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Get Juiced! with Healing Juice Blends

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
December 15, 2010
File under: Healthy Eating, Raw Foods, Vegan

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Does juicing increase vitality, encourage weight loss, strengthen immunity, aid digestion, improve health and actually promote healing?

Health conscious consumers are getting into juicing more and more these days. Proponents of juicing raw fruits and vegetables believe that consuming freshly made juice daily can help prevent serious illness, overcome fatigue and lower cholesterol. Enthusiasts are convinced that juicing raw produce releases highly concentrated nutrients that are absorbed quickly and result in a tremendous energy boost. Blending is Not Juicing

Medical and nutrition professionals encourage Americans to eat five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day. That’s a lot of produce. Many with a home juicer often discover that drinking freshly extracted juice is also an easy way to maintain their desired weight. And what’s up with those juice blends credited with special healing properties?

Just about any fruit or vegetable can be juiced into a tasty and satisfying blend and for flavor and nutrition, nothing beats freshly extracted juice. The nice thing about home juicing is that you know exactly what goes into it.  When I juice, the first vegetables I reach for are carrots and apples. These kitchen staples make a tasty blend.

Get creative; add watermelon, grapes, or cantaloupe to green leafy veggies.  Add a few tablespoons of presoaked raisins, dates, or dried fruit for a lovely flavor boost. Toss in a ripe banana for a richer texture or add pre-soaked flax seeds, sunflower seeds, or nuts. Add ingredients alternately, choose organic produce and never use the peel of any fruit that may be waxed.

Marie’s Juice Bar

Wash produce thoroughly and follow manufacturer’s directions for your style juicer.

Breakfast Blast
Start the day with a natural energy high.

2 apples
1 grapefruit, peeled
1 cup hulled strawberries

Carrot Apple Combo
Drink a glass a day to reduce cholesterol and aid digestion.

4 to 6 carrots
2 apples, with peel

Blushing Beta Blend
Beets, spinach, and wheatgrass all work to cleanse the liver.

4 carrots
2 apples, with peel
1 medium beet, with greens
1 handful baby spinach leaves
1 small handful wheatgrass

Mid-day Tonic
Carrot and parsley juice are thought to curb the appetite, and ginger warms the blood and aids digestion.

4 carrots
2 apples
1 cup fresh pineapple chunks (dried pineapple is great here)
1/4″ fresh gingerroot
1/4 cup parsley

Blood Balance Tonic
Wheatgrass is one of the richest sources of chlorophyll, which builds red blood cells. Cucumbers and celery lower blood pressure.

4 carrots
1 apple
1 cup red grapes
2 stalks celery, with leaves
1 handful of wheatgrass
1 cucumber
1 small handful parsley

C-Green Tonic
Drink this tonic often for a beta/C blast.

4 carrots
1 pear–Bartlett , Bosc, or Anjou
2 stalks celery, with leaves
1 leaf kale
1/2 red bell pepper
3 leaves romaine lettuce

Omega-3 Energy Blast
Flax is a rich source of Omega 3, and wheatgrass is high in oxygen, like all green plants with lots of chlorophyll.

2 carrots
2 oranges
1 stalk celery
3 Tablespoons flax seeds, soaked 4 hours and drained
1 handful of wheatgrass

Veggie-8 Cocktail
Try this tasty and fresh mix of veggies with a wide range of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals.

2 carrots
1 large tomato
1 handful baby spinach
1 stalk celery
1/2 cucumber
small wedge cabbage
1 scallion
dash hot pepper sauce, to taste

Marie Oser is a best-selling author, writer/producer and host of VegTV, Follow Marie on Twitter

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