Thursday, August 15, 2013

JUICING


Juicing... ahhh... YUMMY!


Do you juice?
I DO! About 1-2 times a week.

But please, don't laugh at the old juicer! Okay, go ahead... a new one is on the top of my "wish-list" and will be ordered soon!  I believe a juicer is essential to have in your kitchen.

The peep's at Food Matters have a great Juicer Buying Guide:
http://foodmatters.tv/juicer-buying-guide

There are many PRO's to juicing...
http://nutriprojuicer.com/articles/top-10-reasons-to-juice

Mike Adams, from Natural News, does a great job listing the top ten reasons to do a juice cleanse:
http://www.naturalnews.com/038371_juice_cleanse_max_gerson_health.html

Overall, you get a power packed drink, loaded with nutrition, and the nutrients get absorbed quickly.  Juicing aides digestion and has a zillion medicinal properties. Yes, a zillion! And don't forget the enzymes: enzymes are essential for the chemical reactions that take place in the body.

There are MANY recipes out there.  I really don't think you can go wrong.  Carrots, apples, oranges, pineapple, lemon etc.. all "mask' the strong flavors of the "greens".  

In my juice pictured above I added:

2 stalks of celery
2 cups of greens
a chunk of cucumber
2 green apples
5 carrots
a few mandarin oranges
3 chunks of pineapple 
1 lemon

This fed 3 of us. 

Is all juice created equal? 
NO WAY!

Now, people ask about "store bought" juice. Here is a great little article on "why" not all juice is created equal and why it is important to consume freshly juiced, "juice". 

http://diaryofanutritionist.com/2010/03/16/how-healthy-is-that-juice-juice-and-pasteurization/

"When juice is pasteurized, it is heated to a high temperature for a short period of time. Pasteurization destroys bacteria, molds, and unwanted micro-organisms, that might be lurking in the juice. Pasteurization also prolongs shelf-life, making it a much more cost-efficient product.   But what happens to those lovely raw vitamins, minerals and enzymes?
Gone baby.  All gone.
If heating something can destroy the bad, you better believe that it is going to destroy the good too. What does that leave us with then?  Perhaps a minisculeamount of nutrients, but only because most juice manufactures acknowledge this travesty, and attempt to “fortify” their juice with “vitamins”." 
Happy Juicing everyone!
Wishing you peace, health and happiness,
xo
Jeni Clark



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