How to Make JUICE in a Blender – You CAN Blend your Juice and Drink it too!!!
Are working on improving your diet and lifestyle and want to JUICE, but don’t have a juicer? Think you have to do without that green liquid nutrition? Well, think again! You CAN have your juice and drink it too EVERY day – from a BLENDER! I juiced this way for about 8 months or so before I found my Breville juicer at at thrift store for $10. I still, to this day, periodically juice this way sometimes when I don’t feel like cleaning up all the components of the juicer. I feel FABULOUS when I juice consistently. I feel lighter, think more clearly, have LOTS of energy, my immune system is at its peak, my skin, hair and nails grow faster, etc.! Let’s look at some of the benefits of juicing and why it works so well!
It may seem too simplistic that what you eat or drink could have a profound impact on your health. But a recent study, which evaluated surveys of 500 people on a living foods diet, showed amazing health benefits from choosing raw foods. (Freshly made juice is the supreme raw food). The study showed that more than 80 percent of the people surveyed lost weight. But that was only the beginning of their transformation. These people reported marked improvements in immunity, digestion, allergies, women’s issues, and chronic illness. They enjoyed better sleep and the need for less of it.
They also described improvement in many skin conditions such as eczema, skin eruptions, dryness, oiliness and susceptibility to sunburns. Their hair grew thicker, stronger and more lustrous, with decreased thinness, weakness, oiliness, dryness, dullness and dandruff. Nail strength improved. Body odor decreased sharply while eyesight and sense of smell improved. There was a marked increase in energy, and a significant decrease in addictions and use of medications. Results also showed a substantial decrease in allergies. And, the vast majority of respondents (87.5 percent) reported better mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
So what’s really going on when people consume live juice that could offer such stellar benefits? When you consistently drink fresh raw juice, especially vegetable juice that includes plenty of dark leafy greens, along with eating lots of vegetables and fruit and a very healthy diet, your whole internal environment changes. Juice, which is rich in antioxidants, cleanses the body of stored wastes and toxins that interfere with the proper functioning of cells and organs. This garden-in-a-glass offers an abundance of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phytonutrients and antioxidants – a cornucopia of nutrients that increase the mirco-electric potential of the cells. This improves the body’s use of oxygen so the muscles and both the muscles and brain are energized.
A healthy, vibrant internal environment is a key to optimum health. This means our cells, organs, and systems are able to do the jobs they are designed to do. A healthy bio-terrain also requires plenty of enzymes, which are abundant in raw juice. Further, vegetables and fruit are very alkaline, which helps to balance a diet that is often quite acidic for most Americans.
Raw juices are also replete with biophotons – those light rays of energy plants get from the sun. When we pasteurize juice (all commercial juices are pasteurized even the ones in store refrigerators) those beautiful rays of energy are destroyed.
People often report that when they change their diet to include plenty of live juices, their body undergoes a transformation similar to a caterpillar becoming a butterfly. They start feeling better, lighter, and more energized as time goes on. Sleep improves. Energy kicks up a notch, and mood improves. The mind becomes more alert and creative, while disorganizing brain fog fades away because all the nutrients in fresh juice help the mind and body revive. (source)
Watch video first for tips and techniques.
What you will need:
- High speed blender (I use a Vitamix) or regular one will do
- Nut milk bag OR THRIFTY TIP: Paint strainers bag – 1 gallon nylon bag (purchase at local hardware store)
- bowl or glass container to hold juice
- Organic produce of choice for juice combination/ recipe – washed and ready
I start with 1 cup of clean water in blender pitcher, cut produce into small pieces (blends easier and quicker without so much stress on machine), add to pitcher and turn ON for about 15 – 30 seconds or till broken down a bit (you don’t want a smoothie, so don’t go too long). Holding your mesh bag over a clean glass bowl or container, pour mixture into bag. Gather the the bag up tightly at top (don’t want anything escaping!) and start to gently squeeze the bag from the bottom and KNEAD it back and forth. Do this gently so that pulp/juice doesn’t go squirting every which way and on yourself (been there – done that!) So, do it gently. Keep squeezing till you have gotten most liquid out. Pour juice into a lovely glass and drink immediately. It is best to drink juice within 20 minutes of making or store immediately in a glass mason jar (as full to the top as possible) to prevent oxidation and breaking down of nutrients. *TIP: Be sure to wash your juice bag REAL WELL! After washing mine, I invert it on an old wine bottle to make sure plenty of air gets to it and it dries properly. Works like a charm!*
Another helpful tip: If you are juicing in the a.m., have all your produce for recipe cleaned and pre-cut and in a baggie or container in the fridge. So, when you are ready, just put water in pitcher, add produce and go from there. Small steps to make life easier and quicker. Just plan ahead. I do this for smoothies and juices.
Need a place to go to for some great juice recipes?
One of my favorite combinations is (all organic): carrots, beet, celery, ginger root, lemon. OOOHHH la la! So yummy! I also LOVE the Key Lime Pie Juice from Healthy Body Now. I really have many favorites. Play around and find some of your own personal favorites. You CAN bring JUICING into your life easily if you don’t have a juicer. I always feel SO GOOD when I juice – it’s an instant shot of energy into your cells and tissues. My body says “Oh Yeah! Baby! That’s what I’m talking about!!” So, go forth and reap the benefits of juicing for your body, mind and spirit.
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