(NaturalHealth365) Up here in the Pacific Northwest, it’s getting chilly, as we can feel fall has fallen upon us very quickly this year, and I am sure that most of Americans – who live in the North – are experiencing colder weather. Cantaloupes should still be available until mid-October, and pumpkins are just coming into season, so we say, now that the colder weather is approaching, let’s take advantage of the produce that is coming into season, since it’s not as bountiful as it was in the summer.
Combine your vegetables for a healthy treat
Combing carrots with pumpkins and actually, any kind of squashes, along with cantaloupes make a good combination and the cantaloupe can actually brighten up any squash tonic. Of course, adding the naturally sweetened carrots can add a special flavor to just about any fresh juice.
My husband Jay and I also use a plethora of fall apples and pears for juice combining throughout the fall season. By the way, if you add some organic spices to it – then you’ve got a power packed tonic that is rich in antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals – especially those valuable enzymes that are naturally derived from using raw foods.
Can we really juice pumpkins?
In short, the answer is yes! But, you may be wondering – ‘why juice them when perhaps we should blend them instead’?
I would say yes, it’s good to blend them as well, but if you are looking for optimal nutrient absorption, ‘juicing’ is the only way. When you blend anything, it puts more stress on the digestive system, and nutrient absorption becomes a greater challenge. Granted, it’s by far better than eating the foods, but it’s one step below juicing.
This is why I am such a huge advocate of juicing over blending. However, in the case of the pumpkins, their seeds have great benefits, and you can juice them. However, what I recommend – is to dry them out, and eat them, or you can blend them in your blender with your seeds and add the cantaloupes and spices as well.
So, what do we do with those melons?
I’ve always said, “Melons Alone or Leave them Alone”….yet in this case, the cantaloupes are actually from the same kind of family as the pumpkins, (from the Curcubit Family). Combining these two super high vitamin A foods is a great way to enhance its highly compatible nutrients – enabling better and more usable absorption into the bloodstream. And, of course, adding carrots to this juicing equation send this juice ‘to the moon’ for pro-vitamin A benefits.
What are the health benefits of pumpkins?
* Very high in pro-vitamin A, the kind of vitamin that is perfectly assimilated and absorbed into our bloodstream.
* Helps our skin stay healthy.
* More potassium than bananas.
* Helps soften kidney stones.
* Great for our cardiovascular system.
* Contains natural zeaxanthin, a natural antioxidant, which has UV (ultraviolet) rays filtering actions in the macula lutea – in retina of the eyes. Thus, it helps to prevent age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) in the elderly.
We would suggest 1.5 quarts of this tonic daily, unless there is diabetes. If there is diabetes, remove the apples from the recipe – below.
Here it is! “The Juicy Pumpkin” (serves 2)
2 cups pumpkin (raw and peeled)
1 medium sized cantaloupe (skinned)
2 fall apples or 2 Bartlett pears (not too ripe)
1 inch ginger root (fresh)
If you have the ‘Power Grind Pro’ (or another powerful blender) – you can soak your cinnamon bark overnight and then process it though the juicer – in between juicing the pumpkin and cantaloupe. (one inch of cinnamon is good enough)
If you don’t have cinnamon bark – you can add some nutmeg and cinnamon powder on top of your juice, but don’t use too much, it can overbear the great tasting juice tonic you made.
Sprinkle some hemp seeds on top – or when your pumpkin seeds dry up – grind them up and combine them with the hemp seeds.
Do you want to blend? Use all the ingredients in the juice recipe, but add your spices at the end and slowly blend. You may also want to add some fresh almond milk to it for a great smoothie. Enjoy!
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About the author: Linda Kordich has been married for 33 years to Jay Kordich, world renown health educator and the “Father of Juicing”. She is the co-author of their new book, Live Foods Live Bodies and teaches throughout the world on the ‘Powers of the Gentle Art of Foods and Juices’. For more information about Jay and Linda Kordich – visit: www.JayKordich.com
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