November 19, 2014
Julie Yuccas

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Quick & Easy – Bursting with Nourishment – Smoothie

IMG_9485 “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”  – Hippocrates

Three years ago, I was diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma. One of the treatment options was to have aggressive chemotherapy followed by a bone marrow transplant. Although I chose not to take that route, I faced other treatment options. Not wanting to be at the mercy of negative side effects from the drugs, I determined to strengthen my immune system and my health. What was in my power to do, I wanted to do.

It was suggested that I watch the documentaries:  Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, Forks Over Knives, and Food Matters. As I sifted through the information, the common theme that stood out to me was the fact many people greatly improved their health and reversed disease by significantly increasing their consumption of vegetables and fruits. Juicing was promoted as a great way to help the body heal itself−loading up on nutrients in a convenient manner.

Normally, it would be difficult to eat the quantity of food necessary to gain so many powerhouse nutrients, however, concentrating them into a juice or smoothie is the perfect solution!

With evidence of an improved:  beautiful complexion, stronger immune system, and cataract reversal all due to a change in my diet (please read my previous blog); I delightfully want to share my smoothie recipe with you.

Now there are a couple things I want to mention first. Three years ago, my body had to repair the effects of chronic stress, a compromised immune system, and cancer. So…

– Five days a week for the first year:  I added the gel from a 2″ x 2″ piece of aloe and one TB of honey to my smoothie to boost my immune system. I chose to add these two ingredients after reading Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future by David Wolfe. I admit, aloe is bitter and you can taste it. But, I believed it to be a necessary tool for my body.

– Once a week for the last three years:  I juice 4 to 5 pounds of carrots, one clump of beets, two limes, and 3 to 6 pounds of apples (whichever variety is the least expensive that week), and store it in sealed glass pitchers in my refrigerator. The whole process only takes me thirty minutes to juice and cleanup. Again, I want to cram as much healing nutrients as I can, so I draw from this juice supply to make my smoothie. Also, having these fruits and vegetables in juice form reduces the pulp in my smoothie. I get enough fiber from all the other produce I put straight into the blender.

Not all smoothie blender containers are the same size, so you may have to trial and tweak it a few times to determine the perfect amount of fruits and vegetables to add.

Quick & Easy - Bursting with Nourishment - Smoothie

  • Servings: Makes approximately 43 to 45 ounces or 6 cups
  • Difficulty: easy
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♥ Base Ingredients ♥

  • – Banana (1)
    – Kale (2 large leaves)
    – Chard (1 leaf)
    – Red Cabbage (1″ wedge)
    – Apple* (1) (If whole, remove core)
    – Carrots* (2) (If whole, wash skin)
    – Beets* (1 small or divide large in ¼ or thirds) (If whole, peel skin)
    – Ginger (1 inch piece) (If fresh, peel skin)
    – Frozen blueberries (1/4 to 1/3 cup)
    – Ground Cinnamon (4 shakes)
    – Ice (one handful)

Additional ingredients to add per your choice or season:

  • Avocado (¼) is a great addition. Avocado reduces the amount of foam too.
    Oranges, Tangelos, Berries, Grapes, Honey, Aloe, Pineapple, Kiwi, Spinach, Green food

– There are no rules; the sky is the limit. Think great health! Don’t be afraid to add foods that provide the specific nutrition you are looking for with flavors that blend well with the above ingredients.

– I add my homemade Apple/Carrot/Beet juice to make a more thinner consistency—in addition to the extra vitamins.

– For your favorite drinkable consistency add: ice, water, or fresh juice.

*Apples, Carrots, and Beets can either be whole or from a previously juiced supply.

There are many varieties of juicers and blenders that do a wonderful job. I use a Vitamix Blender to make my smoothies. The pitcher is large enough for me to make approximately 43 ounces a day. My It’s all good mug holds 30 ounces and my husband drinks 13 ounces. If you make too much in any given day, it will still taste great the next day, just stir well. And yes, you can make it a day ahead of time.

I started this habit while I was working at the hospital. My start time was 5:30am. When there is a will there is a way.

Grocery list for juice smoothies for one week or more, with approximate cost:
Bananas Organic – five – $1.38
Kale Organic – one bunch – $2.99
Chard Organic – one bunch – $2.49
Red Cabbage – one small head – $1.73
Apples Organic – one 3lb bag $3.99
Carrots Organic – one 2lb bag – $1.99
Beets Organic – one clump – $2.99
Ginger Root – 5″ long – $1.25
Frozen blueberries Organic (at Aldi’s) – one bag – $2.99
– Some of these foods you will not have to purchase every week.

Approximate total once a week: $21.80
Approximate cost of one chemo treatment: $20,491.35
You decide.

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