juicing: benefits & a recipe.

by Janetha on February 5, 2013

in guest posts,recipes,tips

hey! i am on the beach. while i am gone, i have a series of guest posts lined up from many of my fabulous blogging friends. enjoy!

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Hello meals & moves readers!

We are Lori and Michelle from purelytwins. Like Janetha we struggle with stomach issues (poor digestion, constipation, gas, pregnant belly) as well as a few other skin issues and we are on a journey to heal our gut! We are documenting our daily journey and have been seeing some progress! Both of us have been learning so much along the way, but at the same time all the information out there about diet and health can be overwhelming. We are doing our best to put the pieces together for our own bodies.

Juice is one food group we have been enjoying more frequently due to the fact that they are easy to digest since juices contain no fiber. We love smoothies too, but during this healing time we are trying to juice more. Today we thought we would share a juice that we have been enjoying lately.

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We enjoy having grapefruit or beet based juices. We love the sweetness and red color beets can provide a juice, and also love the sour flavor grapefruit provides. Both are great for adding volume to juices too!

breville-juicer

Ever since getting our new Breville Juicer a few weeks ago we have been juiced obsessed.

Like we said we usually enjoy smoothies, especially green smoothies, but since we are taking a break from some fruits and watching our fiber to help heal our gut…fresh juices have been a lifesaver. And yes we said fiber –> side note if you are interested sometimes a lot of fiber can actually be very difficult on the digestive system especially if don’t already have a strong system. We won’t bore you with the details… back to the juice!

We love about any combo of fresh juice.

juice-ingredients

Besides grapefruit being a highlight ingredient in this juice, we also have fresh romaine, red (purple) kale, cucumber, ginger and other favorites.

juice-mint

Like fresh mint and fresh parsley. They help give one tasty fresh juice with healing properties.

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Few benefits of the ingredients used:

  • Red kale- kale is a nutritional powerhouse that boasts an abundance of antioxidants and other disease-fighting agents.
  • Grapefruit- helps lower cholesterol, contains salicylic acid which works as a powerful antiseptic, increases the metabolic rate, helps make you fill full.
  • Romaine- full of calcium, Vitamin C, water, mineral-rich.
  • Cucumber- a good quick pick-up from the B vitamins, hydrates the body and replenishes daily vitamins, and helps with skin and hair care.

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Purelytwins Grapefruit Kale Cucumber Juice Recipe:
try to use organic and/or local ingredients when you can

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole grapefruit
  • half cucumber
  • 3 stalks romaine leaves
  • 4 stalks red kale (green kale is good too)
  • 2 springs of fresh mint
  • handful fresh parsley
  • 1/2 lemon *optional

Directions:

Skin grapefruit. Cut cucumber in half (makes it easier to juice).

Place all ingredients down your juicer.

Makes about 16oz fresh juice. Serves 1.

One great thing about juices, you can really customize them to your liking. When juicing just have fun with it and try different fruits, veggies and dark leafy greens.

We are enjoying a fresh juice just about everyday to help in our journey to heal ourselves. Cheers to good health!

Thanks for letting us share one of our favorite juice combos lately. We hope you give it a try. And stop by our blog, purelytwins, to say hi or follow along our health journey to heal our digestive, skin, and hormonal issues. Sounds like fun doesn’t? Promise we share recipes and workouts along the way :)

xoxo
Lori and Michelle
purelytwins

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natalie @ will jog for food February 5, 2013 at 5:42 pm

I have a breville and love it! My fave is kale, apples, strawberries, beets and carrots. Yum!

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MizFit February 6, 2013 at 5:29 am

((steals all the juicing tips))

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Hayley@PBRunnerGirl February 6, 2013 at 7:33 am

This could not have come at a better time, I just got a juicer last week! Thanks Girls =)

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Danielle @ D.SellsSeashells February 6, 2013 at 7:39 am

The photos in this post are gorgeous – especially the one of the juice itself. Lovely!

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Lindsay February 6, 2013 at 7:45 am

Great breakdown of the fruits/veggies you put in and what their nutrition benefits!

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purelytwins February 6, 2013 at 8:47 am

thanks again girl for letting us share a favorite juice recipe of ours! love ya xoxo

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Cat February 6, 2013 at 8:54 am

Hello ladies! I have just put your blog in my reader! Gosh I am finding some great new blogs to explore I love it!

I also love how you’re on a mission to heal your gut. I’ve realized that over time eating a certain way makes me feel so much more energized (more fruits veggies less meat and carbs) and then I notice it EVEN MORE when I accidentally eat a chicken parm and then feel sick. Or something of that nature.

When I first read that you were drinking all that juice I was like NOOO! Not all that sugar! But you’re really making your own fresh juices and there’s super nutritional value in there and it’s great. Thanks for the recipe :)

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Lynn February 6, 2013 at 10:37 am

You list and picture ginger but don’t include it in your recipe- how much fresh ginger should be included? Thanks, ordered a Breville last week and am stockpiling juice recipes! :)

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Lisa February 6, 2013 at 12:59 pm

I love juices, but feel like a lot of the nutrition is left in the pulp. What do you two think? Do you still make smoothies? I’m often tempted to buy a juicer, but not sure I would use it.

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