juices

easy pomegranate juice

14th September 2019

Looking for a sparkling, refreshing drink? I was heading out to the garden to pick some rhubarb to make the sparkling rose rhubarb, when Donna suggested pomegranate.

Living in Israel, we had the luxury of an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables. In the Jerusalem markets, it was wonderful to walk past many stall-holders using a hand squeezer to release the vibrant ruby-coloured liquid. Inspired by this memory, I instinctively reached for the hand squeezer used for lemons and oranges. Two squeezes later and there was a ½ cup of that ruby-coloured liquid…..

Pomegranate is often referred to as the ‘Divine Fruit’.  It is considered as a sattvic fruit, with restorative properties and promotes appetite. Sweet pomegranate is tridhātu sāmyabalancing all three doshas. Sour pomegranate is especially useful in reducing heat in the body.

Pomegranate, if of good quality, is especially beneficial for yogic practice.

~The Sacred Tradition of Yoga – Dr. Shankaranaravana Jois~

easy pomegranate juice

Preparation  – 2 minutes

Serves 2

ingredients

2 pomegranates

2 cup/500ml sparkling water

1 -2 tsp sugar or sweetener of choice (optional)

preparation

1.  Cut the pomegranate in half and use a hand juicer or citrus press to extract the juice. Squeeze out as much juice from the pulp and seeds.

2.  Strain and pour into glasses. Drink as is, or add sparkling water and sweetener.

Enjoy!

moong dal juice

5th August 2015

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What can I say…….refreshing, cooling and deliciously cleansing.  It’s like drinking cool silk and the cooling effects on the body feel immediate.  This is a wonderful drink that I have been having three times a week to reduce the heat and pitta imbalance in my body.

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moong dal juice

Serves 4 medium glasses

I recommend using fresh cardamom pods rather than powder to really benefit from the aromatic and medicinal qualities.  If you have time and the use of a juicer, make your own apple juice to benefit from the freshness and nutritional value of the apples.

ingredients 

¼ cup whole moong dal (mung beans)

3 pods cardamom (¼ tsp)

1 apple, cored and quartered

1 cup freshly pressed apple juice (approximately 2 apples) or unsweetened organic fresh apple juice

1 cup filtered water

pre-soak 

1.  Place the dal in a bowl and rinse with water, cover with 3 cups of water and soak for 10 -12 hours.  Rinse, drain and set aside.

preparation

2.  Remove the outer pods from the cardamom, place the seeds in a mortar and pestle and grind until you have a fine powder.  Set aside.

3.  In a high-speed blender, place the dal, cardamom, apple pieces, apple juice and water – blend on high speed for 1 minute or until completely smooth.  The juice will be frothy.  I like to enjoy as is, or it can be strained for a smoother consistency.

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green lemonade

13th July 2013

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Sometimes inspiration comes…

In the form of a slow walk around the garden.  At first glance, it all seems to blur into a whole lot of greenery, but then something lets go and releases.  My breathing slows…..my pace slows…..my head clears…..my heart softens and I am surrounded by the rhythmic breath of the trees.  I allow the green and light to soak in and I begin to notice the infinite beauty all around….gratitude and appreciation goes out.

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The benefits of juicing –

(Wild about Greens – Nava Atlas)

Juices give you an instant energy boost.  When you drink freshly made juices, you are getting the energy right away without waiting for your body to digest it.  This has an immediately emerging effect.

Even without all of the fibre contained in smoothies, juices are a great way to flush out your system and to cleanse your body.

Fresh juices are a shortcut to pure nutrition.  A freshly made juice bypasses the need to digest the fibres before you get all the nutrients of the fruits and vegetables.  This is ideal for people who have digestion problems and need to heal themselves before they can absorb nutrients from whole foods.

Drinking juice adds more nutrition to your day without making you feel as if you’ve just eaten a whole meal.

green lemonade

Serves 2

ingredients 

2 handfuls spinach, kale or chard, including stems

½ lemon, peel and all

1 medium cucumber

2 green granny smith apples

preparation 

1. Rinse all ingredients.

2.  Put through a juice machine in the order they appear.

Enjoy immediately!

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beetroot orange ginger juice

19th December 2011

Inspiration: divine influence; to be filled with spirit.

I find nature to be so wise and inspiring. Our dietary needs vary according to the season.  And if we pay attention to our body’s signals, we will find that the types of foods that bring us satisfaction will be different in the Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring.  At the beginning or midway of a cold Winter season (depending on where you live), we have these sweet, golden fruits hanging from the trees full of vitamin C which is just what is needed at this time of year.  And if I listen to my body carefully, I find my craving for them is strongest when nature has provided them.

In my garden, each season is different and I am rediscovering how natural and rewarding it is to eat different foods to what is available seasonally.  Every day, something a little bit different, inspiring and beautiful emerges.  Among many other things, I have beetroot and an orange tree within 10 metres from my kitchen – nature’s way of creating awareness and inspiration to join them to make such a sweet, fresh cleansing drink.

A perfect welcome when you feel low energy, overwhelmed, or emotional.  A time to pause and take positive steps to renew yourself.

The orange is a great source of vitamin C, vitamin A and flavonoids which helps against infections by supporting your immune system.

The ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory agent that is useful for relieving symptoms associated with arthritis, motion sickness and nausea. Ginger helps the body get rid of toxins, stimulates circulation, boosts your immune system and provides a pleasant “warming” sensation against winter chills.

Beetroot has a very grounding energy, improves your circulation, cleans your body and purifies your blood.  One of the major benefits of beet juice is that it contains a colour pigment called betalain. This is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.  Beetroots are high in folic acid and manganese.  The green leaf is high in vitamin A, C, K as well as calcium and iron.  Vitamin C increases iron absorption, so raw beetroot is a great way to get your daily dose.

What a wonderful way to embrace Winter!

beetroot orange ginger juice

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Serves 2 glasses

ingredients 

2 small-medium beetroot, roots plus greens – the greens contain most of the healthy minerals and vitamins

4 oranges – peeled

1-inch knob fresh ginger

preparation 

1.  Wash the beetroot and their greens and peel the rind off the oranges.

2.  Push all ingredients through a vegetable juicer.  If you use organic beetroot and ginger, you don’t have to peel them.

3.  Pour it into glasses, stir and serve.

references :

http://www.drweilblog.com/display/Search?searchQuery=ginger&moduleId=3567333&moduleFilter=&categoryFilter=&startAt=0

http://www.thebestofrawfood.com/benefits-of-beet-juice.html

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