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Top Healthy Juices and How TO Make

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To start (or finish) your day with a healthy juice, you might think
you need to invest in an expensive juice extractor. But a much
more common kitchen appliance — the blender — is all you need
to make these five juices from "The Ultimate Book of Modern
Juicing," by Mimi Kirk, a raw food expert who, glowing at age 77,
is a pretty solid poster-person for the health benefits of juicing.
"Blended drinks take minutes to prepare and the cleanup is
quick," notes Kirk, who adds that blended juices tend to be more
filling and supply more fiber than juices made with an extractor.
If you want to jump-start your day with a fresh juice but don't
have much prep time — and, really, who does? — Kirk suggests
washing all the ingredients for your juice the night before. Wrap
them in paper towels in an airtight container or zip-top bag in the
fridge. "In the morning just add water and the washed produce to
your blender," says Kirk. "In minutes you will have a delicious,
nutritious drink. Don't have time to clean your blender? Fill with
soapy water until you get home."

Juices aren't just for breakfast, though. They're a good "slump


time" snack, says Kirk, and also great before and after workouts.
A pre-workout juice "can be a quick way to get the energy
boosting fuel needed for an efficient workout by helping you
maintain stamina and endurance," says Kirk. "Post workout
drinks can replenish your energy and curb your appetite and
cravings for unhealthy quick-fix foods that might contain sugars.
Drinking vegetables with a little fruit can supply you with the
necessary vitamins and minerals to help you maintain a healthy
body."
5 recipes for healthy blender juices from The Ultimate Book of
Modern Juicing
Cleanse Me
PREP TIME: 10 Minutes
SERVINGS:
1
Ingredients


o 1 to 1/2 cups filtered water or green tea
o 1 cup spinach
o 1/2 bunch parsley
o 1 cup pineapple
o 1 celery stalk, chopped
 
Preparation

Blend all ingredients in order listed in a high-speed blender.


About the recipe: Detoxifying, cell repairing and cholesterol
lowering. Rich in vitamins A, C, K, and B12, which helps your immune
system get strong. Bones and nervous system will improve while
excess fluids are flushed from the body. This smoothie may help your
blood pressure while toning the heart. Anti-inflammatory properties
can encourage digestion and relax stiff muscles.
More from Mimi Kirk: Kirk says this drink is good pre- or post-
workout, thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties of celery and
pineapple. "Greens supply a massive amount of energy and nutrients
that our bodies need for energy and repair," she adds.
The Happy Berry
PREP TIME: 10 Minutes
SERVINGS:
1
Ingredients


o 1/2 cup berries
o 1/2 apple
o 1 celery stalk
o Small piece of cucumber
o 1/2 frozen or fresh banana
 
Preparation
Blend all ingredients, adding water as needed.

About the recipe: Antioxidants are important for health at any age,


and this delicious drink provides them plus proteins, potassium, and a
total of 12 vitamins and 12 minerals.
More from Mimi Kirk: Kirk says this drink is great post-workout to
replenish lost electrolytes. "Celery contains natural sodium that repairs
muscles and helps prevent cramps," says Kirk. In addition, "the high
antioxidants can help neutralize free radicals that physical stress
promotes."
Let It Beet
PREP TIME: 10 Minutes
Ingredients


o 1-1½ cups filtered water
o 1 handful dark leafy greens
o 2 beet leaves
o 1/2 beetroot, peeled
o 1/2 pink grapefruit, juiced
o 1 carrot, scrubbed and cut in chunks
o 1-inch piece ginger, peeled
 
Preparation
Blend all ingredients in order listed in a 
high-speed blender.

About the recipe: Kidney cleanser, circulation improver, and


cardiovascular supporter. Give your gallbladder and liver a little love,
build up the red corpuscles, and stimulate the lymphatic system
throughout the body with the right combination of vitamins and
minerals. Add some extra vitamin C to help prevent the risk of
developing prostrate and other cancers and get a bonus of
detoxification of the body. Drink up and you will help to fight oxygen
free radicals (which damage cells), lower cholesterol, and support a
healthy immune system.
More from Mimi Kirk: This drink is great after a workout, says Kirk.
"Beets may help improve stamina and endurance," she says. Plus, the
vitamin C from the citrus can help reduce inflammation.