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Parsnip Paradise!

January 29, 2017

While I love a fresh “Carrot Apple Ginger” juice from my juicer to kick-start my day or pick me up in the afternoon, I love to extend these three ingredients in different ways.  My most recent take is adding parsnips, fresh lemon and aloe vera juice for a new and tart twist! 

 

Why Juice?

 

Juicing is an invaluable way to make a nutrient-dense beverage in just a matter of minutes! Juicing, unlike blending ingredients together, extracts the fiber, making the nutrients more bio-available to the body (more readily able to be absorbed).  In this state, the nutrients the juice contains are absorbed into the bloodstream within seconds.  For those who need to exercise caution with regards to their fiber intake, juicing is a fantastic option!

 

*Note:  It is more preferable to juice organic produce.  When juicing conventional produce, you are creating a very concentrated form of any and all pesticides the produce contains.

 

Key Nutrients:

 

Carrots - possess beta-carotene, helping to combat health-damaging, free radical activity (free radicals are generated in the body as a result of various stressors, when oxygen reacts with particular types of molecules; they can be highly reactive within the body)[i]

 

Parsnips – are closely related to carrots yet are slightly sweeter than carrots; their nutrients assist with reducing the likelihood of developing diabetes, reducing undesirable cholesterol levels, enhancing digestion, protecting against birth defects in infants, supporting proper growth and development, enhancing the immune system and reducing blood pressure and stress on the heart by supporting the cardiovascular system[ii]

 

Apples - are cancer-fighting fruits and can help combat diarrhea and constipation (their fiber can either pull water out of your colon to keep things moving along when you’re backed up, or can absorb excess water from your stool to slow your bowels down)[iii]

 

Ginger – possesses anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties, soothes and relaxes the digestive tract, is effective in eliminating intestinal gas and reduces symptoms associated with motion sickness[iv]

 

Lemon – detoxifies the body, activates your metabolism, boosts the immune system (source of Vitamin C) and helps to neutralize the body’s pH by restoring its alkalinity (undesirable bacteria thrive in more acidic environments)

 

Aloe Vera Juice – is soothing and repairing to the lining of the intestinal tract, particularly an ulcerated digestive tract

 

Ingredients (yields 2 cups):

 

4 large carrots

 

2 parsnips

 

1 red apple

 

1-inch piece fresh ginger

 

½ lemon

 

2 tbsp. aloe vera juice

 

Preparation:

 

Wash all produce well and chop into pieces of appropriate size for the juicer at hand.

Juice ingredients, stir and enjoy!

 

 

ENDNOTES

 

[i] The World’s Healthiest Foods: Carrots.  Retrieved November 24, 2015 from http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=21

 

[ii] Organic Facts: Health Benefits of Parsnips.  Retrieved January 9, 2017 from https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/parsnips.html

 

[iii] Best Health:  15 Health Benefits of Eating Apples.  Retrieved November 24, 2015 from http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-eats/nutrition/15-health-benefits-of-eating-apples

 

[iv] The World’s Healthiest Foods: Ginger.  Retrieved March 12, 2016 from http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=72

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