Spring Cleansing Juice

With Winter done and dusted, what better way to welcome Spring than with a gorgeously green cleansing juice! All Winter long, we tend to hold on to toxins, and that creates mucus in the Spring. Then, with the Spring pollen and irritants in the air triggering allergies, we become sick. To help ward off the sniffles, whip up as many green juices with some slightly bitter foods to enjoy throughout the week. You’ll flood your immune system with supportive nutrients so you’ll be fully armed against any pesky allergens flying your way.

Ingredientsgreen-juice

3 large organic kale leaves, stalks included

1 whole lime, peeled

1/2 inch organic ginger, skinned

1 small green pear

small handful mint or parsley

1 tsp. coconut oil

You can either juice or blend. Drink up and enjoy!!

Having trouble trying to figure out what to wear for Easter after spending Winter in jeans and sweaters?? Spring and Easter are the best excuses to bring out all your floral, fresh whites, and bright colored frocks. But there is a way to over do it and a way to make it classy sassy. We are shooting for the latter. The key is to keep it simple, bold, fresh. And don’t shy away from a bright yellow or tangerine, what other time can you rock a sunshine dress with matching heels?? Get inspired ladies!

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 And…………one for the kiddies!! xx

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crispy-chicken-with-shallots-700x499Knowing how to choose the best cuts of meat can get pretty overwhelming with a mix of organic/farm fresh/free range/grade A/choice/all natural/blahblahblah terms stamped to each cut. But thanks to Bon Appetit’s best meat breakdown, you no longer have to stand over the meat county and toss up what’s healthiest for you and your wallet. Bottom line, the fresher and less human manipulation on our food is best.

“Heritage Pork: Heritage-breed pigs come from genetic stock that predates industrial farming. These porkers are brawlers—big, fat, and hardy enough to thrive outdoors, where they roam and forage. Strong genetics and better living conditions mean they don’t need the cocktail of antibiotics that factory-farmed swine are given.

Pasture Raised Chicken: Unlike their cooped-up counterparts, these birds enjoy complete daytime access to the outdoors, allowing them to roam around (exercise! party!) and supplement their diet with foraged vegetation and insects. With a pasture-raised chicken, it’s all about the flavor (we use the word chickeny). Want a better comparison? Think of an August heirloom tomato versus an out-of-season supermarket specimen.

Grass Fed Beef: These cows spend their entire lives doing exactly what you’d expect: eating grass and/or hay. Animals raised this way (as opposed to spending their last few months in a feed lot gorging on grain) deliver rich, full-flavored beef. Want a gateway meat? Grass-fed, grain-finished cows fatten up (humanely) on corn and other grains for a month or so while still being on pasture, giving their beef a more traditional taste and marbling. Leaner cuts that showcase grass-fed beef’s unique flavor are the real prize here—think skirt, flank, and hanger steak. Cook them hotter, faster, and a little rarer than you normally would to ensure they’ll be juicy and tender. The robust flavor of grass-fed beef also stands up well to assertive marinades and seasonings.”

For THE hottest trends of cooking and restaurants and all things delicious, head to Bon Appetit and get ready for instant tummy rumbles.

Skin that Glows!

Skin that Glows!

Give it one week, and you’ll be on your way to forever keeping your skin healthy and glowing. The quality and health of our skin is the perfect indicator of our internal health, but healing and maintaining is a process. Everyday, just like you eat to keep your organs functioning and energy up all day, so too does your daily diet contribute to the wellbeing of your skin. Most skin problems are a side effect or reaction that starts from within the body, and is moving it’s way out.

Body and Soul Magazine has this amazing week guide to give you a strong guide that gets you on the path to better skin and to keep that high quality. Bonus, is that foods that are good for your outsides are also very good for your insides. Win win situation.

Monday

Eat oily fish. Healthy omega-3 fats, which are found in oily fish (salmon, trout, mackerel), help keep skin soft and supple. Anyone with dry or inflamed skin will benefit from increasing their omega-3 intake. Vegetarian sources include nuts, seeds and flax oil, or try a good-quality supplement.

Tuesday

Boost your berry intake. Berries are an excellent source of vitamin C, an important nutrient that helps the skin’s collagen production. Berries are also rich in antioxidants, which help protect against the free radical damage that causes wrinkles. Other excellent sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, broccoli and parsley.

Wednesday

Add some avocado. Avocados are an excellent source of vitamin E, one of the most powerful antioxidants, that also helps neutralise free radicals. Vitamin E cream helps soothe dry skin. Other good sources of vitamin E include olive oil, nuts, seeds, wheat germ and wholegrains.

Thursday

Snack on pumpkin seeds. They supply your body with the mineral zinc, which is needed for healthy wound healing and to balance oil production in the skin. It is also useful for treating many skin conditions such as eczema and acne. Sunflower seeds, eggs, nuts and oats are also rich in zinc.

Friday

Eating a few Brazil nuts every day will supply you with a good dose of the antioxidant selenium, which is needed for tissue elasticity. It also helps reduce cell damage from free radicals. Other good sources of selenium include wheat germ, salmon, eggs, garlic and wholegrains.

Saturday

Go bananas! They are a great source of vitamin C and contain the trace mineral silica, which is essential for healthy skin. The body uses it to make the connective tissue collagen. Other food sources of silica include kelp, whole oats, buckwheat, brown rice, green leafy vegies and alfalfa.

Sunday

Munch on carrots. They are packed with beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, which helps to promote the skin’s repair and maintenance. A deficiency in vitamin A usually results in dry skin. Other foods that are high in vitamin A that you can try include liver, spinach, chilli, sweet potatoes and apricots.

South Coast Farms

South Coast Farms

The gift that keeps on giving, that is what South Coast Farms does with it’s CSA produce basket. For yourself, your family, or as a gift, it’s hard to beat such a bountiful basket. CSA stands for community supported agriculture, which you get to give and receive in the process. You give support and thanks to local, organic farmers. You get to enjoy the best produce that’s local and seasonal. It’s a partnership between a food grower and a food consumer, you.

South Coast Farms members have access to the freshest local foods, often harvested on the day baskets are made. The varieties of fruits and vegetables we choose to plant are selected for flavor, not shelf life or for eye appeal. Members are assured that all the fruits and vegetables in their baskets are all certified organic and grown by local farmers!

You can’t get any better than this. Delicious basket of the most beautiful organic produce that will inspire you to eat better and taste what real food actually is meant to taste like.

You have a couple different choices, and it explains it all below. You can register here.

CSA PRICING 
PRICES FOR ONE QUARTER, FARM PICK UP:
Bi Weekly, Regular: $224.00 (7 baskets x $32) farm
Bi Weekly, Large: $273.00 (7 baskets x $39)
Weekly, Regular: $448.00 (14 baskets x $32)
Weekly, Large: $546.00 (14 baskets x $39)

PRICES FOR ONE QUARTER, DELIVERED:
Bi Weekly, Regular: $238.00 (7 baskets x $34)
Bi Weekly Large: $287.00 (7 baskets x $41)
Weekly, Regular: $476.00 (14 baskets x $34)
Weekly, Large: $574.00 (14 baskets x $41)

SIGNING UP
To sign up for our CSA program or to get further information about our program please contact:
Rebecca or Telie at 949-661-9381
or email us at: scfcsa@yahoo.com