Superfood Pitaya Margarita

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This is a guest post from Sam Negrin | creator and EIC of and editorial manager of LEAFtv

There are few things more enjoyable than a refreshing cocktail on a sunny summer day. But as you might know, alcohol and mixed cocktails can include hundreds (sometimes thousands) of empty calories per drink! Empty calories simply means food or drink that has zero nutritional value, they do nothing for our well-being (except maybe give us a little buzz).

Alas, there are ways to add some nutritional value to our libations; besides the single glass of antioxidant-rich red wine. Introducing the Superfood Pitaya Margarita: Pitaya is the exotic fruit of the cactus plant commonly found in Central America and Southeast Asia, also known as Dragon Fruit. It’s extremely rich in antioxidants, vitamin c, magnesium, fiber, vitamin b and omega-3 fats (from the seeds). All of these nutritional components combined make this fruit an amazing beauty-enhancing ingredient – glowing skin, strong hair and bones.

This unique, nutrient-dense and low-calorie margarita is the perfect accompaniment to your chips and guac this weekend. Not to mention, it’s the most beautiful pink insta-worthy color! Happy summer!

Here’s how you make it:

Ingredients: (serves one)
3 oz silver tequila
Splash of orange juice
Lime wedge
Salt & cayenne to rim glass, optional

1. If rimming the glass: first pour 2/3 salt and 1/3 cayenne onto a plate, then slide lime wedge around the rim and turn cup over to dip into salt/cayenne mixture
2. Add everything to your cocktail shaker, but the ice, and shake! (you might need to let the smoothie pack de-frost for a few minutes)
3. Add ice to your glass, pour cocktail mixture over

Note: You can find Pitaya Plus smoothie packs in the freezer section of most grocery stores. If you whip this up, share on insta tagging @gerihirsch and @allgoodhealth!


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Baileys Irish Cream Affogato

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Affogato’s and Baileys Original Irish Cream are two of my favorite things so I decided to combine the two by making Baileys Irish Cream Affogato’s. Mmmhmm, that’s right. Homemade Baileys Irish Cream ice cream topped with rich deep espresso. It’s just as good as you’d imagine. Here’s how to make it:

Recipe: Baileys Irish Cream Affogato

You will need:
14 ounces of coconut cream
3/4 cup Baileys Irish Cream
Shots of good Espresso
Garnish options: chocolate covered coffee bean, grated chocolate, coconut flakes, fresh mint
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Fresh Watermelon & Peach Smoothie

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This is such a great smoothie for a refreshing summer pick-me-up. It has green benefits from the spinach and sweetness from all of our favorite summer fruits. The water in the watermelon acts as the liquid so there is no need for additional milk or water. Here’s how you do it:

1 cup spinach
1/2 cup strawberries, cut in half
1 peach, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 cup watermelon, cubed

1. Pulse all ingredients until thoroughly combined to your preferred consistency

More smoothie recipes right this way.

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Farmer’s Market Summer Salad

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This is a guest post from Sam Negrin | creator and EIC of and editorial manager of LEAFtv

It’s that time of year again; The sun is shining, air is warmer and sweet produce is popping up everywhere. When the weather warms up I always gravitate towards food that will cool me down–crisp salads, smoothie bowls, and of course ice cream. This also might be my favorite time of year for trips to the local farmers market. It’s the season of strawberries, sugar snap peas, root veggies, stone fruit, squash blossoms, cherries and more. There are so many reasons to stick to farm fresh food, some including: 1) the produce is at it’s freshest; the peak of it’s flavor and nutrition, 2) support local farmland and economy, and 3) the produce lasts 2x longer than grocery store picks because it’s so fresh – even if you’re spending a little more for quality, it evens out.

This salad has a delicious combination of summer flavors, health benefits and is really easy to make. It has loads of nutrients, vitamin c, antioxidants, protein and zinc.

Tip: Make sure you talk to your farmer when choosing produce. They will help you pick what’s best for consumption today, tomorrow or next week.


2 handfuls of spinach
2-3 radishes
2-3 chioggia beets
5-6 sugar snap peas
2-3 strawberries, sliced
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp raw sunflower seeds


1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp local honey
Juice of 1 lemon
Coarse salt + pepper
Note: If you don’t have dietary restrictions you can add fish, shrimp, meat, or sliced parmigiano-reggiano on top as well! 
​ 1. Using a mandoline slicer, thinly slice the radishes and beets. If you don’t slice the beets thin enough, you might want to flash-sauté them for about 2 minutes to soften them
2. Remove the tough fibrous string from the end of the sugar snap peas. This runs along the straight edge; fold the stem back and pull, it should roll down easily
3. Layer everything onto your serving plate
4. In a separate bowl, mix the dressing ingredients and add S + P to taste
5. Drizzle dressing on top
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