Juice, smoothies, soup, and broth are extremely effective ways to truly and deeply nourish your body.
Let’s explore why:
- Intrinsically healthy because you can’t put processed foods into any of them. Doritos, cookies, and cake don’t work in blenders and juicers.
- Highly bio-available.
- Because of their liquid, easily absorbable nature, a tremendous amount of stress is taken off your digestive system, conserving that energy for healing.
- Can be treated as a customizable mix and match of ingredients to meet your individual nutritive needs.
- Enhance each with herbs, superfoods or essential oils to boost their biochemical action in your cells.
- Can be made in batches to accommodate both on-the-go lifestyles or fatigue that prevents consistent food prep.
Making juice, smoothies or soup does not need to be over-complicated. Simply match-up the vegetables or fruit that meet your nutrition needs, and get started! Or start with fruit and vegetables that you know and like and add small amounts of more daring ingredients, like beets. Eventually your body will crave the deeper nutrition and a shift will occur. Experimenting with flavors and textures and add-ins is part of the fun. Think of it as a yogurt bar with mix-ins, but healthier for you.
Tools to have in your kitchen include a juicer, a powerful blender and a soup pot. My favorite juicers and blenders include Omega, Vitamix and Hurom. They are simple to use and to clean, and they last forever. I ran a home delivery juice business with my Omega in Panama years ago and it’s still going strong.
Tips and tricks:
- Too busy to have a go at making your own juice? Instead of giving up on juicing, scoop a few up at your local market or order from one of the many companies that deliver locally. A simple google search for “local fresh juice delivery” should do the trick.
- Batch cook and freeze your soups and broths in individual serving containers to ensure a steady supply.
- Organic bone broths can be found in the freezer section of many markets. Bone broth is also available as powders to make it super easy. Or order a high quality bone broth on-line.
- Soups don’t necessarily need to be cooked on the stove. Blended soups are sort of like savory smoothies that you make in the blender. By blending long enough the soup will actually begin to warm slightly, while retaining its live enzymes.
- One last trick that I employ and call my “insurance policy” is organic whole foods powders. These are excellent for those truly chaotic days. At least with a few scoops of reds, greens and purples, you can rest assured that you consumed something worthwhile. They are also a fantastic option for those who are experiencing poor white blood cell counts, perhaps from cancer treatment or other serious immune challenges. Raw unpasteurized juice can carry an infectious risk in those cases, while powders drastically reduce that risk. For the most savvy, you can mitigate that risk with colloidal silver or essential oils, as well as fastidious cleaning practices; for everyone else, don’t take the risk.
- Juice, smoothies and soup can be crafted to specifically support the health of certain body systems, such as the liver, blood, lymph, digestive, and skin based on ingredients, herbs, roots and spices.
With all of this in mind, explore the recipes and more in-depth information found on the individual pages for each topic. Get inspired! Remember that doing something imperfectly or not as often as you think you should, is better than not doing it at all! Eventually your body will catch on to craving what serves its needs best.