Category Archives: Fruits

Citrus Juice

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On the site JUICERECIPES they have a calculator to figure what you are really drinking in term of vitamins, minerals, calories.. you can find it HERE

So in the juice (2 cups, about 2 glasses) I just made there is…

–  252 calories,

–  24 % Daily Value (DV) of potassium,

–  263 % DV of Vitamin C,

– 12 % DV of iron

– 19 % DV of Calcium

– 5 g of proteins

and much more.

Awww the other day the oranges and the grapefruits were in sale at the supermarket so I bought many… we ate a lot, haha (the kids are BIG fans of oranges and usually I’m not the biggest grapefruit fan but don’t ask me why, since I’m pregnant I started to love like crazy that fruit..) but I decided to juice some too. The result was very delicious. Usually I try not to put too much grapefruit in my juices/smoothies/recipes because my husband don’t like that a lot, but this time he liked the juice a lot! Yeah!

Servings

2  cups

Ingredients

* 4 oranges

* 1 pink grapefruit

* 1 lime  (I kept the skin on)

* 1 medium apple

(I added an apple to add a little sweetness in all that acidity)

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Directions

* Peel and cut the fruits. (Except for the lime and the apple, I left the skin on)

* Juice.

* Serve and Enjoy.

You can store the juice between 24-48 hours in a glass container in the refrigerator.

Kiwi Chips

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The kiwi is an awesome fruit, not only because it’s super delicious but because it has a lot of health benefits.

One kiwi gives you more vitamin C than an orange. It’s packed with fibers (so very good for fighting constipation during pregnancy, hahaha), vitamin E, folic acid (it’s very important for expectant mothers and it’s always better to take folic acid in real food than in pills) and many more minerals.

Servings

Depend on the number of kiwis you are using

Ingredients

* Kiwis

* 4 cups water

* 1 cup lemon juice

* dehydrator

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Directions

* Peel the kiwis. (Use only ripe fruits!) Slice kiwis into 1/4-inch chips. The thinner the slices are, the faster they will dehydrate.

* Place all the kiwi slices in the lemon solution and let them rest for 4-5 minutes.

* Drain the extra lemon juice and lay the kiwi slices on the dehydrator tray. Leave enough space between kiwi slices on the tray to allow sufficient air flow for drying.

* Put the trays into the dehydrator and set the temperature to 135’F . Close the dehydrator and let the kiwis dry. Check them after 4-5 hours (about half way through) so you will be able to manage the time left. It will also help the slices to dry more evenly. It took me around 8-9 hours to get great kiwi chips.

*Kiwi chips are not like crispy fruit chips like banana for example. they are more chewy. Store dried chips into an air tight container when they are fully cool. Store at room temperature.

* Enjoy!

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Papaya, Orange & Lime juice

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On the site JUICERECIPES they have a calculator to figure what you are really drinking in term of vitamins, minerals, calories.. you can find it HERE

So in the juice (2 1/2 cups, about 2 glasses) I just made there is…

– 176 calories,

–  18 % Daily Value (DV) of potassium,

–  301 % DV of Vitamin C,

– 13 % DV of iron

– 14 % DV of Calcium

– 3  g of proteins

and much more.

Right after I did the papaya-mango juice, I did this one. they are both so delicious. The other day I bought a very large papaya for like 2,50$, I was super happy about that, hehe.

It’s another awesome juice to bring sunshine and happiness to the cold weather. It’s super sunny today, it’s a very beautiful day.. but when I look outside, everything is covered in snow. Tropical fruits always makes me happy, is it the tons of vitamins in them or just the fact that I love them a lot.. don’t know, but one thing is sure, this juice is good for me (and for you too!)

I’m totally addicted to juicing now, haha! But I’ll continue to do smoothies too since it’s super healthy and delicious too. Talking of smoothies, yesterday I sliced and froze 6 bananas. It’s way cooler to use in a smoothie than water or ice, yay!

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Just in front of me when I’m at the computer, there is that quote from an unknown person.. I wanted to share it with you all because I strongly believe in that quote. Each day we change, we evolve, we are older after each breath we take.  I think we have to be the person we want to be, the person who makes us truly happy. Now that I’m working out seriously (tomorrow I’ll start my 4th week) it means even more to me. It was time for me to create a new me. To take time for me, to be happy, to be healthier than ever.

Each day, multiple times, I look at that artwork and told myself to continue in that journey to be happy.

Servings

2 1/2 cups

Ingredients

* 1/2 large ripe papaya, peeled, seeded

* 2 large oranges, peeled

* 1/2 lime  (I kept the peel on)

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Directions

* Cut the fruits.

* Juice.

* Serve and Enjoy.

You can store the juice between 24-48 hours in a glass container in the refrigerator.

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Papaya & Mango Juice

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On the site JUICERECIPES they have a calculator to figure what you are really drinking in term of vitamins, minerals, calories.. you can find it HERE

So in the juice (1 1/3 cups) I just made there is…

– 228 calories,

–  19 % Daily Value (DV) of potassium,

–  280% DV of Vitamin C,

–  13 % DV of iron

– 8 % DV of Calcium

– 3  g of proteins

and much more.

What an awesome combination, both mango and papaya are awesome fruits! they are so fresh, so colorful, they kind of bring sunshine in the cold Canadian winter, yay!

Servings

1 1/3 cups

Ingredients

* 1/2 large ripe papaya, peeled, seeded

* 1 large ripe mango, peeled and cored

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Directions

* Cut the fruits.

* Juice.

* Serve and Enjoy.

You can store the juice between 24-48 hours in a glass container in the refrigerator.

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Beet & Pineapple Juice

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On the site JUICERECIPES they have a calculator to figure what you are really drinking in term of vitamins, minerals, calories.. you can find it HERE

So in the juice (3 cups) I just made there is… (It’s like 2 big glasses)

– 273 calories,

– 28 % Daily Value (DV) of potassium,

– 187 % DV of Vitamin C,

– 36 % DV of iron

– 8% DV of Calcium

–  6 g of proteins

and much more.

I love beets.. A LOT!!!!!! And I love pineapple a lot too, so hey it’s like the perfect combination for me, hahaha! During our honeymoon in the dry region of Los Cabos, Mexico in 2012, I used to drink plenty of beet-pineapple juice (I got pregnant with my son at the same time, haha! Just the perfect holiday), so drinking that juice reminds me of these great memories. Mmmm that juice was delicious!!!

I peeled the beets since I bought them without the leaves and their skin were kind of dry.. but next time I’ll use beets with their greens (that I will juice too)

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Servings

3  cups

Ingredients

* 1/2 large ripe pineapple

* 5 small beets (or 3 medium size)

* 1 apple

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Directions

* Wash, peel (pineapple & beets), core (for the apple) and cut the fruits/veggies.

* Juice.

* Pour the juice into a strainer (over a bowl), because the beet and pineapple kind of make foam.

* Serve and Enjoy.

You can store the juice between 24-48 hours in a glass container in the refrigerator.

Tropical Juice

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On the site JUICERECIPES they have a calculator to figure what you are really drinking in term of vitamins, minerals, calories.. you can find it HERE

So in the juice (3 1/2 cups) I just made there is… (It’s like 2 big glasses)

– 360 calories,

– 22% Daily Value (DV) of potassium,

– 324% DV of Vitamin C,

– 19% DV of iron

– 11% DV of Calcium

– 17 % DV of Vitamin A

– 5 g of proteins

and much more.

Awwww homemade is always the best, hehe!

I’m really glad I finally bought a juicer. Homemade juices are just way too good! I’m not only talking of the taste, but it’s good for your body too!

I’m a big pineapple juice fan and I’m very pleased with this homemade juice, yay! Can’t wait to give a glass to my husband (he’s sleeping, hehe), I’m sure he will love it!

Today I tried something new (well juicing was kind of new for me too, hehe) I used the mango pulp in a muffin recipe.. they are good, hehe! I’ll post the recipe right after this one.

Have a nice sunny day!

Servings

3 1/2 cups

Ingredients

* 1/2 large ripe pineapple

* 1 large ripe mango

* 1 orange

* 1 apple

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Directions

* Wash, peel (for the orange, mango and the pineapple), core (for the apple) and cut the fruits.

* Juice.

* Serve and Enjoy.

You can store the juice between 24-48 hours in a glass container in the refrigerator.

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I had to sit down my big boy Auguste near the juicer because he’s super curious and was super mad that he wasn’t seeing what was happening, hehe!

Kiwi & Mango Juice

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On the site JUICERECIPES, they have a calculator to figure what you are really drinking in term of vitamins, minerals, calories.. you can find it HERE

So in the juice (3 cups) I made this morning there was…

– 346 calories,

27% Daily Value (DV) of potassium,

– 312% DV of Vitamin C,

– 15% DV of iron

– 13% DV of Calcium

– 17 % DV of Vitamin A

– 5 g of proteins

and much more.

How awesome is that!?!

This time the taste is way sweeter (not like the carrot juice I posted before, hehe)

Servings

3 cups

Ingredients

* 1 ripe mango

* 3 kiwis

* 2 apples

* 1 orange

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Directions

* Wash, peel (for the orange and the watermelon), core (for the apple and the pear) and cut the fruits.

* Juice.

* Serve and Enjoy.

You can store the juice between 24-48 hours in a glass container in the refrigerator.

Carrot & Fruit Juice

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The other day I finally bought a juicer (awwww after all these weeks I was talking about juicers with my husband, haha)

I was so excited to received it!! 😀 Yay! Finally I’m able to do juices to, not only smoothies (but hey, I love smoothies.. a lot!)I decided to buy an Omega 8005 juicer because the reviews were very good and that I trust that brand. I’m reading the juicing book that I bought at the same time and also looking all over the internet to find cool and delicious ideas. If you have some, please share them with me, hehe!

This morning I found a website that calculate everything there is inside the juice you’re making, I mean, vitamins, calories.. You just have to click HERE. They have tons of awesome recipes, but the calculator tool is just fantastic!

With that, I was able to learn that in the 3 1/4 cups of juice I made, there was:

– 307 calories,

29% Daily Value (DV) of potassium,

– 260% DV of Vitamin C,

– 20% DV of iron

– 15% DV of Calcium

– 56 % DV of Vitamin A

– 5 g of proteins

and much more.

How awesome is that!?!

It was the first time I was really juicing, well not really.. back in the days I had a very basic juicer but it was working like crap, haha! So first time for the real deal. Next time, I’ll go smoother on the carrots.. hahaha! What a STRONG taste!!!!! My husband loved the juice a lot. I found it very good, but very strong.

It’s just the beginning of a love story between me and the juicer 😉

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Today I start the second week of my new life, exercising, juicing, eating less, awww I feel AWESOME! Last time I weighted myself (4 days after starting) I was already at -2 pounds. YAY! Each day I want to do more and more exercise, I’m so motivated, it’s making me happier! I’m doing the P90 program, squat challenge and elliptical each day.

I took pictures at the beginning, can’t wait to take new ones after 1 month 🙂

Servings

3 1/4 cups

Ingredients

* 1 large carrot

* 3 kiwis

* 1 apple

* 1 orange

* 1 pear

* A large slice of watermelon (about the size of two apples)

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Directions

* Wash, peel (for the orange and the watermelon), core (for the apple and the pear) and cut the fruits.

* Juice. (To prevent your juicer to be clogged, juice smooth things, then something hard like a carrot, then another smooth fruit.)

* Serve and Enjoy.

You can store the juice between 24-48 hours in a glass container in the refrigerator.

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Smoothies (and my new Ninja blender)

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As a mom I never buy very expensive stuff for myself, I only spend on my kids (okkkk and on cookbooks, hahahaha but I mostly buy them on sale on amazon, haha!), but for once I bought myself a brand new Ninja Blender! I was thinking about it for a while and I finally did the move! The day I bought it, it was on sale for 200$CA+Tx..instead of 300$CA+tx! Yeah! 😀 As always I loooooove bargains!

After thinking about it, it’s not really for me after all, but for my whole family, especially my husband that became a super smoothie fan since I’m making him some with my blender. Aww that’s good, so I can stop feeling guilty as Hell for spending a lot of money on myself! I got rid (hey not in the garbage I gave them to people!) of my old friends (my blender, my food processor and my juicer) to only use my Ninja now.

The first time I used it I was impressed, it’s not a joke when they say it’s a beast! It’s soooooo powerful!!! You have a perfect smoothie in 20 seconds!!!! Like i said, my husband is now a big addict, he wants one every day (and sometimes more than one) but I’m super happy with that because usually he don’t eat a lot of fruits and veggies (I mean just like that, not in a dish). He’s also loosing weight for the past two months so it help him stay on the right track.

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Here’s some example of smoothies I made.. each day I do one different, because I use whatever I want or have at the moment… but we have a favorite combination (my husband and I) it’s pineapple and pink grapefruit, then I add other fruits (and ice!! to have a great texture and to have a cold smoothie). It’s two awesome fruits together because they help your body to loose weight by helping your digestive system. I never been a grapefruit fan (an orange fan!) but in smoothies it’s very good. We also love to add an avocado! What a cool way to eat healthy fats!

Ninja did something good.. they made us smoothies addicts! HAHA!

It’s good for my man, for my kids, and for me (but I was always eating fruits and veggies like crazy) who is breastfeeding my 2 1/2 months old son, so many vitamins in a glass without losing the pulp like in a juicer. When it’s good for my family, I’m happy because my family is what I love the most in the world! they are my everything!!! 🙂

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Auguste ( 2 1/2 months old)

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Dalie ( 2 1/3 years old)

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My hubby Luc (and Auguste hehe)

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So if you have super awesome smoothie recipes for me, pleasssssse share them!!!!! 😀

Strawberry Sorbet

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Yesterday I had family members (mom and sis) who came to my house to spend the day… so I made this sorbet because my sis is lactose intolerant.

It was very delicious and everyone enjoyed it! Especially our big girl Dalie, she’s like me, a big fan of frozen desserts, haha, and it’s ok since it’s almost like eating plain strawberries.. but frozen! It’s very hot since 2 weeks in Quebec (over 25’C each day and super sunny, no rain at all) so it’s always refreshing to eat something cold.

Another thing.. I made a recipe without a huge amount of sugar, since my husband is dieting. (Ohhh and even if I’m not, I’m trying to get in a better shape too.. I already lost 18.5 pounds in 3 weeks (since my boy is born) Hooray!) )

Servings

4-5 servings

Ingredients

* 1/3 cup water

* 1/3 cup sugar

* 1 pound of fresh strawberries

* 1 tablespoon lemon juice

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Directions

* Before even starting the recipe, make sure your ice cream maker bowl is in the freezer, in fact it takes about 16-24 hours to be totally frozen. I put it in my huge vertical freezer and it takes about 16 hours to be rock solid.

* In a saucepan over low heat, combine water and sugar. Stir until the sugar is totally dissolved. Boil for 1-2 minutes then remove from heat. Pour the mixture into a container and put it in the fridge.

* Put all the strawberries (washed and cut) into a food processor and process until the strawberries are pureed. In a bowl combine the puree and the lemon juice. cover and put it in the fridge.

* Once the syrup and the fruits are cold, combine both.

* Pour the mixture into the ice cream maker and put it on. Calculate about 15 minutes to reach the perfect texture. (the mixture has to thickened)

* Since the sorbet will a little softer than usual, if you want a more firm texture, remove the ice cream from the bowl and put it in another freezer safe container. Freeze for few hours. (This is what I did)

* Remove from the freezer, wait few minutes and serve.

* Enjoy!

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