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currently snacking on... 13 Aug 2013

Witch Finger grapes | photo by Oh Joy

Witch Finger grapes | photo by Oh Joy

When I come across unique versions of fruit (like golden raspberries), I get really excited. I found these Witch Finger grapes at the grocery store the other day. They're shaped like chili peppers yet taste just like red seedless grapes. They're sweet, juicy, and super fun to eat..almost like eating candy in grape form...

{Photos by Oh Joy}

my favorite summer salad... 1 Jul 2013

Oh Joy | Farro, Feta, Edamame Salad

Oh Joy | Farro, Feta, Edamame Salad

In last week's summer picnic giveaway with Terrain, I shared a peek at my new favorite summer salad. Today I'm sharing the recipe with you because it really is just so good (I've been eating it for lunch a lot lately!), and it's perfect for the upcoming July 4th holiday. It's so easy and such a great alternative to the pasta and potato salads normally served at summer barbecues. Here's how to make it...

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fruity summer striped ice cubes... 20 May 2013

Oh Joy | Fruity Summer Striped Ice Cubes

Oh Joy | Fruity Summer Striped Ice Cubes

As summer approaches, I always find myself craving fresh fruit and juices of all kinds. I love smoothies, but it's not always possible to whip out the blender and make a fresh one whenever I want. So I decided to make these pretty (and practical) juice and smoothie ice cubes, which can be frozen and saved to have on hand anytime you need a juicy kick!

Oh Joy | Fruity Summer Striped Ice Cubes

They can be added to some sparkling water for a dose of fruit, or stored in the freezer so you can have smoothies on hand whenever you want some (just put a handful of the saved cubes in a cup and into the fridge the night before). Plus, they are so, so beautiful to look at in a pretty glass with a cute straw!

Oh Joy | Fruity Summer Striped Ice Cubes

Oh Joy | Fruity Summer Striped Ice Cubes

Here are some of my favorite combos and flavors to use, shown above:

JUICES: I used store-bought grapefruit juice, mango juice, limeade, and made some strawberry/beet juice.

SMOOTHIES: I combined kiwi, cucumber, mint and lime make for a beautiful green smoothie blend.

COCONUT MILK: I layered a lot of these cubes with coconut milk, which can be poured right from the can.

Simply add layers of pre-made juice, smoothies, and/or coconut milk (which I love for its color and for a creamy touch) to standard ice cube trays. I've even been adding veggies (like carrots, beets, and cucumbers) to my smoothie mixes for Ruby, to get her those extra vitamins whenever possible! 

What kinds of fruity ice cubes would you guys make?

{Photos: Julia Stotz. Art direction and concept: Oh Joy. Production Assistant: Michelle Tu.
This summer inspiration is brought to you by Target. Find more fun and surprises all season long on Target's #SummerUp Pinterest board. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting these sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Oh Joy.}

currently snacking on... 11 Jan 2012

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When you're nursing, you expend so much energy and calories {they say something like 500 calories a day!} that I find myself so thirsty and eating everything in sight—much like a teenage boy. In addition to eating large meals and snacking a TON, I have been craving juice like crazy. Since I drink so much of it, I've been trying to stick to options that don't have added sugar {as I'd rather save the processed sugars for dessert}! So my new favorites are the super fresh and delicious juices from Pressed Juicery. Available locally in LA or online, Pressed is known for their juice cleanses, but since I need all the food and calories I can get to feed Ruby, I drink them additionally to all of my meals and snacks to stay hydrated while also getting all the nutrition and tastiness of their fruity combinations. My favorites are: Carrot Coconut, Apple Lemon Ginger, Beet Apple Lemon Ginger, and the Strawberry Apple Lime...oh, and the Almond Milk {not shown} is SO good with cereal! — Joy

{photos by Oh Joy. Juices from Pressed Juicery}

currently snacking on... 6 Sep 2011

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Hope you guys had a great weekend! We had a super relaxing long weekend in Santa Barbara for our mini babymoon {pics to come this week}. I spent the time without my computer, didn't check email, and had no set plans or agenda...tough for a self-employed Type A...but so so needed. We stopped by the Santa Barbara Farmer's Market on Saturday, and I was excited to find some Yellow Barhi Dates from Flying Disc Ranch. They're only in season from September to November so it's been a year since I last enjoyed some. Picked at an earlier stage—before they have the chance to turn brown and dry—the crunchy dates taste like a mix of an apple and coconut with a bit of bitterness. They're crunchy, sweet, and delicious... — Joy

{photo by Oh Joy. Dates can be mail-ordered from Flying Disc Ranch or Shields Date Garden}

currently snacking on... 22 Aug 2011

Pluots

It's stone fruit season right now in California, so our farmer's markets are packed with peaches, nectarines, and plums galore. My favorite of the bunch, pluots {a hybrid of a plum and an apricot} are currently available in a medley of colors and types...and enjoying a bowl of them is just like heaven with the mix of sweet and tart. — Joy

{photo by Oh Joy}

currently snacking on... 16 Aug 2011

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I love this time of year because green figs are in season, and they're my absolute favorite over their brown counterpart. I picked these up at the Hollywood Farmer's Market the other day and enjoying them this morning with thin slices of gruyere cheese...yum! — Joy

{photos by Oh Joy. mini pedestal by Herriott Grace}

currently snacking on... 10 Aug 2011

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With my constant need to snack these days, I've been trying to find snack options that aren't always dessert in nature and offer some nurtritional value for the little lady growing inside my belly. The other day, I tried these fruit and nut bars by Kind, and I'm in love. My favorite, so far, is the almond and coconut flavor shown here. I've already had them for breakfast and snacks, and I love how protein-packed they are and not too sweet. I totally need to stash some in my car and purse for those sudden snacking urges.  — Joy

{photo by Oh Joy}

currently snacking on... 15 Jul 2011

Purple-yams

Have you guys ever had a purple yam before? Oh my...if you like yams, purple yams are seriously the best of the yammy bunch. Typically used in Asia, they're sweeter, denser, and closer to the consistency of a sweet potato than your traditional orange yam. This one above is from one of my favorite LA restaurants, Jar, which Bob brought home the other night after going there for a work dinner. The simply baked yam is topped with sour cream and chives {like a baked potato} and then smushed open while piping hot. But the sweetness and texture is seriously out of this world {and they're good for you!}. Next time you're at an Asian grocery store and spot some purple yams, they're a must try. — Joy

{photo by Oh Joy}

the most beautiful vegetables... 13 Jun 2011

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...I've ever seen! This deconstructed salad issue In the new summer issue of Sweet Paul Magazine is simply stunning... — Joy

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