Sunday, September 19, 2010

Power of Fresh, Raw Fruit & Vegetable Juices, Part 3

Early Fall blessings to All! The maple leaves are just beginning to offer a glimpse of their potential red, orange, & yellow glory yet to come! Can't wait. My favorite season of the year is here . . . cooler temperatures, drier air, high-energy color in the woodlands, and time to harvest my winter squashes before the squirrels and deer discover their sweetness . . . buttercup, butternut, acorn, and pumpkin. Yum! I cut and stored 48 buttercup squash just last week. I haven't even counted the other squash yet. Good harvest so far! Sorry for my long absence, I've been busy prepping and teaching medicinal herb classes and also preparing for an intensive, long weekend class in advanced Ayurveda for myself.

Today I will share with you another juice recipe from my book, "Raw Energy". The juice is gloriously colored, sweet and tangy. Wonderful for children and adults. Enjoy!

Here Comes The Sun

This vibrant juice beams with the colors of the sunrise and is simply chock-full of energetic vibrations that will strengthen and balance your innermost being. An anti-oxidant rich cocktail that will help boost your immunity to colds and flu. I suggest you and your family partake of this luscioius juice frequently. If you want to up the already high anti-oxidant level, then add 1/2 to 1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries or concord grapes to the blend. It will turn a blue/orange color, but will be ultra potent! Here's to your winter health!

- 3 medium oranges, tangerines, or tangelos, peeled & sectioned
- 3 medium carrots
- 1 ripe, medium papaya, seeded, flesh scooped out

1. Wash all produce thoroughly. Juice the oranges, carrots, and papaya, together. For this recipe, you don't need to use a separate citrus juicer for the citrus fruit - just toss it in with the other ingredients.
2. Stir to blend before consuming. Drink immediately.

Yield: 2 servings

A Good Source Of: Vitamin C, folic acid, carotene pigments, potassium, calcium, natural sugars, and enzymes.

NOTE: This article has been adapted from the book, Raw Energy, by Stephanie Tourles, Storey publishing, copyright 2009. The information in this article is true and complete to the best of the author's knowledge. All recommendations are made without guarantee on the part of Ms. Tourles and she disclaims any liability in connection with the use of this information. It is for educational purposes only.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Power of Fresh, Raw Fruit & Vegetable Juice - Part 2

Labor Day Blessings To All! I can't believe the summer is nearly over . . . sure has been a hot and dry one here in my neck of northern coastal Maine! My organic, heirloom tomatoes are ripening quickly - finally - and are at least 1-2 pounds a piece . . . absolutely huge, sweet and tasty. Winter squashes and the pumpkin patch are sweetening up nicely, too. Mother Nature plus my good garden soil has sure produced a delicious bounty this summer. The squashes will be enjoyed long into winter.

Juice Blends & Singlular Taste Sensations

In the blog articles that will follow over the next couple of months, I will be sharing recipes that are tasty juice blends derived from a variety of fruits and vegetables. But if satisfying, single-ingredient simplicity is what you are after, you can always whip up a fresh and frothy glass of pure carrot juice (one of my personal favorites), or try tart and tangy Granny Smith apple juice, or a potassium-packed glass of straight-from-the-garden tomato juice - a late summer delight here in my state of Maine. FYI . . . my book, "Raw Energy" (the source of these blog articles), is all about integrating delicious, nutrient-and enzyme-rich, energizing snacks into your diet, so have fun, be creative, and don't be afraid to experiment with unfamiliar flavor combinations. You might be pleasantly surprised at what you can come up with!

A word to the health-wise: Fresh juices oxidize quickly - in other words, their rich nutrient bounty rapidly diminishes with exposure to oxygen. Always drink fresh juices immediately after juicing to derive optimum benefit. As an alternative, though not the ideal way to consume fresh juice, minimal nutrient loss will take place if stored properly for a short period of time. So if you'd like to drink your juice several hours after making it for an energizing snack at work or school, or following a workout at the gym, simply store it in an airtight container such as an insulated beveral bottle immediately after making it, and keep chilled. Consume within eight hours.

Todays' Part 2 of our discussion of fresh juices and health will include a fabulous veggie juice recipe for you to enjoy. Drink this "live" veggie cocktail daily for two weeks and I guarantee that your youthful vitality will spring forth once again. Your cells utilize the health benefits of this yummy "salad in a glass" almost immediately. If you consume an acid-producing, premature age-promoting diet (as most Americans do), heavy in meat, dairy, eggs, fast-food, fried foods, coffee, soda, and refined carbohydrates, then this is the drink for you. It will help to alkalize and normalize the body's chemistry.

V-5: Staying Alive Vegetable Juice Cocktail

- 4 stalks celery
- 1/2 medium bell pepper (any color), seeded, stem removed
- 6 medium carrots
- 2 medium tomatoes
- 1 medium cucumber

Juice the ingredients together. Stir well before serving. Pour into glasses and enjoy.

Yield: 2 or 3 generous servings

A Good Source Of: balanced vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin C, beta-carotene, folic acid, potassium, magnesium, calcium, silicon, and sodium

No time to juice???? I do understand . . . we're all very busy these days. I have a solution. On the market now, there are low-temperature juice powders available that are quite wonderful to use on a daily basis and nearly as good as fresh juicing. Hallelujah Acres, retails dried barley, beet, and carrot juice powders that taste pretty good and also offers raw snack bars, among other products. Give them a try.

There's another product called "Juice Plus" that I simply adore and as a licensed, holistic esthetician, concerned about the health of my hair, skin, and nails, and youthful vitality, it is a product I won't do without. It is in capsule form and is made from fresh, high quality fruits and veggies. Juice Plus Orchard Blend (red capsule) and Juice Plus Garden Blend (green capsule) - between them - contain 17 total fruit and veggie varieties. The powders are concentrated fruit and veggie juices made using a low-temperature process that preserves the enzymes and nutrients. The dark purple capsule, Juice Plus Vineyard Blend, contains a wide variety of dark purple and red fruits, enzymes, and amino acids that are ultra-potent anti-oxidants. I wouldn't go a day without taking my Juice Plus.

Juice Plus also comes in flavorful, sugar-free, nutritious, chewable "gummies" - that children especially love as do elders and those who cannot or won't swallow capsules. I consider this product a true FIND! And . . . I don't recommend many products - because most don't meet my strict requirements. You can find out more about Juice Plus by going to my other website, Feel free to contact me through my website: or through Facebook is you have any questions about juicing or my product recommendations.

NOTE: This article was adapted from the book, "Raw Energy - 124 Raw Food Recipes for Energy Bars, Smoothies, and Other Snacks to Supercharge Your Body", by Stephanie Tourles, Storey Publishing 2009. The information is true and complete to the best of the author's knowledge. She disclaims any liability in connection with the use of this information. It is for educational purposes only.