Thursday, December 1, 2011

Organic Juicing at Home

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With the recent reports of arsenic found in commercial juices, I am even more committed to only juicing at home, using fresh and organic produce. Everyday there seems to be reports of food being laced with something toxic. It's a shame and reinforces my goal to be self sustainable.

One of the ways I make sure that babygirl gets her daily vitamins, minerals and other nutrients is green juices. Even on days when she's not eating or nursing as much, I feel secure that she is in good health when we start the day with green juice or a green smoothie.

Fresh juices have the most enzymes and the nutrients are more easily absorbed by your body. Commercial juices have been pasteurized which kills enzymes. Plus, juices from home taste miles better!

We get most of our produce from the Farmer's market. I find it more economical to buy organic there and it's nice to get to know the vendors and when and where they harvest their produce.
For time management, I don't juice everyday. It's best if you can make your juices right before you drink them, because fresh juice has the most enzymes, but every couple days works best with my scheduling. We do a batch every couple days and start again when that runs out.
Farmers market day is the best juice day, because everything is fresh and I love to try out new combos right when we get home!

My green juicing combos usually are something like this.
I use kale, collards, dandelion greens and other dark leafy greens because they have a lot of nutrients and antioxidants.
I use veg like cucumber, celery and lettuces for their water content.
I use fruit to sweeten the juice. Apples and grapes are good choices, because they are very sweet and you only need a few of them.
I add in a small amount of lemon, ginger, garlic and or herbs for further nutrition, digestive and cleansing properties.
Check out WHFoods for nutritional content.

Most often we make green juices, but we also enjoy others, like carrot or cran apple.
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  1. Love it! What juicer do you have? I don't like that my Jack Lalanne doesn't work well with green leafy veggies. I guess I shouldn't complain though since it was

  2. Yum, love fresh juice, just makes you feel so vibrant... if you are putting beautiful, organic produce into your body, how could you not?

  3. Monique, my juicer is on it's last leg. This last round of juices really did it in, but it was my Mom's and then mine. It lasted me a few good years, but I wouldn't recommend it if you juice alot. It's a Braun.
    Which Lalanne do you have? I've been looking at the juice tiger...was thinking about snatching it up this month.

  4. Lou-I agree, how can you not feel awesome when you're fueling up with the best stuff!

  5. I will be trying this!!

    I didnt know where to post this comment so here goes. I was one of the winners of the body butter and I must say I love it!!!! I use it on my daughters skin when she gets out of the bath and it works great on her!!! A lil goes a long way and the smell is divine.

    Thank You for this. Sorry it took so long to respond, but this thing called life has calling LOL!!

  6. Yay, I'm so glad that you love it! You're very welcome and I know how buisy life can be at times :)



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