WHAT’S UP DOC?

An immune-boosting concoction to keep you healthy and hoppy
Serves 1

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 lime, freshly squeezed

1 tsp grated fresh ginger

1 ounce alcohol of choice (vodka, gin, rum, tequila work best)

2 ounces organic carrot juice (fresh pressed or bottled)

1 T Rosemary-Infused Simple Syrup (see recipe)

Ice

Sparkling mineral water

GARNISH:

Lime wheel

METHOD:

Muddle grated ginger and lime juice in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.  Add ice and all ingredients except mineral water and shake well.  Strain into an iced cocktail glass of your choice and top off glass with mineral water.  Garnish with lime wheel.

ROSEMARY-INFUSED SIMPLE SYRUP:

Bring to a boil 1 cup water and 1 cup raw, organic honey stirring occasionally.  Reduce heat to low and stir until honey is dissolved, reduced and thickened – about 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and add 4 rosemary sprigs and let herbs steep for at least 30 minutes while syrup cools.  Remove herbs from syrup and pour through a fine mesh strainer into a glass mason jar.  Infusion can be stored in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 1 month.

MOCKTAIL:  Replace alcohol with 1 ounce freshly-squeezed orange juice and reduce simple syrup to 1 teaspoon.

I’M HAPPY NOW :)

Here is the first in my Immune-Boosting Cocktails/Mocktails Series designed to increase your wellness while putting a smile on your face

Cheers!!

This sassy little anti-viral, vitamin-C-rich cocktail is my favorite way to shake off the cabin-fever blahs and boost my immune system at the same time – now that’s what I call a win-win!

INGREDIENTS:

3-4 ounces freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice

1 ounce high-quality vodka or gin (I like Prairie Organic Crafted Spirits) 

1 T honey-rosemary infused simple syrup

Splash of St. Germain (Elderflower)

Mineral water

Ice

GARNISH:

Rosemary sprig

Grapefruit wedge

METHOD: 

In an iced cocktail shaker, shake all ingredients except mineral water.  Strain into iced glass and top off with mineral water.  Garnish with rosemary sprig.

Herb-Infused Simple Syrup:

Bring to a boil 1 cup water and 1 cup raw, organic honey stirring occassionally.  Reduce heat to low and stir until honey is dissolved, reduced and thickened – about 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and add 4 rosemary sprigs and let herbs steep for at least 30 minutes while syrup cools.  Remove herbs from syrup and pour through a fine mesh strainer into a glass mason jar.  Infusion can be stored in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 1 month.

FOR A MOCKTAIL: Replace alcohol with more mineral water and replace St. Germain (Elderflower liqueur) with Elderflower syrup or cordial which are alcohol-free. 

JACQUI’S IMMUNE BOOSTING CHICKEN SOUP

Jacqui's Immune Boosting Chicken Soup

We are only as strong as our immune systems are and prevention is an inside job! 

Part 1:

INGREDIENTS:

2 lbs. organic chicken parts (legs, breasts, etc.)

2 stalks organic celery, cut in half

4 cloves of garlic, peeled

1 med. Yellow onion, cut in half

1 sprig fresh oregano (I also throw in 1 oregano oil gel cap from DFH)

2 cups chopped organic carrots

METHOD:

Put above ingredients in large pot and cover with cold pure water – 2 inches above ingredients. Cook over high heat. When water boils, cover and reduce heat to medium.  Simmer for 1 hour.

Part 2:

INGREDIENTS:

1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp. chopped fresh oregano leaves

3 cloves minced garlic

2 tbsp. chopped fresh ginger

1 chopped yellow onion

Sprinkle of cayenne pepper

1 1/2 lbs. organic red or purple potatoes peeled and cut into small cubes

2 organic sweet potatoes peeled and cut into small cubes

2 cups chopped organic carrots

1 can diced organic tomatoes

4 cups torn organic greens (spinach, swiss chard, kale, etc.)

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

METHOD:

Put oil, oregano leaves, garlic and onion into a large pot. Cook at medium. Heat until veggies are just soft, about 5 mins. Turn heat to high, add broth, potatoes and carrots.  When broth boils, reduce heat to medium. Cook until potatoes and carrots and tender, about 15 mins. Remove skin and bones from chicken. Shred meat into bite-sized pieces. Add chicken, tomatoes, sea salt and pepper to soup. Cook until warm.

*You can also add jalapeño peppers (4 tsps. Seeded and minced) if you like.

**All ingredients should be organic if possible.

Jacqui’s Immune-boosting Smoothie

Immune-boosting Smoothie

70% of our immune system resides in our gut.  This yummy nutrient-dense smoothie is chockfull of gut-healing, immune-boosting nutrients.  Use it as a meal-replacement or have it for a snack.

Ingredients:

• 4 oz. pure water

• 4 oz. plain kefir (contains probiotics)

• 1/2 cup ice

• 1 scoop organic, grass-fed whey protein (Whey Cool Protein Powder – plain or vanilla)

• 1 tsp. flax oil

• 1 tsp. chia seeds

• 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

• 1/2 banana (contains pre-biotics)

• 1/2 hass avocado (contains pre-biotics)

• 1 handful leafy greens (spinach, kale work best)

Method:

Add all ingredients to blender and blend for approximately 1 minute.

* for a chocolatey immune boost add 1 T raw cacao powder.

Stress-Reducing Snack Hacks

Working remotely and making the “commute” to your fridge just a little to often? The following snack ideas and recipes from some of my top selling programs are deliciously-satisfying natural alternatives to sugar and other unhealthy snacks.  They also contain nutrients that help combat stress and boost your immune system: 

HEALTHY STRESS-REDUCING SNACK HACKS:
• Organic Non-GMO popcorn
• Celery or apple with nut butter and ground
  flax seeds sprinkled on top.
• Pomegranate Pear Guacamole
• Berrylicious Chia Pudding   
• Avo-Choco Pudding
• 
Fool’s Cobbler
• Keto Squares

Blood Sugar-Balancing Plan

This plan will help to balance your blood sugar, give you more energy throughout the day and keep you from excess snacking.  Please plug in foods from the Optimal Foods List below.

BREAKFAST: (always begin with a shower on the inside – 8-10 ounces of pure (not tap) water upon waking.

Formula:  2-3 ounces protein  + 1 complex carb + 1 healthy fat + fiber.

Example:  Avocado “Toast”: 3 Susie’s Brown Rice Thin Cakes + 2-3 eggs scrambled + 1/4 avocado, 1 tsp flax meal/chia seeds, .

SNACK: (If needed)

Formula: 1 oz protein + 1 serving low-glycemic carb.

Example: 1/4 cup almonds + 1 small green apple or 1 high-quality protein bar. 

LUNCH: (always begin with 8-10 ounces of pure water w/lemon)

Formula: 4-6 ounces lean protein + 2 cups salad greens and/or non-starchy veggies + 1-2 healthy fats + fiber + optional complex carb.

Example:  4-6 ounces grilled chicken on chopped salad greens +1/4 avocado + 1 tsp. flax meal/chia seeds + 1/2 T olive oil and 1/2 T vinegar or lemon juice, 1/2 cup chic peas in salad.

SNACK:(If needed)

Formula: high fiber, non-starchy carb. snack 

Example: raw veggies with 1/3 cup guacamole or 1 high-quality protein bar.

DINNER: (always begin with 8-10 ounces pure water with lemon)

Formula: 4-6 ounces lean protein + 2 cups salad greens and/or non-starchy veggies + 1-2 healthy fats + fiber + optional starchy carb.

Example: 4-6 ounces grilled salmon + arugula salad + 1 tsp. flax meal/chia seeds + 1/2 T olive oil and 1/2 T vinegar or lemon juice + steamed broccoli w/garlic and lemon + 1 small sweet potato w/1 t grass-fed butter.

OPTIMAL FOODS LIST

Choose organic, free-range, cage-free, grass-fed, non-GMOs and no hormones/antibiotics/nitrates added products.  Avoid farm-raised fish.

Protein Choices:  

• Lean poultry (organic, pasture-raised)

  • Wild cold water fish (salmon, haddock, halibut, cod, mackerel, sardines, wild shrimp)
  • Lean red meat (grass-fed beef, bison, venison)
  • Grass-fed lamb
  • Eggs (organic, omega-3, pasture-raised)
  • Legumes (lentils, beans, peas)
  • WheyCool, PurePea or PurePaleo protein powder (Organic, no sugar)
  • Kefir – organic, plain
  • Tempeh – organic
  • Collagen Peptides

Fat Choices: (1 tsp.)  

  • Olives/Olive oil
  • Chia seeds
  • Flax seeds/Flax oil
  • Organic virgin coconut oil
  • Grape seed oil
  • Cod liver oil
  • Avocado/Avocado Oil
  • Organic grass-fed ghee
  • Raw unsalted nuts and seeds and nut butters (no peanuts)

Complex Carb Choices: (1/2 cup)

  • Quinoa – limit
  • Buckwheat – limi
  • Black/brown rice – limit
  • Yams/sweet potatoes
  • Winter squash (acorn, butternut, spaghetti, pumpkin)
  • Turnips
  • Artichokes
  • Legumes (lentils, beans, peas)

Fruits: (1 cup)

  • All low-glycemic fresh and frozen fruits (no sugar added).

Veggies: (unlimited)

  • All fresh and frozen veggies (no butter or salt).

Herbs/Spices:

•  All  

Young At Heart Smoothie

Chockfull of heart-healthy, youth-promoting nutrients

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup pomegranate juice

1/2 cup pure water

1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

1 T flax oil

1 T chia seeds

1 scoop high-quality, unsweetened protein powder (I like PurePaleo or WheyCool Protein Powder)

1/3 cup oatmeal

1/2 c ice

METHOD:

Put all ingredients in blender and process until smooth. For extra heart health benefits, throw in a handful of leafy greens.

POST-GAMING MORNING MOCKTAIL MEAL

A detoxifying and replenishing “hair of the dog” remedy for your bloody-awful hangover

This antioxidant-rich, liver-loving concoction provides a delicious antidote to alcohol’s toxic effects.  Tomatoes are rich in lycopene which, among it’s many benefits, helps the liver eliminate toxins.  Lemon juice and zest are both high in the liver-cleansing antioxidant Vitamin C.  Lemon juice also aids in soothing the digestive upset that usually accompanies a hangover by alkalizing alcohol’s acidic effects.  Turmeric and ginger are both potent anti-inflammatories and ginger has anti-nausea properties as well – both needed after a night of over-indulging.  Bitters of any kind have detoxifying effects and add a nice flavor layer to any beverage.  Horseradish has detoxing benefits and adds a nice and much needed eye-opening zing!

The garnish is chock-full of nutrients as well and provides protein which is key to re-balancing your tipsy blood sugar.

INGREDIENTS:
4-6 ounces organic tomato juice, best packaged in a bottle
A dash of your favorite hot sauce or to taste
A grind of freshly-ground black pepper
1 t fresh lemon zest 
1 t fresh lemon juice or to taste
1/2 t fresh ginger, grated
1/2 t fresh or powdered turmeric
3 dashes of organic celery bitters (optional)
1 t horseradish or to taste

GARNISH:
1 stalk organic celery, peeled
lemon wedge
On a skewer, alternate the following:
3 green olives
3 organic grape tomatoes
3 grilled shrimp

METHOD:
Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and pour over ice.  Garnish with celery and lemon wedge and lay skewer on top of glass.  Bottoms up!!  Your liver will thank you…

Shake Your Mocktail Feather

This alcohol-free version of it’s big sister The Hummingbird will satisfy your taste buds on every level
Serves 1

INGREDIENTS:
1 small lime, juiced (reserve rind for riming glass)
organic sugar for rimming glass
2 thyme sprigs 
1 T simple syrup infused with thyme
1/2 cup freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice
grapefruit bitters (optional)
mineral water
ice


GARNISH:
1 fresh thyme sprig


METHOD:
Rub glass with juiced lime rind and rim with sugar.  Muddle thyme sprig and lime juice in bottom of glass.  Add ice, simple syrup, grapefruit juice, bitters and mineral water to fill glass and stir.  Garnish with thyme sprig.

MOCKTAIL MAMA

Mocktail Mama
Instead of reaching for the nearest wine bottle the next time you feel stressed, chill out with this delightfully aromatic and delicious stress-busting and hormone-balancing mocktail instead.

INGREDIENTS:

1 rosemary sprig

1/2 cup fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, chilled

1/4 cup pure pomegranate juice, chilled

ice

Mineral water, chilled

Bitters of choice (I like grapefruit) – optional

GARNISH:

1 rosemary sprig

1 tsp pomegranate seeds

METHOD:

In a cocktail shaker, muddle 1 rosemary sprig.  Add grapefruit and pomegranate juices and shake.  Fill 1 large goblet with ice and strain liquid into glass.  Top with mineral water and bitters (optional) to taste.  Garnish with rosemary sprig and pomegranate seeds.

Cheers!!