Orange Sherbet

“God is God. Because He is God, He is worthy of my trust and obedience.
I will find rest nowhere but in His holy will…
a will that is unspeakably beyond my largest notion of what He is up to.”

-Elisabeth Elliot

In exactly one week I turn that age. 25. I’m not where I thought I’d be, but I’m glad for where I am. The past year was the worst most wonderful year, and as I look back it’s hard to believe everything happened in only 365 days. I was broken and persevered, and as Mr. Charles Spurgeon said, “I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.” I wouldn’t trade that for the world. Here are some wonderful things I learned or experienced in 2012:

» Forgiveness is essential, but it takes time.
» I am blessed and so grateful to call some of the dearest people friends.
» My biggest fears are of what I want the most, so I need to be myself and not fear man.
» WWOOFing was an incredible experience, but I now know I’m not cut out to be a farmer :)
» Guys and girls can’t be “just” friends. Haven’t you seen When Harry Met Sally?! *
» Classes started today, but I didn’t have to go. I can get used to this whole college graduate thing!

*No need to watch if you haven’t :)

Recipe time! These little bowls are equally refreshing as they are creamy. Citrus season is in full swing, so grapefruit, lemon, mandarine orange, and clementine would all be delicious!

Orange Sherbet
4 navel oranges
1 c coconut milk
1/3 c honey

Juice oranges and freeze the skin halves. Blend orange juice with remaining ingredients and freeze in ice cube trays. Process frozen cubes until smooth and fill frozen orange halves. Enjoy!

[See here for tips and alternatives.]

Parsley Orange Lime Juice

“Herein is wonder of wonders:
he came below to raise me above,
was born like me that I might become like him.
Herein is love;
when I cannot rise to him he draws near on wings of grace,
to raise me to himself.”
–The Valley of Vision

Many posts ago…or maybe it was on Twitter? Hmmm. Anyway, I’ve let it be known to the big world out there, or at least those who follow me on Twitter, that I’ve done a couple of liquid fasts. I’ve done several fasts and cleanses that follow specific guidelines like The Master Cleanse or The Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush (doesn’t that sound delightful?), but those are not the fasts I was tweeting about.

Last summer I thought I would do something to give my tender (wimpy) digestive system a break and I had some specific goals in mind. First, I didn’t want to feel like I was dying. Sorry Master Cleanse, but you made me so physically weak. I could barely walk by day six. Secondly, I wanted to, yes, lose weight. Thirdly, I wanted to only consume the very highest nutrients out there.

Hannah’s Superfood Liquid Fast of Amazingness was born. I’m pretty sure it’s not an official fast (yet) and someone else has done something to its extent, but here is what I did. I made a one quart superfood smoothie with all or most of these: spirulina, cacao, maca, goji, coconut (oil, meat, water), fresh aloe vera, hemp seeds, chlorella, kelp, and honey. I would drink a pint at a time and during the rest of the day, I would allow myself any fresh juice. I made some Master Cleasnse Lemonade, which was great if I would be out and about. I also made lemonade with stevia, but the second best nutrient packed drink I made was fresh juice.

With that, let me introduce the best green juice combination I have ever had. I first tasted it at a little health food store in Wisconsin over three years ago. Today, parsley orange lime juice still takes first place.

Parsley Orange Lime Juice
1 bunch parsley
1 bag oranges
3 limes

For anyone like myself with a less than incredible juicer, a tip to ease the sometimes frustrating task is to juice the oranges and limes, blend the citrus juice with the parsley, and then pour that through the juicer. Saves a lot of time and reduces heating the juice, which is important to maintain its nutrient quality. Keep as many enzymes as possible!

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway I mentioned last week. It’s super easy to enter and you have until the 31st. Read more about it here.

happy new year!

Sparkling Cranberry Pomegranate Juice
25.3 oz sparkling water
1 c fresh juice (about)
3/4 t stevia extract

Juice fresh fruit. I used two 8 oz. bags fresh cranberries and 3 fresh pomegranates. Now, as healthy as it may be, juicing pomegranate seeds and pith make for a bitter juice. SUPER good for you, but it’s an acquired taste. If you aren’t feeling bold quite yet just use cranberries : ) Slowwwly pour juice into sparkling water. I used 5 bottles for the above listed amount of fresh fruit. Stir in stevia and enjoy!

Looking forward to what the Lord has planned for Immer Wachsen in 2012!