that flourishes in meadows or wet valleys in the Midwestern United States.Echinacea works to increase the activity of the immune system by stimulating white blood cells, which attack the viruses and bacteria that lead to illness or infection. This also makes it very beneficial for people with AIDS since their immune systems are weakened. This application of Echinacea is being extensively researched, since the full effect of the immune system on AIDS and cancer is still unknown. Echinacea is also every effective in treating respiratory ailments like colds. Some research has found Echinacea to be effective as an antiviral or antifungal, which also helps to fight infection.
We usually mix Echinacea with lavender flowers that give extra flavor and taste.

Chamomile with rosehip and cloves tea;
Chamomile tea's most well-known benefit is sleep aid. It is known for its relaxing and soothing properties and is often taken before bed to promote restful sleep.
Chamomile is helpful for a variety of stomach problems. It soothes stomach aches, eases the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, promotes elimination, and assists in overall digestion.
Chamomile has immune boosting properties and helps in the fight against colds due to its antibacterial properties.
We usually mix chamomile with rosehip,cloves and juniper berries,it's a perfect remedy for cold and sour throat. Help to eliminate excess mucus production and ease the chest pain.

This month I try to give as many green drinks recipes as possible. If you can substitute the ingredients little bit, smoothies can be delicious and nutritious. I always use soy milk and lots of fruits without using any sugar. Summer days, adding one scoop of ice cream can be rewarding. You can play with ingredients depending on your taste preferences.
You can switch soy milk with almond milk which can give extra flavor.For refreshing taste strawberries,blackberries and blueberries are best choices.

                                                                           SOY MILK - KIWI SMOOTHIES                                                                           
                                                                            2 Servings
                                                                           181 Calories Per Serving


3 cups soy milk
2 kiwis,peeled,cut in half
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon Matcha ( green tea powder )

In a blender,pour milk,add kiwi and honey.Mix it until combine completely,about 30 seconds.
Serve smoothie on tall glasses with slice of kiwi..Enjoy !!

                                                                             MANGO - GINGER SMOOTHIES
                                                                             Makes 4 Smoothies
                                                                             120 Calories Per Serving

This is an insanely delicious, healthy, awakening drink..I inspired from traditional Indian drink Lassi, but i used soy milk instead of yogurt.
Cardamom is a spice widely use Indian and Nepal cuisine. It's belong the ginger family, and it's the third expensive spice after saffron and vanilla bean. It gives wonderful freshness taste to sweets and drinks.


2 cups soy milk
1 mango, peeled,cut into slices
2 teaspoons honey
1 inch fresh ginger, peeled, chopped
Pinch of ground cardamom
1 apple, peeled,cut into slices
1 tablespoon rolled oat

In a blender, put all the ingredients, and mix well. Serve on tall glasses with ice.

Bon appetite !!

                                                                 BLUEBERRY - RASPBERRY - ALMOND SMOOTHIES
                                                                 Make 4 Smoothies
                                                                 80 Calories Per Smoothie

My secret for delicious smoothies, always use fresh and organic fruits. Taste will be different if you use frozen or conventional fruits.Of course you'll need commercial quality blender for perfect mixing.
Making your own ice cubes with mix fruit tea, perfect way to serve without watering your smoothies.


1 cup fresh organic blueberries, washed and rinsed
1 cup fresh organic raspberries, washed and rinsed
2 teaspoons almond meal
2 1/2 cups almond milk
2 teaspoons honey
Mix fruit tea ice cubes, brew the fruit tea, let it cool, fill cool teas into the ice cubes

In a blender, put all the ingredients, and mix it well. Serve with over mix fruit tea ice cubes.

                                                             BANANA - MANGO - WHEAT GERM SMOOTHIES
                                                             Makes 4 Smoothies
                                                            116 Calories Per Smoothie


1 organic banana, cut in half
1 organic mango, peeled, sliced
2 teaspoons honey
2 1/2 cups soy milk
2 teaspoons wheat germ
Ice cubes

Put all the ingredients in a blender, and mix it until combine completely.

                                             SWEET SOUP WITH YOGURT AND STRAWBERRY – RHUBARB COMPOTE
210 Calories Per Serving

I made this dessert soup using apple, ginger, and sun gold tomato jam. You can add 1 cup of ice into blender for frozen yogurt version. It’s very refreshing, very smooth dessert for summer days.


1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt
4 tablespoons strawberry-rhubarb compote ( for recipe look at sweets section “Water Pudding “)
1 Pink Lady apple, sliced
1 inch fresh ginger, peeled, chopped
1 ½ tablespoons sun gold tomato jam ( recipe is coming soon, waiting for harvest )

In a blender, put all the ingredients, and mix well. Serve with extra spoon of compote on top of them.

Enjoy !!

                                     PEAR - GINGER - CARDAMOM FROZEN YOGURT
                                                              Makes 2 Big, 4 Small Servings
                                                             190 Calories For Big Serving, 95 Calories For Small Serving

This is what I  usually serve with rhubarb pie instead of ice ream. It's very refreshing and tasty with fresh ginger and spices.


2 Borch or Bartlett pears, sliced
1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 inch long fresh ginger
2 pieces cardamom, grounded, green leaves discarded
1 /2 cup ice

In a blender, put all the ingredients, and mix well. Serve with pies and cakes.


                                        STRAWBERRY - RHUBARB LEMONADE
                                                                   Makes 4 Tall Glasses
                                                                   49 Calories Per Glass

Spring means rhubarb, asparagus and strawberries to us, and I'm still celebrating the season. I'm trying to corporate these ingredients into my spring recipes as much as I can.

This tasty drink made with fresh strawberries, rhubarbs, lemon- lime juices and touch of honey instead of sugar. You can add more honey or agave if desired. So fresh, so springy and flavorful..

If you compare their calories and taste with store bought lemonade, you'll be addictive to this..


1 cups strawberry, washed, sliced in half
1 lemon, juiced
2 limes, juiced
2-3 stalks rhubarb, peeled, sliced in chunks
Handful fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon honey
2 cups water

In a small pot, put rhubarb, honey and 1 cup of water. Bring it to a boil, then simmer until rhubarb soften. Drain rhubarb, but continue simmering syrup for 5 more minutes. Let it cool.

In a blender, put strawberries, rhubarb, lemon juice, lime juice and water. Chop until smooth. Add honey syrup and mix well.

In a tall glasses, fill with ice, pour lemonade and garnish with mini mint leaves.

Bon appetite !!

                                                         WATERMELON - GINGER - LIME - FRESH HERBS AGUA FRESCA
                                                         Makes 2 Carafes, 6 Tall Glasses
                                                         86 Calories Per Glass

Agua fresca ( Spanish meaning "fresh water" ) is non-alcoholic fruit drinks especially popular in Mexico, Central America, Caribbean and United States. In Mexico, this drink is often sold by street vendors with different combinations of fruits and seeds.

This one is my favorite combination for summer days that can be found in our fridge at any time during watermelon season. I can not think better fruit than watermelon in hot-steamy summer days. I can eat this fruit in every possible
way; as a healthy afternoon snack, as a salad with other fruits and herbs, or just a cool drink.. They are sweet and flavorful in their season, so no need to add any sugar into this drink.

Watermelon is an excellent source for vitamin C, and also good source for vitamin A, potassium and


2 small size watermelon, sliced
2 limes, juiced
1/2 inch fresh ginger, grated
Handful fresh herbs, such as mint, purple leaf basil, lemon balm, tarragon, summer savory..

In a blender, mix all the ingredients in batches. Serve over ice in tall glasses. Garnish with fresh mint leaves.

Bon appetite !!

                                               GINGER - LIME SODA
                                                                               Makes 4 Servings
                                                                               50 Calories Per Serving

No others can give the cooling effect like this flavorful drink.. Ginger mix with lime, lemon and orange juice, lightly sweetened with sugar and finish with soda for fizz effect. Perfect for hot, steamy summer days and nights..

Ginger, has been used for ease the gastrointestinal distress for a long time. It's effective in preventing symptoms of motion sickness and seasickness. Ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties, immune boosting effect and
anti-cancer properties especially colorectal and ovarial cancer.


1 inch long fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 orange, juiced
1 lime, juiced
1 cup water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 small bottle Perrier soda
3-4 springs fresh mint

In a hand mortar, pound lemon zest until their oils and fragrant come out, about 15-20 seconds.

In a jar, place grated ginger, lemon zest, sugar and water. Mix until sugar dissolved. Add lemon, lime and orange juices. Use fine mesh sieve, transfer drink into pitcher. Add lemon slices and fresh mint leaves. Keep in the fridge for 1 hour. 

Before serving add ice cubes and soda into pitcher. Decorate glasses with mint leaves.

Enjoy !!

                                                     CANTALOUPE - GINGER - LIME AND CARDAMOM AGUA FRESCA
                                                     Makes 6 Servings
                                                     37 Calories Per Serving

This is an amazing refreshing summer drink, made with blended fruits and spice, and can be good alternative to sugary soda drinks.
Even though I didn't use any sugar in this drink, because of cantaloupe, it turned out lightly sweet with lots of complex flavor..


1 medium size organic cantaloupe, sliced
2 lime, juiced
1 inch fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon cardamom, grounded in a hand mortar
1 small bottle Perrier soda

In a blender, mix all the ingredients together except soda water. Before serving add soda and finish with ice and fresh mint leaves.

Enjoy !!

                                                                          SPICE INFUSED ICED TEA
                                                                          Makes 1 Bottle
                                                                          0 Calories

Calming, relaxing, cooling and refreshing !! Cinnamon stick and cloves give nice spicy taste in this drink.. Perfect for outdoor activities, when you are picnicking, bicycling, sailing or on the way to go..


1 tablespoon loose oolong tea, brewed in a boiling water, cooled
1 cinnamon stick
2-3 cloves
Thin slice of fresh ginger
1 cardamom, crushed, seeds only

When tea cool enough, add all the ingredients, and keep it in the fridge for overnight. Drained and add lemon slices before serving.

Mint Iced Tea Version :


1 tablespoon loose oolong tea or green tea, brewed in a boiling water, cooled
Handful fresh mint, leaves only
1/2 lemon, sliced
1/2 lime, sliced

When brewing tea ( still hot ), add mint leaves. Wait until cooled and drain. Store in the fridge until serving. Serve with lemon and lime slices. Garnish with mint leaves.

Enjoy !!

                                                                           MUSCADINE GRAPE ELIXIR
                                                                           Makes 4 Servings
                                                                           116 Calories Per Serving

I strongly believe in variety eating for balanced diet.. Everyday getting different ingredients / food makes our immune system / body more stronger and increase body's winning chance when fighting the disease..

Muscadine grapes are native to Southeastern United States and has been cultivated over than 400 years. Green variety is known scuppernong..They technically belong to berry family and provide many phytonutrients which have been recognized as powerful antioxidants anti-inflammatory agents. Also they are good source for fiber..


1/2 lb. organic Muscadine grapes, black variety, washed
1/2 lb. organic scuppernong grapes, green variety, washed
1 cinnamon stick
2-3 cloves
1/8 cup sugar
4 cups water
1/2 organic lemon, juiced 

In a medium saucepan, pour water, sugar, cinnamon stick, cloves and grapes. Bring it to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes, or until grape skins break down. Add lemon juice. Stir well. Let it cool.

In a blender, puree grapes and juices until smooth. Keep in the fridge overnight before serving.

Enjoy !!

                                                                            GOJI BERRY-MULBERRY LASSI
                                                                            Makes 4 Servings
                                                                            105 Calories Per Serving

Lassi is a traditional Indian yogurt base drink, typically made with blending fruits and spices. I want to use powerful, super nutritious goji berries, mulberries, rye flakes, flaxseed meal and touch of honey together in this delightful drink. I glass will be enough to energize your body and mind.

There is no question eating berries-like blueberries, acai berries, cranberries, goji berries, mulberries, strawberries- provides lots of health benefits by serving lots of antioxidants. Over the time people have used goji berries to try to treat many health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and fever..Goji berries are loaded powerful antioxidants and vitamin A. If you are taking warfarin ( a blood thinner ) you may want to avoid goji berries, because of some drug interaction with goji berries. Goji berries may also interact with diabetes and blood pressure drugs.

Mulberry is an excellent antioxidant provider and immune system supporter. It also helps to maintain balanced blood sugar level.


3 cups organic unsweetened coconut milk (not a can)
4 tablespoons plain yogurt
1 tablespoon organic flaxseed meal
2 tablespoons organic rye flakes
1 cup organic fresh mulberry
3 tablespoons organic goji berry, soaked overnight
2 teaspoons honey
4 pods cardamom, grounded

In a blender, add all the ingredients together and mix until blend. Serve with fresh mulberries.

Bon appetite !!

                                                                            DRINK YOUR HEALTH SMOOTHIE
                                                                            Makes 2 Servings
                                                                            153 Calories Per Serving 

If you know me well, then you know how much I love green juices. Usually I buy tons of different greens from farmers’ market ( such as minestra nera ( Italian fancy flowering broccoli greens ), lattuga radichetta ( Italian heirloom lettuce with a hint of radicchio ), Malabar spinach, Hopi red dye amaranth ) plus we grow other varieties in our garden, but still we never have enough green in our hands, some use for juicing, some for raw eating and rest reserve for daily needs. Besides they are delicious and nutritious; juicing greens are great and easy way to add extra green portions into your daily balanced diet. Sip your health from this tasty drink; cup of arugula, cup of fresh mint, flax meal, kiwi, peach and banana mix for creating this nutritious, delicious, energizer, digestive cleaner and immune booster goodness...


1 cup (14 long stems ) organic fresh mint, leaves only
1 cup organic arugula or spinach, washed and dried
1 organic kiwi, peeled and sliced
1 organic banana, sliced
1 organic peach, sliced
1 tablespoon organic flax meal
1 cup water or organic orange juice

In a high speed blender like a Vitamix, mix all the ingredients together until blend completely. 

Bon appetite !!

                                                                            HOMEMADE APPLE CIDER
                                                                            Makes 1 Big Carafe

Celebrate the season with this super easy recipe, and make your own organic apple cider for cool fall days.. Whole house fills with wonderful spicy aromas and there is nothing gives more comfort than a cup of warm apple cider on crisp autumn days and nights. I mixed the tart varieties, such as Macintosh, Gala and Michigan apples and used couple pears to jazz up the flavors.

Recipe adapted from

10 organic mix variety apples, such as Macintosh, gala, Michigan.., cored and quartered, no need to peel
2 small organic Asian pear, cored and quartered, no need to peel
1/2 cup organic light brown sugar
4 organic cinnamon sticks
2 tablespoons organic allspice berries
1 tablespoon organic cloves
1 anise star

In a large pot, place apples and pears, fill with water just enough to cover the fruits. Add sugar. Wrap your spices in a double fold cheese cloth and tie with kitchen string. Dip spice sachet into water. Boil on high heat for 1 hour, then turn the heat on low and simmer with closed lid for 2 more hours.

Remove the spice sachet and mash the fruits with a potato masher. When mashed fruits cool, pour onto fine mesh strainer, get as much juice as you can. Transfer remaining pulp into double folded cheese cloth and squeeze over the bowl until completely dry.

You can store your apple cider in an air tight container in the fridge for up to a week. You can make warm apple cider by adding more spices and lemon skin. 

Bon appetite !!

                                                        WILD RICE-RHUBARB-SOUR CHERRY HORCHATA MILK SHAKE
                                                        Makes 4 Tall Servings
                                                        315 Calories Per Shake

Horchata -also known rice water- is a sweet Mexican drink, usually made with long grain rice, cinnamon, sugar and milk. I just wanted to elevate nutrition value in this delicious drink, and used wild rice mixture, roasted almonds, soy milk, rhubarb-sour cherry compote, vanilla ice cream and lots of cinnamon. Super tasty, insanely delicious drink will satisfy your sweet tooth while providing tons of nutrition. Great for hot summer days !!


1 cup organic wild rice mixture, rinsed well
3 cups water
1/4 cup organic almonds, roasted until fragrant
4 medium cinnamon sticks, cracked
6 scoops organic vanilla ice cream
1 1/4 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup organic soy milk
1/2 cup ice
4-5 stalks organic rhubarb, peeled with a sharp knife and sliced about 1 inch long
1 1/2 cups organic sour cherry
2 tablespoons organic coconut palm sugar or regular sugar
1 teaspoon organic lemon juice, freshly squeezed
More ground cinnamon and organic fresh mint leaves for garnish

In a medium bowl, cover the rice with 3 cups of water, add cinnamon sticks. Let them sit at room temperature at least 3 hours or overnight. Discard the cinnamon sticks. 

In a medium saucepan, add rhubarb, sour cherry, sugar and lemon juice. Cook mixture on over medium low heat until rhubarb start to break. Let it cool at room temperature.

Transfer the rice and its liquid into the high speed blender. Add almonds and puree for 2 minutes. Strain the rice mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl. Rinse out the blender well. 

Return the rice mixture into the blender. Add milk, rhubarb compote, ground cinnamon, ice cream and ice. Blend mixture until combine. You may add tablespoon honey if sweetness desired. 

Serve horchata into tall glasses, sprinkle ground cinnamon on top. Garnish with fresh mint leaves. 

Bon appetite !!

                                                                          TURMERIC & SPICE TONIC
                                                              Makes Small Jar

Weather is changing drastically every day; one day is sunny and warm, next day is chilly and snowy.. These unstable days an important part of my self-care routine is drinking lots of turmeric tonic with mix spices.. Warm, satisfying drink will provide everything your body need to deal with season changes.. I usually make a big batch of mixture, keep in the air tight jar, and I can have this miracle broth anytime I need it, on the way go or home.. You need to have two important component into this mixture for getting maximum health benefit from curcumin ( curcumin is powerful anti-inflammatory properties in turmeric ); black pepper and fat ( coconut oil is the best ).. Black pepper & coconut oil help absorbtion and bioavailability of curcumin.. So easy to prepare, very pleasant to drink - especially if you mix with warm milk -, besides this amazing tea, miracle powder easily can mix  into any cereal breakfast, pancake or waffle batter.. I'm not even mentioning how many health benefits you can get with this mixture..


1/2 cup organic ground turmeric
1/4 cup organic ground ginger
2 tablespoons organic ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
3/4 tablespoon organic ground cardamom
1 tablespoon organic ground cloves
3/4 tablespoon organic ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon ground anise
1 tablespoon ground coriander

In a bowl, whisk all the spices together. Store mixture in air tight container for 6 months.

For preparation; mix 1/2 tablespoon spice mixture with warm 1 cup of milk-almond, hemp, coconut or whatever you prefer-, mix well..You can add 1 teaspoon coconut oil, and honey if desire..

Bon appetite !!

                                                               COLD BREW PEACH, GINGER & HERB ICED GREEN TEA
                                                          Makes 2 Pitchers

Is there any better way to cool down in hot steamy summer days than with a icy cold glass of iced tea ? No, I don't think there is not.. Especially this fruit packed & flavor loaded cold brew version which is so easy to make + it will be the healthiest drink you can have.. Typically the store bought iced teas are loaded with tons of sugar -  even worst with high fructose corn syrup - and artificial flavors.. This homemade one is all natural; no sugar added ( because peaches are in their high season, so juicy and sweet, no extra sweetener is needed ) and loaded with peach, orange, lemon, ground turmeric + beet, fresh mint & thyme.. I used green tea to make this delicious drink, but you can use any of your favorite teas; black, green or white.. Now, lets talk about the secret, what makes this iced tea is so irresistible and addictive.. It's all about the cold brew.. Cold brew simply means to brew your drink in cold water, instead of boiling one.. Of course you can make your iced tea with boiling water- it will be much faster - but flavor will be different, little bitter than cold version.. Making cold brew version gives opportunity to allow the flavors in the tea to fully come out and shine since the tea leaves sit in the cold water for over 6 hours.. Next day you'll find yourself sitting outside, enjoying the sunny weather and sipping on a refreshing tasting, amazing iced tea.. How divine ??


spoonful green tea, brew in 6 cups of cold water for at least 6 hours, next morning add 1 inch freshly grated organic ginger, organic orange peels with 3-4 cloves, fresh organic lemon verbena, mint and thyme, let them steep together for couple of hours

Blend 3 organic peaches with 1 cup of water, 1/4 teaspoon ground organic turmeric, and 1/4 teaspoon organic beet powder. Drain the mixture and set aside.

Drain the cold brew tea mixture and add to the peach mixture. Add 1-2 lime juices..

Serve iced tea with lots of ice, orange and peach slices, fresh herbs and limes..

Bon appetite !!
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