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Juices for Healthier Living

Updated on September 24, 2017
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As a Baby-Boomer, Denise and millions of others are becoming senior citizens. She explores what it means to be over 60 today.

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Photo taken at the Farmer's Market
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Want to live healthier?

Want to live healthier? Want to try something tasty while you are living healthier? You have to get one of these juicers. I got mine about a year ago and I love it. I have tried several different recipes and have my favorites. I mix vegetables and fruits to make a sweet variety. Sometimes I don't even peal the lemon or lime since a lot of vitamins are in the peal. The juicer is fast and efficient. It is also easy to clean, which is a big deal in my world.


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Mixing fruits and veggies

Maybe it’s just me, but I find the best recipes add fruit with vegetables. Apples with carrots, berries with kale, lemon or lime with spinach, etc. It may just be a matter of taste but if I add some sweet with the bitter veggies, I feel like I am somehow rewarding myself for the consumption of the healthy parts.

What is more it always helps to add some ice to the glass as well. You get the benefit of a cool summer drink without all the sugar and carbonation. Another healthy plus.

Ingredients

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Apples

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Recipes

The first recipe I tried was a concoction I made up myself.

1 carrot

1 apple

1/8 cabbage

5 leaves spinach

Instructions

  1. Wash and cut the ingredients to small enough pieces to fit into the juicer. Enjoy
  2. This was a very simple first test and was amazingly sweet and tasty. I got to where I relied on an apple for sweetness and taste until I got bold enough to try some other fruits to see what would happen.
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Limes

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Recipe #2

2 carrots

5 leaves spinach

1 small lime

2 stalks celery

This one is surprisingly tasty too. I didn’t even peal the lime but some of the rind did get into the juice and made it a tiny bit tart. Most of the nutrients are in the rind anyway so I can’t complain.

Try your own concoctions and see what you like. I can say for sure that I hate eggplant in juice form. It is way too bitter for my taste.

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Carrot-Spinach-Lime Juice

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Nutritional information

1 apple contains Vitamin A, Vitamin C (10% daily value) some calcium and iron.

1 carrot contains Vitamin A (428% daily value), Vitamin C (13%), Calcium (4%) and Iron (2%)

1 cup raw spinach contains Vitamin A (56%), Vitamin C (14%), Calcium (3%), and Iron (5%)

2 sticks of celery contains Vitamin A (10%), Vitamin C (6%), Calcium (4%), Iron (1%)

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Cancer cure?

A friend of mine was just diagnosed with stage 4 cancer a couple months ago. He immediately got proactive with his diet. He switched to more healthy vegetables in his diet and eliminated the red meats, sodas and over abundance of heavy starches from his diet. In just a couple months he lost 35 pounds (not from the cancer or treatment but from diet changes) and he already feels much better about himself and his life. He is undergoing a chemo treatment currently and that does make him tired and a little nauseous at first but so far he is feeling better than he has in years. His positive attitude will go far in beating this thing and I’m sure the vegetable and fruit juices are helping as well.

When my cousin was diagnosed with breast cancer she switched to juicing her vegetables and fruits and drank them religiously. Unfortunately, it isn’t a miracle cure and she already had the cancer spread throughout her body before she was able to stop its progression. I hate that it took her so quickly but I have admit that some things cannot be prevented. Nothing is 100 percent, not even healthy living.

My father used to always say “what use is it to eat rabbit food in misery and live a long time if you are unhappy about every meal?” He ate like there was no tomorrow: fried food at every meal, fried potatoes, fried pork chops, fried steak, fried chicken, fried rice, etc. He died at 60 but I guess he lived happy. He poured big tablespoons full of sugar on his cereal whenever he condescended to eat cereal. He smoked about 3 packs of cigarettes a day also. However he died of a brain tumor. No one saw that coming. I guess the truth is that no one knows how long we will live or what will take us to the end.

My wish for everyone is to live as long as you like and eat like you will. Age happens to all of us. My blessings you all.

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    • PAINTDRIPS profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise McGill 

      3 years ago from Fresno CA

      I know these don't look that great, but they taste fantastic.

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