Juicing, Days 13-16

September 13th: Some juices produce a lot of foam and froth. To make the juice clear, filter the juice through a cheese cloth, nut milk bag (whatever that is) or a mesh strainer to reduce pulp and foam. This morning I made a juice called “Citrus Apples” and it was really yummy. I substituted 2 oranges for tangerines and used a mesh strainer to reduce the foam.

Citrus Apples

3 apples

2 tangerines

1/2 lime

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

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September 14th: Enzyme degradation occurs almost immediately after juicing, therefore homemade juice should be consumed or discarded within 24 hours. For a longer fridge life, consider cold pressed juices. This morning I made a juice called “Capple Kiwi” and it was delicious! The kiwi adds a nice flavor and texture to the juice. Many of you see pictures of this beast of a juicer and have asked about the cleaning process. There are five main parts that require cleaning after juicing; the juice container, fiber container, slicer, reservoir, and lid. For quick and easy cleaning, it is best to rinse each piece with warm water as soon as you are finished with the juicer. The most difficult part to clean is the slicer, but the juicer came with a brush to help clean this piece. If I’m doing food prep that morning, I’ll leave the fiber container on the counter, add my produce scraps and then dump the contents in our compost when I’m finished. So far the process has been pretty quick and painless.

Capple Kiwi

3 carrots

1 apple

2 kiwi fruits

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September 15th: Juicing removes fibers from fruits and vegetables, which means the body absorbs sugars from fruits more easily. In order to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, fruit juices should be limited to one glass a day. Today I made a juice called the “Clear Green” and it was really yummy and refreshing from the fruit and vegetable combination. I’m at the half way point in this September goal and many have asked about the results and how I’m feeling. We continue to eat vegan/vegetarian during the week and occasionally supplement a little bit of meat on the weekends. I was hoping to notice major changes in my energy levels and perhaps drop a couple pounds. Sadly, neither has happened because my diet hasn’t changed at all. I continue to eat breakfast about 30 minutes after I have my juice instead of supplementing a meal, so I’ve simply added calories to my diet. The good news is I feel pretty good and haven’t had any negative side effects from juicing.

Clear Green

1 cucumber

1 apple

1 stick celery

1 lime

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September 16th: Plants provide all the calcium the body needs (without the health risks of milk) and some of the best sources of calcium are collard greens, kale, spinach, okra, broccoli, and almonds. Talk with your health care provider before incorporating juice into your diet to avoid potential food and drug interactions. Foods high in vitamin K, such as spinach and kale may interact with some anti-blood-clotting medicine. This morning I made a juice called “Eye Opener” and it was way better than I anticipated. After many failed attempts with grapefruit last week, I decided to substitute an orange and was pretty pleased with the flavor.

Eye Opener

1 handful kale

1 large handful spinach

1 carrot

1 grapefruit (I used an orange)

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