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Seize the Day with Vitamins: 4 Vitamin-Packed Juicing Recipes for Energy

Seize the Day with Vitamins: 4 Vitamin-Packed Juicing Recipes for Energy

Nowadays, more than ever, a healthy life can easily be considered as trendy. Through the expansion and availability of the Internet, people are finding ways to educate themselves on how to live a healthy life. If you want to be healthy, you should take care of your diet first.

Vitamins intake plays a significant role when it comes to the proper function of our body. It is the oldest story in the book – vitamins are necessary!

If that sounds like something that our grandmas always used to tell us, the best way to understand why we need vitamins is to try to understand what vitamins actually are and where to find them.

Nutritious and Healthy Fresh Juice

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    Vitamins will not provide energy like proteins, carbs, and fats, but they are more like essential compounds which will help our body grow, develop and function optimally. Also, they play a vital role in our body functions such as immunity, digestion and metabolism overall. In other words – if vitamins are missing from our diet – it will directly result in our health and not in a good way! The sugars from fruits are a healthy alternative to chocolate, sweets or cakes.

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    Besides eating fresh fruit, juices are the next best thing for a healthy dose of vitamins. One thing to have in mind is that factory-made juices are full of artificial sugars and flavors and actually contain a very small amount of freshly squeezed fruit. In a word, they do not differ much from aerated beverages that we avoid drinking. To make sure that you drink fresh juices, make these drinks yourself.

    Creative Ways to Add Nutrients to your Diet

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      Juicing will extract that valuable juice with all the vitamins and minerals from fresh fruits and veggies. Think about it as easier, fun and more creative way to add nutrients to your diet or simply to try something you wouldn’t usually eat.

      Whether you are new to juicing or not, there are a lot of misinformation concerning the topic of juicers since there are various types available on the market. If you want to exploit all those healthy nutrients from your food to the maximum, the best way is by using a masticating juicer. It will chew the fruits and veggies all up into a pulp making it an efficient way of extracting the juice from the food you throw into it.

      Be sure not to confuse them with blenders since blenders will process the fibers and the nutrients together. As we talked about it earlier, fibers are also super-important, so why in some cases this is not a good idea? Well, in some cases, when we want to juice for health, mixing nutrients with fibers will decrease their intake efficiency since fiber will trigger the digestive process. When we drink pure juice before any digestion begins, referred as “on an empty stomach” – up to 90% of the nutrients will be absorbed opposite to 30% during digestion.

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      There are many tutorials on Youtube if you don’t know how to use a juicer and many recipes on the internet. If you are a more traditional type  you can order cookbooks online or find them in a local bookstore.

      Here are some delicious, tested recipes:

      1. A Great Power Drink

      This fresh juice is a great source of energy; it’s great for starting a day or recharging during the day.

      Ingredients for two glasses:

      • 2 medium carrots,
      • 2 medium beets,
      • 1 large apple,
      • 2 peeled clementines
      • A piece of ginger.

      There is no need to peel the ingredients, except for clementines, as long as you have washed them properly.  Make fresh juices from all of this ingredients separately, and mix them together.

      2. Cucumber and Watermelon Juice

      This juice is the best choice for hot summer days. Its primary purpose is to rehydrate.

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      Ingredients:

      • 1 large cucumber,
      • 6 cups diced watermelon flesh,
      • 15 mint leaves with stems,
      • 2 limes,
      • 1 tablespoon sugar

      Peel cucumber and put it in a juicer. After that put watermelon in a juicer. Mix juices and add sugar, mint and 2 tablespoons of limes. Put in a fridge for an hour and serve with ice.

      3. An Antioxidant juice

      This drink boosts the immune system and helps you fight infections.

      Ingredients:

      • 4 medium sized apples,
      • 2 cups of black grapes,
      • 1 cup of chopped kiwis or strawberries,
      • ½ cup chopped beetroot

      There is no need to peel the ingredients, except kiwis. Put ingredients in juicer separately. Mix fresh juices and serve with ice.

      4. A Refreshing Wake-up Juice

      This juice is perfect for the ones who need extra motivation to get out of the bed. It is sweet and refreshing, and its pink color reflects sunrise.

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      Ingredients:

      • 1 medium grapefruit,
      • 1 small apple,
      • 4 small carrots,
      • 1 tablespoon of ginger,
      • ½ small lemon

      Before juicing all ingredients, peel grapefruit, ginger, and lemon. Serve in bed.

      Experience the energy surge

      Start your day with a glass of freshly squeezed juice and be surprised how much energy you will have during the day. Unleash your creativity by combining different fruits and vegetables, and the effects of combining vitamins will be visible. You will feel healthier, more productive and energized and that is a great change, isn’t it?

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      Last Updated on May 25, 2019

      20 Spaghetti Squash Recipes For Anyone Who Is Looking For Delicious, Healthy Comfort Food

      20 Spaghetti Squash Recipes For Anyone Who Is Looking For Delicious, Healthy Comfort Food

      Spaghetti squash is similar to cucumber. It has a shell which is difficult to pierce and this hard flesh surrounds a hollow cavity filled with seeds. When you cook this vegetable, the squash flesh falls away from the inner cavity and only the reminiscent of spaghetti remains. You can get surprised and delighted to see how this vegetable transforms with cooking.

      It can act as a great substitute to pasta. It tastes as delicious as the traditional pasta and is equally satisfying but healthier. It is gluten free and contains many nutrients like vitamin A, potassium and folic acid.

      This incredible vegetable can be boiled, baked or steamed. And, a lot of recipes can be prepared with spaghetti squash as the chief ingredient. I’m sure the following recipes will make your mouth water.

      Breakfast

      1. Spiced Coconut Squash Breakfast Porridge

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        This unconventional porridge, prepared for breakfast, is a perfect dish to start your day. The ingredients include spaghetti squash, organic coconut milk, ginger, coconut flour, maple syrup, cinnamon, sea salt and vanilla extract. It has a comforting and creamy texture and is best served with fresh fruit topping. (Click here for recipe)

        2. Egg and Avocado Spaghetti Squash Boats

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          If you’re looking for a light, healthy, gluten free, vegetarian breakfast then avocado spaghetti squash boats is the best option. Besides chopping the squash, breaking the egg and slicing the avocado, this recipe doesn’t require much effort in its preparation. It tastes amazing with egg yolk and salsa and has a rich decadent texture. (Click here for recipe)

          3. Spaghetti Squash Frittata for One

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            This frittata, if prepared perfectly, can be an excellent choice for a healthy meal. It is a combination of lots of spaghetti squash, a few white eggs, some red pepper for color and texture, few onions and garlic for flavor, and some fresh herbs for brightness. This dish is usually served large in size and tastes great with tomato sauce and bean balls. (Click here for recipe)

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            4. Ingredient Spaghetti Squash Brunch

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              It’s a fast and easy breakfast that contains a poached egg and feta on a pre-roasted pile of spaghetti squash bed. The yolk from the egg floods through the scraps of squash underneath. It almost tastes like an Italian pasta and the light crumble of feta adds more calcium and protein. (Click here for recipe)

              5. Spaghetti Squash Hash Browns

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                A very healthy take on hash browns in which spaghetti squash is used in place of potatoes and coconut oil in place of butter. This reduces stress, inflammation and starch, making it healthier than traditional hash browns. It helps lose water weight as well which is helpful for weight loss. The final product is fluffy on the inside but crispy on the outside. It is best served alongside some dippy eggs. (Click here for recipe and image source)

                Lunch

                6. Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein

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                  Spaghetti squash can not only replace Italian pasta but it can also replace the Chinese noodles. They are a delicious, satisfying dish, prepared by stirring and frying spaghetti squash with a rainbow of other vegetables along with a sweet smelling mixture of fish sauce, rice vinegar and soy. They are gluten free and grease free which makes them healthier. (Click here for recipe)

                  7. Parmesan Zucchini and Spaghetti Squash with Pine Nuts

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                    This dish is a marvelous combination of garlic, spaghetti squash, parmesan, toasted pine and zucchini nuts. It’s super healthy, gluten free, full of vegetables and delicious. Tossed with olive oil, this dish meets all the dietary needs and is perfect for light lunch. You can also add some chicken to increase protein.  (Click here for recipe)

                     8. Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms Parmesan

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                      Though spaghetti squash provides low calories, you can add meaty mushroom and a good amount of parmesan cheese to increase the amount of calories. It’s a healthy, full of flavor, vegetarian dish, and has cheap and easy ingredients which you can find in market. The final product is yummy and satisfying and can make your lunch, perfect.  (Click here for recipe)

                       9. Spaghetti Squash with Vegan Fire-Roasted Tomato Cream Sauce

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                        A pile of roasted squash is flavored with a sauce made from five ingredients. The vegan fire-roasted tomato cream sauce is made from the mixture of tomatoes, cashews, basil, salt and water. This spicy sauce makes it more delicious and some small amount of basil adds fresh green color and flavor. (Click here for recipe)

                         10. Thai Peanut Spaghetti Squash

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                          Most of the dishes listed here are either Mexican or Italian. This recipe however will give you a fresh Asian feeling. To prepare this, all you need are spaghetti squash and peanut sauce, then by adding some ginger, lime and vinegar you’ll get one of the most delicious recipes. The texture of this dish reminds you of heavenly beaches in Thailand. (Click here for the recipe)

                          Dinner

                          11. Spaghetti Squash Comfort Bowl

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                            This is the perfect kind of bowl that you want to have on a cold evening, sitting on a couch and watching TV. You’ll enjoy its lightly steamed veggies, allspice beans, and the strands of squash as well. It feels creamy but doesn’t seem too heavy. It’s a great dish with intense indulgence, with our best spaghetti squash, the warm beans, and the comforting steamed veggies. (Click here for the recipe)

                            12. Spaghetti Squash Crust Pizza

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                              As you already know, spaghetti squash is a great substitute for pasta, but this dish here shows how these chewy shreds can make a great stand-in for pizza. You can add anything like meat or veggies to the base which is bound with egg whites and flour. The end product is a great gluten free dish. (Click here for the recipe)

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                              13. Spaghetti Squash Fried Rice

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                                Spaghetti squash works as a good substitute to the cauliflower as the base of a fried rice. This recipe includes almost all of the usual ingredients of a fried rice. With green onions, eggs, peanut oil, and some garlic, this dish gives a unique texture that you can never find in your local restaurants. (Click here for the recipe)

                                 14. Roasted Garlic Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats

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                                  If you’re looking for something delicious for the winter evenings, you’ll get fond of these cheesy spaghetti squash boats. To lighten it up, it is filled with tomato sauce, cheese, chicken sausage, parmesan and ricotta. You can easily complete its arrangement ahead of time and bake it before dinner. (Click here for the recipe)

                                  15. Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

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                                    This Mexican inspired dish has spaghetti squash as a serving bowl and inside it goes enchilada sauce, chicken, cheese, black beans and other veggies wrapped inside a corn tortilla blanket. You can also use spinach in place of the corn and black beans. Topped with sauce galore, this dish can be served as a family fun meal.  (Click here for the recipe)

                                    Dessert

                                    16. Sweet Spaghetti Squash Kugel with Apples and Raisins

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                                      If you can afford spaghetti squash, coconut sugar, some eggs and few other ingredients, then this dish must be your cheapest choice. This noodle is a delight in all seasons. The addition of some apples and raisins results in its fruity freshness. (Click here for the recipe)

                                      17. Spaghetti Squash Coconut Custard Pie

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                                        With the fine sweetness from vanilla extract and coconut, this dessert can be a great hit among guests. The spaghetti squash drowns in an egg batter to make it lighter than a cream pie. You can play and experiment with the ingredients and see surprising results.  (Click here for the recipe)

                                         18. Spaghetti Squash Cake With Cream Cheese Glaze

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                                          This desert will be a delicious treat to those who are a fan of carrot cake. Spaghetti squash is a vegetable with pleasant taste, lending fiber, potassium and vitamins. So, if you drape it in cream cheese frosting, you will end with this mouth- watering cake. This dessert has so many health benefits and is also great for a Thanksgiving dinner. (Click here for the recipe)

                                           19. Spaghetti Squash Kheer

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                                            Kheer is a rice pudding made by boiling rice with cow milk and sugar. But this type of kheer replaces boiling rice with noodles swapped out of spaghetti squash and cow milk with coconut milk. By pouring some ghee, you can add necessary richness in it. It is healthier than traditional kheer and can act as a great dessert for your evenings. (Click here for the recipe)

                                             20. Cinnamon Spice Spaghetti Squash Cake

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                                              By now, you must be surprised by the versatility of spaghetti squash. But your best surprise will probably come after you finish preparing this cake. This cake is a game changer. You’ll have the taste of lots of veggies like cinnamon, allspice maple syrup and ginger, all inside a single cake.  It’s a perfect treat for picky eaters. (Click here for the recipe)

                                              Featured photo credit: Spaghetti Squash with Fire Roasted Tomato, Olive and Baby Spinach Sauce via commons.wikimedia.org

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