Monthly Archives: January 2015

Where to get natural vitamins in winter

Hidden Forest Yoga Studio

Winter at Hidden Forest Yoga Studio

Many of us eat a lot during holidays and then decide to fast a little bit to clean out our bodies with juicing. Since we already learned that pine needles are good for us (1/2 cup of crushed pine needles=1 lemon=5 oranges by Vitamin C content and don’t even try to compare wild growing pine tree with organic oranges, it is like comparing eagle with little foreign baby chicken that never knew how to fly), we are going to use pine needles in our juice.  And let’s add some cedar greens.

I am very big fan of foraging wild plants in the forest, you would be very surprised to find out how does my breakfast look like when I walk my dog in the forest! And I don’t eat a lot, just a few bites here and there. I try buds, I eat seeds, pine or spruce needles, can find some leaves under the snow and then I teach 2-3 Yoga classes in a row being full of energy. But, sorry, let’s get back to today’s juice.

In winter, when you have no access to the greens you can always sprout almost everything. Most of my ingredients are picked up in summer time and frozen, like rhubarb, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, blackberries, etc., but sometimes I crave for something. This time it was spinach, so, hmmm, yes, guilty of going to the store and buying spinach, swiss chard and celery.

And finally, the whole recipe:

  • 3 branches of pine with needles (your palm size)
  • 2 branches of cedar greens
  • 2 bottles of frozen wild apple cider (prepared in November)
  • 5 stalks of frozen rhubarb
  • handful of wheatgrass (or any other older sprouts)
  • 1 bunch of red swiss chard
  • 6 stalks of celery
  • 8 carrots

Please, note that I did not take more that the amount mentioned above for the wild plants. They are extremely powerful. None of the vitamins you ever take will come close by the energy level to the wild plants.

I made 7 bottles (I re-use LIVE’s bottles) of this truly concentrated juice. Paid ingredients were spinach, wheatgrass, carrots and swiss chard. It turned out that each bottle was $2.30. Even if you are experienced juice drinker I would still recommend to dilute it, because you will get too much energy from this drink and will not be able to fall asleep.

Eating by Nature in Winter Time

White Eastern Pine Just recently I read a few posts that people fast on juices these days. And they drink juices made out of oranges, watermelons and other tropical fruits. But let’s think.

We live in Canada. It is winter now. Nature already prepared everything for us. If you look around in the forest you definitely will not miss pine trees. They are tall, beautiful and have very long needles. These needles are loaded with Vitamin C and A. Half a cup of crushed needles will simply substitute one full lemon by Vitamin C content. And here are some recipes for you:

Pine buds – just eat them raw. They are the most powerful in winter time, boost immune system, help with any type of respiratory illnesses

Pine needles raw – chew up into a ball and clean your teeth instead of toothpaste

Pine needles tea – ½ cup of crushed needles for two cups of nearly boiling water. I prefer not to simmer it. Simply poor it into thermos and let it sit for at least half an hour. You don’t need to drain it. If you like add some honey or cinnamon. This drink is full of vitamins C and A as well as of other important micro elements. If you have any other recipes, please, write them in the comments, this will make me very happy!

And now don’t forget to check our January events:

Winter Wonderland Retreat – Jan.24

Face Workshop – Wed. Jan 28 at 7 pm and Fri. Jan.30th at 10 am

Simple Raw Dishes in 10 minutes! 2 hours workshop – Jan 31 at 3 pm

Spaces fill out quickly.

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Green Juices

Since I was asked many times to start storing the recipes of my most successful freshly squeezed juice recipes I finally decided to do it here. You are more than welcome to come to our studio to taste them.

Today juice is

  • bunch of spinach
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • bunch of swiss chard
  • bunch of defrosted rhubarb (Yum!)
  • 3 big apples

If it is too sour for you just add some honey

In the next recipe I will add some pine needles, or cedar