From LA Times- Study on Importance of Folic Acid in Fetal Development to Reduce Risk of Autism

Study on Importance of Folic Acid in Fetal Development to Reduce Risk of Autism

How about some natural sources of the B Vitamin Folate? Moms- Keep Juicing!

-Orange Juice

-Kale- Carrot Juice

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Orange Creamsicle

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– 3 Oranges

– 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder

This juice is a great pick-me up.   First juice the oranges, then blend in the Protein Powder.

Orange Juice:

-High in Vitamin C- helps your body collagen, a protein good for healing wounds, helps protect your cells from aging, and neutralize free radicals.  1 Cup of OJ or Grapefruit juice provides your daily recommended Vitamin C.

-High in Folate- Folate supports cell production at the DNA cell division stage, helps protect cells against genetic mutations, helps you make red blood cells.  Reach for a glass of fresh OJ, your cells will say ‘thank you’.  1 Cup of OJ is equal to 19% of the recommend folate intake.

Top 2 Ways to…

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-7-10 Strawberries

-2-3 Oranges

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My hubby loves this juice and a great juice to wow the family on Valentines Day.  The aroma alone while juicing is wonderful.  I am lucky enough to live in Southern California and get these fresh fruits from the farmer’s market.  Delish!!

Health Benefits:

-Full of Vitamin C & Anitoxidants

-Rich in Postassium, Magnesium, Phyto-nutrients

-High in Folate (that vitamin Mom’s need for baby development)

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Playing with Pomegranates

I made this looking for a Valentine’s Day Juice- I think this will work!

-2 Pomegranates- See Tip Below*

-1 Apple

– Squeeze of lemon

– Sprinkled Coconut on top for fun (plus I love coconut!)

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*The rind of the Pomegranate is very bitter and I do not juice.  I slice the fruit in half, then soak in warm water, then the seeds will fall out, found this tip online.  Then I discard the water and juice the seeds. 🙂

This year I have discovered Pomegranates!  We bought one just as a novelty to check it out, once we cut it in half we saw that it was an amazingly beautiful fruit and very intriguing.   Not really know how to juice this we just played around with the seed in our hands, it is so rich is color as well.  The seeds are coated with the jelly fruit flesh, almost like a candy.

This fruit is also rich in History and good tidings.  Persians believe Eve picked a Pomegranate from the tree not an apple in the Garden of Eden.   The Chinese eat candied pomegranate for good luck.  The Greek open pomegranates at wedding celebrations.  A great topic of discussion when slicing open this fruit with the family!

Pomegranates are Shown to:

-Full of Antioxidants

– Increase oxygen to the heart

– Full of Vitamin C & Antioxidants

-Lower Risk of Heart Disease

-Fight Cell Damage

-Lower risk of cancer, especially prostate and breast

-Reduce Cholesterol

Source:

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/the-health-benefits-of-pomegranates/

Juice this fruit for a delicious beverage AND it’s astounding health benefits. Cheers!

Time to Go Green – Dinosaur Kale!

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I have had my eye on that ‘dinosaur’ looking Kale at the market all month.  I finally picked some up- it’s ‘In Season’, determined to get my green juice going.

-2 Leaves of Dinosaur Kale (confirmed- I was told by a farmer that this is called dinosaur kale- now that’s a perfect name for the kiddos to try to taste the juice!) or 2 handfuls of small leaves

-3 Carrots

-2 Ribs of Celery

Pretty Green!

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Dinosaur Kale

When juicing the smaller leaves of kale, you will need to juice it with the carrot or apple.  The leaves are small, so in order to get the leaves juiced properly, juice it along side the carrot or apple.

Lots of Health Benefits:

Rich in Vitamin K, Vitamin A, & Vitamin C.  Rich in all kinds of minerals including potassium, manganese, and iron. Huge Inflammation Fighter!

– Kale loads of nutrients that help strengthen the Immune System and fight off viruses and bacteria. Has more Iron than Beef and helps more oxygen get to your blood. Believed to be a major player in battle against cancer, heart disease, and chronic disease.

-Contains Omega 3’s & Omega 6’s which is great for hair, skin, and nails.

-Vitamin A in Kale & Carrots- helps restore vitamins in the Retina and helps keep eyes from disorders that come later in life

-Vitamin C & Omega 3’s help alleviate inflammation and arthritis, asthma, and auto-immune disorders

-Kale is super high in Vitamin K, which is great for bone health and helping forestall osteoporosis.

-Contains B6 and Folic Acid- Super hero’s for pregnancy, fetal development, and breast feeding.

-Loaded with trace minerals needed in the body. Incredible source of calcium, manganese, and potassium.

Definitely a Super Hero food!

Source: Discovery fit & health

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http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/kale.html

Kale (Brassica oleracea. Acephala group), fresh, raw leaves, Nutrition value per 100 g.
(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)
Principle Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA
Energy 50 Kcal 2.5%
Carbohydrates 10.01 g 8%
Protein 3.30 g 6%
Total Fat 0.70 g 3%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Dietary Fiber 2.0 g 5%
Vitamins
Folates 29 µg 7%
Niacin 1.000 mg 6%
Pantothenic acid 0.091 mg 1.5%
Pyridoxine 0.271 mg 21%
Riboflavin 0.130 mg 10%
Thiamin 0.110 mg 9%
Vitamin A 15376 IU 512%
Vitamin C 120 mg 200%
Vitamin K 817 µg 681%
Electrolytes
Sodium 43 mg 3%
Potassium 447 mg 9.5%
Minerals
Calcium 135 mg 13.5%
Copper 0.290 mg 32%
Iron 1.70 mg 21%
Magnesium 34 mg 8.5%
Manganese 0.774 mg 34%
Phosphorus 56 mg 8%
Selenium 0.9 µg 1.5%
Zinc 0.44 mg 4%

Saturday Morning Juice

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Normally, I wake up every morning and head straight for the kitchen to make my cup of green tea.  This morning, I headed straight to the juicer.  I already had washed up and peeled the grapefruit and chopped the pineapple.  All I had to do was peel one orange, and of course leaving as much white pith (the white around the orange and grapefruit) on as possible.

My first glass was Orange- Pineapple.  It was so delicious, I drank it probably a little too quickly.  Then I juiced Grapefruit-Orange-Pineapple and cut open a new pineapple.  This is a great juice if you want to try and sneak in some grapefruit so the kids will drink it.  The Orange and Pineapple are so yummy, the grapefruit gets masked.

The benefits of this juice are astounding.

Grapefruit– is shown in studies to help with weight loss, loaded with Vitamin C, Potassium,Vitamin, detoxify the liver, reduce risk of kidney stones, and has shown to help repair damaged DNA cells, and much more.

Pineapple– although super sweet to eat is an excellent juice and healthy tonic.  Pineapple contains high amounts of Vitamin C and Bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down proteins so is great for digestion and also acts as an anti-inflammatory, which would aid arthritis and post surgery. Is also high in Manganese, which is critical for strong bones and connective tissues.

Orange– contains high amounts of Vitamin C, protects against inflammation, can help improve blood pressure, decrease risk of kidney stones.

Sources: naturalnews.com; livestrong.com

P.S. The key to making this juice absolutely the best is a great pineapple.  Pineapples do not ripen after they are picked. So, you should be able to smell the pineapple.  Here is a link to for further tips.