Fresh Beet Juice Blend

Here’s a delicious beet juice recipe I created this morning. Sometimes you’ll drink a fresh juice and one ingredient may over power the entire juice. Well, this isn’t one of those juices. The beets and carrots adds the sweetness, then the bitter from the kale and parsley combined with the water from the cucumber, helped to balance out the taste. It came out really smooth. This recipe made two portions. Before juicing, make sure you wash and scrub your vegetables. Always use organic produce, if possible. If not, peeling the outer skin helps to reduce your exposure to pesticides.

INGREDIENTS

  1. 1 Large beet
  2. 1 lb Carrots
  3. 1/2 Bundle of parsley
  4. 1 Large cucumber
  5. 3 Kale leaves

enjoy!

What Gets You Through the Mornings?

For me, I rely on my fresh green juices. Fresh juice from raw foods like spinach, carrots, kale, and collards green are the easiest sources and most effective way to get your greens in your diet. It’s also providing me with high quality nutritional vitamins and minerals. Plus, a boost of energy. You would be surprised by how a cup of fresh green juice can boosts your energy.  Most people start their day off with coffee and honestly, a cup a day won’t hurt. According to a recent study on coffee consumption, healthy people who consumed 4 cups or more a day is associated with a lower risk of death.  I think that’s excessive, even for healthy people. I’m healthy and I can’t manage to even finish one cup. I can’t imagine four cups a day.   If you are a lover of coffee, don’t skip it just add a green juice or two to your daily routine. The greener the veggies, the better.  The green pigment in plants is the chlorophyll, and that’s what detoxifies our blood.  The very best sources of chlorophyll found on the planet are dark green vegetables and algae. Chlorophyll is the cellular organelle that allows for organisms to produce their own food through photosynthesis. All plants and several different types of microorganisms go through photosynthesis. Algae includes several different types of photosynthetic microorganisms, and there are several different types of chlorophyll present in algae.  These chlorophyll supports our cells by revitalizing and restoring them.

In my cup I have spinach, kale, green apple, lemon (without the skin), ginger and celery.  With these simple ingredients you’ll definitely get your energy levels up. The options are endless when it comes to fresh juices.  My philosophy is simple, eat lots of whole plants no matter how you choose to do it, just get the rainbow of colors in your diet. I’m a big lover of salads, smoothies, vegan dishes and fresh juices. Substitute one of your typical meals for a large bowl of salad and add a fresh juice to that also. This way you’ll make your quota for the day.

Fresh Juice Recipes – just a handful of each green plant is needed. 

Classic – kale, Swiss chard, Juice Recipe  spinach, celery, apple, lemon, ginger

Sweet – kale, spinach, pineapple, mint, half of jalapeño

Orange delight – carrots, granny smith apple

Vitamin C Boost– gradefruit, orange, lemon, ginger and dash of cayenne pepper

Article:  

Why Consume More Plants? 

Types of Chlorophyll Present in Algae

Coffee Study: Higher coffee consumption associated with lower risk of early death

Detox Green

Detox Green Juice Recipe

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I just completed Food Matters Free 3 day detox cleanse, and honestly, I feel amazing!

James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch are the brilliant filmmakers of ‘Food Matters‘ and ‘Hungry For Change‘. Two MUST SEE documentaries! They are the masterminds behind this cleanse.

In this detox, they combined fresh juices, a green salad, and a potassium balancing soup. There was no added sugars, breads, whole grains, or dairy. Strictly vegan! Just real organic vegetables and fresh juices. I love to eat so choosing the right detox was critical. Most detox programs usually eliminate food. Well, Food Matters plan had the perfect balance for me.

When starting any detox plan choosing the right time is key to your success, and consulting with your healthcare professional is extremely important.

Below is the green juice recipe from Food Matters detox cleanse.

2-3 Kale leaves
1 Lime
2-3 Celery stalks
1-2 Cucumbers
Optional detoxifying additions
Parsley
Coriander
Cilantro
Romaine can be added as well

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Sources
For more information about Food Matters click here.

Happy New Year & Happy Detoxing!

Day 3: Dinner…Juice Time

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For dinner tonight I decided on juicing. I juiced kale, carrots, and one beet. I wish I had some ginger. Ginger really gives it that kick. Anyway, I will have to pick up some tomorrow.

If you noticed a little hand to the right, it’s my daughter. She was helping me juice. She also enjoys drinking the juice too. My boys not so much! So far, I’m enjoying my vegan diet. I actually don’t miss eating meat, and I’m not craving for any.

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Thank you for your support!

Day 2: Vegan Lunch

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My massive lunch today consisted of sprouted beans and arugula, green leaf lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers, avocados, cucumbers, apples and my own dressing (fresh squeezed lemon and raw honey).

20130219-153231.jpg Then my Kombucha Gingerberry drink to wash everything down. I love these because they’re packed with good probiotics. They’re also organic, vegan, gluten-free, and Non-GMO. Everything I love in a beverage. Kombucha drinks are really good for you and the teas as well.

According to the Mayo Clinic Kombucha’s are fermented drinks that are made with tea, good bacteria and yeast. It’s great for stimulating the immune system, preventing cancer, and improving digestion and liver function.

The Ancient Chinese referred to it as the “Immortal Health Elixir,” and it’s been around for over 2,000 years. Kombucha Synergy beverages are a great option rather than the teas because there’s a soda like fizz that it contains.

For more info on Kombucha click here:

My 14 Day Vegan Diet/Detox

I’ve gone days without eating animal protein, so to challenge myself I’m doing a 14 day vegan diet. I’m holding myself accountable by including all of you.

    How?
    Well, I will document/blog all of my meals and snacks for 14 days. I’m basically giving my body a rest.

Our bodies are products of nature and it’s designed to heal and detoxify on its own natural way. Unfortunately, we are over-exposed to a large variety of toxins (environmental, food, water, and emotional) in our daily lives. Plus, we do not take good care of ourselves, leaving our system compromised and further polluted. I have one other family member on board with me, Kareem Anglin . He’s going to be my sidekick in this. We’re up for it and anyone else who’d like to join in.

    Why now?
    Well, I have not been feeling the greatest lately, and I think I have a lot of toxic build-up. Lately, I’ve been experiencing low energy, low motivation, and I got sick twice within two months. It’s unlike me to get sick especially, back-to-back. That’s a no no in my book.

Here’s a list of some signs of toxic build-up. If you’re experiencing quite a few of these, maybe it’s time for a detox.

  • fatigue
  • poor digestion
  • illness
  • overweight
  • disease
  • constipation or poor elimination
  • low energy
  • prolonged use of pharmaceuticals
  • low motivation
  • prolonged use of alcohol, tobacco and recreational drugs
  • depression
  • susceptible to illness
  • parasites, worms
  • fungus, yeast growth
  • continuous headaches

Poor food choices, stress, poor breathing and lack of sleep simply leave our systems overly acidic. The blood needs to remain in an alkaline range and the body’s intelligence will do everything in its power to keep this. A toxic internal environment is an acidic one. You will have cravings, addictions, tension, and moodiness, feel stiff, and find it hard to lose weight, suffer from poor digestion, heartburn and eventually even diseases like osteoporosis, cancer, and kidney stones.

So…this is why we need to detox.

It’s time for a washout! It’s time to clean out, refresh and revitalize. During the process I will also do a colon cleanse with my Ballerina Tea, and it’s caffeine free. It has senna in it which will make you go, seriously.

Here are my guidelines for this 14 day vegan diet/cleanse

  • Favor foods in their whole form
  • Eliminate white sugar and white flour
  • Substitute animal protein (meat, eggs, chicken) with organic plant sources of protein (legumes, beans, nuts, seeds)
  • Watch caffeine consumption (the less the better)
  • Limit alcohol
  • Drink ginger tea.
  • Eat three meals per day with limited snacking (only if actually hungry, not bored!)
  • Drink warm/room temperature water with meals rather than iced drinks.
  • Weekly one day cleanse (ballerina tea)
  • Include living foods in your diet like raw sprouts and fresh vegetables
  • Wheatgrass as a supplement

All I have to do is increase my intake of these foods:

  • Fresh fruits
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Fresh fruit juices
  • Fresh vegetable juices
  • Whole grains (pasta, rice and breads)
  • Legumes
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Water/teas (at least two liters per day)

Keep in Mind…
When you detox, the toxins have to come up and out so there will be a process to go through. You may feel nausea, low energy, cravings, and even challenged at times.

It’s all worth it.