This was our breakfast this morning! But not in this form :)
I have been juicing off and on for several years. It wasn't until last summer when we had a Bible Study on health benefits of juicing. that we have stayed faithful with it for over a year now. (I will admit though, we don't juice as much in the winter) You can download a free Bible study off of the Hallelujah acres website if you are interested - (warning it is a very strict diet, but it was helpful to read about some benefits of live foods. Take what is helpful to you and your family then disregard the rest)
Some of the benefits that keeps us juicing:
When you eat a carrot, you lose over 65% of the nutrients for your cells in the digestive process. That means as little as 1% of the nutrients reach the cellular level. When you juice a carrot, because you don't need to digest juice, 92% of the nutrients reach the cellular level!
After juicing faithfully for 2 weeks, I noticeably felt more energy, my nails were stronger, my hair was thicker, my skin was healthy; so I knew if those outward changes were taking place, than the health of my blood and organs had to be changing for the better too.
I have a juicing book that tells of the different benefits of each fruit and veggie that you juice.
Here is an example:
Apple - Helps prevent colds, flu, intestinal infections; helps activate the body's defense system against bacterial toxins; helps arthritis, constipation, gout, indigestion, kidney disorders, liver disorders, rheumatism and weight loss.
Carrot - Help soothe and tone intestinal walls, help strengthen bones, teeth, skin, hair and nails. Stimulates digestion and has a mild diuretic effect. It's most important contribution to the body is in its tonic and cleansing effect on the liver. Through regular use, carrot juice helps the liver to release stale bile and excess fats. When fat levels are reduced, cholesterol levels are reduced. Helps, acne, arthritis, asthma, bladder problems, bone problems, cancer, cataracts, diabetes, eye disorders, hay fever, liver disorders, pregnancy and delivery, skin disorders, ulcers, digestive and muscular weakness, and weight loss.
There are TONS more of this info for all the fruits and veggies.
Our typical juice is 3 carrots, 1 stalk of celery and 2-3 apples. Pineapple is really good, orange juice tastes like a smoothie, watermelon is refreshing. I would like to try more variety. This morning we tried cranberries and apples. It was good! Can't have too many cranberries, otherwise it would be way too tart!
Here's the juice coming out
Our juice we divide between Nate and I. We will give the kids a couple ounces if they want some.
The leftover pulp, I would put in our garden or compost pile in the summer.
Here ya go...your New Year's resolution! It's a great way to start a health program! I highly recommend it!