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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.


May 4, 2010 on 5:43 pm

I thought for my first post to my blog I would start off with something I do each day. I make a healthy smoothie with my Vita Mix blender. A “power drink” with everything yummy in side. Using lots of ingredients or not! The nice thing about smoothies is that you can be creative and use ingredients that you personally like and have on hand.

If you want to sweeten it up a bit you can do so by adding a little more of the sweeter fruits, such as bananas, peaches or if you prefer you can add a dollop of honey, agave syrup or stevia. If you like them more tart, add more berries. Sometimes I’ll add a scoop of vanilla protein powder.

It can be any flavor you prefer. And try adding yogurt, it makes the smoothie creamy and supplies those live cultures to stay healthy, so  add a couple of dollops to the mix. You really can’t go wrong.

My morning healthy smoothie:

A small hand full of frozen peaches and/or strawberries (if fresh you may want to add a couple of ice cubes to the mix)
1/2 a banana, I like to put mine in the freezer overnight.
small amount of fruit juice or vegetable juice (apple or carrot juice are great)
Some filtered water to get it to the consistency that you like
Couple of scoops of plain yogurt.
Then you can add any liquid vitamins and supplements that you take.
Mix it up and voila. Breakfast.

A few more recipes I like:

Nutmeg Wonder

1 cup of soy milk, vanilla or almond
A couple of bananas frozen
a pinch of fresh nutmeg

Love My Peanut Butter

1 cup of milk, soy milk
1 banana (frozen)
big dollop of peanut butter
1 scoop of chocolate protein powder (1 Tbsp carob powder)

Morning Booster

1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1/3 cup carrot juice
1/3 cup soft tofu
1/4 cup dried cranberries
pineapple chunks (fresh or frozen)

Hope you enjoy!

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!

 

 

 

February 23, 2010 on 10:10 pm

I found this great article written by a Owennie Lee, RD. on antioxidants and how many common herbs and spices contain them. http://bit.ly/9HPJVe

Spices in Mapusa Market, Goa, India.
Image via Wikipedia

We all know how important it is to get antioxidants in our diet. They help to protect us from free radicals, which are known to cause disease. She goes on to talk about how antioxidants are measured, Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity (ORAC). Some of the amounts contained in the various herbs are listed, and some helpful tips on how to include them in our diet. But this is not definitive and a lot more research needs to be done.

When I am juicing my fruits and vegetables in my vegetable juicer I often add spices to the mix to make it a little more unique and flavorful. The fresh herbs are always better. I too will add a handful of parsley or a pinch of fresh rosemary, my favorite herb. When you add it to your vegetable juicer just alternate between the fresh vegetables or/and fruit.

I found this mixture quite tasty:

1 apple
3-4 stalks of celery
few sprigs of fresh mint
small piece of fresh ginger
1/4 lime

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February 14, 2010 on 1:34 am
Yumberry Berries

Image by ullrich.c via Flickr

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to meet one of the great people from history like daVinci, Elizabeth I, or Beethoven? Well that probably won’t happen—sorry. You may not be able to meet one of the greats, but you can eat some of the greats today.

At Nutrition Unplugged, they have a list of the 38 Super Power Foods as assembled by Whole Living magazine. This list includes, but is not limited to, beets, apricots, oats, almonds, and yogurt. It’s broken up into five categories: vegetable; fruits; grains and legumes; nuts and seeds; eggs, yogurt, and fish.

The list is accompanied by one of the many recipes from the magazine. It’s called Chickpea Fattoush (what a name for a Super Power Food, huh. It’s kind of like naming your son Sue). The recipe looks like it’s easy to follow and delicious.

Finally, at Freshstartjuicers.com, we have some delicious juicing recipes that use many of the Super Power Foods. Sign up for our newsletter and you’ll receive recipes such as Beet Me Silly, Earth Mama Pear, and Spinach Zip.

Please stop by and enjoy!

You can read the full article here.

Fruit & Vegetable Juicers