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Have you ever bought a bottle of juice from the supermarket shelf? Maybe a bottle of OJ from the fridge section, or even a bottle of vegetable juice from the shelf. Have you ever cast your mind to wonder why the use by date is 2 years from now whereas an orange sitting on the shelf for 2 years would be a shriveled moudly remnant of its former self? Well the reason they can sit there for so long is not only preservatives, but also a process called pasteurization. Basically it was process invented by Louis Pasteur in 1864 who discovered that heating beer and wine was enough to kill the bacteria that would cause the beverages to go sour or go off. Fast forward to now, and there are a couple of methods that are used to complete the pasteurization process.
Does pasteurization mean the produce is no longer raw? Yes. Subjecting it to any kind of processing will change the natural raw composition of the produce. Some of the traditional pastuerisation methods “cook” the produce, but other methods like the pressure method is very new and unclear yet exactly what it changes in the nutrient density. Pasteurisation is a big advantage for a food business as it means they can make more product in bulk and they know it will last, as opposed to a business like us that makes everything fresh each day. This does reduce the price of juices for the end consumer, but it also reduces the product to no better than the bottle you once picked up from the supermarket shelf.
This time of year is when illness abounds, people start to eat comfort food and the clothing layers start to become a lot more forgiving than the old summer dress. It becomes a lot easier to make a spaghetti bolognaise for dinner than a fresh healthy salad, which means your daily intake of veggies has gone from an abundant 4-5 serves every day during summer to 0-1 serves a day during winter.
But it is easy to keep your veggies up during winter, as soon as you know what a serve is. Not only are you doing as you are told, but you are helping keeping off the winter weight by “buffering” your meal with veggies.
One serve of vegetables is any of the following:
½ cup cooked green or orange vegetables (e.g. broccoli, carrot, spinach, pumpkin)
½ cup cooked, dried or canned beans, peas or lentils
1 cup of green leafy vegetables or raw salad vegetables
½ cup sweet corn
½ medium potato or other starchy vegetable (sweet potato, etc)
1 medium tomato
So here is how you can bump up your daily intake during winter:
With only 3 day week smack bang in between 3 public holidays, a lot of us took the chance for any easy week of chilling out and making a real holiday of it. And I bet it was enjoyed!!
BUT, it also feels like it does at the end of Christmas holidays, that same “ I ate far too much, and drank far too much” adage comes around again.
So what can you do about it? One of the quickest ways to get back to your normal self is to stop drinking during the week. Alcohol every day (hopefully just the night time) is a sure fire way to allow sneaky kilos to creep up on you. You might think you eat quite healthy, lots of lean meats, lots of vegetables, etc. But that one glass of wine adds 82 calories to your day, which is not a huge amount, but 1-2 each day, 7 days a week is an extra 1148 per week (which is almost one persons calorie intake for the day!) Now I am normally not one to say that eating is all about calories, because I believe it is about nourishment. Having said that, wine isn’t particularly nourishing, the nutritional panel for white wine is below:
Amount per 100g
Total Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 5 mg
Potassium 71 mg
Total Carbohydrate 2.6 g
Dietary fiber 0 g
Sugar 1 g
Protein 0.1 g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Vitamin D 0%
Vitamin B-12 0%
Vitamin B-6 0%
Another quick easy way to redeem yourself after holidays is replace 1 meal a day with a purely vegetable meal. So no meat, no carbs, just veggies. The easiest way to do this is just make a really big batch of vegetable soup! Have it for dinner each night for a week, or take it to work for lunch each day. Here is an easy peasy recipe to try:
Throw into the oven: 3 carrots, 2 zucchinis and about 15 mushrooms, don’t use oil, just put them in a pan and roast for about 20mins on about 180 degrees. Then in your saucepan, thrown in 2-3 cloves of garlic, one chopped onion, half a chopped celery and half a chopped up broccoli. Saute this for about 5 mins, add in 2 litres of water with 2 vegan stock cubes (I like the Massel brand). Take your other vegetables from the oven, chop them up, and then throw them in too. Let it simmer for about another 10 mins. SOOOO easy!
You've cleansed with us, you are felling al' bran' new and loving your new lust for life, but you miss the clean feeling you got from drinking lovely fresh raw juice each day. Or you developed quite an addiction to our green smoothies and can't image a day without one...
Either way, we now have Juice Packs available to buy online. The Juice Packs contain 4 x 600ml juices, and are available in the follow ing packs:
Greens Juice Pack - This pack has only green smoothies. Cleansing, invigorating, energising so you can get your green on at home. The pack has 4 of our delicious green smoothies - 2x Leap Frogs and 2x Alkalisers - Check it out here!
Mostly Veg Pack - This pack is mostly vegetable, but does have some apple and kiwi fruit. This pack is suitable for someone who wants a few different juices, but would also like to minimise their fruit sugar intake. This pack has a Leap Frog, a Vego Mego, a Green Salad, and an Alkaliser - Check it out here!
Fruit & Veg Pack - This pack has a nice balanced mix of fruits and vegetables, so the juices are delicious and cleansing. This pack contains a Leap Frog, a Pine Grapple, a Pink Sherbert and a Beet Froot Tingle. Check it out here!
Introducing a special Spring Cleanse this year!
Green Juice+Food+Green Food = Green+Food Cleanse
Combining our fave green juices, green protein and our super delicious salads, this green juice plus food cleanse is deliciously colourful Spring time cleanse that inspires images of lounging in soft green grass, butterflies and bunny rabbits hopping through fluffy ferns.
You will receive the following each day:
2 xLeap Frog (apple, cucumber, spinach, parsley and kiwi)
1x Water Frog (kiwi, watermelon, orange, spinach, parsley)
1x The Alkaliser (celery, lemon, kiwi, cucumber, parsley and spinach)
1x Sachet of Shatki Superfood – a 100% natural complete green protein powder (read more about it here: http://www.theholisticchef.com.au/shaktis-superfood-blend/)
1x salad of the day
You can chose to a 3 or 5 day Green+Food Cleanse, for 3 days the price is $225 plus delivery, and for 5 days the price is $310 plus delivery.
Available from September 24th 2012.
Its Summer right now, and whilst sunny Queensland is really turning the weather on, Melbourne seems to be getting it mostly right, and Sydney seems to need some lessons about when the sunshine should be out and about, we have been getting some requests for cleanses with just juices, and no soups. So whilst we are happy to accomodate most requests (obviously a roast lamb and sweet potato juice is totally out of the question), we thought it might be timely to offer a cleanse program that doesn't do the soups at all.
So, we did. Simple really.... You told us, we listened. It is called "Just the Juice". So it still combines your fave juices (Leap Frog anyone?) with others too. It also still combines a nut smoothie each day, so you are still getting a balance of vegetable proteins and unsaturated fats. It is a great program for these hot months when you don't feel like heating or eating anything warm, and just feel like a refreshing light juice.
It is online right now to order. We plan to keep it there all year long, so it won't fade with Winter. If you just want the juice, and only the juice, you can have it.
Tis soon to be the season of the festively plump! Where Christmas catch ups, social drinks and free booze and food work parties get the best of us into the clutches of festively plump. So in honour of the season, our Cheap Tuesday code today is "festivelyplump" use it today to save 10% off your order.