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Juicing Wild Greens!

Wheatgrass002Wild Greens ~ How to Juice them!

August 8, 2011 at 1:31pm

Today we are going to chat briefly about three power packed wild greens that very few people are juicing, nor are they using in their diets, yet these three little greens can seriously help detoxify your kidneys, liver and purify your bloodstream.
Don’t know what these greens are?

Have you ever taken a walk in the park during Springtime and seen wild dandelion leaves and Stinging Nettle leaves growing randomly in the park? I remember those crazy wild yellow flowers from the Dandelion Greens that seemed to sprout up overnight, and who can ever forget the powerful nettle leaves that sting so badly, it would take 24 hours to get the pain to go away?
Drinking them in tinctures and/or herbal infusions are quite different from juicing them. Just make ‘sure’ you know your greens. This is why we say, purchase them from stores, instead of randomly picking them up in the fields of parks or forests.
Miraculously these two little greens pack a powerful punch when they are juiced. And no, the stinging Nettles do not get into your throat when you juice them! And no, the yellow flowers are not suggested for juicing.

How do we find Comfrey, Stinging Nettles and Dandelion Greens?
Most all Farmer’s Markets have them, and Co-ops have them in the summertime. Ask your grocer, and ask your farmer’s market people. If they don’t carry them, they will most likely know where you can go to find them.
What’s the best way to select them?

Dandelion Greens are best picked when they are young. The older the leaves, the more bitter they will be. Jay and I love the kinds of Dandelion Greens that have a red stem to them. They have a bit more iron in them.
Helpful information: Dandelions support digestion, reduce swelling and inflammation, and treat viruses, jaundice, edema, gout, eczema and acne, also aids in liver detoxification and strengthens kidney function.
Comfrey leaves follow the Dandelion Greens as far as picking goes. But if you don’t have them growing in your neighborhood (we don’t really suggest doing this because people use pesticides on their lawn and also pesticides for spiders, so we suggest buying them from the Health Food Stores, Co-ops and other Farmer’s Markets.

Helpful information: Helps liver detoxification, kidney weakness, abd soothes irritable bowel syndrome and bronchitis.
Stinging Nettles ~ follow the same course. The larger they are, they more bitter they are. Buy them (wrapped) so that your hands do not touch the leaves.
Helpful information: An effective tonic for gout, weak or overburdened liver/kidneys, nettle is also good fiord the symptoms of hay fever, scurvy, PMS, and helps heart patients.

Here are some fantastic juice combinations Jay and I have been using for the past six or seven years:
(Just as an FYI….these greens are very potent, and we suggest you start slowly, and don’t drink more than 8 ounces at a time) because you may incur a bit of diarrhea, intestinal cramping or nausea. This recipe will give you 8 ounces, and diluted enough to where you can juice this tonic once a day for ten days without having any kind of negative reaction. If you want to amp it up a bit, then double the recipe.

Wild Dandelion Greens! (recipe for 2)

4 small Dandelion Leaves
6 ribs Celery
1 Lime with skin
1 green Apple
1 cup baby Spinach
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Wild Green Nettles (for 2)
6 small leaves (about 3 inches long) Nettles
1 Green Apple
1 large Cucumber with skin (no wax)
1 Lime with skin
1/2 Beet with its greens
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Wild Comfrey (for 2)**
4 Comfrey Leaves (medium sized)
1 Large Green Apple
1 large Lime with skin
1 large Zucchini
1 cup baby Spinach
**Comfrey cannot be used for women who are pregnant or lactating.poster green foods

Therapeutic Raw Potato Juice!

Therapeutic Raw Potato Juice!

December 3, 2011 at 9:50am
Juicing raw Potatoes is a valuable natural remedy which can provide help for our digestive system, including benefiting ulcers, digestive disorders, constipation and diarrhea. It can help eliminate acids in the stomach and relieve ulcer pains. For such treatment, it is recommended to use the juice of red potatoes and also the new potatoes. It is important that red potato juice should be consumed right after is it made. For making a good potato juice, all potatoes should be washed out, dried out, where all the black spots are removed. Also, you should never use juice of immature (green coloured) potatoes or the potatoes with black dots since such potatoes can contain certain toxic substances. If you mix it with carrot juice (25% of raw potato juice and 75% of fresh carrot juice), raw potato juice can help to calm down burning sensation and gastritis pains.
Since raw potato juice is not that tasty, you can mix it with other veggies…..but if you want to keep the potato juice in its raw form, with no combining, you can add fresh lemon juice to it. Taken raw like this in the morning, this tonic is excellent for digestive disturbances, and constipation, and/or diarrhea.
Linda and I don’t usually recommend potato juice raw because it’s quite potent, and should be considered taken only with nutritionists and/or naturopathic doctor’s guidance. There are certain problems and ailments connected with the function of our digestive system, which can be escalated by using a potato therapy.
Potato juice can be effective also when combined with Parsley, Cucumber, Lemon, Carrot, Celery, Beet, Apple.
The best potatoes to use are the small white, and never juice potatoes without washing thoroughly and cutting out all eyes and dark spots beforehand.
Here’s some interesting information about the healing properties of Potatoes:
Potatoes are nutritious and easily digestible, so they are suitable for all ages. They are diuretic, soothing, anti-spasmodic and help with digestion. Below are some therapeutic uses of potatoes:
Anemia: Potatoes are excellent sources of both iron and folic acid, which are essential for the production of red blood cells. For this reason potatoes can be used as a natural aid in the prevention or treatment of different forms of anemia.
Arthritis: Like rheumatism, arthritis is an inflammatory condition. The high minerals, potassium and organic salt content in potato makes it one of the best anti-inflammatory food. Slice a potato together with the skin and soak in a glass of distilled water. Drink in the morning before meal.
Burns, rashes and other skin irritations: When applied on the skin, raw potatoes (cut into slices or juiced) have anti-irritating, soothing and decongestioning properties. It can be used to treat a wide variety of skin irritations and conditions, including burns, rashes, as well as skin redness, itching and dehydration.
Constipation and hemorrhoids: Boiled or steamed potatoes promote the formation and passage of soft, hydrated stools. So they can be effectively used as a natural remedy to treat constipation, eliminate bowel straining and prevent hemorrhoids.
Gastritis and gastric ulcers: Perhaps the most common use of raw potato juice is to treat gastritis, colitis, gastric and intestinal ulcers, due to its anti-acid and healing properties. In these cases, to get the maximum benefit from potato juice, it is advisable to drink a half glass of it 3 to 4 times a day, for at least one month.
High blood pressure: Potatoes are excellent sources of potassium, which helps lower and stabilize blood pressure.
Joint and other types of pain: The regular consumption of raw potato juice is a valuable remedy in relieving pain associated with arthritis, gout and even headaches.
Rheumatism: The juice extracted from raw potato is an excellent remedy for rheumatism. It is very detoxifying for a toxic condition. Take 2 teaspoons of the juice before meal for best effect.
Tired eyes: Raw potato is really a useful aid for tired eyes. Apply thin slices of raw potato on the eyes at least twice a day, eyes dark circles will miraculously disappear!
Weight loss: It’s a myth that potatoes are fattening. It is the oil in fried potatoes that causes weight gain. Raw potatoes are an excellent alternative for cereals and grains in any weight-loss regimen, due to their lower calorie content.

Here’s your’s truly. Farmer’s Market yesterday (August 13th)
Here's your's truly.  Farmer's Market yesterday (August 13th)

The Magnificent Healing Power of Dark Grapes!

When I was a young boy, back in the 1920s, we were eating Grapes that were black, or dark blue and had a plethora of seeds but they were darn good! Riber, Black Corinth, Concord…

My father used to make his own wine, from our home when I was just a boy. Our entire extended family did as well. I came from a small island off of Yugoslavia, called Vis. All of my culture made wines from the darkest of grapes, the finest of grapes. My father and mother, since coming to the Los Angeles area to live, continued on with this tradition, and my father taught me how to make home made wine with him. We drank wine (up until I was 12 I had to drink it half water/half wine) at dinnertime.

Just as a side note, both my mother and father were exceptionally healthy, never had any kind of heart disease. My father lived until he was over 103 and my mother died when she was 97, out of a broken heart, I’m sure. They were married over 75 years and I don’t think she was able to survive without him. One day my father ate too much for dinner while celebrating someone’s birthday, and then the next day he died, albeit not of a heart attack, rather just old age. So please remember, that we MUST find ways to consume grapes, frequently, as now of course the research is coming out about how powerfully healing and healthy they are for us to consume regularly.

I have seen, in my lifetime, the evolution or should I say the devolution of Grapes. Many more of us are eating them, but I am not sure we realize the hazards and misconceptions of Grapes.

Most grapes have approximately 20 to 30, if not more, pesticides on them, so if you are to consume them, please ONLY buy them organically. Further, always try to buy darker grapes with SEEDS.

Since the 80s, we have seen the devolution of the seeded grapes, which is heartbreaking to me because dark, seeded grapes are where all the reservatrols, flavanols, phenolic acids, and yes, even melatonin are.

Grapes have garnered so much attention lately, and some consider them to be the perfect fruit. Relatively low on the Glycemic Scale (especially the darker, more bitter grapes), they can be consumed without worry.

Benefits in grape research:

Cardiovascular system
Respiratory system
Immune system
Inflammatory system
Blood sugar regulating system
Nervous system.
and finally Cancer prevention, with risk of breast, prostate, and colon cancer emerging as the most likely areas of grape anti-cancer benefits.

GRAPES are one of the worst fruits found with the MOST pesticides, so please only buy organic, and try to buy the darker, with seeds, Grapes. I do not recommend green Grapes, as most of them have been hybridized to the point of no return. Grapes that have no seeds are grapes that cannot benefit, that’s my position.

Here’s a great recipe (best blended so as to benefit from the seeds and skins)

1 pound dark, Grapes (pick from the stem)
1 pint Raspberries or 1/2 cup frozen Acai
1 pint Blackberries
1 cup water or 1 cup Coconut Water
1 Banana

Place all ingredients into your blender, and blend slowly until you have reached the desired consistency. You can also ADD ice, but since it’s wintertime, (unless you are living in Australia/New Zealand) i wouldn’t recommend it. If you are wanting to make this for breakfast I would recommend adding a tablespoon of flax seeds.

You can also add a Young Coconut, and if you don’t have one, we would recommend adding freshly made Almond Milk or Walnut Milk (1 cup)

Reference article: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=40

Photo: The Power of Grapes!

When I was a young boy, back in the 1920s, we were eating Grapes that were black, or dark blue and had a plethora of seeds but they were darn good! Riber, Black Corinth, Concord…

My father used to make his own wine, from our home when I was just a boy. Our entire extended family did as well. I came from a small island off of Yugoslavia, called Vis. All of my culture made wines from the darkest of grapes, the finest of grapes. My father and mother, since coming to the Los Angeles area to live, continued on with this tradition, and my father taught me how to make home made wine with him. We drank wine (up until I was 12 I had to drink it half water/half wine) at dinnertime.

Just as a side note, both my mother and father were exceptionally healthy, never had any kind of heart disease. My father lived until he was over 103 and my mother died when she was 97, out of a broken heart, I’m sure. They were married over 75 years and I don’t think she was able to survive without him. One day my father ate too much for dinner while celebrating someone’s birthday, and then the next day he died, albeit not of a heart attack, rather just old age. So please remember, that we MUST find ways to consume grapes, frequently, as now of course the research is coming out about how powerfully healing and healthy they are for us to consume regularly.

I have seen, in my lifetime, the evolution or should I say the devolution of Grapes. Many more of us are eating them, but I am not sure we realize the hazards and misconceptions of Grapes.

Most grapes have approximately 20 to 30, if not more, pesticides on them, so if you are to consume them, please ONLY buy them organically. Further, always try to buy darker grapes with SEEDS.

Since the 80s, we have seen the devolution of the seeded grapes, which is heartbreaking to me because dark, seeded grapes are where all the reservatrols, flavanols, phenolic acids, and yes, even melatonin are.

Grapes have garnered so much attention lately, and some consider them to be the perfect fruit. Relatively low on the Glycemic Scale (especially the darker, more bitter grapes), they can be consumed without worry.

Benefits in grape research:

Cardiovascular system
Respiratory system
Immune system
Inflammatory system
Blood sugar regulating system
Nervous system.
and finally Cancer prevention, with risk of breast, prostate, and colon cancer emerging as the most likely areas of grape anti-cancer benefits.

GRAPES are one of the worst fruits found with the MOST pesticides, so please only buy organic, and try to buy the darker, with seeds, Grapes. I do not recommend green Grapes, as most of them have been hybridized to the point of no return. Grapes that have no seeds are grapes that cannot benefit, that’s my position.

Here’s a great recipe (best blended so as to benefit from the seeds and skins)

1 pound dark, Grapes (pick from the stem)
1 pint Raspberries or 1/2 cup frozen Acai
1 pint Blackberries
1 cup water or 1 cup Coconut Water
1 Banana

Place all ingredients into your blender, and blend slowly until you have reached the desired consistency. You can also ADD ice, but since it’s wintertime, (unless you are living in Australia/New Zealand) i wouldn’t recommend it. If you are wanting to make this for breakfast I would recommend adding a tablespoon of flax seeds.

You can also add a Young Coconut, and if you don’t have one, we would recommend adding freshly made Almond Milk or Walnut Milk (1 cup)

Reference article: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=40

Jay’s Holiday Dozen Day Two Potassium Broth

Today is Day Two of 12 consecutive days of posts with Jay demonstrating how to make each juice recipe. We will also include nutrition and research information to compliment Jay’s choice of fruit and/or vegetable drinks.
Happy Holidays from all of us at JayKordich.com

Day Two – Potassium Broth

- Handful of parsley
- Two or three carrots
- Handful of spinach
- Two or three celery stalks

A recent study published in Cancer Prevention Research demonstrates how a compound found in parsley, when given to rats with breast cancer, caused the development of less tumors and also significant delays in tumor development compared to rats that were not given this compound. It’s called apigenin, commonly found in many plants but more highly concentrated in parsley.

Salman Hyder, the Zalk Endowed Professor in Tumor Angiogenesis and professor of biomedical sciences in the University of Missouri-Columbia’s College of Veterinary Medicine and the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center, gave the substance apigenin to rats with a particular form of breast cancer. Apigenin is not only found in parsley but also lower concentrations in celery, apples, oranges, nuts and other plants.

Some are calling this groundbreaking research because it shows how an easy to obtain, natural substance can stop certain breast cancer tumor cells from multiplying and growing without the negative impacts associated with drugs and hormone replacement therapies.

Dr. Hyder found apigenin blocked new blood vessel formation and therefore slowed and sometimes totally stopped the development of tumors. “We don’t have specific dosage for humans yet,” Dr. Hyder said in a media statement, “However, it appears that keeping a minimal level of apigenin in the bloodstream is important to delay the onset of breast cancer. It’s probably a good idea to eat a little parsley and some fruit every day to ensure the minimal amount.”

Jay Kordich has been a huge proponent of parsley based on research going back decades, long before all the recent cancer research studies. If you have attended one of Jay’s live seminars over the last 30 or 40 years, you may recall Jay teaching about the power of parsley juice.

Exciting new information was just released. Researchers at the University of Missouri have discovered a substance in celery called Apigenin that is shown to reduce breast cancer cell progression in their studies with mice. In addition, celery apigenin also shrank existing cancer tumors for even stronger evidence to suggest further research as an alternative to chemotherapy for the treatment of breast cancer.

This is exciting to us juicing fans because we already know how to put concentrated amounts of substances from celery into our bodies by simply running stalks of it through our PowerGrind Pro juicer. Also celery juice is great tasting, especially when mixed with carrot, greens and apple. What could possibly be a simpler way to help insure your protection against cancer?

Apigenin, while most prevalent in celery and parsley, it’s also in many other vegetables and fruits such as apples, beets, brussels sprouts, cabbage, lettuce, grapes, cherries and herbs like rosemary, thyme, oregano and peppermint.

Over and over again we see evidence of amazing health giving properties from plants. What Jay Kordich has been saying and teaching us for many decades is confirmed through study after study. If you own a juice machine, start using it on a daily basis to get these nutrient-rich elements into your body.  Don’t Wait.  Start Juicing Today!

Here is Jay making Potassium Broth.

 

Juicing with Fresh Horseradish Leaves!


Did you ever consider, you can combine fresh horseradish leaves and its root with your veggie tonics? The leaves are bitter, but well worth it in juice form, masked this way, still delivers a power punch of nutrients to your body.

Here’s one we have been using for years which is a fantastic tonic for our immune systems. A strong immune system keeps us from falling prey to the flu, to colds and to other auto-immune diseases.

Did you know horseradish and its greens make a great combination to help build our immune system when combined with carrots and spinach?

Jay’s Horseradish Tonic!

1 inch fresh Horseradish Root
3 large Horseradish Leaves
1 Green Apple
10 Carrots
1 cup fresh Spinach

Juice the horseradish first, then follow with the spinach then finish off with carrots and apple.

If you feel like it, you can also add a wee bit of fresh ginger root. Making this tonic is fantastic for those of you who are suffering from congestion in the nasal passages!

Photo credit: http://www.horseradish.info/files/2012/05/horseradish.jpeg

Foodie Fridays with Friends: Super Dates!

Anybody for a Super DATE? Well, if you don’t want to date anybody – why not make some dates yourself? Pick up a good book or your digital tablet and make these fantastic little goodies… It makes for a great date… literally!

Here’s the recipe:

1 cup soaked Almonds (soak them overnight)
(make sure to rinse them before you use them)
1 cup Medjool dates (pitted)
1 cup coconut flakes

  1. Put the almonds and dates into a food processor and pulse for about 30 seconds or until you achieve desired consistency.
  2. Add the coconut flakes, then roll into one inch balls and place onto cookie sheet and refrigerate for a few hours. (Quick fix: Place in the freezer for an hour or so and you are ready!)
  3. We  love these date balls, and you can do so many different varieties.

Protip: Try making fresh almond milk with these babies….warm up the almond milk and HAVE AT IT! Now that’s a great date.

We love these – and kids love to make them and eat them too! Blessings to you all…and happy goodies too. - Linda Kordich

Thanksgiving Nut Patties

Jay and I love to prepare these super healthy vegan patties especially during Thanksgiving because everybody loves them, even non-vegetarians!  Combined with organic mashed potatoes and fresh, living cranberry sauce poured over the top… it’s something we want to share with you this season!

Ingredients:

1 cup soaked cashews (soak overnight then drain and rinse)
3/4 cup soaked sunflower seeds (soak overnight then drain and rinse)
3/4 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup hemp seeds
2 stalks celery
1/2 sweet onion
1/3 cup virgin olive oil
2 tbsps. brewers yeast

Herbs & Spices:

seasalt and pepper to taste
2 tsp. fresh basil
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. thyme
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp. sage

  1. In a food processor, place the cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, celery, onion and blend until coarsely blended.
  2. Place these ingredients into a bowl, then add: the brewers yeast, olive oil and the rest of the spices.
  3. Make into small patties (about 2 or 3 inches in diameter) and place onto parchment paper or dehydrating tray paper
  4. to either dehydrate at 110 degrees for 3 to 5 hours, or you can bake them at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, turning
  5. on each side to make sure they brown.
  6. Pour over fresh Gravy and eat with your Traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings…mashed potatoes, stuffing….or you can use a good pasta sauce to pour over the top of the Nutty Patties!

Sweet Almond Milk Smoothie

Here’s another tonic for Thanksgiving that is more sweet and festive!

Sweet Almond Milk Smoothie 

Serves 4

Ingredients:

Soak all of these overnight (together):
1 cup soaked almonds
1 inch soaked Cinnamon Bark
1 tsp. Cloves (soaked)
1 vanilla bean (approximately 3 inches)

Additional ingredients (do not soak):
3 Pears
2 Peeled Bananas
Pitted Dates (10)

Directions:

  1. Juice the following: Almonds, Cinnamon, Cloves, Vanilla Bean, then add Pears (3)
  2. Add the juice from above into a blender.
  3. Add the following: 2 Peeled Bananas, Pitted Dates (10)
  4. Top with freshly grated coconut and cinnamon sprinkles on the top!

What price do we pay for eating office snacks?

Our culture must change in our office workplace if we are to make great strides in our health. We are living in the dark if we pretend to believe we are eating healthily if we haven’t transformed our workplace’s snack food/lunch environment. It’s something we face everyday – so let’s see what we can do, easily to bring some LIFE into our workplace!

Why work hard by transforming our eating habits at home, when at work we secretly eat or are tempte d to eat the worst kinds of foods: chips, laden with hydrogenated fats, sodas at 100% all corn syrup, cookies, cakes and so forth?

Our schools have been slowly doing better because pressure from the community but it’s the work environment’s foods that are still hidden in the dark ages.

Here’s what I would like to see change!

  1. Bring a good, strong and easy to manage juicer and blender into the office kitchen.
  2. Eliminate all coffee and sugar and even the coffee machines from the visual eye…..
  3. Order fresh, purified water to be delivered weekly.
  4. Create a quiet, meditative dark room with a massage table and futon for breaks so employees can rest and regain their balance
  5. Rotate responsibilities as to who is going to buy produce for that week.
  6. Bring fresh, organic snacks from home. (*suggestions are at the bottom.)
  7. Take 15 minute brisk walking breaks or make part of your lunch hour.
  8. Eliminate ALL cheap snacks that are in vending machines. What’s there will tempt!

By juicing daily, or making super nutritive smoothies, by meditating and taking brisk walks and eating superior organic food snacks will only enhance work performance and eliminate lots of sick days….

You can be the first to transform your workplace. It can be done, and it’s about time we did!!!!

*apples, raw and roasted nuts, trail mix without m & m’s, flax crackers, pears, bananas, sunflower and hemp seeds. avocados, hummus with baby Carrots, nut butters, celery sticks with nut butters.

 

The Healing Powers of Fennel (Anise)!


Most of us get caught in juicing the same kind of produce over and over…..I’m even guilty of this as lifestyle patterns sometimes get the best of us.

So let’s get those mundane cobwebs out of our juicing pantry and explore!

A vegetable not many of us know about or juice on a regular basis is Anise or some of you know it as Fennel. They are basically the same but have different botanical names.

 

I have a recipe that John Lust used to use that is excellent for conjunctivitis and or night blindness (optic nerve deficiency) and to help rebuild the digestive tract.

Here’s the recipe:

Makes 1 quart

1/2 Fennel/Anise root (make sure to use the stringy leaves too)
10 carrots
1/2 cup green cabbage

Anise/Fennel has a black licorice taste to it….it’s delicious and we hope you will add it to your juicing regimes. It’s also very high in Manganese!