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RAW Wednesday: Juicing and such

If you are looking for an easy and effective way to do something good for you body, consider the health benefits of juicing.

One major health benefits of juicing is that it is an easy way to get beneficial enzymes, which are primarily found in raw foods, into the body. Enzymes in fresh fruits and vegetables have the vital role of converting food into body tissue and energy. Enzymes are also involved in metabolism, so one of the more valuable health benefits of juicing is that it can increase metabolic rate. Juicing also ensures that the body is getting sufficient amounts of phytochemicals, substances in plants that are considered among the most powerful ways to fight disease. While most people do not eat enough raw fruits and vegetables to obtain the amount of phytochemicals that would make a difference, it is relatively easy to drink enough juice to obtain sufficient amounts of these powerful nutrients. In addition, antioxidants and other immune enhancing properties are concentrated in juices.
The concentration of antioxidants in juices combats the damaging effects that free radicals have on skin and muscle. Juicing can help keep skin free from wrinkles and muscles well toned. In addition, increasing the intake of antioxidants by juicing can slow the onset of age-related illnesses. Did you read that? Fountain of Youth, folks!

There are many tasty combinations of fruits and vegetables, and the variety of juices that can be prepared are likely to keep you in the habit of juicing once you realize the many health benefits that doing so can provide.

Here are some of my favorite combinations (I had all 3 today):

Sweet Tart: about 350 calories
2 granny smith apples
2 pears
1 cucumber
1 lemon

Morning Delight: about 160 calories
1 carrot
1 red apple
1 cup strawberries

Skin Glow: about 275 calories
1 cucumber
1/2 cup parsley
1 apple
4 carrots
Non Raw Day: Add 1/4 cup of soy milk after juicing.





Dinner -  This soup is a powerful antioxidant. It helps stimulate the immune system and has antibacterial and antifungal properties. All the nutrients are delivered blended, this makes it easier for your body to digest. Oh yeah! Did I forget to mention that its delish, as well?

Soupety Soup
1 Cup water
1 Cup spinach
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 Cup cherry tomatoes
1/2 Cup celery, medium dice
1 Cup sprouts
1/2 avocado, large dice
1/4 Cup of your favorite fresh herbs
2 pinches of sea salt
1 pinch of cayenne
lemon to taste
dash of your favorite hot sauce

  1. Put all ingredients together in your blender. Blend together for 30 seconds, or so. Don't over blend; you want your soup to get it's chunk on.

About 200 calories

Comments

  1. I need to incorporate more raw food into my vegetarian diet. Like the sound of these juices.

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    1. The Sweet Tart is by far my favorite! I suggest trying that one first (be prepared some people are shocked that it's actually tart!)

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