Pre-made bottled juices are a great way to get your daily quota of fruit and veg but some are not as healthy as others and can contain added sugars or artificial ingredients. Enter Natlie’s Juices, a family run business focused on high-quality, minimally processed juice, squeezed fresh each week. With a commitment to quality, Natalie’s goes to great lengths for authentic freshness. Human hands select the finest fruits and vegetables and each order is handcrafted in small batches and pasteurized at the minimum time and temperature to ensure the quality and freshness of each ingredient. After 35 years in the business Natalie’s knows life is complicated enough so they keep it simple, which is why there are never more than five ingredients in each juice. No preservatives. No artificial ingredients. No GMOs.

Of course everyone can enjoy a healthy juice drink anytime but here are our picks for 5 unexpected (and delicious!) ways to juice up your nutrition.

Homemade Blood Orange Popsicle

Ingredients:
2 2/3 cups Natalie’s Blood Orange Juice
1/3 cup vanilla bean simple syrup

Directions:
Combine the Natalie’s Blood Orange Juice and the simple syrup in a liquid measuring cup. Pour into popsicle molds. Place popsicle sticks and transfer them to the freezer to set. Let stand at room temperature for about 5 to 10 minutes before you pop them out and enjoy!

Orange Pineapple Granita

Ingredients:
3 cups Natalie’s Orange Pineapple Juice
1/4 cup ultra fine granulated sugar
2 tablespoons Cointreau (optional)
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream

Directions:
Pour Natalie’s Orange Pineapple Juice in a medium bowl and add the sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.  Stir in the Cointreau, if using.
Pour the juice mixture into a lidded freezer dish large enough so the liquid is not more than 1-inch deep.  Cover the dish and set it level in the freezer.  Freeze the mixture and, after 1 hour, scrape it with a fork to break up the ice crystals.  Freeze for an additional 3 hours (at least), stirring gently with the fork, every 30 minutes.  Once ice crystals form and the mixture thickens, it isn’t necessary to keep stirring.  The mixture can be left in the freezer several days until ready to serve.  (If it becomes too hard, scrape it with a large metal spoon to break up the ice crystals.)
When ready to serve, place 1-2 scoops of ice cream into each serving dish and place a scoop of the frozen orange granita on the top or side of the ice cream.  If you want to be fancy, garnish the granita with a mint leaf and an orange slice. Serve immediately.

 

Strawberry Raspberry Fruit Snacks for Kids

Ingredients:
1 cup frozen raspberries
2 cups frozen strawberries
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup Natalie’s Natural Lemonade
6 tbsp maple syrup
4 tbsp gelatin

Directions:
To make fruit snacks, add the frozen fruit, water, Natalie’s Natural Lemonade, and maple syrup to a high-speed blender, and blend to puree the mixture. Add the mixture to a medium-sized saucepan and sprinkle with gelatin. Let sit for 5 minutes to allow the gelatin to bloom.
Heat the mixture over medium heat and dissolve the gelatin while whisking it. Do not boil. Once the gelatin has fully dissolved and there are no remaining clumps, remove from heat.
Put silicon molds on a baking tray. Fill the molds using a dropper. Once the molds are filled, place in the freezer for 15 minutes or in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Remove from molds, and store in the fridge for up to a week.

Creamy Lemon Yogurt Salad Dressing

Ingredients:
1 avocado, pitted and peeled
1⁄2 cup plain Greek yogurt
3 tbsp Natalie’s Lemon Juice
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1⁄2 cup fresh cilantro
1⁄2 cup fresh parsley
1 tsp salt
1⁄2 tsp black pepper
1-2 tbsp of water, as needed

Directions:
Place all ingredients except water in the bowl of a food processor or high-speed blender
Blend until smooth
Add water to thin the dressing if needed
Refrigerate until time to serve

 

Strawberry Pineapple Jalapeño Paloma

Ingredients:
2 oz Tanteo Jalapeño Tequila
1.5 oz Natalie’s Strawberry Lemonade Juice
1 oz. pineapple puree*
0.5 oz lime juice
2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
Sparkling water
Lime wedge, for garnish
Jalapeños, for garnish

Strawberry Salt Rim:
2 freeze-dried strawberries, crushed
1.5 tbsp sea salt

Pineapple Puree:
10 oz frozen pineapple
1.5 cups water

Directions:
Use a lime wedge to coat the rim of a rocks glass. Dip the rim in the strawberry salt mixture.
Add Natalie’s Strawberry Lemonade Juice, pineapple puree*, lime juice and honey to the glass. Mix well.
Add in Tanteo Jalapeno Tequila and mix. Top off with sparkling water and ice cubes.

*Pineapple Puree:
Add the frozen pineapple and water to a high-speed blender and blend for 1-2 minutes.
Use a fine-mesh strainer to strain the liquid and discard the pulp.

Natalie’s Juices are available in grocery stores island-wide.

For more information regarding Natalie’s Juices, visit www.orchidislandjuice.com