Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Got Vegetables? Make Juice

My latest, most favourite, amazing thing to do in the morning is to drink a cup of freshly made juice! Made with wonderful, organic vegetables and fruit, it's easy and super nutritious for you.

The Juicer: A powerful little Hamilton Beach juicer that makes a very full, healthy glass of juice (about 2-3 servings) from: 1 large apple, 1 large lemon, 1 large carrot, and a large bunch of kale or spinach makes ...

The Green Machine
(kale or spinach, carrots, apple, lemon)

Another fantastic juice recipe I concocted (name still pending):

2 medium beets
1 cup strawberries
1 cup pineapple

Everything chopped, add to the juicer and blended together.  Add ice and enjoy!

So why is freshly made juice so healthy for you?  Well to learn more I visited Care2 website which had a neat little list that explained the benefits of various fruits/vegetables ... here are a few from their website:
  1. Carrot: strengthens the eyes and helps clear up skin eruptions.
  2. Celery: helps to clear the skin (so does cucumber juice)
  3. Ginger: helps with inflammation in the body, such as arthritis and is known to remedy nausea.
  4. Lemon: is excellent for counteracting a high-fat, animal protein rich diet. Helps the liver in its daily detoxification process.  It can also help to really cut the taste of those green vegetables in your juice.
  5. Apple: helps to relieve constipation, heal the intestines, and softens gall stones.
  6. Radish: benefits the thyroid gland (in small amounts and mixed with other juice).
  7. Kale & Collard: strengthens the bones due to high levels of calcium, potassium and Vitamin A.
  8. Plums/Prune: helps alleviate constipation and can be used for liver disease.
  9. Tomato: helps restore health to the liver, and can be used to treat diarrhea and chronic indigestion.
  10. Watermelon: alkalinizes the blood, and can be used to treat urinary problems, edema, and canker sores. Its diuretic properties benefits the kidney’s and bladder. Juice the rind with the flesh for a sweet, thirst quenching drink.


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