raw-juice

Post yoga hydration - freshly pressed apple, coconut and strawberry juice.

Pressed juices are the most efficient way of juicing fruit as vitamins, minerals and fibers in the fruit are not lost. It’s also 100% raw, whereas many other juices require heating.

Raw Watermelon Cooler

A HealthspirationalMIT original recipe. Right now this is my version of gatorade - I needed to be rehydrated with some nutrients and I know that watermelon is majority water so this is perfect. Simple, cool, and delicious.

Makes one 1L serving.

Ingredients:

1 cup Water

1 Lime, rind removed

½ of a Seedless Watermelon, scoop out the fruit (It’s about 5-6 cups of flesh)

1-2 cups Ice

Directions: 

Add all ingredients to your Vitamix in the order shown. Blend on high for 45 seconds. Pour and enjoy!

If you use this recipe post a picture on Instagram and tag/hashtag me @jhammond90/#jhammond90 and #HealthspirationalMIT :)

Macros: 297 calories, 77g carbs, 1g fat, 6g protein

Micros: 1103.2mg Potassium, 105.8% Vitamin A, 157.2% Vitamin C, 8.7% Calcium, 14.6% Iron

Stay Healthy My Friends <3

Green juice! Didn’t do measurements for anything so this will just be estimates!

1/3 organic cucumber

2 organic celery sticks

1 organic gala apple

Handful of organic broccili

Handful of organic kale

2 handfuls organic spinach

Little more than a handful of parsley

1 inch piece of ginger

Spring Cleaning? Benefits of Juicing

As a Holistic Sports Nutritionist, one of the most important impressions that has stayed with me through my training and into my own diet, is the importance of juicing for health.  Consuming foods with extremely high enzymatic value, such as fresh vegetable and fruit juice, is essentially a practice that can regenerate the health of your cells by oxygenating them, thus, fresh juice can be considered the ‘fountain of youth’.  Not only is it excellent for your cells, fresh juice has a myriad of benefits

(info from the juicer guru):

  • Juicing for health provides vital nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals for our bodies to repair themselves, strengthen the immune system and for cell regeneration and growth.
  • Unlocking nutrients of raw foods is one of the vital benefits of juicing. Fiber is quite literally locked into many vegetables and fruits and the potential benefit of the fiber is lost as the digestive system does not unlock it. Juicing releases the fiber’s nutrition so that benefit may be realized.
  • Normally we do not consume peelings, seeds and pits of fruits and vegetables. These parts are a rich source of vital nutrients we normally throw away. A good quality juicer extracts juice from the whole veggie or fruit, including peelings, pits and seeds to provide vitamin and minerals that would otherwise be lost.
  • Heat kills live enzymes. A quality juicer minimizes heat in order to preserve the most live enzymes possible.
  • Using a good quality juicer will cause the least amount of foaming in the juice. Foam is indicative of oxidation of the juice which lowers the antioxidant benefit. Less foam equals more antioxidant benefit.
  • Juice is an excellent snack or meal replacement that is very filling. Many dieters claim that juices assist them to lose pounds with no hunger.
  • The antioxidant effects of juices will help detoxify your body and help you eliminate the toxins, fats, preservatives and chemicals that a diet of processed foods leave behind in your body.
  • Increased energy and mood uplift are collateral benefits of juicing. As your body becomes detoxified and “cleaned out” it will be more able to access and utilize restorative and sustaining nutrients which most likely will make you feel better in general. When you feel better you are more energized and happier.
  • The most readily digestible or absorbable form of foods, not to mention the most concentrated form, is juice. Juicing makes foods easy to digest and thus, easier for the body to receive maximum benefit from the source food.
  • Making your own juices allows you to make any combination of fruits or vegetables that you choose into juice – and you know what’s in it, unlike produce on the supermarket shelves.

In my experience and opinion, including fresh juice into your diet is excellent in aiding digestion and cleansing of the digestive tract, detoxifying the body and protecting it from potential diseases, and the nutrient content is off the scales good.

The important thing to remember is that fresh juice should be consumed immediately due to oxidation, where if left, the nutrient, vitamin and mineral value rampantly decreases over time. Temperature also affects the quality and nutrient value of fresh juice so keep it cool!

If you do not have a juicer (they can be quite costly), I would recommend picking up a fresh juice from your local juice bar at least once a week: Booster Juice or Jugo Juice (in North America) offer great varieties.

Lastly, remember that if you are enjoying a fresh juice, fruit juices have a very high fructose content which, if not consumed in portion, can affect your weight loss goals.  If you are trying to lose weight, stick with the following:

  • Green vegetable juices
  • Avoid too many beets, carrots, burdock root
  • If fruit is included in the recipe, request that they halve the portion ie. ½ apple rather than a whole apple

Here are some recipes I love:

Rookie Greens:

½  head of romaine lettuce

½ cucumber

6 spinach leaves

1 green apple

Hardcore Green:

2 celery stalks

1 cup kale or spinach

½ cucumber

1 cup wheat grass

Green Energizer:

½ cup broccoli

3 celery stalks

1 handful fresh parsley

1 handful fresh spinach

½ cucumber

½ inch fresh peeled ginger

1 lemon, peeled

Directions:

1. Clean all produce well. Toss in the juicer in order and drink immediately.

 Check out My Favourite Drinks Page for some of my other 

Thyroid Tonic

Your thyroid is a set of multiple glands that work to keep your body running smoothly. They deliver messages (hormones) between themselves and other body parts so that all of those tiny cells are regulated and functioning at the proper levels. The hormones produced by the thyroid (T3 and T4)  are essential for life and have many effects on metabolism, growth and development. Thyroid health is important, because if your thyroid isn’t functioning properly it can lead to developmental defects or weight gain. Food is our medicine, so consuming the proper foods will help support your thyroid to ensure it remains in tip top shape. Carrots contain ample amounts of beta-carotene which is the precursor for vitamin A in the body. If you are low on vitamin A, your ability to produce thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is limited. This vitamin is required by the body to convert T4 to T3.  B-complex vitamins are required for good thyroid function. Cucumbers contain B vitamins, so they are a good choice when trying to nourish the thyroid glands. Without B vitamins the thyroid and adrenal glands fail to secrete their hormones, and won’t be able to utilize its iodine raw material efficiently to make hormones. B vitamins are especially useful in individuals with an overactive thyroid. Ingredients: - 1 cucumber - 5 stalks celery - 5 carrots - 1 cup young thai coconut water - 1 lemon Juice the above ingredients, and add coconut water last.