The Core Diet Blog

Project Juice: Day 22

Today is not much for tropics, but with left over pineapple and papaya I will try to give it a go. I have previously decided to add the ginseng over the horseradish, and so do. There is nothing sparkling today about my juice as I feel like predetermining the ingredients removes a bit of the excitement. Maybe if I add a spontaneous ingredient, things will perk up. In attempts to mask the tropical feel, I go with beet and romaine, and am quite surprised at the smooth vegetable taste.

Juice #22
  • Pineapple - ½
  • Papaya - ½
  • Ginseng - 3"x ¼"
  • Beet - 2
  • Romaine - 1 cup
Project Juice: Day 23

Excitement is back today in the juicing project! I'm off to the market for a fresh restock of produce. I have learned some regarding amounts and specific items. I stock up on pomegranate, fuyu, Asian melon, Asian pears, citrus, roots and greens. I have found some cinnamon stick, as well. I am especially pleased with the cinnamonstick as this was for a holiday recipe, but will now double as a juicable.

·Cinnamon has antifungal, antibacterial and antiparasitic properties and been found to be effective in fighting yeast infections, stomach ulcers and head lice.

·Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties.(You know how I love to read this!)

·Cinnamon may actually help people with Type 2 diabetes control blood sugar levels, and may significantly lower LDL "bad" cholesterol, total cholesterol and triglycerides.The USDA showed that 60 Pakistanis who had Type 2 diabetes, who ate 1 gram of cinnamon each day over a period of 40 days, experienced a significant decrease in their blood sugar levels, LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol and triglycerides.

·Cinnamon is an excellent source of manganese, dietary fiber, iron and calcium.Fiber? Really? More investigation on this one…

·Studies show that just smelling cinnamon improves our memory and performance of certain task.

Juice #23
  • Cinnamon - 2"x ½"
  • Green Apple - 2
  • Pear - 1
Project Juice: Day 24

Christmas Eve finds me neck deep in lists and a mantra "Just make it to 10PM". Today would be the day for cacoa in the juice, but not having any on hand I go over to my newly replenished basket. My pomegranates are glistening, and somewhat missing them, I grab a few and start the ritual. I decide that perhaps I should have some available for my Christmas Day party, as well. Wait! My adult beverage option has arrived. Pomegranate Sapphire with Lime seltzer! But, I digress… I have yet to try pomegranate with horseradish, so that's in there. Looking through my greens I find some Yukchoy that will add some body to the juice. Green leafy vegetables are a great source of vitamin A,a major source of iron and calcium, beta-carotene (converts to vitamin A) and improve immune function. Millions of children worldwide have an increased risk of blindness because of inadequate dietary vitamin A from green leafy vegetables. Vitamin A in high doses is protective against skin cancers. Also big cancer fighters are lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids that additionally help protect the eye from cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. These compounds may also decrease risk of certain cancers (3 or more servings may help decrease gastic cancer) and help prevent heart disease and stroke. Quercetin, found in green leafies, has antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties. Again, woohoo!

Juice #24
  • Pomegranate - 1
  • Horseradish - 1"
  • Yukchoy - 1 cup
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