Millennial Juicer

juicing isn't just for your hippie grandma any longer…

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.)


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

Filed under: Mixed (Veggies & Fruit) Juices,Recipes — millenialjuicer @ 10:55 pm
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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)

 

And so begins my attempt to bring juicing to my generation October 29, 2010

Filed under: About this Website — millenialjuicer @ 8:13 pm
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Juicing always made me think of old, hippie, fitness, weirdo types and of Jack LaLanne, of course, but now that I’ve made it a regular part of my life, I really know why people who juice regularly are so passionate about it. Sometimes being passionate about something these days makes people think you’re a little off or “out-there”, so I can see why there’s such a stigma associated with the juicing crowd. But, I really think it’s time to destruct that stereotype because juicing is awesome for you in so many ways. It’s as plain and simple as that. Plus, there isn’t any reason why you have to be “old”, “hippie”, “a weirdo” or anything else like that in order to enjoy the benefits of juicing. My goal is to bring juicing back, in a way that my homies can understand.

My father-in-law became a juicing convert and on a recent trip to visit me in Portland, OR he had brought one suitcase whose contents included a shirt and a juicer. Of course, I thought it a little (or a lot) strange but these days  I could totally see myself traveling with my juicer as. He bought me the basic Jack LaLanne juicer a week later and so began my juicing adventure.

Ever since I started juicing regularly (and regularly for me equals at least once a day) and made most of them full of some green vegetable like asparagus, spinach (favorite), or kale , I have felt better physically, mentally and emotionally. I finally feel like I have enough energy to actually get out there and exercise, which is also making me feel better but it never would’ve started without the energy from juicing. I also feel like I can remember things easier as my mind seems clearer almost like there was some sort of fog I had never really noticed before.This has lead to me being able to focus on things better. Finally, handling stress is a lot much easier to manage than it used to be. At least it feels like it. I mean, yes, it could be a placebo effect in that I have added this new juice drink (that takes some effort in procuring, preparing, juicing and cleaning) so I’m going to believe that it’s the reason for this sudden change. Well whatever it is, it works and even if you’re not in it for these benefits the taste of this juice will be enough to lure you in.

The essential vitamins and nutrients that are in fruits and vegetables that make a juice worth drinking begin to go away as soon as the produce is juiced. So store bought juice really seems like a joke. Why not enjoy the taste and the good stuff in it.

Either way I’ll be posting various recipes I try and come up with and as many pictures to go with them as possible. I’ll also occasionally post some articles on various juicing topics whatever I may find them to be of interest and relevance as well.