Millennial Juicer

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A New Year, A New Juicer, A new Juice – Kaleiwi Lemonade Surprise February 12, 2011

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Curly kale

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This thing called life got a hold of me for the past few months so the inspiration to create new drinks waned for a bit, but now it’s back with a vengeance.

I know that at this point everyone is tired of kale this and kale that, but there’s a reason it’s everywhere. Kale ties with collard greens for being at the top of the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI) with a score of 1,000. ANDI assigns a score to a variety of foods based on how many nutrients they deliver to your body in each calorie consumed so you’re able to get a sense of what foods give you the highest nutrient potential with the fewest calories. Check out Eat for Health by Dr. Joel Fuhrman (developer of the ANDI scores) for a more detailed explanation of ANDI scores.

Not only is kale highly nutritious, but it contains sulforaphane (an organosulfur compound with anticancer properties) and carotenoids, which protect the eyes from excessive exposure to UV light and can help decrease the rick of cataracts and macular degeneration.

In addition, kale helps prevent constipation (oh boy does it…wonder why it’s called ‘surprise’? ha!), high blood pressure, and weight gain.

The trouble with kale is its intense flavor that many people can’t handle. I have to admit that the first time I tried kale juice it was disgusting. However, after trial and error I developed just the right recipes that balanced out the taste of kale so that I was able to actually enjoy the taste of this super-good-for-you juice.

Kaleiwi Lemonade Surprise

1 large bunch of kale (just rinse and juice leaves, stems and all)

2 large carrots

1 large lemon, peeled (Be sure to leave as much as the pith or ‘soft white part’ as it’s highly nutritious, but juicing any of the peel will make your juice undrinkable)

3 kiwis (No need to peel as the peel contains nutrients and is how they’re supposed to be eaten anyway)

3 medium apples

1 Minneola tangelo; orange, tangerines, etc. will also work (Be sure to leave as much as the pith or ‘soft white part’ as it’s highly nutritious, but juicing any of the peel will make your juice undrinkable)

1 celery stalk (Make sure to keep the leaves on if there are any as not only are they tasty but nutritious)

 

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Kiwi Sale Leads to Pineapple Asparagus Goodness December 18, 2010

Filed under: Mixed (Veggies & Fruit) Juices,Recipes — millenialjuicer @ 10:11 pm
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In addition to my juicing habit, I’ve also picked up a thrifty one as in my juices tend to involve lots of fruits that happen to be on sale when I go to the store for my weekly produce “pickup”. I was shopping recently when I noticed kiwis were 3 for a $1 so I picked up several. I had some asparagus I needed to use up in the fridge as well so that’s how this recipe came about. I can’t get away from using pineapple and asparagus together because the pineapple does such a stellar job at softening the asparagus taste that you can’t even tell that you’re drinking asparagus. It’s more like a citrusy, pineapple-ly refresher.

Don’t use kiwis that are too hard. Using kiwis that just slightly indent to the touch are perfect for juicing. Don’ t worry about peeling the kiwi before juicing as it’s loaded with extra nutrients, plus it gives it a more tangy kick. If you must avoid all bitterness as much as possible then go ahead and peel the kiwi.

Kiwis have more vitamin C than oranges, as much potassium as bananas and four times as much fiber as celery. They are excellent sources of Vitamins A and E, antioxidants, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, folate and the amino acid L-arginine. Consuming raw kiwi juice is also associated with several health benefits, such as reducing high blood pressure, improving eye sight, and boosting our immune system. The L-arginine in kiwi specifically helps to keep the liver, skin, joints and muscles healthy.

Yes, kiwi is the star of this recipe, but the asparagus, pineapple, orange, and lemon also present in the juice have their own set of nutrients and health benefits. They not only make the juice taste great, they also provide an added boost of goodness for your body.

Kiwi Pineapple Asparagus Goodness

7 or 8 kiwis (You can leave the skin on if you like.)

1 large orange (You definitely need to peel the orange. Keep as much as the pith or soft white part as you can but if you leave the peel it will make your juice bitter and undrinkable.)

1 large lemon (Like the orange, peel and leave as much as the pith as you can or you’ll end up with a bitter, undrinkable juice.)

1 medium pineapple (Include the core but remove the rind. I’ve heard you can juice the rind if you’ve got a power juicer and it’s organic but I don’t and I wouldn’t recommend it either.)

1 bunch of asparagus (about a 1 pound) (Just rinse and juice. No need to cut the ends off or anything. I find that it is easier to juice when you put the pointy, soft side down first and do a handful at a time.)

 

 

Kalelicious Carrot Pear Juice November 12, 2010

Spinach, apple and carrot juice is an old classic and usually on my rotation several times a week (at least as a base). However, this week there was a recipe on kale and pears so I decided to stock up on that and try something a little different.

Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods out there (thanks, Dr. Fuhrman!) as its ranked high on the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI) so this may replace spinach as my regular. Lately, kale has been making a trendy appearance these days with even Gwyneth Paltrow gulping kale juice 3 times a day but please don’t let that deter you from using kale in your juices. It really is great for you!

Kale is loaded with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, manganese, dietary fiber, copper, calcium, Vitamin B6 and potassium. In homeopathic medicine kale has traditionally been used to help treat ailments like anemia, asthma, eye problems, weight loss, skin problems, impotence, hair loss, hay fever and arthritis.

I will warn you, though that kale has a very strong taste so it may take a while before you get used to it. You may want to throw in an extra pear, apple or even orange in there to sweeten it up a bit at first if you can’t really handle it. I was okay making the switch no problem, though.

This juice is also a great base for lots of other ones. There are an array of different juice possibilities building off of this and I will be sure to post them as I go along.

Kalelicious Carrot Pear Juice

1 large bunch of kale (I just cut it up and roll into balls and juice in segments with stem and all)

2 large pears (I used a Bartlett and a Bosc but feel free to use whatever you have on hand but if they’re small you may want to use 3)

4 large carrots


 

Pine-Apple Asparagus Citrus Cooler November 7, 2010

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The one thing that’s really great about most of my juices is that they are like meal replacements for me. The recipes I post probably make enough juice for 2 people, but if one person drinks it all then it can definitely be considered a full meal. This is one of those juices.

The other day I had a few different pieces of fruit that needed to be used so I decided to throw them all together into a juice and it was the most refreshing and tastiest juice that I’ve made thus far, in my opinion. Each sip just made you wanna go, “aaaahhhh!”

Pine-Apple Asparagus Citrus Cooler

I pineapple (Include the core, but not the rind or outside.)

1 Bosc pear

1 bunch of asparagus (about one pound and I find they are much easier to juice when you put the good part down first and the woody part up)

1 celery stalk (Include the leafy part if it has it)

1 large apple

1 cup of red grapes (If you don’t have red any grapes will do here.)

1 large lemon (Peeled but include as much as the pith or “soft white part” as possible as it’s good for you. Do not include the peel though because it will make the juice bitter and sour.)

1 large orange (Peeled but include as much as the pith or “soft white part” as possible as it’s good for you. Do not include the peel though because it will make the juice bitter and sour.)

 

A Lemony Tale of Spinach November 5, 2010

I’ve always been a fan of lemons, limes and anything sour really. As a kid I used to take fresh lemons, cut them in half, salt each side and devour them straight like that. I was making a basic spinach, apple and carrot juice when I noticed a couple of lemons sitting in my fridge (and they had been there long enough that they really should have been used a day ago). I grabbed them and since I was steering from the original recipe already, decided to grab an orange and a Bartlett pear.

Adding the lemon this time a year is a good idea because they contain a high amount of citric acid, which helps the body to fight off colds. In addition to being a good source of Vitamin C, lemon juice also acts as an antioxidant, is a liver stimulant, and can help control  irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Considering I had a huge plate of Mexican food for lunch, it’s also great that lemon juice can help heart burn, bloating and gas pains! Plus, for all you mommas to be out there, lemon juice is said to help build the bones of the unborn child and being rich in potassium, it helps the nervous system and brain.

A Lemony Tale of Spinach

1 bunch of spinach (Make sure to super wash your spinach as any amount of dirt can make the whole juice have a gritty taste.)

1 large apple

1 Bartlett pear

1 large orange (Remove the peel but leave as much as the pith or “soft white part” as it is good for you, but the peel will make your juice nasty.)

2 large lemons (Remove the peel but leave as much as the pith, like the orange. Don’t add the peel as it will make the juice bitter and nasty.)

3 large carrots (I don’t peel them, but I do cut the hard end off.)


 

A Twist to the Sunshine Burst of Asparagus Juice Recipe November 1, 2010

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My Sunshine Burst of Asparagus Recipe boasts about the benefits of juicing asparagus and pineapple, but today I added celery to that recipe and not only did it add a kind of salty taste, it also gave it a more refreshing touch. It added that little “aahhh” after each big sip.

Celery juice is highly nutritious (celery leaves are high in Vitamin A; stems have Vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C, potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and essential amino acids), has virtually no calories, and helps equalize our body’s PH‘s through its alkalizing qualities.

Celery juice can be used as a digestive aid and traditionally has also been used to treat cancer, insomnia, lower blood pressure, prevent gall and/or kidney stones, encourage weight loss and act as a diuretic and anti-inflammatory.

I added two large stalks taken from a bunch of celery.

Sunshine Burst of Asparagus Juice

1 whole pineapple (I do not juice the rind because I don’t think it’d be tasty and I’m allergic. However, I’ve heard you can if it’s organic and it’s also where the highest concentrations of bromelain reside.)

1 bunch of asparagus (about one pound and I find they are much easier to juice when you put the good part down first and the woody part up)

2 medium sized oranges (peel but try to include as much as the pith or the ‘soft white part’ because it’s good for you and do not juice the rind because it will make your juice sour and nasty)

3 medium sized carrots (unpeeled but you can peel away all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients if you want)

2 large stalks (include the leaves if there are any. They are tasty and good for you!)

 

Juice Recipes – Sunshine Burst of Asparagus October 31, 2010

Filed under: Mixed (Veggies & Fruit) Juices,Recipes — millenialjuicer @ 5:42 pm
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Asparagus is an alkaline food and a good source of potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B-1, Vitamin C, Choline and Folic Acid. It is rich in protein but low in calories and carbs.

Asparagus is good for cleansing or detoxing the body due to the large amount of an amino acid it contains called asparagines. Note, this causes some people to have stinky urine so you’ve been forewarned. This is nothing to worry about, though.

Asparagus is also a natural diuretic and traditionally in natural medicine it is used for various conditions like arthritis, PMS, bowel movement, cataracts, kidney stuff, diabetes and more I’m sure.

I’m also sure that pineapple is good for you in many ways as it contains Vitamin C and bromelain. Bromelain is a natural digestive enzyme that also has anti-inflammatory properties so you know that’s good for you for oh so many reasons.

I forgot to take pictures while I was making this juice, but I’ll take some the next time I make one which I’m sure will be soon.

Sunshine Burst of Asparagus Juice

1 whole pineapple (I do not juice the rind because I don’t think it’d be tasty and I’m allergic. However, I’ve heard you can if it’s organic and it’s also where the highest concentrations of bromelain reside.)

1 bunch of asparagus (about one pound and I find they are much easier to juice when you put the good part down first and the woody part up)

2 medium sized oranges (peel but try to include as much as the pith or the ‘soft white part’ because it’s good for you and do not juice the rind because it will make your juice sour and nasty)

3 medium sized carrots (unpeeled but you can peel away all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients if you want)