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Vegetable Profile – Celery

Posted by on Jan 25, 2015 in Articles | 0 comments

Vegetable Profile – Celery

Vegetable Profile – Celery Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice Extractor Celery is considered to be one of the lowest calorie vegetables around. The leaves of a celery stalk carry only 16 calories per 100 g weight and contains large amounts of non-soluble fiber. The leaves are also a great source of flavonoid antioxidants such as zea-xanthin, lutein, and beta-carotene, which also have immune-boosting functions. Celery is good source of vitamin-A and as you know Vitamin A is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. One large stalk of celery can deliver up to 10 percent of your daily need for Vitamin A. Celery reduces “bad” cholesterol using a component called butylphthalide. This component is also what gives the vegetable its flavor and scent. All while reducing your bad cholesterol. A Chicago University study has shown that just two stalks of celery a day can reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) by up to 7 points. An active compound called phthalides in celery has been proven to boost circulatory health. Raw, whole celery reduces high blood pressure. Celery contains special nutrients in its fibers that are released when the vegetable is juiced. These nutrients promote bowel movements by acting as a natural laxative and relaxing the nerves that have been damaged by excess synthetic laxative use. Celery juice can also help flush toxins from the body through the urinary system, which helps to eliminate gall bladder and urinary stones. Those who are prone to stones can add celery juice to their daily menu to prevent future problems. When picking out celery in a grocery store there are a few things you should keep in mind. Be sure to choose celery stalks that are crisp and produce a snap when you separate them. Look for stalks that are in relatively tight bundles, they should not be loose or falling  apart. Stalks should have nice green leaves, stay away from anything with yellow and brown patches. Nutritional Facts of Celery Nutrients %Daily Value per 100 grams Calories 16 Vitamin K 36.9% Folate 9% Vitamin B2 3.5% Magnesium 2.7% Tryptophan 3.1% Vitamin B5 2.5% Calcium 4% Vitamin C 5.2% Vitamin A 9% Potassium 7.5% Molybdenum 6.7% Fiber 5.6%...

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Fruit Profile – Apple

Posted by on Jan 25, 2015 in Articles | 0 comments

Fruit Profile – Apple

Fruit Profile – Apple Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor Apples are among the most popular and well known fruits in the world. Apples were originally grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe, they were then brought over to North America by European colonists.  Besides being an ingredient in many dishes and desserts Apples have a particular religious and mythological significance in quite a few cultures, some of which include Greek and European Christian traditions. As I mentioned earlier apples are also an important ingredient in many desserts like apple pie and apple crumble. Apples are also dried and eaten as chips, a very delicious and healthy snack. They are sometimes cooked to make apple sauce and apple butter. Apples can be stored for some months in specially controlled situations which prevent ripening, typically this is done for commercial purposes. For general home storage, apples can be left in the cooler part of your refrigerator for up to two weeks. Some apples have been known to stay for up to a year, these include the Granny Smith and Fuji apples. Nutrition A typical apple serving weighs in at 242 grams and contains 126 calories. According to the United States Department of Agrriculture apples are a source of  significant dietary fiber, vitamin C and minimal essential nutrients. Apples have been said to be rich in antioxidant phyto-nutrients flavonoids and polyphenolics. The total measured anti-oxidant strength (ORAC value) of 100 g apple fruit is 5900 TE. Some of the important flavonoids in apples are quercetin, epicatechin, and procyanidin B2. They are also good in tartaric acid which is where the tart flavor comes from.  They are also a good source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, thiamin, and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6). They are known to contain small amounts of potassium which helps in controlling heart rate and blood pressure; thus, counters the bad influences of...

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Juicing for weight loss recipes – Organic

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Articles | 0 comments

Juicing for weight loss recipes – Organic

Juicing for weight loss recipes – Organic I get asked quite often what type of produce I like to juice and my answer is always the same, organic produce. So why organic produce? There are a few reasons why I prefer organic vs. the regular stuff and I feel that the benefits out weight the cons. Organic produce is a much healthier alternative to regular produce because of the conditions it is grown in. No pesticides are utilized  while organic produce is being grown and the soil is not subjected to any treatments which is sometimes done to regular produce to increase the size and yield of the crop. But why is regular produce bad? Well think about that for a second, pesticides come with all sorts of to keep away from skin and eyes and not to ingest it. So if we’re not supposed to ingest it why is it being spray on food that we are supposed to eat? Even if you wash thoroughly these pesticides are ending up in the soil and plants are taking them through their roots. Organic produce is indeed more expensive but why put a price on your health or your family’s health? After switching to organic produce I did notice a huge change in my mood and attitude as well as increased energy through the day. While we do realize making the switch to organic and be difficult, we found that slowly switching out each piece of fruit or vegetable will make it easier on your wallet and gives you a chance to really see and taste the difference between organic and regular produce. We have a series of Juicing for weight loss recipes that we will be posting soon that are organic friendly and cheap to make. Also don’t feel like just because you cant juice organic produce you shouldn’t juice at all, because some juice is better than no juice. If you absolutely must juice regular produce then by all means do so! I did it for years myself. When juicing weight loss I typically opt for a large glass in the morning and one more in the afternoon before having dinner. If you are still looking for a decent juicer that wont break the bank please check out our reviews and see what fits your lifestyle best or CLICK...

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Juicing Recipes for Health – Beginner Juicing Mistakes

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

Juicing Recipes for Health – Beginner Juicing Mistakes

Juicing Recipes for Health – Beginner Juicing Mistakes Drink Your Juice First! – The first time I tried juicing it was a bit uncomfortable, I later found out why. Fresh green juice needs to be consumed on an empty stomach. When juice consumed right after eating you can experience symptoms of heartburn. The good thing is this does not always happen to everyone and differs from person to person. The main reason you want to consume juice on an empty stomach is because your body will quickly utilize all the enzymes, minerals and vitamins. If the juice were to sit in your stomach it will oxidize. Give yourself at least two hours after eating before you drink your juice and give the juice about an hour before you eat anything. Avoid Storage – Once your juice is made you should immediately consume it. Juice that is allowed to sit will rapidly lose all its nutritional value and key enzymes. It will not make a difference if you store it in the fridge or even an air tight container, so drink up! There are juicers out there that claim their juice can be stored anywhere from 24-48 hours. I don’t know whether or not this is true but I personally like to consume my juice right away. If you still decide to store you juice, always make sure they stay refrigerated. Juice that is kept warm can grown harmful bacteria. Check out this AWESOME Cuisinart Juice and the Reviews!! Watch Those Apples! – Many new juicers fail to realize that too much natural sugar is not a good thing, its still sugar! You have to be very mindful when adding sweet fruits and vegetables such as apples, pears, watermelon and yes carrots. Juicing too many of these can affect your insulin levels and actually cause you to gain a bit of weight if you’re not careful. A good rule is to keep just one serving of sweet fruits and vegetables per drink. I typically don’t use apples and oranges anymore, but I will still use a carrot and a beet because of their detox capabilities. If you like a citrus taste, you should try substituting lemons and limes, they have extremely low sugars. All of our Juicing Recipes for Health have little to no fruits in their servings. Juice is not Food – You should not treat juice likes it’s a full meal. Your body still needs a wide variety of foods to keep things running smoothly. If you are on a juice fast there are ways around this but it is essential you eat a full and varied diet. Chew Your Juice – Yes I said it. Chew that juice! Saliva is very important when it comes to digesting food properly and the same goes for juice. Saliva helps to quickly break the juice down which in turn gets absorbed by your body very quickly. A good practice is to swish your juice around in your mouth a few times before swallowing. This lets your mix in saliva. If your using Juicing Recipes for Health then this is VERY important. Variety is the Spice of Life – Juicing shouldn’t be so routine that everything you put into the juicer is the same over and over again. Try new recipes at least once a week to...

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Juicing for Health – What is Juicing?

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

Juicing for Health – What is Juicing?

Juicing for Health – What is Juicing? Juicing has grown in popularity over the last few years due to the fact that people are becoming health conscious. The purpose of my blog post today is to talk about some of the benefits of juicing for health as well as a few drawbacks you may encounter. So what exactly is juicing? It basically is what it says it is. It’s the process we use to extract beneficial juices from fruits and vegetables. There are several different types of juicers out there that use different methods to extract juice which can play in a role in the quality of the juice you get, but we will discuss those in detail in a later article. So let’s talk about the pros of juicing – Juicing for health is a great way of getting multiple fruits and vegetables into your daily routine without having to sit there eating bunches of kale or carrots. Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain 700-Watt Juice Extractor – Juicing can sometimes be a quicker way to get your veggie fill vs. eating the actual vegetables. – Juicing is a great way to get a wide variety of fruits and veggies into your routine. Variety is extremely important because fruits and veggies contain different vitamins and minerals. – Protein powders can be added to your juice for a boost in protein You’re probably saying to yourself “Well hey that sounds great, I’m going out to get a juicer and get started on this” Slow the cattle cowboy or cowgirl! It’s very important to understand that juice should be a part of your routine, not the entire routine, unless you are able to fully substitute what your missing, such as protein and essential fats. – Depending on the juicer you have the final juice product will be missing quite a bit of minerals and vitamins due to the processing through your juicer. So if your juicing for health then this is very important. – The rinds and skins left behind contains the other half of those minerals and vitamins – A good juicer can run close to $400 depending on what you look for and where you get it. – Juice needs to consumed right after its made or the enzymes, for lack of a better word, will dissipate. this also holds true for the amino acids and some vitamins. Remember that a blender is a great way to get some fruits and veggies into your diet if you can’t afford a juicer or don’t have the space for one. There is more prep involved but the quality of juice is actually better than a juicer. I find that when people are juicing for health the prep usually won’t bother them. Simple remove the seeds from your fruits and trim your vegetables properly, cut everything up and blend on high. Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus Juice Extractor You can add water as you blend until you reach the consistency you are looking for. Not only does it still taste great but you keep all the skins and rinds while you drink it. For those of you juicing for health I hope this introduction has answered any basic questions or concerns you have about juicing. Please stay tuned as I will be...

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