JUICING BASICS

Juicing is a great way to get vitamins and minerals into your body without taxing the digestive system. The main difference between smoothies and juices is that there’s no fiber. Having a juicer would be great but if you don’t have one you could blend everything in a high powered blender and strain the mixture to just get all the wonderful juices. Here’s a plus…use the left over pulp for compost or a face mask!!!

Whenever possible use organic produce.
If it’s not organic make sure you peel the produce and or wash everything thoroughly.
You can use any combination of fruits and vegetables to get a desired recipe.
The skies the limit! Go with the basic recipe below or create your own.
You might like to start with a base like carrots or beets and then add from there. Here is a list you can choose from: Carrots, beets, celery, cucumber, kale, spinach, parsley, Swiss chard, apple, lemon, orange, pineapple, lime, any berries, ginger root, and turmeric root

Juice Recipes

Morning Energizer

Start your day with this energizing vegetable and fruit juice combo! Or drink it anytime.

Ingredients:
4 carrots
1/4 beet with stems and leaves (opt)
2 stalks of celery
1/2 apple
Handful or two of kale(or any greens)
1 inch chunk of ginger root
1/2 lemon

JUICING STEPS AND TIPS
Actions:
Juice all vegetables a little at a time. You can use larger vegetables to push down greens or smaller items into the juicer. If you’re using a blender, blend everything together and use a fine strainer or cheese cloth to separate the juice from the pulp.

Tips:
You can add more fruit to make your juice a little sweeter. Or adjust any of the amounts to create the taste you like. I love beets!! They are wonderful for cleansing and detoxing the liver. Some of my friends don’t like them because they think they taste like “dirt” LOL! I kind of like the idea of drinking from our Mother Earth.
I like to finish my juicing with a juicy fruit like a lemon or an orange. This helps to clean off the juicers surface area and makes it easier to clean up afterwards.
It is best to drink your juice right away to get the most benefit. You can refrigerate for 24 hours if you’re making it ahead of time. I prefer my juice at room temp.

Brain & Body Soother
Celery is the main ingredient in this juice. And it has some wonderful nutritional qualities. Did you know that it takes more energy to digest this vegetable than it actually has calories? So you will actually burn calories when eating it. How wonderful! Celery juice also helps to relieve nerve pain in the body and the brain.
Ingredients:
4 stalks of celery
1 granny smith apple

**You could also substitute the apple for carrot or potato juice which is also helpful in alleviating nerve pain. Or include them in the above recipe for an extra boost.

Smoothies to Boot...

Drinking these blended concoctions is the easiest way to get all your nutrition and the fiber all in one easy quick stop. I like to personally add as much as I can get into every glass I make. And I personally really don’t care what it tastes like. I am eating to live not living to eat!

Smoothie Basics

You will start with a leafy green. I actually freeze my greens to keep them fresh longer. Add a fruit and then add some super boosts…seeds, nuts, protein powder etc. You can use filtered distilled water, coconut milk, coconut water, almond milk, green tea or just about any liquid to be the base of your smoothie. For our detox avoid any dairy.

V’s Favorite Smoothie
This is my everyday morning breakfast. You can adjust the recipe as you like for your own taste.

1-2 cps Kale or mixed greens
1/2 to 1 cups frozen blueberries or mixed berries
1 tbsp. Hemp seeds
1 tbsp. Flax seeds
1 tbsp. Chia seeds
1 tbsp. shredded unsweetened Coconut
1 tbsp. Cacao powder or Cacao nibs
1 scoop Vegan Protein Powder
1 scoop Glutamine powder
1 cup Coconut Milk
1 cup Coconut Water
Top off to fill line with filtered water
Shake well before blending

**I told you I like to throw it ALL in there!!**