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SuperFood Complete Nutrition Breakfast Drink Smoothie – Universal Recipe

Introduction

This is a universal juice recipe, meaning that the base ingredients remain mostly the same. The various flavor ingredients can be mixed creatively to produce a different drink each time.

This SuperFood Complete Nutrition Breakfast Drink has grains, seeds, nuts, greens, dairy (optional), protein, fruits, mushrooms, grasses, vegetables, and more. In other words, it’s a complete whole food meal in a drink form.

If you examine the base nutritional ingredients, you’ll find that there are almost 100 total ingredients and nutrients in the resulting drink.

Juicer Type

This juice recipe works best with a blender-type juicer like the Magic Bullet NutriBullet or the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender for about $100 to $150. Read below for more details about different kinds of juicers.

Flavor Ingredients

Below are a variety of optional flavor ingredients to create its primary flavor. Choose organic whenever possible.

  • apple (cored and cut into quarters)
  • avocado
  • banana
  • blueberries
  • baby carrots
  • cherries
  • mint (fresh leaves)
  • peach (cored and cut into quarters)
  • plum
  • spinach
  • tomatos (sweet cherry tomatoes or small heirloom tomatoes)

Ingredient Visuals

These are visuals showing a variety of flavor ingredient choices. Click any image for a larger gallery view.

Base Nutritional Ingredients

These ingredients are good to include in most blended drinks. They don’t alter the flavor too much and provide a base of ingredients with powerful nutritional benefits. Recently added to this list are spinach, Amazing Grass Green SuperFood, and the Dynamic Fruits & Greens.

About Juicers

Anyone shopping for juicers knows that there is conflicting advice about which category of juicer to get. We recommend purchasing two juicers: (1) a slow speed masticating juicer such as the Omega Nutrition Center for about $280, and (2) a single serving blender/juicer like the Magic Bullet NutriBullet or the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender for about $100 to $150.

Juicer System Benefits and Drawbacks

Each juicer system has benefits and drawbacks:

Masticating juicers have the following features and benefits:

  • Work well at producing juice with very little pulp.
  • Are best at extracting the nutrients from fruits and vegetables while separating out the fiber material.
  • They require more fruits and vegetables to produce a glass of juice.
  • These are known as cold pressed juicers.
  • Many use an auger method to press food through a metal filter.
  • Because of this, mushy foods like ripe banana or soft apples keep moving back into the auger entry.

Blender juicers have the following features and benefits:

  • Create a pulpy drink by using a high speed blending process.
  • Require fewer fruits and veggies per serving.
  • The resulting drinks have helpful fiber, but aren’t as nutrient dense as the juice produced by masticating juicers.
  • The are typically faster at producing a serving of juice than a masticating juicer.
  • They are a little easier to clean up.
  • They work well with soft ripe foods.
  • They work well with ice, frozen wheat grass, frozen bananas, and other foods.

Carrot Spinach Apple Protein Juice Recipe for Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender

Introduction

This juice recipe works best with a blender-type juicer like the Magic Bullet NutriBullet or the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender for about $100 to $150. Read below for more details about different kinds of juicers.

Flavor Ingredients

Below are the primary ingredients for this drink that create its primary flavor. Choose organic whenever possible.

  • 1 banana
  • 1 peach (cored and cut into quarters)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries

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Base Nutritional Ingredients

These ingredients are good to include in most blended drinks. They don’t alter the flavor too much and provide a base of ingredients with powerful nutritional benefits. Recently added to this list are spinach, Amazing Grass Green SuperFood, and the Dynamic Fruits & Greens.

Optional Ingredients

Adding sweet cherries will turn the drink slightly pinkish red.

  • 1 plum (pitted)
  • 7 sweet cherries (remove pits)

About Juicers

Anyone shopping for juicers knows that there is conflicting advice about which category of juicer to get. We recommend purchasing two juicers: (1) a slow speed masticating juicer such as the Omega Nutrition Center for about $280, and (2) a single serving blender/juicer like the Magic Bullet NutriBullet or the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender for about $100 to $150.

Juicer System Benefits and Drawbacks

Each juicer system has benefits and drawbacks:

Masticating juicers have the following features and benefits:

  • Work well at producing juice with very little pulp.
  • Are best at extracting the nutrients from fruits and vegetables while separating out the fiber material.
  • They require more fruits and vegetables to produce a glass of juice.
  • These are known as cold pressed juicers.
  • Many use an auger method to press food through a metal filter.
  • Because of this, mushy foods like ripe banana or soft apples keep moving back into the auger entry.

Blender juicers have the following features and benefits:

  • Create a pulpy drink by using a high speed blending process.
  • Require fewer fruits and veggies per serving.
  • The resulting drinks have helpful fiber, but aren’t as nutrient dense as the juice produced by masticating juicers.
  • The are typically faster at producing a serving of juice than a masticating juicer.
  • They are a little easier to clean up.
  • They work well with soft ripe foods.
  • They work well with ice, frozen wheat grass, frozen bananas, and other foods.

Strawberry Apple Carrot Protein Juice Recipe for Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender

Introduction

This juice recipe works best with a blender-type juicer like the Magic Bullet NutriBullet or the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender for about $100 to $150. Read below for more details about different kinds of juicers.

Flavor Ingredients

Below are the primary ingredients for this drink that create its primary flavor. Choose organic whenever possible.

  • 1 cup strawberries (remote green tops)
  • 1 apple (cored and cut into quarters)
  • 1/2 cup ready to eat organic carrots

Base Nutritional Ingredients

These ingredients are good to include in most blended drinks. They don’t alter the flavor too much and provide a base of ingredients with powerful nutritional benefits.

Optional Ingredients

Adding sweet cherries will turn the drink slightly pinkish red.

  • 1 plum (pitted)
  • 7 sweet cherries (remove pits)

About Juicers

Anyone shopping for juicers knows that there is conflicting advice about which category of juicer to get. We recommend purchasing two juicers: (1) a slow speed masticating juicer such as the Omega Nutrition Center for about $280, and (2) a single serving blender/juicer like the Magic Bullet NutriBullet or the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender for about $100 to $150.

Juicer System Benefits and Drawbacks

Each juicer system has benefits and drawbacks:

Masticating juicers have the following features and benefits:

  • Work well at producing juice with very little pulp.
  • Are best at extracting the nutrients from fruits and vegetables while separating out the fiber material.
  • They require more fruits and vegetables to produce a glass of juice.
  • These are known as cold pressed juicers.
  • Many use an auger method to press food through a metal filter.
  • Because of this, mushy foods like ripe banana or soft apples keep moving back into the auger entry.

Blender juicers have the following features and benefits:

  • Create a pulpy drink by using a high speed blending process.
  • Require fewer fruits and veggies per serving.
  • The resulting drinks have helpful fiber, but aren’t as nutrient dense as the juice produced by masticating juicers.
  • The are typically faster at producing a serving of juice than a masticating juicer.
  • They are a little easier to clean up.
  • They work well with soft ripe foods.
  • They work well with ice, frozen wheat grass, frozen bananas, and other foods.

Banana Peach Protein Juice Recipe for Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender

Introduction

This juice recipe works best with a blender-type juicer like the Magic Bullet NutriBullet or the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender for about $100 to $150. Read below for more details about different kinds of juicers.

Ingredients

These ingredients will result in an orange colored drink.

Optional Ingredients

Adding sweet cherries will turn the drink slightly pinkish red.

  • 7 sweet cherries (remove pits)

About Juicers

Anyone shopping for juicers knows that there is conflicting advice about which category of juicer to get. We recommend purchasing two juicers: (1) a slow speed masticating juicer such as the Omega Nutrition Center for about $280, and (2) a single serving blender/juicer like the Magic Bullet NutriBullet or the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender for about $100 to $150.

Each juicer system has benefits and drawbacks:

Masticating juicers have the following features and benefits:

  • Work well at producing juice with very little pulp.
  • Are best at extracting the nutrients from fruits and vegetables while separating out the fiber material.
  • They require more fruits and vegetables to produce a glass of juice.
  • These are known as cold pressed juicers.
  • Many use an auger method to press food through a metal filter.
  • Because of this, mushy foods like ripe banana or soft apples keep moving back into the auger entry.

Blender juicers have the following features and benefits:

  • Create a pulpy drink by using a high speed blending process.
  • Require fewer fruits and veggies per serving.
  • The resulting drinks have helpful fiber, but aren’t as nutrient dense as the juice produced by masticating juicers.
  • The are typically faster at producing a serving of juice than a masticating juicer.
  • They are a little easier to clean up.
  • They work well with soft ripe foods.
  • They work well with ice, frozen wheat grass, frozen bananas, and other foods.

Banana Blueberry Juice Recipe for Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender

Introduction

This juice recipe works best with a blender-type juicer like the Magic Bullet NutriBullet or the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender for about $100 to $150. Read below for more details about different kinds of juicers.

Ingredients

These ingredients will result in an orange colored drink.

Optional Ingredients

Adding sweet cherries will turn the drink slightly pinkish red.

  • 7 sweet cherries (remove pits)

About Juicers

Anyone shopping for juicers knows that there is conflicting advice about which category of juicer to get. We recommend purchasing two juicers: (1) a slow speed masticating juicer such as the Omega Nutrition Center for about $280, and (2) a single serving blender/juicer like the Magic Bullet NutriBullet or the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender for about $100 to $150.

Each juicer system has benefits and drawbacks:

Masticating juicers have the following features and benefits:

  • Work well at producing juice with very little pulp.
  • Are best at extracting the nutrients from fruits and vegetables while separating out the fiber material.
  • They require more fruits and vegetables to produce a glass of juice.
  • These are known as cold pressed juicers.
  • Many use an auger method to press food through a metal filter.
  • Because of this, mushy foods like ripe banana or soft apples keep moving back into the auger entry.

Blender juicers have the following features and benefits:

  • Create a pulpy drink by using a high speed blending process.
  • Require fewer fruits and veggies per serving.
  • The resulting drinks have helpful fiber, but aren’t as nutrient dense as the juice produced by masticating juicers.
  • The are typically faster at producing a serving of juice than a masticating juicer.
  • They are a little easier to clean up.
  • They work well with soft ripe foods.
  • They work well with ice, frozen wheat grass, frozen bananas, and other foods.

Banana Carrot Juice Recipe for Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender

Introduction

This juice recipe works best with a blender-type juicer like the Magic Bullet NutriBullet or the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender for about $100 to $150. Read below for more details about different kinds of juicers.

Ingredients

These ingredients will result in an orange colored drink.

Optional Ingredients

Adding sweet cherries will turn the drink slightly pinkish red.

  • 7 sweet cherries (remove pits)

About Juicers

Anyone shopping for juicers knows that there is conflicting advice about which category of juicer to get. We recommend purchasing two juicers: (1) a slow speed masticating juicer such as the Omega Nutrition Center for about $280, and (2) a single serving blender/juicer like the Magic Bullet NutriBullet or the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender for about $100 to $150.

Each juicer system has benefits and drawbacks:

Masticating juicers have the following features and benefits:

  • Work well at producing juice with very little pulp.
  • Are best at extracting the nutrients from fruits and vegetables while separating out the fiber material.
  • They require more fruits and vegetables to produce a glass of juice.
  • These are known as cold pressed juicers.
  • Many use an auger method to press food through a metal filter.
  • Because of this, mushy foods like ripe banana or soft apples keep moving back into the auger entry.

Blender juicers have the following features and benefits:

  • Create a pulpy drink by using a high speed blending process.
  • Require fewer fruits and veggies per serving.
  • The resulting drinks have helpful fiber, but aren’t as nutrient dense as the juice produced by masticating juicers.
  • The are typically faster at producing a serving of juice than a masticating juicer.
  • They are a little easier to clean up.
  • They work well with soft ripe foods.
  • They work well with ice, frozen wheat grass, frozen bananas, and other foods.

Banana Cherry Juice Recipe for Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender

Introduction

This juice recipe works best with a blender-type juicer like the Magic Bullet NutriBullet or the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender for about $100 to $150. Read below for more details about different kinds of juicers.

Ingredients

About Juicers

Anyone shopping for juicers knows that there is conflicting advice about which category of juicer to get. We recommend purchasing two juicers: (1) a slow speed masticating juicer such as the Omega Nutrition Center for about $280, and (2) a single serving blender/juicer like the Magic Bullet NutriBullet or the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender for about $100 to $150.

Each juicer system has benefits and drawbacks:

Masticating juicers have the following features and benefits:

  • Work well at producing juice with very little pulp.
  • Are best at extracting the nutrients from fruits and vegetables while separating out the fiber material.
  • They require more fruits and vegetables to produce a glass of juice.
  • These are known as cold pressed juicers.
  • Many use an auger method to press food through a metal filter.
  • Because of this, mushy foods like ripe banana or soft apples keep moving back into the auger entry.

Blender juicers have the following features and benefits:

  • Create a pulpy drink by using a high speed blending process.
  • Require fewer fruits and veggies per serving.
  • The resulting drinks have helpful fiber, but aren’t as nutrient dense as the juice produced by masticating juicers.
  • The are typically faster at producing a serving of juice than a masticating juicer.
  • They are a little easier to clean up.
  • They work well with soft ripe foods.
  • They work well with ice, frozen wheat grass, frozen bananas, and other foods.

Recipe: Balela and Yogurt Parfait

We’d probably all agree that Yogurt is a healthy food choice.

If you take a look at the yogurt selection in most large grocery stores, you’ll see a huge variety of brands and flavors to choose from.

However, when you take a look at the sugar content and carbs of these, you’ll see that there really isn’t much variety.

Most yogurt nutrition and ingredient labels don’t look much different than a candy bar when it comes to sugar and carbs. Take a look at the Yoplait label below. Sugar is the second ingredient!

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We see from the list of ingredients that there’s more sugar in this ‘mixed berry’ yogurt than any of the berries prominently featured on the label. The end result is 26 grams of sugar and 33 grams of carbs. That’s really unnecessary. If you’ve ever mixed berries in plain yogurt you know that sugar isn’t a required ingredient.

By comparison, a product like Kalona Supernatural Organic 2% Plain Yogurt has only 6 grams of sugars and 11 grams of carbs per 6 ounce serving which is about the baseline for dairy products. You seriously don’t need 20 additional grams of sugar in a 6 oz. snack food.

Although we typically think of yogurt as a sweet snack, in many cultures yogurt is combined with spicy foods or tart foods.

It may take you a little while to develop a desire for this combination, but try mixing Balela (a Mediterranean chickpea salad) with organic plain yogurt. You’ll get a wide array of amino acids along with the digestive benefits of yogurt.

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Juicing Recipe: Apple, Carrot, Celery, Jalapeño Pepper, and Sweet Pepper

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Summary

A mix of Juicing Recipe: Apple, Carrot, Celery, Jalapeño Pepper, and Sweet Pepper can be a refreshing and energizing drink any time of day. Using a cold pressed masticating style juicer like the Omega J8006, it’s possible to retain the nutritional benefits of all ingredients.

Ingredients

  • Apples – 1 medium
  • Carrot – 5 pounds of organic peeled baby carrots
  • Celery – 1 pack (approximately 7 stalks)
  • Jalapeño Pepper – 2 large
  • Sweet Pepper – 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 orange

Directions

With the Omega J8006 juicer, and many other masticating cold press juicers, the opening is fairly small where food is inserted. This requires that food pieces be relatively small. You can prepare your food before you start, or as you go.

Once you start the juicing process, it’s a good idea to alternate between ingredients to facilitate the process. Some fruits and vegetables have more fluid than others. So, this helps keep flushing out the system. Carrots are good for cleansing the juicer.

Appearance

The appearance of this juice will be the color of carrots.

Flavor

The most noticeable flavors in this juice will be the carrot juice, but the jalapeño peppers will give it a bit of a bite.

Evolution Fresh Launches a Cold Pressed Juice Revolution

20140211tu-evolution-fresh-nationa-juicing-revolution-640x300Evolution Fresh has launched a nation-wide campaign to deliver fresh wholesome cold-pressed juices from coast to coast through numerous Starbucks locations (including Iowa City).

Cold pressed juices are produced with a slower process that retains more enzymes and nutrients in the resulting juice.

Of course, juicing is nothing new. However, those wishing to get started with juicing will need to spend a few hundred dollars or more on a high quality masticating juicer.

By delivering low-cost, high-quality, fresh cold-pressed juices to millions of consumers, it gives people the opportunity to try juicing without the initial investment.

A few dollars spent on a fresh bottled juice can save you the time and money you would spend shopping for many veggies and then juicing them.

People who have already purchased a juicer are always looking for new recipes. Because the recipe is on each bottle, avid juicers can learn a new recipe and even see how it tastes just for a few dollars.

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When you consider the time, money, and refrigerator space required to create a juice with apple, celery, clover sprouts, cucumber, kale, lemon, lime, parsley, romaine, spinach, and wheat grass, you may decide it’s actually less expensive to just purchase it in a bottle.