Do more veggies = more health?
The Importance of Being Earnest About Juice Recipes:
A new juice bar opened up in Salinas recently. Like most juice bars, the ingredients list in any given juice is longer than your arm. Here’s an example of a juice they serve:
“Cucumber, spinach, kale, celery, lemon, ginger, apple…with an optional add-in of wheatgrass”
Now I know this kind of juice is common. I also know that I would not be able to drink this. You see, the basic concept of food combining also extends to juice. The stomach can only handle so many different ingredients in one felled swoop!
Health aficionados love to target the well being of various bodily organs by throwing specific ingredients at them. The problem with this approach is that half of us can’t digest this stuff! There are chemical reactions which occur when certain foods are thrown together. The end result can be gas, heartburn, diarrhea…or worse.
Buck up, you may say. A juice cleanse is a juice cleanse… it doesn’t matter if you get sick. I disagree. Why punish your body when you cleanse it? The simple act of following a recipe can dramatically reduce your risk of a bad reaction to juice.
Recently, I got a little cocky and thought I, of all people – juice blogger that I am – would know by rote which ingredients to toss into my juicer. On paper, the juice I concocted should have worked: parsley, a few cherry tomatoes, cucumber, green apple, lime, half a carrot….
Wrong! The juice I made was so bad I couldn’t get past the first sip – and I could think of nothing that could save it. THIS is why recipes are so important. Use them, and you will never have to waste produce on mistakes, or clutch your gut in agony again.