Healthy smoothie ingredients. (Photo via Flickr)
‘Tis the season to overindulge. Fortunately, these cleansing smoothie recipes serve a multitude of purposes: they’re perfect for on-the-go fuel while you’re busy getting in the holiday spirit, and they’re packed with healthy ingredients that will help your body detoxify from the inside out. Follow along with these recipes for delicious drinks that can boost your immune system, provide key nutrients like fiber and potassium, and — most important — still taste great!
A homemade green smoothie is packed with nutrients. (Photo via Flickr)
Cleansing Smoothie Recipes
Tropical Green Smoothie
This smoothie produces a beautiful green color and a hint of exotic flavor. Kiwi is a powerhouse for vitamin C, and pineapple and celery help keep you hydrated.
- 1 kiwi
- 1 banana
- 1/4 cup pineapple, roughly chopped (can substitute frozen pineapple chunks)
- 2 celery stalks
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 cup water (can sub coconut water for extra tropical flavor)
Combine all ingredients and blend. For a thicker smoothie, add ice and/or freeze pre-cut kiwi, banana, and pineapple in advance.
Antioxidant All-Star Smoothie
Berries are the star of the show in this smoothie, which blends up to a vibrant shade of purple. Oats add extra protein while berries boast antioxidants that can help stimulate the immune system and fight sickness.
- 1.5 cups frozen berry mix (blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries)
- 1.5 cups coconut milk
- 1 cup purified water
- 1/8 cup rolled oats
Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Substitute almond milk for coconut milk if desired.
Cherry-Chocolate Detox Smoothie
It’s dark and rich, but it’s also good for you!
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder (can substitute cocoa powder)
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
- 5 red endive leaves
- 1/4 cup frozen dark red cherries
- 8-10 oz. water
- Stevia to taste
Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Substitute water for almond milk if desired to create even more depth of flavor.
Fall and winter bring a host of healthy-eating pitfalls — just ask Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. In addition to feeling tempted by decadent foods, people often don’t have extra time to cook thanks to busy schedules during the holiday season. Fortunately, if you live in the Metairie, Kenner, and River Ridge areas, there are plenty of fresh, healthy dining options to keep your hunger and your health in check. Unsure of what to order? No matter which restaurant you choose, nutritionists suggest swapping standard sides for a healthier pick like vegetables, choosing entrees that are steamed, trading white rice for brown rice, and skipping empty calories like bread or tortilla chips.
Shrimp and feta from Byblos. (Photo via Facebook)
Healthy Dining Options
Mediterranean & International
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Fall is a perennial favorite for so many reasons. The Saints season starts again (who dat!), the weather cools down just a touch, and fall festivals help everyone get in the spirit. There’s also nothing quite like pulling on a cozy sweater and sipping on a warm drink brimming with the flavors of fall. But you don’t have to hit Starbucks for that famous Pumpkin Spice Latte. Save some cash by taking the DIY route — the results are just as delicious!
A homemade pumpkin spice latte. (Photo via Pexels)
Fall Drink Recipes
Quick Pumpkin Spice Latte
Faster than waiting in line at Starbucks!
- 1/4 cup brewed espresso
- 1 cup whole milk, divided
- 1 tbsp. white sugar (or more to taste)
- 1 tbsp. pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Whisk 1/2 cup of the whole milk with the sugar, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract in a saucepan over low heat. Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Whisk in the remaining 1/2 cup of milk.
- Pour mixture through a sieve to remove any pulp. Return the mixture to the saucepan and simmer while whisking for 2 minutes.
- Add espresso and whisk until foamy, about one minute.
Too hot outside for a warm drink? Try this iced pumpkin spice latte recipe from A Cozy Kitchen!
The flavors of fall abound in this pumpkin smoothie.
Spiced Fall Punch
As this fragrant mixture simmers on the stove, your whole home will smell just like autumn.
- 2 oranges
- 6 cups apple juice
- 2 1/4 cups pineapple juice
- 3 tbsp. lemon juice
- 8 whole cloves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/4 cup honey
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Stud the oranges with the whole cloves, and bake for 30 minutes.
- In a large saucepan, combine the apple juice and cinnamon stick. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove the mixture from heat and carefully stir in the nutmeg, honey, lemon juice, and pineapple juice.
- Add the clove-studded oranges on top and serve hot.
Perfect for when you’re craving fall flavors but the temperature says otherwise!
- 1 can pumpkin puree (16 0z.)
- 2 cups milk (can substitute almond milk)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar (can substitute honey)
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Add all ingredients to blender along with desired amount of ice. Blend until smooth.
- Tip: you can partially freeze the pumpkin puree and use in place of ice. You can also add a frozen banana to the mixture.
Recipes via AllRecipes
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At the Bella Ridge Brown Bag Wine Tasting Party, our residents and their guests tasted 8 different wines ranging from $6 – $38. Sip after sip, votes for the crowd favorites poured in.
Contending for the crown in the Merlot category, we had Chateau Ste. Michelle, Crow Canyon, Swanson Vineyards and Ramspeck. Among the Sauvignon Blanc contenders were Oak Grove Vineyards, Mohua, J. Lohr and Cake Bread Cellars.
The winners? You might be surprised.
- Crow Canyon ($6)
- Chateau Ste. Michelle ($16)
- Ramspeck ($19)
- Swanson Vineyards ($38)
- J. Lohr ($17)
- Oak Grove Vineyards ($8)
- Cake Bread Cellars ($30)
- Mohua ($12)
Turns out your wallet doesn’t have to take a hit for you to snag wine that’s the hit of the party! Win your friends over this weekend with a wine that’s surprisingly inexpensive and incredibly delicious!
To sip on something from this list, visit Martin Wine Cellar or any local grocer!
Cooking is a great way to connect with loved ones and save a little money while you’re at it. But home food prep can become less affordable when you consider all the kitchen tools you need to put a meal together. While we always prefer quality over quantity every time, there are a few shortcuts you can take to save cash when it comes to kitchen tools. Take a look at five items where you can save and five where you should splurge– you’ll have a chef-worthy kitchen in no time!
Our Surf Rider apartment community in Metairie offers spacious kitchens perfect for foodies.
SAVE: Affordable Kitchen Tools
Mixing Bowls: No need for fancy ceramic bowls here. A set of simple, stainless steel bowls will provide you with the mixing space you need and also resist bacteria buildup. Bonus? They also perfect for a lunchtime salad or gigantic bowl of cereal.
Baking Sheets: Baking sheets are prone to food buildup, so no need to purchase expensive ones that will lose their luster quickly anyway. Pro tip: use a topper like aluminum foil or a Silpat sheet to preserve the smooth surface.
Spatula: Even the most expensive spatulas are still relatively affordable, but since these don’t get much wear and tear, an inexpensive model will last!
Colander: Whether for draining pasta or rinsing fruit and vegetables, this smart tool doesn’t have to be a splurge. Any model will do, although we recommend stainless steel over plastic for its antibacterial properties.
Nonstick pan: This is a kitchen workhorse, meaning that it’ll accumulate wear and tear quickly. It’s best to replace the pan as it wears (evidence suggests the nonstick coating can have carcinogenic properties as the coating breaks down).
SPLURGE: High-Quality Necessities
Stainless Steel Skillet: Unlike a nonstick pan, this is a kitchen necessity where you can (and should) spend a little extra. These pans are good for everything from pancakes and eggs to steaks and chicken – and since they don’t have a coating, it’s better to get a high-quality pan that will last and last.
Cutting Board: A teak wood cutting board is an incredible kitchen tool. Instead of a cheap plastic board, teak wood boards are easier on your knives and also limit bacteria – even if any sinks into the wood, it can’t survive inside (unlike a plastic board where bacteria can hang out on top).
Food processor: The right food processor will make you a whiz in the kitchen. The key here is to opt for a quality processor that actually does the job. Cheaper models often don’t process the food properly and are prone to breaking quickly.
Storage containers: Hear us out – it might be tempting to buy cheap, plastic storage containers, but consider spending a little extra on quality containers that won’t crack, are BPA free, and are microwave safe. Brands like Tupperware and Pyrex are a good place to start.
Olive Oil: Did you know that a high percentage of olive oils available for purchase are actually fraudulent? Oils of inferior quality are being passed off as extra virgin olive oil. Instead, reach for real, high-end oils or go for a happy medium with Whole Foods California 365 – it’s “real” olive oil at a more digestible price point.