Friday, February 12, 2016

Rich"s Go Green Smoothie

This is my simple green smoothie. I make this or something similar when I’m in a rush. Rich’s Go Green Smoothie. It’s healthy, easy and quick to make.


Why Go Green? Maca, maca gives it the blast as in nutriblast.


Rich’s Go Green Smoothie is so easy to make in the Nutribullet. I love my Nutribullet Pro!rich


This recipe has just what I want. My main ingredient is kale (organic). Kale rich in vitamin B6, vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese and copper to list a few. To boost things I add some maca and some ground flax seed.


First a couple of things. My shortcuts. 1. I use frozen fruit. Yeah when I’m in a hurry I’ll use frozen. 2. Juice from a bottle. I buy the best I can find. Organic, thus no preservatives and no sweeteners.


Rich’s Go Green Smoothie


richIngredients:


  • Kale – Buy organic. Fill the Nutribullet Pro cup to about 3/4.

  • Frozen fruit – 1/2 cup or one small hand full.

  • Maca – 1 tsp. No more than that because it will ruin the taste.

  • Ground flax seed – 1 Tbsp

  • Juice – Cranberry, 1 cup

  • Water – Fill to max line on the cup.

Extract for approximately 40 seconds or until smooth and enjoy.


If you’re looking for an energy boost, you’ll like this recipe. Maca powder is derived from a root that grows in the high altitudes of the Peruvian Andes and is known to be “Nature’s Viagra,” as well as a natural energy booster.


Rich’s Go Green Smoothie is especially good for women too because it includes cranberry juice and maca.


For women, maca decreases menopause symptoms, increases bone density and more.


Cranberry juice provides a number of important health benefits — especially for women. Cranberry juice is good for the prevention of urinary track infections, reduces the risk of breast cancer, enhances heart health and more. See the Sources below.


You can find two of my main ingredients at a very good price on Amazon, maca and ground flax seed. You can also get a Nutribullet Pro there too. It’s the best price around that I can find. But of course I live in South Dakota :-)


Try Rich’s Go Green Smoothie. Is this recipe for you? Let me know by commenting below.


Sources:


7 Benefits of Maca Root for Women


What are the benefits of cranberry juice for women? | LIVESTRONG.COM


Maca Root – A Natural Energy and Libido Booster – Wake The Wolves 



Rich"s Go Green Smoothie

Thursday, February 11, 2016

How To Grow Wheatgrass For Juicing

The first time I took a shot of wheatgrass I thought I was going to gag! So why would I ever want to grow wheatgrass? Refer back to my last post, ABC’s Of Juicing Wheatgrass: Benefits Of Wheatgrass. I must admit, I just didn’t do it right the first time, or the second time for that matter. It took some time and experimentation, but I have a few good recipes now. It’s not hard to grow wheatgrass for juicing and it can be done indoors or outside with the proper seeds, a growing tray, some soil, water and a little sunlight. You can even buy a wheatgrass growing kit to make things easier.


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Grow Wheatgrass


The kit even has instructions, but if you don’t want a kit, you can buy the seeds and use what you have around the house to grow wheatgrass. I’ll show you how.


The seeds are sold online and you can get excellent organic seeds here: Certified Organic Hard Red Wheat – 5 Lbs – For Growing Wheatgrass to Juice, Sprouting Seed, Grinding to Make Flour & Bread, Growing Ornamental Wheat Grass & More. Makes Excellent Food Storage. Outstanding Germination Rate.


In addition to the seeds you’ll need soil to grow wheatgrass. I buy organic soil at my local garden store. It has worked fine for me in the past. You can also just use some soil from your garden. My garden has compost made from my juicing pulp. It is excellent!


Trays are next. You could buy a couple of 10″x10″ trays (no drain holes) and these work great indoors and there are larger trays (with holes), 21″x11″x2″ that I use outdoors. I found my large trays at a nursery and the gentleman let me have them for free. So you could try that before buying some. A local nursery might have everything you need and give you trays to grow wheatgrass in for free.


To grow wheatgrass indoors I suggest using a small tray (10×10) or something similar in size. You’ll need one cup of seeds. Let them soak overnight in water. If you’re using a large tray, 2 cups of seeds should be enough. You’ll want to completely cover the soil in a layer of seeds. I found this unusual, but that’s how it works.


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Photo A


Prepare your tray with soil and then take the seeds that have been soaking and spread them out on the soil. They lay on top of the soil, uncovered by the soil. See photo A. Then take a couple of paper towels and layer them over the seeds. This is to water them. Spray (soak) the paper towels with water. See photo B.


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Photo B


Now all they need is a little light. Surprisingly, (at least to me) it doesn’t require a lot of sunlight to grow wheatgrass. I put mine on a plant cart and have it sitting near the window. There’s no direct sunlight there. Water (spray) the paper towel down occasionally so it doesn’t get dry. My house is dry, so I have to do this 3 or 4 times a day for the first few days. When growing it outdoors, I put it in a mostly shaded area, but it does get direct sunlight in the morning. Too much direct sun might kill it. When I grow wheatgrass outdoors I watch it carefully so that it doesn’t burn up.


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Photo C


After a few days you’ll notice the seeds sprouting. See Photo C. Leave the paper towels on, just keep them wet. Mine usually start to push the paper towels up after 4 or 5 days and then I remove the paper towels.


Continue to water the soil in the tray. I use a spray bottle when the sprouts are just coming up and a pitcher or hose as it grows higher. Water it once a day to keep the soil damp at the roots. The tray I use indoors doesn’t have holes in the bottom, so I have to be careful I don’t add too much water . When growing wheatgrass outdoors (it’s hot here in the summer) I can water until it seeps through the bottom of the tray and it’ll just drip to the ground.


Harvesting Wheatgrass


The wheatgrass will be ready to harvest when it’s 5 to 7 inches high. If it gets too tall it won’t taste good when it’s juiced. It’ll be too strong or bitter. It’s better to cut earlier than too late. Trust me, it’s harsh when it’s grown for too long.


I take mine outside on the back deck to cut it, because the grass goes everywhere. I use grass shears to cut mine. Cut the grass off near the soil, about an inch up. It’ll have no problem coming back for a second time.


Note:  Watch out for mold. I haven’t had any trouble with mine except when growing indoors in a planter, but if it does get mold you can wash it off before you juice it. And if you have a wheat or grass allergy, check with your healthcare professional before drinking wheatgrass juice.


There are of course different ways of doing things, but this is how I’ve done it in the past and it works for me. It always grows fine and I usually grow too much. I encourage you to experiment. Like my grandmother used to say, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.”


I have beautiful, nutritious wheatgrass for my juicer whenever I want it. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to comment. Have you grown wheatgrass? How do you like it?


In the next post I’ll go over how I juice the wheatgrass with my Omega J8004 juicer and I’ll have a couple of recipes for you. Thanks again for reading and happy juicing.




How To Grow Wheatgrass For Juicing

Reasons To Juice

reasons to juiceWhat are some good reasons to juice? Without a doubt it’s good for your body. FRESH fruit and vegetable juice will give your body the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins and minerals it needs to heal, be stronger and feel better. FRESH juice contains more available nutrients and enzymes than chewed raw food.


Reasons To Juice


Phytonutrients


Here’s a reason to juice: Phytonutrients are natural compounds found in fruits and vegetables and have been proven to be beneficial to human health and help the body fight disease. Some claim they can slow the aging process by reducing the negative effects of aging. Nothing will keep you from getting older, but FRESH fruit and vegetable juice makes it easier. Phytonutrients protect you from high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, many forms of cancer, and a whole host of other illnesses. Phytonutrients also fight free radicals. Free radicals cause deterioration of our healthy cells. When we drink fresh juices with phytonutrients they will activate a group of enzymes that will go around and clean up free radicals in the body before they can do any harm. Just like antioxidants. Actually, many phytonutrients are anti-oxidant.


Carotenoids


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Here’s another good reason to juice: Carotenoids also act like antioxidants in your body. Carotenoids provide the yellow, red and orange colors in fruits and vegetables. That’s why I always say make your meal colorful and when juicing do the same. That way you’re sure to get a balanced amount of these fabulous free radical fighters. There are many types of carotenoids: Alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, lycopene and lutein. They are good for your body!


People have lots of reasons to juice and new discoveries are being made constantly on the benefits of juicing and eating raw food. I would like to share them with you. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Thank you for reading and Juice On!


Resources:


Articlesbase: Phytochemicals in Fruit and Vegetable Juice


Juicing-For-Health.com: What is Phytochemical/Phytonutrient?


WebMD: Phytonutrients



Reasons To Juice

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Seasonal: Green Carrot Ginger Juice | Reboot With Joe

reboot with joeGreen Carrot Ginger Juice


Ingredients:
2″ (5 cm) of ginger root (you may add more ginger if you like)

1 medium cucumber

4 carrots

3 stalks kale (Tuscan cabbage)

1/2 pear


This recipe comes to you via the Reboot With Joe website. I love visiting his website and getting new juicing recipes. Also featured on Reboot With Joe, are people with inspirational stories. It just makes me want to juice every day and twice on Sundays.


Drinking cucumber juice helps you reach your recommended daily intake of vitamin K (Kale also has plenty of vitamin K). This vitamin helps you build strong bone tissue and nourishes your kidneys. It also plays an important role in blood clotting — it activates proteins that trigger blood coagulation, so that you can stop bleeding after suffering tissue damage. Consuming cucumber juice helps to fight the effects of vitamin K deficiency, which can include nosebleeds, bruising and bleeding gums.


Another great source of recipes is a book I have called, The Juicing Bible. It has a lot of fantastic recipes and so much good information about juicing and healthy food. It’s an awesome book and if you’re juicing regularly, it’s a must read.


Source:


Seasonal: Green Carrot Ginger Juice | Reboot With Joe.


The Benefits of Cucumber Juice




Seasonal: Green Carrot Ginger Juice | Reboot With Joe

ABC"s Of Juicing Wheatgrass: Benefits Of Wheatgrass

First let me say there are a lot of websites out there with an abundance of information on the benefits of juicing wheatgrass. A lot of them are only claims. That said, let me assure you of this fact: There are many good things that come from juicing wheatgrass and at the end of this article you’ll find some excellent resources.


juicing wheatgrassThe Benefits Of Wheatgrass Juice


What’s more nutritious than juicing wheatgrass? Not much! Wheatgrass juice is one of the most potently healthy drinks you can put in your body. It has been dubbed “a complete food” by health practitioners for its seemingly limitless health benefits.


It’s packed with over 90 minerals, including high concentrations of potassium, calcium, sodium, chlorophyll, and magnesium. Wheatgrass is also one of the best plant sources for protein, even better than soy and legumes.


There are 19 amino acids in wheatgrass and amazingly, it contains twice the vitamin A as carrots, vitamin B12  and more Vitamin C than oranges( ABC’s, get it?). I’ve seen it stated in many ways, but a shot of fresh wheatgrass juice contains the nutritional equivalent of 1 kg of leafy green vegetables! How great is that!


There are many claims that wheatgrass juice is a powerful detoxifier, and liver and blood protector. It’s said that it detoxifies the liver and bloodstream, and chemically neutralizes environmental pollutants.


According to one website, wheatgrass juice  “helps to fight tumors and it also neutralizes toxins. Recent studies show that wheatgrass has a powerful ability to fight tumors without the usual toxicity of drugs that also inhibit cell-destroying agents. The many active compounds found in wheatgrass juice cleanse the blood and neutralize and digest toxins in our cells.”  Whoa! That’s Awesome! I want some of that!


I’ve experimented with juicing wheatgrass and can tell you from my experience  it certainly gives me a boost of energy when I drink it.  Since I know it’s packed with nutrients, I know it’s good for my body. All things in moderation though. I’ll post more on juicing wheatgrass in the weeks ahead.


What have you heard about the benefits of juicing wheatgrass? Have you tried it or are you afraid to try it? Thanks for reading and happy juicing!


Resources:

Mindbodygreen.com: DIY: Grow Your Own Wheatgrass & Make Awesome Juices!


Hippocrates Health Institute: Benefits Of Wheatgrass


Healthymartin.com: Juicing And Drinking Wheatgrass


Geli Heimann Kitchen : Wheatgrass Health Benefits


Wikipedia: Wheatgrass


LIVESTRONG: Wheatgrass Juice Nutrition


Kiristie Allie’s Organic Liaison: Amino Acids


Staying Healthy With Nutrition – Elson M. Haas, MD


The Juicing Bible, Second Edition – Pat Crocker



ABC"s Of Juicing Wheatgrass: Benefits Of Wheatgrass

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Amazing Quercetin In Apples


protein, granny smith appleI use apples in almost all of my juice recipes. I also eat apples raw, stewed and baked. There are so many different kinds and so many flavors, I’ll never get tired of them. One of my favorites is the Granny Smith Apple. It’s crisp, juicy, has freckled green skin, is sweetly tart and excellent for juicing. It also contains less sugar than red (gala) apples. It’s grown in New Zealand, Australia, California and Arizona so usually available year-round. Refrigerated storage time: 240 days. Wow!


 


Benefits Of Quercetin


Here are some potential benefits of quercetin. Quercetin may help fight cell-damaging free radicals and quercetin is a flavonoid that may stave off viruses when the body is under stress. Flavonoids give color to many fruits, flowers and vegetables. Quercetin may also significantly improve the symptoms associated with two forms of prostatitis, chronic nonbacterial prostatitis and prostadynia. When consumed, it acts as an antioxidant in the body.


The apple contains a high concentration of quercetin at approximately 440mg/kg and apples are very common in juicing recipes. The consumption of apples give the body a boost of antioxidants. It’s well known that antioxidants rid the body of free radicals that damage cells and cause health issues such as heart disease, cancer and premature aging.


Here’s a delicious recipe: Apple Fresh


Serves 2 people


  • 3 apples (granny smith)

  • 1 cup of red grapes

  • 1/2 lemon (peeled)

I enjoy adding an apple to my green juices, it just makes them more palatable for me. I only have to wash and slice them in half, then juice. It’s so easy. I also love the taste of fresh apple juice by it’s self and I think you’ll agree with me that it’s a beneficially amazing fruit. So get your apples out and ready to juice. Juice to your health!


Sources:


Livestrong: Foods With the Highest Content of Quercetin



Amazing Quercetin In Apples

The Benefits Of Juicing Cucumbers

cucumberJuicing Cucumbers


Juicing fresh fruits and vegetables will deliver to your body the vitamins you need. Juicing cucumbers is one such example, providing key nutrients and other health benefits — and it can even assist you in weight loss.


Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins and cucumbers contain 95% water. They help keep your body hydrated and help your body eliminate toxins. I’ve heard claims that cucumber juice is even more beneficial in hydrating your body than water, but don’t forget to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Water is essential for your overall health.


Cucumber is also good for your skin and hair. That’s why many of the beauty products claim to contain cucumber. In addition, cucumbers contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol. Research shows these three lignans have a connection with reduced risk of several cancer types, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer.


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Cucumber is also known to be good for diabetics and to lower cholesterol levels. So if you want more energy, to get rid of toxins, lower your cholesterol and have beautiful hair and skin, then you should be putting some cucumber in your juice. Have fun juicing and cheers to your health!


Resources:





The Benefits Of Juicing Cucumbers