Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Energizer

What a lazy day... Today it is Sunday. It is raining in Sacramento, and I have zero energy. It doesn't help that yesterday I had a facial and a massage (I will tell you my experience in another posting).I am still in the detox, relaxed mindset.

This drink is great to increase energy and alertness, which I totally need today. It is nutrient-packed, yet very low in calories. 

Why is this juice good? Because...
Carrots contain the antioxidant beta-carotene, which is converted into the body to Vitamin A (Essential for good vision, vitamin A also aids the body in the formation and maintenance of skin, teeth, skeletal tissue, soft tissue, and mucus membranes.). Note of caution: "Be careful eating too many carrots because they can make the skin to turn orange. We don't want to look like an Umpa Loompa".

How to pick a good carrot: carrots should be firm, smooth, somewhat straight and with bright color. The deeper the orange color the more beta-carotene they have. Carrots with larger diameters have larger core which means that they are sweeter because the sugar is concentrated in the carrot's core. Very important to look at the stem end. If it is darkish color it means that it is an aging carrot.

I took a picture of the juice before I drank it, and even though it doesn't look all that appealing, the carrot flavor is very intense.

Handful of parsley
6 carrots

Bunch the parsley in your hand first, then place in the feeder of the juicer and push it through with a carrot (fat end first).

Approximately Nutrient Content
Calories 192, Protein 4.6g, Carbohydrate 45g, Fat 0.84g, Vitamin A 1,215RE (RE - Retinol Equivalent), Vitamin C 60mg, Vitamin E 3mg, Thiamine 0.42mg, Riboflavin 0.24mg, Niacin 158mg, Vitamin B6 0.66mg, Folic Acid 97mcg, Sodium 158mg, Calcium 140mg, Magnesium 74mg, Potassium 1,506mg, Iron 3.36mg.

Recipe from "The Complete Book of Juicing" by Michael T. Murray, N.D.

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