Apple Juice

Amara with Apple Juice
What is it about apple juice that just gets a body feeling so happy, happy, satisfied?!

When I was a little girl, the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, was probably old even then – yet the advice is good. And nowadays, there is study after study that corroborates that saying with scientific proof. 

There are many, many benefits to juicing apples. Having that luscious, pulpy, cloudy liquid waiting for you in a cup (or jar) is anticipation at its best. First of all, there is the aroma – and then POW there is a taste that cannot be described. It is heavenly manna – and our picture here shows Amara with her cup of fresh apple juice. She LOVES fresh juice. She can even use ASL and ask us for her favorite juice when she wants it. Smart girl.

During allergy season, allergy inflammation flares up and can create asthma attacks. One son is an asthmatic. What to do?! I was relieved to find out that I had already been doing many things to keep his inflammation down, and I hadn’t even known it. There is quercetin in apples, known to reduce allergy flare ups. Does it replace his inhaler? No, but it seems he needs it less when he’s eating salads and drinking fresh juices. 

My other son is allergic to just about every grass and tree on the planet. We give him quercetin and nettle. Believe me, we wouldn’t get through allergy season without these wonderful supplements.

Fresh Apple Juice can be taken: Straight: in small sips, in large gulps; Mixed: in smoothies as the main base, in smoothies as the hint of tang; Frozen: in ice cubes as the cooler in lemonade, in popsicles (the varieties here are endless). Have fun with your Apple Juice – and have a healthy snack!

Juice Feasting

Day 2 – Today was rough, truly. I was at work, and only had 1 qt of tea with me, and 1 qt of my juice. It was a long, long day. It taught me that I could make it, but it wasn’t comfortable. The day at work was followed by errands, taking Amaranthine to visit her father, taking Jamie & Ben to get hair cuts, pick up building supplies for the shop, boy scouts, and teaching/assisting in a genealogy class. There was NO time to have juice during those activities, either. 

Went shopping, the store was out of cucumbers and other things I wanted for some special juices tomorrow. They were out of beets too! I had really been looking forward to beet juice in combination with a few other veggies. *sigh* I made carrot-apple-celery-lime-yellow bell pepper-kale juice for tomorrow. I won’t be left without it and wishing.

How do I feel? I’m exhausted. I’m feeling like I have a sore throat coming on. I have a head-ache.

How else do I feel? I made it another day, juicing, and didn’t cheat even once. Family had salad, chicken n’ rice – and Ben had french fries w/ his hamburger too. I didn’t buckle to the temptation to chew something! I’m pleased with my fortitude. I need to have more tea and water tomorrow.

A Juice Feast

It’s often very, very, very difficult to keep going on a program; ever noticed that?

Well, my hat is off to my nephew, Nathan. He is amazing. He saw the movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead – and did a 10-day juice fast and then has changed his life around and eats a Paleo diet (which is the one that works best for him, and he says he’s tried them all!). He sticks to it even when his family is eating Pizza!!! Nathan has lost a lot of weight, and looks SO good. 

So, unbeknownst to Nathan, I’ve been inspired. I have begun a 10-day Juice Feast. It began today, July 1st. I just wanted to post to the blog to let Nathan know what I’ve begun – and because of his inspiration, I’m willing to work for success for myself. I doubt he even knows how much he inspired me, but he’ll see over time.

Today, I’ve had a couple quarts of juice (carrot, apple, celery, cucumber, ginger) and a quart of tea, and several cups of water that I didn’t measure. I went to the movie with my family (How to Train Your Dragon 2) – and I had a cup of lemonade. I sat between Ben & Naomi (who had Amaranthine on her lap). Because I was in the middle, I also got to hold a huge container of popcorn so they could eat it. 

Nathan, you’d be proud of me. I didn’t nibble even one kernel of corn, not one.

I am going to play with the different colors of juice available to me through the Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead website. They provide a layout of the various juicing plans in detail, along with some delicious recipes to assist you on your journey. I’m grateful for that – and the variety of juice we have available. I’ve experimented with many juices and created personal recipes myself during the last 10 years, too.  Looking forward to seeing where I’ll be in a week!

See you tomorrow. :o)

Herbal Educator Classes – Come Join The Fun

Mint Spinach Smoothie

I was a guest presenter today! It was very exciting to be on the call this afternoon with Donna Evans-Master Herbalist and Author. The class material was about MINT, and the finale was our mint smoothie – created just for you!

Donna presents weekly lessons on herbs for those looking to increase their knowledge of herbs, and have a little fun doing it. Sometimes, having a personal tutor at your fingertips can mean so much, and having a specialist right there to answer your questions during a google hangout is empowering. 

Donna’s next class is on CHIVES! The classes are set up for kids-but I find I learn a great deal attending too. Not only do you learn about the scientific names for the herbs, Donna adds historical stories and lessons. That’s my favorite part. We’d like to invite you to sign up for next Wednesday’s online class right here! (That’s Wednesday, the 18th of June).

And I’ll be there too, with a brand new smoothie recipe for you to indulge in.

Fun Fact about Raw Green Food

Green Smoothie BabyA molecule of chlorophyll closely resembles a molecule of human blood! According to the teachings of Dr. Anne Wigmore, consuming chlorophyll is like receiving a healthy blood transfusion! You can add a teaspoon or tablespoon of liquid chlorophyll to your green smoothies to give it an extra green kick! And that would be in addition to what’s already in the green plants you blend in your drink, too.

I’d like to introduce you to Amaranthine – our Green Smoothie Baby. She cannot get enough of these drinks. Can you imagine how healthy and happy she’ll grow up being blessed with a daily drink of chlorophyll?!


Beet-Apple-Celery Juice

Beet JuiceRed, Red, R.E.D. juice. This is vibrant, earthy, and feel-good juice. This is another juice I’ve shared with several good friends; and yes, they are still my friends. *grin* 

The first time we tried this juice, we thought it might be a little weird. Beets are earthy vegetables with a light, but distinct flavor. This would be a seriously vegetable juice. We tried just 1/4 beet at first. The juice was still vibrantly red. We like it best at 1/2 beet. The tart apple gives it a delightful, lighter, crisp sensation.

Incredible. Unbelievable. Delicious.

Beet-Apple-Celery Juice
Serves 1
An earthy, yet light & crispy juice destined to become a favorite.
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  1. 1 Carrot
  2. 1 Celery Stick
  3. 1 Red Delicious Apple
  4. 1 Granny Smith Apple
  5. 1/2 Beet
  1. Juice ingredients as you desire.
  2. Drink, Sip, Savor.

Carrot-Apple-Celery Juice

When my daughter, Rochelle, was very ill one summer, this is the juice we relied on to bring health back. Sometimes it was more carrot than anything else, but overall this little recipe is our favorite juice, and often the base for many other variations.
Carrot Apple Celery JuiceI have a dear friend named Scheri. She wanted me to help her discover the tastes and textures of green juicing. She was afraid to try it, wanting to, but nervous.  I got so excited to share our favorite juices with her that I grabbed up some bags of veggies and traveled to Scheri’s home.  We set up the juicer, prepared the veggies, and began.

Then, she gave it the taste test. Would she like it???

“Oh, My! I didn’t think this would taste good, it isn’t at ALL what I thought it would be.  Can we make a gallon of it right now?!”

Nuff said. *laughter* I love sharing delicious ideas with my friends.

Carrot-Apple-Celery Juice
Serves 1
A delicious, all-purpose vegetable drink with a hint of sweetness from the apple.
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  1. 6 Carrots
  2. 4 Celery Sticks
  3. 2 Apples
  1. Wash well, then juice.
  2. Thoroughly enjoy!
  1. Additions: Ginger root, cucumbers, lemon, beet, cilantro - be creative.
  2. Tip: Close your eyes, roll the juice around on your tongue and decide if you really like it. It's fun to take a minute and enjoy the moment.

Carrot-Garlic Juice

To Your Health! 
Carrot-Garlic, are you CRAZY?!!

Well, now that just depends on how much you like carrot, or garlic. Don’t worry, it’s really not as bad as it sounds – depending on how much garlic you put in, that is….

There was one day I put 3 small-ish cloves in my husband’s cup of carrot juice. After he regained his breath, he said I was trying to destroy his life by poisoning him. Well, that wasn’t the case, I just wanted to help him get well. I learned that increasing healthy garlic, which we use a lot when we begin to feel unwell, needs to be done slowly for my spouse. 

We don’t recommend that much garlic in that little amount of juice, unless you’re seriously trying to kick an illness, or have a garlic craving. 

Less garlic, and more juice makes for a pleasant, spicy concoction.

Smoothie lids

juicelid juicelid2I was reading online with the Joe Cross FSND community. It’s a great place to make friends.

We’re all at different places on the road to better health. And we all ask many of the same questions at one time or another. There were a couple of discussions about lids for containers of juice.

This is a photo I took this morning to show off my juice lid. I was in the car one morning, and my juice did not survive the snow bump as we exited the driveway. Ever since then, I’ve covered the mouth of the mason jar with plastic wrap. I then punch a little knife-slit hole through it barely large enough for the straw. I have not had a juicy accident since. This little tip is the secret to getting all my juicing efforts inside me, and not decorating the upholstery of my car, or my desk at work.