Juicing to nourish and cleanse
Hello folks! How was the weekend? Hectic and productive, or lazy and relaxing? Or something in between? Either way, I hope you feel energized to tackle a brand new, glorious week!
Many friends have asked me about my recent juicing habit, why I do it, benefits, and most importantly, RECIPES!
Before I share 2 of my fave juice concoctions, I want to give a special shoutout to the Bollywood Dance scene Twin Cities and a hobby I have been nurturing for the last year or so – Bollywood dancing! Over a year ago, I went to this Bollywood dance class here in Minneapolis on a Thursday evening purely on a whim, and since then, have met some incredibly talented, amazing people, many of whom are now close friends. Since then, the Bollywood Dance scene Twin Cities has become a dominant Bollywood dance center in Minneapolis-St.Paul, and they even put up the VERY FIRST Bollywood-themed play at the Minnesota Fringe Festival in 2014. I had the privilege to act and dance in this play last year and had an absolute blast!
I never really saw myself as an actress or dancer but Divya Maiya – one of Bollywood Dance Scene’s lead choreographers convinced me to act and dance. What started as a side project in the summer, bloomed into something that was helping me see myself in a completely different way. I could see that over time I had fewer inhibitions; I was less self-conscious after multiple sessions of practice in front of a critical audience. Being around an accepting, fun, goofy group also helped me embrace that aspect of my personality – something that I always felt awkward showing or being comfortable with. I cannot emphasize how crucial this group, and specifically Divya and her talented husband Madhu have been in helping me through this journey of self discovery and learning.
PS. In case you want to watch the play, view it here! It’s under an hour and I promise you will have a lot of laughs watching!
First off, I should say that I am not obsessive about juicing nor do I do extreme ‘cleanses’ that involve only drinking juice for days. I have found that these extreme techniques don’t work on my body and doing things in moderation help me the most. Currently, I drink a glass of juice about 2-3 times a week, as a snack.
Since I’ve begun juicing, I feel that my skin has cleared up, so less acne, my digestion has been easier, and I have fewer hunger pangs at odd times of the day and night. The days that I drink a glass of juice, I also feel energized and less sluggish in the afternoon hours.
You must wonder what appliances I invested in. I did a little research and learned that Breville had the best offering in juicers that juiced vegetables as well as several fruits. Their lowest priced product – The Breville Juice fountain compact juicer – was affordable (under $100 from Amazon on Black Friday), and sturdy. I already had a citrus juicer that I bought for a pretty affordable price online, so adding the Breville helped me get started with juices that combined vegetable and citrus juices.
Let’s talk recipes! Instead of following what I got online, and to make juicing count for me, I started by figuring out what my body needed the most. I have always had low iron, and typically have a Vitamin D and C deficiency in the dark, long winter months in MN. So I knew I needed to find juices with high iron, Vitamin D and C. The following are 2 recipes I currently follow. Be sure to use organic vegetables as much as you can, and wash thoroughly before juicing. Please also be sure to check if you have allergies to any vegetables or raw food.
Carrot, Orange and Ginger juice
This recipe is super simple. To make juice for 1 person, you need about 2 large carrots, 1-2 oranges, and a 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled. Extract the citrus juice with a citrus juicer. Juice the carrot and ginger in a vegetable juice. Combine the 2 juices and drink immediately.
Beet, Kale, Apple, Ginger and lemon juice
I really like this juice because it has Kale, a vegetable a don’t eat much of in its normal form, and Beets, which are full of Iron. For 1 glass of juice, I use 2 carrots, 2 large leaves of kale, 1 apple, and a 1-inch piece of ginger. I wash all the veggies and apple, peel the ginger and juice it in the Breville. I then add a squeeze of 1/4 of the lemon. Lemon helps Iron absorption from green leafy vegetables. You could use spinach if you find Kale to be too bitter.
I hope you enjoy juicing as much as I do. And if you live in MN near the cities, do give Bollywood Dance Scene – Twin Cities a try! Have great week, folks!