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A Juice a Day

Did you know that almost 90% of us don’t get the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables in our diet? You can vastly improve your health and wellbeing with the simple addition of just one, well-timed, freshly-pressed juice a day.

Here are 3 delicious recipes to get you started courtesy of Juice Guru: Transform Your Life with One Juice a Day.

Wheatgrass Cleanser
Makes about 1 cup (250 mL)

Wheatgrass Cleanser JuiceSweet and salty, with a slight kick from the ginger, this is a beautifully balanced juice, loaded with chlorophyll and a wide range of nutrients. It does, however, pack quite a punch, so you’ll want to introduce this highly nutritious juice into your diet slowly.

Tips
To peel ginger root quickly and easily, simply use the edge of a teaspoon. Scrape it back and forth along the root to remove the skin and reveal the yellow flesh underneath. While we recommend using fresh wheatgrass juice in this recipe, you’ll also get great results with frozen organic wheatgrass shots (available in the freezer section of most health food stores). If you are juicing wheatgrass yourself, be sure to do it before juicing the celery and ginger, so it’s ready to whisk in immediately.

Ingredients:

1 stalk celery, chopped
1 1⁄8-inch (3 mm) piece peeled ginger root
2 oz. (60ml) wheatgrass juice

Instructions:

Using a juicer, process celery, and ginger.
Add wheatgrass juice and whisk well. Serve immediately.

Juice Guru’s Tips
We recommend drinking only 1 cup (250 mL) of this juice per day because of wheatgrass’s incredible vitamin and mineral content. A little is all you need. Some people find the taste of wheatgrass too sweet, and it can even elicit a gag reflex. If this happens to you, just take it slowly. Once you start consuming wheatgrass on a regular basis (two to three times a week), you will build up a tolerance—as will your taste buds.

Holy Basil Supreme
Makes about 3 cups (750 mL)

Holy Basil Supreme JuiceThis juice tastes similar to a bowl of warm tomato basil soup on a cold winter day. The tried-and-true flavors will remind you of home. Tomato provides a rich, creamy flavor, apples bring a touch of sweetness, celery adds a tinge of saltiness, and fragrant basil complements it all perfectly. Tomatoes provide potassium and the carotenoids alpha- and beta-carotene and lycopene. The lycopene in tomatoes has been shown to reduce the risk for heart disease, cataracts, and macular degeneration.

Tip
Never peel the skin from your apples before juicing. Apple skin contains an abundance of phytonutrient polyphenols, which help to regulate blood sugar.

Ingredients:

3 red apples, cored and sliced
1 celery stalk, chopped
15 sprigs fresh parsley
(about 1⁄2 bunch; see Caution, below)
1 tomato, quartered
20 drops organic holy basil extract

Instructions:

Using a juicer, process half each of the apples, celery, parsley and tomato. Following the same order, repeat with the remaining apples, celery, parsley, and tomato.

Add holy basil extract and whisk. Serve immediately.

Caution
Certain phytonutrients in parsley—in concentrated amounts, as they are in juices—may act as a uterine stimulant and should likely be avoided during pregnancy. Because of the concentrated amount of oxalate it contains, parsley juice should also be avoided by people with kidney stones or a history of kidney stones.

Big Blue
Makes about 2 cups (500 mL)

Big Blue JuiceYour kids will love the color of this blue juice and its sweet taste—they’re out of this world (not to mention nutritious)! The berries combine with the apples and beet to create a sweet, tangy and vibrant flavor experience. Blueberries provide vitamins C and K, as well as manganese, and have been shown to benefit cognition and support cardiovascular health. Beets contain folate, potassium, copper and iron.

Ingredients:

3 red apples, cored and sliced
1⁄4 beet, halved
1 cup (250 ml) blueberries

Instructions:

Using a juicer, process half each of the apples, beet, and blueberries. Following the same order, repeat with the remaining fruit. Whisk well and serve immediately.

Juice Guru

 

Courtesy of Juice Guru: Transform Your Life with One Juice a Day by Steve Prussack & Julie Prussack © 2016 www.robertrose.ca. Reprinted with publisher permission. Available where books are sold.