Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Juices a Plenty

I wrote these recipes down for a friend that was just starting to juice. If you are an old pro this post may not be the most helpful, but it's here just in case:

Here are the recipes plus some instructions on how to prep the food. Running the food through a juicer is pretty easy and takes just a few minutes. The food prep is what is time consuming, but it is completely worth it in order to experience better health!

Garlic is an antibacterial and antioxidant and will boost the immune system. It also helps with blood pressure. Carrots are full of antioxidants and help to cleanse the body (plus have loads of Vitamin A). Celery has natural anti-inflammatory properties. The first carrot drink recipe is more savory, but the carrot, apple juice is very sweet. All 3 should have a light fresh taste that will be surprising if you have never experienced fresh juices before. I know it was to me when I first started!

Option 1 – Carrot Garlic Juice
5 -7 medium-large organic carrots. They usually only need rinsing and don’t need to be peeled before being juiced.
2-3 large stalks of organic celery cut into 4 inch sections
1-3 cloves garlic. Start low and work your way up. It could cause heartburn if you start out juicing 3 cloves! 1 is still better than none!
Optional: Handful of organic spinach
Optional: 2-3 medium sized beet greens (leaves and stems)
Run through juicer and discard the pulp in compost pile

Option 2 – Carrot Juice with Ginger root
5 -7 medium-large organic carrots. They usually only need rinsing and don’t need to be peeled before being juiced.
2-3 large stalks of organic celery cut into 4 inch sections
I thumb tip sized (from the tip of your thumb to the first knuckle) piece ginger root - peeled
Optional: Handful of organic spinach
Optional: 2-3 medium sized beet greens (leaves and stems)
Run through juicer and discard the pulp in compost pile

Carrot Apple Juice:
5 -7 medium-large organic carrots. They usually only need rinsing and don’t need to be peeled before being juiced.
1-2 organic apples – quartered and seeded (any sweet variety of apple will work.
Run through juicer and discard the pulp in compost pile

Feel free to do some mixing and matching. I've mixed ginger and garlic into the same drink (who doesn't need some extra zing in their lives?)

The drinks without greens are a vibrant orange color. Adding greens or beets makes the color range from army green to brown. Neither look very appetizing, but please don't let that get you down. They taste good and will taste even better as you get used to drinking them.

I'll post a  delicious smoothie recipe soon that uses lots of fresh berries and looks quite tasty. Don't give up on eating healthy! :)

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