Spotlight on Raspberry Lemongrass

The Breakdown:  2 ½ cups of Raspberries, 1 ½ ounces of Lemongrass

The Benefits:  Raspberries are known for their high antioxidant content. Raspberries are also a great anti-inflammatory. Lemongrass is known to relive stress, insomnia, and help the body release harmful toxins.

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Ways to Enjoy:

  • Chilled and straight from the bottle
  • Raspberry Lemongrass Balsamic Salad Dressing/Marinade
  • Pour Raspberry Lemongrass RAAW Juice over ice and add a splash of lemonade.

Raspberry Lemongrass Balsamic Salad Dressing/Marinade Recipe:

 

What you’ll need20140709_191803 (Vary measurements based on desired amount) –

  • 6 to 7 Tablespoons of Raspberry Lemongrass RAAW™ Juices
  • 2 Tablespoons of balsamic vinegar or balsamic glaze – we used Modenaceti  Balsamico Di Modena  (note: using balsamic glaze will give you a slightly sweeter and thicker result)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil – We used Shop Rite brand.
  • A pinch of fresh ground black pepper to taste.

What to do –

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and wisk together. Use over your favorite salads or as a marinade on chicken.

How long it lasts –

  • If you have any left over, store in an air tight container and use within two to three days.

 

 (Read more about the benefits of raspberries here:  http://www.livestrong.com/article/419257-benefits-of-raspberries/ and lemongrass here: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-719-LEMONGRASS.aspx?activeIngredientId=719&activeIngredientName=LEMONGRASS)

Spotlight on Better Beets

The Breakdown:  1 ½ Beets per bottle of Better Beets

Benefits:  Beets are a vegetable known to boost stamina, and are loaded with vitamins and iron. Beets are a great way to help maintain cardiovascular health.  It is a great aid in lowering blood pressure.

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Ways to enjoy: 

  • Chilled and straight from the bottle.
  • Although our Better Beets contains an amount of pineapple juice, pour into glass and mix with a splash of pineapple juice and ice.
  • Get creative and add a splash to summertime side dishes perfect for BBQs, like in potato salad or hummus for a unique delicious twist!

Our recipe for Beet Juice Hummus:

What’s needed –

  • Your favorite classic hummus, homemade or store bought. We’re using Tribe’s original classic hummus.
  • 1 can of washed chickpeas (if needed)
  •  2 to 4 tablespoons of Better Beets RAAW™ Juice
  • Fresh veggies (such as carrots, sliced bell peppers, or cucumbers) or pita chips for dipping

How to –

 In a blender combine the classic hummus and desired amount of Better Beets RAAW™ Juice, using more to increase flavor strength. Blend until mixed.  If consistency has become watery, add appropriate amount of canned washed chickpeas. Blend until smooth.  Pour hummus mixture into a serving bowl and serve with fresh veggies or pita chips for dipping.

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See what Doctor Oz has to say about beet juice (Source: Dr. Oz; unaffiliated with RAAW™ Juice): http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/benefits-beet-juice

 

Giving Back

Giving Back!

When I think about community and charity, I think about trying to make a difference. I think about teaching my daughter the value of life and it’s privileges. I think about leaving my community a better place then what it is now and I think about making our world a little better.

It’s so easy to give back and do something for your community, but how committed are you to a cause. When most people talk about giving back it’s usually very broad. There’s no personal connection. It’s easy to write a check or put in a few hours of help, but people rarely work one-on-one with a person or a cause.

I firmly believe in order to really give back it has to start with being personal. Whether it’s cleaning up a neighborhood, working with children or feeding those in need, when it’s personal, you can feel the difference.

I commend everyone who makes it a point to give back. We need check writers and we need charity gala’s but if your up for it, try the personal touch. It really does feed the soul.

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RAAW and my family…

I was introduced to RAAW juices 2 years ago. I will admit, I am not a big health person, but since I’ve become a mother, nutrition is always on my mind. When I tried the juice for the first time, I was skeptical. The bottle looked beautiful and the colors and design were very appealing, but ‘Vegetables and Fruit’ and it taste great? We’ll see.

To my wonderful surprise, it was AMAZING!!! I couldn’t believe that something this healthy was not only good for me and my family, but it tasted great. I have tried juicing, eating more vegetables, and fruit, but it always felt like a chore. Like most people, life is hectic. I’m a mother, wife and a full time career woman. I eat most of my meals in the car and every once in a while I’ll pay for a high price smoothie when I feel run down.

This madness has to stop and thanks to RAAW, we are becoming a healthier family. I like to start my day with a RAAW – preferable Passion Fruit Wheat grass – and in between school and swim class, my 9 year old likes to grab a Strawberry Purple Carrot. My husband enjoys the Pineapple Cucumber and from time to time, we’ll all share a Better Beets.

I highly recommend everyone try these drinks. Yes the nutritional value is important, but my favorite thing about this product is how it makes me feel. I feel GREAT!!!!

Sincerely,

Mayra Uribe
Wife, Mother and Co-host of Action Sports Show – ‘Kevin Sutton Show, All Action Sports, All the time’

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Resolutions to Make for 2014

When the ball dropped in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, millions of people made resolutions to eat better and live healthier. However, come February, many of those lofty goals will be out the window.

New Year’s resolutions often fall to the wayside because they are too generic, overwhelming or unattainable. Instead, it is better to make simple resolutions with specific action plans to help you meet your goals. Just take it one day at a time. Also, keep in mind that many of the resolutions we strive to achieve are lifestyle changes—they can take the entire year to accomplish.

Here are our top food resolutions and suggestions to make for 2014:

• Keep your Goals Attainable: Remember that resolutions such as “eating healthier” and “getting in shape” are very large goals to achieve. Not only are these goals, they are lifestyle changes! Set a big picture resolution, and keep yourself on track all year with smaller, monthly goals. Simple, attainable, monthly goals are a sure-fire way to stay up beat and motivated throughout the entire year.

• RAAWard Yourself: Stay motivated and on track all year long by treating yourself occasionally. If your resolution is to get in shape, don’t beat yourself up for missing a day at the gym; instead, be positive about all of the days you do go. Another method of staying positive—cheat once in a while on your new diet. Changing your eating habits can be tough. In moderation, sneaking a sweet treat once in a while will keep the temptation at bay in the long run.

• Divorce your Phone: A fun incentive to make sure you aren’t nose deep in a juicy article at dinner—have everyone place their phones in the center of the table at the beginning of the meal; the first to pick up their phone before the meal is over, picks up the tab. Not only will you get the quality time with those closest to you, you won’t be comparing your resolution results with folks in faraway places, or tempted to sway from your goals by decadent recipes on Pinterest.

• Cut out Soda: Soda is, for the most part, a lot of empty calories and harmful chemicals; and that includes diet soda. The National Cancer Institute has warned people about the excessive use of aspartame (a sweetener used in many diet drinks). Instead, swap out your soda with water, juice, or tea. Don’t try to do it all at once, especially if you are a soda fiend. Rather, try to cut down to one a day, and then slowly go from there.

• Reach for more Fresh Juice: Juicing is a great way to get your daily recommended dose of veggies and fruits. However, juicing your own fresh produce can be very time consuming and expensive. Instead, reach for ready-made juices such as RAAW™ Juices (produced by Raw Foods International). They are vegan, gluten free, non-GMO verified, kosher, and contain no added preservatives or flavoring, no water, and no added sugars. Not to mention, they are delicious, so your whole family is sure to enjoy them!

• Think about Nutrition: Don’t make yourself a slave to a specific caloric intake each day. Instead, look for ways to bring more nutrition into your life, such as big green salad for lunch and fish and veggies for dinner. Additionally, Dr. Oz suggests that you get your fruits and veggies in all day long. Don’t try to eat each day’s recommended serving at supper. Instead, have some fresh veggies in your omelet for breakfast, snack on a smoothie with spinach or on a fresh pear, and sauce up those dinner time veggies—if you make them fun and desirable to eat, you are significantly more likely to keep them in your diet. It’s more fun than counting calories and eating unpleasant diet fare, and it is more effective in the long run.

Spiced Strawberry Purple Carrot RAAW™ Cider

Eating healthy and making smart choices isn’t always easy, especially during the winter months. Not only is the weather frigid and unforgiving, for many of us, fruits and vegetables are out-of-season.

If this bone-chilling winter weather has you reaching for calorie laden lattes and rich hot chocolate instead of fruits and veggies, you are not alone. However, now is the time when your body is craving fresh nutrients in order to help you stay focused and energetic. Sugary drinks might satisfy in the moment, but they won’t keep you active and feeling good throughout the day.

Luckily, we have a cozy, family-friendly solution that can satisfy your sweet tooth, all while ensuring that you are sharing a healthier drink this time of the year. Make a batch of Spiced Strawberry Purple Carrot RAAW™ Cider for you and your family to enjoy tonight!

It’s a breeze to throw together too! We know you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen preparing treats and missing out on quality time with the ones you love, so we’ve made this easy.

Combine your ingredients in a slow cooker or crock pot:
8 Cups of Apple Cider (in a pinch, apple juice will work)
2 Cups of Orange Juice
1 Cup of Lemon Juice
1 2/3 Cups of Pineapple Juice (equivalent to 2 small cans)
1 1/2 Cups Strawberry Purple Carrot RAAW™ Juice (one full bottle)
4 Cinnamon Sticks
12 Whole Cloves
10 oz. Sliced Frozen Strawberries

Place the slow cooker on low heat for about 3 hours, or until all of the ingredients are sufficiently warmed and well blended. For a more prominent strawberry flavor, add a second bottle of RAAW™ Strawberry Purple Carrot and additional sliced frozen strawberries. Strain the warm cider before serving. Place all of the leftovers in a pitcher and store in the refrigerator – stir and nuke in the microwave before serving

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You Can’t Beet This Fruit Drink for Great Health

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Getting kids to eat healthy has never been so easy

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most Americans don’t eat enough vegetables. Additionally, our fruit consumption is actually dropping. Only one-third of Americans consume fruit or fruit juices at least once a day. That’s a whole lot of kids and adults who are missing out on the crucial nutrients that fruits and veggies give us.

Thankfully, there is a way to bring more produce into your diet. RAAW Juices™ (produced by Raw Foods International, LLC) offer a better alternative for consumers looking to add fruits and veggies into their family’s diet without wasting time or money.

The best part about our juices is that they taste great, so you won’t ever have to argue with your kids to make them finish their drink. For example, our Better Beets contains the juice of 1 ½ beets (great for stamina and cardiovascular health), and it is loaded with vitamins and iron. But all your family will care about it is that it tastes fresh and delicious!

Raw Foods International products are vegan, kosher, gluten free, contain no added preservatives or flavoring and are non-GMO verified. They also include no added sugars, so you can feel good about what you are drinking and about what you are giving your kids.

Drink This, Not That: A Healthy Red Bull Alternative

The next time you reach for a Red Bull or a 5-hour Energy, opt instead for a healthy version of an energy drink. Raw Foods International has created an all natural Mango Guarana RAAW™ Juice that is not only tastier than your typical energy drink, but actually provides an effective, healthy stimulant in the form of a juice. Executive Vice President Paul Gregg explains how the Mango Guarana flavor combination is a great alternative to your usual caffeine boost.

“The Mango Guarana is a great option for an on-the-go, healthy energy boost that doesn’t have any artificial flavoring or ingredients,” says Gregg. “All of our juices are made for the health-conscious consumer looking for a natural choice at a modest price point. The Mango Guarana is a fresh blend of fruits and vegetables with no added sugars or preservatives.”

Guarana is a plant especially common in Brazil that has about twice the concentration of caffeine found in coffee beans, and is known to increase endurance and reduce fatigue. The Mango Guarana RAAW™ juice consists of the juice of one mango, ¼ cup guarana seeds and natural flavors from other complimentary fruit and vegetables.

Is Your Juice GMO Free?

Sticking to a healthy diet typically revolves around eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, but how do you know if your produce is up to par? Paul Gregg, Executive Vice President of Raw Foods International, LLC, explains that an influx of product terminology may confuse consumers as to what they are really consuming.

“There is a plethora of products in the food industry that are comprised of genetically-modified organisms,” says Gregg. “Genetic engineering was originally used as an alternative to pesticides, among other things. However these altered products are a departure from the natural fruits and vegetables we know and love; if pests won’t go near the produce, why should humans?”

Gregg explains that food companies are not required to inform customers if their products contain GMOs. “To ensure a product is 100 percent all natural, the labeling should list that it is non-GMO verified,” says Gregg. “Many juices on the market claim to be ‘all natural’ but in reality, they aren’t approved for a non-GMO label. Even organic foods have been found to contain GMOs and that’s why it’s important that the shopper beware (for more information on organic GMOs, click here).” Gregg continues, “consuming non-GMO verified foods helps to protect your insides and after all, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Just because a product is ‘all natural’ or ‘organic’ doesn’t mean that you are getting the very best. The non-GMO verification is the proverbial icing on the cake that makes a good product great.”

RAAW® Juices, fruit and vegetable juice blends from Raw Foods International, are one of the premier non-GMO juices on the market. Gregg adds that each concoction has thoughtfully been crafted with quality ingredients so that consumers can truly taste the difference. “Not only do our flavors strike the perfect balance between sweet and savory, but you can also rest easy knowing that our product is 100 percent natural.”

Five Tips for Healthier School Lunches

School is back in session but that doesn’t mean children have to succumb to subpar school lunches. There are several easy ways to spice up lunches, while keeping them healthy and delicious.

With a little planning and an eye on fresh, natural options, it’s easy to provide kids with healthy lunches. Consider the following:

Include Natural Juices: Many juice boxes are loaded with artificial sugars and flavoring. An easy way to cut unnecessary sugar is with natural juices. Look for options that are 100 percent fruit and vegetables, like RAAW™ Juices. With healthy and delicious combinations like Raspberry Lemongrass and Strawberry Purple Carrot, kids are getting additional servings of fruits and vegetables without knowing it.

Stick to Homemade: In almost any situation homemade is better. Packaged goods are an easy option while at the grocery store, but they’re typically high in fat and sodium, and low in nutritional value. Grilling chicken breasts the night before, using leftovers or making a batch of easy homemade crackers are all great alternatives. Parents can make a healthy “lunch-able” that kids will love and friends will envy.

Keep it Kid-Friendly: This may seem obvious, but taking an extra step while preparing the lunch to make it more kid-friendly will ensure children actually eat the food. Take fruit and vegetables for example, a child is more likely to eat a cut up apple or finger food over a whole fruit or vegetable. And to ensure kids don’t trade out all of their fruits and vegetables, it’s often a good idea to include a treat of sorts. The best way to stick to a healthy lifestyle is by treating yourself occasionally to the things you crave too.

Cover the Food Groups: Try to include items from the food groups in lunch everyday. A sandwich is a great way to tackle grains, protein, vegetables and dairy all in one quick food, and opting for whole grain bread or wraps and low-fat cheese keeps the sandwich healthier. Add apple slices or strawberries as a sweet treat that doubles as fruit servings and a combination fruit-vegetable juice for a well rounded meal.

Involve the Children: Working together with children to make the lunch gives them a choice and they’re more likely to enjoy the process. In addition, it’ll help teach them how to make healthy choices.