There is nothing that helps you maintain your appearance more than what you put into your body. One of my recent obsessions is fresh pressed juice. It tastes amazing, and it is so good for your health. Below, you will find some general information about juicing along with a delicious, easy to follow recipe that I am really excited to share with you. ENJOY!
95% of the vitamins our bodies need can be found in the juice of raw fruits and vegetables. We would need to eat 10-12 apples,2 lbs of carrots, or 8 lbs of kale to get the same amount of nutrients you receive in one 16 oz juice. When you drink juice, highly concentrated vitamins, minerals and enzymes rapidly enter the bloodstream absorbing all of the nutritional benefits of the fruits and vegetables and giving your digestive organs a much-needed rest.
FRESH VS. BOTTLED
Fresh juice not only contains greater nutritional value, it contains life. Fresh pressed juice is like drinking a natural vitamin filled with living enzymes, essential minerals, antioxidants, and natural antibiotics, which are vital for optimal health. Bottled juices are pasteurized which means they are heated and processed, which can kill vitamins and minerals.
JUICING AND ILLNESS
There is lots of research that shows the healing properties of juicing. Not only will juicing facilitate weight loss, increased energy levels, strengthened immunity, strong bones and a glowing complexion, it may also reduce chances of heart disease, cancer and strokes, three of the leading causes of death. A growing body of research suggests that most vitamin supplements don’t help prevent chronic disease. A synthetic vitamin or mineral is a laboratory simulation of the real thing. Natural, plant-based vitamins and minerals are more easily and completely absorbed by the body.
ARDEN’S GARDEN YOGA 1 COPYCAT RECIPE
Now that I have you sold on juicing, I want to share one of my favorite recipes with you. I love Arden’s Garden Yoga 1 juice, but I would rather have fresh pressed juice. What’s my solution? Make it at home! Here’s how I did it…
Before starting, you are going to need a juicer. I actually picked mine up at Goodwill for $15. Of course, I sterilized it before using it, but it does everything I need it to do. If you want to purchase one new or cant find a used one, there are a wide range of options starting at $99 and going all the way up to $399.
Yields 8oz of juice-double recipe for 16oz
- 1 apple cut into 8 wedges
- 1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks
- 3/4 cup spinach
- 3/4 cup kale (I used 1 1/2 cup of spinach kale mix)
- 1 tsp fresh ginger root (no need to peel)
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Ready your juicer and place glass near the spout-TURN IT ON!
- Add the apple first, then the pineapple chunks, follow with the spinach and kale, and finish with the ginger root.
- Turn your juicer off and squeeze the lemon into the glass (be careful not to drop any seeds in).
- I usually like to mix the juice ( I actually use a cocktail shaker for this).
- POUR AND ENJOY!
Let me know what you think of this recipe in the comments section!