by Ania Kastashchuk B.Sc., B.Edu N.C.
When I started on raw, I underestimated the importance of fresh raw fruit and vegetable juices and drinks. My idea was that you should consume the foods as close to their natural state as possible, it means raw and whole. So I ate tons of fresh fruits and vegetables with some seeds and nuts and greens, yet felt lack of nutrients and had a lot of cravings. Soon I realized that I got tired easily, became hypoglycemic and too skinny, Now I think that unless we have ideal food, grown on nutrient rich healthy soils and a perfect digestion, it is a good idea to add some nutrients in liquid or semi-liquid form, as it improves absorption and gives you a great boost. According to Dr. Joel Robbins, body can absorb up to 95% nutrients from juices, comparing to 3-7% from whole foods. Currently Ive been experimenting with different drinks to make sure my family gets enough vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients daily. It is very important to make the drinks not only healthy, but also tasty, because:
#1 You will want more of it, and will soon notice these drinks will become your daily routine.
#2 If your children wont like it, they wont drink it, as well as anything you will be offering them next time, and first of all we do for keeping healthy for their sake.
#3 If it passes your childrens inspection, everybody will like it, including any guest who got used to eating junk food and junk food alone.
#4 Life is about pleasure, and eating makes its big part. Does not make too much sense to try being healthy and torture yourself with tasteless meals.
Very soon I realized that no one drink was liked by all members of my family. It is disappointing, especially when you spend a lot of time investing in this matter. Yet I also understood: You will never please everyone. Offer a variety of flavors instead of being oriented just towards your own taste.
These are our favorites so far. The drinks are either prepared in a blender, or in a juicer.
P.S. The last drink is a great detoxifier, so you might even feel a light headache. Drinking it on empty stomach every morning will help your body get rid of a lot of garbage, and you will be feeling more energized. By the way,
ALL DRINKS ARE BEST ON EMPTY STOMACK AT LEAST 30 MIN BEFORE A MEAL AND NOT EARLIER THAN 2 HOURS AFTER A MEAL,
Otherwise you will mix them with other food, which can cause its fermentation. Plus the drinks will not have such powerful effect, as they would do otherwise.
Enjoy and share the recipes!