Spring Cleanse Vegetable Juice with Asparagus, Cucumber and Tomato

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Here’s a Spring cleanse vegetable juice for you. I know it’s not Spring, but this one is good all year round.

This is an interesting recipe because I’ve never juiced asparagus. Steamed asparagus is delicious and I have always loved cold cooked asparagus on salads, so juicing them should work too. I had to try it.

Asparagus is a natural diuretic, which helps flush toxins from the body and cleanse the kidney.Spring Cleanse Vegetable Juice

I liked this recipe, especially over ice. I used a very large tomato and cucumber and could definitely taste them. Just a hint of lemon and a little asparagus flavor. Good vegetable juice! Try it if you like asparagus as I do.

Spring Cleanse Vegetable Juice Recipe

The Spring Cleanse Vegetable Juice comes from  – Juicing, Fasting, and Detoxing for Life: Unleash the Healing Power of Fresh Juices and Cleansing Diets. In the book it’s on page 291.

Makes 20+ ounces

  • 1 cucumber, peeled
  • 1 vine-ripened tomato
  • 8 asparagus stalks
  • 1/2 lemon peeled

Spring Cleanse Vegetable Juice

Asparagus is a brain booster: Another anti-aging property of this delicious spring veggie is that it may help our brains fight cognitive decline. Like leafy greens, asparagus delivers folate, which works with vitamin B12—found in fish, poultry, meat and dairy—to help prevent cognitive impairment. In a study from Tufts University, older adults with healthy levels of folate and B12 performed better on a test of response speed and mental flexibility. (If you’re 50-plus, be sure you’re getting enough B12: your ability to absorb it decreases with age.) Asparagus is packed with antioxidants: It’s one of the top ranked fruits and vegetables for its ability to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals. This, according to preliminary research, may help slow the aging process.  – Eatingwell.com

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Sources for this article include:

EatingWell,com – 5 Powerful Health Benefits of Asparagus

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Beet – Cucumber Cleansing Juice Recipe with Carrots, Cucumber, Beets and Celery

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I was a little hesitant to make the Beet – Cucumber Cleansing Juice just because it had so many ingredients, but really it’s not to difficult to make.  There are 7 ingredients, but ginger and lemon are so easy to add to a juice it doesn’t make sense for me not to try it at least once. I’m so happy I did.

This is a delicious blend. I could taste every ingredient, but none of them were overpowering. I’ll be making the Beet – Cucumber Cleansing Juice again.

Why is this a cleansing juice? For one, beets. Beets are good for the kidney, liver and bladder. Beetroot juice is also believed to be a blood purifier and is good for intestinal cleanses.

Be careful about the leaves though. The leaves are high in oxalate and people on a low oxalate diet should avoid consuming too much of the beetroot stems and leaves.beet - cucumber cleansing juice

Beet – Cucumber Cleansing Juice

The Beet – Cucumber Cleansing Juice Recipe comes from  – Juicing, Fasting, and Detoxing for Life: Unleash the Healing Power of Fresh Juices and Cleansing Diets In the book it’s called Beet – Cucumber Cleansing Cocktail and is on page 290. I changed the name slightly.

Makes 20+ ounces with a large cucumber

  •  1 cucumber, peeled
  • 3 carrots, scrubber well, tops removed, ends trimmed
  • 1 beet, scrubbed well, with stem and 1 or 2 leaves
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 handful parsley
  • 1 or 2 inch chunk ginger root scrubbed, or peeled if old (I used 1 inch)
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled

beet - cucumber cleansing juice

 

Researchers claims that compounds found in beets detoxify the liver and have the ability to cure diseases of the digestive system.

The benefits of juicing beets includes that it encourages liver cleansing, improves liver functioning and protects the liver from excessive alcohol consumption.

There are also indications that the benefits of beet juice includes the ability to cure kidney and liver diseases. – Juicing Benefits Toolbox

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Sources for this article include:

Juicing Benefits Toolbox

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Absorb More Nutrients Juicing

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Juicing helps the body absorb all the nutrients from the fruits and vegetables. This is one of my main reasons for juicing.  You’ll be able to absorb more nutrients from your fruits and vegetables than if you were eating them raw or cooked.

Juicing breaks down the fruits and vegetables, removes the fiber, thus making it easier for your body to absorb more nutrients.

This is important because according to experts, many of us have an impaired digestive system as a result of making poor food choices over the years. This limits your body’s ability to absorb all the nutrients from fruits and vegetables when eating them.

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Juicers break down the fiber’s cell wall and release the nutrients, allowing your body to absorb more nutrients found in fresh fruits and vegetables. Juicers expel the indigestible fiber.

This isn’t to say that you should gulp your juice down. No, slowly drink your juice, almost chewing it and allow your saliva time to start the digestive process. Sipping or chewing your juice also sends a message to your brain that you’re eating, filling yourself.

Besides vitamins and minerals, fresh juice contains enzymes. Live enzymes! This is good for the body and it’s important to drink your fresh juice as soon as you can. Otherwise you’ll loose some of the living enzymes. I recommend drinking fresh juice within 20 minutes of juicing. Of course, if you’re like me, you’re going to make some extra for later. So store your juice in tightly sealed containers and keep it refrigerated.

You can add a wider variety of vegetables in your diet. Many people eat the same vegetable salads every day. This violates the principle of regular food rotation and increases your chance of developing an allergy to a certain food. But with juicing, you can juice a wide variety of vegetables that you may not normally enjoy eating whole. – Mercola

Sources for this article include:

Benefits of Juicing: Your Keys to Radiant Health

Mercola- Juicing | What are the benefits of juicing?

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Spinach Carrot Apple Juice | Simple Recipes

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As I’m writing this, I’m headed to the kitchen to make this recipe, spinach carrot apple juice. Spinach is becoming my favorite green vegetable. Great to juice and great to eat in salads or cooked.

I have some spinach leftover that I’m afraid is going to go bad, some carrots that are in the same condition and a big red delicious apple. So I’m juicing what’s available and later today I’m going shopping for some more fresh produce.

Spinach is a pretty good source of vitamin C and in a study I read about, spinach showed evidence of significant protection against the occurrence of aggressive prostate cancer. Good stuff, eh?

spinach carrot apple juiceCarrots have some good benefits too. Carrots are good for your vision and skin. Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A. More good stuff for the body!

As far as apples go, did you ever hear the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”? Apples are one of my favorite fruits and go well into just about any juicing recipe to add a little sweetness.

This is off the topic of juicing a little. Have you ever tried stewed apples? Occasionally I have a stewed apple in the morning, because in studying Ayurvedic medicine a while back I learned stewed apples stimulate regular bowel movements. There are other benefits too. What a way to start the day! Believe me stewed apples really work. Try it three days in a row and see how you like it.  Here’s a link to a simple recipe and directions.

Spinach Carrot Apple Juice

Makes 20 ounces – Best served over ice or chilled.

  • 2 lbs of carrots
  • 10 ounces of spinach
  • 1 large red delicious apple

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Kale, Peach and Apple Juice | Simple Recipes

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I had some extra kale, peach and apple in my fridge, so I made this beautiful emerald juice. I love how kale looks when juiced. So beautiful! Don’t you agree?

Kale, Peach and Apple JuiceIf you’re like me then sometimes you have fruit and vegetables that need to be used up before they go bad.

Sometimes I buy too much at the grocery store right before I’m leaving town for a few days. I don’t know why I do that, but it happens. Then I think all of that stuff I just bought is going to get old. So what do you do with it? I juice it.

I don’t like letting things go to waste, especially good fruit and vegetables. These can be juiced and frozen if necessary. I’ve frozen juice in mason jars before and when thawed they are still very good. But remember, it’s always best to consume your fresh juice right away. Most people say within 20 minutes of juicing it.

Here’s a simple recipe I made with some kale, peach and apple. It’s delicious and so healthy. Kale is one of the healthiest vegetables around.

Here are just some of kale’s amazing benefits: High in calcium, high in vitamin C, high in vitamin K, high in vitamin A, has a good amount of Iron, anti cancer properties, helps to lower cholesterol levels, has an overall alkalizing effect on the body, great for detoxifying our bodies, high in chlorophyll and contains blood purifying properties.

Eating a diet high in Vitamin K can help protect against various cancers. It is also necessary for a wide variety of bodily functions including normal bone health and blood clotting. Also increased levels of vitamin K can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. – mindbodygreen.com

Would you want to let that kale go to waste? Heck NO!

Kale, Peach and Apple – Simply Delicious

Makes 20 ounces

  • 4 to 6 kale leaves (depending on how strong you like it)
  • 1 large peach
  • 1 large apple ( I used red delicious)

Kale, Peach and Apple Juice

 

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Sources for this article include:

RawJuiceCleanseRecipes.com: Kale Juice Cleanse Recipe

Top 10 Health Benefits of Eating Kale

 

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Metabolic Cooking Smoothies

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What are Metabolic Cooking Smoothies? I love smoothies, and who doesn’t. If you don’t like smoothies, you’re in the wrong place.

As you know, I’ve been reviewing the Metabolic Cooking program. I highly recommend this program to anyone who wants  to eat healthier, look better, feel better and/or lose weight. One part that you’ll receive from the Metabolic Cooking program is “53 Fat Burning Smoothies and Milkshakes.” This is the part I love.

metabolic cooking 250fattorching metabolic cooking smoothiesOf course I can’t review all of the cooking recipes or smoothie recipes because that wouldn’t be fair to the authors, but I think it’s okay to share something about it. After all this is a review!

One of the main concepts of Metabolic Cooking is eating a diet higher in protein. Protein provides the building blocks for the body to build muscle. Protein also requires more energy from the body to digest, thus increasing your metabolism.

High Quality Protein= Muscle and increased metabolic rate.

Metabolic Cooking Smoothies

Metabolic Cooking smoothies are high in protein. Once you sign up for the Metabolic Cooking program you’ll be introduced to Biotrust a low carb, protein supplement. This is an excellent choice. You can use others, but be sure to read the ingredients. Look for a protein supplement with all natural ingredients and no artificial colors or sweeteners. Also check the sugar content. Low sugar is very important to me. I don’t want to add a lot of sugar to my smoothies. See the link below for other protein powder suggestions.

To make these high protein smoothies you’ll not only need a protein supplement, but you’ll also need a blender or my personal choice, a  NutriBullet Pro. It’s so easy to use and cleans up quick!

Remember, simple recipes, that’s what I like. So next week I’m going to review a simple high protein smoothie recipe from Metabolic Cooking.

For more information on the Metabolic Cooking Craze see my review here. Thanks again for reading and please comment below. Have you used a protein supplement in your smoothies?

Sources:
6 Healthiest Protein Powders For Your Smoothie

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