How to Make Fresh Vegetable Juice at Home

Have you ever had a taste of freshly made vegetable juice? It’s one of the most nourishing foods out there. And today I’m going to show you just how to make this type of fresh veggie juice.

How to Make Vegetable Juice Video

Veggie Juice Ingredients

The beauty of making vegetable juice is that you can pretty much improvise with what you’ve got in your kitchen or garden.

That being said, here’s what I used in this particular juice.

  • Carrots (tops and all)
  • Apples
  • Ginger
  • Celery
  • Parsley

Juicer Recommendations

I’ve heard great things about the Breville Juice Fountain, and many raw foodies recommend it. One of the benefits is that it’s a good quality juicer, for a pretty fair price.

It also has a wider opening, so you don’t need to cut fruits or vegetables as small to get them juiced.

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The juicer I own is the Omega J8005 Nutrition Center Single-Gear Commercial Masticating Juicer. What I like about it is that you can use it to make green juice, and other treats like nut butters, raw fruit sorbets and ice creams, and baby food.

It’s got a heftier price tag, but because it uses a mastication system you’re actually getting more juice for your buck. Before I got this blender I always cringed when I saw how much juice was left in the pulp. Now the pulp is totally dry.

What is Your Favorite Mix?

I’d love to know what your favorite mix of vegetable juice is. I’m pretty partial to my “Beet Goes On” beet juice recipe. What else do you like to drink?

Love, Nathalie

How to Pick a Good Watermelon

Summer is here, and that means hot days and refreshing watermelon slices.

How to Pick a Good Watermelon
Photo by Luke Robinson

Unfortunately, one of the reasons people don’t enjoy fruit as much as they could is they haven’t learned how to pick the freshest, ripest fruit.

With most fruit you can smell it, touch it and check for firmness… but with watermelon there’s another trick – tapping it like a drum. Basically what you’re doing is checking to see the water content of the melon: the higher the better.

So if the sound you get from lightly tapping a watermelon is deep, then you know it’s a good one. If you don’t hear much then move on to the next one.

Another good thing to check is how heavy the watermelon is. A heavier melon will have more water and that’s what you’re looking for!

My Watermelon Gum Story

A few months after I went raw, I remember having a conversation with a colleague about watermelon.

His stance was that watermelon had “no substance” and that you could just as easily chew a piece of watermelon gum and drink a glass of water, and get the same benefits as eating watermelon.

I didn’t say anything because it wasn’t the time or place, but my mind was screaming at the fallacy of this proposition.

There’s no way that chewing gum and drinking a glass of water has the same affect as eating watermelon.

I just know that intuitively, but let’s look at some hard data.

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Photo by Sydney Marie

Watermelon has fiber and tons of nutrients that we just don’t appreciate at first glance.

Watermelon Nutritional Information

Here are just a few of the things that watermelon has going for it…

  • Good source of Vitamins C and A
  • Helps reduce inflammation
  • High in antioxidants that fight free radicals
  • Contains more lycopene than most fruits and veggies, including tomatoes
  • Provides the body with potassium and magnesium
  • Very cleansing, alkalinizing, and mineralizing food

Many fruits have a lot of nutrition in the skin or rind, and it’s no different for watermelon… so don’t feel weird eating the white stuff, or juicing the rinds in your morning juice.

Enjoy the seasonal fruit!

Here’s to fresh, tasty, and juicy watermelon! Enjoy the seasonal fruit when it’s here, yum yum!

Love, Nathalie

How to Make Healthy Snacks with Raw Cashews

Is there such a thing as a healthy snack? I think so, and I think there are a couple of principles to keep in mind if you’re going to eat a snack.

Your snack should be easy to digest

If you’re going to have a snack between meals, make sure it’s easy to digest and that it will not cause any “stomach traffic jams”. Find out more about food combining in this video.

Make Healthy Snacks

Eat a snack only if you’ve got time between meals

What I mean by this is that you should try to eat one meal and then give your stomach time to digest before adding something else on top of that. So if you ate lunch 30 minutes ago, don’t snack right away.

A snack should really be like an island to rest on before you next destination. I think having a healthy snack is important if you’re going to have a late dinner, since it stops you from overeating at dinner.

Eat snacks mindfully

Another trick to having a healthy snack time is to make your snack a mindful activity. Don’t just eat while you’re at your computer or focused on something else. Take a few minutes to unwind while you’re eating your snack, and you’ll find you don’t need to eat as much… and you’ll feel a whole lot better when you get back to your work!

Be prepared with a healthy snack

The problem with snacking is that we usually reach for an instant food when we’re under pressure. Instead of going to the vending machine or stopping by the corner store, bring your own snacks.

Try this healthy raw cashew snack…

Healthy Cashew Snack Video Recipe

(Click here to watch the video.)

What are your snacking tips?

I’m sure you’ve got some awesome snacking tips up your sleeves… please share them with us in the comments below!

Love, Nathalie