George and Julia's Vegan Underground

Juiced Up Thursday

We’re juicing on the streets this afternoon. On the street, you can’t control the amount of vegetables or fruits that go into it, but the benefits of having fresh juice remains the same.

Look at all the love and all the choices

Today I wandered over to midtown to grab lunch with George at the gourmet Crisp falafel truck (the African sandwich is baller). After we stuffed our faces and fed some pigeons (not on purpose), we headed over to 45th and visited the juice stand which sits a stones throw away from vegan friendly Moshe’s falafel stand and Free Foods on 44th.

Get down on some Moshe then get a juice to wash it down

We ordered a large mixed vegetable juice which consisted of a smorgasbord of goodies:

  • Green apples
  • Parsley
  • Spinach
  • Ginger
  • Lemon
  • Celery

There might have been a cucumber in there but I’m not certain. It was a tasty juice, but  one downfall of grabbing juice from a street cart is it’s a tad warm. And on a day like today when it was 96 degrees, a ice cold juice would’ve been ideal. We did get some ice in it, but still it was warm. Anyway, here are some benefits of the newest veggies to the cup:

Juice break!

Parsley: This decorative herb should be mandatory in every summer camp. It helps freshening your breath. It also helps the swelling of bug bites. Also, if you’re feeling a little backed up, parsley serves as a diuretic and laxative. Lastly, if work is causing you migraines, parsley supposedly can help rid you of your headaches.

Spinach: Ever wonder why Popeye was chowing down on spinach and not milk? Well this leafy green vegetable is known to be pretty potent in calcium, iron, and potassium. It also has several key amino acids like arginine and lysine. Basically, spinach helps strengthens your body, which means it helps prevent cataracts, diabetes, and muscular degeneration. Spinach has also been linked to cancer prevention. And Ladies, if you’re expecting the rich amount of folate and folic acid can help prevent birth defects.

Ginger: If you happen to have a stomach ache, think about grabbing a juice with fresh ginger in it. Ginger has a rich history of treating nausea associated with pregnancies, chemotherapy, motion sickness, and my personal experience of having head trauma. This ancient herb also carries calcium, iron, protein, B3, silicon, phosphorus, and essential oils. So how does that help your body? Well it boosts your immune system and helps with digestion! If you’re an athlete looking for a quick recovery, Ginger also helps relieve muscle pain and soreness, and pain from inflammation.

With all those benefits, more juice please!

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