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Jay’s Holiday Dozen Day One Tangerine Juice

Today begins 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 One – Tangerine Juice

Whether you find Satsumas, Mandarins, Clementines or simply Tangerines, this is the time of year when they are out in force at supermarkets and produce stores all across the country. Grab yourself a bag full and start juicing and eating them today because more and more research is showing their value to our health in a big way.

Protection Against Diabetes And Obesity

Research from the University of Western Ontario is showing a substance in tangerines that can protect against obesity, type 2 diabetes and also heart disease. It’s called Nobiletin, a flavonoid found in the white parts of the fruit. Murray Huff, a vascular biology scientist at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, along with Erin Mulvihill, a PhD student conducted the study, published in the journal Diabetes.

In this research mice were fed two different types of diets. Group one was given a “western” diet of high fats and simple sugars. This group became obese and showed all the signs associated with metabolic syndrome: elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, high blood levels of insulin and glucose, and a fatty liver.

The second group were fed the exact same diet with added Nobiletin. They experienced no elevation in their levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, insulin or glucose, and gained weight normally. They also became much more sensitive to the effects of insulin. Nobiletin was shown to prevent the buildup of fat in the liver by stimulating the expression of genes involved in burning excess fat, and inhibiting the genes responsible for manufacturing fat.

“The Nobiletin-treated mice were basically protected from obesity,” says Huff, the Director of the Vascular Biology Research Group at Robarts. “And in longer-term studies, Nobiletin also protected these animals from atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque in arteries, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke”.

A few years back another piece of important research was showing a flavonoid in grapefruit called Naringenin offered similar protection against obesity and other signs of metabolic syndrome. “However Nobiletin is ten times more potent in it’s protective effects as compared to Naringenin and this time we’ve also shown Nobiletin has the ability to protect against atherosclerosis”, Huff said.

Get Nobiletin by Juicing Tangerines

How do you get more Nobiletin into your diet?  Juice your tangerines with the Jay Kordich PowerGrind Pro juicer. The flavonoids from the white are released into the juice from the tangerine and you receive the benefits of this important flavonoid into your body on a daily basis.

Here’s Jay making Tangerine Juice

Almond Nog: Antioxidant Rich Cholesterol Lowering Drink

Most people love the taste of egg nog. We feel the same. Also many of us would like to limit the amount of milk we consume. It’s definitely a conflict people face every year around the holidays. We wanted to come up with a recipe that could give us the satisfaction and the taste of egg nog but forgo the cow’s milk. Thus we present to you our Almond Nog.

Before we get to the recipe and the video, let’s recap why most nutrition and health researchers would recommend including almonds in your diet on a regular basis. There are numerous studies showing almonds and other nuts as beneficial to you health. Here is an overview:

Cholesterol Lowering Benefit

Nut consumption has been shown to have cholesterol lowering benefits. Almonds in particular have other cardioprotective nutrients  that include α-tocopherol, arginine, magnesium, copper, manganese, calcium, and potassium. Researches credit these additional properties of almonds as adding to their cholesterol lowering effect.

Abdominal Obesity, High Blood Sugar, High Blood Pressure Benefit

New research is showing a link between eating nuts and serotonin levels in patients with metabolic syndrome (MetS), those with higher diabetes and heart disease risk. Serotonin helps transmit signals that decrease feelings of hunger and make people feel less stressful. MetS symptoms include excess abdominal fat, high blood sugar and high blood pressure. Dietary changes are strongly associated with helping these patients become healthier.

With only one ounce of nuts per day over 12 weeks, (walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts were included in the study) they found evidence of increased serotonin levels to suggest beneficial effects from the nuts which could have a positive impact on inflammation and other cardiovascular risk factors as well.

Antioxidant Effects of Almonds

Here are findings reported in the Journal of Nutrition by Jeffrey Blumberg,  director of the Antioxidants Research Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts University in Boston, Mass.  His team is showing that after consumption of 2.5 ounces of almonds per day for one month, “their concentration of two biomarkers of oxidative stress–plasma malondialdehyde (MDA) and urinary isoprostanes–were significantly lowered.”

We’ll have to wait to discuss all the health giving benefits from apples, pears, macadamia nuts and vanilla for another post otherwise we’ll never get to the recipe and video.

Remember one last thing;  unlike other juicers out there, our PowerGrind Pro is specifically designed to make nut and seed milks — in one step. No blending and squeezing required. Watch the video below to see just how easy it is to make your own fresh almond milk using the Jay Kordich PowerGrind Pro.

Almond Nog Dairy Free Drink:
2 pears
2 apples
1 cup almonds soaked
1/2 cup macadamia nuts soaked
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon allspice soaked.
1/2 teaspoon cloves soaked.
1/2 whole vanilla bean

Here is Linda Kordich making this great tasting special holiday drink.

Why JUICING Works! The Number 1 Key to Vitality

1. Why Juicing Works   ~ Key #1!
Linda, Jayson and me in 1990, juicing!
Fresh, living (sun-baked) vegetable and fruit juices are a veritable liquid powerhouse rich in natural plant enzymes, phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.  It is the number one KEY to longevity and vitality.  We like to think fresh juicing is like taking a bullet train to your destination instead of walking.  Making fresh juices delicately extracts these living nutrients which are literally bound within the plant as the juicing process releases them into juice form. For many years in our health seminars we sometimes would pick up a carrot and say hey, can anybody squeeze the juice out of this carrot with their own hands?  Of course it’s impossible to do, but did you know carrots have more juice in them than oranges do?  The mystery of juicing still baffles us, even after over sixty years of teaching this subject, every time we make fresh vegetable juices, we continue to be enlightened.  This is the beauty of life.  To be on an enlightened path everyday discovering newer ways to become healthier, wiser, more loving and tender sustains and invites youth no matter what the age.
You see, juicing delivers 100% of the nutrients through its pre-digested form.  It’s pre-digested because we don’t have to go through the digestive processes in order to benefit from the nutrients we are consuming.  That’s why we say: “It’s the juice of the fiber that feeds you.” Juicing gives you the highest density of nutrients per calorie. Fiber is essential for proper bowel function, yes, but we recommend eating a diet high in all fibrous forms such as fruits, soaked nuts and grains and seeds, vegetables and herbs.  Combine these food with a big dose of vegetable juices on a daily basis, and now you have the power of LIFE in your hands!
Can you tell we are excited about juicing? Absolutely.  Can juicing add vitality and energy and especially longevity into your life as well?  Absolutely.  That is what this book is about.  Everything important about juicing will be shared with you.  By the time you finish this book, you and your family‘s lives will be transformed on so many levels.  That’s the whole point as to why we are writing this book. We want you to apply this knowledge, so you can become empowered and share these virtues and truths with your own children, or grandchildren and they in turn share with their children.  Ultimately and collectively we will become a superiorly healthy Nation as we should be.  We are the richest Nation in the world, yet almost at the bottom of the wrung in health. To us, this is a travesty!
What we find interesting is that it never ceases to amaze us when people taste fresh vegetable juices for the first time, their eyes widen and a surprised grin appears on their face immediately.  Then they completely finish off the juice in the glass, asking for more.  We have never seen a person tell us that freshly made vegetable juices taste bad.  The challenge is not really the taste, but learning and integrating all of the techniques and skills of making juicing a daily habit at home. That’s what The Living Diet will teach you.  We have decades of experience to empower you to get that juicer up and running in your kitchen on a daily basis, and also we will guide you on how to make the right choices with understanding why the ‘lifeforce’ from living foods needs to be part of your daily regime as well.
We want you to intimately know this word:  life-force!  The life-force from foods is what’s missing in our diets, in a huge way. Most of our meals are completely devoid of the life-force.  Sometimes you will hear us say, dead food is devoid of the life-force, and it’s true. The more life-force you can consume, the more energy, vitality and longevity is assured.
One of the best reasons for juicing  is because of the immediate feeling of energy you feel.  At the same time you will feel a natural calm, because your body is getting the nourishment it craves. Over the long run, your stamina will likely increase, and your bowel habits will change dramatically for the better.  Everyone should be eliminating at least twice a day. When you are juicing on a regular basis, you are guaranteed to have no troubles in that department.  What’s more, your skin will probably start to improve, including losing a ton of excess weight.
Some people ask: why should we juice fruit when we can purchase it in the store?  You can buy orange juice, for instance, right in the dairy case. Yet scientific research shows 90 percent of fruit’s food value lies not in the flesh, but in the peelings and just below the surface. And that is the real juicing advantage. Juicing releases nutrients that are normally unavailable because of our inability to eat food parts that are indigestible, like the rind of a watermelon or the white fiber of an orange.  In addition to this fact, is that orange juice loses a huge percentage of the natural vitamin C within just minutes of extraction.  Therefore, it’s almost as if you need to have your mouth up on the spout of the juicer as the orange juice is coming out!
One of the most important benefits of fruit and vegetable juicing is the benefit of the trace and major minerals heartily available.  The most amazing story of photosynthesis can well explain the importance of these magical minerals.  The mystery begins with soil, the sun and the seeds of plants.  Plants literally drink minerals up from the soil. If you could grab a handful of rich earth, eat it, and absorb the body’s full requirement of iron, calcium, phosphorous, zinc, and boron, you would never have to buy food. But you can’t. Only plants, with their roots down in the ground, can draw up the minerals and store that vital power in the plant’s cell walls—and in the form of juice, the absorption level goes through the roof.  Instead of absorbing only twenty or thirty percent of the nutrients, you are absorbing 100% of the nutrients, into your bloodstream, immediately.  Do you see?
This is a very important statement, and I want you to read and re-read this again, so you understand the reasons why we need plant-life and why it’s so imperative we consume large quantities of plant-life daily either through juicing or through our meals.
Live foods also are bursting with what we call the ’sparkplugs of life’….. plant derived enzymes. The difference between living foods and cooked, devitalized foods is whether they contain this essential ingredient.  This is one of the keys to longevity!  Cooking foods, even placing them in boiling water, virtually kills all enzymes. Any food that is cooked over 118 degrees almost confirms all of the natural ‘life-force’ is gone, meaning the enzymes have all gone up in smoke, literally.  Why is this important? Enzymes initiate, direct, or accelerate virtually every chemical reaction required for life.  All natural foods consumed in their living and/or raw state are bursting with these life-giving natural plant enzymes, helping digestion and better absorption of our foods.
Most fruits and vegetables also contain phytochemicals (phyto- means “plant”); they are the pigments and compounds that give plants their individual colors and flavors. Back in the 1940’s throughout the entire 1980’s I used to say that these powerhouses of nutrients were ‘yet unidentified’ nutrients because science hadn’t defined yet what these phytochemicals or antioxidants were.  It was only in the 1990’s where the medical establishment and dedicated scientists finally caught up with the exploding information that was coming to the forefront about the healing powers of plant-life.
Clinical trials now have established that plant-life has powerful antioxidant activity and may lower the risk for certain types of cancer. Some phytochemicals bind physically to cell walls, thereby preventing pathogens to lodge themselves inside. Others, such as lycopene, can help reduce heart disease, and lower cholesterol levels. Lycopene is easily found in tomatoes, and as you will find out, we have some spectacular tonics made out of fresh beefstake tomatoes combined with lemons, spinach, carrots and celery, making for a powerhouse tonic rich in a rainbow of coloured nutrients!
The final section in the opening chapter addresses those readers who are already vegetarians. Most vegetarians and vegans are not taking advantage of the Power of Juicing.  Once they start to incorporate juicing into their diets, they too will find that their vegetarian diets had been missing this key ingredient, and their energy will soar once they start incorporating fresh fruit and vegetable juicing into their daily diets. Granted, vegans and vegetarians are way ahead of the game, but they will be amazed just how much farther along the path to vitality they will find themselves in once they start to incorporate some of these vitally important juicing habits into their daily lifestyle. Let’s also not forget teenagers who recently have become inspired to eat a vegetarian diet, yet are eating the wrong kids of foods such as Twinkies and crackers for some of their meals. Granted let’s give them credit for understanding the benefits of vegetarianism and/or veganism, but if they are the only vegetarian in the family, it can lend itself to a bit of a disaster as far as support is concerned.  This book, as we have said throughout these chapters, is designed for Families.  That means husbands, wives, children, grandchildren, grandparents, and yes even teenagers.  Whoever is managing the kitchen needs to read this book thoroughly and invest time and invite their family members to get involved!

Juicing for FINICKY Children ~ It Works!

Jay and I have successfully raised two boys, who are now 27 and 25 years old. We taught them how to prepare natural foods and how to juice daily since they were quite young. Once they were 12 they actually knew all of the kitchen skills needed to live on their own. Now our oldest son is almost 27 years old, he is married and prepares fresh juice daily for her, plus he is an avid Vegan cook.  Since our children were raised vegan/vegetarians since birth, unfortunately, when they were younger, one was just fine with lots of varities of fruits and veggies, while our oldest son really had a huge challenge with eating greens. Because of this challenge it has helped me become good at instructing others how to get the finicky eater out of the closet and into the kitchen!

The side benefit to this is that the bonding experience between you and your child is priceless.


Here are some great tips that we used and that REALLY work:

1. Sit down with your child and ask them what fruits and veggies they

like or so-so like.  By identifying them this helps the parent focus

on the few or many, depending on the child, which juices to make

FIRST.

2. If they don’t want to do this, then show them online under fruit

and vegetable images which ones they can choose for themselves which

ones they either like or which ones they would be open to trying.

3. Once identified, then you can ask your child to come to the store

with you so they can HANDS ON get emotionally invested with their

parents and/or parent in the process.  This way, they will be more

than likely to taste and drink the juice.

4. Now that you are back from the store, invite your child or your

children into the kitchen to help prepare the produce for washing.

5. Get the juicer out from under the cabinet and ask them to help get

a chair so that they can do the pushing of the fruits or veggies into

the juicer.  THEY LOVE THIS part!

6. If your child is really picky, use a colored glass under the spout

so the colour of the veggies do not cause a negative reaction.  The

taste, even if it’s vegetable based, will never taste like cooked

vegetables.  They are always much sweeter in their raw state and more

nutritious as well.

7. We suggest you start off with a veggie and fruit juice combination

such as:

10 carrots

2 apples (not green as they are a bit tart but any other works fine

like golden delicious).

8. Once they taste this, they will be surprised at the sweetness of

the juice and then be more open to trying more daring veggie juice

combinations.

9. If they are completely adverse to trying the carrot/apple combo,

then start with apple/celery combo, and if that doesn’t work, then try

apple/berries of any kind.  Children love to drop berries into the

juicer!

10. Once your children get the hang of juicing, they will begin to

open up the doors to the delicious and nutritious benefits of

vegetable juicing.  Just remember to invite them into this world of

juicing so they become part and parcel to the entire process which

ensures success and a deeper bonding experience with them.  WE also

suggest bringing Dad in on it too!