A juice a day keeps the doctor away?
Nov. 24, 2011 9:24 pm
Updated: Feb. 20, 2012 4:07 pm
A couple of months ago, I caught a cold and it lasted for about a month. Right when I was getting better, I caught a second cold! I think I am almost better now but I still have an occasional cough.
During that month of illness, I was so frustrated at my immune system and started reading up on how I could build up my immunity. My mom gave me a book a couple years ago called "The Enzyme Factor", written by a Japanese doctor. He suggests a diet of fresh
vegetables and fruit and very little meat. Fresh foods have a lot of good enzymes which he believes helps the body fight illnesses and diseases (even cancer). My friend at work suggested that I watch a movie called "Food Matters" which was all about the
benefits of a raw food diet.
My husband's favorite food is steak so I don't think my family will be able to move to a completely raw food diet! But I am trying to get us to eat more raw foods by making a salad with dinner every night. I've also heard good things about "juicing" so I
have gone to Robeks and Jamba Juice recently to try their juices. Robeks is great because they offer fresh orange, apple and carrot juices and you can add celery, spinach, ginger and even beets to your juice. Jamba Juice only has fresh orange and carrot
juice but they have a few new fruit and veggie smoothies. I tried their Apples n Greens smoothie and it was pretty good! I would definitely get it again.
Getting a juice or smoothie every day is quite expensive so I borrowed my mom's juicer a couple of weeks ago. For my first juice attempt, I used carrots, oranges and apples. I think I added too many apples because it came out tasting like apple juice with
just a hint of carrots. This morning, I made a smoothie with banana, frozen blueberries and strawberries, some water and 2 handfuls of spinach. I poured a cup for my husband to see if he'd like it and surprisingly, he liked it! So tomorrow, I'm going to
be brave and make a juice of spinach, apples, carrots and celery.
If anyone has good veggie juice or smoothie recipes, send them along!