George and Julia's Vegan Underground

Juiced Up Thursday

Well we’re back for another juicy Thursday! The Breville is spinning and the fresh veggies and fruits are to be sacrificed. So what was used for the juice this Thursday?

Kale, carrots, lime, cucumber, pepper, strawberries, blueberries, apple

Just for some of you visitors who are new to the Juiced Up Thursday saga, the kale, peppers, and cucumbers are from my personal garden. The rest is store bought. This was a big switch up from the usual boring juices I make: Kale, cucumber, carrots, apple, and lemon. I decided to throw in the berries because well it is berry season after all. And the switch up from lemon to lime was because I thought the strawberries were tart and adding another tart fruit would’ve been quite the lip-pursing experience.

Handful of strawberries

Handful of blueberries

So what do these new additions do for the body?

Strawberries: This sweet, juicy summer fruit is a world class superfood. It boosts your immunity, and is full of anti-oxidants and vitamin C. It also has been linked to wrinkle protection. So put that bottle of olay down and grab a bowl of strawberries. This fruit also helps prevent cataracts, and fights cancer. The Ellagic acid in this petite fruit has played a huge role is suppressing cancer cell growth. And ladies if you’re expecting, strawberries are rich with folate which helps with pre-natal health. Lastly, it regulates blood pressure and lowers cholesterol. This fruit packs a punch!

Blueberries: Everyone wants to find a magic diet pill, but really they should take a look at the little blue fruit in the pint container. Blueberries are known for assisting in weight management. It cuts down on cravings! So stress eaters, think about adding this superfruit to your diet. It also helps with reducing cholesterol, and has strong anti-obesity and anti-diabetic properties. Nature’s only true blue food, the blueberry is chockfull of antioxidants and polyphenols. It assists with prevention against some cancers and the onset of Alzheimer’s

Peppers: Doesn’t matter if it’s sweet or hot, the verdict is in, peppers help with weight-loss efforts. Hot peppers contain capsaicin which gives that burning sensation, but best of all it boosts the metabolism! In sweet peppers there’s a compound (CH-19) which resembles capsaicin which gives it that fat burning effect. Peppers also protects against the build up of cholesterol, and helps with inflammation. Lower cholesterol means lower heart disease rate, and this spicy nugget contains tons of vitamin B which means it helps prevent strokes.

Lime: When you think lemons you think acidic, but when you think limes you need to start thinking alkaline! Limes are full of alkalizing minerals. And apparently pirates fear limes because this little green fruit is famous for curing scurvy. Limes are great for skin care, weight loss, digestion, respiratory disorders, gout, arthritis, diabetes, fatigue and heart disease. Next time your waiter offers lemon in your drink, think about switching it up to lime.

That’s a lot of fruit…

When I made this at the last second I decided to OMIT the apple. Because I thought I was breaking my 1 cardinal rule about juicing: Don’t use more fruits than vegetables. So at the end it was 8 stalks of Kale, 3 Carrots, 1 small Cucumber, 1 small Pepper, Handful of Strawberries, Handful of Blueberries and  1 Lime.The verdict? Delicious. I will make this again soon.

The lonely apple.

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