I used to eat salads. Now I drink them.
Instead of eating raw vegetables, I plop a basketful into a juicer and turn them into a cup of greenish sludge.
It’s actually tasty. And healthier: higher concentration of nutrients and enzymes.
I use a modified recipe from Joe Cross’s excellent film: “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead”—which calls for kale, celery, cucumber, green apples, lemon, and ginger. I juice two additional ingredients:
1. Carrots—for taste and Vitamin A — did you ever see Bugs Bunny wearing glasses?
2. Rainbow Chard—for taste and artistic vale — have you seen how pretty it is?
Rainbow chard colors: deep rosy red, tangerine orange, lemon yellow, and my favorite — FUCHSIA.
The benefits of juicing are huge: promotes weight loss; optimizes the immune system; lowers blood sugar levels; improves cognitive function; decreases inflammation, and more!
Physician/nutritional researcher/best-selling author Dr. Joel Furhman says the best predictor of health is how nutrient dense the food is that you eat. His formula: Health = Nutrients/Calories. Dr. Fuhrman coined the term “Nutritarian”—meaning a person with a micronutrient-rich diet lifestyle.
He also created a chart showing the nutritional density of foods based on a scale of 1000. At the top at 1000 (which mean 100% nutrient dense) are kale ale and greens (collard and mustard). Bok choy is second at 824. Spinach ranks third at 739. Next is chard (730)– right ahead of broccoli (715).
Chard, a member of the beet family, tastes sweet and earthy—better than kale, a member of the cruciferous family, which tastes bitter—like a batch of spring mix—or lawn cuttings.
But chard has something kale does not: betalin—a phytonutrient that gives chard its colorful pigments and provides anti-inflammatory and detoxing properties for the body.
Chard also makes a great fashion accessory. 😉 Look how well it matches handbags:
Leather tote bag by Icon Shoe Company (located in the Los Angeles area) printed with a painting of dogs at a luau (how fun is that?) by the contemporary French artist Guy Buffet.
Or another Icon tote with a painting called “Ajo Al’s” by American painter Stephen Morath:
Chard also goes well on a handbag with an artistic masterpiece, like Auguste Renoir’s “Dance at Bougavil” (France, 1883):
More fashion ideas: How about fuchsia chard with a fuchsia sweater and Juliana brooches?
Or chard with a San Francisco Giants sweatshirt?
If you don’t have chard, how about carrots? Painting by Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha called “Zodiac” (Paris, 1896) on a purse with orange coat and floral fascinator or headband.
To go healthy AND fashionable, go vegetable!
Juicing film trailer:
Dr. Fuhrman’s website:
Info on one of his books:
Cool Icon shoes to match orange chard or carrots: