Juicing, Days 1-5

When planning my goals for the year, I had dreams of a flourishing garden that would completely support my September goal of juicing. Well, yours truly didn’t get her garden planted until the very last day of May. I also thought it would be cheating to plant anything other than seeds, but now I’m hearing it’s totally normal to buy the actual plants and then plant them in your raised beds. Doh! So far we’ve had a couple zucchini, a few tiny carrots, swiss chard and a couple tomatoes, but certainly not enough to support my goal of juicing. Throughout the month I’ll be juicing everyday with my store bought fruits and vegetables and sharing recipes and tips from The Big Book of Juicing and The Juicing Bible.

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September 1st: I started this whole juicing idea about a year ago after watching a couple documentaries. We purchased a really nice Breville juicer, tried it a couple times, and it has collected dust on our kitchen counter ever since. There are several benefits of juicing that I hope to experience during this goal: 1) easy assimilation (the body can absorb nutrients in 15 minutes, instead of over an hour) 2) juice supplies water to the body’s cells 3) cleansing action (raw juice cleanses the body of toxins) 4) antioxidants (counteracts the free radicals that cause cellular damage, aging and susceptibility to cancers) 5) natural sugars (the vitamins and minerals that aren’t found in refined sugars) and 6) chlorophyll (found only in plants and enhances the delivery of oxygen to cells). I plan to try a new recipe each day and share my results along the way. I decided to ease my way into this goal with a simple fruit juice and so far so good! I’m going to juice right after our morning workout and wait at least 30 minutes to eat breakfast. It’s always a good idea to juice on an empty stomach to avoid a stomach ache later.

Apple Blues

3 apples

2 handfuls of blueberries

Nutrients: Beta-carotene, folic acid, vitamins B3, B6 and C; calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium.

This juice improves immunity and is great for your skin.

 

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September 2nd: When prepping for this week’s juice recipes, I made a point to buy fresh and organic ingredients. Fruits and vegetables should be firm and ripe for juicing. With our busy schedules, I choose to purchase enough ingredients for the entire week, but if you have the option to buy on a daily basis that would be best. Today’s juice of choice consisted mainly of vegetables, so it wasn’t as tasty as yesterday’s fruit juice.

Carrot Deep Cleanser

3 carrots

1/2 apple

1/2 beet

1 stick celery

3 large kale leaves

Nutrients: Beta-carotene, folic acid, vitamins B3, B6 and C; calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, sulphur.

This juice is best used for detox and also improves immunity.

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September 3rd: Juicing really helps round out our daily requirement for fresh fruits and vegetables. Not to mention, it’s the best way to obtain the nutrients we need for our health and well-being. Today I tried the Super Defender from The Big Book of Juices, and I think the orange was a really nice addition to the kale.

Super Defender

5 large kale leaves

3 carrots

1 orange

Nutrients: Beta-carotene, folic acid, vitamin B3, vitamin C; calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, sulphur.

This juice boosts immunity and is also great for detox and healthy skin.

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September 4th: When juicing, it’s important to drink the juice right away. Nutrients begin to deteriorate as soon as they are exposed to the air. Vitamin C can prevent some types of cancers, cataracts in the eyes, heart disease, bleeding gums, high blood pressure and infertility. This morning I made a juice called “Delecate Pale.”

Delicate Pale

4 sticks celery

2 pears

Nutrients: Beta-carotene, folic acid, vitamin C; calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, sulphur.

Drink this juice if you are in need of a detox.

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September 5th: Fresh juice is always best, but if it is necessary to prepare your juice in advance use glass containers, fill them to the top and cap them with tight-fitting lids. Juice should be consumed within 1 to 2 hours and should be refrigerated. This morning I made the “Grapefruit Basic with a Bite” from The Big Book of Juices and the addition of ginger made it my favorite juice of the week.

Grapefruit Basic with a Bite

1 grapefruit

1 apple

2 carrots

1 stick celery

1/2 inch ginger root

Nutrients: Beta-carotene, folic acid, vitamin C; calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, sulphur.

This juice is a great source of energy, and it’s a great resource for detox, immunity and your skin.

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