Get Your Family Keen On Green With These Juicing Recipes

Get hooked on green juicingToday’s top juicing machines can handle a wide variety of different types of fruits and vegetables. Juice is usually associated with drinks that are yellow, red, and orange, but lately, green has become the hottest juice color. Green juice made with fresh green leafy vegetables and fruits, provides the body with loads of instant antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients that are essential for maximum health. Besides, drinking green juice is the easiest way to add a wide variety of vegetables to your diet at once.  Healthy habits start early so now is a great time to get the little ones to enjoy the taste of vegetable juices.

While many have embraced this drink, there are those who can’t stand it mainly because of its color and taste. This is understandable considering that most people prefer juices concentrated with fruits as opposed to vegetables. If you fall in the latter category, then here are some simple recipes of tasty green juices that you can implement with your juicer to greatly improve your health.

Recipe #1

Ingredients

a) 1 large cucumber

b) 1/3 peeled pineapple (no skin)

c) 8 large leaves of kales with stem

d) 1 medium apple (choose your favorite color)

e) 1 bunch of parsley

Directions

Combine all the ingredients in a juicer, shake well and serve.

This juice is great for beginners, especially because of the apple and pineapple that provide plenty of sugar to offset any bitterness from the greens. Kale is rich in vitamins A, B6, C and K, as well as calcium, iron and potassium. It’s a great immune booster and detoxifier, and helps to prevent different types of cancer (e.g. breast, prostate and colon cancers).

Those who are just starting out on green leafy vegetables should feel free to reduce the number of kale stalks to their liking to make it easier on the taste buds.

Recipe #2

Ingredients

a) 2 cups of spinach

b) 1 bunch of parsley

c) 1 lime with rind

d) 1 lemon fruit with rind

e) 1 cucumber

f) 3 large stalks of celery

g) 2 medium apples

h) 1 thumb of ginger root

Directions

Combine all the ingredients in a juicer and enjoy.

It’s worth noting that beginners may find this juice tasting a bit earthy because their taste buds aren’t used to it. If that’s the case, simply add extra apples (one or two) to sweeten it up.

This drink has many health benefits. For instance, the high amount of spinach makes it an excellent blood builder. Spinach helps to regenerate and reactivate red blood cells, and supplies the body with fresh oxygen. In addition, copper and vitamins A and C present in apples help to brighten the skin and prevent it from sagging. In addition, the high amount of water content in cucumber also hydrates the skin, adding to its natural glow. The presence of lemon also, makes it a great weight loss juice.

Recipe #3

Ingredients

a) 6 stalks of celery

b) 1 head of lettuce

c) A handful of spinach leaves

d) 2 medium apples

e) 2 inches ginger root (peeled)

f) 1 peeled lemon

g) 1 peeled pineapple

h) ¼ head cabbage

Directions

Process all the ingredients in a juicer, and serve fresh. Refrigerate what you can’t consume immediately for later use.

Because lemon acts as a preservative, this juice can stay fresh and delicious for up to three days, but it is always advisable to drink it as soon as possible to benefit from the fresh nutrients. It is an excellent cleansing drink with loads of iron, as well as vitamins A and C that should be taken preferably in the morning to kick start your day.

Juicing Resources

More Green Juice Recipes – http://www.greenjuiceaday.com

Additional Juicing Info

Here are a few tips to make green juicing easier and enjoyable:

a) As soon as you come from the grocery, trim, wash and refrigerate fruits and vegetables. This way, they go straight into the juicer whenever you’re ready to prepare your juice. No more time needed to prepare the ingredients, hence no more excuses for not juicing.

b) It is best to consume freshly made juice immediately. However, you can also make more than you need at one time, and store in the fridge for later use. It will come in handy, especially in the evening when you’re from work or the gym, and you’re too tired to juice.

c) As a beginner, start with 40% greens and 60% fruits, and increase the amount of vegetables gradually to allow yourself to get used to the taste.

Give the above green juice recipes a try, and get to enjoy the numerous health benefits they offer. Here is another recipe that we also enjoy.

Healthy Ice Cream Recipes That You Don’t Have To Feel Guilty About

homemade ice cream maker recipesConstant consumption of veggies can make your head explode at times, so we offer a way to enjoy some ice cream and still look after your diet. There is nothing wrong with indulging from time to time, but moderation is often the key. Summer is always around the corner and with it the allure of frozen desserts that can really cool things off on a hot day. Unfortunately, the most common ice cream recipes for crafting are calorie-dense and riddled with grams upon grams of saturated fat. Listed below are two healthy, natural ice cream recipes to help satisfy some of the cravings you might encounter while trying to maintain a strict diet.

Home Ice Cream Makers

If you do not have one of these neat machines then I suggest that you give it a closer look. Not only are they more economical than store bought brands, but they are a lot of fun to use, especially if you have kids that go crazy for ice cream. With the ice cream recalls that have been in the news lately, it makes even more sense to get yourself an ice cream maker for your kitchen.

Cuisinart makes some great machines and they have high satisfaction rates among customers. If you are on a budget, the Cuisinart ICE-21 is the best option under $100 and also happens to take the top spot in the overall rankings of today’s best ice cream makers. What is great about most of the top home machines being sold today is that they can also make frozen yogurt, gelato, sorbet, and other goodies. If you have any kind of a sweet tooth, a home ice cream maker is a fantastic way to satisfy it.

Ice Cream Recipes

For those that already have their own machine, here are just a couple of recipes that you can try that will not destroy your diet.

Low Fat Vanilla Ice Cream

“A low-fat alternative to the traditional homemade ice cream. Accessorized by you.”

Prep Time: 5 Min.

Cook Time: 20 Min.

200kcal per serving.

Yields: 10 servings.

First you’ll need to gather these ingredients:

  • – 2 Cups Skim Milk
  • – 1/2 – 1 cup Sugar
  • – 1/2 cup Fat free half & half
  • – 1/3 cup Heavy whipping cream
  • – 2 tbsp. Vanilla extract
  • – Dark Chocolate chips (optional)
  • – Crushed Dessert Items (cookies, candies, crepes, etc.).

Directions:

1. Add the 2 cups of milk and 1/2 fat-free half & half together in your ice cream maker, followed by the vanilla extract. Judge content of the ice cream maker before proceeding.

2. If it is satisfactory, you can now add the sugar. If you’re looking to lower the sugar content, then half the amount recommended at the start. In addition, there are sweeteners that can replace the traditional sugars.

3. After this step close the lid on your ice cream maker and run a quick cycle depending on your setting preference. Open the lid and pour in the 1/3 of a cup heavy whipping cream. Add any desired goods. This can vary from shortbread crumbs, pie crumbs, strawberry syrup, and chocolate chips. Close the lid and continue the ice cream maker’s desired cycle.

4. Enjoy.

Mint Ice Cream – Fresh and Natural

“A refreshing, euphoric hint of mint contained in luscious healthy homemade ice cream. Serve as you like”

Prep Time: 5 Min.

Cook Time: 30 Min.

207kcal per serving.

Yields: 10-12 servings.

First, you’ll need to gather these ingredients:

  • – 2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
  • – 1 cup half-and-half
  • – 1 (1-ounce) package fresh mint sprigs
  • – 3/4 cup sugar
  • – Dash of salt
  • – 2 large egg yolks
  • – Small fresh mint leaves (optional)

Directions:

1. Now, combine half & half, mint sprigs, and the 2 cups of milk into a saucepan. Heat your stovetop to medium-high heat. Continue to heat until it reaches 180, or you confirm visual tiny bubbles around the edge. Don’t let it reach boiling level however. After, remove from flame and cover it, letting it stand for 10 minutes.

2. Then, pour the milk mixture through a fine sieve on top of a bowl, while indenting the surface with a wooden spoon. Ensure that all solids left are disposed of.

3. Next, stir the sugar, salt, and 2 egg yolks in a bowl with a whisk. Once the shade is of a pale demeanor, add half of the hot milk mixture to the bowl. Ensure that you are constantly stirring. Then, pour the egg yolk mixture with the remaining mixture into the saucepan, medium-low heat level. This will take about 2 minutes with constant stirring. After it’s finished, place the custard filled saucepan into a large ice filled bowl, still stirring its contents. After this you are ready to pour the mixture into your homemade ice cream maker. Follow the directions of your ice cream maker and let stand in your freezer for an hour.

4. Enjoy. (Garnish with mint sprigs for presentation points.)

 

If you do not have your own ice cream machine but still want to make delicious frozen treats, check out this video that uses simple ingredients and a mixer to turn out tasty desserts.

Better Nutrition For Expectant Mothers

pregnancy-nutritionA healthy pregnancy is best build upon an optimal supply of useful nutrients. Just like the basic principles of healthy eating, an expectant mother has to eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, lean protein, whole grains and healthy fats. Conversely, a few nutrients deserve special attention in every pregnancy diet. Apart from building a foundation for a healthy baby, pregnancy nutrition supplies the expectant mother with a tasty blend of highly nutritious foods that improve her fertility and make it easier for her during labor. Here is a quick rundown of what entails optimal pregnancy nutrition for women.

Protein

Protein is important for the baby’s growth during the second and third trimesters. This mineral also influences the development of the child’s brain and growth of the mother’s uterine tissue and breasts. Popular sources of protein include eggs, lean meat, fish, poultry, peas, dried beans, dairy products, tofu and peanut butter.

Calcium

Calcium is useful for the development of strong teeth and bones in both the mother and the baby. Consequently, this mineral also helps the muscular, circulatory and nervous system of the expectant mother run normally. Ideally, an expectant mother should consume about 1,000mg of calcium each day. Good sources of calcium include dairy products, kale, broccoli, breakfast cereals and fruit juices.

Folate and folic acid

Folate is categorized as a B vitamin useful in preventing the development of birth defects. Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate, popularly found in fortified foods and supplements. Supplement pregnancy nutrition with folic acid has proved to decrease the risks involved with preterm delivery.

An expectant mother should consume a minimum of 800mgs of folate or folic acid throughout pregnancy. Fortified cereals are a suitable source of folic acid. Naturally, occurring folate can be derived from foods such as citrus fruits, peas, leafy green vegetables and dried beans.

An additional intake of prenatal vitamin is useful in maximizing the usefulness of the folate/ folic acid supplement. A prenatal vitamin should be taken about three months before conception.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C promotes metabolic processes, wound healing as well as development of teeth and bones. Nutrition experts recommend a daily minimum consumption of 85mgs of vitamin C. Good sources rich in Vitamin C include fruits and vegetables.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a critical dietary supplement useful in building the baby’s teeth and bones. The recommended daily intake of the mineral is 600 international units (IU) per day. It is found in plenty in foods such as salmon, orange juice and fortified milk.

Iron

Iron is useful in increasing blood volume and preventing anemia. However, this is possible when consumed together with potassium, sodium and water. The body’s need for iron is doubled up during pregnancy to accommodate for the baby’s blood supply too. Insufficient supply of iron can often lead to fatigue and exposure to major pregnancy infections. Naturally, low intake of iron leads to low birth weight and pre-term delivery.

The daily-recommended intake is 27mgs during pregnancy. Daily sources of iron include green leafy vegetables, whole grains, fish, poultry, beans, iron – fortified breakfast cereals and lean protein.

Additional nutritional concerns

Pregnant mothers do not have to bind themselves on a restrictive diet. Consequently, consumption of certain foods could easily cause harm to the developing baby. Some additional nutritional concerns for expectant mothers include:

· Thoroughly cook all the meats to avoid exposure to harmful bacteria such as salmonella and toxoplasmosis. Foods likely to contain high levels of mercury such as tilefish, swordfish and mackerel should be avoided too.

· Avoid inclusion of alcohol, tobacco and other harmful drugs in your diet. Alternatively, drink plenty of water to keep your body and that of your baby hydrated.

· Avoid skipping meals but rather eat enough to gain weight at the recommended rate. Consider eating at regular intervals to protect your blood sugar level from peaking or dipping.

· Reduce or eliminate the daily intake of caffeinated beverages such as coffee and soda.

· Discuss with your healthcare provider before adding any extra supplements to your diet.

· Maintain a reasonable workout program throughout the entire period of pregnancy. Some healthy activities during pregnancy include swimming and walking.

Expectant mothers can ensure a healthy rate of development of their babies by following the tenets of good nutrition outlined above. Together with rest and a reliable fitness program, expectant mothers should find this period of life much enjoyable.

For more diet tips play the video below to see a Mom-to-be and a dietician go through a grocery store and find the right foods to eat and which foods to avoid.