April 29, 2015

The Gladiator

The Gladiator

I once devoted an entire post to discussing how I thought the color orange was the middle child of the kitchen – sometimes forgotten and passed up for more trendy greens and purples. I am the middle child of my family.  Admittedly I’ve fallen victim to the middle child stereotype before, and I mean that in the least wallow-y way possible because my parents are the best and I still live at home and suck at the teet of their bank account and hi and I love you so much.  There are times, though, when I feel lost and forgotten and indulge in emotional meltdowns. And by that I mean biweekly hysterics showcasing really, really ugly Kim-K-like crying. During these moments, my dad looks at me and usually says “Kate, it’s time to be a gladiator.” It’s not meant to be in a cold, heartless, suck-it-up manner, but moreso, you’re stronger than whatever it is that’s bothering you right now. And I love that. Just with that simple line, I feel wow-ered and empowered.  And this juice is my most earnest way of embodying everything my dad has taught me in my 23 years.  It’s packed with vitamins that provide immune strength as well as herbs that energize and balance mood for times when you otherwise want to self-destruct. And I think that’s true for diet in general.  When you choose foods that directly benefit your health, your brain, mood, and overall demeanor are positively affected.  So on that note, I humbly present to you my glass of gladiator.

Ingredients:

  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Juice of 1 grapefruit
  • Juice of 2 carrots
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp bee pollen (for garnish)

Directions:

  1. juice orange and grapefruit and add all spices in a blender
  2. add carrots
  3. blend
  4. strain
  5. drink get your gladiator on

Superfood Spotlight

Vitamin A: carrots – essential for normal growth and development, for maintenance of skin, and for good teeth and bones

Vitamin C: grapefruit / oranges – the most effective antioxidant in the human blood; stimulate the immune system and cleanse the body of carcinogenic free radicals; essential for the formation of connective tissue all over the body

Ginger:

Cinnamon:

Turmeric:

Black pepper:

Maca powder:

Bee pollen:

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