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How to Make Green Juices Taste Delicious

It’s our Magic 3 – and boy are they magical.  It’s amazing just how much they can change the way our taste buds react to the darker green juice combinations.  Even your children will love them, and oh yes, even your reluctant partner in love.

Here is the easiest way to make those dark green juices come alive and taste spectacular!

MAGIC 3

  1. Limes/Lemons
  2. Fresh Mint (Spearmint and Peppermint are the best tasting)
  3. Apples or Pears

TOP GREENS

If you use the following leafy and nutritious greens, then our Magic 3 can work magic on the taste. The TOP Greens, nutrition wise,  not in any specific order are kale, spinach, parsley, swiss chard, collards, turnip greens, mustard greens, broccoli, green and red romaine lettuces and green and red cabbage.

Here is a good example of how to balance out your green drinks. Make your juice combo have these percentages:

  • 80% from any one of the top greens above
  • 10% from apples or pears
  • 10% from lemons or limes

If you leave the peel on the limes and/or lemons, this will make your drink stronger. If your produce is not organic, please never use the skin, but double up on the lime and/or lemons because without the skin, they are not as potent.  So, for example, if you are using 1  lime with skin, we say use 2 limes without the peel.

One Fruit And No More!

We do not recommend adding any other fruit into the green juice combinations because if you add too much fruit,  you will mitigate any real value in absorption of nutrients and the drink becomes much less alkaline.  The whole idea is to absorb nutrients and to receive the benefits of the high alkalinity from these green juices. That’s why we limit the sweetness to only 10% of the drink.  Keep it down to 10% and you’ll be fine, even if you want to add 10% of pineapple as the only sweetener.  I don’t recommend it, but if you must, then just do the 10%.

Mint Can Be A Great Addition

Add as much of the mint into the drinks as you like because they are a leafy herb, rich in nutrients and very low in sugars.  Even the limes or lemons can be extended to 20% if you have to in the beginning, to start to train your taste buds to like the green juices.  But I am asking you not to add too much fruit.  The secret is to add more mint to the drink if you are struggling along with a lime.

Add Green Juice To Nut Or Seed Milk

green milk webDid you know freshly juiced leafy greens bring superior quality and quantity to our hemoglobin? This is why people who drink a lot of dark leafy green juices have pure, beautiful white blood cells without any fungus, distortion or toxins in them.

If you can make fresh almond milk or any kind of fresh nut or seed milks, did you ever think of adding fresh organic leafy green juices to them? Shelley Young and my wife Linda made this juice together last summer, and according to their viewpoint, this combination brings high alkalinity, protein and super-nutrients to our bloodstream almost instantly.

Fresh, dark leafy greens brings in the quality and quantity of our hemoglobin meaning they are excellent blood builders. Combined with the high alkaline almond milk, the natural, heart healthy fats from the almonds make this a super-powerhouse of nutrients. Linda and I make the recipe below frequently after a morning workout because it’s light, but highly sustaining. You won’t be hungry for several hours afterwards.

With our PowerGrind Pro juicer, put the spinach through first, then start adding in the almonds and alternate between the soaked nuts and the cucumber, adding water as necessary. Finish flushing through with the celery.  If you don’t have a juicer that makes nut and seed milks, juice all your greens, then set aside. Blend your almonds, then strain through a nut bag, then combine the green juice to the almond milk. Here is the recipe:
GREEN MILK
1 Cup Spinach
1 cup (soaked) Almonds
4 ribs Celery
1 large Cucumber
 (If you want it to be a bit sweeter, add a golden delicious apple while juicing.)

Jay’s Holiday Dozen Day Eleven Mean Green Juice

This is Day Eleven of 12 consecutive posts with Jay demonstrating how to make each juice recipe. Also included is 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 Eleven – Mean Green Juice

This is a powerhouse drink that combines antioxidants from high nutrient greens with potassium from celery and apple, bioflavonoids from lemon and the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger.

Mean Green Juice Recipe
6 kale leaves
1 cucumber
2 green apples
4 celery stalks
1/2 lemon with the skin
1/2 inch ginger or to taste

Watch Jay Kordich make this recipe with his PowerGrind Pro juicer

 

 

Mean Green Juice with Jay Kordich PowerGrind Pro

This is a powerhouse drink that combines antioxidants from high nutrient greens with potassium from celery and apple, bioflavonoids from lemon and the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger.

Mean Green Juice Recipe
6 kale leaves
1 cucumber
2 green apples
4 celery stalks
1/2 lemon with the skin
1/2 inch ginger or to taste

Watch Jay Kordich make this recipe with his PowerGrind Pro juicer

Spinach Power For Eyes And Cancer

Looking for an easy way to green-up your juices and salads?  Spinach is one of the Kings of Green. With the ever present tubs of organic, washed baby spinach at most supermarkets, what could be simpler than throwing a handful of spinach into your juice combinations or salad mix.

Numerous studies are showing the benefits of spinach and more research is on-going. Cardiovascular disease including stroke and coronary artery disease. Cancer, including colon, lung, skin, stomach, prostate and breast cancer. Eye health including cataracts. It may also help with age related cognitive decline.

Spinach is packed with nutrients like carotenoids and antioxidants. It is an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K, Coenzyme Q10, B vitamins, iron and omega 3 fatty acids. It’s one of the highest sources of chlorophyll with 300 to 600 mg per ounce. Some of the research is just beginning to look at prevention and treatment of liver cancer, skin cancer, and colon cancer with regard to chlorophyll-containing vegetables and especially spinach.

Eyes are seeing the power of spinach as well. Studies are pointing to compounds in spinach that may help with macular degeneration, known as AMD. Carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxanthin are associated with less risk for AMD and spinach is loaded with these important nutrients.

Jay uses spinach in many recipes that are fast and easy to make. One of his favorites is called Potassium Broth. The recipe:
- Handful of Spinach
- Two stalks Celery
- Handful of Parsley
- Two or three Carrots
- Half an Apple, optional

Here is Jay using his world famous PowerGrind Pro juicer making Potassium Broth:

The Healing Power of Green Juice

BLOOD TONICS…..Are YOU Blood deficient? have you ever had your blood drawn and looked at through a microscope? You will see something quite interesting. Either your red blood cells are plump, round and healthy, or they are distorted, full of parasites or they are not well oxygenated. I am sharing some of the MOST successful green tonics that WILL bring the oxygen back to your blood cells and restore them, creating plump, round, healthy and vibrant. THIS tonic is VERY special. Please try to drink it at least 3 times a week, and daily if you have deficient blood.

(for 2 ~ Organic only)

6 ALFALFA Leaves, fresh
1 SPINACH, (1 cup, packed)
1 PARSLEY, (1 cup, packed)
1 CUCUMBER (unwaxed, English)
6 CELERY (6 ribs from the stalk)
6 DANDELION (leaves)
1 LIME (large with skin)

This is one of the most powerful, super low glycemic TONICS you can take for your blood. We have seen miracles in people’s bloodwork in just weeks. Please SHARE THIS INFORMATION! It is crucial we share this with everyone. Jay  Remember, that the human blood is almost identical to the blood of the green plant.

Important Differences between Fruit and Vegetable Juices

Fruit and vegetable juices are the cleansers, energizers, builders, and regenerators of the human system. Specifically, fruits are our cleansers and energizers and vegetable juices are our builders, and regenerators.  Freshly extracted fruit or vegetable juices will supply all the enzymes, vitamins, minerals, protein, and some fats critical to increased vitality! Adding live juices to one’s diet as a daily routine, many claim brings them a rejuvenating effect and help the disorders such as obesity, cancer, leukemia, arthritis, high blood pressure, kidney disorders, skin infections, liver disorders, alcoholism, and smoking. Supplying the body with easily absorbable nutrients, so that anybody, even with compromised immune sytems or assimilation challenges, juicing penetrates into our intestinal walls, making assimilation almost immediate. This is because when you juice freshly made fruit or vegetable juices, they are 100% pre-digested.  For the elderly, fresh vegetable and fruit juicing is essential!
As we age, our assimilation factors decrease due to digestive weaknesses and illnesses we incur as we grow older.  Some say that as we reach the age of 70 years old, most of us can only absorb 20% of the nutrients we consume through eating.  Not so with juicing.  No matter the age, juicing is 100% absorbable.
For most health conditions, juice fasting is the best method to transform health quickly and effectively, no matter our age.  However, as we age, we are also more susceptible to detoxification symptoms as we start to juice more and more power juices such as greens, carrots, beets, etc.,.
This is why combining these vegetables helps ease some of these symptoms when we add neutral fruits to the mix such as apples.
Through juicing at least 1 quart of power juices daily, thousands of individuals have claimed they have experienced major relief from serious diseases such as cancer, leukemia, arthritis, high blood pressure, kidney disorders, skin infections, liver disorders, obesity, alcoholism and even smoking. Because juice fasting quickly and efficiently removes toxins and excess fatty tissue while supplying a full spectrum of nutrients, (such as antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins, minearls, enzymes and micronutrients), it has an advantage over any weight-loss program. Juicing literally –nourishes every cell of our body and floods the body with nutrients that energize the body’s natural regenerative abilities.
Here is one of our favourite juice combinations that effectively help our immune system and our overall health ~ at any age!
(for 2) ~ (Organic Only Please!)
10 medium sized CARROTS
4 leaves SWISS CHARD
1 LIME with the skin
1 large Cucumber (unwaxed)
1 BEET with its greens
1 large, yellow, red or green Apple
This tonic contains a powerhouse of cleansing properties that anyone can drink on a daily basis, except for children under three years old.
Here’s to Power Juicing!
Jay Kordich

Mother Nature, Our Sustainer, Teacher and Healer

(Written by Linda Kordich)

Do you realize that when we turn towards SUN FOODS, we are also transforming the Inner, spiritual part of ourselves as well?

First, let’s talk about sunfoods.

What are Sunfoods?   These are foods that grow from the ground, from trees such as fruits, nuts and seeds that become transformed into foods edible for us to consume…..perfectly ripened by the sun.  These are perfect foods, rich with vitality, love and knowledge!

It is precisely these foods that us humans need in order to feel spiritually connected to the planet, and most importantly, to the humanity we so desperately need on this big beautiful Earth.

Did you know, that when the sun’s rays touch the Earth, it stimulates the seed from deep within the ground, to sprout and soar towards the sun? It’s in this mysterious process ~ perfectly designed, by the way, where we need focus our attention, because it’s not just the foods that will help us transform our lives for the better…. it’s the mysterious and magnificent gifts we receive from a higher source that will heal ourselves and our planet when we consume these plant foods and their juices.

For example, if we could feel the pain others feel…. feel the isolation and unfair degredation our brothers and sisters have to endure day by day, our world would change overnight.

Why?  Because when you hurt, I hurt.  It’s that simple.

Yet, if it were that easy, we wouldn’t be facing such an overwhelming dilemma we are facing now.  We need to wake up from the dream we have been living in….When we start to break free from the deep, dark crusts of apathy that wrap around our heart and soul, we begin to truly feel…..we begin to feel the pain of our own disconnection to the world, to ourselves and our loved ones.  This is the beginning of understanding that our diet plays a huge role in the way we think, act and live.

Sunbaked, living foods and their juices will help us wake up from this dark dream we are living in.  Let the colour of these juices stream into your body.  Let the blood of the plant enrich our souls.  It is precisely this act that will help us all understand how much power we have in this world to change, yet the irony is, the more of us change to a plant based diet, the more we ALL transform.

This is the reason why, that the more we teach, come together and unify, the more we can and will heal the entire human race. It may sound like pie in the sky, but actually, if you transform…..others will become inspired and do the same, and this becomes expenontial as we progress.  It’s the fastest and most comprehensive way to enlighten ourselves and our planet, and more and more of us are waking up to this humanitarian new way of living on this beautiful blue Earth.

How do I know this?

When I was a little girl, back in 1960……I distinctly remember imaging what our world would look like when I was older.  Would there be vegetarian restaurants?  It was literally impossible for us to go out to a restaurant with our family back in the 1960′s because we were vegetarians back then.  Only Chinese restaurants had the foods, and even then, one had to be careful….their sauces were laden with animal products such as fish sauces, etc.,.

It’s been 40 years since I had this thought, and look at the world!  Everywhere we go there are vegetarian options.  People by the millions are changing their diets and riding this beautiful new wave of healing.

It is possible!

I wonder what the world will look like 40 years from now?  It’s up to us all to take this farther and farther, deeper and deeper until the majority of the planet is enlightened by choosing a plant based diet.  As we ‘hook up’ to the green juices, the plant based diet foods, we begin to wake up…..and start to see ourselves and our planet quite differently.  We will ‘start’ to bloom inwardly, igniting the spark of compassion, love and understanding, just as naturally as a fragrant red rose blooms in the summertime.

Drinking fresh green juices quicken this process!

These deep, rich and magnificent colours imbedded in these plants, specifically, the esoteric information permeating within these plants…. become filled with divine knowledge, and will….indeed transform our lives into a profound understanding of ‘who’ we really are.

Especially in juice form.

Green juices are powerfully healing in their abilities to quicken this process, yet let’s look at fruit for a moment……

Fruits are the gifts from trees, and are the manifestation of True Love from the Universe.  There are no real words to describe their essence, their beauty or even the purity of their gifts to us.  Have you ever sat under a peach tree…..smelled the fragrance and felt the weight of the branches as they swayed towards the ground during a gentle breeeze in the middle of the summer?

This is exactly what I mean….there are no words, because experiencing is the answer.  I sure hope you invest in our Beloved Mother Nature. She will not just inspire you….. she will thoroughly metamorphosize every cell in your body….enlightening your mind, body and soul.

Linda Kordich

The HIGHEST Nutritious Tonic! (top 5 shown)

(According to Dr. Koop, here are the TOP TEN highest nutritious Veggies!)

Here is our version for the BEST veggie tonic: (for 2) 10 carrots, 6 flowers of Brussel Sprouts, 1 cup Broccoli, 1 large handful of spinach and 2 green apples. It’s a winner!


1. Broccoli (excellent in juices)

2.  Spinach (excellent in juices)

3.  Brussel Sprouts (excellent in juices)

4.  Lima (not recommended for juicing, unless soaked overnight and then juiced with soaked seeds or nuts.)

5.  Peas (great for juicing and snap peas can be juiced entirely with their pods)

6.  Asparagus (great for juicing)


7.  Artichoke (not recommended for juicing!)  Best steamed  and eaten.


8.  Cauliflower (great for juicing whole)


9.  Sweet Potato (great for juicing and a good substitute for carrots if allergic to carrots)


10. Carrots (fantastic for juicing and is the base for most juicing combinations)

1. Broccoli

Broccoli belongs to the cabbage family (Brassicaceae – to be more specific). The green flower heads and the stalk of the plant are both edible. Broccoli plants are closely related to cauliflowers, although the plants have extremely different colors. Broccoli contains high quantities of vitamin C, soluble fibers and the compound glucoraphanin. Glucoraphanin in broccoli leads to anticancer compound sulforaphane.
Referring to the history of broccoli, the plant was first mentioned in France in 1560 (the name “broccoli” is Italian). 150 years later, in England, the plant was still unknown and was called “sprout colli-flower” or “Italian asparagus”.
During the centuries, broccoli has became a very popular vegetable. The plant is now mentioned in a lot of TV shows, cartoons. There even is a world contest for eating broccoli. The actual champion is Tom “Broccoli” Landers, who ate 1 pound of broccoli in 92 seconds. The secret, he says, is: “Just swallow, don’t bother to chew”.
Eating 100g of raw broccoli can give you (according to the USDA Nutrient database):
Energy – 30 kcal / 140 kJ
Carbohydrates – 5 g
Sugars – 1.7 g
Dietary fiber – 6.64 g
Fat – 0.37 g
Protein – 2.82 g
Thiamin (Vitamin B1) – 0.071 mg (5% of the daily recommended doze for adults)
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) – 0.117 mg (8%)
Niacin (Vitamin B3) – 0.639 mg (4%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) – 0.573 mg (11%)
Vitamin B6 – 0.175 mg (13%)Folate (Vitamin B9) – 63 µg (16%)
Vitamin C – 89.2 mg (149%)
Calcium – 47 mg (5%)
Iron – 0.73 mg (6%)
Magnesium – 21 mg (6%)
Phosphorus – 66 mg (9%)
Potassium – 316 mg (7%)
Zinc – 0.41 mg (4%)
So, by eating 100 g of broccoli, your body gathers two times more vitamin C as compared to oranges. Also, broccoli has only 0.37 g of fat, while chicken breast and steak have 7 g and 18 g, respectively. Broccoli has almost half of the total quantity of calcium in milk (in 100 g of milk there are 113 mg of calcium, while broccoli has 47 mg).
Although it might seem a little strange, broccoli is not seen only as a very healthy and nutritious food.

2. Spinach

Spinach belongs to the Amaranthaceae family, native to central and southwestern Asia. At the beginning, spinach was cultivated in Persia and in 647 arrived to China where it was called “the herb of Persia”.
In the past, spinach was considered to be one of the best sources of iron. In reality, 100 g of raw spinach has 2.7 mg of iron (about 22% of the daily recommended doze for adults), a very high concentration for a vegetable but not as high as people believed in the past.
Still, the quantity of iron made available by spinach for the human body depends on its absorption. Iron enters the body in two forms: heme and nonheme iron. All the iron in grains and vegetables and more than half of the iron in animal food sources is nonheme iron. Heme iron can be found only in meat and in smaller quantities.
Nonheme iron is absorbed much slower as compared to heme iron. Still, the absorption process is influenced by the presence of other elements, like: binders – fiber, enhancers – vitamin C, etc.
So, the good news is that consuming foods rich in vitamin C increases the absorption of iron. However, the bad news is that spinach contains high levels of oxalate, substance that binds with iron to form ferrous oxalate and remove iron from the body (consuming foods with high levels of oxalates will decrease substantially the quantity of iron absorbed by the human body).
A funny thing about spinach is that in 1870, Dr. E. von Wolf published an iron content in spinach that was ten times too high. The scientist misplaced a decimal point in his publication, transforming spinach in the most miraculous vegetable in the world. This lead to numerous stories, including the famous “Popey the sailor man”. Still, the truth was revealed in 1937 by a German chemist who corrected the mistake.
Besides iron, spinach is also a good source of calcium. Calcium absorption, as iron absorption, is influenced by oxalate. The body can only absorb about 5% of the total quantity of calcium in spinach.
Spinach also contains Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, antioxidants and folic acid. The most important nutrients in spinach (100 g), as mentioned in the USDA Nutrient Database, are presented below:
Energy – 20 kcal/100 kj
Carbohydrates – 3.6 g
Sugars – 0.4 g
Dietary fiber – 2.2 g
Fat – 0.4 g
Protein – 2.9 g
Folate (Vitamin B9) – 194 µg (49% of the daily recommended doze for adults)
Vitamin C – 28 mg (47%)
Vitamin E – 2 mg (13%)
Vitamin K – 483 µg (460%)
Calcium – 99 mg (10%)
Iron – 2.7 mg (22%)
Caution: reheating spinach may cause the formation of poisonous compounds that are especially harmful to infants younger than six months.
The nutrients in spinach are very important for red blood cell formation, growth and cell division and protein metabolism. It also contains lutein, a very important antioxidant for eye, skin and cardiovascular health. Vitamin C and vitamin A plus the folic acid and fiber help the body fight cancer, especially colon, lung and breast cancer. Spinach also protects the body against heart diseases and against age related memory loss (flavonoids).

3. Brussels sprouts

The Brussels sprout is part of the cabbage family and it is cultivated for its small leafy green heads, much like miniature cabbages. The name of the Brussels sprout comes from the capital of Belgium: Brussels, as it was first cultivated in this country. Today, this vegetable is cultivated mainly throughout Europe and the United States.
Brussels sprouts are the most hated vegetable in the UK (according to a survey conducted in the UK in 2002). The main reason for this dissatisfaction with Brussels sprouts is that, when overcooked, the vegetable releases sulphurous compounds that give it an unpleasant smell. Thus, Brussels sprout has become a symbol for all vegetables hated by children.
Brussels sprouts are a very good source of vitamin A, vitamin C and folic acid. Also, this vegetable contains high amounts of fiber, potassium and folacin. Brussels sprout is also high in protein, very uncommon for a green vegetable.
According to USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, 100 grams of raw Brussels sprout contains 43 kcal and 0.30 g of fat. The most important nutrients found in this amount of raw Brussels sprout are:
Protein: 3.38g
Carbohydrate: 8.95g
Dietary fiber: 3.8g
Sugars: 2.20g
Calcium: 42mg
Iron: 1.40mg
Magnesium: 23mg
Phosphorus: 69mg
Potassium: 389mg
Manganese: 0.337mg
Vitamin C: 85.0mg
Thiamin (vitamin B1): 0.139mg
Riboflavin (vitamin B2): 0.090mg
Niacin (vitamin B3): 0.745mg
Vitamin B6: 0.219mg
Folate: 61mcg
Vitamin A: 754IU
Vitamin K: 177.0mcg
Tryptophan: 0.037g
Carotene, beta: 450mcg
Lutein + zeaxanthin: 1590mcg
The phytochemicals in Brussels sprout, like beta Carotene, Lutein and Zeaxanthin help the natural defense system of the body. Brussels sprouts are particularly good for pregnant women, due to its high amount of folic acid. This nutrient is a B-vitamin needed during the cellular division, as it is essential in DNA synthesis.
It is known that Brussels sprouts’ glucosinolates help prevent colon cancer. In a study, animals were given water supplemented with Brussels sprouts. As a result the development of pre-cancerous cells was reduced by 41-52% in the colon and 27-67% in the liver. Also, the pre-cancerous lesions in the liver were reduced by 85-91%.
There are many ways to cook Brussels sprouts, but it is best to quickly steam or boil it in order to preserve its nutritional value. The main problem when cooking Brussels sprouts is to avoid overcooking in order to prevent the release of bad smells (caused by sulphurous compounds) and loss of nutritious elements.

4. Lima Beans

Very popular in the United States, Lima beans are part of the fabaceae family. Their place of origin is uncertain, but it is believed that they came from the South American country of Peru (the capital of Peru is Lima, from witch this vegetable gets its name) or Guatemala.
The seeds of Lima beans usually have a green or cream color, with a sweet potato-like taste and a grainy, but creamy texture. Among the many varieties of Lima beans, the most common is the Fordhok, also known as butter-beans. Lima beans are very high in molybdenum, tryptophan, dietary fiber and manganese. Also, this vegetable is a good source of folate, potassium, and iron. As we can see in the following list, Lima beans contain a series of nutrients, very helpful to the body. For example, in 100 g of lima beans you can find the followings:
Energy: 38kcal
Protein: 21.46g
Fat: 0.69g
Carbohydrate: 63.38g
Dietary fiber: 19.0g
Sugars: 8.50g
Calcium: 81mg
Iron: 7.51mg
Magnesium: 224mg
Phosphorus: 385mg
Potassium: 1724mg
Thiamin (vitamin B1): 0.507mg
Riboflavin (vitamin B2): 0.202mg
Niacin (vitamin B3): 1.537mg
Vitamin B6: 0.512mg
Tryptophan: 0.254g
The source of the data is the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference.
Like any other beans, Lima beans are very rich in dietary fiber. Due to this nutrient, this vegetable lowers the cholesterol and prevents blood glucose (blood sugar) from rising to high. This is very useful for diabetics or people suffering of hypoglycemia.
The trace mineral, molybdenum, found in Lima beans is a component of the sulfite oxidase. This substance is an enzyme that detoxifies sulfites. Sulfites are preservatives used in salads that may cause rapid heartbeats, headaches or disorientation. People may have sensitivity to sulfites because of insufficient sulfite oxidase. 86.5% of the daily requirement of molybdenum can be provided by a cup of Lima beans.
According to the Archives of Internal Medicine, foods that are high in fiber, such as Lima beans can prevent heart disease. A study performed in America (for 19 years) concluded that eating 21 grams of fiber daily, lowers the risk of coronary heart disease by 12% and cardiovascular disease by 11% as compared to eating only 5 grams of fiber every day.
The folate in Lima beans also has cardiovascular benefits by reducing the levels of amino acid called homocysteine. High quantities of homocysteine in blood can cause heart attacks, strokes or peripheral vascular diseases. It is known that eating the total daily requirement of folate lowers the risk of heart attacks by 10%.
Besides fiber and folate, Lima beans have another nutrient that helps the heart: magnesium. This keeps the veins and arteries relaxed and smoothens the flow of blood through the body. Deficiency of magnesium is often associated with heart attacks. A cup of lima beans can offer 20.2% of the daily value of required magnesium.
Combined with whole grain, like brown rice or whole wheat pasta, Lima beans offer about the same quantity of protein as meat or other foods high in calories or fat that could increase your cholesterol level. In fact, a cup of Lima beans has 29.3% of the daily requirement of protein (14.7 grams).

5. Peas

Like Lima beans, peas are part of the fabaceae family. Peas come in many forms, each one having a delicious sweaty flavor, a smooth texture and lots of vitamins and minerals. The most common variety of Peas, are the Green Peas (also known as Garden Peas).
Peas have a very old and interesting history. It seems that Chinese were the first ones to taste this delicious vegetable in year 2000 BC. Through time, peas spread in Asia and Europe. Also, there are mentions of peas in the Bible and evidence that proves that this vegetable was worshipped in Egypt, Greece and Rome. The great producers of today’s peas are the United States, Great Britain, China, Hungary and India.
Peas are quite famous in the genetics community. In the year 1866, the monk and biologist Gregor Mendel published his ideas on heredity. By a selective cross-breeding on common pea plants, Mendel came to conclude his observations in two principles: the principle of segregation and the principle of independent assortment. These two principles of inheritance are today’s modern science of genetics.
Green peas are rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, magnese, dietary fiber, vitamin B1 and folate. Here is the nutritional profile of 100 grams of raw green peas provided by USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference:
Energy: 81kcal
Protein: 5.42g
Fat: 0.40g
Carbohydrate: 14.46g
Dietary fiber: 5.1g
Sugars: 5.67g
Calcium: 25mg
Iron: 1.47mg
Magnesium: 33mg
Phosphorus: 108mg
Potassium: 244mg
Zinc: 1.24mg
Copper: 0.176mg
Manganese: 0.410mg
Vitamin C: 40.0mg
Thiamin (vitamin B1): 0.266mg
Riboflavin (vitamin B2): 0.132mg
Niacin (vitamin B3): 2.090mg
Vitamin B6: 0.169mg
Folate: 65mcg
Vitamin A: 765IU
Vitamin K: 24.8mcg
Tryptophan: 0.037g
The high amount of vitamin K1 from green peas makes them very important for your bone health. This vitamin activates a protein called osteocalcin. Without this protein, the absorption of calcium in the bone would not be possible.
In addition to the upper mentioned effects of green peas on calcium absorption, this vegetable is rich in folic acid and vitamin B6 that work together to reduce the levels of homocysteine. Besides affecting the cardiovascular health, this amino acid can conduct to poor bones and osteoporosis by obstructing collagen cross-linking.
Green peas are an excellent way to increase your energy. The vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6 from green peas are necessary for the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids. The iron is necessary for blood cells. Deficiency of iron can result in anemia, fatigue or a week immune system.

My Secrets to Longevity

I have been quite blessed to live a long and joyful life. In a few months I will be 88 years old. I have never had high blood pressure, never had diabetes, not had a heart attack, nor have I had a life threatening illness.  To imagine we are supposed to be in the hospital once every couple of years, or to imagine a heart attack is imminent in people’s lives, once we reach a certain age is just preposterous!  Don’t imagine your life this way.  Imagine it full of vitality and joy, excitement for the next day to arrive and anticipation for more love of life to blossom as well.

In this blog I want to share my top ten reasons to stay healthy and vital.  Hopefully these words can help you mold your life into a way that is free from all food related diseases, and even mind related diseases, because our minds can also get the best of us if we don’t keep it guarded and protected from negative thinking.  As a side note, if I didn’t talk about Nature, it would be a shame.  Nature and Juicing will literally transform your life above all.  Throw a little love and forgiveness in there and your life is RICH beyond your dreams.

Here are my top ten tips for sustaining and maintaining Longevity!

1.  Protect your Mind

Don’t listen to gossip or negavity, ever!  Wipe out all of negativity from others and your mind as well.  You need to imagine your emotions are like a garden.  Negativity is like choking weeds in a tender garden.  Don’t let them in, which means that you must keep watch over your garden at all times, not allowing anything into it that could take away from the future blossoms and fruit that your garden will bare.

2.   Eat Colour in Your Foods!

Foods that have a rainbow of colours are guaranteed to be chock full of flavinoids, carotenoids and powerful compounds that bind with the damaging free radicals in our bodies, lowering inflammation and disease.  We are recommending 9 servings of these colourful foods….so that’s why juicing them is a fantastic way to get in all of those 9 servings.  From Blueberries to Dandelions, these kinds of foods need to dominate our plates.

3.  Sweating!

It’s quite important to get your metabolism moving every other day and at least once a week, we need to really sweat. Whether you like to bike, go to the gym, jog or kayak….we need to be able to sweat heavily for 30 minutes at least once a week.  We have a hot sauna at home and every other day or so I go in there and get a good sweat, plus I work out three times a week on my recumbent bicycle.

4.  Go Green ~ Grow a Garden

Grow a rich herb garden and if you have the room grow a vegetable garden. This alone can create a fantastic life for you!  Once you start your own garden and tend it daily, you will see just how transforming it is and how healthy you will become.  Grow tomatoes!  Grow sprouts in your own kitchen!  Become connected to your gardens and you will see just how much real LIFE you have been missing.

5.  Keep your Family Close

Loving your family, and your close friends by sharing your feelings, sharing the love you feel for them works wonders for the heart.  Linda and I love both of our children, even though we don’t have an extended family, we love them and stay close to them on a daily basis.  It’s crucial we share our love with them, and our knowledge and our wisdom.  Either go to Church together or Pray together or find ways you can become closer to your children and your parents, if they are still alive.

6.  Eat Vegetarian Foods!

Eating a diet rich in vegetarian foods/vegan foods is KEY to staying vitally healthy.  If you cannot give up dairy, please know that cheese is loaded with saturated fats that hurt our arteries.  Cheese especially has casein in it that is basically glue.  If you must eat dairy products, butter, cheese and milk are the worst culprits.  Yoghurt and fermented milk products would be the only dairy products acceptable, but even then, only 5% of our diet should consist of these products. The other 95% should be: fruits, nuts, seeds, grains, legumes and vegetables.

7.  Take Naps and Sleep well at Night

I have taken (alpha) naps as I like to call them, most all of my adult life.  a 1 hour nap per day is something even our children adhere to.  It’s very important to rest the  heart and the mind in the late afternoon.  Staying up late is another no-no.  Please try to get to sleep no later than 11pm.  8 hours of sleep is a must for the heart, the nervous system and for us to learn to relax, even in a nerve racking world.

8.  Forgiveness

No matter what has happened to you in your lifetime, forgiveness is crucial. Holding onto old hurts only hurts YOU!  Forgive and let go. That does not mean you have to go back to the people who have damaged your life, or hurt you in the past.  It just means you have moved on and now you are free to choose love, joy, happiness and adventure.  When we hold onto these emotions it hurts our ability to be FREE.  And holding onto these negative emotions or toxic emotions can cause heart disease and/or strokes.  Nothing is that important where our health could be jeopardized.

9.  Juice on a DAILY Basis

Green Juices are packed with so much healing power in them, you will marvel at how great you feel once you start to consume 16 or more ounces of these tonics on a daily basis!  We recommend 1.5 quarts per day of a variety of vegetable juices.  Also, if you are adverse to drinking fresh green juices, green tea is also a good substitute, and/or a good green smoothie. (see our website for suggestions)

10.  Nurture Nature!

Being in Nature on a regular basis is crucial for superior health.  We live in a small town (highly recommend….get out of the rat race!) and near our home lies a fantastic park where Linda and I walk daily.  She is an avid photographer and I am an avid watcher of Linda.  (just kidding).  Try to find three times a week where you just take a quiet walk daily and listen to the birds, watch the sunsets, observe the way the wind blows and start to tune INTO Nature.  It’s one of the most transforming things besides juicing you can do for YOU.  You will reap powerfully spiritual benefits from it. I promise.