Fresh Juices – Elixir of the Gods
I recently spent several days at a raw food retreat, and was served amazing gourmet raw foods. Delicious, healthy, and inspirational, all things considered.
The primary inspiration I came home with was to dig out my juicer (yes, I occasionally get enthusiastic about health fads, and buy the appropriate tools) and start using it again. Regularly. Which prompted me to de-clutter my kitchen counter, so that there would be a place for my juicer to live, so that I would be more likely to use it.
So, now I have a lovely, tidy, clutter-free kitchen, and have been enjoying delicious juices on a daily basis (except yesterday, when the kids performed in a Vivaldi concert after school, and then I had to rush my daughter across town for hip hop lessons).
Here’s my recommendation for a delicious fresh juice you might consider, if you’ve been in a juicing rut and want to try something new.
Ingredients (makes 4 cups):
- 6 carrots
- 2 stalks celery
- 1/4 medium beet
- 1/2 bunch of parsley
- 4 apples (washed, but NOT peeled)
- 1 inch of fresh ginger
Everything’s there for a reason, and the flavor (and color!) is wonderful.
Carrots: an excellent source of antioxidant compounds, and the richest vegetable source of the pro-vitamin A carotenes
Celery: contains vitamin C and several other active compounds that promote health, including phthalides, which may help lower cholesterol, and coumarins, that may be useful in cancer prevention
Beets: ward off certain cancers like colon cancer. They’re also high in folate (an essential B-vitamin) and manganese, and the betaine found in beets can help fight inflammation in the body.
Parsley: an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K, and a good source of iron and folate. Parsley’s volatile oil components include myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene. Its flavonoids include apiin, apigenin, crisoeriol, and luteolin.
Apple: apple polyphenols are standout nutrients in this widely-loved fruit. These polyphenols include flavonols (especially quercetin, but also kaempferol and myricetin), catechins (especially epicatechin), anthocyanins (if the apples are red-skinned), chlorogenic acid, phloridizin, and several dozen more health-supportive polyphenol nutrients. Apple is a good source of fiber, including the soluble fiber pectin, and it’s also a good source of vitamin C.
Ginger: contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols which can help combat arthritis pain and prevent cancer; also a good source of potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese and vitamin B6.
[nutritional information from whfoods.com]
My recommendation – have a glass of this juice about half an hour before supper – it’s filling and nutritious, and may help you to control how much you eat during (and after) dinner.
Sunfood.com has great prices on their Champion and Green Star juicers, AND have free shipping in the continental US (for orders over $150). So it’s a great time to order your juicer and start making delicious juices