Monday, June 15, 2015

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!


Livestrong: Foods With the Highest Content of Quercetin

Amazing Quercetin In Apples

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Big Book of Juices Review

the big book of juices

More Than 400 Natural Blends for Health and Vitality Every Day

The Big Book of Juices Description

With some 405 recipes for fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies, and quenchers, this newly updated and expanded edition of Natalie Savona’s essential kitchen guide to juicing now offers health-conscious readers even more. A clever indexing system sorts the juices by key ingredients, by nutrients, and by health benefits. Plus, a simple five-star system rates the effectiveness of the drinks in boosting energy and detoxifying the body, as well as potential benefits for the immune system, digestion, and even skin quality.

This is still one of my favorite books. I go back to it often and find new recipes that I want to try. When I first bought this book I made a number of the recipes in it, but now that my tastes have change I’m willing to try even more. You can’t go wrong with this book! The Big Book of Juices: More Than 400 Natural Blends for Health and Vitality Every Day


5.0 out of 5 stars The Rebecca Review, May 20, 2009

By Rebecca of Amazon

In the past few months I’ve read quite a few books on juicing. “The Big Book of Juices” is one of the most creative books I’ve seen so far. The fruit and vegetable blends are especially delicious. Who would have thought that grapefruit would go so well with carrots and celery. I’ve also never seen anyone blend broccoli with pears. Yet these all seem to work well. I especially enjoyed making the juice with passionfruit, orange juice and seltzer.

While you need a juicer for most of the recipes there are also some recipes for your blender. If you are feeling adventurous you might enjoy making a spicy drink made from chai tea, peaches, vanilla and yogurt. Most of the smoothie recipes use yogurt. The only thing you have to do first is to juice some of the fruit before you add it to the blender with the yogurt. Other fruits like mango and papaya are better just added to the blender as they don’t juice as well. Specific instructions are not given on each recipe so you have to read the instructions at the start of the book and at the start of each chapter. Instead of instructions the author just gives a few sentences to inspire you to make the drink. This works well for individuals who have already been juicing for a few months but is not as helpful for someone new to juicing. From my own experience I learned to peel most fruits, especially citrus fruits. You will also want to peel mangoes, pineapple and papaya.

The last section in the book contains some recipes using sparkling mineral water. There are also some recipes for teas made with fresh herbs. There is an interesting tea made with licorice and mint. If you are looking for something to calm you at the end of the day there is a tea made with lemongrass, cardamom, orange zest, chamomile and mint. Unlike the other recipes, instructions are given for most of the recipes in the “Thirst Quenchers” section.

The recipes using lime sorbet are perfect for the summer if you don’t mind a little sugar with your fruit drinks. For the most part all the drinks are sweetened with the natural fruit juice combinations. Quite a few of the drinks are flavored with ginger. You can always add a packet of stevia which is a natural sweetener.

This is a book you will use day after day! The pictures of the juices are beautiful and you might be intrigued by all the different shaped glasses the author found to display the juices in. If you have been juicing at least a few months then you will love this book.

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent starter book, December 10, 2012

By Ana

This is the first time that I will be “juicing” more than just the occassional weekend basic juice. This book offers not only many recipes but also gives the reader information on the health benefits of each fruit/vegetable. In addition, it has a tarted guide in the back of the book with different planned weeks like: Basic intro week, immune power week, detox week etc. IT has a nutrition chart and a “juices for ailments” section that gies you ideas on which juices to take for each ailment. Overall a great adition to a novice juicer!

5.0 out of 5 stars Great juicing reference guide, December 8, 2012

By J. Andersen

This is a very easy to use book on juicing. It gives you a lot of great recipes on juicing, along with the health benefits for each one. It grades each recipe on 4 levels: immunity, detox, energy and skin benefits. So you can focus on the recipes that give you the benefits you are specifically looking for. If you are new to juicing, the recipes give you a head start. Once you try out a few, you can begin to design your own recipes. Good reference, I use it every day!

The Big Book of Juices: More Than 400 Natural Blends for Health and Vitality Every Day

The Big Book of Juices Review

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Juice Fast And Protein | Will I Get Enough Protein?

How Do I Get Protein During My Juice Fast?

I hear that question often, and many people say to me they need to get their protein. I imagine the majority of people don’t know how they can possibly supply their body with enough protein while consuming only FRESH fruit & vegetable JUICE. There are many excellent raw sources of protein. See below.

Not getting enough protein while juice fasting is a legitimate concern. Getting enough of any food source is important and protein is something our bodies require to thrive. Fret not people, raw, plant-based protein absolutely provides a person with more than enough protein to nourish the body. Ask any true Vegan!


When juicing regularly or juice fasting you’re not starving your body. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Your body is getting more nutrition that it’s probably ever received. Juicing breaks down the cells and concentrates the nutrients allowing your body to absorb more. You wouldn’t be able to eat even half of the raw fruits and vegetables you’ll be consuming on a juice fast. It’s just too much to chew and swallow.

Here’s a list of several raw sources of protein you can juice: Asparagus, Beet Greens, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collard Greens, Kale, Mustard Greens, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Sprouts, Tomatoes and Turnip Greens. (Source)

Protein Levels


Blood protein levels remain constant throughout a prolonged juice diet. Proteins are synthesized from decomposed cells, notes Germany’s “fasting therapist”, Dr. Otto Buchinger, who founded several European health clinics. New cell growth is enhanced during a juice diet, as the body shifts protein and other stored nutrients to where they are needed. After a few days of consuming only liquids, your body will “autolyze,” or self-digest, cells and tissues which are diseased, damaged, aging or dead. The process has been called “a burning of rubbish” by Buchinger in his book, “Fasting: the Buchinger Method.”

Using a juice extractor unlocks essential nutrients in the fibers of fruits and vegetables, notes Ron Lagerquist, author of “Fasting to Freedom” and “Whole Foods & Healing Recipes.” Lagerquist maintains that a juice diet provides better rejuvenation than fasting on water, which often causes an unpleasant toxic crisis.



I do not promote long term juice fasts of 30 days or more. 5 to 7 days is sufficient for me. Ask your doctor if adding fresh juice to your diet would be appropriate for you.


RawPeople: How Do I Get Enough Protein During My Juice Fast?

LIVESTRONG.COM: Juice Diet & Protein

Juice Fast And Protein | Will I Get Enough Protein?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Banana Sorbet With the Omega J8006 Juicer

banana sorbet

Banana sorbet! What??? Yeah, one of the benefits of the Omega J8006 juicer is that it can do a variety of other things. Making frozen sorbet is one.

Banana Sorbet

If you have a sweet tooth try making banana sorbet with your Omega masticating juicer. Whether it’s an Omega J8004 or J8006 it will make ice cream (sorbet) for you. The other Omega models will too. These juicers are a great value and you can get free shipping through Amazon. Prime membership entitles you to free two day shipping also. What a great deal!

With bananas it’s simple to do and bananas are not only delicious, but good for you. They are packed with potassium. We all need potassium.


A banana is an edible fruit, botanically a berry, produced by several kinds of large herbaceous flowering plants in the genus Musa. Wikipedia

Peel your bananas ahead of time and put them in the freezer (ziploc bag). After they have had time to freeze, take them out and run them through your Omega juicer. Use the blank cone that came with the juicer and not the juicing screen. After you’ve run the bananas through it’s time to enjoy your sorbet. Fresh from the juicer is best!

Try this: between bananas, run a fresh frozen strawberry through the juicer for a banana strawberry dessert. Delicious!

Here’s a recipe right from the manual:

Banana Sorbet- Banana Berry

2 or 3 bananas (peeled)

6 to 12 berries (no stems)

Place items in a zip lock bag. Place items in the freezer overnight. It is helpful to cut the bananas into smaller pieces before freezing. Place the frozen pieces into the juicer. The result is an ice cream or frozen yogurt-type dessert. You may run the items through multiple times to increase the creaminess.

Have you tried adding plain yogurt?


Making Banana Ice Cream with the Omega J8006 Juicer – Juicing For Men | Juicing For Men.

Omega J8004 and J8006 manual

Banana Sorbet With the Omega J8006 Juicer

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Organic Is Better Than Conventionally Grown Food

Organic Fruits and Vegetables

Is organic really better than conventionally grown food? Of course it is! Recent studies prove it.

Run by the USDA, organic certification audits the process of food production, handling and packaging. A farmer who obtains this strictly controlled USDA certification must be able to prove that no synthetic chemicals were on their farm. Everything that goes onto the plants — fertilizer, insecticides, etc. — must be from a stringent list of acceptable items. This is all audited for compliance, both at the paperwork level (showing purchase receipts, for example) and physically at the farm.

Organic Certification

At the food formulator and packing level, organic certification means a very stringent process for tracking raw materials is followed.

Both farmers and food packers are audited once a year by a USDA-approved organic certifier. This includes an on-site inspection which covers detailed requirements including cleaning solutions for machinery and even rodent control. Toxic rat poisons, for example, are not allowed to be used in a certified organic facility.

In contrast to organic food production, other operations can spray potentially harmful chemicals on crops in the field, including chemicals with heavy metals. Food packing and handling can take place in a warehouse that is fumigated with toxic chemicals. There are no requirements that food batches be tracked or tested for possible contamination.

Because of the requirements of organic certification, organic foods consistently test far lower in synthetic chemicals, and of course genetically modified foods are not allowed to be labeled “organic” at all.

Organic Foods Are More Nutritious

Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain

Organic foods are higher in nutrients. The largest study to date to examine the nutrient content of organic food has found that organic is generally more nutritious than conventionally grown produce. The four-year study led by Professor Carlo Leifert of Newcastle University is known as the Quality Low Input Food Project, and it found that organic fruits and vegetables contained as much as 40 percent higher levels of antioxidants, which are believed to reduce the risk of heart disease and many cancers. Organics also had higher levels of beneficial minerals such as zinc. And milk from organically-fed herds had antioxidant levels up to 90 percent higher than milk from conventional herds.

The study looked at fruit, vegetables and animals raised and grown on adjacent organic and conventional sites on a 725-acre farm attached to Newcastle University, and at other European sites as well.

The bottom line: We still need to eat more fruits and vegetables! Juicing is a great way to do just that.”There’s No-Thing Better For You Body Than FRESH Fruit and Vegetable Juice!


Dr. Weil: Organic Foods Have More Antioxidants, Minerals

Organic Farming and Growing Impacts On Food Quality – The Newcastle Study


Organic Is Better Than Conventionally Grown Food

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Choosing The Best Juicer

Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain

Breville JE98XL Juicer

I didn’t choose my first juicer, it was a gift. My son gave me a juicer for Father’s day and I started using it that same day. It was exciting! I remember running down to the grocery store and buying a bunch of fruits and vegetables. When I got home I started juicing for my son and my girlfriend, Virginia. I didn’t even think about the types of juicers or which one was better and what the differences were.

Buying a Juicer

So if you don’t have a juicer and plan on buying one, read on. Get the best one you can afford, and don’t worry about it if it’s not what the “experts” want you to buy. Bottom line: The important thing is that you actually start juicing. I like off-roading, sometimes called “wheeling”, and a guy I know says, “Doesn’t matter what rig you’re driving (Jeep, Toyota, Hummer), just matters that you’re out there wheeling.” I like that and I’ll apply that to juicing. “It doesn’t matter what type you buy, it just matters that you’re juicing.” Juicing is good for your overall health and you won’t be sorry you started!

Centrifugal and Masticating Juicers

Basically there are two types of juicers you need to know about for juicing at home (I want to keep it simple). One type of juicer is a centrifugal juicer like the Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus, pictured above. Most juicers sold are this type. These are usually the least expensive and do a good job. Some are loud, but tolerable. They juice things  fast and are pretty easy to clean. They do a good job on hard fruit and vegetables like apples, carrots and even cucumbers. I think they do well juicing oranges, pineapple and strawberries too. I can put entire small apple into mine. It can take a handful of spinach and two or three carrots at the same time too. You can’t do that with the next type, which is the masticating juicer.

omega j8006

Omega J8006

The second type is a masticating juicer. Like the Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer , pictured right. Sometimes these are called a low speed juicer or slow juicer. They do a great job of juicing things like greens, kale, wheatgrass and spinach, unlike the centrifugal. So if you think you’re going to be juicing a lot of leafy greens, choose one like this.

The slow juicer crushes and squeezes the produce through a screen or filter and this forces the juice out. This supposedly squeezes out more enzymes, vitamins and trace minerals and doesn’t damage them in the process. Since it does it slowly, it doesn’t heat up the juice. Honestly, I can’t tell if the speed of the centrifugal heats up the juice more or not. I haven’t taken its temperature :lol: . People claim that a slow juicer keeps the enzymes and nutrients at a temperature that they can survive at and it squeezes out more of them. I don’t know of any studies proving this, but I like the concept.

The other advantage to a masticating juicer is that the pulp it creates is very dry. Proponents of this type say it gets 20% more juice out of the produce than a centrifugal juicer, so you’ll save money in the long run by using it. I can attest to the slow juicer getting more juice out of my produce. That’s a fact, especially since I juice a lot of leafy greens. It can also do other things like pasta, grind coffee, make natural baby food and natural nut butter. Pretty cool, eh?

A third kind is the the twin gear triturating juicers. These are expensive, hard to clean and I don’t think appealing for everyday juicing. Not for the beginner in my opinion. Let’s keep it simple and you can forget about the twin gear for now.

Centrifugal juicers run between $45 and $300. Masticating juicers run between $231 and $379. Basically you’ll be choosing between these two types.

My suggestion is to look at the two mentioned above and less expensive one, the Hamilton Beach 67601A Big Mouth Juice Extractor, pictured below.

hamilton beach juicer

Hamilton Beach Big Mouth

So what do I use most often? The Omega J8004 Nutrition Center Commercial Masticating Juicer. I got a good deal on it. It’s just like the Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer, but in white.


Omega J8004

I like the masticating juicer because it does a great job with leafy greens. It’s pretty quiet, and it’s easy to clean. The The Omega J8004 also produces great tasting juice. I don’t know if it’s my imagination or not, but it seems to taste better and last longer than juice made with my centrifugal. I can also make sorbet!

Be sure to visit my Juicers page. There are more options there. For around $350 you could get an Omega VRT350 Heavy Duty Dual-Stage Vertical Single Auger Low Speed Juicer. I hear these are excellent and it’s what I’m going to get next.

Remember: There’s no-thing better for your body than FRESH fruit and vegetable juice! So JUICE ON!