Juicing and Raw Foods

July 14, 2012
NuGo Nutritian Bars Product Review

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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November 15, 2011
Apple Mint Cinnamon Juice
  • 2 or 3 Granny Smith Apples
  • 1 Mint branch/leaves (or mint flavoring)
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1/2 Lemon or no Lemon
  • 1 Small Lime
  • Ground Cinnamon

This is probably one of the BEST juices you can make around Christmas time. This is extremely tasty!  Of all the interesting things you can try to juice..this would be one of the best for sure.  It’s more of a for fun juice rather than for your health but it’s fantastic!

This makes 1 tall glass.  It’s best to juice the mint in a gear juicer rather than a centrifugal juicer, but if you juice it in a Centrifugal then place the mint branch between Apple slices and juice that first. If you try to juice the mint by itself it will mostly chop up and produce very little product in a centrifugal juicer. If you don’t have a gear juicer then you can substitute with mint flavoring however it’s just not the same. Best to juice the mint in a gear juicer.

Then Juice the rest.  Don’t use too much lemon or it will over power the drink and you’ll lose the mint.

Lasty sprinkle ground Cinnamon on top after you pour it into a tall glass. I use McCormick’s Ground Cinnamon. Very good.

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October 24, 2011
Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead | A Joe Cross Film (2010)

Watch for free on HULU   (as of this posting)

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead Review:

I’ve watched this film and I’d have to say it is one of the best illustrations of how and why juicing and raw foods can bring you back into a healthy status. The film uses real life examples of how converting to a raw food diet can bring your weight down fast and save your life. I myself only make juicing and raw foods about 40-60% of my diet, which is just enough for me to get healthy again. We are all so used to believing the typical American diet is OK that we don’t really question it.  While much of that food should be enjoyed (in my opinion), you should also include enough juicing and raw food to stay healthy and fit.  Getting old doesn’t have to include disease and weight gain.

If you are serious about getting healthy then this is the only film you need to watch and currently you can find it for free on Hulu.com or at a low cost on Youtube movies or Netflix.

written by: Richard Green

Synopsis:

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead - Joe Cross100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn’t end well- with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn’t far behind. FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health. With doctors and conventional medicines unable to help long-term, Joe turns to the only option left, the body’s ability to heal itself. He trades in the junk food and hits the road with juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for the next 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe has one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle. Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead - Joe CrossWhile talking to more than 500 Americans about food, health and longevity, it’s at a truck stop in Arizona where Joe meets a truck driver who suffers from the same rare condition. Phil Staples is morbidly obese weighing in at 429 lbs; a cheeseburger away from a heart-attack. As Joe is recovering his health, Phil begins his own epic journey to get well. What emerges is nothing short of amazing – an inspiring tale of healing and human connection. Part road trip, part self-help manifesto, FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD defies the traditional documentary format to present an unconventional and uplifting story of two men from different worlds who each realize that the only person who can save them is themselves. Written by Jamin Mendelsohn

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August 28, 2011

www.learnrawfood.com Raw food author and chef Jennifer Cornbleet shows you to make delicious gluten-free raw pasta out of zucchini, which is topped with raw marinara sauce. From her DVD, Raw Food Made Easy. raw diet raw recipes raw recipe raw vegan the raw diet the raw food diet…

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