Green Smoothie Bowl

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I’m surrendering to the trend. I’m making a smoothie bowl…. and I’m not mad about it. This one is super simple and really good. Using spirulina makes me feel like I’m some sort of health god… but I’m not gonna lie it’s weird by itself. It needs some help. So my advice for using algae in your smoothie is to balance it out with really bright flavors like orange or pineapple. Try this one. It’s extra delicious.

You will need:

Two frozen bananas

One table spoon spirulina powder

A hand full of berries

Pineapple juice

Blend and garnish with whatever’s left over (I used banana, berries, and shredded coconut)

Lee Kalpakis is a New York City based lifestyle blogger. Born and raised in the lush farmland of the Hudson Valley, she learned the basics of growing and preparing the food that came from the earth beneath her. It was then that her love affair with whole foods began. As a self taught cook, Lee specializes in recipes that follow a plant based diet. With a passion for raw and vegan cuisine and family roots deep in traditional Greek and Polish comfort cooking, she works to marry the best ideas of new and old world meals with upstate and urban New York style. When she isn’t playing a show with her band or petting dogs, she’s daydreaming about fruits and vegetables and isn’t afraid to admit it.

This is why i mjf: Celine Valensi

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Name: Celine Valensi

Occupation: Manager at The Crow’s Nest

Location: Montauk, NY

This is Why I MJF:
“Health is a subjective term. It has a different meaning for everyone, but we can all agree that healthier is simply better than whatever one was before.”
 

“While we all have the power of choice, we don’t all have the same resources. For too many, food choices are based on economics. For others, conventional wisdom, miseducation and food propaganda lead to poor decisions (Got Milk anyone?). For the generations before mine, stubbornness is the leading cause of opting out of the organic trend.”
 

“It took the last ten years for me to convince my own mother (a French immigrant) that she had been misguided by American popular culture. My mom was born and raised on a vineyard/farm outside of Bordeaux, France under the shadow of the Second World War where there no such thing as the Omnivore’s Dilemma. There was no reading the ingredient list on prepackaged foods to see whether or not something would give you cancer. She didn’t worry about Aspartame or Corn Syrup. There was just the eggs you got from the neighbor’s chickens when you traded her for wine, or occasional rabbit stew when you caught one, or a proper steak on Christmas. It was a simpler economic climate before the corn industry infected us all.”
 

“Nowadays, the backlash against “conventional” foods (a most brilliant term used to describe GMO plagued produce) is prevalent. The shroud that Monsanto so desperately tried to maintain has been lifted and change is in the air. Despite financial blockades (organic foods are still exponentially more expensive than their counterparts), the movement has gained momentum. In all cultures worldwide, people are beginning to ask what’s in their food. And more importantly, beginning to vote with their dollar. Which brings us to the teeny, tiny, little town I call home – Montauk.”

 

“I’m not a Montauk local (I was born and raised in Manhattan), but I’ve lived here for five years. In the summer, Montauk is a playland loaded with culinary options (I happen to run a seasonal restaurant) and a surprising emphasis on local/organic/sustainable foods. Since Montauk is a fishing village, the seafood is plentiful. The neighboring Hamptons are littered with farms and vineyards, supplying tons of biodynamic options. It’s an oasis of resources and an unknowing participant in the slow food movement. Come the winter however, the land freezes over, the produce dies, the restaurants shutter and this little town empties. Our population dwindles from over 40,000 (tourists and visitors) to under 4,000. We are left with our “conventional” supermarket and a handful of local bars. There aren’t a ton of options for the health conscious, even within driving distance.”

 

“Enter the Montauk Juice Factory. For a gal like me, walking in to the organic sanctuary that is MJF was one of the happiest moments of 2014. I’m a woman of shortcuts and juicing is the fastest and easiest way for me to put pep in my step. Just a few days without it (this happens mostly when I’m traveling abroad), I feel sluggish almost immediately. The health benefits are undeniable. What’s interesting in particular here however, is the effect MJF is having on the local community. In a time and place where the sociopolitical climate is confusing (gentrification is causing turbulent undercurrent as of late), it’s been a happy surprise to see how welcoming the Montauk community has been to these newcomers. Every day, there seems to be an unexpected customer at their counter. If I’m honest, there may be a certain stereotype we might associate with “green juice” (yes, I’m describing the aprés yoga type). MJF has debunked that. I’m talking about cops, garbage men, post office workers, foreigners, big guys, small guys, old guys and many more alike all lining up for their fix.”

 
“What does it all mean? That the gear change towards health is upon us. That the toughest demographic to reach has been touched (yes, I’m talking to you baby boomers) and are hopping on the bandwagon towards awareness and active participation for the greater good. By this small gesture of good intent towards the healthier self, we are inadvertently voting with the power of our dollar and saying what we want. MJF has given Montauk a medium to send a message – we want to be healthier. To boil it down? Thanks MJF. I heart you.”

 
We are inspired by the amazing people who we meet everyday. We’ve discovered each of them has a unique and powerful reason they choose to invest in themselves and their health. We are stoked to share these stories because our mission is to not only deliver the most nutrient-dense, righteous juice on the planet but also to leave people and places better than we found them. This is why we MJF.

 
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7 Ways to Detox Your Grocery List

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Ever feel overwhelmed in the grocery store? Try to fill your cart with healthy options, but get sidetracked by the aisles of tempting but not-so-healthy foods? Here are two simple tips to begin with before the shopping even starts:
 
1. Never food shop on an empty stomach! Your hunger pains will lead you astray. Before you know it you’ll find your hand at the bottom of a Doritos bag before you even hit the check out.

2. Shop mostly on the perimeter of the grocery store, that’s where all the real food is. Avoid the middle aisles for the most part.
 
Okay now we are going to break it down for you in 7 sections:
 
1. Vegetables/Fruits:

Always opt for as much organic as you can, but at least buy the “Dirty Dozen” organic. Sauté, ferment, bake, blend or enjoy raw- just get these wonderful guys in your daily routine!

Veggies:

– Leafy Greens (arugula, collard greens, kale, mustard greens, spinach or parsley- pick up at least one every time you’re at the grocery store)

– Asparagus

– Bell pepper

– Broccoli

– Butternut Squash

– Carrots

– Celery

– Cucumber

– Mushrooms

– Onion

– Spaghetti Squash (amazing pasta substitute)

– Tomatoes

Fruits:

– Apples

Avocados (yes they are a fruit)

– Bananas

– Berries (blackberries, blueberries, strawberries or raspberries)

– Lemons

– Pears

– Pink grapefruit

– Plums

– Oranges

Tip: Butternut Squash or sweet potatoes are great to have around for when you’re craving something starchy or sweet. Just pop one in the oven for 30-40 min at 400 degrees and then add a dollop of coconut oil and a sprinkle of cinnamon for a delicious and filling snack.
 
2. Herbs/Spices

You don’t have to go out and buy all of these at once. Try buying 1-2 items every trip to slowly build a killer spice rack. Most of these will last forever and really up the ante, health and taste wise, on any food you’re preparing.

– Basil

– Cayenne

– Chili powder

– Cilantro

– Cinnamon

– Coriander

– Cumin

– Curry

– Garlic

– Ginger

– Pink Himalayan sea salt

– Rosemary

– Sage

– Thyme

– Turmeric

 
3. Oils/Condiments:

Again you don’t have to to pick these all up at once. Add 1-2 to your cart to slowly build a badass kitchen.

– Brown rice vinegar

– Extra virgin olive oil

– Low-sodium tamari

– Maple syrup

– Nutritional yeast

– Raw apple cider vinegar

– Raw honey

Unrefined coconut oil

– Vegetable broth

Tip: Nutritional yeast is a great source of vitamin B and gives foods a cheesy flavor without the dairy!
 
4. Nuts/Seeds:

These make a great addition to smoothies, add a little crunch to salads and are a great source of protein to have around to grab a handful when you feel yourself starting to get hangry. Best to buy raw, unroasted and unsalted as much as possible- but feel free to bake at home and sprinkle with your own spices!

– Almonds

Chia seeds

– Flax seeds

– Pecans

– Pumpkin seeds

– Sesame seeds

– Sunflower seeds

– Walnuts

Tip: Sprinkle pumpkin seeds seasoned with turmeric on a salad instead of croutons. Add chia seeds to your lemon water to keep you full and give you glowing, supple skin.
 
5. Grains/Beans

These are options that will fill you up, not out. Remember: eating well is not about deprivation. These grains provide great fiber and are excellent replacements for traditional bread or pasta that are part of your current routine.

– Amaranth

– Barley

– Beans (cannelli, garbanzo, kidney)

– Brown rice

– Buckwheat

– Ezekiel bread

– Lentils

– Millet

– Oat groats or steel-cut oats

– Quinoa

Tip: Ezekiel bread toasted with a little olive oil, mashed avocados or cherry tomatoes and sprinkled with sea salt is so satisfying. It provides clean fuel and is literally our go to that never disappoints as either a meal, side or snack.
 
Healthy Snacks/Craving Fighters

These are a few of the extras you can keep around to curb cravings. They are also great for days when you’re traveling and you think your nutrition could use a little boost.

– Almond or sunflower seed butter

– Bee pollen

– Cacao powder

– Coconut flakes

– Dark chocolate bars (65% or higher cacao content)

– Gluten-free crackers

– Popcorn kernels (not the microwave kind!)

– Spirulina powder

– Tzatziki or fresh hummus (great for dipping any vegetable)

Tip: To curb those hankerings for chocolate and indulge happily add cacao to our chia seed pudding recipe or sprinkle on popcorn. Add bee pollen to frozen blueberries for an on-the-go snack that is energizing and tastes like gummy candy.
 
Drinks

In addition to drinking plenty of plain water or water with lemon, these are your best clean beverage choices.

– Almond milk

– Coconut milk

– Coconut water

– Herbal teas (we love Yerba Mate and matcha)

– Kefir

– Kombucha

– Naturally flavored seltzers

Tip: The first five also all make awesome smoothie bases. The last 2 are great carbonated options- especially helpful if you’re trying to wean yourself off soda.

Eat Seasonal: Best Spring Fruits and Veggies

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Spring has sprung and we couldn’t be more delighted with this transition of seasons. Fact: it has been a long and snowy winter. But now the birds are chirping, the sun is out to play later and everyone seems to have a little more pep in their step. This change of weather also means we get to be reacquainted with the seasonal fruits and veggies we’ve lost touch with over the past few months. And it sure is good to see these old friends.
 
There’s nothing like biting into a seasonal fruit or veggie and having your taste buds flooded with vibrant, fresh flavor. This flavor explosion isn’t the only reason to play favorites with seasonal produce though. There are many benefits to eating seasonally: it reduces your carbon footprint and is better for the environment overall. It’s also good for your wallet as seasonal produce is significantly cheaper. And bonus: it’s better for you! Seasonal foods are fresher, more nutrient-dense and packed with more vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. Also, if you follow the season you’ll never get bored- Mother Nature’s bounty is a veritable variety pack.
 
So while you are strolling through your local farmers’ market, or in the produce section of the grocery store, look out for these delicious and nutritious spring fruits and veggies.
 

1. Dandelion greens

Dandelions are excellent for liver support, weight loss, digestion and cleansing of your blood. Dandelion is a powerful player in the world of springtime detoxification and is #notjustaweed. Spread the word.

 

2. Asparagus

A very alkaline food with a high concentration of folate, potassium, iron and vitamins A, K, C and E. If you need another reason to toss it in your next salad, here goes: it is said to be a potent aphrodisiac. Love is in the air!
 

3. Artichokes

These funny looking vegetables produce important digestive enzymes and helps to support liver functions and can also protect against harmful effects of alcohol. Big party coming up? Pass the spinach and artichoke dip, please.
 

4. Arugula

One of our favorite greens, arugula is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and packed with minerals and antioxidants. This distinctive peppery green adds a little pizazz to any dish, so it is no wonder the British call it “garden rocket”.
 

5. Strawberries

Strawberry season, though short but sweet, is one of our favorites. Nothing compares to a big, juicy and ripe strawberry. They are not only mouth-watering but they are also packed with vitamin C and antioxidants that do wonders for your immune system and help prevent against cardiovascular disease.
 

6. Rhubarb

Rhubarb is a sure sign of spring fever. It is an excellent source of calcium, reduces blood sugar levels and makes a delicious natural sweetener when cooked.
 

7. Mangos

This juicy and delicious fruit will make you forget that you are actually doing something amazing for your body while satisfying that sweet tooth. Mangos help lower cholesterol, aid in digestion, and are extremely high in Vitamin C. They are also proven to be extremely beneficial for radiant skin: cleansing your pores of impurities and leaving you absolutely glowing.

Delicious, Nutritious and Ridiculously Easy Chia Pudding

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This fiber- rich breakfast will fill you up and keep you going all day long. Chia seeds are packed with sustainable and natural energy, giving you that extra kick in the morning. The coconut milk calms your nerves, maintains normal blood pressure and reduces muscle contractions, making you feel more relaxed. Did we mention it is ridiculously easy to make?!

All you need is 1/4 cup of chia seeds, and a cup and a 1/2 of coconut milk. Combine them in a glass jar with a lid. Cover tightly and give it a good shake. Leave it in the fridge for at least an hour, or overnight so it’s all ready for you in the morning. Serve with fresh berries, bananas, cacao nibs, coconut shavings, goji berries or whatever your heart desires that morning. See we told you it was easy!

Picture and inspiration cred: @you_juice

Healthy Me, Healthy You

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At MJF, we are not only dedicated to making the highest integrity, cold-pressed juice on the planet but also to educating and exciting the future generations about smart food choices. We believe in teaching kids that healthy relationships with their bodies starts with having healthy relationships with food.

We had the pleasure of being invited to The Ethical Community Charter School in Brooklyn to lead a “Healthy Me, Healthy You” workshop. We sampled some of our cold-pressed juices and explained what certain food and good nutrition can do for their growing bodies. By the end, the students had a deeper understanding of how eating fruits and vegetables affects their favorite hobbies and everyday lives (“Makes me run faster!”) and they even discovered a newfound treat in our Purely Pineapple (“It’s better than cupcakes!”) The day was a huge hit and filled with lots of smiles, laughs and good vibes.

If you want us to come to your school or join us in the mission to help kids get stoked about respecting food and their bodies then reach out to us at hello@montaukjuicefactory.com.

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Mix Raw: Mad Mylk

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It’s time to dig out all the green clothing in your closet, strap on the shamrock suspenders and break out the ‘Kiss Me I’m Irish’ pin. Get into the St. Patty’s Day spirit(s)! It’s a day to drink like you’re Irish: Guinness, Jameson and those oh-so-creamy and delicious Irish coffees.

More and more people are opting for dairy-free alternatives these days though. Not to worry, you’re in luck. Our Mad Mylk, a hemp and chia seed mylk, sweetened with dates, cinnamon and vanilla is the perfect solution. Don’t sacrifice taste or consistency. This frothy and flavorful blend is the perfect ingredient for a dairy-free Irish Coffee that will keep you partying until the wee hours of the night. Cheers!

Mad Mylk Irish Coffee:

6oz black coffee (Use MJF Shark’s Brew for a cold drink alternative)

2 oz Irish whiskey

2 oz Mad Mylk

Optional garnish- Coconut whipped cream, cinnamon or cacao nibs

The Green Machine: Chlorophyll

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If you paid attention to any science class from 5th-12th grade you remember that chlorophyll is the green pigment found in plants that soaks up energy from the sun during photosynthesis. Chlorophyll is responsible for helping plants grow. It doesn’t just help plants thrive but humans as well.

Here are some of the amazing benefits of this potent green machine.

1. Build Blood

Chlorophyll’s molecular structure is almost identical to that of hemoglobin, which builds and transports red blood cells. This means it can also assist in increasing the quantity of red blood cells. The increase in red blood cells also helps improve circulation and the flow of oxygen throughout the body.

Chlorophyll not only builds and oxygenates blood but purifies and alkalizes it as well. A little trick is to have a shot of chlorophyll after a cup of acidic coffee to help balance your pH levels.

2. Increases energy

The increase in red blood cells promotes better oxygen absorption in the bloodstream. More oxygen to the brain creates an instant boost of energy and vitality.

Chlorophyll is the life-force of plants. It has a very high vibrational energy, which you absorb when you take it. This green gold will put a pep in your step.

3. Boosts Immunity

Chlorophyll is rich in antioxidants and vitamins A, C and E which help remove heavy metals from the body and neutralize free radicals that cause damage to the cells and fight inflammation. It also contains phytonutrients that kill germs and fight infections.

4. Detoxifies the body

Chlorophyll helps your body process toxins. It nourishes the liver by providing it with oxygen and magnesium, making it function better.

5. Fights odor

Chlorophyll acts as an internal deodorant. It neutralizes and eliminates odors before they can be released from the body. It also aids in the digestive process, removing the underlying reason for bad breath.

Chlorophyll can be taken in capsule, powder, or liquid form. You can find it in our Green Mama, or you get a shot of our Like Borophyll for an extra boost of liquid chlorophyll to add some green power to your water, superfood smoothie or to just swig back.

REVIVE SALAD

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Our Sweet Harvest gives you your daily servings of greens with a phytonutrient boost that is sweet and smooth. It rejuvenates and satisfies your body, mind and taste buds. Looking at the delicious combination of fruits and veggies we realized they would make one heck of a salad, introducing the Revive Salad.

You will need:

  • 1 head of romaine
  • 1 fennel bulb, roasted
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 pear
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 cup of quinoa, cooked
  • 1/2 cup of almonds

Lemon Parsley Dressing

  • 1 cup of fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh parsley, diced

Instructions:

1. Chop fennel, sprinkle with olive oil and roast in oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.

2. In meantime, cut up apple, pear and cucumber (thin slices or 1 inch chunks).

3. Toss romaine, apple, pear, cucumber, quinoa and almonds together in a large bowl.

4. Whisk together all dressing ingredients. Toss with salad. Enjoy!