Renewing the Mind, Body, and Spirit through juicing

Archive for October, 2015

Keeping the heart health and winter colds away

1 Swiss chard leaf
1/4 squash
1 tomato
1 celery stalk
1 orange
1/2 Apple
1 banana
1 scoop protein powder

fill with water

squash

Cheers!

6 Ways Squash Can Improve Your Health

Squash is a delightful vegetable that contains a litany of health benefits and can be cooked in a variety of ways. Today we are looking at the health benefits of squash and some interesting and new ways to Juice them.

1. Basics

Squash is easily found at local farmers markets, roadside vegetable stands and local markets. Squash is rich in nutritional benefits and can be used in a wide variety of dishes. Add it to stews, salads and soups to avail yourself of this nutritious vegetable. Squash comes in a variety of sizes.

 2. Nutrition Galore!

Squash is a rich source of Vitamin A and C, magnesium, fiber, folate, riboflavin, phosphorus, potassium and Vitamin B6. In addition, it is high in manganese, a mineral which helps the body process fats, carbohydrates, and glucose.

3. Healthy Heart

Squash contains negligible fat and no measurable cholesterol. One cup of squash contains about 0.2 g of fat. Cutting down on your fat and cholesterol intake is a giant step towards helping reduce your risk of heart disease.
Aside from the complete lack of fat in squash, the magnesium quantity has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Along with its potassium content, magnesium is good for reducing high blood pressure. The vitamin C and beta-carotene levels in Squash may also aid in preventing the oxidation of cholesterol. As cholesterol in its oxidized form builds up in the walls of blood vessels, such nutrients may reduce the development of atherosclerosis.

4. You Will See Better!

Not only will eating more Squash demonstrate to those around you that you have seen the nutritional light, you will actually be able to see those who are around you. Squash is particularly high in concentrations of beta carotene and lutein. Dietary lutein helps to prevent the onset of cataracts and macular degeneration, which often leads to blindness. A cup of summer squash provides about 135 micrograms of beta carotene and 2,400 micrograms of lutein.

 5. Fights Cancer

Squash is abundant in antioxidants that keep free radicals at bay. With its high beta-carotene content, summer squash is a great source of protection from pollutants and chemicals that lead to cancer. The high levels of vitamin C helps prevent premature aging and cancer as well as inhibiting cell division.

6. Controls PMS Symptoms

Squash is a very good source of manganese. In one clinical trial, women who consumed high amounts of this mineral in their daily diet had fewer mood swings and cramps than those who ate the lowest amounts. So put some in your juice!

Source: Full Circle
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Gotta Love Pineapple

Juice of the Day:

Pineapple

Spinach, Kale,Beet Greens and Parsley mix

1 Orange

1 Apple

6 Cashews

1/3 cup Strawberry Granola (purchased at Sprouts)

1 inch size Ginger

2 Pineapple Cubes

1 Tbsp Goji Berries

1 Tbsp Chia Seeds

1 Scoop Protein powder

Water

Cheers!

Pineapple chunks contain manganese, an important mineral for healthy bones.

A cup of pineapple chunks is a healthy, refreshing snack, with 82 calories, no fat and 1 gram of protein. Pineapple contains 16 grams of sugar per cup, a rather high amount that could cause a blood sugar spike in diabetics. But if you don’t need to watch your intake of fructose, pineapple is a healthy food to supplement your diet. Beyond the vitamins and minerals that most fruits provide, pineapple chunks offer a rich source of some of the lesser known micronutrients your body needs.

Antioxidants

Pineapple chunks may play a role in keeping your cells healthy. One cup of fresh pineapple chunks contains 79 milligrams of vitamin C and 96 milligrams of vitamin A, giving you all the vitamin C you need each day and about a fifth of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A. These compounds heal damaged cells and protect healthy cells from the threat of destructive atoms called free radicals. An abundance of damaged cells may result in the development of diseases and premature aging.

Manganese Content

A cup of raw pineapple gives you 1.54 milligrams of manganese, a mineral that helps develop strong bones and connective tissues, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. The Institute of Medicine recommends men get 2.3 milligrams of manganese per day and that women get 1.8 milligrams. Older adults, who are at a higher risk for brittle bones, can benefit from adding pineapple to their diets to ensure they get enough of this nutrient.

Bromelain Content

For centuries, people in Central and South America have used pineapple to treat indigestion and inflammation. In the late 1800s, scientists isolated bromelain, a mixture of enzymes that helps your body digest protein, as a medicinal ingredient and began to extract it from the stem and juice of the pineapple plant, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Used today in supplement form to reduce inflammation after surgery and to treat nasal swelling during sinus infections, bromelain may also ease pain from osteoarthritis. Although the amount of bromelain in raw pineapple is much lower than the amount in a supplement, adding this fruit to your diet may offer you some of bromelain’s benefits.

Copper Content

Copper promotes wound healing and helps your body produce hemoglobin. A copper deficiency can cause anemia, osteoporosis, thyroid problems or a low white blood cell count. The Institute of Medicine recommends adults get 700 milligrams of copper per day. Foods highest in copper include beef, mollusks, crustaceans and mushrooms, but some fruit also provides it. Each cup of pineapple chunks gives you about 150 milligrams of this mineral, more than a fifth of the amount you need each day.

References

Tawny’s Veggie Mix

Try my latest experiment.  Dice very small the following ingredients:

1/4 Red Cabbage
1 Yellow bell pepper
1 orange bell pepper
1/2 Red onion
2 Celery stalks
5 Mushrooms
2 Garlic clove
2 Tomato

Once all these items are diced mix them all together in a bowl. Measure 1 cup of the ingredients and put them in your juicer. The remaining ingredients can be Ziploc or put in your favorite Tupperware to be used with your favorite lettuce to make a great salad, or cut up a yellow squash and saute’ it all together with olive oils and seasonings for dinner.

After adding your 1 cup of veggie mix to your juicer also add the following:
1 handful Swiss chard
1/2 Apple
1/2 Yellow Squash
a few leaves of Italian Parsley
1/2 Banana
1/2 Avocado
1/2 Lime
1 tablespoon Flaxseed
Dash of Cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon Turmeric
Water

Tawny Tip:

When I create my juice I don’t make smoothies, I make juice (liquid). I juice for results therefore I juice as a meal replacement once a day (in the beginning when I wanted fast results I juiced twice a day).  My juice consist of all the nutrients you need through the ingredients I use.  I found a way to create balance so that you get results.  I have found through my own experience and testimony from others that the many ingredients in my juice will sustain until your next meal.

To keep your juice from turning out to be a smoothly, blast the ingredients in your juicer to mix everything, then pour some out into another container, add more water and blasts it again until it becomes liquid. Then do the same with the remaining juice mixture.

One of the other things that I want to share with you is how I drink my juice. We have all been told to eat slow so that our food will digest and we get for faster and this will keep us from eating too much.  Well, with juicing its opposite, you want to drink your juice fast to prevent yourself from getting full before you can finish the whole juice (16oz).  When you use this technique you can get all of your juice down and in about 10 minutes you won’t be hungry anymore and in most cases you can wait into your next meal.

Add a little Granola

Granola is full of heart healthy whole grains such as oats, wheat and whole wheat flour that can help to lower cholesterol. The whole grains in granola are also a good source of soluble and insoluble fiber, which help to keep your intestines in proper working order and also keep your body feeling fuller for longer periods of time. Many granola is also contain various nuts, which are beneficial to your body. Nuts, such as walnuts and almonds, contain “good” fats and omega-3 fatty acids that are essential for heart health.  Here is my juice for the day.

Handful of Spinach

5 Blackberries

3 Raspberries

1/2 cup Pineapple

1 Banana

1 Orange

1/4 cup your favorite Granola

1 Tbsp Chia Seeds

Water

Keep adding water until its more like juice not a smoothie and drink it down quickly.

ganola

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Juicing for Energy

Spark up your day and juice to increase your energy level.

Handful of Spinach

1 Cup Watermelon

1/2 Cucumber

1 Roma Tomato

Juice from one Lemon

1 inch size Ginger

1 Tbsp Gogi berries

1/2 Tbsp Flax seeds

Energy

Cheers!

Juicing with Turmeric and its benefits

Handful Swiss Chard

1 Garlic clove

1 Celery Stalk

1/4 Cucumber

1 Green Apple

1/2 Avocado

1 Lime

1 inch size Ginger

1/2 Cup Fresh Italian Parsley

1 dash Cayenne Pepper

1 Tbsp Turmeric

1 Tbsp Goji berries

1 Tbsp Chia seeds

Water

Turmeric

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Turmeric is a plant. You probably know turmeric as the main spice in curry. It has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavor or color curry powders, mustards, butters, and cheeses. But the root of turmeric is also used widely to make medicine.

Turmeric is used for arthritis, heartburn, stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, and loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems and gallbladder disorders.  It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, menstrual problems, and cancer.  Other uses include depression, Alzheimer’s disease, water retention, worms, and kidney problems.

Some people apply turmeric to the skin for pain, ringworms, bruising; leech bites, eye infections inflammatory skin conditions, soreness inside the mouth, and infected wounds.  In food manufacturing, the essential oil f turmeric is used in perfumes, and its resin is used as a flavor and color component in foods.

How does it work?

The chemicals in turmeric might decrease swelling (inflammation).

Source WebMD

The top ten health benefits of blueberries

 

Benefit #1 – Blueberries boosts your antioxidant power

Researchers at Tufts University analyzed 60 fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant power. The research findings confirmed the ability of blueberries to destroy free radicals. Blueberries were rated the highest of all the fruits and vegetables evaluated in the study. In the process blueberries even outperformed very healthy fruits like pomegranates, strawberries, cranberries and red grapes.

Benefit #2 – The health benefits of blueberries bolsters your heart health
Benefit #3 – Blueberries aids your eyesight
Benefit #4 – Blueberries improves your brain power
Benefit #5 – Blueberries improves your gastrointestinal health
Benefit #6 – Blueberries can help relieve both diarrhea and constipation
Benefit #7 – Blueberries boosts your urinary tract health
Benefit #8 -Blueberries provide protection against ovarian cancer
Benefit #9 – Blueberries can lower cholesterol
Benefit #10 – Blueberries boosts longevity
Juicing blueberries

Selecting blueberries for your juicing recipes:

You should select blueberries for your juicing diet that are firm and have a lively, uniform blue color. The deeper the color of the Blueberries, the more antioxidants and other medicinal properties they have. If you buy them in a container they should move freely if you shake it. If they don’t they may be soft and damaged. Avoid selecting blueberries for juicing recipes if they appear dull in color or are soft in texture.

 

Juice of the Day:

Handful of Spinach
handful of Italian Parsley
1 inch size Ginger
1 Tomato
1 Red Pair
1/4 cup Blueberries
1 Banana
4 Strawberries
1 cup Pineapple
1/2 cup Almond Milk
1 tablespoon Goji Berries
1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
Ice Water
blueberries

cheers!

 

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