Archive for the ‘Juicing’ Category

Juicing (the process of separating the juice from the pulp of fruits, vegetables and plant foods) is a great way to add more servings of vegetables and fruits to an already-healthy diet. Juicing should not be used to meet basic nutrition needs as it significantly reduces the amount of fiber you get from a vegetable or fruit. This is true for people who are feeling well, are able to chew and digest their food normally, and aren’t losing weight without trying.

If you are in active treatment, are having chewing, swallowing, or digestive problems, or are struggling with excess weight loss due to cancer and it’s treatment, juicing may be a good option for getting valuable nutrients into your body. You also may want to consider blenderizing your vegetables and fruits to make healthy “smoothies.” Talk to a registered dietitian about how to do this in a way that will ensure you meet all of your calorie and protein needs, and are staying safe if you have swallowing difficulties.

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I often recommend making juices and smoothies. Not only is making a juice or a smoothie simpler than cooking a meal from scratch but it also provides you with a nutrient dense glass of deliciousness. I like to think of it as a direct deposit into each and everyone of our cells. If you are dealing with cancer or are implementing a cancer-free lifestyle balancing your meals is top priority. Here are my favorites that are full of anti-oxidants and cancer fighting properties.

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Spectrum Juice

Posted: November 13, 2014 in Juicing
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This juice gets everything in: roots, fruits, greens from the earth, and greens from the water. It’s nice to take a moment to soak in the beauty of these well-balanced and slightly sweet ingredients before you juice them . . . pretty nice to see the bountiful beauty you’re giving your body, right?

Spectrum Superfood Juice Recipe by Julie Morris

MAKES APPROXIMATELY 16 OUNCES (500 MLS)

  • 5 carrots
  • 1 medium beet, scrubbed and trimmed
  • 1 large sweet apple, cored
  • 5 large kale leaves
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon spirulina powder
  1. Juice the carrots, beet, apple, and kale.
  2. Transfer the juice to a shaker cup or blender, and add the lime juice and spirulina
  3. Blend until ingredients are fully incorporated.

JUICE BOOST

Blend in additional spirulina, 1/4 teaspoon at a time (to taste), to increase the amount of minerals in the juice.

Stay Juiced

Posted: November 12, 2014 in Juicing
  • Fruits and vegetables are great sources of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that can help you achieve optimal immune health. However, some people may find it difficult to consume the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

  • Carrot Apple Pear Juice

    Carrots are a great source of beta-carotene, a substance in plants that is converted into vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A plays an essential role in regulating the immune system and helps the body fight off infections, and helps keep enough T-cells, also known as fighter cells, in circulation. It also boosts the activity of white blood cells, which defend the body from foreign substances

  • Orange Grapefruit Juice

    Oranges, grapefruits, and limes are citrus fruits that all contain a good source of vitamin C.Vitamin C is an antioxidant and protects cells from substances that damage the body. Vitamin C promotes white blood cell and antibody production, which help fight off foreign invaders. A deficiency in vitamin C can lead to delayed wound healing, inability to properly fight infections, and impaired immune response (NIH, 2006). This juice is a vitamin C monster.

  • Tomato Garden Delight

    This delightful combination of ingredients is a powerhouse of immune protecting properties. The tomato is a secret fruit (i.e., it’s not a vegetable—surprised?) and it’s also a great source of vitamin C and vitamin A, two vitamins that play an integral part in immune health.

  • Fruit Delight

    This juice will satisfy your flavor palette. Strawberries, mangoes, and lime are also great sources of vitamin C and vitamin A. If you choose to include wheat germ, you will gain the added benefit of vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant and helps to protect immune cells from harmful oxidative damage.

  • Root Juice

    This juice is a combination of three root vegetables, which independently contain immune boosting properties. Celery contains vitamin C, vitamin A and folate, but the true secret to this juice is in the leaves. Celery leaves are a wonderful source of vitamins A and E. Beet leaves contain an ample amount of vitamins C and A.

  • Green Power

    This juice is a wonderful combination of healthy green leafy vegetables. Kale, spinach, and parsley provide a significant amount of nutrients including, magnesium, folate, and vitamin B6, which play important roles in optimal immune health. Vitamin B6 in particular plays an important role in immune cell proliferation and antibody production.

  • Pumpkin Power Juice

    Pumpkin is not only a delicious vegetable, but also a good source of vitamin A. What makes this juice even better is the inclusion of pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds are filled with immune boosting vitamins such as vitamin E, B6, and zinc. Zinc is an important mineral that helps to increase the production of fighter T-cells, white blood cells, and antibodies that all help the body fight off infection.

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Kiwi Strawberry Juice

Posted: November 12, 2014 in Juicing
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Strawberries and kiwis are sweet and tasty fruits that are filled with vitamin C. What makes this juice even better is the added benefit of mint. Mint is not only a great herb that gives this juice a fresh kick, but it’s a good source of folate, vitamin A, magnesium, and zinc. Insufficient magnesium intake may weaken the immune system and leave the body at risk for infection.

IngredientsKiwi Strawberry Juice

  • 12 strawberries
  • 2 kiwis, peeled
  • 1 ½ cup fresh mint

Kool Kale Juice

Posted: November 12, 2014 in Juicing
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Kale has gained a great deal of popularity in the past few years. Not only is it a tasty and versatile vegetable, but it’s also loaded with numerous vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Kale is a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, vitamin B6, copper, and iron, which are all beneficial for immune health. This recipe also uses beets, which are a good source of folate, a vitamin that helps your body produce DNA and RNA, which are needed for the production of white blood cells.

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Juice for Anemia

Posted: November 12, 2014 in Juicing
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Recipe: Carrot 6oz + Beet 2 + Celery 2 oz + Lettuce 2oz + Apple 2 oz

Explanation: In Europe, beet juice has been used as a treatment for anemia. It contains iron, folic acid, Vitamin B1, B2, B6, and vitamins A & C.