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Crudités platter including carrots and celery

Crudités platter including carrots and celery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We started juicing yesterday. We bought a Breville and made our first juice from apples, celery, carrots and ginger. It was delicious. You get about 70% of the vitamins, minerals and nutrients from the food by juicing. So why not just eat the food whole? Mainly you can’t eat 2 apples, 2 stalks of celery and carrots and a chunk of ginger at one sitting. So you consume more but get 70%. Overall it is more nutrients than you normally would get. Juicing should use organic fruits and vegetables. Look at recipes and find those that use both fruits and vegetables. Juicing will help you lose weight, feel more alive and energetic and provide your body with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.

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Winter Means Soup Time

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Even though this winter has not been overly cold, soup is still a soothing food. I like soup because all the nutrients that normally get thrown out in the water are still there. Buy all kinds of vegetables and try various combinations. I love my soup more like a stew, thick and crunchy. I always start with a French mirepoix (meer-pwah) of carrots, celery and onions. I sauté them in olive oil until onions are translucent and carrots and celery are softer. Then I add vegetable broth and all the chopped vegetables I have. Cut vegetables into bite size pieces so you can eat the soup easily. I season with basil, hot red pepper and oregano. Try different vegetables and seasonings. The soup has a wonderful taste and is dense in nutrients. Eat for health.