Kale Ginger Juice

Start the new year off right with this Kale Ginger Juice. I have been trying to keep my kids healthy so to keep their immune systems in tact, I am sharing this recipe for Kale Ginger Juice which is loaded with super foods to help ward off the flu and seasonal colds. Raw kale is one of the best sources of vitamin C, important for protection against immune system deficiency. Each 100 gram serving of raw kale includes about 120 mg of vitamin C, well over the recommended dietary amounts for men (90 mg) and women (75 mg). It is also filled with tons of health benefits as you can read from my post on MindBodyGreen. Ginger also has various health benefits such as boosting bone health, strengthening the immune system, preventing various types of cancer, aiding in digestion and more. This juice is a nutritional powerhouse, and yes, my kids really do drink it! 🙂  Thanks to Omega juicers for making this recipe great!

Feel Good Green Juice: 10 Reasons Juicing is Healthy

I got the best, coolest new kitchen toy: The NutriPro Juicer. I love juicing, and I couldn’t wait to share this recipe for Feel Good Green Juice. It’s so good that even my youngest son, Zachary liked it. The BELLA NutriPro Cold Press Juicer utilizes a two-stage cold press juicing technology that operates via a chewing (mastication) method to produce high-quality juice from each fruit and vegetable. With the no-blade, cold press technology, oxidation is minimized, no heat is used, and more nutrients and enzymes are preserved. (Most traditional juicers and blenders that claim to juice use blades that shred the cell walls of the produce, exposing it to oxygen and therefore affecting the integrity of the nutrients and enzymes)  So why is juicing so popular these days?

Here are 10 Reasons Juicing is Healthy: 
1. It’s an easy way to meet your fruit and veggie quotient-Many Americans don’t consume enough produce, so juicing those fresh ingredients is a quick, easy way to meet your recommended daily needs. Cold press juice is healthy fast food—a meal on the go that’s good for you.
2. It boosts your brain. Researchers have found that beetroot juice can increase blood flow to the brain, which can lead to better brain health and help ward off dementia and cognitive decline
3. It gives you energy. Low-pulp juice delivers nutrients that your body is able to absorb almost instantaneously. Because your body doesn’t have to do the work of breaking down solid food, you’re left with energy to spare.
4. It reduces inflammation. Antioxidants and other nutrients in cold press juice help combat inflammation caused by a diet rich in acidic, high-fat, or processed foods, which helps protect your body from deadly diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer
5. It detoxifies your system. Environmental toxins can enter your body through your mouth, nose, and skin. Nutrients found in low-pulp juice help sweep these pollutants out of your system, keeping you healthier
6. It hydrates your body-Water isn’t the only way to replenish the fluids your body needs. Cold press juice is a savvy way to quench thirst and keep your organs functioning properly—it’s like nature’s first vitamin water.
7. It helps you sleep better-Cold press juice made from leafy green vegetables provides high levels of magnesium, the relaxation mineral with a mellowing effect that can help improve the quality of your sleep.
8. It wards off stress-Nutrients in juice including vitamin C and magnesium will help your body better combat the effects of the stress hormone cortisol.
9. It builds bones-Greens such as kale, collards, and broccoli are high in the nutrients calcium and magnesium, both of which are crucial for a strong, healthy skeleton
10. It helps you live longer- Studies show that nutrients often found in cold press juice, like resveratrol, keep cells from prematurely dying.

Fitness Friday: Juicing & Exercise and Beet-Carrot Juice Recipe

Whether you’re training for your first first 5K race or your first marathon, add juicing to your diet. Juicing has shown to provide significant health benefits and nutrition from antioxidants, enzymes and photo nutrients. All of these are terrific for athletes of all levels and ages. Try this Beet-Carrot Juice for a start. It’s so easy, fresh and tasty.

  • Antioxidants-These protect the body from cellular damage. Juiced fruits and vegetables provide antioxidants that can improve strength and stamina.
  • Enzymes-Thes are present in a variety of raw fruits and vegetables. Juicing retains enzymes that help climate toxins from the body for a cleaner fueled body.
  • Phyontutrients-These can be obtained from fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains and legumes. These help boost your immune system.

If you’re looking for a juicer, check out Omega Juicers. They have developed the most efficient and reliable juicers available, and they are frequently being used by pro athletes during training and competitions.

Rhubarb-Carrot Juice

Rhubarb looks a bit like red celery, but it’s actually a member of the fruit family. Juicing is a great way to take in valuable nutrients without having your body word hard to break down the fibers. It’s high in many vitamins such as calcium, vitamin K and Lutein, a natural antioxidant that’s great for healthy eyes and skin. When you “juice” fruits and vegetables, the food value is readily available to your body in larger quantities than when you eat the fruit whole.  The benefits of consuming juiced fruits and veggies include keeping your heart, liver and kidneys strong and healthy.

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Three Berry Antioxidant Juice

My 3 kids absolutely love homemade juice, and I mean “love”. Lately I have been getting so many questions daily about a “juice cleanse”, and my thoughts on that… I like to tell people I believe everything in “moderation”. Regardless, this Triple Berry Antioxidant juice is antioxidant-packed and made with blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. It is a homemade juice that is great for hydration, boosting your metabolism, cancer prevention, your skin and more. This recipe makes a great morning pick-you-up or kid’s afternoon snack. I was trying to save some I made this afternoon, and my daughter finished it before I could turn around.

Healthy Snack or Appetizer: Carrots with Low-Fat Dijon Vinaigrette

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Kelly, one of my dear friends and running partners, has been talking a lot about eating “raw” foods lately. She’s one of the most intelligent and healthy people that I know, so when she talks, I try to always pay close attention. I have always been intrigued by raw food diets and juicing. I served up this platter of fresh raw carrots with a homemade Dijon Vinaigrette, and they sure went fast. It was a simple way to get some raw veggies in the kids’ diet, but also makes a great side dish or appetizer.