Tuesday, January 15, 2013

let the juicing begin!...as soon my juicer arrives

Photo: Alexey Ivanov / Getty Images via Daily Candy
I've heard so many people say, "juicing changed my life!".  Frankly,  I like juice, and juices...even the green ones.  But do they really make a difference for our health?  Not according to Jennifer K. Nelson, R.D., L.D.,  a nutritionist at the Mayo Clinic.
"....there's no sound scientific evidence that extracted juices are healthier than the juice you get by eating the fruit or vegetable itself. On the other hand, if you don't enjoy eating fresh fruits and vegetables, juicing may be a fun way to add them to your diet or to try fruits and vegetables you normally wouldn't eat. You can find many juicing recipes online or mix up your own combinations of fruits and vegetables to suit your taste."
She also warns that consuming too much fruit juice can dramatically increase one's calorie intake, leading to unexpected weight gain.   YIKES!
Photo: Jamie Grill Photography via Daily Candy
I fall into the category of people for whom a vegetable serving is mixed greens (not too bad), or sauteed onions and garlic (less impressive).  In which case, a green juice at lunch certainly wouldn't hurt.  And then,  I saw this on Daily Candy... "According to facialist Joanna Vargas, a green juice a day will keep dull, dehydrated skin away.

I ordered my new Juicer immediately!  

3 Juice recipes for your skin:   from Joanna Vargas, courtesy of Daily Candy

Super Eight
Loaded with chlorophyll, enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids, the veggies-only juice is a serious feast.
1 kale leaf
1 collard leaf
1 celery stalk
1 carrot
½ red pepper
1 tomato
1 broccoli floret
1 handful parsley

Brighten Up
Do away with dull skin glass by antioxidant-packed glass.
4 carrots
1 handful parsley
1 handful spinach
½ apple

All Clear
Calm irritated skin with a swig of a bromelain-rich, anti-inflammatory cooler.
1 c. pineapple
½ cucumber
½ apple

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