Carrot Juice

My favorite juice is carrot juice. (Just in case you didn’t already know.)

Juicing provides a rush of energy because it’s a hydrating drink full of vitamins, minerals that can do not require much digestion and therefore, it’s in your body’s cells in a matter of about 15 minutes. Even if you are new to juicing, you are likely to enjoy this recipe that’s balanced with a perfect touch of sweetness and tartness.

Carrot Juice

Yield: 1

Carrot Juice

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of carrots
  • 2 granny smith apples

Instructions

  1. Rinse all vegetables in cool water in a large clean sink/bowl.
  2. Cut the tops and ½ inch off the bottom of the carrots. Then cut vegetables to a size that will fit through the feeding tube of your juicer.
  3. Feed vegetables through the juicer.

Notes

Optional Add-ins • Kale • Ginger • Lemon juice

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Tips

  • Removing apple seeds/core is not necessary (especially when using organic)
  • Use a strainer over the juice collection cup/bin or simply strain the juice before pouring into your glass for drinking.
  • It’s best to drink immediately or drink within 24 hours to get as much of the nutrients as possible.
  • Once you become familiar with this juice, try changing up the tastes and nutrients by adding in some of the optional ingredients.

If you do not YET have a juicer at home (highly recommended), you could ask your local juice bar to make this exact recipe for you. Hint: To find a local juice bar, simply GOOGLE ‘juicebar near me’ for maps and reviews using an internet web browser. (You can also try this direct link.)

Mid-day Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 packed cup of Kale

1/2 slice of 1 inch thick pineapple

1/2 of peeled pickling cucumber

1/2 small nectarine or peach*

1 knob ginger (you can juice using garlic press)

2 coconut milk* ice cubes

1 1/2 cups water


*High FODMAP food – remove from ingredients to achieve a Low FODMAP recipe.


Directions:
Put all ingredients into a high-speed blender such as the Vitamix and process until you reach your desired consistency.

Makes about 12 ounces.

Terramin Clay for Digestive Issues and Skin Problems Too!

I have been using Terramin Clay for 3 months now and I’ve only missed a number of days that I can count on one hand. This has been an added bonus for me. At this point I still cannot consume regular grains, meat and dairy without some result that I don’t find pleasurable. By regular grains I mean corn and oats which will probably be my two favorites for ever. I still look forward to the day when my body will accept these. Meanwhile, when I feel the urge to step outside of my food boundaries, I have my clay to make sure that the reaction isn’t so bad.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not encouraging you to eat foods that aren’t good for you, and I’m especially not encouraging you to eat foods that are NOT REAL Foods – just because you have this clay. I’m just saying that I know this clay remedy works because, like I’ve mentioned before, there are times that I give in to eating a tortilla chip or popcorn knowing that my digestive system cannot handle those items. (I mean who doesn’t LOVE popcorn? I am human. – Update 2017: My body accepts popcorn without all the oils I used to add to it.)

I also believe that this clay is working to heal whatever is not right inside of my digestive system. The doctors cannot find anything, but I have a constant pain on my left lower side whenever I eat dense foods (i.e. not quickly digested fruits and salads).

Mostly I just add the clay to my water and add a few dashes of cinnamon, ginger and Stevia powder. Actually, it’s recommended that you don’t consume with much food. AND I always take my regular dose on an empty stomach.

Yet, Terramin clay is highly recommended for food poisoning and other toxic elements that might be found in the digestive system such as heavy metals and unintended toxic ingredients found in foods. This is great stuff! Don’t miss this point. I suppose you might compare this product to that of charcoal which will also draw toxins out. But charcoal is very dehydrating, so I don’t believe it’s recommended for daily use. But Terramin does more than remove toxins, it also adds many of much needed minerals to your body. It’s a 2-in-1 product of edible minerals and an internal detoxifier. Some of the main minerals are calcium, iron, magnesium (relieves stress and relaxes muscles), sodium, chromium (blood sugar regulator), selenium (antioxidant), manganese (connective tissue repair), copper, phosphorus, zinc and potassium. Yet, the body will only take what it needs of these minerals.

One day I decided that I wanted something else at the time I was about to take the Terramin Clay, so I put together this recipe.

Ingredients:
1 tsp Terramin Clay (actually should be according to your weight)
1 TBS Nut Butter (your choice) plus  8 ounces of Water (or Nut Milk of choice)
1 Frozen Banana
1 TBS Ground Flaxseeds (or Golden Flaxseeds if using a high-speed blender such as the Vitamix)
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1 TBS Coconut Oil
1 Date or other sweetener

“My Top” Optional Sweetener Choices:
Honey, Stevia (powder or liquid) & Dates

Directions:
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until it reaches the consistency you desire.

Buy it here:
Below is my Amazon affiliate link to where I purchase the Terramin Clay. I’m considering becoming a reseller of this product because I believe it is so amazing! I haven’t tried the other clay products available from other companies because this is the first one I tried and it works! Also, this is the clay that Gerson Therapy recommends, so it’s the one I decided to try first.

Clay can be used in your bath water or as a paste for insect stings and skin rashes. I recently gave it to a friend for her rosacea and it cleared very nicely…even she was amazed. Read Why Terramin Works.

My “Go To” Get Going Green Smoothie

Lately, this has been my “go to” morning smoothie to “get going”.

Ingredients:
2 cups water
1/2 avocado
1 stalk celery
2 TBS nut butter
2 Medjool dates
1 TBS hemp protein
1/2 frozen banana (or add a couple of ice cubes)
1 scoop green “super food” powder

Directions:
Add all ingredients to a high speed blender. I use a Vitamix – it’s my favorite.

Options:
1. Use fresh vegetable/fruit juice or coconut water in place of water
2. I’ve been using organic cashew butter, but I also like almond butter. Almonds are the only alkaline nut and, by the way, cashews aren’t actually nuts.
3. Use different fruits such as blueberries, mangos, pineapple in place of a banana
4. Add even more “green power” by adding fresh leafy greens (spinach, kale, salad mixes)  – you might want to add a a little more liquid if you do.

Below are the results from a calorie counting program.

Calories: The calculations show 574 Calories. I need all the “healthy” calories I can get. But, if you want less calories, start my removing the nut butter before any avocado.

Orange You Happy Smoothie

This morning it took me a while to get around to preparing my first meal around 11 am. I had already had 32 ounces of water (mixed with barley green powder and 1/2 of a lemon which has now become my regular morning routine.) But at this hour of the morning,  I felt like I wanted more than just juice. So I mixed together this quick smoothie.

You can use frozen pineapple, mango* and/or blueberries which are easy to find in the frozen food section of the grocery store these days. Actually, I purchase most of my blueberries frozen because that’s almost the only way I find organic berries. But I prefer fresh pineapple and fresh mango, especially the Ataulfo mangos that are plentiful in the beginning of summer time.

This recipe will make 28 – 32 ounces and can easily be doubled.

Ingredients:
3 oranges
1 – 2 cups of pineapple (slices or chunks, and any of its juices)
1 mango*
5 mint leaves
1 cup blueberries

*High FODMAP food – remove from ingredients to achieve a Low FODMAP recipe.

Directions:

  1. Juice oranges (I used a manual juice press)
  2. Peel and remove seed from mango
  3. Toss all ingredients into a high speed blender (I use my all-time favorite, the Vitamix)
Optional Add-ins:
I added a handful of greens (kale & spinach are my favorite).

Minty Orange But Green Smoothie

I have mostly been posting all of my food creations via Instagram, but I realize that many still prefer a website to search and view recipes more easily. So I will try to post recipes here also when I Instagram them. Instagram is just a bit quicker.

This was my morning breakfast smoothie….well, what was left of it when I decided to take a photo. I believe the recipe made about two cups.


Juice the following:
2 large leaves of kale
1 small apple
1 small “pickling sized” cucumber
2 stalks of celery
1 whole orange, peeled and broken into sedments

Blend juice with the following:
1 whole orange, peeled and cut in half
1/4 cup frozen mango
1 mint leaf

Cool, sweet and refreshing. REAL YUMMY!

Kombucha

I have been making Kombucha for over 2 years. I believe it’s my husband’s favorite drink. If you like caffeine and carbonated drinks you should love Kombucha. Kombucha contains Saccharomyces Boulardii which is supposed to be a great probiotic strain which helps fight against Candida Overgrowth. When I did drink it…it seemed to help with the brain fog that is a result of Candida Overgrowth but unfortunately, I had to stop because I could not handle the caffeine. So instead, I take the capsule form of Saccharomyces Boulardii on occasion.

Kombucha is easy to make. I even grew my own “scoby” starter mushroom from a single bottle of store-bought Kombucha. The “scoby” is what you see floating at the top of the fermentation bottle. I use 1/2 gallon mason jars which will yield about three (3) 32 oz bottles. Yield: 1/2 gallon (8 servings) Ingredients: Scoby/Mushroom 3/4 to 1/2 inch thick, diameter of top of mason jar (See notes).


1 Kombucha (from a previous batch or purchase a bottle of original, plain Kombucha from the store
3/4 cup Black Tea/span
2 single serving size tea bags 
1/2 cup sugar 
Mason Jar: 1/2 gallon size 
coffee filter (preferably non-bleached)
1 rubber band or mason jar ring

Directions:

  1. Boil 2 quarts of water 
  2. Remove from heat and add 2 tea bags 
  3. Allow to cool (usually I allow to cool overnight) 
  4. Once cooled to room temperature, add 1/2 cup of sugar and stir well 
  5. Add sweetened tea to 1/2 gallon mason jar 
  6. Add 3/4 cup of Kombucha (this is necessary to begin the fermentation process and prevent the batch from spoiling) 
  7. Add the scoby 
  8. Top the jar with the coffee filter and secure using a rubber band or jar ring.

NOTES: Once you begin making Kombucha, you will always have a scoby and Kombucha starter to begin your next batch and possibly one to share because they just keep growing and growing. If this is your first time to make Kombucha, you can purchase a scoby online, get one from a friend, or grow your own. (The “grow your own” link goes to a page that says it might be impossible to grown your own using a bottle of commercial Kombucha, but the brand “Organic Raw Kombucha” usually still has enough of the mother culture to kick off a new scoby.)

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Infuse water with fruits and veggies

Looking for an alternative to juicing? Well not really an alternative because juicers perform very specific jobs, but here is another option for getting some good nutrients. Nothing like a cool drink of water, right?

I like to infuse my water with fruits and veggies from time to time when I feel like I need a real thirst quencher. I normally use cucumbers, but since I didn’t have any – this was my combination today.

This combination is safe for Candida Dieters once they have passed the first 3 weeks of absolutely NO FRUIT! (Green apples and berries are allowed after 3 weeks.)

Ingredients:

  • 2 celery sticks
  • 1/2 green apple
  • 1/4 cup blue berries
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • a couple of ice cubes, or you can place into fridge to cool

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients into a Vita-mix or high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Filter the pulp using a strainer or a nut milk bag (what I like best).

That’s it. Simple as can be. So when you make your “infused” water, post your comments below and let others know of what combinations you create.

Note: You can always use the left-over pulp in your cooking, perhaps when making pancakes or muffins for instance.

Blend your favorite fruits and vegetables together with water and strain. Below is a good combination to try.

Ingredients
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 1/2 green apple
  • 1/4 cup blue berries
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • a couple of ice cubes, or you can place into fridge to cool

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into a Vita-mix or high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Filter the pulp using a strainer or a nut milk bag (what I like best).

Notes: You can always use the left-over pulp in your cooking, perhaps when making pancakes or muffins for instance.

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There is always time for a Green Smoothie

On a busy day like today, it’s difficult to take the time to stop and eat proper nourishment.  Just finished Part 1 of our garage sale and now it’s time to recuperate.  I used some frozen tropical fruit to start, then I added kale (or you can add spinach) and yogurt (or you can add banana) for more creaminess.  On my way to take my daughter to purchase the big item for which she was hoping to make enough money….and she met her goal.


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Here is a link to the Going Green Smootie at Vitamix where you can search for even more recipes.


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Vegetable Juicing for Energy (Video)

Juicing is a way to get a good source of nourishment into your body immediately. Juicing bypasses the digestive process because the fiber has been removed and the vitamins and minerals enter your bloodstream in the most efficient manner possible.
I began juicing at the age of 20.  I would juice some carrots and apples for a quick pick me up while studying in college instead of drinking coffee.  But, it didn’t last long after college.  I don’t think I juiced again until almost age 30 when I was really lacking energy and first noticed that something was not right with my digestive system.
Before I discovered my digestive issue (a little over a year ago in June 2011) I found that I could simply drink juice in the early part of my day until I had my first meal and the juice would help me sustain energy levels so that I could get my tasks accomplished.
Juicing is my lifesaver!
 
So, I’d like to invite you to try some juice. My suggestion is to start with a simple recipe. I suggest 5 carrots and 1 whole apple.  You can add greens later once your body gets used to it.  I like to add kale to this simple juice.  And try to buy organic. Organic produce is the best for two reasons: (1) The juice is going straight to your bloodstream, so you want to make it the very best you can find and not fill your blood with toxic chemicals and (2) Organic produce usually taste better.
Are you wondering how to get started?  You can often find juicers (sometimes unused) at garage sales, which is where I found the one shown in the video.  It’s a Jack LaLane that, at the time I purchased it, sold for about $100 new.  I paid $50 – it was unused.  I’ve seen some starting at $29 at stores like Walmart.  These will get you started.  When you decide to fully immerse yourself into juice, you can purchase an upgrade and loan your first to a friend to try.  I’m telling you that it’s addictive.  So, all of you that already have a juicer in your cupboard, BRING IT OUT to the counter top and get started!
So, below is a video (my first YouTube video) that I put together about juicing. The person behind the camera is my youngest (currently age 10). And yes, my kids drink the juice too.  Of course, they complain, but they still drink it.  Actually, my son asks for it daily as his morning breakfast during school.
The ingredients in the juice in the video are cucumber, kale, carrots, beets, red cabbage, apple and lime.  But remember if this is your first time, start with one vegetable (I suggest carrots) and an apple.  Thanks for watching! 

Here is the video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPMkSfnThVs&t=15s