RED BEET, PURPLE CARROT, RED PEAR, NECTARINE, CELERY, FENNEL and SWISS CHARD
My friend Peter inspired me to come up with this fabulous combination of fruits, veggies and greens. He emailed me one day urging me to juice Fennel and at first I cringed. Fennel has a very distinct taste; one that is somewhat reminiscent of black licorice (which I always loathed as a child). In any case, Fennel is full of amazing Phytonutrients, antioxidants and immune support from Vitamin C, Fiber, calcium, magnesium and iron. Awesome, you say…but what the heck is a phytonutrient? Very good question. Phytonutrients are the “ignored” benefits we get from plant based foods such as fruits, vegetable, nuts, seeds and beans. There are over 25,000 of these natural chemicals found in plants (Carotenoids, Ellagic acid, Flavonoids, Resveratrol, Glucosinolates, Phytoestrogens, to name a handful). These natural chemicals help protect plants from germs, fungi, bugs, and other threats. They also serve a gigantic purpose when digested by humans as well (of course the FDA would never say so)…Phytonutrients help prevent disease, inflammation and help keep your body working properly. In essence, it is “PREVENTION”. We all know what they say about what we “NEED” (Vitamins A, B12, C, Calcium, Protein, etc); ya know, that bullshit pyramid chart? So, why wouldn’t phytonutrients also be “NEEDED” by the body? Especially in this day and age where obesity, disease and illness are spreading like wildfire? It’s like sending a soldier off to war with a gun but not giving them any ammo.
The complex Phytonutrients in plants have been PROVEN to prevent sickness, so why would they be ignored by the “nutrition powers that be”? The same reason why these same factions continue to push Meat and Dairy as a locigal, sustainable source of nutrition for humans (when in reality, even the basic Calcium, Iron and Proteins that you think you’re getting from milk and meat are not “complete” as they are in all their various plant based counterparts). If you think you are getting so much more from meats and dairy than from plants, you are still drinking the kool-aid and that is unfortunate. You are just repeating the same tired, old values that were instilled into you as a child. It’s time to wake up. Clever marketing has given you the idea that you need meat and dairy for these nutrients, when in fact, they are quite deficient of them. The FDA will recommend meat and milk just as doctors and nutritionists would easily hand you bottles of prescription chemical medicine, as opposed to suggesting the real cures. They are guided by the almighty dollar…not health and wellbeing. I like to call this philosophy “ASS-BACKWARDS”. Meat and Dairy contain no pytonutrients and are the primary source of digestion issues, inflammation and other diseases that lead to various cancers.
The entire reason why juicing works so well for general health, weight loss and reversing disease are due to the PYTONUTRIENTS which fruits and vegetables contain. It’s not a fad…it’s not a gimmick and its not magic. It’s science. And since we are drinking our juice without pulp and on an empty stomach, these amazing nutrients are flooding our bloodstream and simply “making things right”. We trust it because we see and feel the results. Not because some colorful box with a cartoon on it says it is good for us or some “doctor” prescribes it! Beyond juicing, switching to a plant-based diet (vegan) keeps us continually on the right track. “You look so young, healthy and have so much energy…what is your secret?”; its so sad that it is a secret. It should just be the way we all live. Eat and drink plant-based foods and stay away from the highly marketed boxed/processed foods…go ahead, give a try for a month and then come and tell me how you feel after. Ok…here is the recipe…
1 Large Red Beet (w/ greens if you have them)
4 large leaves of Swiss Chard
1 Purple Carrot
2-3 Stalks of Celery
1 Large stalk of Fennel
1 Red Pear
Wash and prep the Beetroot, greens, fruits and veggies. Juice all with your Juice Extractor (doesn’t really matter what order). Pour. Enjoy!
Makes about 2, 12oz servings.