Tips for Successful Juicing
There are loads of other healthy fruits, vegetables and grains that can be juiced and blended to benefit your body for pre and post workouts. Consider the following tips when using your juicer or blender.
Always remove the peel from citrus fruits before juicing them. The peels from oranges, tangerines and grapefruits contain oils that are indigestible and provide a bitter taste. If consumed in large quantities citrus peels can lead to digestive problems. Lemon and lime peels can be juiced, but if consuming them, make sure they’re organic to avoid pesticides. The white portion of a citrus fruit is actually the most beneficial part as it contains the most vitamin C and bioflavonoids (an antioxidant).
Don’t forget to wash your produce and remove any bruised portions.
Remove large pits and hard seeds from fruits such as peaches, plums and cherries. Smaller and softer seeds, like those found in watermelons and grapes, can be juiced as they include beneficial nutrients.
The Immune System Juice Booster
One serving – about 8 ounces
This juice is great for building and maintaining the immune system.
3 carrots chopped into ¼” pieces
1 stalk of celery chopped into ¼” pieces
1 apple chopped into ¼” pieces
½ cucumber chopped into ¼” pieces
½ beet with the greens, beet chopped into ¼” pieces
½ handful of wheatgrass
½ handful of parsley
First juice a carrot and half of an apple. Follow with the wheatgrass and parsley. To juice the wheatgrass and parsley, roll each into a beat leaf and juice. Next juice the beets and the cucumber and finish with the carrots and apple.
This smoothie is a quick pick me-up that provides long term energy and is easy to make. Carrot juice is a great source of beta-carotene, the famous antioxidant that protects against the damaging effects of exercise and increases oxygen in the blood, tissues and brain. Ginseng is renown for providing strength and energy. Garlic, among its many other benefits, increases stamina.
8 oz Carrot Juice
1 clove Garlic, juiced
1 tsp Ginseng Powder
Juice the carrots and garlic and stir in the ginseng powder or granules. Ginseng is available at health and oriental food stores. Use organic carrots for the best tasting juice.
Virgin Green Monster
Hi there! Are you a Green Monster first-timer? Have no fear! This recipe is fool proof. Even the biggest skeptic will love this one.
2 cups organic spinach
1-1.25 cups milk (your choice of cow’s milk, soy, hemp, almond, rice, etc. )
1 tablespoon flax (optional)
Place the ingredients into the blender in the following order: 1) Flax, 2) spinach, 3) banana, 4) milk. The reason for this order is so the heavier ingredients weigh down the flax and spinach and keep it from flying up around the blender and sticking to the side. Blend everything on the highest setting for 1 minute or so. Finally, add ice and blend on the ice setting. Pour into a large, fancy glass. Sit back, gulp it down, and be prepared to have endless energy!
Super Green Meal Replacement Smoothie Recipe
This smoothie is loaded with nutrition and has enough calories to keep you going between meals, especially if you have to go several hours in between meals. It provides an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, Omega-3s, protein and antioxidants. You can use Romaine lettuce or even fresh baby spinach instead of green leaf lettuce. Kale is a good replacement for dandelion greens if they are not available. I sometimes make this smoothie with one cup of fresh or frozen blueberries instead of strawberries
3 bananas, peeled
1 large mango, peeled and pitted
8 large strawberries
3 cups of chopped dandelion greens
1 head of green leaf lettuce
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
1 scoop of hemp or rice protein powder (optional)
8 of ounces filtered water
Add all the ingredients except for the dandelion greens to your blender, (I use a Blendtec) and hit the “pulse” button a few times. Next, add the dandelion greens and blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.