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JUICING FOR HEALTH



 

November 28, 2010 on 7:01 pm

I made a real tasty juice this afternoon. I was quite surprised. I had a couple of sweet potatoes and decided to juice them up.

I added a couple of carrots and a couple of apples as well. I added a small piece of ginger and then topped it off with freshly grated nutmeg. Yumm.

I’ve been working on some nice recipes to add to my e-Book which will be coming out in the next couple of days. I think this one is a contender.

I’ll let you know about the e-Book as soon as it is completed. I had a lot of fun creating it and even more fun coming up with some delicious recipes that I think you all will enjoy.


September 30, 2010 on 11:40 pm
Pineapple and its cross section
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I picked up a couple of pineapples they had on sale at the market today. I also had some fresh organic produce that I got from the Farmer’s Market we have down the street.

I wanted to try a new recipe using a few more ingredients. I had just worked out at the gym; I was not real hungry, but wanted a pic-me-up. This is what I came up with and it was so tasty and refreshing I thought I would share it here.

2 – 3 carrots or a couple of  handfuls of the already peeled organic ones
¼ pineapple, peeled
1 apple of choice
1 peach pit removed
½ of a cucumber
Small piece of ginger

Of course wash all your produce well. You can use a vegetable brush if you want. Add fruits and veggies to your vegetable juicer, alternating the softer ones with the harder ones.

Drink and enjoy.

September 24, 2010 on 3:41 pm
Autumn Red peach.
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One of the reasons we find it challenging to change our diet is that it is exactly that, CHANGE, and most of us really don’t like to do things differently. One way to make life easier (as well as healthier) for your children is to get them started off the right way, to make fresh fruit, and other raw foods generally a habit right from the start, and this really begins with juices made with a fruit and vegetable juicer.

When a baby is born it needs milk and nothing else for around six months. Many women give their babies water in addition to milk, and in recent times there has been a trend towards fruit juice. If you want to give your child fruit juice at an early age, two things are very important.

The first is that the juice should be extremely watered down (with filtered water) as natural fruit juices are far too strong for a baby’s stomach.

The second is that, if the juice was purchased, you must check the label. When you do, you may well be shocked at the small amount of nutrition in the juice. Avoid anything with extra sweetener. Yes, your baby will probably enjoy the sweetness, but the development of a sweet tooth is something you really want to avoid.

If you baby doesn’t like watered down natural juice, don’t give them juice at all. Small babies really don’t need it.

As your child grows, introduce them to a juice mixture, and not from the sweetened variety, but made with good quality fruit juicer, such as an Omega 4000 juicer or the Acme 6001 juicer. You can create a wide variety of mixtures with a fruit and vegetable juicer. (Some tasty recipes below). The addition of some sparkling water makes a very refreshing drink and you can reduce the proportion of sparkling water as the child grows, or not. Many adults enjoy the combination.

In doing this you have three objectives:

  1. To give them the many nutrients available in fresh juices.
  2. To instill the habit of drinking fresh juice.
  3. To get them used to the taste of real juice without extra sweeteners.

Research shows that children who are accustomed to fresh fruits juices find many shop bought juices, desserts and snacks too sweet. This one difference in diet can go a long way to prevent obesity and diabetes in later life.

In April 2010 new research showed that children and teens who drink 100% freshly made fruit juice have higher intakes of key nutrients compared to non – consumers. The researchers reported that a higher proportion of non fruit juice consumers 2 – 18 years of age failed to meet the recommended levels for several key nutrients, including vitamins A, C and folate compared to those who drank fruit juice. Lead researcher Dr Carol O’Neil said ’100% fruit juice plays an important role in the diets of children and teens supplying important nutrients during a key period of growth and should be encouraged as part of an overall balanced diet’.

If diluted fruit juice is on the table for both you and your child from day one, it’s likely to be some time before resistance sets in, but at some point there will be some resistance, and there are a number of ways to deal with it.

If your child is one who always wants to do the opposite to what you tell them to (and many go through that phase)  make yourself freshly made juices but keep it to something simple like apple and carrot so that it has a nice sweet taste. Always make time to sit down together and drink it leisurely and when you are asked what it is say, ‘ This is a very special drink, I’m sure you wouldn’t like it’, keep this up until one day you make an excuse to leave your drink on the table near the child, 10 – 1 they will have had a sip while you’ve been gone. Eventually if they liked it they will ask if they can have one too and then you both can have fun.

Another thing you can do is buy yourself a special cup, mug or glass exclusively for your juice, choose one that is in the colors or a pattern that you know your child will like and that you could buy another in the same set. Don’t drink anything else out of it and when you are eventually asked ‘Can I have one like that’ you say, ‘ This is a  very special mug/glass and only for drinking this special drink out of but if you ever have one of these drinks I’ll buy a special one for you too’. See what happens.

It’s sad but true that it’s a bad idea to tell any child that they ‘have’ to drink the juice or that it’s good for them. There seems to be no faster way to put them off!

Children love to be involved in what you’re doing, so let them choose the fruit and vegetables in the store, and let them help you wash them when you get home.  Kids love playing in water and if they are doing something useful all the better. You can also let them feed the fruit into your fruit juicer which could become a juice ‘monster’ with a funny name) and make the diluted juice a very special reward for all their hard work.

*Some fruits do much better in a fruit and vegetable juicer than others. Apples, watermelon, pears and citrus fruits do well, while bananas, strawberries, blueberries, stone fruit (peaches, nectarines) tomatoes etc. do better in a blender.

Here are a few recipes to enjoy with your child.

YOU ARE A PEACH

2 Peaches

1 Pear

1 Apple

Take the stones from the peaches.  And juice all ingredients together in your juicer.

YUMMY APPLE JUICE

2 Sweet Apples

4 Large Carrots

1 Red Bell Pepper

Remove seeds from pepper if your juicer can’t cope with them. Cut in half. Juice the apples and carrots followed by the pepper.

RASPBERRY NECTARINE

1 Orange

1/2 cup Raspberries

1 Nectarine

Peel the orange and cut into quarters, pit the nectarine and juice all together.

SPARKLY FRUIT JUICE

1/2 Mango

1 Orange

1 Kiwi

Sparkling mineral water

Peel the mango, orange and kiwi, juice them. Pour into glass and top up with sparkling mineral water.

Puberty is a difficult time when children need good nutrition to help them grow and to even out those hormonal changes. By getting your child into a fruit and veggie ‘habit’ at an early age, you provide a good foundation for every aspect of their lives and increase the probability that they’ll continue eating a healthy diet into adulthood. Together you can look forward to introducing fresh juices made in your  juicer to your grandchildren.

June 4, 2010 on 9:42 pm

vegetable juicerDrinking fresh vegetable juice every day can be a great way to get more healthy vitamins into your diet.

When you’re able to make juice yourself at home at any time, you’ll never be without its healthful benefits.

Whether you already have a vegetable juicer, or are simply in the market for one, you’ll want to keep a list of your favorite recipes

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Cucumber – Cucumbers are high in Vitamin K, and also contain Vitamins A and C.


Cucumber Juice Idea
:

  • 1 cucumber
  • 3 apples
  • Small piece of peeled ginger.

Ginger is believed to aid in digestion and may also act to relieve pain for some people.

 

Kale – Kale is a surprisingly healthy green leafy vegetable, very high in Vitamins A, C and K, and also contain respectable amounts of protein, Vitamin B6 and manganese.

Kale Juice Idea:

  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 apple
  • ½ cup parsley (optional)

 

You may find that you want to increase or decrease the amount of apple in the recipe, depending on whether you prefer it sweeter, or more “vegetable-tasting.”

 

Carrots Carrots are exceptionally high in Vitamin A. (Just a single carrot has over 400% of the RDA for Vitamin A). They also contain a fair amount of potassium and Vitamin B6.

Carrot Juice Idea:

Carrots are perhaps the most versatile juicing vegetable there are. Carrots can be juiced together with fruits (carrots and oranges are great together), fruit or herb accents (plain carrot juice with just a little lemon juice, mint, or cayenne pepper are quite tasty) or any hearty green leafy vegetables. Experiment and find what works best for you!

 

CeleryCelery is high in Vitamin K, and also a good source of Vitamin B9 (Folate), Vitamin A and potassium. Celery is very low in calories, so it would be a good choice for someone who plans on drinking a lot of freshly made vegetable juice, but who is particularly concerned about their caloric intake.

Celery Juice Idea:

  • 3 sticks celery
  • 1 pear
  • 1 small piece of ginger

 

Again we have ginger supplementing the nutritional benefits of the juice. This particular recipe, in addition to the vitamin and mineral benefits (and the fiber from the pear), is thought to

 

Spinach – Spinach is one of those foods that people know is good for them, but that they probably don’t eat very often (or ever). Once you find a spinach recipe that you particularly enjoy, keep it handy so that you can make the juice often.

Spinach Juice Idea:

  • 1 bunch spinach
  • 1 apple
  • ½ lemon

Be sure to use large leaf spinach for your juicing recipes, and not baby spinach. Not only is it generally less expensive, it also yields more juice than baby spinach.

 

The best piece of advice is simply that you shouldn’t be afraid to experiment with different amounts of different vegetables in your juice recipes. You might come up with a recipe that you want to make every day!

March 29, 2010 on 3:17 pm

You know juicing is healthy and can help you fight off disease and look your best, but is that enough to turn you into a lifetime juicer? Perhaps not, but once you see how fun it can be to juice in your own kitchen you will may find yourself hooked. When you buy juice at the grocery store you are limited to the flavor combination’s some big manufacturers have determined are marketable.

When you juice at home you are the master of flavor! You get to decide what fresh fruits and veggies go into the juicer machine and thus cross your taste buds. This is your opportunity to have some fun, get creative, and make some mistakes along the way.

If you are trying to get your young children or even teenagers to eat healthier, allowing them to hand pick their fresh produce and create their own juice, smoothies and fruit slushies will work wonders. This will turn into a fun family activity that everyone enjoys.

Even if it is just you and your health goals or your intense desire to lose weight, juicing will become something you look forward to doing. It should be your refuge where you can indulge in delicious flavors you love without any guilt at all.

To get you started, consider some fun juicing recipes you might want to try today:

Morning Pear

Ingredients

  • 3 Pears
  • 2 Stalks of celery
  • 1 Small peice of ginger

Cooking Directions

  1. Clean and prepare items for juicer. Juice and enjoy!

 

Island Apple

Ingredients

  • 3 Apples,
  • 1/2 Pineapple, peeled
  • 1/4 - 1/2 Lime, peeled
  • 1 Mango, peeled and seeded

Cooking Directions

  1. Prepare fruit for juicer. Add ingredients alternating fruit. Enjoy!

 

 

 

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