I have some juicy news…I’ve added a seasonal favorite to my daily juicing. Cranberries! Very delicious when accompanied by half of a navel orange. Fresh cranberries are only available in November and December so I plan on grabbing a bag each week until they’re gone. Cranberries, especially when consumed raw, are loaded with several antioxidants and possess an antibacterial quality…great for cold and flu season. Oranges are a rich source of antioxidants as well as bioflavanoids. The white pith of the orange is chock full of benefits so I try to leave as much pith along with the “navel” when preparing an orange for the juicer. The farm stand is open for the next two weeks and colder weather makes for great root veggies and greens. Washed and dried, then wrapped in paper towels or linen tea towels and stored in clean plastic bags, fresh greens will stay viable for a week and are ready to juice when you are.
During my internet travels I came across a supplement made completely from berries. FruitFast Mixed Berry Liquid Fruit Supplement is made from red raspberry, concord grape and wild blueberry juice concentrate, black raspberries, red raspberries, wild blueberries and strawberries (including skins and pulp). One teaspoon delivers 200mg of Anthocyanins (potent antioxidants)…the amount in approximately one cup of fresh berries. Each bottle contains 60 servings at approximately $18 per bottle…much cheaper than purchasing berries out of season. Warning for those who are very sensitive to fiber: each teaspoon contains 2 grams of fiber.
Unlike the “ginger debaucle” of the last juicing update cranberries and FruitFast have proven tasty and digestible. Please keep in mind that canberries (as well as oranges) are considered highly acidic so start out small (1/4 cup cranberries with 1/4 -1/2 orange) in the beginning until you’re sure they agree with you.
I really look forward to my tall glass of “fresh” each day. This has been your “juicy update”…Eat well! Be well! Enjoy!
My juicing recipe as of late is as follow:
1/2 cup raw cranberries
1/2 medium orange with as much white pith and navel left as possible
1 spear of pineapple with core
Greens: spinach, kale, dandelion, parsley, beet greens
1/2 small to medium beet root
1 teaspoon Barlean’s Fresh Catch orange flavored fish oil (available at health food stores or online at http://www.barleans.com)
1 teaspoon FruitFast Mixed Berry Liquid Fruit Supplement (available online at http://www.fruitfast.com)