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Growing up in a warm country, a prerequisite for a blistering hot day – about 10 months out of the year –was to pay a visit to the juice bar around the corner from our flat. The proprietor would stack the counters up with colorful pyramids of oranges, beets, mangoes, guavas and pomegranates, depending on what was in season. Vases filled with rods of sugar cane and long carrots anchored the artful arrangements to create an edible landscape.

Once the juicers started to whirl, the sweet scent of freshness would dance through the steamy streets, luring customers in like a pied piper. He’d create his own signature fruit and veggie ‘cocktails’, mixing beet with orange, carrot and mango, a soulful blend of sweet and savory. At a time when soda made it to our side of the globe, juicing was just pure refreshment.

Now we know that fresh juice provides us with invaluable nutrition in a glass. Yet, most of the juice you purchase at the store has been heat pasteurized, which destroys bacteria along with many of the beneficial nutrients.

If you make it at home, you’ll not only preserve a bevy of vitamins and minerals, essential fatty acids and good carbohydrates, you’ll also ensure its safety of the fruit and vegetables when you buy and wash them yourself. Added bonus…you get the best of the fruit, including fiber and concentrated nutrients, while reaping the benefits of quick-release energy in a flash – a great pick-me-up before and after your yoga workout.

Strive for two 8-oz glasses each day and let your inner gourmet shine with countless combinations. Follow our chef’s tip and drink seasonal fruit and vegetable combinations to take advantage of the freshest produce at your local farmer’s market.

Apple, beet and celery with a dash of ginger are the perfect cool weather warmer while watermelon and carrot with a splash of mint makes a sweet, refreshing chiller on a hot day.

You’ll get your money’s worth out of a good quality juicer, or you can put your blender to work on easy-to-mix matchups, including fresh berries, citrus fruit, melons, tomatoes, cucumber, spinach and herbs. If you’re diabetic or watching your sugar intake, increasing the vegetable content is a great option. You can also add ice or water to dilute it further. The bottom line…getting your 5-9 servings of fruit and vegetables a day is a cinch when you sip it. Your waistline will thank you.

Drink up & be healthy
Let your inner gourmet shine & create these delish juices at home!
The ABC Elixir. Try these juice recipes to put some spring back into your step!
The ABC Elixir

Eat Cleaner Insight. Beets are an incredible blood tonic and natural cleanser for the liver. This combo is rich in vitamins beta carotene, zinc, vitamin C, and chromium, excellent for boosting carbohydrate metabolism.
Makes approx. 14 ounces

1 green or golden apple cut into slices

1/2 small uncooked beet

5 celery stalks, ends trimmed

1/2 lemon, peeled

1/2- to 1-inch piece ginger root, peeled

In a juicer, push through apple, beet, celery, lemon, and ginger. Stir the juice and pour into a glass. Serve at room temperature or chilled, as desired.

Watermelon Carrot Chiller

Eat Cleaner Insight. Watermelon contains even more Lycopene than tomatoes, which has been linked with cancer prevention. The added benefits of beta carotene from carrots rounds out this tasty warm weather welcome.

Makes approx. 12 ounces

8 Large Carrots

3 Large Rindless Watermelon Wedges

1 Large Fresh Mint Sprig

In a juicer, push through carrots and watermelon wedges. Chill for at least one hour. Garnish with fresh mint sprig.

Cool Cuke and Honeydew Fizz

Eat Cleaner Insight. Cucumber is a good source of folic acid, potassium, vitamins A and C and is a natural anti-inflammatory, maintaining overall health and wellness. Honeydew melons are also chock full of vitamin C and are naturally low in calories. Combined with sparkling water to give it a fun fizz, Cukes and Honeydews are the perfect mates.

Makes approx. 16 ounces 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped 2 cups cubed honeydew melon 1 cup sparkling water 1 Fresh lime

In a blender, pulse cucumber and honeydew until smooth. Add sparkling water and blend thoroughly. Pour over ice or chill and finish with a squeeze of lime.

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