Hello to all the juicing recipes readers!! I've dusted off the blog to add a very gracious and heart felt Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers and everyone who may stumble by.
I've been a busy bee with my first attempt at a template for this blog (this template isn't it BTW) and also looking into my own domain - as a result of the incredible amount of visitors I have been getting over the past month. So I can say I am thankful I decided to start blogging about my passion - which of course - is juicing (duh!)
So to everyone I say Eat, drink, and be merry, and look below for the inevitable reality check we all get after the dinner settles and the football game is over...
If that countdown scares you as much as it does me, you may wanna head over to one of my subscribers blogs about online Christmas shopping (yes that's the link). I'll be doing that right after I finish the dishes.
- plums, nectarines, peaches all have low glycerin compared to other fruits.
- Antioxidants and natural acids in yogurt and most fruit will lightly and nourish the skin, so try adding some yogurt to your favorite juice next time.
- Berries of all kinds have known antioxidant properties and are elements of natural anti-inflammation. They can be used to prevent and repair damaged skin. Berries also help to add great flavor to what may otherwise be a bland or poor tasting juice.
As Halloween draws to a close our blood sugar levels get ready for the inevitable spike that can last from a few days to a few weeks. If your children were especially ambitious this Halloween you might have enough candy to last until Christmas, when the true holiday season begins. Now as all of our Moms used to say, "waste not want not", so eating this candy cache brought home by our mighty offspring is obviously a good thing, yes? We are helping our kids by preventing cavities, yes? The candy has to go somewhere, yes? Ummm... no.
Someone I once trained argued with me that Xmas was the bane of her weight's existence. She surmised that with all the Christmas cookies and extra meals with relatives, her battle for weight control began every year with the 12 days of Xmas. I set her straight easily as I pointed out the bite-size Snickers bars she brought to the gym "for energy", coincidentally on November 1. You see, like most of us she had mercilessly stolen candy from her childs' Halloween basket. It was then that I understood how winter pounds truly begin to show up on our bodies, and Saint Nick has nothing to do with it. It's the dreaded Halloween Candy Curse that starts us on our downhill, weight gaining, winter pounds.
And herein we have to ask the question, where did the red licorice and Reeses Pieces really go? Little Johnny is certainly looking for it, after all he toiled for hours in a claustrophobic Ninja Turtles outfit to acquire it. He fended off a pirate, two Nuns, and Count Dracula and it's just a shame that it went missing from the candy bowl. Of course we tell our little darlings that too much candy isn't good for you, and of course we want to throw all that excess refined sugar in the trash. But wait, there's Moms voice again shouting "Waste not want not!"!
And therein is how the supply of Reeses Peanut Butter Cups ends up in our secret kitchen drawer for a later guilty pleasure, and not in our child's belly - or in the trash where it belongs. Case closed. :-)
So anyway, the point of this article is not to thrash the Halloween treat. It's to make you feel such an enormous amount of heart wrenching guilt that you immediately return all your candy to your child, settle in to a nice carrot and celery snack, and try out some of these juicing recipes that will keep your blood sugar levels fine. :-)
For the Halloween Hangover:
- ½ small fennel bulb
- 1 apple
- 2 carrots
- ¼ beetroot
- 3 or 4 radishes
- Handful of radish sprouts
- ¼ beetroot
- ¼ red or green pepper
- 1 parsnip
- ½ cucumber
- 1 or 2 garlic cloves
- 5 carrots
- Handful of parsley
- Handful of watercress
- ½ to 1 apple
Who in the world could compare Lincoln Park and Jay Z with great juicing recipes? Well, I guess that's me, because I'm about to do just that. First things first though, I wanted to give you my own personal Top x list of food items to juice, divided by veggies and fruits (in case there's a vote or something :-))
My Top 14 Juiced Vegetables:
- beets, cabbage, carrot, celery, cucumber, kale, parsley, turnip, spinach, watercress, wheatgrass (I'm not even sure wheatgrass is a veggie, but for the sake of my list we'll say it is, ok?) broccoli, onions, rutabaga.
My Top 13 Juiced Fruits:
- Watermelon, Honeydew Melon, Peach, Mango, Oranges, Tomato, avocado, apples, pears, bananas, berries, bell peppers (are they all fruits?)
These items are merely scratching the surface of what can be juiced for health benefits, but none the less these are the things that end up in my juicer most of the time. Now, some of these items may make you run screaming into the night, out of "childhood cabbage fears" or maybe from
"bad experiences with beets", but here's where Jay Z and Linkoln Park come into the picture. You see, these 2 musical entities decided to mash up their sound once, and the end result was incredible, musically speaking. Their CD was great and even though musically speaking they had obvious differences in taste, when they added together their individual sound and mashed it up, brilliance ensued.
This is the interesting thing about mash ups, they can turn a horrid taste into a very appealing possibility. When broccoli gets you down, adding a carrot or 5 can make all the difference. Carrots are very sweet when juiced. When cabbage has you thinking about buying a bag of Doritos, try adding tomatoes, berries, or anything else you like and you can make it acceptable to your taste buds.
Flavors that you may utterly despise can be offset or even completely nullified by adding fruits and veggies that you enjoy. Try it, make a "mash up", and you will know exactly what I am talking about. Combine the different flavor combinations and produce flavors that are literally awesome, and allow into your body the nutrients from foods you have boycotted since you moved away from home. A quality health drink and juicing recipe does not have to taste like motor oil. If you remember my article on curing a Starbucks Addiction, you'll know that it is possible to even become addicted to your favorite juicing recipe. I can think of worse things to be addicted to.
BTW fair and gentle readers, here's a video I found today while cruising the net. Not to be disrespectful but the presentation was almost as boring to me as a presentation on The History of Coat Hangers. However it is a very good juicing recipe and gives you a very proper step by step on how to do it right. And hey, if they add a Russian Dancing Bear next time they may even make it to my next Top x List!!
VideoJug: How To Make A Green Goddess Juice
Let's talk about "super foods" and how they apply to some great juicing recipes. Specifically let's talk about wheat grass. Now here's a food item that proves God has an exquisite sense of irony, because although wheat grass is like spinach to Popeye, it can taste like a mouthful of poisonous worms (at least to me). Here comes the infamous "but" ...... BUT here's a few facts about wheat grass...
- It retains 82 out of the 92 minerals that are present only in organic soil.
- Just 1oz of wheat grass juice is said to contain the same amount of nutrients as 2.5 lbs of green vegetables.
- It has high concentrations of chlorophyll, amino acids, enzymes, minerals and vitamins.
So now we know that wheat grass tastes like old socks. And unless you happen to be one of those happy few that enjoys tasting old socks there really isn't much we can do to add wheat grass into our diet, with the exception of the juice machine. The most common juice machines (centrifugal juicers) will not juice wheat grass very well, and I recommend you not try. It will only make a mess and leave you in the kitchen silently cursing at me :-). What you will need is a a multi-purpose juicer, such as the Samson 6 in 1 Juicer, or the Samson Ultra Green Power 1304 Electric Juicer. You could go out and grab a "back to basics" manual juicer for your wheat grass needs, but my guess is you would rather get a forearm workout at the gym and not in the kitchen.
Another great choice for multi-purpose juicers is the Omega series, 8003 and 8004. They juice wheatgrass, barley grass, and I believe even old socks if you're so inclined :-) I'm quite sure that these juicers are in stock at the e store, but if not you can find them all over. If you would like one, leave a comment and I will do my best to make one available here for ya. :-)
To summarize, if you're just getting into juicing recipes then perhaps you are not quite ready to juice wheat grass or make concoctions with one of natures super foods. But if you are, make sure you have the right juicer and have at it! Alternatively, you can find wheat grass juice concoctions at any health food store worth a salt. Here's a few good juicing recipes for wheat grass guaranteed to make it taste less annoying. Enjoy!!
6 Celery stalks
5 large spinach leaves
Handful of parsley
3-5 inch round of wheatgrass
Wash greens and juice (no need to cut up greens if using Samson)
Dilute with 1/2 cup water if desired
Orange and Green
3-4 inch round of wheatgrass
1/4 cup water optional
A nutritious drink that tastes good
2 cups fresh pineapple
1 papaya (fine to use green papaya and to include skin if organic)
3-4 inch round of wheatgrass
Sip slowly and imagine yourself on a tropical beach
These recipes and many more are available at allorganic.net. Please look the site over when you have time, it's a fantastic juicing site with great info on juicers.
In my latest email check I found that there are many common questions regarding juicing. I was expecting requests for more juicing recipes, but instead these are the questions that dominated my in box. My guess is that most of these questions are coming from people yet to commit to juicing, and they are valid and worth detailing, so here we go.
What is juice "fasting" and is it good for you?
Juice fasting is, simply put, to avoid processed foods and animal products completely for a set period of time while taking in juice to compensate or compliment a fast. The reasons to fast are many. The most common reasons are to address some disease condition, to lose weight, or to detoxify the body. Opposed to fad diets and pills, a juicing fast is one of the healthiest way to approach dieting and/or detoxing. Cooked foods and animal products have a great tendency to introduce toxins in our body and over time it can leave us feeling miserable and sloth-like. These toxins produce disease and can slowly kill you. Detoxing cleans the body of all the mean stuff lurking about, and utilizing juices while detoxing keeps you with a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals while your body cleanses. I would avoid fasting before reading a detailed step by step fasting guide. You are always best treated when you are best prepared. A nice collaborative work detailing an excellent fasting guide is available online, you can find it here.
Is juicing worth it even if I don't buy "organic" fruits and vegetables?
Here's a great question. I have always preached that you should buy organic vegetables and fruits as they have not been treated with pesticides and are grown naturally. However there is a slight cost increase in organic produce. My take is this; juice with regular produce if you must because it is still a thousand times better than not doing it at all. Yes, organic contains many benefits over the produce you may normally buy, but at the same time NOT juicing leaves you with no potential benefits at all.
Is juicing a good way to lose weight?
As I just mentioned, juicing is an excellent way to lose weight, when considering the alternatives. There are too many diets these days that would have you sacrifice nutrients to achieve your goal, they are extremely suspect and not worth the paper they're written on. Also, avoid chemicals and concoctions i.e. weight loss pills like you would avoid a rabid dog, because I have personally seen many illnesses manifest from misuse of these products.
Are juicers expensive?
This question has come in one form or another some 37 times in the last month, as I slowly convert the uninformed into proper juice fanatics :-). Here's the skinny on juicers: I would advise against buying any juicer that costs less than 70.00USD. The chances that it is substandard are just too great. As with everything, quality is better. Go for a good brand and sacrifice nothing, because you are buying it for your health. You wouldn't buy budget brakes for your car, so don't try and budget your juicer. The juicers found here at the e store are excellent products and if you are inclined you can grab them right here just by clicking!! Why not go for it? Even if you are not the type that shops online, leave a comment to ask about certain juicers you may have interest in, I almost surely know the pros and cons. :-)
Is it hard to clean a juicer?
In a word, yes, but let's be relative about it. Firstly, these days most of the quality products are dishwasher safe, which adds to ease of cleaning. Juicers do have a tendency to be cumbersome however, so leaving space in your dishwasher is always a good thing to do. Secondly, most of the cleaning involves the "pulp" that remains in your juice extractor after you've juiced your brains out. Here's a great and easy tip; coat the extractor bin with a biodegradable plastic bag! It's easy enough to do on most brands, and it saves you having to go nuts trying to dig out all the pulp and fibrous material. Just yank out the bag and throw it in the trash and you will rarely have to worry about cleaning this part of the juicer.
It happens every month, with the lunar cycle, just like werewolves howling only 100 times more scary. On a good month it is about as frightful as an earthquake, on a bad month it's a genuinely alive, female version of ^^that guy^^ rushing at you with a gigantic Blade of Doom, for 3 to 5 days. It's the same time of the month when us men all quietly mark the quickest exits, hiding the really sharp objects, and mentally preparing for a few days of "chick flicks" and Dill Pickle Dip.
- these juices work extra well on PMS symptoms when YOU are the one preparing the juice for her. It's just not a good idea to leave a woman with PMS in front of any machine that has many spinning blades and a powerful motor.
Cool as a Cuke
The first 20 comments, questions, suggestions posted on this video - or any topic on the blog - will get not only a timely and informative response, you will receive a free *insert dramatic music here* "secret juicing recipe" from the high security vaults of juicing recipes for health!!
Seriously folks, this guy really knows what he's on about. It's a very informative piece, and there will be more about him available on the blog later because I am thoroughly impressed.
So think of your health and watch!! (You can surf for porn later :-))
- 1 orange,
- ¼ grapefruit,
- ¼ lemon with skin.
- Remember to discard the peel from the orange and grapefruit, leaving as much of the white pith on them as possible
- 2 carrots,
- 1 3-inch wedge of cabbage,
- 1 stalk of celery
- 2-3 apples,
- 1 pear
- 3 Golden Delicious or other sweet apples,
- 8 strawberries
- 4 apples,
- 1-inch knob of ginger root
You know how it goes. You just spent all night finishing an important report, or watching all 3 Lord of the Ring movies, knowing full well you will dearly pay for it. Now, your alarm clock has just rudely reminded you that you're 34 minutes late for a meeting with your companies equivalent of Donald Trump. You may consider rolling out of bed, but the sloth beast is hard at work making sure every cell in your body reaches for the snooze button. Somewhere in the back of your semi-conscious mind you wish that energy came in a glass, so that waking up wasn't such a hassle. Eventually you fall back into a blissful slumber, which in turn gets you fired and you + your family have to live in your neighbors garage, begging for scraps.
As juicing goes, so goes the unhealthy and draining aspects of life. That tired, "wanna go back to sleep" feeling you sometimes get hardly ever hits you once juicing is a regular part of your life. Consistent use of delicious juicing recipes that you can find here and elsewhere can not only add years to your life, it will add quality to the life you currently enjoy.
I have spent most of my life on a quest for optimum health and after years of experimenting with vitamins, ready made meals, and thousands of dollars at GNC, I can safely testify that getting a juicer (and actually using it!) was the best investment for long lasting energy and better health. I can't rant enough about how the nutrients included in my daily juices have helped increase my vitality and general well being. Friends, family, and subscribers that have also jumped on my bandwagon now rave about the positive effects of this wonderful lifestyle change. Quite simply, it works.
Juicing is the best thing you can do if you are a busy individual that's unwilling to sacrifice your health. It's quick and easy nutrient dense calories that you don't have to roast, bake or steam.
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In the mean time, here's some more juicing ideas to kick-start your health now;
(the best lemonade you will ever taste)
1 Lemon (without peel or use citrus juicer)
1 1/4 of a Medium Sized Watermelon
Carrot Apple Juice
2 golden delicious apples
Juice in the order listed. Makes 2 servings.
A Truly Hot & Healthy V-8
3 Large Tomatoes
1 bunch Spinach
1 Red Bell-Pepper
1 stalk Celery
1/4 sweet Onion
1/2 clove Garlic
(add chili pepper and salt if
Sorrel -- 6 Leaves
Apples -- 2 Large Granny Smith,
Unpeeled, Uncored and Quartered
Lime -- 1 Peeled
Mint -- 1 Sprig with Stems
Parsley -- 1 Handful with Stems
Take this on an empty stomach.
Don't eat or drink anything else for half
Any dessert apple can be substituted.
Cows Eat Grass, you should too!
2 handfuls Spinach
1 bunch Wheat Grass
1 stalk Celery
Add spirulina or a super food if desired...
...thanks to bestjuicers.com for the excellent recipes
- Juicing will give you such a burst of health and energy you will immediately take up walking or bicycling to work, thus reducing your automobile's carbon emissions.
- Juicing can regulate your bowels, meaning less trips to the washroom and thus less daily flushes. It will also reduce your own human gas emission and that has to be good for the environment, no? It's certainly good for your immediate family's environment.
- Many vegetables and some fruits are green. "Green", get it? :-)
- Consuming more fresh produce reduces your consumption of pre-packaged foods, thus producing less waste to place in the trash bin. Less trash is a good thing, trust me.
- Adapting a lifestyle of juicing will give you a longer and healthier life, thus reducing your need for hospitals, medical supplies,and body bags. Body bags are made of plastic. See how that works?
- Juicing will give you a glowing, healthy appearance. Since you will no longer look like an extra from the Twilight movie series, you'll no longer be responsible for mass panic when your neighbors hurry away in their SUV's for fear of being bitten by a vampire. This definitely reduces the carbon footprint.
- Handful of spinach
- 3 stalks of celery
- 2 stalks of asparagus
- 1 large tomato
- 1 cherry tomato for garnish
- Bunch up spinach and juice with celery.
- Juice asparagus with tomato.
- Mix juices in a tall glass and garnish with a cherry tomato.
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* factoid 1: The juicer is probably the most effective delivery system for nutrient dense calories that one can have, and due to shameful entry level products it often becomes the first thing neglected in our lives.
* factoid 2: Juicing can significantly help you avoid many of the problems that affect our health by simply injecting nutrient dense calories into our diet. Did you know that by cooking vegetables you lose a significant percentage of their nutritional value? Some would say there's more nutrients on the ceiling above your stove from cooking vegetables than there is in the food you consume. Fresh juicing allows you to retain as much value from your vegetables and fruits as possible.
- 1 kale leaf
- 1 collard leaf
- small handful of parsley
- 1 stalk of celery
- 1 carrot, greens removed
- 1/2 red pepper
- 1 tomato
- 1 broccoli floret
- celery stalk for garnish
Why juice? Why bother with juicing recipes? It's simple, really. Juicing is the one thing you can do with relative ease that can add years to your life. Juicing is easy to prepare, fun, and cleaning up your mess takes a matter of seconds. You can make a healthy amount of live, nutrient rich liquid food in under five minutes - which can bring you more energy than 10 Low fat Lattes and 5 tubs of ice cream. If you refrigerate the leftovers, you can have 2 to 3 servings throughout your day and the health benefits of this are mind numbing. (It should be noted that I advise against keeping juice any longer than 24 hours as it will lose it's nutritional quality at that point)
Having a good juicing program allows you to consume more raw vegetables in less than 5 minutes than most people would eat in a week - and for no more money than a full tank of gas. That is extremely good value, if you place value on good health.
Try this one on for size, I call it the Super Energy Detox Blitz (don't ask why :-)):
1 slice Spanish onion
2 sweet potato
2 Tbs. cider vinegar
If taste is your consideration, yes, it can taste pretty good. The proper experimentation and recipes (which you will find right here) will lead you to a concoction worthy of your taste buds.
Who doesn't want mind-blowing energy levels, sparkling bright white eyes, shiny hair, hard nails, strong bones and glowing skin? I certainly do. When I started juicing 5 years ago I looked like a vampire, and now I am constantly getting compliments on how healthy I look.
Juicing is beneficial to so many health related areas, and the best thing about it is that juicing is not rocket science at all. It takes a meager investment in the proper juicer, the occasional visit to your produce section at the local grocery store, and some creative juicing recipes and "kerplow!!!" you have instant health in a glass.