"You can think of it as a garden in a cup or liquid sunshine. Either way you're freebasing Mother Nature!" This quote is from Joe Cross, the person that made the documentary, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. If you haven't watched this, (you can get it on NetFlix), please do, it's so worth watching.
Juicing, or as I like to call it, smoothie-making, is a big, fat, glorious bonus. If you're just starting to eat healthier, smoothies will give you mega-doses of plant power to help you feel better sooner. If you are already eating plant-based, smoothies will turbocharge your nutrition. Drinking green smoothies is like a transfusion of life directly from nature to your own bloodstream!
Now, I prefer to use a high-powered blender instead of a juicer. The reason is, when you juice, all the pulp, hence loads of vitamins, fiber and minerals, goes out the back of the juicer. Our diets are so lacking in these three things...you want all that nourishment in your glass! It's no wonder that people who drink a green smoothie everyday have so much energy..they are getting "free nutrients". So, I invested in a really powerful blender, (Vita-mix), that I use everyday. It is the best investment I ever made. It is really pricey, but for me it is so worth it because it's on my counter top being used constantly. You don't have to buy a Vita-mix to make a good smoothie, but you do need a powerful blender.
People ask me if they can freeze their smoothies because they may be the only one drinking it and a whole blender is too much. Yes, you can freeze it immediately after making it, but drinking it as soon as you make it is ideal. There's no bad time to treat yourself to a drink, but the best time is first thing in the morning and in the mid-to-late afternoon when you hit that slump and most people are looking for a candy bar. Smoothies work so much better...no hyperactivity, no insomnia and no crash.
Buying bottled juices in stores will NOT give you what making your own fresh drinks will. Commercially packaged drinks have to be heated to high temperatures to be sure there'll be no bacterial growth during shipping and storage. When you make the drink yourself, it is unheated, 100% pure nutrition. The goodness in these drinks will get into your bloodstream quickly and give you the energy you need to start your day. The fresh vegetables and fruit help to flush the toxins out of your body, boost your immune system and, believe it or not, take your appetite to the next level. After drinking these for a few days, your body will absolutely CRAVE these drinks. This happens all the time.
There are hundreds of recipes out there for smoothies. Mix and match veggies and fruits to come up with your favorite. I put my favorite recipe on a previous blog...here is one from Kris Carr, from her book, Crazy, Sexy, Diet.
KRIS CARR'S GREEN JUICE
2 large cucumbers, peeled if not organic
4-5 kale leaves
4-5 romaine leaves
4 stalks of celery
1-2 broccoli steams
1-inch piece (or less) fresh ginger
Throw all ingredients in a blender with enough water to blend.
Again, add whatever vegetables and fruits you have on hand..there is no right or wrong way to do this. However, get your greens in the mix...they have the most powerful nutrients in those green leaves...they will give you what money cannot buy!!
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