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Clean Living with Holy Carabao and Vitamix

Jane   17 Feb , 2017  

Last month, my grade school BFF Ortrud sent me a box of Holy Carabao Clean Eats Box as her birthday gift to me. That’s what friends are for, they push each other to be better. And I guess, this is her way of telling me it’s time to live a an “even” healthier life haha…

So much goodies in Holy Carabao's Clean Eats Box :)

So much goodies in Holy Carabao’s Clean Eats Box 🙂

 

This box just came in time, because Holy Carabao and Vitamix recently hosted an online contest wherein you get a chance to bring home a Vitamix blender!

Are you up for the challenge?

Are you up for the challenge?

 

What is the #7dayscleaneat challenge?

Taken from their website: Holy Carabao partnered up with Vitamix Philippines and created the #7DaysCleanEats challenge for people resolved to start the year cleaner and healthier by ordering our Clean Eats Harvest Box (we do home deliveries to most of Metro Manila and pick ups at our farmer’s market store in Makati), and taking the 7-day photo challenge – and in the process of kickstarting your choice to live a healthier life, the chance to win a high-powered blender from Vitamix!

So what does it mean to eat clean? Eating clean is a good way to refresh your eating habits: it’s about eating more of the best and healthiest options in each of the food groups—and eating less of the not-so-healthy ones. That means embracing whole foods like vegetables, fruits and whole grains, plus healthy proteins and fats. It also means cutting back on refined grains, added sugars, salt and unhealthy fats. And since you don’t have to count calories or give up whole food groups, it’s easy to follow.

The Clean Eats Harvest Box comes with an assortment of fruit, vegetables, nuts, and spices to help you get as creative as you can when it comes to putting together your clean eats, and it doesn’t all have to be salads! The great thing about it is that they’re all sooooo easy to make, and delicious, too! Here are their recipes taken from the website, food shots taken by yours truly 🙂

 

Spiced Carrot Soup, my personal fave :)

Spiced Carrot Soup, my personal fave 🙂 Now, I know how to make creamy soup without dairy – yum!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 1/2 cup sprouted cashews (or around 225g)
  • 500 ml Koobo Bukid-Bred chicken stock
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  1. Soak cashews in water overnight – this is what makes the soup lovely and creamy. Drain the water before setting the nuts aside.
  2. Roughly chop carrots just so they can fit in the blender. Skip the part about having to peel them – we want to make the most of all the nutrients in the vegetable, skin included!
  3. Add carrots, cashews, turmeric powder, salt, and pepper before pouring in the Koobo Bukid-Bred chicken stock.
  4. Puree until you get it to the consistency you want before finishing it on the stove. If you’re using a high-powered Vitamix blender, the machine is powerful enough to heat up your soup ’til it becomes hot.
  5. Enjoy a bowl of creamy carrot soup for lunch and share any extras you may have with your furbaby – the carrots and turmeric are so good for them!

 

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Beetle Juice, for a refreshing and pretty drink!

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 cup chopped sugar beets
  • 200g spinach
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup ice
  1. Core and chop the apple.
  2. Chop the cucumber and sugar beets – you don’t need to peel both since we’re all about juicing them for all their nutrients. Literally.
  3. Add all the ingredients to your blender and #VitamixItUp!
  4. Take thoughtful sips of your live juice and enjoy it with a good book or a quiet corner or whenever you could do with a pick-me-up.

 

Guyabano juice

Guyabano juice – I grew up having guyabano as my favorite juide, so I was so happy to see this in the Clean Eats Box 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup guyabano flesh
  • 1 cup carabao yogurt
  • 20g malunggay leaves
  • 4T chia seeds
  • 1 cup ice
  1. Soak chia seeds in a little bit of water for them to plump up.
  2. Deseed the guyabano – cut it into manageable pieces before deseeding so you don’t waste precious pulp!
  3. Add the guyabano, carabao yogurt, malunggay leaves, chia seeds, and ice to your blender. Turn it on and watch as it turns into a lovely, goopy consistency.
  4. This is best enjoyed on its own, for those who can appreciate a little sour note with all that sweet.

 

Yacon Juice

Yacon Juice – I tweaked this a bit since they ran out of passion fruit. So I included oranges instead. Still very good!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup yacon
  • 2 oranges
  • 3 stalks parsley
  • 1/2 tsp ginger (1 small knob, peeled)
  • 1 cup ice
  1. Cut and peel the yacon, stalks of parsley, and ginger.
  2. Cut open passion fruit and set aside the lovely insides. The seeds add an interesting texture to the overall drink!
  3. Toss in the yacon, parsley, and ginger into the blender. Pour in the passion fruit juice and seeds. Blend, blend, blend.
  4. Serve this in a bowl and top with more passionfruit seeds or other fruit available. Get creative and made up fun designs like stripes, zig-zags, or even a mandala!
  5. Enjoy as a healthy breakfast alternative.

 

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Smoothie. Who knew you can drink pechay? and you can mask it with yummy sweet fruits like strawberry and banana?

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup ripe saba
  • 1/4 cup goji berries
  • 200g pechay leaves
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup ice
  1. Pop the strawberries and saba in the freezer to make your drink colder and creamier.
  2. Soak the gojiberries in the warm water.
  3. Put the frozen berries, saba, soaked goji berries, water, pechay leaves and ice in the blender.
  4. Blitz everything up until you get a cool, creamy dessert drink.
  5. This can make a lot, so share this with family and friends!

 

Citrus ZInger

Kale Citrus Zinger – learned another way to mask greens with one of my faves, dalandan 🙂 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup dalandan juice
  • 100g kale
  • 100g lettuce
  • 2T honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup ice
  1. Chop up the kale and lettuce into smaller pieces – this little trick makes it faster to blend the ingredients together.
  2. Juice the dalandan and make sure to get all the little seeds out.
  3. Carefully add everything into your blender and give it a whirl!
  4. Enjoy little sips as a fresh mid-morning snack or enjoy it as a filling juice in lieu of breakfast.

 

Last, but not the least, the Hot Tsokalate 🙂 Good thing Ortrud offered to let me road test the Vitamix blender using her ten-year-old Vitamix. Yes, Vitamix blenders have an 8-year-warranty, which means they are confident that their blenders will last you a lifetime 🙂

Our eldest son Jared is a pro at using the Vitamix blender. He has been helping out in the Vitakids booth at the annual Kiddopreneur.

Our eldest son Jared is a pro at using the Vitamix blender. He has been helping out in the Vitakids booth at the annual Kiddopreneur.

 

Hot Tsokolate

Hot Tsokolate – I learned that I can include Virgin Coconut Oil in my favorite morning drink, too 😉

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups carabao milk
  • 3T cacao powder
  • 2T virgin coconut oil
  • 1T coco sugar
  • nutmeg
  1. Add your carabao milk, cacao powder, virgin coconut oil, and coco sugar into your blender.
  2. Give it a good whirl until the ingredients are blended together nicely and heat it up on the stove, or if you own a Vitamix, keep it whirring on high until you feel the liquid turn hot.
  3. Pour into a cup and finish with a dusting of cocoa powder and grated nutmeg.

 

And there you have it 🙂 They’re all so easy to make, and delicious to drink.

Here's our daughter LJ enjoying a hot cup of cocoa :)

Here’s our daughter LJ enjoying a hot cup of cocoa 🙂

 

Drinking these concoctions on a daily basis, I noticed a change in my body and how much better and faster my metabolism is now, which is actually good. This Holy Carabao’s Clean Eats Box does work, and it just takes one drink/recipe a day!

 

I am also sold with what Vitamix blender can do, and I’ll be posting more details about it in the next few weeks. Really, the Vitamix blender is one kitchen appliance every household should have. I gotta start saving for it! To know more about these two brands, follow them on IG at holycarabaofarm and vitamixphilippines.

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