Health Elixir

by gina karshner
(Vero Beach, FL, USA)

This Health Elixir looks a lot like the commercial V8 juice, except it’s made fresh in your kitchen and perhaps with some of your own fresh grown produce.

2 carrots

2 tomatoes

2-3 ribs of celery

1/2 cucumber

1 lime

1" (or more) of ginger

4-6 handfuls of Kale (or spinach)

A dash (or more) of cayenne pepper

Put all of the above through your juicer - sprinkle the cayenne pepper on top and mix through with a spoon. Delicious!

A Real Health Booster

This juice looks like a real health booster, just as the commercial V8 is/was touted to be. I think a glass of this everyday would do wonders for one’s health and well being.

The ingredients are simple, loaded with nutrition, and readily available just about anyplace. The celery contains electrolytes and the natural sodium is great for suppressing salt cravings.

It could be a great juice for any time of day although Gina noted it as a dinner juice. Even if you don’t care to have the cayenne pepper I think this one is really a winner.

I think I would try this on a juice fast because it would be a nice changeup from all green juices, and it does have some caloric value to it with the tomatoes and carrots.

The Best Juicer for The Job

There are a number of great juicers out there, but I think the best kinds are low rpm juicers that don’t destroy nutrients and allow you to juice leafy greens. These juicers spin at about 80 rpms, or 80 revolutions per minute.

Many juicers today have a basket cutting mechanism that you feed the produce into and it’s spinning at around 8500 rpms. The mechanism can get warm fast and transfer that heat to your delicate juice and cause major nutrient loss. Also the produce can shoot through so fast that you’re not getting all you can out of your produce in terms of juice yield. Whether you grew your own produce or bought it doesn’t matter, you still want to get the most out of it.

The Hurom vertical slow juicer is what I own and use at home. I also have more expensive twin gear juicer, but it is a little more of a pain to clean so I opt for using the Hurom. There are other good brands that make a vertical juicer like Breville, which many people seem happy with.

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