September 2015 — PlantOGram

September 6, 2015

Chaitanya B.

Woo hoo! It's Friday everyone! :D You know what that means. Nights out with friends, cocktail parties, and just adventures awaiting for the weekend. There's most likely going to be one common factor in all your endeavors: alcoholic beverages. But why are we blogging about this? Because we want to let you all know that you can incorporate your PlantOGram fruit trees into your Friday night libations! Whether you're hosting a party, or just bringing a cocktail over to your friend's, we've got some unique, fun drink options for you :)

1.) Dragonfruit Greyhoundtumblr_mnhlasL43s1s86rtco1_500Ingredients:

  • 1/2 medium sized dragonfruit of your choice, squeeze out the juice in a glass.
  • 2 oz Premium Vodka
  • 1-2 oz Ginger Ale
  • 2-3 oz Cranberry juice

Mix ingredients and pour over ice into glass. Enjoy! :)

2.) Mango-Peach Sangria200907-r-sangriaIngredients:

  • 1/4 cup mint
  • 1 cup Grand Marnier
  • 2 peaches, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 bottle Viognier
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 mango of your choice, chopped
  • 1/3 cup sugar

In a saucepan, cook the sugar and water until the sugar dissolves; transfer to a pitcher and refrigerate until cold. Stir in the Grand Marnier, Viognier, mango, peaches and mint and serve over ice! :)

3.) Frosted Lychee & Cranberry MartiniSlushIngredients: 

  • 8 0z. lemon sorbet
  • 5-7 lychees, skinned and pitted
  • 10-12 cranberries
  • 6 oz. vodka

Place sorbet, lychee and cranberries in a blender and pulse until well combined and smooth. Add in vodka and gently pulse until combined. Pour into martini glass and serve with cranberry shrub for embellishment, and enjoy! :)

4.) Carambola Cocktailcarambola4Ingredients: 

• 2 parts of fresh starfruit juice with mint
• 1 part of vodka
• 1 part of lime
• Ice

Mix starfruit juice and mint with water and sugar. Then, mix in the vodka and lime. Shake well and serve over ice. Garnish with a slice of starfruit for embellishment :)

5.) Guava ColadadownloadIngredients: 

1 1/4 oz. Dark Rum
3 oz. fresh Guava Juice
1 oz. Coconut Cream

Blend with 8 oz. of crushed ice until smooth. Serve in specialty glass and garnish with a kiwi wheel, a tropical edible flower or a pineapple flag. Enjoy :)

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September 6, 2015

Treat your skin to a nourishing and refreshing twist to DIY body butters. These easy steps to making your own Mango Body Butter only takes about 30 minutes and you skin will love you for it!

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Ingredients:
– 1 cup shea butter
– 1/2 cup mango butter
– 1/2 cup almond oil
– mango essential oil (20-25 drops)

Tools:
– electric mixer or whisk
– glass bowl
– mixing bowl
– pot
– storage jar with lid

Instructions:

1. Fill your pot with water so that your glass bowl sits half immersed. Measure out your two butters and place them in glass bowl. Turn your stove on to medium heat and bring the water to a low boil to melt your butters.

2. When the butters are completely melted, carefully remove your glass bowl from the pot of hot water. Stir in the almond oil and 20-25 drops of mango essential oil.

3. Chill the mixture in the fridge for about 20 minutes.

4. Once the mixture has cooled, whip it with an electric mixer or whisk until you have a soft and a creamy texture.

5.  To store, place in an airtight container and set in a cool place and it should last for about 4-6 months.

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September 6, 2015

Chaitanya B.

Fruit and yoga- they really are quite a potent combo. As PlantOGram is launching our original #FruitNYoga campaign this month, we have compiled together a list of fruit and yoga poses which, when paired together can yield amazing results! Whether you're aiming to get pregnant soon, increase your sexual libido, or just stay fit, we've got you covered! Join us for our  1st FruitNYoga, a guide on increasing your fertility, or chances of getting pregnant :)

The Fruit:27-health-benefits-of-pineapple-fruit

  1. Get yourself a ripe pineapple, preferably organic.
  2. Remove the pineapples exterior.
  3. Cut through the middle of the pineapple, from top to bottom. (Do NOT core it!)
  4. From each half, slice six to eight equally sized wedges.
  5. When you're ovulating, begin consuming one to two slices of pineapple each day.

The Yoga Poses:

Cobbler Pose

download (1)This pose helps to open up your hips and increases blood circulation in the pelvic area.

Supported Bridge Pose

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Especially in this pose, you raise up your pelvic area, in order to increase blood supply to ovaries and uterus.

Legs up the Wall Pose 

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Doing this pose helps to decrease stress levels in the lower area of your back is also a very powerful way to increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries.

Lotus Pose 

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Is known to energize the pelvic area- one of the simplest poses to increase fertility power. Also known to relieve menstrual discomfort.

Cobra Pose

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Increases blood flow to uterus and ovaries, and is known to improve overall total body circulation of blood and oxygen.

Good luck everyone! And have fun this month as you begin your Fruit n' Yoga journey :)

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September 6, 2015

Chaitanya B.

The miracle fruit, also known as the miraculous berry, comes from a shrub native to West Africa. Right off the bat, you may be asking yourself: why is it called the miracle fruit? There are many documented reasons that justify the name of this fruit, including the fact that it helps to increase metabolism, reduce blood pressure & diabetes, and help out with overall health. But, the most interesting claim about this fruit is that it allegedly makes everything taste sweeter! What? 8O

Fruit-2When the flesh of the fruit is eaten, molecules called miraculin bind to the tongue's taste buds causing sour foods to taste sweet. At neutral pH when you haven't eaten anything sour, you won't be able to notice much of a difference on your tongue. But at a low pH, resulting from ingestion of sour foods, miraculin binds proteins and becomes able to activate the sweet receptors, making your aftertaste sweet. This effect lasts for about 30 mins. So who knows? Maybe instead of adding more sugar to your cheesecake, you could just eat some miracle fruit beforehand :P

Just for funsies, these are the superhero transformations that have occurred in people's mouth after they've consumed miracle fruit:

Lemon -------> Lemonade

Cream Cheese -------> Cheesecake

Sour Cream -------> Ice Cream

Koolaid Mix -------> Powdered Sugar

Tabasco Sauce------->

Wait for it..............

Hot Donut Glaze? 8O

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