Juicing Recipes For Better Health

Recipes for your JuicerJuicing is one of the best and tastiest ways to receive vital nutrients that are essential for optimum health. Many people invest in a juicer but lose enthusiasm for over time. However, mixing up your juice recipes can spice things up a bit as well as provide the health benefits that you were looking for when you bought a juicer. Below are some things that you can try that both taste great and offer your body a positive jolt.

Quick And Easy Green Juice

3 Celery Sticks
6 Kale Leaves
3 Green Apples
1 Unpeeled Lemon

The only preparation that is needed to create Quick And Easy Green Juice is to chop the celery sticks, slice the apples and cut the lemon in half. Total preparation time is likely to be a minute or two at most. All of the ingredients should then be juiced and served immediately.

The main health benefits in this juice come from the celery and kale. The apples and lemon are more to make the juice taste nice although they do contain vitamins and minerals. The celery offers a wide range of health benefits. It has an anti-inflammatory effect which will bring relief to people who suffer from joint pain, asthma and other conditions resulting in inflammation. The celery also contains minerals which are shown to be stress relievers such as magnesium. Kale is high in fiber and also rich in components which support the immune system. Kale also supports healthy liver functioning which has a detoxifying effect on the body.

Super Simple Carrot and Kale Juice

6 Chopped Carrots
4 Kale Leaves

This is one of the simplest healthy juices in existence but one which has many benefits. Simply blend the carrots and kale and serve immediately.

Carrots are incredibly rich in beta-carotene. This acts as a natural antioxidant which has been shown to help slow and reverse cell damage which occurs as a result of aging. Carrots can also have a detoxifying effect on the body as they are rich in Vitamin A. Vitamin A has been shown to help the body remove toxins from circulation. The kale present in this juice can help to fight cancer. This benefit results from the fact that it is rich in organosulfur. The kale also aids with efficient and healthy digestion due to the fact it is high in fiber.

Tomato and Greens Detox Juice

3 Tomatoes
4 Green Lettuce Leaves
1 Radish
6 Sprigs of Parsley
Half An Unpeeled lemon

This juice is packed with healthy ingredients and also has a deliciously rich and complex taste due to the presence of the parsley and radish.

The parsley found in this juice offers far more than just taste. Regular consumption of parsley has been shown to help the heart and blood pressure. This is due to the fact it is rich in folic acid. It also supports correct kidney functioning due to its ability to help the body rid itself of excess levels of fluid. Parsley is also packed with various vitamins such as B, C and K. These offer benefits for the immune system, nervous system and bones. The tomatoes in this juice offer high levels of lycopene which can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease. They are also a great source of Vitamin C. The phosphorous and zinc present in radishes helps skin to look healthy and free of blemishes.

Heavenly Healthy Fruit Juice

10 Strawberries
Half A Pineapple
2 Oranges

The only preparation that is needed ahead of making this juice is to peel the orange. This is due to the fact that orange peel can be damaging to some juicers. It is a great idea to scrape the peel for the pith however as this is rich in nutrients.

One of the enzymes present in pineapple is called bromelain which has been proven to act as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. This makes this juice an excellent choice for people suffering with joint pains and other associated inflammation issues. The red color that is distinctive to strawberries is partly explained by the presence of chemicals known as anthocyanins. These have been proven to help the body burn the fat it has stored which makes this juice a great aid to a weight loss plan. The biotin found in strawberries offers myriad benefits for the skin and hair. Everyone knows that the oranges found in this Heavenly Healthy Fruit Juice are a great source of vitamin C. They also offer great levels of potassium which helps ensure the heart functions correctly.

Juicing is a great way to overcome years of bad dietary habits. Fresh nutrients from fruits and vegetables can do wonders for the body, and hopefully some of the recipes above can help you try new things with your juicer. I am a juicing addict and will have a few more posts on this topic in the future. Happy juicing.

Here is a great video that discusses a host of different health benefits that you can achieve just by juicing.

The Burden of Not Liking Cheese

Cooking with Cheese. Well this may seem like a strange way to kick off a site about the love of food, but one thing I need to get off of my chest is just how bad it is to not like, or rather hate, cheese.  Yes I said it, I cannot stand cheese.  I cannot stand the taste, smell, or texture of this food.  There is one exception however, mozarella cheese.  This is the only kind that I actually eat but only because it does not have a strong odor and it is rather bland.  I do love me some pizza.  I have always had this strong distaste for cheese ever since I was a kid and it is something that is still with me.

Grilled cheese sandwiches….No Thanks!

Parmesan on my salad or pizza….Heck No!

Swiss, American, Cheddar, Gouda, Brie, Romano, Asiago, Feta…you name it and I want nothing to do with it.

Now most cheese lovers may not realize just how many recipes, foreign cuisine, frozen dinners have some sort of cheese included.  It’s everywhere and it is hard to escape.

The Burden of Being Finicky

Not liking cheese can be quite a challenge, especially when going out to dinner or eating over someone else’s house.  One of the biggest drawbacks that has to be endured is the sheer look of astonishment on somebody’s face when you tell them that you don’t like cheese.  “How can you not like cheese?  It is so delicious!”  It is almost as if they look at you and are trying to decide if you are one of those aliens that inhabit the Earth that the Men In Black are constantly keep tabs on.

And as a little kid, it can be doubly worse.  Being judged, making friend’s parents work harder to prepare something just for you that is “cheese-free”, usually something that is not as good.  It can downright stink.

And while I do love to get into the kitchen, I also am a frozen food junkie.  If you do not sit there with the door open letting out all the cold air while you read the ingredient list on the back of the box, then chances are you are going to get a frozen dinner with some cheese in it.  Especially parmesan, they sneak that sucker into a lot of different meals.  What a hassle.

Overcoming the Burden

What I quickly discovered as a kid and the quickest and easiest way to avoid the weird looks was just to say that you were allergic to cheese.  I am not talking about being lactose intolerant, which I tried once but it produced it’s own set of weird looks from others.  I am talking risk to your health and well-being allergy, the kind that sends you to the hospital.  The first time I tried this line I was amazed at how well it worked.  Eating over at a friend’s house I was surprised how well this worked on their parents.  They sure don’t want to be responsible for sending someone else’s kid to the ER with an allergy attack.  So every time I was invited over for dinner there was a very tasty meal without cheese waiting for me.  Awesome!

Now I did feel bad about lying, but sometimes a little white lie is worth it.  I remember telling one of my friends Mother after years of eating over at their house that I wasn’t really allergic to cheese, I just didn’t like the taste of it.  She couldn’t believe it, but everyone, including her, got a great laugh out of it.  She really thought something would happen if I ate cheese.

Cooking With Cheese

I am not a professional chef, nor do I have any type of formal training.  I do love to cook though, and sometimes that does include using cheese.  I try to avoid preparing dishes with food, for obvious reasons, and the people that I cook for understand this.

For one, I cannot taste it as it’s cooking to check if everything is seasoned just right.  I just have to hope and pray that the dish comes out right.  This has caused a few disasters in the past, so I usually just cook dishes that do not contain cheese.

Rant Over

Ok, I am done whining about cheese.  But if you read through the different articles on here and notice a distinct lack of cheese, now you know why.  Oh, did I mention that I also hate mayonnaise!

For those that do love cheese, here is a great video on how to prepare the perfect grilled cheese sandwich.