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Juice for Health & Vitality!

Juice for Health & Vitality!
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Making your own juice for health is a hot topic in our world lately and something in which many spouses have shared interest as we strive to give our families the best nutrition.  Katie Hamilton recently shared some invaluable tips on this topic including best practices, favorite recipes and even how to continue staying healthy with fresh juice while on the road.

Getting Started:

When at home, we juice with a Breville 800JEXL.  Here’s a link for reference: (Juice Fountain Elite http://www.brevilleusa.com/die-cast-juice-fountain-elite.html).  This juicer is a centrifugal juicer, more commonly known as a “fast juicer”.  It has a wider chute for the fruits and veggies which ends up saving us prep time since there’s not a great need to cut and slice the produce.  It is industrial strengthen and has several settings allowing us to juice everything from soft pears to tough beets.  We love it!

We have also tried a masticating cold pressed juicer (also known as “slow juicer”).  While this one gave us great juice, it was just too “slow” for us.  It has a much smaller chute and requires all fruits and veggies to be thinly sliced.  This juicer has a few perks (like more enzymes and less oxidation) that you can’t get with a “fast juicer” if you have the time!

Fast Juicer vs Slow Juicer:

1.  Slow Juicers provide more healthy enzymes.
Fast juicers create juice by cutting the items with blades moving at an incredibly fast speed.  The speed of the blades creates friction and heat which kills some of the healthy enzymes in the juice. The slow juicer presses the produce using zero heat so all enzymes remain intact.  The difference in enzymes is very small but still important to note.

2.  Slow Juicers have less oxidation in juice (meaning juice will last a little longer).
Since slow juicers press the juice, it is strictly “juice” in the juice.  In other words, there are no tiny pieces of produce (like you’d find in juice from a fast juicer).  The fast juicer is essentially chopping the produce up so more oxygen and pieces of produce end up in the juice.  The oxygen in the juice starts to break the healthy enzymes down and so it’s recommended that you drink the juice within 24 hours of making it.  This usually isn’t a problem at our house!  If you’d like to keep the juice up to 48 hours, a slow juicer would be a better purchase.   With a fast juicer, you can also strain the juice to catch the tiny pieces of produce for a smoother juice.  If you don’t mind the taste, the pieces are great fiber.

3.  Slow Juicers require much more prep time.  Fast juicers have a wide chute eliminating the need to slice and dice everything.  We love that feature!!

4.  Slow Juicers are great for herbs, spinach and wheat grass.  The fast juicers just can’t process such fine/ delicate greens and they end up going straight into the waste bucket.

5.  Fast Juicers are great for tough produce like beets.  A beet is just too tough for a slow juicer to manage.

6.  Both are fairly easy to clean!  No major differences there.

A few helpful tips:

1.  We learned that our produce spoils faster after we wash it so we stopped washing everything when we get home from the grocery store.  Instead, we wash about half and juice that and then we wash the other half a couple days later.

2.  Also, we purchased rubber-made mason jars (from Target).  They are great for storing your juice and the airtight lid is important to slow down the break-down of the juice.  Plus, they are great for kids since they are non-breakable!  A win-win!

3.  If your budget allows, purchase organic!  Here’s a great list that shows you which produce you should always try to get organic if possible: http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/2012-shoppers-guide-to-pesticides-the-dirty-dozen-clean-15.

4.  Always mix-&-match your produce.  There’s so much great produce out there so mix all different types- this will add a wide variety of nutrients to your diet!

Our Favorite Recipes:

A staple at our house is the “green juice”!  It typically has kale, spinach, parsley, celery, green apples, cucumber, ginger and sometimes collard greens, cilantro and zucchini. The particular recipe just depends on the day – but the first 7 veggies listed are a must!

The kids also really like the “orange juice”.  This is simply oranges, mango and pineapple. Sometimes we add turmeric (which has amazing health benefits) but it adds a spicy kick so beware!

Straight carrots and orange juice is easy and delicious!!

It’s a lot of fun to experiment with your favorite produce – enjoy the learning process of finding your favorite combinations!

Nutrition:

We start our day off with a juice – yes, even before coffee!!  On an empty stomach, juice can be absorbed into the deepest cellular level within 15 minutes!  It also gives the body a break from digesting so it can focus on other needs of the body, like healing.  We have noticed an increase in our energy levels (Praise the Lord!) and the inflammation in Josh’s joints has significantly improved!

Some people substitute juice for meals to lose weight or to cleanse but we just incorporate juice WITH our meals.  The goal for us is to add nutrition and vitamins that we may not be getting from our meals into our diet.

Juice While Traveling:

Since our juice machine doesn’t necessarily travel well, we have found a few ways for Josh to still get fresh pressed juice while he’s on the road.  Several juice companies will actually overnight juice on ice.  This has been a life-saver!  Here are a few of our favorites:

1. Suja – http://www.sujajuice.com
2. Ritual – http://www.ritualcleanse.com
3. Blue Print – http://www.blueprintjuice.com

When ordering juice, keep in mind that they require 4-5 days notice for it to arrive on a specific day.  Another option is to arrange a courier service to pick up your juice at a local Whole Foods or Juice Bar.

Note:  If you have juice sent to the hotel, be sure the concierge/ front desk is made aware that the items are perishable and must be kept cold.  Depending on the hotel, a refrigerator must be requested in the room. Our Traveling Secretary helps sometimes too if we have any trouble.

Hope this helps!
-Katie

Below are additional favorite juice recipes from fellow Spouses in Sports.  If you would like to share a favorite, please click here to submit!

* My favorite is a Kale Cleanse: kale, one orange, one green apple, one lime and a little ginger…it is so refreshing!
Cathy Fassero (Jeff Fassero, MLB pitcher)

* A family favorite is the Apple, Kale, Cucumber which can be made in the blender or a juicer:
– 2 sweet apples, chopped (HoneyCrisp, Fuji, and Gala are my favorites)
– 1 cucumber, peeled & chopped
– 1 lemon, juiced
– 3 stalks of celery, chopped
– 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and diced
– 7-10 Lacinato kale leaves, stem remove
Karen Moyer (Jamie Moyer, MLB pitcher)

* My favorite juice is apple, carrot, celery, cucumber, beet and kale!
Erin Romero (JC Romero, Cleveland Indians AAA)

* Here is my favorite “Stay Healthy Juice”: 12 oz. water, 1.5 cups red romaine
lettuce, 1 lemon, peeled and seeded, 2 small carrots, 1.5 cups grape tomatoes, 1
clove garlic, peeled. Blend and drink!
Alysa Bajenaru (Jeff Bajenaru, Arizon Diamondbacks MiLB Pitching Coach)

 

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