Rise and Shine!

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“Rise and Shine!” Detox Juice

This recipe made 20 oz:

2 large fuji apples

½ head green cabbage

2 large carrots

1 1/2” ginger, peeled

This juice is packed with nutrients to help your body function at optimal levels, leaving you shining on the inside and out! The antioxidants (quercetin, epicatechin, and procyanidin B2) found in apples will help combat the free-radicals associated with aging and cardiovascular disease.  Cabbage is a great source of vitamin C and glucosinolates, both of which are powerful cancer fighters. The compounds in cabbage also break down into indole-3-carbinol, which helps your liver process hormones. A cleaner liver means clearer skin and reduced symptoms of PMS in women! Carrots are high in beta-carotene which is associated with improved skin and eye health. Ginger is not only great for digestion but has compounds linked to reduced inflammation, better immunity, and protection from ovarian and colon cancer. You can’t go wrong with this juice!

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Green Juice: a great way to start the day

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Juicing is a great way to boost your intake of vitamins and minerals found in fruits and vegetables. Great for cleansing, weight loss or a supplement to your every day diet! I find that it’s more time and cost effective to make a large batch of juice that can be saved in the fridge for up to 3 days. The following recipe, using all organic fruits and veggies, made 48 oz of juice:

5 small green apples (quartered)

2 stalks celery (cut into 4″ pieces)

3 small cucumbers (cut into 4″ pieces)

1 bunch kale

4 large handfuls baby spinach

1/2 a bunch basil

1″ fresh ginger root, peeled

2 lemons

I like to save the pulp for my compost bin, so I make sure to juice the ginger and lemon separately as these shouldn’t go into compost.

I have this juicer by Sharper Image.  It’s pretty user friendly although I’m not sure it extracts the juice as well as some of the more professional models.