Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Juice Challenge Day 2: The 50:50

The juice challenge continues! Today I am introducing a few all important veggies to the mix to include even more of a feel good factor. The thoughts of juicing vegetables is somewhat less appealing than the thought of fruit juices. The main reason for this really is with vegetable juices we are sailing into the unknown, and because we are unfamiliar with things we often think 'Nah I wouldn't like that'. For any of you who know me I am a prime example of this. I only decided to introduce fruit and vegetables to my diet at ages 21! Before that, none, zero, zilch, nada! (with the exception of a very occasional bit of cauliflower). As a result I ended up developing 'scurvy' at aged 20 (as in the sailor disease), which is associated with a lack of vitamin C in the diet. It took a long time, and a lot of medication to shift this disease which affected my gums. Since then I have been making a conscious effort to introduce, try and experiment with different fruits and vegetables, gradually introducing new varieties. Smoothies and juices are the perfect way of doing this, be it for yourself or a defiant little one who refuses to eat their fruit and vegetables. People often think that taking a multivitamin is just as good and covers all bases, but in fact  juicing live fruits and vegetables is not even comparable to a chalky processed multivitamin! 



The 50:50

Ingredients:
Large handful of parsley
4 carrots
1/2 lemon
1inch of ginger
2 oranges (peeled)

Method:
1. First juice the carrots.
2. Switch of the juicer and place one orange,followed   by the parsley and then the lemon. (Make sure the
    parsley is tightly packed between two other larger
    items so it juices well).
3. Finally juice the ginger and remaining orange.
4. Serve neat or over ice.

Even though this juice has vegetables in it, it is still really sweet, and tasty. The vegetables are not obvious in the flavour, yet all the vegetable goodness is packed into the juice.

Tomorrow we will be introducing even more green vegetables. I am easing us gently from fruit juices, to mixed juices and finally to juices made primarily with vegetables. The reason for this is even though fruit juices are exceedingly good for us they are high in sugars. Natural sugars which is good, but that said vegetables are lower in sugars and still boast an amazing amount of vitamins, minerals and benefits! This is why it is good to try and keep the balance.




The Benefits:
The table below highlights all the amazing benefits in a glass of this delicious juice....so no excuses. The 50:50 is really tasty but more importantly really good for you!

Carrots
Oranges
Lemon
Ginger
Parsley
Vitamins
Contains 2x the RDA for Vitamin A, also B,C,A,K & Beta-carotene

A,C,B1,B6,folate,
Beta-carotene
A,C, Beta-carotene
B6, B5
Folate, K,C,A,
Minerals
Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus, Sulphur, Chromium, Magnesium, Sodium, Chlorine, Iodine Silica & Zinc
Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Phosphorus,
Copper & Zinc
Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Citric Acid
Copper, Potassium, Sodium, iron, Calcium, Zinc, Phosphorus, Magnesium
Iron, Calcium, Potassium, Copper, Magnesium, Manganese and Iodine
Other Benefits
Good for cardiovascular system, immune system and retina’s of the eyes. Also cancer prevention properties.
Good for high cholesterol, preventing causes of skin ageing & flushing toxins from the body.
Alleviates aches and pains, eliminating toxins and neutralizing
harmful bacteria, scours the intestinal tract.
Natural anti-histamine, anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, anti-viral. Can relieve nausea, stimulates circulation, aids respiratory system & helps break down congestion in the lungs and clear sinuses.
Anti cancerous,anti inflammatory, anti-oxidants. Boosts immunes system, good for cardiovascular system

E-D's References:
Jason Vale's 'Juice Master' Website
What does Wikipedia have to say about Scurvy

1 comment:

  1. I love carrot and orange juice and I think I up to trying a little parsley in there..I'll try the apple juice first and then this one

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