We have a new gadget in our household, a Hurom juicer, so I've been the lucky taste-tester for quite a few fruit and veggie cocktails. I started off this morning with a green concoction called the "Depression Kicker," which comes from The Juice Lady's Big Book of Juices & Green Smoothies by Cherie Calbom. The logic behind this recipe is that sodium deficiency mimics the symptoms of depression, so we should make sure to get sodium from healthy sources like celery, chard and spinach. One big glass of this juice contains: 4 ribs of celery, 1 green apple, 1 medium peeled lemon, 1 handful of spinach and 1-2 chard leaves. This juice is thinner and slightly less sweet than the "beauty juice" recipe I blogged about earlier, and it has a lemony kick that I found extremely refreshing! Plus, all that lemon juice has a variety of health benefits: it boosts your immune system, aids in digestion and weight loss and helps combat wrinkles and blemishes.
If you've never seen a juicer before, it's easy to use: just chop the fruits and veggies and feed them into the juicer. The machine presses the juice through one end and the fiber and waste through the other; you're left with smooth, freshly pressed juice.
Drinking fresh juice is an easy and efficient way to incorporate raw, unprocessed fruits and veggies into your daily diet, and people who juice regularly notice a huge difference in their skin, hair, nails, mood and overall wellbeing. I'm excited to experiment with different flavors too! Stay healthy, happy and positive, everyone :)