It’s St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, and that means all things GREEN! Luckily for us, OMEGA Juicers sent me along these gorgeous green juice recipes. Best of all, they are Allergy-Friendly, and Gluten-Free. Instead of green beer, or artificially colored green cupcakes, how about sipping on an uber-healthy all natural green smoothie this year? Great for the kids, and packed with natural ingredients and essential nutrients to help keep you energized and healthy.
Juicing is a great way to take in valuable nutrients without having your body word hard to break down the fibers. Through juicing, the food value is readily available to your body in larger quantities then when you eat the fruit whole. The benefits of consuming juiced fruits and veggies include keeping your heart, liver and kidneys strong and healthy.
Here are a few Green Juice recipes from OMEGA Juicers. To make these juices, just put the ingredients through your juicer and pour!
Orange Apple Green Juice
- 2 stalks celery
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1 apple
- 2 oranges
- 3 big handfuls of sunflower sprouts
- 1 big handful of broccoli sprouts
- 3 leaves of kale
- 1 handful of spinach
- 1 handful dandelion greens
- 1 handful cilantro
- 1 handful beet greens
- 2 baby bok choy
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 inch of grated ginger
Like so many of the best things in life, these Allergy-Free Thin Mints were the result of a happy accident. I’d been planning to bake a batch of my chocolate sandwich cookies, but rolled the dough too thin by mistake. So, I adapted the sandwich cookies into thin mints, and little bites of chocolate minty Heaven were born. But it was August, and not the appropriate time of year to debut such a recipe.
So, I waited, with bated breath, for the perfect time to roll it out: Girl Scout Cookie Season! I’ve always loved Girl Scout Cookies, despite the fact that I never made it past being a Brownie (which incidentally, I’d joined because I thought it was a group of girls dedicated to baking). But there are two problems with Girl Scout Cookies: 1) They are seasonal, and 2) They aren’t made for those with food allergies or intolerances in mind.
Enter the Gluten-Free, Vegan Girl Scout Cookie! Thin Mints that are free of Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, and Sesame. And the best part? They’re homemade, so if you feel like having allergy-friendly thin mints off-season, you can! (more…)
Dear Readers on the other side of the pond (England), I’m posting today about an exciting food festival going on in London this weekend, November 25th-27th. If any of you go to this fabulous festival, please let me know how it is. I really wish I could be there too! Here are the details. Please note that I am skipping Allergy Friendly Friday this week, and extending last week’s which will now go through next Friday, so keep adding recipes if you like. They are all great for the winter holidays too.
FREE FROM FOOD FESTIVAL
Friday 25 – Sunday 27 November 2011
Southbank Centre Square, Southbank CentreBelvedere Road, SE1 8XX
FIRST EVER FOOD FESTIVAL DEDICATED TO ‘FREE FROM’ PRODUCTSLAUNCHES AT SOUTHBANK CENTRE
An exciting new food festival, focusing on “Free From” foods is launching on Friday 25th November for three days at Southbank Centre.The inaugural Free From Food Festival, taking place at Southbank Centre Square from Friday 25th – Sunday 27th November 2011, will bring together many “Free From” food specialists and the growing number of artisan producers who create a range of gluten, wheat, dairy, sugar and/or egg free goods. The festival will be of interest to all food lovers, as well as those who are genuinely affected by the foods around them. It will appeal not only to coeliacs, but to those with other food intolerances (dairy in particular) through to anyone curious about or wanting to make lifestyle changes to their diet.Demonstrations & Tastings: Check out what will be there!
The festival promises to have a variety of companies and individuals showcasing their unique, high quality products as well as a schedule of demonstrations, talks and tutored tastings, given by the exhibiting producers themselves, as well as visiting chefs and authorities from the “Free From” world.
Exhibitors will be on hand to educate, offer samples, sell and display their goods, thereby creating an environment where people can learn about, shop, eat and gain further confidence about “Free From” foods as alternative substitutes.
Organiser Caroline Aherne explains “I’m really pleased to be bringing together a diverse range of producers where visitors can learn about and try the artisan “free from” foods and drink on offer and meet many of the passionate people behind them. There’s definitely an interest in alternative grains and dairy substitutes for mainstream products as well as people wanting knowledge about how to cook and use these. The Free From Food Festival will set the scene for learning more as well as being able to get a wide range of products under one roof.”
As it’s close to Christmas, many producers will have gluten-free, wheat-free and dairy-free seasonal produce that visitors to the festival can purchase there or order for themselves, friends or family, thereby making Christmas and the holidays an occasion that everyone can enjoy. Companies such as Wag Free will be selling their latest range of gluten free savoury and Christmas products, Inspiralled and Conscious Food will showcase their more healthy Christmas food gift options and Jaz and Jules will be showcasing their delicious Organic Hot Chocolate.