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Is Juicing Healthy? - Here is an easy 1st recipe

Updated on April 4, 2014

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What are the health benefits of juicing?

Juicing seems to be everywhere these days. There are many books, infomercials and documentaries about how wonderful the health benefits are from juicing. If you are not already doing it then you may be wondering; Is it all just hype? The short answer is no.

One of my favorite quotes from the documentary "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" goes something like this. "America has one of the most abundant food supplies, but also has a very high rate of malnutrition". In short we have plenty of choices on our shelves, but the majority lack the nutritional density to allow us to be healthy. The end result is a society addicted to prescription drugs to alleviate symptoms self inflicted by our diet choices. We fall into marketing hype from manufactures about products high in Vitamin X or Mineral Y. But what we are really missing is the full spectrum of nutrition from a more natural diet.

Juicing at it's minimum can help fill the nutritional gap created by our fast paced, on the go lifestyle. A full range of Vitamins, Enzymes and other nutrients can be consumed in a very easy to digest format.

I do not wan't this to become a overly technical discussion, but many people are feeling better and becoming less dependant on pharmaceuticals across the country by supplementing with nutritionally dense juiced drinks.

Should I start a juice cleansing fast?

That depends..

It depends on where you are heath wise and what you want to get out of juicing. If you are already healthy and you are looking for an added nutritional boost, then a juice fast is probably not needed.

If you are tired of feeling lousy and looking for a way to re-boot your system while providing your body with a flood of compact dense nutrition than yes. There are plenty of resources to get you started. I can tell you my personal experience.

At 38 I discovered I had Celiacs disease. Celiacs is cruel in that on it's own it has no warning symptoms. Because it destroys you intestinal tract and your bodies ability to extract nutrients a person with Celiacs will suffer with a range of malnutrition and vitamin deficiency symptoms. While we may share symptoms, no two Celiacs patients suffer the same way. It all depends on what nutritional areas we are lacking.

After 3 years of being Gluten Free I felt better. But as good as I Felt something was still off. After doing my own research I decided to do a juice fast. My reasons for doing this were.

  1. Allow my body to use fasting time to heal and recover.
  2. Provide a super dense flood of nutrition requires little digestion to process to help things along.
  3. To re-set my addiction to sugar and processed Gluten Free foods (Gluten Free junk is Still Junk)

My plan was to Juice fast for 7 days. The first 3 were very difficult. No Extremely difficult. By day 3 I felt like I had the Flu. But on day I woke up feeling better. By day 7 I had not desire to go back to eating. I had energy and felt great.

I broke my fast slowly over the next 3 days eating the same vegetables I had been juicing the previous week.. And slowly started adding back in animal proteins 1 meal a day. The end result is that I felt better than I had in years. Most of my cravings are gone. Well coffee.. that one is still there, but I love coffee. But I find I do not crave sweets. I can choose to eat them, but that is different than craving them.

Today I start each morning with a juice and I practice a form of fasting known as intermittent fasting. Where I will select 1-2 days a week to only juice fast. I am loving my results and will plan to continue the lifestyle.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 12 - 16oz

Prepping your Juice Ingredients

Kale, Dandelion Greens, celery and Apple before prep
Kale, Dandelion Greens, celery and Apple before prep | Source
Kale, Dandelion Greens, celery and Apple After prep
Kale, Dandelion Greens, celery and Apple After prep | Source
Kale and Dandelion Green after prep
Kale and Dandelion Green after prep | Source

Simple Green Juice Ingredients

  • 2 Apples, Personal Choice on Type
  • 2-3 Stalks of Celery, Large
  • 2-3 Sprigs of Kale
  • 3/4 Cup Chopped Dandelion Greens

Getting Ready to Juice

  1. You will want to wash and dry your vegetables to remove any dirt or pesticides or bacteria that may be on the surface.
  2. Core and Quarter your apples. While the cores may process fine in your juicer I like to remove them to reduce any unneeded strain they may cause.
  3. Chop the celery into 4-5 inch pieces.
  4. Mix the Kale and Dandelion together and run a knife though the mix a few time to give it a rough chop

Extracting the Juice

Juicing the Greens
Juicing the Greens | Source
Ready to Go
Ready to Go | Source

Making the Juice

Make sure your juices is correctly assembled. As you can see in the photos, I like to use a plastic bag to catch the pulp. This is optional but it can make clean up easier.

I also like to fold a small section of paper towel and place it under my catch cup.

Greens First:

I like to follow the recommendation of starting with the greens first. Things like kale can be dense and does not produce large amounts of Juice. By juicing it first it allows the fruits and vegetables with higher water content to help flush the juice out of the juicer. kale has very dense stems and can be quite noisy when running them though for extraction.

Celery Next: The celery can be Juiced next. While most juicers can chew through celery very quickly, I find that i can extract more juice if I am a little slower in pushing it though. I also avoid the temptation of overstuffing the mouth of the juicer. 2-3 cut pieces at a time is plenty.

Apples: Apples like celery can be processed very quickly. I see plenty of people just slamming them though. Again just 2-3 quarters and a slower pace will help you extract the most juice.

That's it! Turn your juicer off and give it a few seconds for all the juice to empty into your glass. Once that is done Give it a quick stir and enjoy.

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