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Turmeric Shots Recipe

Turmeric Shots Recipe | Umami Girl

Hello from the middle of a loooooog juice cleanse. I’m Januarying so hard it’ll be mid-February before it’s all said and done. More on the details of the cleanse and my tenuous (if high-energy!) grasp on sanity in a later post. But today, here’s a great little recipe for your juicer that you’ll love incorporating into your real-life eating (or hey, your next juice cleanse).

Turmeric shots are a delicious, vibrant blend of turmeric, ginger, golden beet, carrot, orange, green apple and lime juices. They’re a nice little natural pick-me-up full of micronutrients. Compared to, say, your average balanced green juice, they’re high in naturally occurring sugars and best served in cute doses of a few ounces, which is all you need anyway.  (more…)

Magic Blender Dressing: Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette

Magic Blender Dressing Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette | Umami Girl

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single family in possession of a good salad, must be in want of a dressing. You guys, this is THE ONE. Our smooth, tangy, creamy lemon vinaigrette is the dressing that’s always in our fridge. I developed it years ago for our favorite kale salad, and it’s bold enough to stand up to kale and shredded Brussels sprouts and all kinds of raw cruciferous goodies. It’s also great drizzled over baby spinach or tossed with chopped romaine and tons of crunchy veggies.  (more…)

Our Family’s Favorite Kale Salad Recipe

Favorite Kale Salad Recipe | Umami Girl

Our family has two favorite kale salad recipes. The first one is a simple side salad that we’ll happily eat with virtually any meal. The second one (which was the first to enter our lives chronologically, and something in me needs to let you know that, okay sorry bye) is a complete meal in a bowl. You’re looking at it right up there.  (more…)

Happy Weekend

Navesink Fog Water Ice | Umami Girl

Happy weekend, friends. We live alongside the Navesink River, which amazes me by looking and feeling different every day. (One, two, three, just for starters.) It’s a tidal river, so maybe that’s most of it. But there’s a borderline-magical element too. It’s one of those phenomena where all the things I don’t know about science add up to a feeling of wonder and magic, and I’ll take it. I’ll take knowing the river is a place I can always go to slow down and pay attention and be rewarded for it. (more…)

Raspberry Chia Post-Workout Smoothie

Raspberry Chia Post Workout Smoothie | Umami Girl

Happy New Year, friends. Real life update: we’re on the road in snowy New England for our final stops exploring high schools for Addie. I’ve gone a little off the deep end temporarily with January reset mentality. And the world is cold. More on two of those three items later.

For today, a smoothie. If you’re also in deep-end mode, or if you’re just a person who likes raspberries and the gym, this Raspberry Chia Post-Workout smoothie is your jam. (Well, your smoothie, anyway.) It’s vegan and gluten-free and macronutrient-balanced to aid in muscle recovery after a tough workout.  (more…)


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