Category Archives: Raw Juices

Fat Burning Energy Boosting Beet Juice

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Need an energy boost? Look no further! This juice has all that you need to put that “pep” in your step, boost your workout, or if your an athlete, provide that last needed bit of competitive edge. Beets have actually become the new secret weapon among athletes. A study showed cyclists who drank a large serving of beet juice rode 20% longer! Beets are so under appreciated but they shouldn’t be. If you don’t like the taste of beets, I encourage you to try this juice recipe because it really does taste amazing!

Excellent health benefits of beets:

Lower high blood pressure
Oxygenate and strengthen the blood
Improves circulation
Prevents and fights cancer with betaine
Supports detoxification
Fights inflammation
High in immune boosting vitamins A, B, and C
High in many minerals such as Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Iron
Improves mental health with tryptophan
Boosts muscle power in heart patients

Check out my ingredients below…

INGREDIENTS 4 JUICE

Once everything is juiced, filter it for a smoother taste.
Optional: add in 1/2 teaspoon Maca powder for an extra boost of energy

Other ingredients in this juice that support weight loss and boost energy…

COCONUT WATER: Hydrating the body has been scientifically proven to help with weight loss because a dehydrated body slows the metabolism. Hydrating the body fights fatigue and can suppress the appetite, increasing the body’s ability to metabolize stored fat.

PINEAPPLE: Fights inflammation and is a high water content food, helping you feel full and curb your appetite. It also contains an enzyme known as bromelain, which speeds up digestion and boosts the metabolism.

APPLE: Apple peels have a component known as ursolic acid, linked to a lower risk of obesity. Apples have been shown to energize you better than coffee!

CUCUMBER: Provides hydration and cleansing properties. They are a natural diuretic which can help banish water retention and bloating.

LEMON: Excellent toxin eliminators and alkalizers for the body. They can also acts as a mild diuretic helping to reduce bloat.

GINGER ROOT: Researchers at the Institute for Human Nutrition at Columbia University found enhanced thermogenesis and reduced feelings of hunger with ginger consumption. This thermogenic effect activates the metabolism.

CAYENNE: Peppers boosts the metabolism with fat burning properties and decrease the appetite. Eating spicy foods raise the body temperature. When the body temperature rises, it needs to be cooled so you burn more calories when the body goes through a cooling process.

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Love the color of this juice! I like my juices cold so I stuck my pitcher in the freezer for about an hour, excellent way to keep you going during your workout!

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by Lupita Ronquillo, holistic nutrition writer

Sources:
http://www.webmd.com/heart/news/20150921/beet-juice-boosts-muscle-power-in-heart-patients
http://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/research/title_145007_en.html
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/8-beet-benefits-aphrodisiac-brain-booster-more.html
http://www.livescience.com/36482-apple-peel-ursolic-acid-prevents-obesity.html
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22538118
http://www.webmd.com/diet/20110427/cayenne-pepper-may-burn-calories-curb-appetite

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The Kale Pina Colada

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Wouldn’t it be nice if all corporate offices had a raw juice vendor and got rid of all the coke machines?! Their willing to give us a nice gym! But what about investing in some juice machines too? Well until that happens, if it ever does, I’m stuck making my own. There’s a lot of benefits in drinking green juices, such as concentrated nutrients, detoxification, and healing so their definitely worth the time it takes making them. Smoothies are quicker without a doubt but if you can juice a few times a week, your body will thank you and so will your boss. Some of the “side effects” of drinking them at work include increased energy and productivity, better focus, mental clarity, and being more positive! Now what office couldn’t use that?!

Ingredients

  • 7 dinosaur kale leaves
  • 7 celery stalks
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1/3 pineapple, peeled and cored
  • 1/2 lemon, unpeeled
  • 1 inch ginger root
  • 1 inch turmeric root

Juice all ingredients, then filter it for a smoother drink. Enjoy.
Benefits: anti-inflammation and pain relief

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I juice my fruits first to make sure I’m not getting too much “fruit juice,” usually no more than 8 ounces. When juicing, its best to yield more green juice than fruit juice to avoid a glycemic overload. Since there is no fiber, the juice will literally go right into your bloodstream within 15 minutes! Sipping on your juice over a few hours rather than a few minutes can also help.  After I make my juice, I place it in the freezer an hour before I go to work. By the time I get to work, I have an icy cold green drink to enjoy and get me through the day.

by Lupita Ronquillo, holistic nutrition writer

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The Hawaiian Pear Green Juice

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If you haven’t tried green juices made with pineapple, you don’t know what your missing! Green juices can be so delicious with just the right amount of fruit. This one comes packed with nutrition! Here is a summary of what you get:

Kale is low in calories and has zero fat. It’s full of nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium, important stuff the body needs! Kale has iron too. Actually, for the same amount of calories, kale has more iron than beef but doesn’t hurt your heart with heart clogging cholesterol. Kale is full of vitamin K which is needed for good bone health and healthy blood clotting. Kale is also filled with powerful antioxidants such as carotenoids and flavonoids that can protect our skin and from various cancers.

Spinach is good for our eyes. It has a rich source of beta carotene, lutein and xanthene. AMD, or age related macular degeneration is due to a lack of lutein and xanthene which form a central part of the retina in our eyes so its important to eat foods with these key eye nutrients.

Pineapples are loaded with immunity boosting vitamin C and are also good for the eyes. They are serious inflammation fighters and unlike many other fruits and veggies, pineapples have a significant source of bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down protein and aids digestion.

Ginger fires up important digestive juices and livens up our appetite! It gives a healthy boost to our metabolism and who couldn’t use that? Its been hailed as nature’s farmaceutical in preventing and treating certain types of cancers such as ovarian and breast cancer. Ginger root also contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. These compounds are believed to be the reason why so many people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis feel better and experience less pain with  improvements in their mobility.

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by Lupita Ronquillo, Holistic Nutrition writer

sources

¹The World’s Healthiest Foods– Kale & Ginger

²Organic Facts- Health Benefits of Spinach

³PubMed.org- Carotenoids & Flavonoids Contribute to Nutritional Protection...

Grapes and Ginger Wheatgrass Shots

Trying to find a way to drink down more wheatgrass juice? If your like most people, myself included, you’ll never get used to drinking any  amount of pure wheatgrass! Well, the good news is you don’t have to drink it alone to reap all of its benefits! I’ve been experimenting with different combinations to try and “mask” that extreme bitterness wheatgrass is notoriously known for. But before you go and shrug off any chance of drinking some, I’ve created and am sharing this spicy, sweet, and tangy way to actually enjoy it for anyone willing to try. Who says you can’t enjoy a nice strong “shot” to warm and strengthen you up? So get juicing and bottoms up to great health!

Make sure to use black or purple grapes for this recipe since their sweeter than most others and have a distinct flavor that helps to offset the strength of wheatgrass. The lemon here does an excellent job in tricking our taste buds from the chlorophyll overload. The ginger adds a nice warming and spicy kick and works along with wheatgrass in providing great anti-cancer benefits. Make sure to juice the wheatgrass first so you know how much total will be going into your juice. I recommend starting out with 1/2 an ounce and then build up to a full ounce. Feel free to use up to 2 cups grapes to customize the strength and flavor to your preference.

To get an idea of what drinking wheatgrass juice can do for your health, visit Hippocrates Health Institute, and read The 18 Wonders of Wheatgrass!

by Lupita Ronquillo, holistic nutrition writer

Kale Grapefruit Lime Juice!

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Want a green juice that will boost your metabolism and detoxify the body at the same time? This green juice will definitely provide you with those benefits! It also has this unique tangy-sweet-green flavor. Kale and grapefruit juice go really good together with lime. I didn’t even need any lemon to mask out the bitterness of the greens. The lime did a great job all on its own with a subtle twist.

This juice is also very low in sugar but had just the right amount of sweetness from the grapefruit. I only used about 1 inch of ginger root so that it wouldn’t be too spicy for my toddler but you can use more if you like. He loves eating the broccoli trees so we always just save the stems for juicing. 🙂

Makes over 2 cups!

by Lupita Ronquillo, holistic nutrition writer

Purple Roots of the Earth Juice

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This is the best beet juice recipe that I’ve tasted so far! Juicing beets as we all know can be a little strong but this medley tastes absolutely fantastic! The lemon and ginger masks all of the bitterness. The bonus with all of these richly colored raw foods is their extremely nutritious. Purple foods contain special antioxidants called anthocyanins known for their anti-aging benefits and for fighting inflammation. Adding more purple plant foods into your diet can provide you with special benefits such as:

  • cancer protection
  • better memory
  • better brain function
  • inhibit the spread of cancer cells
  • heal inflammation, the origin of disease
  • reduce damage on the liver
  • lower bad LDL cholesterol levels
  • help prevent urinary tract infections
  • help prevent stomach ulcers
  • lowers risk of colon cancer

Anthocyanins have also been linked to improved balance and coordination, attributes that are needed by athletes, growing infants starting to walk, and the elderly.

Its been scientifically proven fact that darker foods contain a higher antioxidant level. Antioxidants rust proof your body. They have the ability to mop up free radicals and keep you looking and feeling younger, longer.

This recipes makes about 2 cups worth of juice depending on the size of your produce.

by Lupita Ronquillo, holistic nutrition writer