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Why Juice?

November 24th, 2007 at 01:07pm Under Recipes

Juicing is a process that separates the juice from fruits and vegetables from the pulp. The removal of fiber enables the body to absorb large amounts of vitamins, minerals, food enzymes, and antioxidants with minimal effort. The energy and enzymes that are not needed for digestion and assimilation can then be used to cleanse, rebuild, and repair. Enzymes are the life force of food, responsible for every chemical reaction that occurs in every cell of your body. They are destroyed in foods that have been cooked or processed. We have a finite amount of enzymes and when they begin to run out, we start to see the signs of aging and increase our chances for disease.

Juices are best consumed upon rising when the body is in cleansing mode, but if this is not convenient for you find a time that works best for your lifestyle. Start out with 6 ounces per day and gradually build up to 16 ounces. In time, you will begin to experience the many benefits of juicing including, increased energy levels, weight loss, stronger immune system, and healthier skin, hair and nails.

Please see my Juicing Recipes page for ideas.

FYI Fiber is essential for health and proper elimination, so continue to eat raw fruit, vegetables, and legumes in conjunction with your juices to keep your body in balance.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Avocado

November 15th, 2007 at 11:36pm Under Easy

Lemon Poppy Seed Avocado

This recipe is one of my favorite meals.  Just one tablespoon of poppy seeds contains 13% of the RDA for calcium and is also a good source of iron and manganese.

1/2 avocado
Juice of 1/4 lemon
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

In the shell cut avocado into slices and place on a plate.  Squeeze lemon juice over the slices. Sprinkle with poppy seeds, pepper and sea salt.

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Antioxidant Rich

November 3rd, 2007 at 01:44pm Under Green Smoothies

  • 2 bananas
  • 1-2 small apples (seeds removed)
  • 1/4 of a cored pineapple
  • 1/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/4 cup goji berries (soaked in water for a few hours to soften)
  • handful carrot tops
  • 1/2 bunch dandelion greens
  • 3 cups water
  • dash of cinnamon
  • pinch of cayenne

Blend all ingredients in Vitamix. Makes approximately 1.5 Liters. I drink this throughout the day. Although it is best to blend and then drink, green smoothies can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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October 31st, 2007 at 09:14pm Under Recipes

Juicing is a process that separates the juice from fruits and vegetables from the pulp. The removal of fiber enables the body to absorb large amounts of vitamins, minerals, food enzymes, and antioxidants with minimal effort. The energy and enzymes that are not needed for digestion and assimilation can then be used to cleanse, rebuild, and repair. Enzymes are the life force of food, responsible for every chemical reaction that occurs in every cell of your body. They are destroyed in foods that have been cooked or processed. We have a finite amount of enzymes and when they begin to run out, we start to see the signs of aging and increase our chances for disease.

Juices are best consumed upon rising when the body is in cleansing mode, but if this is not convenient for you find a time that works best for your lifestyle. Start out with 6 ounces per day and gradually build up to 16 ounces. In time, you will begin to experience the many benefits of juicing including, increased energy levels, weight loss, stronger immune system, and healthier skin, hair and nails.

Please see my Juicing Recipes page for ideas.

FYI Fiber is essential for health and proper elimination, so continue to eat raw fruit, vegetables, and legumes in conjunction with your juices to keep your body in balance.

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Beginner’s Green Smoothie

October 29th, 2007 at 09:24pm Under Green Smoothies

Beginner’s Green Smoothie

  • 2 apples (seeds removed)
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 bunch romaine
  • 2 cups water

Blend all ingredients in Vitamix. Feel free to add more water to reach desired consistency.

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Dandelion-Spinach Smoothie

October 29th, 2007 at 09:12pm Under Green Smoothies

Dandelion-Spinach Smoothie

  • 1 handful dandelion greens 
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 of a mango (peeled) or 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1 small apple (seeds removed)
  • 3 cups of water
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds.

Blend all ingredients in Vitamix. Feel free to add more water to reach desired consistency.

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Juicing

October 26th, 2007 at 08:51am Under Juicing

Beet Drink

This is the combination my mother used to lower her cholesterol from 300 mg/dL to 171 mg/dL naturally!!!

1/2 large beet or one small beet

3 carrots

1/2 cucumber (peeled if not organic)

1 apple (seeds removed)

1 celery stalk

1 small piece fresh ginger (optional)

Calcium Drink

Broccoli and parsley are both very good sources of calcium

1/2 cup broccoli

small handful of parsley

4 carrots

1 small apple (seeds removed)

Pink Lemonade

One of my personal favorites!

4 red apples (seeds removed)

1/4 of a lemon (unpeeled)

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Simply Delicious!

October 21st, 2007 at 05:03pm Under Green Smoothies

  • 2 ripe pears
  • 2 apples
  • 4 leaves of kale
  • 2 cups water

Blend all ingredients in Vitamix. Feel free to add more water to reach desired consistency.

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Spinach Smoothie

October 21st, 2007 at 05:02pm Under Green Smoothies

Spinach Smoothie

  • 2 large handfuls of spinach
  • 3 bananas
  • 2 cups water

Blend all ingredients in Vitamix. Feel free to add more water to reach desired consistency.

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Breakfast Bulghur

October 21st, 2007 at 04:58pm Under Easy

Breakfast Bulghur*

Very easy. No cooking necessary!

1/3 c bulghur

1/2 cup water

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons rasins, cranberries, or goji berries

1/2 tablespoon honey or agave (agave has a lower glycemic index than other natural sweetners)

Directions

Place bulgur, raisins or berries, and water in a covered container for 4-5 hours or overnight. Drain excess liquid and mix in your preferred sweetener and cinnamon. Enjoy!

*Bulghur is a transition food because although it is highly nutritious, it is not considered raw because it has been steamed and dried

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