Today is my 200th video on Radiance Central!!! We’ve got to celebrate! I’ve put together my favourite Chocolate Covered Strawberries recipe (it’s really decadent, so I’m warning you now!), plus a 10% discount on all items here at Radiance Central, and below is also a selection of the 10 most popular videos from the last hundred I did!
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2 pints of Strawberries
1/4 cup Cacao Powder
1/4 cup Maple Syrup
1/4 cup Butter (grass fed, organic) or Coconut Oil
1- Line a plate or tray with parchment paper.
2- Mix cacao powder, maple syrup, and butter/coconut oil in a bowl (make sure the butter or coconut oil is soft before mixing).
3- Dip the fresh strawberries in the chocolate sauce and place on the lined plate or tray.
4- Refrigerate for at least 30-60 minutes before serving (the longer it’s in the fridge, the better!)
See the recipe demo on today’s video below!
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So this month, let’s get the green juice in! Let’s drink green juice every day this month! If you don’t have a juicer, I made a video today showing how to make green juice using a blender and a strainer. If you don’t have either for the Healthy Habits Challenge, some people are making green drinks mixing green powder and water, and drinking that daily (if you want to go that route, I recommend HealthForce Vitamineral Green).
Can you make a green juice using a blender instead of a juicer?
I get asked a lot if you can make a green juice, vegetable juice, or any juice using a blender instead of a juicer, and the answer is yes, yes, YES! And, it’s easy! In fact I know some people who prefer making their green juices with a blender and strainer, over using a juicer because the clean-up is much faster! These people have both juicers and blenders, and they reach for their blender and strainers every day to make their green juices. Me, I’ll be honest, I prefer my juicer to make my green juices, but that’s me (and maybe it’s because I have an awesome juicer, and a terrible blender, and strangely enough, I actually like cleaning my juicer!).
Do you need a high speed blender (like a Vitamix or Blendtec)?
No! If you’ve been following my videos, you know I don’t own a turbo blender (not yet!). Back in Canada, I had a KitchenAid blender which I loved, and it was a great blender, but here in Bali I have a terrible blender, probably the opposite of a high speed blender. I would say this blender is not only a “low speed” blender, but the blades are not even sharp! Somehow, it still does make a lovely green juice. So if I can make nice green juices and vegetable juices with my blender, you can make juices with yours.
Additional tools you’ll need to make a green juice with your blender
To make a smooth and delicious green juice, you’ll need a strainer to strain the juice after blending it in the blender. You can use a stainless steel fine mesh strainer, or a nylon nut milk bag (pictured below). The fine mesh strainer you can find at any kitchen supply store or even at a dollar store. Just make sure the mesh is very fine. You can find a nut milk bag at a health food store or online, or alternatively you can go to a hardware store a buy a paint strainer bag, which is the exact same thing, but cheaper! I don’t recommend straining the juices with cheese cloth, if you do, you’ll have to double it up a few times, and it can be quite messy.
(on the left is a nylon nut milk bag. I use mine all the time to strain the juices I make with my juicer, that’s why it’s nice and stained. On the right is a fine mesh strainer. When using a fine mesh strainer to strain your juices, you’ll need a spoon to push the juice through the strainer).
How To Make A Green Juice With A Blender & Strainer
Natasha’s Vitamin C Green Juice Recipe (makes 2 cups)
1 cup Spinach (packed)
1/2 cup Papaya
2 Tangerines or Oranges (peels and all seeds removed)*
1/2 Lime (peel and all seeds removed)*
1 stalk of Celery
1/4 – 1/2 cup Water
* make sure to remove all the seeds from the oranges/tangerines and limes before blending or juicing it. When citrus seeds get juiced or blended, it can ruin the juice! They can make juices quite bitter, so best to take a few moments to make sure they’re all removed before making the juice!
Directions (watch today’s video below):
1- Put all fruits and vegetables in the blender.
2- Start by adding 1/4 cup of water and blend. If you need more water to get the blender going, slowly add more (the more water you add, the more diluted the juice will be, so the less water used, the better!).
3- Blend until smooth.
4- Strain the juice with a nut milk bag or stainless steel fine mesh strainer: Nylon Nut Milk Bag: Fill bag with blended juice, and over a bowl squeeze the liquid out (the fiber/pulp will remain in the bag, and the strained liquids will collect in the bowl. Stainless Steel Fine Mesh Strainer: Over a bowl, fill the strainer with the blended juice, and using a spoon, stir contents in the strainer. The strained liquids will drip into the bowl from the strainer, and the fiber/pulp will remain in the strainer.
5- Discard the remaining fiber/pulp.
6- Drink the strained juice and enjoy!!!
Are you joining us for this month’s Healthy Habits Challenge of drinking a green juice every day for the entire month of May? If so, let us know how your doing, or share your favourite juice recipe! (leave your comments below!)
The last 10 Day Juice Fasting Program starts next Tuesday,May 5th!
I’m working on a NEW online Juice Fasting program coming out this June or July. This program will be a shorter program (7 days total – a 5 day juice fast, and two one-day transition days on and off the fast). The 10 Day Juice Fasting Program in May will be the last time I’m hosting an extended, 10 day juice fast, so if you want to do a long juice fast, join us!!! CLICK HERE to sign-up!!!
Here is a simple, fresh, and delicious way to spice up any fish or poultry.
Sambal Matah is kind of like a salsa or relish, it’s a condiment. It’s typically made out of raw spices like chilis, garlic, and shallots that are finely sliced and chopped, mixed with some salt and oil, and served with fish, seafood, or poultry. There’s many variations of samba matah, many using additional spices and ingredients like ginger, shrimp paste (terasi), kefir lime, lime leaf, etc. In this recipe we’ll be adding some lemongrass, which compliments fish beautifully.
Balinese Sambal Matah with Lemongrass
(makes 2 servings)
1/2 packed cup Shallots (finely sliced)
1 stalk of Lemongrass (bruised and finely sliced)
3 Bird’s Eye Chilis (finely chopped)
1 clove of Garlic (finely chopped/minced)
1 tbsp Coconut Oil (or any oil with a subtle taste)
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
1- Finely slice and chop shallots, garlic, chilis, lemongrass and put in a small mixing bowl.
2- Add salt and oil and mix thoroughly.
3- Serve with fish or poultry (the fish or poultry can be prepared in any way, including steaming, poaching, baking, grilling, pan frying, etc).
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We’re officially half-way through this month’s Healthy Habits Challenge of drinking a minimum of 6-8 cups of water a day! I have to say, I’m really loving this Challenge, and I especially love sticking with just one simple goal for the entire month. What I love the most is it’s doable, if I forget, or I don’t drink enough water in the morning or afternoon, I can always catch-up later on, still meet my goal, and best of all, still get the benefits!
Today I’ve made a video showing how to make infused water. Forget bottled vitamin water, or store-bought flavoured water, make your own! Much cheaper, healthier, and probably purer. It’s really easy to make infused water, doesn’t take much time or effort at all, and what you get is a water that has a little more vitamins and nutrients (vitamin C, antioxidants, even chlorophyll if you’re using herbs or green vegetables).
In the video I show four different examples of infused / flavoured water using fresh mint, citrus fruit, strawberries, and cucumber. Each of these taste different, and will give the water a different nutritional boost.
How to make an infused water
All you need is water (either in a glass, bottle or jar, or even a large pitcher), and either some fruit, berries, fresh herbs, or fresh spices (or a mixture).
Here are just a few ideas of what you can infuse your water with:
Coriander / Cilantro
Garlic (why not?!)
To make the infused water, you would fill up a container or glass with drinking water, and add a small handful of the fruit, herbs, or spices you want to infuse the water with. Make sure to slice or roughly crush the fruit, herb, or spice, so that it can easily infuse or dissolve it’s flavour into the water. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes before drinking. The longer the fruit, spice, or herb soaks in the water, the stronger the taste will be (like tea).
A word of caution…
Enjoy the infused / flavoured water, but make sure not to be drinking it all the time, or exclusively. Too much of anything, is never a good thing! For example, if you were to be drinking tea all day, every day, eventually your teeth would get stained. With the infused water, if you were to be drinking it all day, every day, and nothing else, it might not only stain your teeth, but the fruit sugar could erode your teeth or cause sensitivity. Enjoy a few cups once in a while, maybe even once a day, but make sure to be drinking plenty of plain water as well, so your teeth aren’t always being covered by fruit sugars or naturally occurring acids. Better safe than sorry!
Ready to let go of the sugar and processed food once and for all??!!
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Valentines Day is this weekend and this Coconut Lemonade recipe is a perfect remedy after a big night out where perhaps you drank to much alcohol, have a hangover, ate too much rich food, didn’t get enough sleep, or you’re just feeling run down. This is the ultimate restorative drink!
Fresh coconut water is packed with electrolytes, and fresh lemon juice is known to be a perfect liver tonic. The two combined will get anyone on the road to recovery! I must say this is also a great post-workout drink, especially after intense cardio exercise.
Easy to make, all you need to do is crack open a fresh young coconut, juice a lemon (or lime), and combine the coconut water with the lemon juice. If you want to be creative with this drink, you can chop-up some of the young coconut meat and add it in (a popular thing to do here in Indonesia!). This drink can be served over ice or on it’s own, and no need to add any sweetener, the coconut water is definitely sweet enough! I always say “fresh is best,” but for those that don’t have access to fresh coconuts, bottled coconut water could be used as long as it’s pure and no added sweeteners or additives.
Want to do a cleanse??!!!! Join the next 7 Day Raw Food Challenge! 7 full days on a 100% raw food diet will definitely kick start a healthy diet, get the weight loss going, and make you feel and look great!! Once you sign-up, you’ll receive an ebook with Recipes, a full Menu Planner and Shopping List. Once the Challenge begins, you’ll have access to the Private Online Forum and Daily Videos specifically made for the 7 Day Raw Food Challenge. Click Here to join now!– The next 7 Day Raw Food Challenge starts Monday, February 16, 2015!!!