Renewing the Mind, Body, and Spirit through juicing

Archive for February, 2015

Add a little Garlic

In addition to being used for flavor, garlic can be used for its health benefits. This super food has natural anti-biotic, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties and helps to guard against infection.

It also helps to lower cholesterol and prevent cancer. Most people either consume garlic by adding it to their cooking or by taking a garlic supplement. There is other way however, which is to add it to your juice!

Juice of the Day:

Spinach/Parsley mix

1 Garlic clove

1 Carrot

1/2 Squash

1 Tomato

1 Apple

Juice from 1/2 Lemon

1 Tbsp Goji berries

1 Tbsp Flax seeds

Water

Live foods

Cheers!

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Raw Squash is good for you

When most people think of Squash they tend to think of something that is eaten during the cold months, either oven roasted or added to hot soups and stews; but squash, including the “Winter” (gourd) varieties, make outstanding warm weather cold dishes as well. And the best cold dishes are served raw.

All squash varieties can be eaten raw. And there are a multitude of recipes, online and off, for raw squash dishes – soups, salads and even cookies. Raw squash is not just highly nutritious, it’s also delicious. This makes the squash family of fruits the perfect example of high nutrient foods that are often cooked, depleting them of a large portion of their vital nutrients, but need not be.

Butternut squash, per 100 grams (3.5 ounces/around ¾ of a cup cubed), contains 45 calories, 2 grams of fiber, a whopping 10,630 IU Vitamin A – 354% of the RDA (recommended daily allowance), 21 mg Vitamin C – 35% of the RDA, 1.44 mg Vitamin E – 10% of the RDA, as well as 5% of the RDA for Calcium, 7% of the RDA for Potassium, 9% of the RDA for Iron.

Zucchini contains only 20 calories per 124 grams (1 cup chopped) – which you could easily burn off just by chewing it thoroughly, 1 gram of fiber, 5% of the RDA for Vitamin A, 35% of the RDA for Vitamin C, 9% of the RDA for Potassium, 2% of the RDA for both Calcium and Iron.

Yellow Summer squash contains a mere 18 calories per 124 grams (1 cup sliced), 1.2 grams of fiber, 32% of the RDA for Vitamin C, and 2% of the RDA for both Calcium and Iron.

Acorn Squash contains 56 calories per 140 grams (1 cup cubed), 2 grams of fiber, 10% of the RDA for Vitamin A, 25% of the RDA for Vitamin C, 5% of the RDA for Calcium and 10% of the RDA for Potassium.

You may have noticed that most of the squashes I’ve listed contain substantial amounts of Vitamins A and C. In the case of butternut squash, there’s enough Vitamin A (Beta Carotene) in one serving to replace the most common dosage of its supplement form.

Juice of the Day:

50% Spinach/Watercress mix

1 Celery Stalk

1 cup  Squash (peeled)

1/4 Cucumber (peeled)

1/2 Carrot

1/4 cup Blueberries

Juice from 1 Lemon

3 Strawberries

1 Tbsp Chia seeds

1 Tbsp Flax seeds

Water

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Fight against heart disease and anemia

Beets are particularly rich in folate. Folate and folic acid have been found to prevent neural-tube birth defects and aid in the fight against heart disease and anemia. Beets are also high in fiber, both soluble and insoluble. Insoluble fiber helps to keep your intestinal track running smoothly and soluble fiber helps to keep your blood sugar and blood cholesterol levels on track.

Nutrition Facts (1 cup, sliced)

Calories 31
Protein 1.5 grams
Carbohydrate 8.5 grams
Dietary Fiber 1.5 grams
Potassium 259 mg
Phosphorus 32 mg
Folate 53.2 mcg
Vitamin A 58.5 IU

Juice of the Day:

1 cup Beets

1 Carrots

1 Apple

1 Tbsp Goji berries

Water

beets

Cheers!

Lets Juice with Cilantro

Some other Benefits of Cilantro

*  May be able to prevent cardiovascular damage.

*  Strong antioxidant activity.

*  Has been show to have anti-anxiety effects.

*  May help improve sleep quality.

*  Has been examined and described to have a blood-sugar lowering effect

James A. Duke, Ph.D., a former botanist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and author of The CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs, has praised the digestive-system-promoting benefits of cilantro and recommends drinking a cup of the tea made from a handful of the leaves, when experiencing any form of stomach discomfort.

Juice of the Day:

Handful Spinach

1/4 Cucumber

1 Tomato

1 Apple

1 Carrot

1/4 cup fresh Cilantro

Juice from 1 Lemon

1 Tbsp Flax seeds

1 Tbsp Hemp seeds

Water

cilantro

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