Posts filed under ‘Juicing’

Drinking Plant Blood

Plant Blood

I juiced up some red deliciousness today in my Breville Compact Juice Fountain and I just had to share it with you! It was SO good…sweet and just a little tart. And of course, yummy. The beets made it taste really different than my normal green lemonade…much sweeter. Here is what I included:

  • 2 apples (whole, with cores)
  • 1 meyer lemon (peeled)
  • small chunk of ginger
  • 1 head of romaine
  • Large handful of leaf lettuce
  • 2 small beets (golf ball size)

I’ve had lots of questions about the difference between juicing and blending. And even though I’ve posted about this before, I’m going to post it again.

Blending keeps all of the fiber in, whereas juicing takes it out. That’s the only difference…and there are benefits to both. I look at juicing as a “supplement”….or almost a “treat”. I don’t juice everyday…probably 2-3 times a week…all with GREEN juices. I do BLEND every day though with my green smoothie. Juicing offers the added benefit of “instant” assimilation in to the body…which is why you might get a “juice high” after you drink it!

  • Both green juices and smoothies are highly alkaline…and disease cannot survive in an alkaline environment. They do LOVE an acid environment though…and 3 acid forming foods are meat, dairy, coffee.
  • Both green juices and smoothies have chlorophyll, which increases the flow of oxygen in our blood/body, which in turn, creates an aerobic environment where disease cannot thrive.
  • Both green juices and smoothies enable you to eat A LOT more greens at one time than you normally would.

This list could go on and on…but you get the idea. Juicing has a purpose and blending has a purpose…although they are very similar.

The main reason why someone who is sick (with cancer or other disease) should juice is because it takes the LEAST AMOUNT OF ENERGY from the body to digest. Even green smoothies take more energy because the fiber needs to be digested. When you can take away the energy need for digestion, it leaves your body more energy to HEAL. This goes for raw food in general, but it’s particularly applicable when fighting disease. You want to free up as much energy as possible to heal the body.

I do think both should be incorporated in one’s diet…however, if you can only afford one machine right now, get a blender and save up for the juicer 🙂


August 18, 2009 at 12:09 am 12 comments

Green Lemonade with a Twist

Green Lemonade with a Twist

We love juicing…but don’t love the clean up. The Champion is great, but is a little heavy on clean up time, so we went searching for a new juicer and found a Breville on Craigslist for $50. Yay! Bella LOVES making juice…so today we made some “green lemonade with a twist”. Here is what we juiced up:

3 fuji apples
1 peeled lemon
1 head romaine
4-5 leaves lacinato kale
1 medium chioggia beet (beets build efficiency in your circulatory system and are good for your heart)

Bella and I stirred ours up immediately and enjoyed every last drop. But, we left Matt’s to sit on the counter for a few minutes and it separated so beautifully that I just couldn’t help but take a photo! Isn’t it pretty?

Side note: One of the most common questions I get asked is: “Why do you need a juicer if you have a blender?”. Well, let me tell you why…they do two different things. A juicer is extracting the juice and nutrients and making it instantly available to your body in liquid form…and it also removes the fiber. That’s the main difference. A blender leaves the fiber in…because you’re just blending it all up and not extracting. Juices, especially green juices, have the ability to give you an instant “high” or pick me up during the day. A smoothie takes a little longer to digest, so you don’t get such an instant boost. Fresh juices are also very beneficial for bodies that are experiencing any kind of disease (cancer, chronic illness, etc) because it takes much less energy from your body to digest the juice. Each machine has a separate purpose in the kitchen…and that’s why I need both 🙂 If you can only afford ONE, get the blender. It’s more versatile in the long run…but be sure to keep that juicer on your wish list. There is just nothing like some yummy fresh juice!

July 11, 2009 at 9:07 pm 13 comments

Juicing on the Road

We have juice! When we stopped in Tampa, Hallie and Chris had a Champion Juicer that they were looking to trade…so we acquired this beautiful beast of a juicer and have been enjoying it. I made a large batch of green lemonade recently, and it just made me soooooo happy. I love the “buzz” I get from green juice (it’s way better than a coffee buzz!). Paired with a big green salad, it’s a very filling meal.

In such a small space, it’s rather messy to clean up the juicer afterward…so we don’t use it every day. But I love having the option. And now I can make Magic Carrot Juice whenever my little heart desires…happiness in a cup!

April 3, 2008 at 4:22 pm 8 comments

Bunny Spice (aka The Magic Carrot Juice)


When we were in Florence, SC…Becky made this amazing concoction for me. She had been talking and raving about it forever, and when we finally got around to making it, I was sorry I hadn’t taken her up on it sooner! She got the recipe from her friend Tami, and then Tami told me it was a variation of Sarma’s recipe, called the Bunny Spice! It was such a funny coincidence…being that One Lucky Duck is sponsoring us. Yet another reason to get Raw Food Real World!

This drink ROCKS my world. Even if you don’t have a juicer, you could food process the carrots and ginger with a little water…and use a cheese cloth or nut bag to squeeze out the juice. Or, you could get carrot/ginger juice at your local juice bar and hurry home to make it (juices are the most powerful within 30 minutes). Or, if you could even process the carrots/ginger to break them down and then blend them with the rest. It may not be as smooth, but I just want everyone to try this…it’s so unique! The spices are what make it so addicting…so play with them until you find your perfect mixture. I tried to get Becky to give me true measurements (because I’m a recovering obsessive measuring addict!)…but she doesn’t roll that way 🙂 Also, you must serve it in a wine glass or other beautiful drinking vessel…because it makes it “magical”. hee hee! So here it is…enjoy!

Bunny Spice (aka Magic Carrot Juice)

Sarma says: “Carrot juice is a great source of beta carotene, and a powerful antioxidant. However, carrots are also hybridized and much sweeter than wild carrots would be, and so avoid consuming too many of them. Fresh ginger is great for digestion or settling and upset stomach, and it improves circulation.”

1 cup carrot ginger juice (run carrots through juicer with thumb-sized knob of ginger)
1 cup almond milk or brazil nut milk (freshly made is always best!)
2 cups frozen sliced banana

Spice blend (start with a generous pinch of each and adjust to taste)
Nutmeg (freshly ground is best)
Cardamom (freshly ground is best)

Juice carrots and ginger. Add to blender with frozen bananas, nut milk, and spices. Blend and drink!

March 21, 2008 at 5:08 pm 14 comments

Green Lemonade Love

Green Lemonade Juicer Recipe:

  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • handful of dark leafies (5-6 leaves) of spinach, kale, collards, celery, or dandelion greens, etc. (I use kale)
  • 1 whole lemon – peel, seeds, and all (Meyer lemons are sweeter)
  • 2 fuji apples, cored (use 3 if you want to make it sweeter)

Juice and drink up right away.

I have owned a juicer in the past, but never used it. I do enjoy fresh “live” juices from a juice bar (they taste better when someone else has to clean up the mess!). However, my mother in law has a juicer and I thought I would give it a whirl again on my own during the next couple weeks before we leave. I found this juice recipe on Rawkin’: The Fine Tuned Art of Feeling Great From Eating Raw. It’s so cool that this can turn into the above photo! Bella loves to help me too.

I’ve been hearing about the amazing effects of “green drinks” for quite awhile now, but I’ve never implemented them. I’ve made the green lemonade for two days in a row now, and I am completely amazed at the results after such a short time. On a “normal” day, I eat a healthy high carb breakfast…and by mid-morning I’m back in the kitchen looking for a snack. And that continues for the remainder of the day (eat/snack/eat/snack). Not that there is anything wrong with snacking…I encourage it. However, my all day CRAVINGS have almost disappeared. My sugar cravings are going away, and I just feel “content” for so much longer than before. I’m excited to continue this for at least a week to gauge it’s effects. Yay!

Sidenote: For those of you who are thinking…GREAT! But that looks disgusting! It’s actually NOT. It doesn’t taste like grass. It’s rather sweet. The apples give it a delicious sweetness, and if you need it sweeter, just add some agave nectar. Whenever you are working with greens, just remember to add a sweet fruit with it…like a banana or apple. Mmmmm!

Here is a great article written by Victoria Boutenko (check out their “Raw Family” site)…it goes into more detail about why greens “fix” you 🙂 Next, I will try her green smoothies…which include the fiber of the fruits/veggies as well.


Here are some bonus green drink recipes from Raw Food, Right Now:

Begin With A Green Drink
by Heidi Ohlander

Serves 1-2

2 big handfuls of Spinach
1/2 cup parsley
1 rib of celery
1 thumb of ginger, skin peeled
1 lemon
1 medium cucumber
2 apples
ice cubes (optional)

In a juicer, place all ingredients except optional ice cubes in a juicer until juiced. Serve in your favorite wine goblet or other favorite glass of choice. If desired, add ice cubes for a refreshing cold beverage.

And now…. here are the same ingredients, but this time this is the recipe that Dr. Oz mentioned at the end of the Oprah show. His recipe needed a bit of clarification, so our changes have been added below to help you understand his recipe.

Dr. Oz Green Drink
Modifications made by Heidi Ohlander
Serves 1-2

1 Cup Spinach
4 Celery Stalks
1 Cucumber
1 Large Apple (cored and peeled)
1 Lemon (juiced in a citrus juicer or by hand)
1 Lime (juiced in a citrus juicer or by hand)
1/2 Inch Piece of fresh Ginger (peeled)
(small handful of parsley)
water, to blend
ice cubes (optional)

Mix everything in a blender and blend until smooth. If needed blend on high 2-3 times until fully blended. Pour into two tall glasses and serve with ice cubes if desired.

Here is one more Green Smoothie recipe, this time with the addition of a banana. Adding a banana (or several) into a green smoothie gives it an unbelievable creamy texture, as well as helps the energy from the smoothie get absorbed into your body at a slower pace, which gives you released energy for hours!

Apple Lime Smoothie
by Heidi Ohlander

Serves 1-2

5 medium bananas
2 apples – harelson, honeycrisp, granny smith or similar tart/sweet apple (cored and peeled)
2 leaves of lacinato (dino) kale
1 cup of spinach
juice of 2 medium limes
1/4 cup water
ice cubes to taste (optional)

Place all ingredients in blender except ice cubes. Blend, adding ice cubes at the end while still blending. Pour into glasses.

January 25, 2008 at 10:37 pm 30 comments


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