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Beet, Apple, Pear, Ginger Juice

You might have seen my last post where I mentioned Beet Juice…

Beet juice is my new favorite to make and it happens to be a favorite of the Olympians as well. It’s rich in nitrates which give athletes a performance boost. The nitrates help muscles use oxygen more efficiently and have been compared to illegal performance enhancing drugs. Nitrates have a bad rap, however, researchers believe that the naturally occurring nitrates in vegetables may be responsible for some of the cardiovascular benefits of vegetable-rich diets. They come packaged with a bunch of health-protective compounds (minerals, vitamins, antioxidants). I love this blend due to the sweet and tangy zip from the pears and ginger.

BluePrint Cleanse- Apple Beet Pear Ginger

(also on Kris Carr’s juicing guide)
1 1⁄2 Granny Smith apple, quartered and cored ( I use 4)
1 1⁄2 Bosc or D’anjou pear, quartered and cored (I use 2)
3 small or 1 large (3-ounce) red beet, cut into small pieces
1-inch piece ginger

Blend away in your juicer.

A rainbow of nutrients.

Yes, that much food only makes one 24 oz. glass of juice. However, think of the time it would take you to eat all that. Juicing provides you with all of the nutrients you need in a fraction of the time and is absorbed into your system quickly because your body doesn’t have to work as hard to digest it.

Plus, its fun to see the pretty colors you can make! Drink up!

~Lauren

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Health Benefits of Juicing

We recently received a juicer as a wedding present and I am anxious to explore all the possibilities! Here’s a juice I’ve made several times from Dr. Oz’s 48 hour weekend cleanse.

 Kale, Pineapple and Ginger Detox Drink

Ingredients (Makes 4 Servings; Drink Throughout the Day)

1/2 cup pineapple

2 large cucumbers

1 bunch kale without stems (4 cups chopped)

1/2 lemon, squeezed

1/4 inch of ginger

1 bunch of mint (1/2 cup)

Directions

Combine all ingredients and blend in juicer.

*If you don’t have a juicer, you can use a high speed blender and squeeze the blend through a nut milk bag.  This is the same method used for making almond milk. The bags are the same as fine mesh produce bags or pantyhose.  You might need to add a bit more water to the blend to get more juice out.

It has a tangy yet refreshing taste from the lemon and cucumber/mint combo with a sweet finish from the pineapple.

Quite yummy!

Kris Carr and Dr. Oz enjoying green drinks

Kris Carr of Crazy Sexy Life, discovered the benefits of juicing when diagnosed with stage IV cancer- she had no other alternative treatments available to her.  Nearly 10 years later she is feeling better than she ever did even pre-cancer.  Check out more of her story and juicing recipes in her e-guide.

http://www.crazysexyjuice.com

Here are just a few benefits of juicing that Kris mentions:

“Say hello to boundless energy, glowing skin, clear eyes, improved digestion and exceptional health and happiness. Say goodbye to toxins, excess weight, sugar cravings, addictions, premature aging and a lackluster appearance.”

The proof is in the juice!

~Lauren

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