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My New Roots Cookbook Review & Beverage Recipe – Sparkling Mint Melonade

My New RootsPaging through crisp pages of a new cookbook is one of my favorites. I love the stories behind the dishes, the beautiful photographs and the instant bookmarking I begin to tally in my head. My New Roots fulfills all of these checklist items and more. Author, Sarah Britton, a food blogger since 2007, has transferred her passion for whole-food ingredients, an organic lifestyle and her “conscious cooking techniques” into a glorious and mouth-salivating book of healthy, interesting and relatively uncomplicated recipes. She believes if you eat this way then there is no such thing as a diet…it’s a lifestyle. Amen, sista. I feel the same way.

My New Roots is a plant-based, seasonal, real-food cookbook that showcases recipes that are manageable, inspiring and original. Sarah captures the culinary beauty of preparing and eating healthy food that is full of texture, taste and personality. Her creativity makes me want to try and be more creative. Her passion shines through and this is truly one of the best cookbooks I have ever owned in which it will become a staple of reference in my kitchen.

When I mentioned the mental bookmarking I begin to do when I’m excited about a new cookbook, let me assure you this was the case as well for My New Roots. I even went as far as putting yellow sticky notes on each page so I wouldn’t forget each dish I was dying to make. I bookmarked an array of recipes such as Thai-Style Coconut Soup with Zucchini Noodles, Skinny Dip White Bean Fondue, Red Onion Lentil Soup with Manchego Toasts, Raw Key Lime Coconut Tarts, Roasted Red Pepper Walnut Dip, Rooibos Ginger Sun Tea, Dark Chocolate Cherry Overnight Oats and Oyster Mushroom Bisque…to name a few. So far I have made the Thai-Style Coconut Soup, the Raw Key Lime Coconut Tarts and the Sparkling Mint Melonade (recipe below). All 3 were amazing!

A cool feature that Sarah includes in her book are tiny blurbs within most of the recipe pages explaining the health benefits of a food item in that recipe. For example, we all know cucumbers are healthy for us, but she explains why and what cucumbers do to help nourish our bodies. It’s nice to have the breakdown of nutritional information because so often we just eat what we think we are supposed to without really knowing why something is good for us.

I already have plans to whip up that fondue this weekend and I’m sure I’ll be posting Instagram shots of my versions of Sarah’s recipes in the months to come. I highly recommend My New Roots if you are looking for new, creative and delicious plant-based recipes in your life. There are recipes for everyone and for every season of the year.

Sparkling Mint Melonade

Sparkling Mint Melonade
  • 2½ C. chopped ripe melon (I used cantaloupe)
  • 1½ TBSP. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tsp. raw honey or pure maple syrup (I used syrup)
  • Handful (about 20) fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish if desired
  • Sparkling mineral water, to top up
  1. Put the chopped melon in a blender, add the lime juice and honey, and blend on high until smooth. Add the mint leaves and pulse just to chop it up.
  2. Fill a glass two-thirds full with ice, and pour in the melon mixture. Top with sparkling water, and stir. Garnish with more mint if desired. Serve.
This could be made into a cocktail as well by adding a shot of your favorite booze.

*I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review, but all opinions are my own.




Easy Blender Green Juice

Just because I don’t own a juicer doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the taste and health benefits of a mean green juice at home. At some point I would like a juicer so that I can juice more of a variety of produce, but for now my Ninja blender works perfect for my juice cravings that occur often. I love that I can just throw all of the ingredients in the pitcher, pulse and pour. Juicing is the quickest and easiest way to get your daily dose of vitamins and nutrients from fruits & veggies.

The green juice I like to make at home is jam packed with fiber, anti-inflammatory properties and energy boosting fuel that not only helps me kick off my day alert, but can also save me from an afternoon slump of fatigue. I usually make my green juice using the same formula: banana, frozen fruit like mango or pineapple, greens like kale or spinach, cucumber, chia seeds, tumeric, ginger, regular or coconut water (beware of the sugar in the coconut water when purchasing), and a splash of apple cider vinegar for extra wellness. The recipe below makes A LOT of juice, but if I’m not able to drink it all, I simply pour the remaining juice into a mason jar and store in the fridge to drink by the next day. Easy, right? Now go get your green juice on.

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Easy Blender Green Juice
Serves: 2+
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • ⅓ of a regular or English cucumber, peeled, de-seeded and cut into chunks
  • 1 C. of frozen pineapple or mango
  • 1 stalk of kale, de-ribbed and torn into pieces
  • ½ inch of ginger, peeled
  • ¼ C. of fresh parsley, packed
  • 1 TBSP of chia seeds
  • ¼ tsp of fresh tumeric
  • 4 C. of coconut or regular water
  • Splash of apple cider vinegar
  1. Put all of the ingredients in the blender and pulse until it's liquid and there are no chunks. Pour into two glasses and store any remaining juice in a mason jar in the fridge.
It makes approximately 40 ozs. of juice. Store remaining juice in a mason jar and drink within 24 hours.