Avoid Simple Juicing Mistakes To Improve Your Nutrition And Health

common juicing mistakes

Juicing used to be considered just a fad, but over the years its benefits have been enjoyed by more and more people looking for healthy ways to improve their diet. Like with just about anything, there are common mistakes that can undo all of the advantages. If you are just getting into juicing and are looking to buy a juicer for your kitchen there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure you get the most out of your efforts.

Juice Cleanses

There is no scientific evidence that a juice cleanse is going to do what you think it does. It is not going to rid your body of toxins more than usual. This is what your liver and kidneys are for. If you are thinking that it is a great way to lose weight by doing a week long cleanse, then you may be in for a rough week. You might lose weight, but it is not a healthy way to achieve it. Your body needs food, protein, fiber, and everything else that comes from solids. Starving your body and living off juice is probably something that is going to cause more harm than good. Not to mention how irritable it will probably make you going without food for that long.

The truth about juice cleanses is that they are typically just a marketing gimmick that will leave you hungry and on edge from lack of food. Juicing should be a supplement to your diet, not a replacement for one. The benefit comes from getting the added vitamins and minerals that may be lacking in your every day diet. In addition to juicing, you should also eat some of those fresh fruits and vegetables to take advantage of the fiber. This will help your digestive tract.

Too Many Fruits

Green juice is an acquired taste and adding a sweet fruit helps reduce some of the blandness. However, fruits contain sugar and when we over do it we raise our blood sugar levels beyond the norm. This is a much better alternative to drinking soda’s, but it should still be done in moderation. The more vegetables you can juice the better.

Storing Your Juice

Air is the biggest enemy to freshly made juice. As soon as it comes into contact with oxygen it starts to break down and spoil. The type of juicer that you use can have a lot to do with the rate of spoilage. Centrifugal juicers are the worst offenders and the juice made by these machines should be consumed right away. Masticating or “slow” juicers are a lot less harsh and they make juice that can keep for a couple of days, but beyond that you take a risk of it going bad. Making too much juice at once may lead to you wasting more than you intended.

Drinking Too Fast

While it is important to consume your juice right away to get the most benefit, drinking it too fast is no good either. Your body can only absorb so much liquid at once. Slow and steady sips will give your digestive tract the time it needs to make use of what passes through it. Try to avoid chugging it down and be a little patient.

Clean Your Juicer Right Away

Don’t be lazy and make sure you clean your juicing machine right after you are done with it while everything is still wet. If you wait and let everything dry then you are going to have to put forth a lot more effort to get out all of the stuck on pieces of pulp. Luckily, most of today’s juicers come apart easy so take the time to run them under the faucet and put them in the dishwasher. The little extra time afterwards is worth it in the long run.

Going Crazy With The Carrots

Believe it or not, but drinking an inordinate amount of carrot juice can turn your skin orange. Now it would take quite a lot of juice to do it, but if you are a carrot freak then this is something to watch out for. Carrots are a terrific addition to any recipe for both their nutrient profile as well as their taste, so do not shy away from them. Just don’t go bonkers.

Start Juicing

Once you get the hang of it, making your own juice can really transform the way that you look, feel, and boost your energy. Moderation and routine are something that can benefit your journey. Buying a new juice extractor is just the first step, using it every day and using it properly is just as important. Take the plunge and begin making your own fresh juice today. Your body will thank you.

Mashed Potato Mondays

Organic mashed potato recipesThanksgiving is a time to cast back on many of our blessings, but it is also a great excuse to indulge is some homemade mashed potatoes. So to help you make use of some of the organic potatoes that you may have picked up we will show you an easy way to take advantage of the great taste that can deliver. They are pretty simple to make, but still there is a unique art in getting them perfect. Not too heavy, or airy, with just enough cream, pepper, salt and butter. Everyone seems to have their preferred way of making mashed potato recipes. Some like it creamier and smoother, some want a twist to their old favorite. Some cook them with the peel on, some without. Some add a little water to them for extra starch. But the key for making perfect heavenly mashed potato recipes is the kind of potatoes you use. People mostly prefer starchy Russets for such recipes. With their low water and high starch content, they are excellent for mashing and baking.

But why just be content with the plain old variety? Why not try to change things up a bit and get a little adventurous with the recipes below. You don’t have to settle for ordinary.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

This is often the go to altnernative for a lot of folks to plain Jane mashed potatoes. Garlic adds a nice accent and delivers the right kick of flavor. Bring a touch of nostalgia to your dinner table with this recipe. It is extremely rich and tasty.

For the recipe, boil a large pot of water.

Add 8 quartered and peeled potatoes to it. Boil for approximately 30 minutes until soft.

Drain and place them in a large bowl.

Next, combine potatoes with 1 cup milk, 50 gram milk and pinch of salt and pepper.

For a thick consistency, you can also use cream instead of milk.

Mix all the ingredients together with an electric beater or mixer. Set to a desired consistency. Top with chopped onions. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons sesame seeds over it and serve.

Irish Potato Champ

Great on its own, this delicious dish is served steaming hot. It is prepared by blending onions with creamy mashed potatoes. It is served with extra butter that melts through the dish.

For the recipe, place 1 kg peeled potatoes in a large pot. Fill the pot with enough water to cover. Cook for approximately 25 minutes until tender. Drain the water and return to low heat.

Allow the potatoes to dry out for a couple of minutes. Meanwhile heat 250 ml milk and 1 bunch thinly sliced onions in a pan.

Next, mash the potatoes, add salt and 50 g butter.

Mix together all the ingredients until smooth. Stir in the milk and onion until uniformly mixed. Sprinkle freshly ground black pepper. Serve hot in bowls.

Mashed Potato Cake

This is a pancake style cake. It is simple, buttery and tasty. All the cake lovers can enjoy this golden soft potato cake.

Firstly, preheat the oven to 250 C.

Mix 400 g mashed potatoes with 100 g melted butter. To this mixture, add 225 g plain flour.

Mix all the ingredients properly to form a thick dough.

Empty this mixture on to a work top and roll out to approximately 1.5 cm thick.

Cut into 10 to 14 squares.

Now place on a baking tray. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes until golden brown. Drizzle with walnuts and serve.

Mashed potatoes are a simple accompaniment to any food or meal and really easy and quick to make. These sumptuous recipes are crowd pleasing option too, for any event or occasion. So try your hand a bit at mashed potato cooking now!

There are tons of ways to experiment with organic potatoes as mashed potato recipes are quite abundant. There is no reason to have the same thing two days in a row if you are willing to try something new. For those that prefer to have the skin left on their potatoes check out his wonderful recipe for redskin mashed potatoes.

How To Better Enjoy The Taste Of Broccoli

broccoliLet’s face it, broccoli is usually the least favorite vegetable for a lot of people. It does not have a lot of taste and eating it raw can be quite a chore. But if you are going to take advantage of what organic vegetables have to offer then getting to know and love broccoli is something you should embrace.  Below are some recipes that you can try that will enhance, mask and transform broccoli into something that you may actually enjoy eating.

Broccoli is one of the most beneficial vegetables we can add to our diets. It is a powerful antioxidant, high in vitamin D that works to immune your body against toxins while giving you that added calcium kick your bones so desperately need. Learning to incorporate this nutritional powerhouse into your everyday meals will help you keep your family healthy for years to come.

Bacon Broccoli

Seriously, adding bacon to just about anything will make it taste 100% better, so here is a recipe that takes advantage of the goodness of bacon.

Ingredients:

2 heads of broccoli, chopped

10 slices of bacon, quartered

1 cup of old cheddar cheese, shredded

1/2 white onion, chopped

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

3 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 tbsp brown sugar

2 tsp ground black pepper

1 tsp sea salt

Directions:

Cut bacon into slices and lay out on a deep dish frying pan. Turn onto medium heat, and cook for 5 minutes on one side, then turn.

Chop broccoli, onion, and garlic.

Shred cheddar, and put it to the side.

Add onion and garlic into the pan with the bacon. When the onion begins to brown, add the chopped broccoli and cover with a lid.

Stir occasionally until broccoli begins to soften and the bacon fat is absorbed. If there is an excess of bacon fat, pour it out for disposal.

Turn the heat down low and sprinkle on brown sugar. Pour in red wine vinegar while rapidly string with a wooden spoon.

When the vinegar is absorbed, turn off heat. Pour broccoli into a serving bowl and fold in shredded cheddar.

Sprinkle with sea salt and ground pepper before serving.

Spicy Broccoli Snack & Dip

Ingredients:

1 head of broccoli, chopped

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp ginger spice

1 tsp ground pepper

1 cup plain yogurt

1 tsp hot sauce

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Chop broccoli into one inch cubes and put into a mixing bowl. Pour in the olive oil, maple syrup, chilli powder, sea salt, ginger spice and ground pepper. Toss the ingredients until the broccoli is well covered.

Spread the broccoli evenly over the cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Take them out to turn, and cook for another 15 minutes.

Mix yogurt and hot sauce in a small serving dish.

When broccoli is done cooking, allow to sit and cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Broccoli Breakfast Muffins

We know, it sounds weird to have muffins and broccoli in the same sentence, but this is actually a very tasty combo.

Ingredients:

1 head of broccoli, chopped

6 slices of bread

1/4 red onion, chopped

3 eggs

1 cup feta cheese

3 tbsp butter

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Chop broccoli and add to a stove top pot with enough water to cover the broccoli. Turn the heat on high, and allow the broccoli to boil until soft.

Strain broccoli, and add back into pot. Add eggs and mash broccoli.

Chop onions and feta cheese. Mix into broccoli and eggs.

With a rolling pin, flatten bread at thin as possible. Butter both sides of the bread, and cut in half diagonally.

Fold half slices of bread into a muffin tray, making a cup. Squish the bread into the walls of the tin if necessary.

Using a large spoon, fill the bread cups with the broccoli mixture.

Cook in the oven for 20-30 minutes. Use a fork to check to see if egg is cooked thoroughly before serving.

Broccolii Dip

Another way to enjoy this veggie is to mix it with other ingredients and use it as a delightful dip for chips or other veggies.

Ingredients:

1 head broccoli, chopped

3 stems of fresh basil, chopped

1/2 cup almonds, chopped

3 cloves of garlic, minced

1/3 cup plain yogurt

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp ground pepper

1/2 lemon, juiced

Directions:

Finely chop a head of broccoli and add to a food processor with 1/2 cup of chopped almonds.

Squeeze in the juices of half a lemon, and add yogurt to food processor. Blend well.

Add chopped basil, minced garlic, sea salt and pepper to taste.

Low Fat Broccoli Salad

Of course the most traditional way to eat broccoli is to throw it into a salad and drench it with your favorite unhealthy, creamy dressing. Here might be a slightly healthier take on that idea.

Ingredients:

1 head broccoli, chopped

3 carrots, shaved

1/4 red onion, chopped

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup pine nuts

1 tsp sesame seeds

1/2 cup raisins

1 tsp honey

1 tsp mustard

1 tsp olive oil

Directions:

Chop broccoli into small bite size pieces and put into a salad bowl.

Shave carrots, chop onions and halve tomatoes. Add to salad bowl with broccoli and mix in pine nuts and raisins.

In a small jar, mix balsamic vinegar, honey, mustard and olive oil. Put a lid on it and shake vigorously. Drizzle over broccoli while mixing constantly.

Sprinkle sesame seeds over salad and serve.

Adding It To Your Diet

No matter how you decide to incorporate broccoli into your diet, the bottom line is that you should do what you can to eat more of it. It is a great source of numerous vitamins and it is very high in Calcium and other things that can have positive impacts on the body. Even if the taste is a little bland, the health benefits of broccoli cannot be denied.  It may not be tasty, but it can be if you get creative.

For yet another broccoli recipe, we found this delightful video below.