How to “Supercharge” Your Juice

Not crazy about your juices – or just looking for something MORE?   Perhaps you’re not satisfied – not enough fiber, fats or protein in your diet?? Still feel hungry after?  Can’t get enough organic veggies?   Or don’t like the tastes?  Whatever juicing experience you have, there’s always something you can do to improve a juice recipe!

Carrot, Spinach, Celery, Apple, Lemon, Ginger - with Chia Seeds
Carrot, Spinach, Celery, Apple, Lemon, Ginger – with Chia Seeds

Juicing Green Veggies

Kale, swiss chard, spinach, celery and cabbage are always great in your juices and great for your body!  But maybe they’re a little hard to stomach the taste?

Easy solution……add a lemon!  It cuts through any bitterness.  And even better – apple and lemon are a super combo that cure any taste aversion to green juices!

Just make sure the majority of your juice is made from veggies (70-80%).

Masticating Juicers

Another tip here – using a masticating juicer is much better for extracting juice from leafy green vegetables.   The leafy greens are usually the most potent and nutritious.  This style of juicer thoroughly squeezes plants and gets the most juice possible.  Compared to a centrifugal juicer, it’s much more efficient and leads to more potent juices!

Adding “SUPERFOODS”

They’re called “superfoods’ because of their high nutrient content and they’re ALL easily absorbed by the body.  They stand out in almost every category.  Best of all, they’re a great replacement to whole foods and can be easily added to juices!

Anything you would’ve lost by juicing instead of eating a regular meal – you can make up for by adding these.  Keep them as regular staples and key ingredients for healthy juice recipes.

Coconut Oil

Loaded with Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) –  fatty acids that are easily digested, highly nourishing and also the best source of lauric acid  – it’s hard to find something coconut oil doesn’t help with!   Mostly notably –  immune strengthening, weight loss, improved digestion – just to name a few!  Take 1-2 tablespoons daily with your juices.  Keep in mind it solidifies at at 24° C or 76° F, so you may need to warm it up before adding.

Chia Seeds

Truly a “superfood”-  chia seeds are 20% protein and have 5 times more calcium than milk!  Adding chia seeds to juice solves your fiber problem too – they are 40% fiber, one of the best sources you can find!  It’s packed with 7 times more Vitamin C than orange juice, 3 times more iron than spinach, 8 times more omega-3 than salmon, twice as much potassium as bananas, and 19 amino acids – WOW!

It’s best to add a few tablespoons to a small jar or container and fill it with water.  Stir it up and within 15 minutes it forms a gelatin-like liquid as they absorb water.  2 or 3 spoonfuls will be enough for each juice.

Chlorella (powder)

A fresh-water algae that removes heavy metals and toxic chemicals – adding 1-2 tablespoons instantly gives you detox juice recipe! 

Chlorella is known to boost immune system strength and fight infections among many other benefits.  It contains 60% protein (more than double the amount of meat or chicken!), 18 amino acids, fatty acids and more than 20 vitamins and minerals.  It’s also the world’s richest source of chlorophyll  – harnessing the power of the sun! 

Spirulina (powder)

Another freshwater (blue-green) form of algae – spirulina is a nutritionally complete food that fights disease, removes toxins and boost digestion.  With 60% protein and the highest content of beta-carotene (10 times the amount of carrots!), spirulina is loaded with antioxidants, iron, magnesium and trace minerals.  It’s also the highest source of Vitamin B-12!

Apple Cider Vinegar

Because of its natural beneficial bacteria, there is an amazingly long list of benefits.  A.C.V. is known to detoxify by binding to toxins and stimulating blood flow.  Its helps in controlling appetites and promoting weight loss by lowering blood sugar and insulin levels.  It aids digestion, supports the immune system and is anti-bacterial by nature.

1 Tablespoon is good enough for each juice.

Nutritional Yeast

Not to be confused with active yeast, nutritional yeast has a nice flavor – somewhat like cheese.  It will thicken your juice a bit and marries well with the flavor of a juice.  It’s a huge source of B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6 and B 12).  Use 2 tablespoons per glass of juice – 4 grams of fiber.

*Stock up on a few of these.  Once you find something you like, you’ll find it hard to go without it.  You’ll also find combinations that work well together – like chlorella with spirulina and coconut oil with chia seeds – or coconut oil with just about anything for that matter!

AND if you missed it, check out my pages about “The Benefits of Juicing” and “All About Juicing”

and “Juice Recipes – Getting Started.”

 

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http://www.naturalnews.com/025459_chia_seeds_chia_seeds.html#

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http://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-health-benefits-of-chia-seeds/

http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/chia-seeds-for-protein-and-omega-3

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/oils/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html

http://www.purehealingfoods.com/CoconutOilInfo.php

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http://www.naturalnews.com/034716_chlorella_blood_pressure_nutrition.html

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    Moringa Oleifera – The Ideal Food For Obese And Malnourished
    Moringa oleifera is extremely rich in vital nutrients and, can grow very fast in dry and impoverished areas of the world, where food is scarce. Moringa was used as a medicinal plant, since ancient times, known to heal and ease many diseases: from various inflammations to parasitic diseases, diabetes and cancer. In more recent times, Moringa has gained notoriety as a very nutritious plant that can feed the needy and, in fact, save lives. Moringa leaves or leaf powder can be used successfully as a suplement food to nourish small children, pregnant or nursing women, and of course, anybody else, source http://miracletrees.org/

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