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Juicing in the Summertime

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By Nancy Smorch

Sounds like a good title for a song!

My husband sent me a video interview the other day he thought I might be interested in, and I was - part of it was about our food system here in the States.  The woman being interviewed mentioned a man by the name of Joe Cross who she said has basically taken responsibility for his health and totally turned his life around (I’m paraphrasing).

So I looked him up and turns out he did a documentary, which was nominated for and won a number of awards, about his journey, “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.”  He’s an Australian who came to the United States and traveled across the country drinking only juice for 60 days.  He lost a ton of weight, was able to get off of his medication, had more energy, and made a huge impact in a lot of peoples’ lives.

Watch the trailer for "Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead" here if you haven't already checked it out!

I was so inspired that I decided to buy a juicer that next day.  The timing was actually perfect, as I was contemplating buying a good juicer.  I wanted one that would have the least amount of waste in pulp, one that would preserve the nutrients and enzymes, and one that would juice greens and wheatgrass.

The Omega VRT 350 is what I decided to go with.  Now, it’s still early in our relationship, but so far I’m extremely pleased!  I was expecting it to be really slow, since juicers have to process at a low RPM to preserve the goodness in good, but it wasn’t as bad as I expected. It was quiet, fast, easy to assemble and easy to clean up.

So we had fun this afternoon playing around with recipes.  We did quite a few, but here’s a couple that are really nutritious and delicious:

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Garden Lemonade

Ingredients:

1 cucumber

3 celery

1/2 lemon

3 kale

1 apple

Of course I used organic ingredients.  The Garden Lemonade tasted better than I expected.  It definitely had a “green” taste to it, but the apple and the lemon gave it a touch of the sweet and sour flavor.

Apple Carrot Zinger

Ingredients:

1 apple

1 inch piece of ginger

2 carrots

The Apple Carrot Zinger was really good.  The ginger added quite a zip to it - it was a little “spicy” for Lindsey, but I loved it.

So I’m off on this new juicing adventure!  I figured it was a perfect time to start with all the wonderful produce in season.  I’m not sure what role, exactly, juicing will play in my life.  I’m thinking some sort of blend first thing in the morning (after I work out) will be a nice way to start the day. I’m also thinking maybe for a mid-afternoon pick me up for a little variety. We'll play it by ear.

Juicing is yet another way to incorporate some much needed nutrients into my diet.  And it will give me another way to express my creativity while experimenting with various juices and combinations and seeing how it affects me - physically and mentally.

I think this calls for a trip to Barnes and Nobles to look for a good, and more recent, juicing book - any suggestions?