Juicing and Raw Foods

January 23, 2013
Hair Growth Promoting Drink

A Juicing recipe that encourages thicker hair growth

• 1 Cucumber
• 4 Large Carrots, ends trimmed
• 1 Apple

The right Juicing can help slow down the rate at which you are losing your hair and even help thicken and grow it back. Cucumber is high in potassium, manganese, silica and sulfur. The silica in cucumber, combined with Carrots, helps to promote good hair growth and health.

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July 14, 2012
NuGo Nutritian Bars Product Review

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I recently tried a brand of nutrition bars called NuGo that I was very surprised by. Not everything in these bars are totally raw food, but they are a much healthier alternative to most other snacks and they are so incredible tasting that I had to write about them.

I was at Whole Foods and one of these bars, specifically the Chocolate Pretzel with Sea Salt, was laying out of place with other products and I picked it up thinking it looked like it would taste good so I purchased it.

I tried it later that day and was stunned by how great it tasted. No exaggeration. I’m not being paid to blog about this product, but if NuGo wants to send me free bars I’ll accept. 🙂

NuGo BarI’ve tried several other flavors since then but the Chocolate Pretzel with Sea Salt is the best. Other video reviews of this product are also commenting that this is the best of the bars. They also have a few totally Vegan bars called the NuGo10 bars that are also great. I’ve tried a number of energy bars and health bars over the years and none of them taste as good as the NuGo bars.

NuGo has put out a wide variety of flavors with some being Gluten Free, Soy & Dairy Free, Vegan, almost Sugar Free, Low Glycemic, and all Organic.

The family of bars as of this writing are…

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  • NuGo Free
  • NuGo Slim
  • NuGo Organic

  • NuGo Dark
  • NuGo Family
  • Crispy Cat

  • Smart Carb
  • NuGo 10 (Vegan)


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There are multiple flavors within those products so as you can see they have a lot to choose from. I would recommend the NuGo Dark Pretzel with SeaSalt for sure.

Here’s a quote from the NuGo website as of this writing…

“NuGo makes the finest, healthiest, most delicious bars available today. NuGo believes that pure, natural ingredients are both better for you and better tasting. From our very first bar to the latest, we’ve maintained a commitment to creating great snacks without taking shortcuts. NuGo uses only real milk and dark chocolate on our bars, not fake chocolate coatings made from vegetable fats! Real chocolate gives NuGo bars a distinctively delicious taste. Enjoy.”

Nugo10 Vegan Bars

NuGo10_apple-cinnamonNuGo 10 bars are packed full of raw natural energy! With only 3 nuts, 3 fruits and 4 seeds you are sure to feel refreshed after eating this healthy snack. NuGo 10 is high in fiber, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and made in a peanut free facility.

Gluten Free • Dairy Free • Peanut Free Facility • Raw • OU Pareve, Vegan

While most of the bars are obviously not completely raw foods, they are quite a bit healthier than most snack alternatives and they taste so good that you won’t want the less healthy stuff anyway. I was honestly blown away by the tastes of these bars. I’ve only tried some of the flavors as of this writing but I suspect most if not all of them are quite good. I’ve found them at Whole Foods and Sprouts but you can also check out their web site at http://www.nugonutrition.com/.

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June 20, 2012
How to Store Your Juices

What’s the best way to store your juices and how long can you store them?

The best advice is to NOT store your juices at all since the best quality and nutrition exists right after you juice. Every minute your freshly juiced food is exposed to air it starts to oxidize. Exposure to light will also degrade the juice.

Let’s say you really need to store your juices for later consumption. You will want to use any method you can to make sure there is no air in the container and you should use glass or stainless steel and fill the juice to the brim. Let it overflow if needed to minimize air in your container.  Mason Jars are typically used to store juices. Store your juice in a fridge.

Low RPM Juicers vs Centrifugal Juicers produce less degraded Juice and thus store better.  The taste of the juice is better too.

How long can you store the juice?

This will depend on the type of juice, conditions of the juicing process and quality of the food prior to juicing. All these things will effect how quickly your juice will degrade once stored. Typically no more than 24 hours. At best 72 hours, but after that forget about it. I would not even recommend more than 48 hours to be honest. Citrus juices will last longer than green juices or tomato juice. Do not attempt to freeze your juices. I know you where thinking that. The freezing process destroys the juice.

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People do freeze their juice or attempt to but degradation of the nutrients still occurs and by freezing you are not only changing the taste once thawed but also degradation still occurs and the color and texture is different. Some juices, like apple cider, will last longer. Freezing should be a last resort at best.

“Pasteurized juice” with preservatives can be stored longer and is what you find at your local store however the pasteurization process destroys most of the nutrients. It’s still healthier than many alternatives but the taste is not as good and will not give you the health benefits of fresh juice.

You can buy certain frozen juice at the store, however you do not get the nutritional benefits and they typically contain more sugar and preservatives.

What you can freeze

You can however freeze the veggies and fruit BEFORE they are juiced. Once juiced you really need to drink it right away. The idea behind fresh juice vs store bought is that the nutritional value and taste is vastly better.

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May 30, 2012

Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram of Rawfully Organic (www.rawfullyorganic.com) and FullyRaw (www.fullyraw.com) shows you Easy Raw Food Storage Tips! Founder and chief co-operator of Rawfully Organic, the largest raw foods non-profit produce co-operative in the US. Kristina created ROC because she was able to overcome hyperglycemia by eating a 100% raw foods diet. Today, she maintains this lifestyle, and she not only make a living educating others on how to do this, but also manages handling a LOT…a LOT…a LOT of produce daily. After having been raw for almost 7 years and after having run Rawfully Organic for almost 5 of these years, storing and organizing produce has become an art form for Kristina, and it is something in which considers herself a mastermind! In this video, she shares with you 6 easy tips to help you organize your refrigerator when storing raw produce and when figuring out how to organize your foods when going raw! 1) Bag Your Greens to Keep Them Fresh 2) Learn to Rotate Your Food 3) Store Fruits and Veggies Separately 4) Don’t Block the Air Vents & Keep Temperature Consistent at 40F 5) Prepare as Needed 6) Real Food Does Not Last Forever! Being FullyRaw is a choice and a lifestyle. Make it a success, not a struggle.

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