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Lazy Hazy Day Recipe

smoothie-highHazy days are coming back again recently.  Most people experience sneezing, running nose, eye irritation, dry throat and dry cough due to the irritant effect of fine dust particles from haze pollutants on the nose, throat, airways and eyes. Hence, people will choose to stay at indoor instead. Well, while doing some light exercise at home, be it yoga, aerobics or house chores, you can make this smoothie to soothe your nose, throat and lung! This can help to restore your respiratory health in this kind of hazy day.

These are the ingredients you need:

1 medium banana, sliced (may use frozen banana for extra thickness)
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup almond mylk from La Juiceria
1 teaspoon of flaxseeds / chia seeds

Methods:

  1. In a blender, place all the ingredients and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately. Enjoy this yummy and healthy smoothie!

Nutrition facts

Calorie: 210 kcal   Vitamin C: 87 mg
Carbohydrate: 31 g   Vitamin E: 4.3 mg
Protein: 5.6 g   Magnesium: 92 mg
Fat: 9.4 g   Calcium: 97 mg
Omega-3 fatty acids: 4.81 g   Fiber 8.1 g

Source: USDA Nutrient Database

 

Nutritional benefits:

Strawberries are rich in vitamin C, it acts an antioxidant which neutralize the free radicals in our body. It also helps in the reducing the release of histamine, one of the inflammatory chemicals produced by the hyperactive immune cells, and is essential in building a good immune system.

Almond has high in vitamin E content which has been shown to improve lung function significantly. Vitamin E is another antioxidant that works to neutralize free radicals in the body other than vitamin C, hence can improves skin health and prevent aging, cancer.

Magnesium can be found in banana and almond, it is a mineral needed by our body for healthy smooth muscle cells, as it helps relax smooth muscle cells as well as our respiratory tract muscle.

Flaxseed or chia seeds are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids, studies show that people who have sufficient intake of omega-3 fats in their diets have much lower incidence of asthma.  Increasing omega-3 intake is shown to improve lung function in asthmatic patients as well.

Juicing Tips for Diabetic Patients / 给糖尿病病人的小贴士

sugar-highThere is always a myth whether diabetic patients can drink fruit juice or not. Dietitians generally will not encourage the people with diabetes to drink fruit juice, due to the fact that the sugar in fruit juices can be absorbed readily by the body.

Hence, many people will ask, can diabetic patients do a detoxification programme or raw juice fasting from La Juiceria? The juices are not just purely based on fruits alone. Some are made from vegetables and raw nuts. Every juice produced has its own benefits and generally good for health. For the diabetic patients, we usually do not recommend them to do a juice cleanse or detoxification programme, unless with doctor’s consent. Every diabetic patient’s severity level is different. Therefore, if you are keen to do a juice cleanse or take our juices as a supplement, kindly print out the document (Reboot Information for Your Doctor) for your doctor and consult with him/her on your next appointment.

For the diabetic patients who would like to take our juices as a supplement, you can refer the list below. Below is the list of juices which has low sugar level that we can recommended to diabetic patients. If you are still worried that the juices might not suitable for you, you can always consult your doctor. The doctor can call/email us about the juices and we will answer any inquiries. nutritionist@lajuiceria.com

Sugar (g), Per serving (350ml)
Hazelnut Mylk 4
Almond Mylk 4
Chocolate Almond Mylk 6
Cilantro Celery Punch 7
Goodness Greens 9
Orange Power 9

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sugar-high糖尿病病人到底能否喝果汁呢?饮食治疗师通常都会不鼓励糖尿病病人喝果汁,因为水果中的碳水化合物经过榨碎的过程中将会分解成较小的糖分子,这种糖分子在体内会比较容易被吸收,造成糖尿病患者的血糖水平急速上升。

因此,很多人都会问,那么糖尿病病人能做La Juiceria 的排毒蔬果汁疗程或蔬果汁禁食吗?事实上,我们的排毒汁不只包括新鲜的水果,还有蔬菜和豆类。每一瓶排毒蔬果汁都有各自的功能,所以我们的排毒汁是健康的。不过,在没有医生的同意下,我们不会建议糖尿病病人做排毒蔬果汁疗程。这是因为每个病人的糖尿病严重程度不一样。因此,对于那些热衷于要做排毒疗程的病人,您可以打印和携带这份文件,以咨询您的医生。

如果糖尿病患者有兴趣想要喝我们的排毒蔬果汁当保健品,您可参考以下的列表。这表列出了几个糖分较低及适合的蔬果汁给糖尿病患者。若您还是有疑虑这些蔬果汁是否适合您的话,您可随时咨询您的医生。我们也欢迎医生联络我们关于La Juiceria 的排毒蔬果汁疗程以瞭解更多。

  糖分(克), 每份量 (350ml)
Hazelnut Mylk 4
Almond Mylk 4
Chocolate Almond Mylk 6
Cilantro Celery Punch 7
Goodness Greens 9
Orange Power 9

 

 

Cucumber Milk

soymilk-highLooking for a drink that cools you down of the hot weather yet helps to nourishing your skin? Why don’t you try to make cucumber milk at home? You can use almond milk, hazelnut milk, or soy milk. Well, it may sound weird to you for this combination, but it’s surprisingly tasty and refreshing! The cucumber rehydrates your body and gives you most of the vitamins you needed for a day. And the milk that made with almond, hazelnut or soy beans which rich in protein and PUFA (polyunsaturated fatty acids) will smoothen you skin and make your hair shinny.

To make cucumber milk, you just need 2 ingredients, any plant-based milk and cucumber. You can purchase almond mylk, hazelnut mylk or cashew nut mylk from La Juiceria or make soy milk by your own.


Below is the recipe to make unsweetened soy milk.

Ingredients:                                  Equipment:

160 g dry soy beans                     Strainer

1.6 litre water                                Blender or food processor

Large pot

Instruction:

  1. Wash and soak the soy beans overnight. Make sure the beans are soften and bigger in size on the next day.
  2. Grab some soy beans and rubbing them together. The shells will float to the top of water, remove the shells and rinse the soybeans.
  3. Blend the soy beans in batches. Add 1 cup soaked soy beans and 2.5 cup water (600ml) into the blender and blend until the beans completely break down.
  4. Pour the blended soy bean milk over the strainer and set on top of a large pot.
  5. Cook the soy bean milk over medium low heat and bring to a boil, remember to stir from time to time because it can bubble and over flow. Once it boiled, turn to low heat and allow to cook for another 20 minutes. Scoop out the film formed on top of the soy milk.
  6. Once soy milk has cool down to room temperature, it can be stored in the refrigerator.

 Below is the recipe to make cucumber milk.

Ingredients:                                                                                             Equipment:

¾ cup almond mylk, hazelnut mylk or soy bean milk                        Juicer or blender

½ cup cucumber

½ cup melon (optional, to contributes the sweetness)

Instruction:

  1. Place the ingredients listed above into the blender or juicer and blend.
  2. There goes the cucumber milk. Enjoy this glass of healthy, tasty, refreshing and nourishing drink! =)

Power shots

Vital_Defender-highLooking for a drink that better than coffee which can treat lethargy? Well, these 2 tiny bottles of goodness gives you a “power shot” that provides an awakening effect!

Not only that, the vitamin C in the power shots boosts your immune system and helps fight off colds and flu.

Our ‘Vital Shot’ includes ginger that has an antibacterial effect on respiratory and periodontal infections, and can ease gastric distress. It also aids in digestion and cure bloating and flatulence.

And, do you know that citrus fruit is one of the anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory foods?

Our ‘The Defender’ uses lemon and cayenne pepper that is rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that can help in fighting free radicals. It helps stabilize mast cells to inhibit the manufacture and release of histamine. Cayenne pepper may help in healing cluster headache, due to its pain-relieving properties. If you are the one who wish to lose weight, ‘The Defender’ can help to burn calories and suppress appetite.

Myths about Juicing

apple1-250-highAn apple a day keeps the doctor away? Nowadays, eating an apple is not enough to maintain overall health. Studies showed that consuming 7 servings of fruit and vegetables a day can reduce the risk of premature death by 42%. This is because the fibre, antioxidants and living enzymes found in fruits and vegetables benefits our body and hence is protective against major chronic diseases.

Juicing allows you to capture most of the nutrients in fruits and vegetable. Imagine that there are 2 oranges and 1 carrot just in one glass of juice! This gives you a nutrient-dense juice that benefits your body! Nevertheless, some people may have misconceptions on juicing. Below are the commons myths and the explanation regarding on this matter.

  1. Detoxification can be done through juicing only

In fact, our body is carrying out detoxification process every day naturally by liver and kidney. Just that by over time, the toxins may accumulate in our body if eating unhealthily. Juicing is just a way to support the detoxification mechanism and reboot your body that will improve organ functioning. Exercise also one of the ways to detoxify our body. But at the same time, we must drink plenty of fluid in order to help in releasing toxins through urine and sweat.

  1. Weight loss can be maintained after a juice cleanse

The answer is yes only if you maintain a healthy and balanced diet after doing a juice cleanse. Ensure that you eat a balanced meal by achieving at least 3 servings of vegetables and 2 servings of fruits every day. Moreover, take less red meat and take more fish or plant based proteins, eg. tofu and legumes will help you to maintain a healthy body weight.

  1. Patients with diabetes cannot do drink fruit juices

Indeed, diabetic patients are discouraged to drink fruit juices because the glycemic index (GI) of fruits will become higher after squeezed into juice. This means that the sugar content in fruit juice will absorbed directly from the gut and thus may spike up the blood glucose level in diabetic patients. But not to say individuals with diabetes cannot take fruit juice at all, they can corporate more vegetable to make a glass of juice as vegetable has less sugar content.

References:

  1. Oyinlola Oyebode, Vanessa Gordon-Dseagu, Alice Walker, Jennifer S Mindell. Fruit and vegetable consumption and all-cause, cancer and CVD mortality: analysis of Health Survey for England dataJ Epidemiol Community Health, 31 March 2014 DOI: 10.1136/jech-2013-203500