Juice, juice, juice…

I have pretty amazing friends.

One of my long-time family friends loaned me a juicer! It’s a total dinosaur; it’s heavy and it’s loud, but it makes fresh juice and it’s in my kitchen! It’s one of those things that has been passed around for years I suppose. My friend used it for about a year and then bought her own Omega Juicer and so donated the dino to me. She said the only rule was that when I get my new state-of-the-art juicer that I pay it forward. Yes ma’am.

So, in honor of my wonderful friend with her shiny new Omega Juicer, here are some juice recipes that I have made over the past few days that I found quite tasty…

Veggie Love.

Whole Foods “Green Giant” imitation… 

  • 2 kale leaves
  • Hand-full of spinach
  • 1 swiss chard leaf
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 1 peeled lemon
  • 1 thumb-size of ginger
  • 2 green apples

Summertime zucchini quencher… This was my first one to juice and it’s so good! I might even use 2 zucchini next time! Info on juicing zucchini: http://www.bestliquidvitamins.com/Zucchini.html

  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 2 green apples
  • 4 carrots

Juice magic!

Here are a few I haven’t tried yet, but I couldn’t wait to share!…

Sweet potatoes?… Research has shown that vitamin B6 reduces the risk of heart disease. Sweet potatoes are also packed with potassium which control blood pressure and is rich in fiber which helps you feel full! When digested, sweet potatoes have a slow digestion rate due to the fiber and complex carbohydrates which in turn stabilizes an individuals insulin levels.

  • 1 beet with tops
  • 1/2 medium sweet potato
  • 3 carrots
For immunity… (for “teacher Lindsey!”) Ginger like garlic is used to treat many conditions. Ginger is used to promote the release of intestinal gas, due to it’s carminative compound. Ginger helps with seasickness, dizziness, cold sweating, inhibitor of inflammatory compounds, antioxidant properties, nausea and vomiting that is usually associated with pregnancy and much more. (Select fresh ginger that looks fresh. Store ginger in the refrigerator.)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Thumb size slice of ginger
  • Hand-full of parsley
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 apple
Green drink love… Kale is rich in vitamins and minerals like calcium, potassium, iron and have anticancer properties. This makes it perfect for juicing. Kale is also rich in fiber and detoxifies your entire system. You should select kale that is fresh, dark green and tender.
  • Hand-full of spinach
  • Hand-full of parsley
  • 2 apples
  • 2 kale leaves
Salad in a cup…  Bell peppers are one of the most nutrient-dense vegetables that you will find, also they are packed with vitamin C. Red bell peppers also have higher levels of nutrients compared to green bell peppers. According to research, bell peppers contain substances that have been shown to prevent blood clot formation which reduces chances of heart attack and stroke. (Select fresh, firm and bright bell peppers. One thing to remember when juicing bell peppers is that organic is the way to go!)

  • 4 parsley springs
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 scallion
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • First wrap the parsley around the tomato and add it into the juicer, then the green bell pepper, cucumber, scallion, and lemon.
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I also really like this idea of something to do with the juice pulp… http://juicingsaturdaystrategy.com/juice-pulp-burgers/

I promise to post more juicing recipes as I fall deeper in love with my juicer…

References:

FitLife.tv – Juicing recipes 

Healthy-eating-habit.com – Juicing recipes

Omega Juicers – Recipes for juicing

Juice fasting for beginners…

With the cost of juicers ranging from $150-500 it’s not feasible that I would own one at this point in my life. Nevertheless, I really wanted to try a juice fast. But I quickly found out that it’s near impossible without a personal vegetable juicer.

I tried this first… 

  • Buy freshly juiced veggies the night before… I went to my local Organic Harvest and got a 16-24 oz. fresh juice. My favorite is their Field of Greens juice (Seasonal greens, wheatgrass, carrots, celery, kale, spirulina, and apples).  Most local organic/natural grocers also offer fresh juice. However, it turns out that 16-24 oz. isn’t quite enough for an entire day. You need approx. 32 oz. to give your body the appropriate nutrition and to keep it from going into starvation mode. Going to the store, purchasing enough juice for the next day, and storing it over night proved to be difficult. First, juice is best when it is freshly juiced. If you wait until the next day, the fruits and veggies oxidize and loose important nutrients. Second, it doesn’t taste as good. Finally, it was a pain in my rear.

What works better for me…

  • Swapping one meal a day for fresh juice… Usually dinner. This way I can stop by the store on the way home for my fresh juice and enjoy immediately. Yes, I am satisfied for the night. I wake up feeling lighter and full of energy. You actually are fasting this way. You are fasting from (roughly) 4pm to the next morning. It gives your digestive system a rest so it’s able to start fresh the next day. I pair this nightly fasting with my no-processed diet during the day and I feel great!

What else?…

  • You can also choose to drink juice once or twice a day in-between meals. This way you are not detoxing your body, but it gives you the added nutrients that the juice has to offer. Most people are able to drink way more vegetables than they could ever consume by simply eating them.

Reasons for Juice fasting…

There are many reasons to juice fast. The most obvious is for health/weight loss. But there are also spiritual and general health reasons. My reason is to detox (general health). Juice fasting removes toxins and increases your essential nutrient intake. See my resource links below for more info on juice fasting.

What sparked my interest…

This movie is what turned me on to juice fasting:

Resources:

MindBodyGreen – How to Juice Fast Safely

Top 10 Reasons to Juice Fast

How to Fast

One day I will own my own juicer and will complete a true juice fast. One day…