Adventures in Juicing: The First Raspberry Blend
Have You Considered Juicing?
Are you overworked, stressed and tired? Have you considered juicing as a means to restore your body and recover from weakness?
The Forgotten Crucial Ingredient
Once again, I'm back at square one, trying to get it right. You see, as a massage therapist, I know so much more now, than I ever did about taking care of the body. This, of course, makes my current condition all the more ridiculous, and a source of constant frustration. Here I was, trying once again to get on the path of better overall health, and I've been stonewalled again - the victim of circumstance.
Thus, my aim is improving in my overall health and wellbeing, and my dietary habits will ultimately assist in that effort. Considering that my main occupation involves treating injured clients, and/or people who's muscular health needs a bit of help and adjustment. Many times in these cases, a major culprit that assists stress in exhausting the body is inflammation. Thus, I have to adjust my diet to assist my body in getting rid of any inflammation that may be in it.
So with this in mind, I visited to Whole Foods, a place I still love to shop in; and bought some berries to mix my shakes with. The reason is that berries reduce inflammation. Inflammation has a very negative effect systemically over time, especially on the heart. Considering what happened to my brother, I want to be cognizant of this, especially as I have awareness of the heart meridian, and am always seeking information to help me find ways to be alert as to any related symptoms or body issues.
The other natural product that has anti-inflammatory properties is coconut oil. Not only does it have anti-inflammatory properties, but anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties as well. I was amazed at the number of uses I found for coconut oil. Here are some listed below.
Uses for Coconut Oil
Warts and Moles
My First Choice In Berries
The image to the right, shows the exact mix of berries I purchased on my visit to Whole Foods. I've since found out that some of these are real berries, and some are not, but that info is for another article later. At any rate, my faith is, that these have enough "authentic" berry action in them, to do the job I hired them for. So let's get to my first mix, and the results.
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- 1/2 a dozen Raspberries, whole
- 1 stalk celery, whole
- 1 Bosc pear, cut in medium pieces
- 1 banana
- 1-2 cups Soy Milk
- 1 tbsp Chia
- 1 TBSP Coconut oil
Something To Consider About Milk
Now, my preference is towards Rice milk. The mixture is already going to blend and be thick, and you may have to ad a bit more of the milk to thin it out to easy drinking consistency. I also like Almond milk, but again, you may have to use more, or use a mixture of Almond and Rice milk, because Almond milk is already a thicker type of milk.
This time around, I actually used Soy milk, which is not one I prefer, but I ran out of rice milk. Soy is not really good for you; at least, not in the way the manufacturers have been processing it. Plus, it is full of hormones, and in teenage boys, it can cause the development of breast tissue. Therefore, I make a concerted effort to avoid Soy milk along with Cow's milk.
For those still unaware, a cow's milk is for a calf; a creature possessing 7 stomachs to digest that which was made specifically for it. If it takes the animal this substance was made for, that many stomachs just to handle it in the digestive process, what the heck are we one stomach creatures doing, trying to consume it? Even if you get something like Parmalat, it's still going to be a battle royale for the digestive system.
Got Milk??? No, and don't want it, at least not cow's milk! Cow's milk in particular, leaves a lot of gumminess in the system. No surprise then, that some of its ingredients are utilized in the making of glue, like casein. Yeah, that's one of those things that the Dairy industry doesn't want the general public to be aware of. That stuff is used to make plastic, so what is it doing in and to your body? It creates cancer and contrary to the claims of the Dairy industry, it actually leaches calcium from the bones, causing osteoporosis!
The good news is, I just discovered that Whole Foods carries Flax milk! I bought a box and am going to try it to see what the flavor is like, and how I can incorporate that into my shakes. I was already adding Flax seeds to some of them, but now, I can go direct with the milk. Hopefully, it will work well with the various berry concoctions I will be trying out. What are your concoctions with berries?
|Serving size: 1|
|Calories from Fat||207|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 23 g||35%|
|Saturated fat 21 g||105%|
|Unsaturated fat 5 g|
|Carbohydrates 119 g||40%|
|Sugar 48 g|
|Fiber 30 g||120%|
|Protein 18 g||36%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|Sodium 0 mg|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
- First of all, it's best if you have a Vitamix for this operation, or a similar machine. The Vitamix is a professional level food processor that chops and blends everything, including the seeds, the skin, and what-have-you. There are only a few commercial based machines out there that work at this level, and I'd say, as the owner of one, that the Vitamix is a topnotch machine. I have no complaints.
- So you throw in your berries, bananas, and celery. The purpose of the pear, along with the banana is for sweetener. Remove the stem and cut into about 6-8 pieces. No need to core it or remove the seeds, as these parts add fiber and will blend and break down in the Vitamix. Blend on high for about 2-5 minutes...just long enough to make sure everything has fully blended and broken down, then serve. It makes one tasty liquid meal.