Sweet Potato Fruit Juice

Fall in Wisconsin could probably be one of my favorite seasons. It’s a time where comfort food shines, you can get into warmer clothes on gloomy days, the colors on all of the trees is remarkable, and a variety of fruits and vegetables are finally in harvest. So recently I picked up an assortment of fruits and vegetables as I wanted to come up with some sort of juice with a reminder of that great fall weather. Pomegranates, carrots, apples, and a variety of citrus was in order for my juice plan, with a focus on the pomegranates, and then I looked over and saw this great sweet potato looking at me. That’s when I decided to make an attempt at juicing it, and am I ever glad I did! This juice could have possibly bee on of the best ones I have must thus far with my Dash juicer.

Sweet Potato Fruit Juice Recipe

I was a bit skeptical when running the hard sweet potatoes through my juicer as it can fumble on really hard items at times. It is also one of the reasons I have been looking at some of the great juicers from Williams-Sonoma. I would really love to have the Vitamix Professional Series blender as it is multipurpose, but the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer also has my attention. Maybe one day when I come into a lot of extra money that dream will come true, but in the meantime, I will continue to chop my fruits and vegetables before putting them into my Dash juicer, oh well.

There are so many benefits of juicing, and I knew that the sweet potato would add an extra punch to the benefits of gulping this delicious juice down. Trust me, you are going to love this, and the pineapple really brings it together.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole pomegranate, seeds only
  • 1 whole apple, quartered
  • 1 large carrot, washed
  • 1 orange, skin removed
  • 1 grapefruit, skin removed
  • 1/2 lemon, skin removed
  • 1 whole sweet potato, skin removed, chopped
  • 1 cup of fresh pineapple, chopped

This juice yields about 3 cups so there is plenty to go around, or just take it all in yourself.

Start by slicing your pomegranate in half. Over a large bowl, seeds facing the bowl, use a large wooden spoon and begin whacking the skin side of the pomegranate. Do this and continue to spin the pomegranate until all seeds are removed. Do this with the other half as well. Reserve some of the seeds for garnishing your juice, which will add some nice texture as well.

I layer fruit, vegetables, fruit into my juicer. That combination assists the vegetables in breaking down a bit better. If you have a higher quality juicer like the ones from Williams-Sonoma, then you can probably do whatever you want.

How to make Sweet Potato Juice

Once you have juiced all of your ingredients, add some ice to your glass, and slowly pour into the glass. Garnish the top with a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds and you are now in business. Did I mention how awesome the color of this sweet potato juice was?

With every gulp of this juice, I knew I was injecting all of the great nutrients from all of the ingredients, and in the future, whatever the season, I will always start use a sweet potato. Hope you enjoy!

Sweet Potato Fruit Juice
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Serves: 3 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 1 whole pomegranate, seeds only
  • 1 whole apple, quartered
  • 1 large carrot, washed
  • 1 orange, skin removed
  • 1 grapefruit, skin removed
  • ½ lemon, skin removed
  • 1 whole sweet potato, skin removed, chopped
  • 1 cup of fresh pineapple, chopped
Instructions
  1. This juice yields about 3 cups so there is plenty to go around, or just take it all in yourself.
  2. Start by slicing your pomegranate in half. Over a large bowl, seeds facing the bowl, use a large wooden spoon and begin whacking the skin side of the pomegranate. Do this and continue to spin the pomegranate until all seeds are removed. Do this with the other half as well. Reserve some of the seeds for garnishing your juice, which will add some nice texture as well.
  3. Add everything to the juicer. Once you have juiced all of your ingredients, add some ice to your glass, and slowly pour into the glass. Garnish the top with a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds and you are now in business. Did I mention how awesome the color of this sweet potato juice was?
  4. With every gulp of this juice, I knew I was injecting all of the great nutrients from all of the ingredients, and in the future, whatever the season, I will always start use a sweet potato. Hope you enjoy!

 

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Cocozia – Product Review

Not too long ago I was fortunate to try a new product on the market called Cocozia. Cocozia is 100% organic, has no pulp, no sugar or preservatives and not from concentrate. Who doesn’t love that idea, right?  I have tried various brands of coconut water, and to be honest, I have never really enjoyed them. I want go off to name those brands, but let’s just say I never have went back to buy them again, so I will admit that I was a bit skeptical when trying Cocozia.

Cocozia Product Review

The box of Cocozia arrived, including 12, 11.1 ounces of pure coconut juice. I put a few in the refrigerator and left the others in the box. When my wife returned home from work, she questioned what it was and I had her try one out of the box. My wife, being part Filipino, has traveled to the Philippines on a couple of occasions and has had the street side, fresh coconut water from various street folk. As she began drinking this, she immediately stated how pure this Cocozia was and that in fact it tasted as if it was coming straight out of a coconut!

I grabbed one out of the refrigerator, and popped the top adhesive and began chugging it down. As with any coconut water, personally I think it has a bit of a smell, and you are either going to love that, or dislike it. Personally I was on the side of disliking the smell, but loving the taste of Cocozia.

Let’s just say we loved Cocozia. Being in the pure sense, this stuff was like magic liquid, and we drank one every day, it was that good.

If you do not know the benefits of pure coconut water, well, they are pretty amazing in themselves. Some of the benefits are boosts hydration, aids in weight-loss, better for your skin, helps with digestion, and reduces blood pressure.

My wife and I agreed, Cocozia was awesome and we would definitely purchase the water. You can find Cocozia online.

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Soda Fountain® Malted Milk Powder – Product Review

I’m always open to trying out new products and giving my honest opinion. I think it is helpful to all of you, as well as the product provider. It was not long ago when I was approached to try a product from CTL Foods, Inc. based out of Colfax, Wisconsin. I was all for trying their Soda Fountain® Malted Milk Powder, and granted they are not local in the sense, however four hours north of me, so even more excited to try another Wisconsin product.

Soda Fountain Malted Milk Powder

I was sent 2 pounds of their malted milk powder, which was based on all natural ingredients. A cute product shot of some classic kids sharing a malt was on the front of their label, which immediately reminded me of a great classic malt. Now if you have never been from Wisconsin, we are known for a few things, and custard is one of them. Custard like you will not find anywhere else in the country, and this season is ice cream, and custard season in my house. My kids pretty much have it for dessert a few times a week, so this was a great time to have them taste what a classic malt tastes like.

Malted Milkshake using Soda Fountain Malted Milk Powder

One of my lucky kids got my good old mustache drinking class, actually it was my daughter, just to add a bit more fun into the mix.

The recipe calls for the following, of which I stuck to, however you can get as creative as you want as noted on their label.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 scoops of any flavor ice cream (I used vanilla)
  • 3/4 cup of cold milk
  • 2 heaping tbsp of Soda Fountain® Malted Milk Powder

Start by adding everything to a blender, and blend until thick and smooth.

How to make a Malt

I made one for each of my kids and got their reactions. It took them a while to react because they sat there slurping and spooning the delicious malt for about 5 minutes, rarely coming up for air.

Their result was a two thumbs up. It was really their first malt (I think) they have ever tried, and they fell in love. Something they will continue to drink whether summer, fall, winter, or spring. If you are looking for a great malt product, give this a shot. Their products are sold online at http://www.ctlfoods.com/malted-milk-powder/.

For one lucky, and random winner, I have a 1 pound Soda Fountain® Malted Milk Powder to give away. Send me an email to daxphillips@gmail.com no later than August 24, 2014. I will then provide a random drawing and get one shipped out to you.

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Vodka Macerated Cherries

It’s that time of year again where fruit is in season, and a few weeks ago, cherries were on sale at my local market. I’ll be honest and tell you that as I do like cherries, they are not my favorite fruit. I know those folks like my father-in-law who will show up to a picnic with a bag of them and chomp away at them, and I recall my dad sitting around on a couch nibbling on them for some time as well, but me? Well, not so much. I did buy them with the idea that my kids would make an attempt, or better yet, my wife make an attempt at eating them, but a few days later, I still saw the lonely bag of cherries. I ultimately knew that if I was not going to take matters into my hands and do something about the cherries that they would most likely go to waste.

That’s when I remember seeing a show about removing the seeds from the cherries by using a straw. Yes, a straw. I figured what a better way to see if the straw technique actually worked, rather than buy some pitter gadget. The straws worked. That’s when I thought of macerating cherries for the upcoming cocktail season.

Vodka Macerated Cherries

I’ve made macerated cherries in brandy some time ago, and they were awesome, so why not soak them in vodka, right?

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • Fresh cherries, pitted, approximately 1 bag
  • Vodka
  • Mason Jar
  • Straw or cherry pitter

How can it get any easier than that right?

Using a straw (I use a metal straw), insert into the center of the cherry, at the stem side, and push the pit through the cherry. Repeat. You can also wear gloves while doing this as the cherry juice stained my hands for a few days. No lie.

How to make vodka macerated cherries

Once the cherries have been pitted, fill them to the top of a mason jar. I used a large mason jar, just because I wanted more cherries. Once filled, pour in your favorite vodka all the way to the top. Seal with the lid, and cover tightly.

Place in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks. When you are ready, for some out and enjoy, otherwise serve them in some sparkling water, white soda, or place a couple on a skewer in a great summer time cocktail. Enjoy!

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