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Topic: JUICING for mental health

  1. monkey_magic
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    Hi all 👋

    I've recently bought a juicer and have been making fruit/veg juices and have noticed it making a difference to my mental health. I'm clearer, more energized and I just know I'm giving my body many health benefits by drinking pure extracted fruits and vegetables. I thought I'd start this thread for us juicers or wannabe juicers to share juicing recipes. It's become my new "thing".
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    20 December 2020 in reply to monkey_magic
    I've been making large quantities that I can have over 3 days or so, you can adjust the quantities to suit.

    Green juice;

    1/2 bunch kale
    Bunch english spinach
    8 med cucumbers
    1/2 bunch celery
    10 apples
    Whole pineapple
    1/2 lemon
    Mint

    I honestly didn't think I'd like some of these fruit/ veg juices but so far I've liked all the ones I've tried. I highly recommend giving them a go.
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    20 December 2020 in reply to monkey_magic

    Woohoo monkey! YAY for starting this thread!

    And what a YUMMY thread it is! lololol.

    You have inspired me to go dig out my juicers, somewhere back there in the cupboard lol.

    I'm observing a FODMAP food regime somewhat so my juices will be different.
    I'm really happy that the F part standing for Fructose is NOT such a problem for me... but woah boy the artificial sweeteners AND some the brassica family of veg sure are (I still eat raw cabbage from time to time though and just suffer lol).

    My fave juice from the juicing stands have:
    * oranges
    * blueberries
    * pineapple
    and lots of crushed ice.

    Yay monkey, I'm SO GLAD you started this thread!

    POWER ON!!

    Love EM

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    20 December 2020 in reply to monkey_magic
    Monkey It's great to see you started this thread.I use to grow 100 different types of fruit trees all have different nutritional value so combining fruits and veggies together you can get a real well balanced and healthy drink.
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    20 December 2020 in reply to ecomama
    Hi Em, happy to inspire you to juice! I'm feeling much healthier and better within myself and proud of myself for injesting a lot more fruit & veg.

    Matchy, 100 diff types of fruit trees, wow, in my wildest dreams. You definitely have had a huge variety!

    Now, this is the first home- made juice I ever tried that a friend made me. I thought I'd hate it but I liked it and then bought a juicer and made my own batch.

    2 beets
    1/2 bunch celery
    10 carrots
    5 apples
    1/4 watermelon
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  6. Shelll
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    20 December 2020 in reply to monkey_magic

    Thankyou for starting this thread MM.

    You have inspired me to get back to juicing. I have been juicing for a few years now, but over the last month or so motivation to take care of myself in that way went.

    I remember it did make me feel physically and mentally a whole lot better. Some benefits I experienced were: more energy, my head was less foggy, clearer and healthy skin, eyesight was more sharp, less inclined to eat junkfood, desire to eat more whole vegetables and fruits.

    Anyway thankyou MM for the nudge to get back to it. I am going to see what I have in the fridge

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  7. monkey_magic
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    20 December 2020 in reply to Shelll
    That's excellent news Shelll. You have been such an inspiration to me with your eating for health and wellness thread and a lot of the whole plant based foods you eat.

    Feel free to share your juicing recipes as I'd love to try more.

    I might even extend this thread to smoothies as well.
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  8. Shelll
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    20 December 2020 in reply to monkey_magic

    Yes it is excellent news MM. I do have a natural passion for health which includes juicing and all its benefits for the human body. Have been in a real funk so I did feel encouraged when I saw your new thread.

    Plus I am so happy for you.

    I am now sipping on a juice I just made from some items I found in my fridge. It is not overly sweet. But it feels very nourishing inside me as I sip it slowly. Made about 1 litre.

    10 peeled carrots

    1 pink lady apple

    1/2 continental cucumber

    small knob of ginger (1/4 thumb size)

    I like the smoothie idea as well.

    One thing I have learnt recently is to drink juices or smoothies from a straw. And rinse your mouth out soon afterwards to protect your teeth enamel from any natural sugars and any acidic fruits. I am using a sage rinse at the moment , which is a few shakes of dried sage in some warm water. Swish around in your mouth for a bit then spit out.

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    20 December 2020 in reply to Shelll
    Well done Shelll on making that nourishing juice and thanks for the tip to protect your teeth!

    I've tried an orange coloured juice with ginger and this is the recipe;

    8 large carrots
    3 oranges
    Small knob of ginger
    1 tsp tumeric

    I haven't tried this juice with the tumeric yet but many studies show that it has major benefits for your body and brain.It has powerful anti- inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.

    On another thread Ecomama mentioned to add tumeric to juices that are orange and watch your body heal- thx Eco!
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    20 December 2020
    Hi monkey here's one with pineapple in it.My son loves pineapple.

    1/4 fresh pineapple skinned and cored
    4 Kale leaves
    1 ripe Banana
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    20 December 2020 in reply to Matchy69
    Hi Matchy,

    Thanks for the contribution. I'm yet to try that one. I have however had this one with pineapple.

    3 apples
    10 large carrots
    1 small to medium pineapple
    Parsley 1/4 cup ( optional)

    Keep the juice/ smoothie recipes coming great people. I'm with you Shelll, I also have a passion for health. Not to say I'm always eating healthily. But these juices are helping me a lot.
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    20 December 2020 in reply to monkey_magic
    I don’t like kale or oranges in juices. I don’t have a juicer.
    what ingredients do you like to lift your mood. I like ginger.
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    20 December 2020

    Hey m_m

    What kind of juicer do you use? I'd like to give some of these a go. I don't like cooking, so sounds like a good way to get in some nutrition.

    Thanks, Katy

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    20 December 2020 in reply to quirkywords
    Hey Quirky,

    When there's other ingredients, and just a small amount of kale is added I find you sometimes don't even know it's there. Other flavours can overtake it. Honestly some of these ingredients on paper look gross to me but the fruit in the juices make them sweet and I suprisingly like it. It's been a sweet surprise.

    I do think ginger is a good mood lifter.

    The whole juice to be honest lifts my mood. It could just be a couple whole foods in it but I wouldn't know. I just know they as a whole make me feel better.
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    20 December 2020 in reply to Katyonthehamsterwheel
    Hi Katy!

    The juicer I bought is a Breville one from Big W, it was $119. Nutri Bullet have been advertising theirs which I think is $149. My friend got his from Kmart, said it was only $50 and I've seen them as high as $500.
    I did a Google search prior to buying one and had a look from there. The juicers I'm referring to have a chute where U put the fruit and veg in and push it down with a food pusher, it then separates the liquid which empties into a jug. Mine even came with a brush for cleaning.

    These juices are just whole fruits and veg so much better for you than the store bought ones full of sugar. I now find I'm craving healthy food. I believe once you get into the habit of drinking them you crave them.

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    20 December 2020 in reply to monkey_magic
    Hey, great! My Big W has one in stock. Do you need to chop/peel/core the fruits and veg?
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    20 December 2020 in reply to Katyonthehamsterwheel
    Hi Katy,

    Yes, it's a large chute so you can fit whole cucumbers, carrots, and large pieces of other fruit and veg etc down there. I personally don't peel my carrots or cucumbers but others do. I know you have to peel the skin off oranges, lemons, limes etc. And you can't leave seeds in stone fruit.

    It comes with an instruction manual which explains everything.

    I've just seen a green pina colada juice that I just have to try next.
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    20 December 2020 in reply to monkey_magic
    Pina Colada~

    1 banana
    1 small pineapple, peeled, cored, chopped
    2 kiwifruit, peeled
    1/2 baby cos lettuce
    1/2 cup baby spinach
    1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
    3 apples
    1 lime
    1 1/2 cups coconut water

    Can't wait to try this one. It's next on my list.
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  19. Shelll
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    21 December 2020 in reply to monkey_magic

    This pina colada sounds refreshing MM and I am imagining it will be a pretty light green colour.

    I am thinking you will juice everything but the banana and coconut water. Then add it to a blender along with the banana. Maybe your juicer does banana?

    Or is it a large smoothie?

    Think I will go try something similar, I have a few of those pina colada ingredients.

    And yeah tumeric is excellent. I have added fresh tumeric to juices before.

    I have not had any breakfast, so I am going to see what sort of pina colada I can make.

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  20. Shelll
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    21 December 2020 in reply to monkey_magic

    This is my attempt on your recipe MM. It tastes pretty good, but I think mint in it would be even nicer. Just needed to use whatever I had at home.

    Juiced

    1 pink lady apple

    1/2 continental cucumber

    1 lime

    Handful of organic baby spinach

    A few bits of cos lettuce

    Blended that up with

    1/2 frozen banana

    1 cup frozen pineapple

    1/2 cup chilled coconut water

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    21 December 2020 in reply to Shelll
    Nice one Shelll,

    I've never used banana in the juicer before and actually don't know if you're meant to or not.

    I have a Nutribullet so I'd probably put the banana in that with the coconut water and add it to the rest of the drink.

    Or I could try putting it through the juicer and see if it works. Don't think I'd get much juice out of a banana though?

    Quirky-
    I just made a juice out of left over fruits and veg at home. I put quite a bit of kale in it and it is a bit gag- worthy to be honest. Only because I put a lot in. I'm still drinking it though lolol.

    Looking forward to my next batch- pina colada.

    Matchy-
    Do U put the banana through the juicer?

    Happy juicing!

    This is one of my favourite smoothie recipes.I Make it all the time; banana smoothie.

    1 over-ripe banana
    Ice
    Vanilla essence
    Cinnamon
    Low fat milk

    I put all the ingredients in a nutri- bullet, blend, and serve. It is so much yum!
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    21 December 2020 in reply to monkey_magic
    Hi monkey the best thing to do with the banana recipes is to juice the other ingrediants and then put it in a blender with a banana and make a smoothie out of it.Great trick.
    Mark
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    22 December 2020 in reply to Matchy69
    Cheers for that Mark 😉

    I found some recipes that I'd like to try. Please note these are large quantities of juice. I like to fill up my jug/s.
    Adjust quantities to suit~

    I like the sneaky veg that's added to some fruit juices.

    Kiwifruit juice 🥝
    6 kiwifruit
    3 apples
    2 cucumbers

    Apple juice 🍏
    6 green apples
    2 cucumbers
    1/4 lemon ( this prevents juice from going brown).

    Watermelon, strawberry juice 🍉🍓
    1/2 watermelon
    2 green apples
    2 oranges
    2 punnets strawberries

    ( Haven't tried the watermelon, strawberry one yet but I'm thinking I might leave out the orange) but this was the recipe I found.

    Please note: you can also add some water to your juice if you prefer it diluted.

    😀


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    22 December 2020 in reply to monkey_magic
    And here are some smoothie recipes with added sneaky veg.

    Banana & spinach smoothie
    1 large ripe banana
    1/2 cup baby spinach
    1 cup milk

    Mango, banana, spinach smoothie
    1 ripe banana
    1 cup baby spinach
    1 cup mango
    1 cup milk

    Bluberry, banana, spinach smoothie
    1 ripe banana
    1 cup blueberries
    1 cup baby spinach
    1 1/2 cups ice.

    🍌🥬🥭🍌🥬
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    23 December 2020 in reply to monkey_magic

    Hey monkey!

    These are GORGEOUS recipes you're sharing!

    For extra health benefits you can always add a few chia seeds and my all time favourite turmeric!

    EMxxxx

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    23 December 2020 in reply to ecomama
    Oops, it's turmeric not tumeric like I kept mentioning above. Yes, I finally tried one with added turmeric in it Em!

    They are power juices. I had my juice this morning and felt really cleared up and re- vitalised.

    So far I've been drinking at least 2 glasses of juice a day for 11 days straight.

    I wish I did this sooner. Much more nutritionally dense than supermarket juices.

    Everyone feel free to share any juice or smoothie recipe!!!
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    24 December 2020 in reply to monkey_magic

    Just wanted to encourage you along MM. You are doing so well with all the juicing and the smoothies. Good on you!

    Wanted to share: some of my favourite apps are some by Jason Vale. He has quite a few out with what I think are really delicious juices, smoothies and blends. I have done a few of his challenges in the apps. He also has a YouTube channel. I remember one that had beetroot and avocado plus some other ingredients in it. I would never think to mix avocado with beetroot. But it was delicious and creamy. And you are eating a super healthy fat there in the avocado.

    I also like "simple green smoothies" a website and book. Jen I think her name is.. well she has an extensive range of smoothie recipes on her website. You can find her on Instagram as well. And she also has a fun app that has recipes as well. Quite like her app. I also have participated in her seasonal smoothie challenges she has.

    And another is "fat sick and nearly dead" this is an Aussie guy(I think) who helped heal his body by drinking loads of juices. He made 2 documentaries about it. They may be on Netflix. I watched them somewhere. I have his recipe book full of juicing recipes.

    Anyway just wanted to encourage you along MM.

    Chocolate Smoothie:

    1/2 chilled coconut water

    1 cup of bonsoy Soymilk or other milk

    1 handful baby spinach

    1 teaspoon tahini (good source of calcium)

    1 teaspoon cacao powder (or cocoa powder)

    1 teaspoon maple syrup (optional)

    1 frozen banana

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    24 December 2020 in reply to monkey_magic

    What a great thread!

    I know this is a little of topic, however I too having been feeling great from some diet changes.

    Recently stopped eating unhealthy dips (eg: sweet potato, egg salad and spinach) after seeing the fat content of the dips. I've now been buying a 800g tub of tzatziki dip (which is surprisingly health) and have been adding fresh dill. It really jazzes this healthy dip up, tasting GREAT!

    Give it ago if you want something yummy and health!

    Regards,

    D

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    24 December 2020 in reply to Shelll
    Hiya Shelll,

    I do feel encouraged after reading your post. I will have to check out those apps,books,and documentaries for further inspiration.

    I'll def have to try your healthy version of a chocolate smoothie as well. I love chocolate and I'm a fan of soy milk. Haven't bought cacao for a long time and I will.

    I made a batch of the healthy pina colada and couldn't taste the coconut from the coconut water at all, it wasn't as good as I thought it would be but still healthy none the less. Very sweet too. I could always add coconut to it.

    It's all about experimenting and adding variations of things to suit your taste.

    Welcome Doz86,
    Dietary changes really do improve the way we feel and how the body functions and heals so good on you.
    I love a good home-made tzatziki. Might make some soon actually and I'll add some dill. It was one of my fave dips growing up.
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  30. Shelll
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    24 December 2020 in reply to monkey_magic

    Yeah coconut water does not have a strong coconut flavour. But it is full of electrolytes. I often drink it if I have a headache.

    You could also try coconut yoghurt, there is one in Woolies that is made from coconut milk and has no added sugar. Coconut milk which in my opinion does taste coconuty. The water and white soft coconut flesh from a young Thai coconut. Very fresh tasting and creamy. Takes a bit of practice to open one up and such. But it is an adventure to use one of those. Perhaps try soaked coconut flakes as well.

    And yes everyone's tastes buds are different for sure.

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