Learning to Live the Juice Life

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Experts now recommend that we consume ten servings of fresh fruit and vegetables every day. This number was raised from five due to an increased exposure to toxins, both environmental and those created during stress. The harmful free radicals that occur in the body as it attempts to neutralize these substances are removed by the antioxidants that we consume in plant foods.

It’s a beautiful thing that the food we eat can be so healing, and it’s important to our wellness that we get a daily dose of fruits and veggies. But the fact is, most of us are lucky if we eat a couple of servings a day. The easiest and most delicious way to hedge your nutritional bet is by adding freshly pressed juice to your daily routine. Once you get in the habit, you’ll notice improved skin tone and increased energy, and pretty soon you won’t want to miss a day of juice.

Five Tips to Start Juicing:

  1. Buy a high quality juicer. As the former owner of a juice bar, I recommend the Breville Juice Fountain. Other brands may claim to do a better job, but the Breville is both easy to use and also to clean.

  2. Find quick, healthy, and delicious juice recipes online, or pick up a helpful book on juicing to discover all of your favorite combinations.

  3. Use only organic produce or source clean, locally grown plants. Try to avoid anything grown using pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers. Wash everything just before juicing.

  4. Make only as much juice as you can drink, and try to consume it as soon as possible since some nutrients are susceptible to oxidation.

  5. If you are able, be sure to compost any leftover organic waste material by returning it to the garden soil for a complete “circle of life” experience!

Remember, juicing is not intended as a substitute for eating actual fruits and vegetables. Be sure to eat as much whole plant food as you can every day. But if you struggle to do so, at least you had your juice! Here’s one of my favorite juice combos to help get you started:

Chef C’s Morning Cocktail

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Juicing is an easy way to “squeeze” in those 10 servings of plant-based nutrients every day.
  • 4 large carrots, peeled with root removed
  • 1 small beet, scrubbed
  • 1 small apple, skin and seeds intact
  • 6 stalks of celery
  • 3 stalks of kale
  • 1/4 bunch of Italian parsley
  • 1 small nob of ginger

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