Release the Grease 2: Day 5 – Juicing vs Blending

The Great Debate:

Juicing vs Blending
Juices vs Smoothies

Last Release the Grease we had, we told folks who had a blender that they couldnt participate.  Because this is a REAL Juice Cleanse.  So lots of people who wanted to join in on the healing had to bow out because they thought that they had something with their little Nutribullet or Vitamix.  I think what gets me the most is that even though these are great tools, for some reason people keep calling the product of using these units  – JUICES.  They are not Juices. And I really want to know where that wrong information is coming from.

This time around we said, to hell with it….folks want to get healthy!  So let them!  So we have a whole nother group of people who are juicing or blending or doing both.  Because at the end of the day, getting healthier is getting healthier.  So let’s look at the differences between the two so we can understand better. If you are bored someday and want to stir up some trouble, walk up to a juicing friend and tell him that you bought a new blender so you can make juices, too. Then look out!

Die-hard juicers are adamant that “juicing” refers only to creating juices in a juice extractor appliance. In fact, juicers who favor the centrifugal machine (lowest priced and most common) will even take sides with owners of pricier “auger” machines when they have to defend against the blender/smoothie/Vitamix™ crowd.
Smoothie aficionados seem to have  more of an open-door policy. They are often amused at the strict juicing rules and have two questions for juicers:
* Why are you wasting all of that good fibrous pulp?
* What do you do about getting enough protein?
So what distinguishes a juice from a smoothie? Asked another way: what is the difference between juicing and blending?
The ingredients
Smoothies and juices are both made from raw vegetables, leafy greens, or fruit.
* Organic fruit and vegetables are washed and added to the machine for both methods.
     * Non-organic produce must be peeled first.
     * Frozen ingredients are acceptable.
* Certain soft seeds (melon, tomato, papaya) are allowed into a juicer, which would pulverize them.
     * Seeds are normally not included in smoothies.
* Liquids such as milk, water or yogurt are added to smoothies.
     * Very rarely, coconut water is added to juice, after extraction.
* Supplements like protein powder or chia seeds are put into the smoothie mix.
     * Juicerians would never allow this.

The machine

Manual citrus squeezers exist, as do electric blending wands, but most juicing and blending takes place in electrical counter-top appliances.
* Blenders can be bought for as little $19 at discount stores.
* Juicers start at around $50 and can go for an much as $2500.
* Deluxe blenders that can even blend soup start around $400.
* Blenders are simple to clean after use. The base of the carafe unscrews so the blades can be washed.
     * Juicers take a little more work to clean. The stainless steel mesh screen must be scrubbed, the pulp catcher needs to be rinsed or cleaned, and the feeder chute and main bowl and pitcher need to be washed.
The method
* For smoothies, everything can be added all at once to the blender.
     * The operator can choose between settings (puree, whip, mix).
     *  Liquid can be trickled in through an opening in the top to better control consistency.
* For juices, the produce must be fed through the top and pushed down into the machine.
     * This can be a slow process.
* All output from the blender is consumable immediately.
     * The juicer separates water and nutrients (juice) from fibrous pulp. The pulp can be discarded or used for baking or frozen for future smoothies.
Do some households own both types of machines, a juicer as well as a blender? Absolutely! In fact, there are some recipes that call for extracting juice and then continuing by adding the juice with ingredients in a blender.
Go experiment if you have two machines. But for goodness’s sake, just don’t call a smoothie a juice!
How is day 5 going?  Well, its Saturday!  So Let’s finish this off with a BANG!

Peace and Love

Skai
http://www.skaijuice.com

Release the Grease 2: Day 4

Hey There…I know folks are waning…I have been here before.. its getting difficult.  No, its not!  Mind over matter…stay with me.  STEADY>>>>>

We got into a nice conversation about choosing a juicer last night…so here are some thoughts about how to pick the right one:

Electric Juicers: How to Choose the Right One for You
Electric juice extractors, also known simply as juicers, are necessary for juicing. Unless you are simply hand-squeezing citrus juices, you need an electrical appliance that can extract juice and separate it from the pulp of fruits and vegetables.
Juicers come in three different styles. Depending upon your juicing plans and your budget, you can spend anywhere from $100 to $2000 on a juicer.
As you read through the features and benefits of the three primary styles, try to envision how a new juicer will fit into your lifestyle. Remember that an unused juicer does no one any good, so be realistic in your plans, especially if it involves a major shift in your meal planning routines.
1. Centrifugal Juicer
Most widely seen on television and the internet, this basic style can be had for between $100 and $200. Obviously the low entry price is attractive to more people.
The centrifugal juicer does a decent job of extracting juice from fruits and vegetables. It is less efficient at extracting juice from leafy greens like kale and chard.
This model has a spinning blade in a mesh basket. It shreds the produce and juice is extracted. Through centrifugal force, the thin juice is forced into a pitcher and the leftover pulp is sent into a separate container.
Critics complain that the pulp generated through this method is “too wet.” You can overcome this by easily running the pulp through the machine a second time to extract more juice and micronutrients.
Pros: fast, inexpensive, simple to clean up
Cons: somewhat inefficient, produces heat which kills micronutrients
1. Single-gear Juicer
With prices in the $200 – $400 range, this juicer is ideal for someone seriously interested in a “green juice” lifestyle.
It has a large spiral gear that slowly crushes the fruits and vegetables to squeeze out juice. It works well on leafy greens and wheatgrass, which a centrifugal juicer cannot handle at all.
Pros: affordable, greater juice yield, causes less oxidation (nutrient loss)
Cons: not practical for fruit juicing, takes up more space on the counter-top
1. Twin-gear Juicer
A good-quality twin-gear juicer will run anywhere from $400 to $1500 or more. The juice yield is best with these styles, and the nutrient value is the highest, too.
The twin-gear juicer can handle all kinds of produce, including wheatgrass and herbs. Its 2-step juicing process first pulverizes the produce between two stainless steel gears before it presses the juice. This process yields the most juice with the least amount of waste.
This machine operates more slowly than the others, and remember that you need to be standing there feeding it the produce as it processes.
Pros: best juice extraction, least amount of foam, preserves best quality of micronutrients
Cons: slow, expensive, complex clean-up
Lifestyle Considerations to Consider
* Space – can you fit one more appliance in your kitchen?
* Time – do you have time in the mornings, or after work, to prepare the fruits and veggies for juicing?
* Budget
* Juicer itself – how much can you afford to spend?
* Raw produce – your grocery spending will be much higher in the beginning
There is a juicer for everyone. Careful planning before you shop can save you from many regrets.  This is my juicer and I LOVE it!  http://amzn.to/11NLN8h

This is my juicer!
This is my juicer!

STAY STRONG!

This is EASY!

Love and More LOVE!

Skai the Juice Chef

Peace!

Skai’s 7 day Juice and Smoothie Cleanse: DAY ONE!

Peace and Love Yall!

Today is your big day…Today is when you make your real commitment.  Today is the day to let go of it all!  And jump all the way IN!  Today is the day when you get all ready to JUICE or BLEND…get your mind right so you can get your body right!  Also, and this is very huge…this is the day when you should let go of ALL COOKED FOODS…all chewing…all eating…and all oils too!  So today, begins seven days of all in! Juicers UNITE!  Smoothies are great too!  This will help you transition easier too. Your detox wont be so harsh if you ease into your cleanse.

Speaking of detox, listen to THIS!
Wake up early on this morning so you can juice early in the AM!  Personally, I prefer to make one large container of juice for the majority of the day.  Its easier to make.  So for your first morning Juice:
8 granny smith apples
4 cucumbers
4 stalks of celery
4 – 6 Kale leaves
¼ Lemon (unpeeled) >>>This is going to make your juice nice and strong…if it is too much, then take the peel off.
1” piece of ginger

This should fill up a tall jug…the next thing I do is add water to fill up the gallon.  No more then 1/3 of the bottle.

Juices and Smoothies...that's it this week!
Juices and Smoothies…that’s it this week!

Let me know how this works out for you!
Also, I will post all the emails that have gone out thus far on my blog so you can easily access for future perusal: www.paradisewellness.wordpress.com   Its important to be ACTIVE!!  Do you have your juicer, did you do your shopping for 3 days, are you ready?  Feel free to email me with any questions, concerns or comments.  Your success is mine!  By the way, Im doing this program because I need it too!
Word is Life!

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT:  Reply to Skai: Are you ready?  Really…talk to me!!!

Peace!

Skai

Shopping List for 3 Days Worth of Juice:

The listed items below are a suggestion for fruits and veggies to buy for the first 3 days of the feast. The reason why I suggest buying the produce maximum every three days is because if you were to buy all the produce for the full 7 days at once, it probably wouldn’t fit in your refrigerator. Also, the fresher the better and fruit & vegetable prices tend to fluctuate day by day— better to get everything at a good cost. Also after the first 2-3days, you’ll have an idea as to what fruits, veggies and greens you like in your juices and which ones you chose to leave out. It’s very important that you enjoy your juices and that you have a variety of different fruits, veggies and greens to chose from and varied combinations.

Variation is very important!! Make sure you rotate your greens; one day you may make juices out of spinach and kale, the next out of arugula and swiss chard. Keep rotating the greens because greens contain alkaloids that can be poisonous if they build up in your body (the way to avoid any problem is to make sure you aren’t just juicing one type of green, but you make juices out of different greens and you rotate them every day or every few days).

The more fruit you buy the better, especially the fruit that may need a few days to get ripe (melons, mangos, pears, etc.). All the food on this list will last more than 3 days in the refrigerator, so in case you have more than enough for three days, you can continue using the foods for the remainder of the feast. By the 3rd day of the feast, you will know which fruits and greens you like in your juices and it will be easier to shop. If there are certain fruits, veggies & greens you don’t like, you probably wont like their juice either—so don’t buy it!!!

Make sure not to over-shop, you need everything to fit in your refrigerator. If you prefer buying fresh fruit, veggies and greens everyday instead of every 3 days—go ahead, that is great as well!

3 Day Shopping List:
·        6 pounds of Greens
o   (1 pound of greens = 1 head of lettuce, 1bunch of kale or 1 box of spinach)
o   Kale, Spinach, Collard Greens, Swiss Chard, Red Lettuce, Romaine Lettuce, Parsley, Green Lettuce, Butter Lettuce, Beet Greens, Dandelion Greens, Nettles, Arugula/Roquette, Lamb’s Quarter, Coriander / Cilantro, Mâche, Baby Greens, Cabbage, Basil, Oregano, Sprouts, Wild Edible Greens, Etc..
·        3 bunches of Celery
·        10 small-medium Cucumbers (or 4 large Cucumbers)
·        1 large bunch of Beets (6 beets or more)
·        10 pounds of Carrots
·        5 Tomatoes
·        1 bunch Green Onions
·        1 Lemon
·        1 Lime
·        12 Apples
·        12 Pears
Fruit—buy a bunch of fruit, whatever you like, that is ripe, in season and good price! (If you are on a budget, you can stick with apples, pears and oranges—just buy more!!) or…
Example 1: 1 Pineapple, 1 Cantaloupe, 1 Watermelon, Grapes
Example 2: 1 Honeydew Melon, 5 Peaches, 5 Nectarines, 10 oranges
Example 3: 1 Watermelon, Strawberries, 12 Oranges, 4 Pomegranates, 5 Nectarines, Pineapple, Cantaloupe Melon, Honey Dew Melon, Watermelon, Oranges, Grapefruit, Plums, Nectarines, Peaches, Grapes, Mango, Pomegranate, Young Thai Coconut, Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, etc.

Extra Things You May Need:
If you are going to work every day or leaving your home for an extended amount of time, you will need to prepare your juice to bring with you (example: make juices in the morning for your lunch and afternoon snack). It is therefore important to have glass jars to store it in or plastic bottles. Also a funnel is useful to easily pour the juice into the bottles or jars. If you are making juice to bring to work or on the road with you, make sure not to leave it in a warm place, better to store it in a refrigerator or cooler.

What you are going to need to do this 7 Day Juice Cleanse:

1.      The first thing you are going to need is money.  Now although my support program is going to be all FREE…in order for you to actually do the juicing at home you are going to need to be able to purchase your own produce.  I know you knew this…but you will be amazed at the questions I get.  So Im just being super clear here.  Folks have asked me where they can pick up their free juices ….OK! You are most likely going to need about $10 – $20 dollars a day.  The difference depends on whether you purchase all organic or partial organic produce.

2.      A decent juicer or a decent blender.  It doesn’t have to be the super elite model of whatever brand for $400…but you need something that will separate the liquid from the fiber and pulp. If you don’t have one you can borrow one from a friend.  I bet anything, that you have a friend somewhere over the rainbow that has a juicer they are not using …for at least 10 days.  Get on the phone….make some calls.  If you are in a purchasing mood…then here are my top 3 selections for juicers that you can still order and receive before the cleanse begins…you would need to order them today!!

JUICER RECOMMENDATIONS:
They are all Breville models…my favorite juicer brand. This one is the smallest and most affordable.  For only $100 you can get a simple juicer that actually works.  I have personally used this one…and started here:  http://amzn.to/13lWy3S

This one is the mid-grade one…it was featured on the movie “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”…Did you see that movie yet?  HOMEWORK!!!  You must see it!  Let me know about that too!  This one costs a bit more…but I have been using this one for over 2 years:  http://amzn.to/13lX0yZ

And this one is the big dog…I have also recently purchased this…gave the mid-grade one to my daughter.  I personally like this one because everything is stainless steel.  Mucho importante, because I am rough and parts to wear and break.  Of course, its a bit more pricey:  http://amzn.to/11NLN8h

 

BLENDER RECOMMENDATIONS:

The King of the Road… THE VITAMIX, this is going to cost you about as much as a new real appliance.  Well, it is! Nothing compares to it! : http://amzn.to/15RPdqO

Affordable Ninja Master:  http://amzn.to/1aenjwZ

Only $15!!  I have used this before and it works wonderful! : http://amzn.to/1cUxyYe

3.      A jar of coconut oil. Yes, part of this cleanse is going to incorporate OIL PULLING. Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic healing system that cleans out the yuckies that have accumulated in your mouth over night while your body is doing its night work.  You know that thing you have called morning breath. That is the scent of yucky that is going on in your system and the best thing to do is remove it completely out of your body.  Yucky is my term for germs, toxins, bacteria, food…and any other thing that does not belong.  Get the jar of coconut oil from a health food store or Costco and I will explain how to do this.  Its very simple and only takes about 15 mins of your morning.

4.      A good source for obtaining your produce. This is key.  Best bet is you are going to possibly have at least two places.  Keep it simple.  Driving all over town to get produce to juice is not going to really be efficient. The place I recommend getting your produce from is number one…The Farmer’s Market in your area.  Hopefully you have one.  However the thing about farmer’s markets is that they are very seasonally based.  I was just at the market in Baltimore the other day and they had plenty of green leafy veggies, but very little fruit. The only fruit they had was apples and berries.  Which of course are amazing…but you really need more variety.  So have another option for shopping.

5.      Electricity for your juicer…this should be basic. So you cant go
camping on the Juice Cleanse.  Unless you have a hand held juicer…and if you do I would really like to see a picture of that..since I live on an island where the power goes out frequently!

6.      Your Why!…which is your motivation for you to complete 10 days on an all juice program….Super important.

7.      Containers to store your juice…preferably glass jars.  However you can use those eco-plastic containers too if you already have them.

8.      Somewhere to store your juice during the day while you are out or at work.  If you have a fridge at work….perfect.  If not, you are going to need to walk with a cooler with a frozen pack in it.
I believe this list is complete.  Can you think of anything else you would need?

RELEASE THE GREASE AGAIN! Aug 20 – 26

Release the Grease AGAIN!
Release the Grease AGAIN!

Hey There!  We are about to do another Juice Cleanse.  We are gonna start on Aug 20 and go for just one week this time.  Also, this time we are going to included not only pure juicing but pure blending too, because last time we did it…some folks couldn’t participate because they didn’t have a juicer but they did have a blender.  Frankly, there is very little difference between the two.  First of all, you are eating (drinking) the same thing…the only big difference is that with juicing you are removing the pulp out..and with blending you still have the fiber within which is pulverized to smithereens which is what we call  with pre-digested.

Pre-digested?  Basically that means that the blender did the chewing for you.  As you know, digestion starts in the mouth.  And we are supposed to chew our food till it’s like puree (or a smoothie) but who really does that.  I for sure don’t.  Now this is not to say that we should just be consuming only blended foods…we have teeth for a reason…but for the sake of our one week cleanse.  We can let our teeth so what they like to do…SHINE!

So, I you are interested in participating in the juice cleanse coming up this Aug, please sign up here: http://eepurl.com/Bc9e9

This list will be sent out pretty much daily with recipes and tips while we are doing the cleanse.  Also, if you are interested in joining our PRIVATE support network where folks are engaged in actively supporting one another then you must join by purchasing my book:  http://amzn.to/13BDrQe

Once you get it email it to me:  skaijuicepr@gmail.com with I GOT THE BOOK, SKAI!  And I will send you your private link into the group!  By the way, its hosted on FB!!  Also, when the cleanse is over the entry into this group is going up to $29…WHY?  Because this group is such an awesome forum, the people involved, the information shared, and the fact that I am creating amazing cooking classes (Vegan cooked and Raw) that will be featured for free in this group for you guys to be the first to review and learn.

So, we hope to see you there!  And let us know if you are going to be a part of our cleanse. We would love to see you in the MOVEMENT!  YAHOO!

Skai Juice

http://www.skaijuice.com

JUICE…It does a body good!

by Mike Adams

Raw living foods offer one of the greatest secrets to disease reversal and lasting health, and nothing beats fresh living foods right out of the garden. So if you can grow any of your own ingredients for this when Spring comes around, definitely make an effort to do so. Otherwise, buy them at a store or farmer’s market.

Here’s what you’ll need (always choose organic):

• 1 container of Blackberries (use all the blackberries)
• 1 bunch of Parsley (use all the parsley)
• 1 bunch of Kale (only use 2-3 large leaves in this recipe)
• 1 bag of Carrots (only use 3 large carrots for this recipe)
• 1 bunch of Celery (use 2-3 stalks for this recipe)
• 2 Pears (use both pears)

If you can’t find these ingredients, substitute something close. It’s crucial to have some berries in the mix, however. They are part of the recipe for making it all taste good.

After proper preparation (washing, etc.), push all these ingredients through a juicer to generate the fresh juice. If you only have a blender, then blend all these ingredients with water, then pour the juice into a nut milk bag and squeeze out the juice from that. With either method, you’ll end up with a container of fresh juice.

This juice will be extremely potent, so mix this with water (add an equal amount of water to the juice). You may also wish to add some stevia if you’d like to sweeten up the taste a bit.

Health benefits of the fresh living juice

• The blackberries will mask the bitter tastes of the other ingredients with their acidity. This acidity greatly improves the overall taste of the recipe. It also improves digestion of the minerals in the vegetables (you need an acidic digestive environment to absorb minerals).

• Blackberries also have a powerful anti-cancer effect through your entire digestive tract, from your mouth and gums down through your colon.

• Parsley is a super digestive cleanser. It will help eliminate toxins while providing your body with a burst of chlorophyll that will help cleanse your blood and liver.

• Kale contains potent anti-cancer phytonutrients. It also contains healthy plant-based proteins and lots of chlorophyll.

• The carrots are used primarily as a sweetener here (they really do sweeten up the juice), and they also contain a wide assortment of beneficial nutrients, most notably beta carotene (from which carrots get their name).

• The pears are the sweeteners here. I find that pear juice tastes much better than apple juice in these raw living juices, but of course it’s your choice of what’s best for you. If you’re diabetic or want to reduce the sugars in this recipe, reduce the numbers of pears to just one or eliminate them altogether (when I juice here in Ecuador, I don’t use pears at all. I just use carrots.) Some people prefer to use oranges instead of pears. The tart taste of the oranges in some ways provides a better overall taste. Try the recipe both ways and see what you like best.

In addition to all the benefits listed above, these foods are alive with nutrients and energies. They are live foods, not dead processed foods, and they provide both the nutrients and the energies of life! It’s a simple concept, really: If you want to stay alive, eat more living foods. If you want to be dead, eat more dead foods.

Your body will thank you

The point of today’s living foods juice is to both introduce you to the joy of juicing (if you don’t already know about it), and to prepare your digestive tract for tomorrow’s action item.

How much juice should you drink? Just drink whatever amount you feel comfortable with. I recommend an 8 oz. glass of this juice at minimum, but if you only feel like drinking half that much, that’s fine, too. Some people will drink as much as 64 ounces of fresh juice in a day! (Juice Feasting)

For the purposes of this 15-day experience you can still eat all your other normal food during the day. This isn’t about eliminating everything else, it’s about adding some fresh, living juice to your day. Ideally, you’ll make this a regular part of your diet because whatever your diet consists of — whether it’s pure vegan or based on McDonald’s cheeseburgers — it will be helped by adding several ounces of fresh juice.

Pointers and shortcuts

Don’t have time to make your own fresh juice? There are shortcuts, but none of them are as good as actual living fresh juice.

You can, if you wish, consume juice from a superfood powder such as EnerFood, VitaMineral Green, Boku Superfood, Delicious Greens or others. These are all reasonable alternatives to fresh juice, but by their very nature they are not as fresh as living foods would be.

Do NOT reach for a Naked Juice, or Odwalla juice and make the mistake of thinking they are fresh living juices. All of those juices are DEAD, pasteurized juices made by the big soft drink companies (Coke and Pepsi). None of them are fresh, raw and alive. They still have nutritional benefits, so I’m not saying they’re worthless, but they pale in comparison to fresh, raw juices that you make at home.

You can drink this juice between meals, or during a meal, or any time you want. Just drink it quickly after making it, because fresh juice oxidizes in mere minutes. The nutritional quality of the fresh juice you make literally starts to degrade with each passing second. Ideally, start to consume it within two minutes of juicing it, and finish it in no more than five.

You may feel some “detox” side effects from this juice, especially if you currently pursue a relatively unhealthful diet. But they should be mild. After all, this is just simple juice from simple foods. These aren’t drugs or extracts. They are the foods your body was meant to consume.

By the way, I’m not here to push a vegan diet or a vegetarian diet on you. Decide to eat whatever you wish to eat, for your own reasons. Just add this fresh juice to your day and see what happens for yourself. Even if you gobble down pepperoni pizza and diet soda, these fresh juices will improve your health results in a noticeable way.

In case you’re curious, I drink about 16 ounces of this fresh juice each day, right from my own garden. Except I don’t use the pears, and I add in fresh aloe vera gel from fresh leaves that I grow myself here in Ecuador. I grow all my own fresh berries, kale, carrots, parsley, broccoli, cucumbers and more, and these go right into my juice.

Just so you know how powerful this is, I just finished a 90-hour fast. Aside from a raw coconut food bar a friend gave me, I didn’t eat any solid food for 90 hours. I did, however, drink one glass of fresh, living vegetable juice each day.

If I had been consuming a junk food diet, my energy would have collapsed within the first 24 hours. I would have been dead tired, detoxing in bed and probably suffering through it all. But because my daily diet is so clean, I was able to eat virtually nothing for nearly four days and still have the energy to write these articles, to go hiking up the mountains behind my house and generally get along with a normal day. (Yes, it got difficult on the fourth day, which is why I ended the fast at 90 hours.)

Fresh living juice is such a powerhouse of nutrition and energy that even when you eat virtually nothing for several days in a row, the juice you had before the fast keeps you alive, healthy and energetic. That’s been my experience, at least.

What about the pulp?

I’ve added this section to the article because people are asking why they shouldn’t drink the pulp and fibers of the fruits and veggies instead of juicing them.

Here’s my take on it:

Juice Feasting
Yes, I do!

First off, I don’t want vegetable fibers, and I don’t need ’em. The fruit fibers, on the other hand, are very good for your digestive health. Fruit pectin even helps prevent cancer according to many naturopaths. So if you want more pulp in your juice, then do this:

#1) JUICE the vegetables to get pure juice while tossing out the fibers.
#2) BLEND the fruits to keep the fruit pulp. Then pour in the veggie juice and add water.

To me, this is the best “pulpy” juice. It’s easy to remember, too: KEEP the fruit fiber, TOSS the vegetable fiber.

But for those who are using juice therapeutically to treat disease under the care of a naturopathic physician, for example, they will probably want no fiber at all. That’s because the fiber makes it more difficult for your body to absorb the juice. So for people who are fasting, or treating cancer, or detoxing or whatever, it’s often recommended that they discard all the fiber and go for the pure juice.

There’s no absolute right or wrong about this. What’s important is what works for you! Try it both ways and do what makes you feel healthier and happier.