Thirty Days of Juice! Day 12

 

Bloody Mary of the Sea

Makes 2 Large Glasses

Ingredients:

  • 6 Medium tomatoes
  • 4 Stalks of celery
  • 1 oz Spinach
  • 3 oz Bean sprouts
  • 1 Tbsp. Kelp powder
  • 1 Jalapeño pepper
  • 2 Carrots

Directions:

  1. Chop all ingredients except bean sprouts and Kelp powder.
  2. Push all ingredients except Kelp powder through a juicer and catch with a bowl.
  3. Whisk in Kelp powder.

Health Tip: Kelp is rich in essential nutrients, such as calcium, potassium and iodine. As a rich natural source of iodine -which is not found in abundance in the diet – kelp may be especially important to those with under-active thyroids (hypothyroidism). Iodine is a major component of thyroid hormone, and many people with hypothyroidism may lack sufficient amounts of this vital nutrient in their diets.


Thirty Days of Juice! Day 11

Beanie Brew

Makes 1 Large or 2 Small Glasses

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 ounces broccoli
  • 1 large pear
  • 2 ounces bean sprouts
  • 7 ounces green grapes
  • Ice cubes and grape slices

Directions:

  1. Cut the broccoli into small pieces.
  2. Quarter the pear and carefully remove the core, then roughly chop into chunks.
  3. Push all the ingredients through the juicer. Pour into glasses and serve with ice cubes and grape slices.

Health Tips: Bean sprouts are a highly nutritious food, bursting with vitamins B and C, and they are one of the few vegetables that actually increase in goodness after they are picked. Mixed with broccoli, another superfood, this blend is a great tonic for your skin, hair and general health.

 

Thirty Days of Juice! Day 10

Orange Passion


Makes 2 Glasses

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. Cardamom pods
  • 2 Passion Fruit
  • 2 Oz. Alfalfa Sprouts
  • 1 Oz. Spinach
  • 4 Large Oranges
  • Coconut Nectar

Directions:

  1. Crush the cardamom pods in a mortar with a pestle or place them in a small, metal bowl and pound them with the end of a rolling pin.
  2. Set the cardamom pods and any stray seeds into a small pan. Add a touch of coconut nectar and stir in about 6 Tbsp of water. Cover and dehydrate at 140 degrees for about 15 minutes.
  3. Halve the passion fruit and scoop the pulp into a small jug.
  4. Feed peeled oranges, passion fruit, sprouts and spinach through a juicer.
  5. Strain the cardamom syrup into the juice mixture and whisk it into a frothy mixture.
  6. Pour over ice in tall glasses, serve and enjoy!

Health Tip: Passion fruit have somniferous properties, and when taken before going to bed they are effective in relaxation and a restful sleep during the night. They also have febrifugal and soporific properties so they are an excellent food to eat when fighting the flu or a cold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thirty Days of Juice! Day 9

Wonderful Watermelon Juice

Makes 4 Glasses

Ingredients:

  • 1 Watermelon
  • 1 3/4 Pints Chilled Water
  • Juice of two limes
  • 4 Oz Alfalfa Sprouts
  • Coconut nectar or Raw agave (optional)
  • Ice Cubes

Directions:

  1. Using a sharp knife, chop the watermelon into chunks, cutting off the skin and discarding the black seeds.
  2. Place the watermelon chunks in a large bowl. Pour the chilled water over and let it stand for ten minutes.
  3. Strain the watermelon chunks and then push them, with the alfalfa sprouts, through a juicer.
  4. Stir in the lime juice and sweeten to taste with coconut nectar or raw agave. Pour into a big jug (pitcher) and add ice cubes and stir.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Health Tip: Enjoy Watermelon to detox and rebuild!  Sweet, juicy watermelon is actually packed with some of the most important antioxidants in nature. Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamin C and a very good source of vitamin A, notably through its concentration of beta-carotene. Pink watermelon is also a source of the potent carotenoid antioxidant, lycopene. These powerful antioxidants travel through the body neutralizing free radicals.


Thirty Days of Juice! Day 8

Fennel Fluid

Makes One Glass

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Small Red Cabbage
  • 1/2 Fennel Bulb
  • 2 Apples
  • 2 Oz. Alfalfa Sprouts
  • 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice

Directions:

  1. Roughly slice the cabbage and fennel and quarter the apples. Using a juice extractor, juice the vegetables and fruit.
  2. Add the lemon juice to the juice mixture and stir. Pour into a glass and serve immediately.

Health Tip: Fennel is a great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory food. Combined with apples and cabbage (which is antibacterial), it offers a deep cleanse.

(About Fennel, from The World’s Healthiest Foods Website)

Like many of its fellow spices, fennel contains its own unique combination of phytonutrients-including the flavonoids rutin,quercitin, and various kaempferol glycosides-that give it strong antioxidant activity. The phytonutrients in fennel extracts compare favorably in research studies to BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene), a potentially toxic antioxidant commonly added to processed foods.

The most fascinating phytonutrient compound in fennel, however, may be anethole-the primary component of its volatile oil. In animal studies, the anethole in fennel has repeatedly been shown to reduce inflammation and to help prevent the occurrence of cancer. Researchers have also proposed a biological mechanism that may explain these anti-inflammatory and anticancer effects. This mechanism involves the shutting down of a intercellular signaling system called tumor necrosis factor (or TNF)-mediated signaling. By shutting down this signaling process, the anethole in fennel prevents activation of a potentially strong gene-altering and inflammation-triggering molecule called NF-kappaB. The volatile oil has also been shown to be able to protect the liver of experimental animals from toxic chemical injury.

 

Thirty Days of Juice! Day 7

 

Green Apples Alive

Makes One Glass

Ingredients:

  • 1 Apple
  • 5 oz. white grapes
  • 1 oz cilantro
  • 1 oz alfalfa sprouts
  • 1 oz watercress or arugula
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice

 

Directions:

  1. Using a sharp knife, quarter the apple, removing the core if you like. Using a juice extractor, juice the apples and grapes, followed by the cilantro, sprouts and the watercress or arugula.
  2. Add the lime juice to the fruit and herb mixture and stir well. Pour the mixture into a tall glass and enjoy each sip of pure love.

Health Tip: This delicious blend of apple, grapes, fresh leaves and lime juice is the perfect rejuvenator and is great for treating skin, liver and kidney disorders. Apples play a part in so many delicious and healthy blends that it’s worth buying a large bag that will keep well in the refrigerator for several days. Most varieties can be juiced successfully, so just select your favorite.

Thirty Days of Juice! Day 6

 

Salad Juice


Makes 2-3 glasses

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 bunch of iceberg, cos or romaine lettuce
  • 2 large ripe pears
  • 3 oz fresh spinach
  • 6-8 radishes
  • Crushed ice
  • Sliced radishes and cucumber for garnish

Directions:

  1. Using a small, sharp knife, chop the cucumber into chunks. Roughly tear the lettuce into pieces. Quarter the pears and remove the core.
  2. Push all the ingredients through a juicer. Pour over crushed ice in tall glasses and serve with sliced radishes and cucumber swizzle sticks.

Health Tip: Despite their reputation for being full of water, lettuce and cucumber contain important minerals such as calcium and zinc — in addition to other crucial nutrients such as vitamin K. Spinach contains plenty of betacarotene and has cancer-fighting properties. Juiced with ripe pears for maximum sweetness, a regular dose of this super juice can only enhance your health.

 

 


 

Thirty Days of Juice! Day 5

Ginger Juice

Makes One Glass

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 small pineapple
  • 1 oz fresh root ginger
  • 1 carrot
  • ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Before preparing the pineapple, turn it upside down and leave it for half an hour. This makes it juicer.
  2. Using a sharp knife, cut away the skin from the pineapple, then half and remove the core. Roughly slice the pineapple flesh. Peal and roughly chop the ginger. Chop the carrot.
  3. Push the carrot, ginger and pineapple through a juicer and pour into a glass.
  4. Add ice cubes and serve immediately.

 

Health Tip: Fresh root ginger is one of  the best natural cures for indigestion and it helps to settle upset stomachs, whether caused by food poisoning or motion sickness.

Thirty Days of Juice: Day 4

 

 

Beet It!

Makes 1 large or 2 small glasses

  • 7 oz raw beets
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 large orange
  • 2 oz spinach

Directions:

  1. Using a sharp knife, cut the beet into wedges. Roughly chop the carrot, then cut away skin from the orange and roughly slice the flesh.
  2. Push the orange, beetroot and carrot pieces alternately through a juicer, then add the spinach.
  3. Pour into glasses and enjoy!

 

Health Tip: This juice is perfect for times when you are not thinking straight or you need to concentrate. Beets, carrots and spinach all contain folic acid, which is known to help maintain a healthy brain, while the addition of fresh orange juice will give your body a natural vitamin boost. This delicious and vibrant blend is guaranteed to tingle your tastebuds!

 


Thirty Days of Juice! Day 3

 

Roy’s Rebuilder


This makes about 14 ounces of juice

Ingredients:

  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 Apple
  • 2 Medium Tomatoes
  • 2 Sticks of Celery
  • 12 Sprigs of Spinach
  • 3 Sprigs of Parsley
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic
  • 5 Romaine Lettuce Leafs
  • 2 Radish
  • 1/3 Cucumber
  • 2 Dashes of Cayenne pepper

You may try different variations of  spices with such as Tumeric/Cumin
and Cilantro instead of Parsley. Also, the spinach may be replaced with Wheat Grass Juice

Directions:

  1. Wash and prepare all ingredients for juicing (i.e. core apple and chop into slices).
  2. Run all ingredients except spices your juicer.
  3. Spice your juice.
  4. Enjoy!

Health Tip: Radishes, like other members of the cruciferous family (cabbage, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts), contain cancer-protective properties.  Throughout history radishes have been effective when used as a medicinal food for liver disorders.  They contain a variety of sulfur-based chemicals that increase the flow of bile.  Therefore, they help to maintain a healthy gallbladder and liver, and improve digestion.  Fresh radish roots contain a larger amount of vitamin C than cooked radish roots.  Radish greens, contain far more vitamin C, calcium, and protein than the roots.

 

 

Detroit Firefighter Shares Juicy Story

 

At first Detroit Firefighter Mark Myers didn’t really think he could benefit  much from participating in a Three-Day-Juice Fast at Creative Health Institute.

He questioned how much he could learn because he’s a bit of a self-taught juicing aficionado.  In fact he’d lost 45 pounds in the juice fast he under went for the sixty days preceding his enrollment in Creative Health Institute’s Advanced Raw Chef Level 1 Certification Program that began Friday,  April 29.

He only decided to stay for the three-day juice fast that began Sunday night because he was offered a discount for participating in both programs. He figured he might as well stick around for the juice fast since he was making the trip to CHI anyway.

After losing five pounds on the first day of the fast, the Detroit Firefighter is a believer in Creative Health Institute’s methods. He thinks the fresh wheatgrass and sprouts made all the difference and helped kick his juice program into high gear.

“I was really blown away — especially because I made the really dark green juices,” Mark said. ” That first green juice  (at CHI), within 15 minutes of drinking it, I started feeling more calm and relaxed. I guess it is because it had the sprouts in it.”

Mark said he learned lots during the CHI juice fast and he would like to come back in the future for a 10-Day Detox.  But he’s not going to talk too much about it at the fire house. He said already some of the guys have given him some weird looks as they’ve seen him carrying large boxes of fresh vegetables to work.

“I probably shouldn’t have talked about it as much as I did. From now on I am going to say, ‘It seems to work for me. I don’t know, maybe it’s not for everybody.”

Mark smiled and continued his fantasy about addressing a resistant fire-fighting colleague: “Maybe you’re the one person who does better on potato chips; I don’t know.” He chuckled. “No,  I am not going to say that.”

As far as juicing as a way of losing weight goes, Mark said he wouldn’t go for any other method. He had been successful with juicing for better health and weight loss in the past. Then he fell away from his healthy eating habits and slowly gained the weight back.

What he likes about juicing, he said, is that it’s so healthy — and fast.

“I didn’t really start doing it to lose weight. I was doing it to feel better,” he said.  “I wanted to lose weight but I was doing it more as a way to cure any type of disease.”

And to his amazement, each time he undertook a lengthy juice fast, a fungus that grows on his toenail disappeared.

“There is no other diet that does that,” Mark said. “My toenail is growing normal again.”

 

Mark’s Juice Fasting Tips

(Note: Mark goes vegan and high raw during  juice fasting. He is increasing his raw-food intake.)

  • Start with a simple fruit juice in the morning — such as cantaloupe, watermelon, grapefruit or pineapple.
  • Juice lots of carrots, beets and raw green superfoods.
  • Drink Kambucha or Rejuvelac (Mark had been buying Kambucha every-other day for $4 a bottle but at CHI he learned to make Rejuvelac and he says he’ll be using more of that in the future).
  • Use Sprouts and Wheatgrass (This is something he picked up at CHI).
  • If you are undertaking a long-term juice fast, a hot tomato and vegetable soup made in the crock pot each evening can help you get through the snacking hurdle. Note: This is not advocated by CHI but it is a method that Mark found helpful to him.
  • Walk every day.

Mark’s Fire House Energizer

Makes 2 medium-sized glasses

Ingredients:

  • Carrots, 5
  • Apples, 1 small
  • Spinach, handful
  • Parsley, handful
  • Broccoli Sprouts, handful

Directions: Feed all ingredients through a juicer. Mark uses a Jack LaLanne juicer that he bought at the store for $100 but he has his eye on a Champion Juicer for future use.



 

 


 

 

 

Thirty Days of Juice! Day 2

 

 

Living Fruity Immune Zoom


Makes 2 Glasses

Ingredients:

  • 1 Small Mango
  • 1 Eating Apple
  • 2 Passion Fruit
  • 1 Tsp. Echinacea
  • 2 Ounces Alfalfa Sprouts
  • Mineral Water (optional)
  • Ice Cubes (Optional)

Directions:

  1. Halve the mango, cutting down one side of the flat stone (pit). Remove the stone and scoop the flesh from the skin. Roughly chop the flesh and place in a blender or food processor.
  2. Peel, core and roughly chop the apple. Add to the blender and process together until smooth, scraping the mixture down from the side of the bowl, if necessary.
  3. Halve the passion fruit and scoop the pulp into the mango and apple puree. Add the orange juice, sprouts and echinacea, then blend briefly.
  4. Thin with a little mineral water, if you like, pour into two glasses and serve. Otherwise, transfer the juice into a jug (pitcher) and chill in the refrigerator, then serve in large glasses with ice cubes and slices of mango to decorate.

Health Tip: Red- and orange-colored fruits and vegetables are particularly good for protecting against or fighting off colds or flu, and are full of powerful antioxidants that are known to protect against many more serious illnesses. This refreshing, fruity drink also contains echinacea, which helps to relieve the symptoms of cold and flu. If you are suffering from a cold or flu or can sense its arrival, echinacea can be taken in about 1 tsp servings repeatedly throughout the day. Check the recommended dosage on the manufacturer’s package before using, however.

 

 

 

 

Thirty Days of Juice! Day 1

Join us for the next month for Thirty Days of Juice Recipes, meant to help our juice-fast guests transition home after leaving Creative Health Institute — and designed to generate enthusiasm for healthy juicing.

 

Carrot Celery Clean Sweep


Makes 1 large or two small glasses

Ingredients:

  • 1 celery stick
  • 11 oz of carrots
  • 5 oz green grapes
  • several large sprigs of parsley
  • celery and/or carrot stick to serve as garnish

Directions:

  1. Using a sharp knife, roughly chop the celery and carrots. Push Half of the celery, carrots and grapes through a juicer, then add the parsley sprigs. Add the remaining celery, carrots and grapes in the same way and juice until thoroughly combined.
  2. Pour into one or two glasses and serve with celery and/or carrot stick stirrers for garnish.

Health Tip: This juice is so packed with goodness, you can almost feel it cleansing and detoxing your body. As well as valuable vitamins, the carrots and grapes provide plenty of natural sweetness, which blends perfectly with the mild pepperiness of the celery and fresh scent of parsley. Drink this juice on a regular basis to give your system a thorough clean-out. Carrots are an excellent source of antioxidant compounds, and the richest vegetable source of the pro-vitamin A carotenes. Carrots’ antioxidant compounds help protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer and also promote good vision, especially night vision.