The Power of Juicing

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While fresh, whole forms of produce are often best for our bodies, there are times when you might not be able to chow down on mixed veggies. For example, during times of illness or stress, appetite and digestive patterns can change, rendering our bodies less efficient at digesting and absorbing nutrients. That makes juicing an ideal way to nourish your body with the important nutrients found in nature’s bounty.

Juicing extracts the juice from fresh fruits or vegetables. The resulting liquid contains most of the vitamins, minerals, and plant chemicals (phytonutrients) found in the whole fruit. However, whole fruits and vegetables also have healthy fiber, which can be lost in the process of liquefying, especially if you remove the skins from fruits and vegetables.

Juicing can provide a healthy quick fix for busy mornings or eating on the run. When it comes to kids, juicing can be a fun and tasty way to get them to eat foods they tend to push off the plate. For all ages, juicing is an alternative to taking a multivitamin, provided there is variety in your selection of fruits and vegetables. As always, try to use organic products.

Juicing Tips

You can find many juicing recipes online and in books. Or, experiment with mixing up your own combinations of fruits and vegetables to suit your taste.

When juicing, keep some of the pulp. It contains healthy fiber and can help fill you up.

Many juicing recipes use only fruits and/or recommend adding additional forms of sugar – be it honey or agave. It may be best to first taste your juice for sweetness and blend in sweetener, if needed.

Many prepared juices and juice smoothies may contain more sugar and calories than you realize; these extra calories can contribute to weight gain. Read labels.

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Green Super Hero Juice

If you are having trouble getting your kids to even look at a glass of green juice (never mind drinking it), what you call it can make all the difference in the world. A few examples: Ninja Turtle Power Juice, Green Lantern Super Juice, or use the name of any green-colored character that happens to be your childís favorite. You can also freeze juice as ice pops.

Ingredients:
5 cups spinach
1 bunch kale (~8 stalks)
6 medium carrots
2 Golden Delicious apples
1 lemon (peeled)

3 slices of golden honeydew (could substitute cantaloupe or pineapple chunks)

Instructions:
Rinse all produce, even if using organic items. Use a juicer (or Vitamix-type blender) and mix to desired consistency. Smoother tends to be more palatable for younger children and easier for digestion. Yields 42 oz.
Recipe Source: Nosh and Nourish http://noshandnourish.com/content/naming-creativity-shrek-juice-hltt5
Pink Glow Juice

The name might tickle little girls pink, but for boys, renaming this one Red Rocket Fuel is sure to get them fired up!

Ingredients:
10 medium-sized seedless oranges, segmented (suggest Cara Cara or tangelo, if available)
8 medium-sized carrots, roughly chopped
1 medium-sized beetroot, roughly chopped
15 strawberries (seasonal)

1 cup crushed ice for serving

Instructions:
Combine all the ingredients together and blend in a mixer till smooth.
Strain the juice using a strainer, add the ice, and mix well.
Place º cup of ice in 4 individual glasses and pour equal quantities of the juice over it.

Serve immediately.

Pink Juice Recipe Source: Eat Well Stay Well http://www.tarladalal.com/Eat-Well-Stay-Well-by-Tarla-Dalal-315b

 

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