Sometimes you have to make your own Sunshine!

On days like today, when Mother Nature hits you with a freak snow storm in September, you just have to make your own sunshine!

Morning Sunshine

Morning Sunshine!

2 Apples

4 Carrots

1 slice Lemon

1/4 inch fresh Ginger

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Pear, Apple & Spinach Juice

Pears

Pears are often recommended as a hypo-allergenic fruit and is often the first juice introduced to infants due to its mild taste.  The health benefits of pears are plentiful and are known to help prevent high blood pressure, stroke, cancer, high cholesterol, constipation and inflammation.

Drinking pear juice provides a cooling effect which helps soothe sore throats and fever.  It is also known to provide a quick natural source of energy and some studies suggest it can help boost the immune system so drink pear juice when you feel run down.

Pears are plentiful and cheap right now so take advantage and stock up.

Here’s a great energy boosting juice that will help start your day off on the right track.

Pear, Apple and Spinach Juice

  • 2 pears
  • 1 apple
  • 1 handful spinach (or kale)
  • 1 slice lemon
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger

Deep Purple

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1/2 head small red cabbage

2 apples

1 slice lemon

1/2 inch ginger

 

Red Cabbage – Full of vitamin K and anthocyans which help with mental function and concentration. Is said to lower blood sugar levels and boost insulin production. The high potassium content helps with high blood pressure by opening up blood vessels, easing the flow of blood. Contains the cancer preventative compounds lupeol, sinigrin and sulforaphane, which are known as cancer preventative compounds that stimulate enzyme activity and inhibit the growth of cancer tumors

 

Apples –  Extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber.  The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.

 

Lemon – Helps restore balance to the body’s ph.  Rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that work against infections like the flu and colds. Stimulates liver detoxification and helps to clean the bowels.  Helps dissolve gallstones, calcium deposits and kidney stones.  Have powerful antibacterial properties and helps strengthen blood vessels, contains 22 anti-cancer compounds.

 

Ginger –  Widely used throughout the world for treating loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting after surgery, nausea resulting from cancer treatment, flatulence, stomach upset, colic,  morning sickness and motion sickness. Helps with the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection, bronchitis, cough, menstrual cramps, arthritis and muscle pain.

Orange Cream

Sometimes you just want a pretty, bright, orange juice to brighten your morning. This one fits the bill 🙂

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Orange Cream

3 carrots

1 orange

1 slice lemon

1/2  inch ginger

 

Lemon – Helps restore balance to the body’s ph. Rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that work against infections like the flu and colds. Stimulates liver detoxification and helps to clean the bowels. Helps dissolve gallstones, calcium deposits and kidney stones. Have powerful antibacterial properties and helps strengthen blood vessels, contains 22 anti-cancer compounds.

Ginger – Widely used throughout the world for treating loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting after surgery, nausea resulting from cancer treatment, flatulence, stomach upset, colic, morning sickness and motion sickness. Helps with the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection, bronchitis, cough, menstrual cramps, arthritis and muscle pain.

Oranges – Contains 130% of your vitamin C which is a strong antioxidant that helps combat cancer. Contains potassium which is known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, reduce risk of stroke, protects against loss of muscle mass, preserves bone mineral density and reduces the formation of kidney stones. Known to help fight skin damage caused by the sun and pollution, reduce wrinkles and improve overall skin texture. Vitamin C plays a vital role in the formation of collagen, the support system of your skin.

Carrots – Thought of as the ultimate health food full of powerful antioxidants which reduce free radicals in the body. Helps reduce risk of cancer and because they are rich in beta-carotene they are known to help with vision. Many studies have found carrots have reduced the risk of lung cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer and leukemia.

 

 

Green Zing

A few people have asked what juices I recommend that not only taste great but that also have just a few ingredients. This a great one especially if you like a little zing in your juice. For extra zing use one or two Granny Smith apples.

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Green Zing

2 handfuls spinach

2 apples

1 slice lemon

1/2 inch ginger

 

Spinach –   important for skin and hair, bone health, and provides protein, iron, vitamins and minerals.  Possible health benefits of consuming spinach include improving blood glucose control in diabetics, lowering the risk of cancer, lowering blood pressure, improving bone health, lowering the risk of developing asthma and more.

Apples –  extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber.  The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.

Lemon – helps restore balance to the body’s pH.  Rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that work against infections like the flu and colds. Stimulates liver detoxification and helps to clean the bowels.  Helps dissolve gallstones, calcium deposits and kidney stones.  Have powerful antibacterial properties and helps strengthen blood vessels, contains 22 anti-cancer compounds.

Ginger –  widely used throughout the world for treating loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting after surgery, nausea resulting fromcancer treatment, flatulence, stomach upset, colic,  morning sickness and motion sickness. Helps with the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection, bronchitis, cough, menstrual cramps, arthritis and muscle pain.

 

 

My Top 10 Tips on Juicing

If you had said to me last year that I would be drinking veggie juice everyday, I would never have believed you.
But here I am four months in and loving every minute of it.

JUICE

Here are my top 10 tips on juicing the easy way.

1.    Buy a good juicer.  A mediocre juicer will not only produce less juice, but will cost you more in the long run as it uses more fruit and veggies to produce the same amount of juice as a good juicer.  You can buy a good juicer for $150.00 and up.

2.   Juice whatever vegetables and fruit that you like.  If you don’t like a certain vegetable don’t juice it and choke it down.  Juice should taste great and if it doesn’t then you won’t keep it up.  Celery is on my No list.

3.    You don’t always need to follow a recipe.  Experiment with your own combinations and you’ll soon have some favourites that are easy to remember, delicious and super healthy.  Remember to add an apple to a juice if it’s not sweet enough for you.  If you are the type that needs a recipe, there are tons on the internet including my blog.

4.   Add a slice of lemon and a small chunk of fresh ginger root to every juice.  I don’t like the taste of ginger but I can’t taste it in the juice and the health benefits are huge.  Lemon makes every juice taste fresh and clean.

5.   Buy seasonal fruit and vegetables when they are on sale.  Inexpensive produce like apples, carrots, spinach and kale are always good to have on hand and make simple delicious juice especially during winter.

6.   When you start juicing, try and aim for at least 50% vegetables / 50% fruit in each juice especially if you have a sweet tooth like me.  The more vegetables the better so gradually increase the ratio to 70% vegetables/30% fruit.  I know some people can drink straight vegetable juice but that’s not going to happen for me and I’m sure I’m not the only one.

7.    Try and buy organic produce if you can but depending on where you live this may not be possible or cost-effective so don’t worry too much about it. I barely wash my produce and don’t seem to suffer any ill effects 🙂

8.   Wash all the components of your juicer with hot soapy water as soon as you can.  I don’t run my dishwasher every day so I don’t use it to clean my juicer.

9.   Find a routine that works for you.  I juice in the morning and make a breakfast and lunch juice at the same time.  Some people find it easier to juice in the evening for the next day.  Remember that juice loses nutrients over time so keep it refrigerated in a sealed glass container (Mason jars work well).

10.  Remember…. You can’t juice a banana!

Pineapple Delight

This morning I drank my juice from a wine glass (don’t judge).  I felt grown up and sophisticated working away at my computer despite not having combed my hair (to be honest I hadn’t even looked in a mirror by this point).  By the time I got through my work emails and sorted out some pending issues, it was 10:30am before I even drank my juice so that’s the kind of morning it was.

But,  its Friday and the last day of February so I felt I deserved a celebratory drink and if that meant juice in a wine glass so be it 🙂

This juice is very refreshing and I can’t help wondering how it would taste with a splash of Malibu coconut rum….it is Friday after all 🙂  Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Pineapple Delight

Pineapple Delight

1/2 a fresh pineapple

1 grapefruit

1 apple

1 handful spinach

1 slice lemon

1/2 inch ginger