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If you’re on facebook, you’ve most likely read about it today….but don’t worry if you missed it, you’ll read about it tomorrow too…We are in the thick of the cold and flu season and it seems like EVERYONE is getting sick!  It’s time to start “eating” your vitamin C…not “taking” it.  By eating raw fruits and vegetables, you’re going to get that army of phytonutrients working much faster than what a vitamin C tablet will ever do!  So……I’ve got a salsa that is going to knock your socks off…and it has NOTHING to do with spice and EVERYTHING to do with taste and nutrition!

My sister-in-law, Crystal flew out to visit us after she finished up one of her many deployments.  Crystal LOVES grapefruit!  It’s something we do together…we eat it like it’s our hobby – especially since we seem to be the rare breed who likes to add salt to our grapefruit rather than sugar.  So when I saw this recipe, I knew it would be something we could do in the kitch together :)

Get your grocery list ready because these ingredients aim to please…and boost the vitamin C levels in the bod!  Notice the bold ingredients….they are the ones high in Vitamin C :)

INGREDIENTS

1 Sweet, red large grapefruit

1 medium naval orange

1/2 cup purple onion, chopped fine

1 small red bell pepper, seeded and deveined, chopped fine

1 clove garlic, passed through a garlic press

Juice of one fresh lime

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine

Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

Using a sharp knife, pare the grapefruit and orange.  Hold the fruit over a glass bowl to catch any dripping juices.  Remove skin, pith, and tougher membranes.  Place the fruit in a glass serving bowl, along with the juices.  Squeeze any remaining juice out of the remnants.  Add remaining ingredients and toss to distribute.

Refrigerate if not using right away. Otherwise, serve cold or at room temperature.

*  You can also substitute a mango for the grapefruit and make mango salsa :)

If you’re a carnivore, you can add the salsa to fish/poultry (Crystal told me that).  We started with the chip and quickly ditched it for a spoon…so I guess you can say this could also be called “grapefruit gazpacho”!

The book I snagged the recipe from is called “The Eat Clean Diet Cookbook“, by Tosca Reno.  It’s not vegan so if you’re not interested in making the switch, but are interested in eating “cleaner”, this might be the way to go!

So……How do you like your grapefruit?

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A very good friend of mine, Dr. Kelly Garberson brought something to my attention yesterday…drug companies are starting to jump on the “well-rounded” nutritional supplements approach like Juice Plus+ has been for 18+ years.  It makes sense, while medicine definitely has it’s place…so do fruits and vegetables!  The bottom line is we all are NOT getting enough fruits and vegetables/day .  Centrum (owned by Pfizer, a major pharmaceutical company) is coming out with fruit and veggie based pills called ProNutrients, but I have to say in labels alone, Centrum has a long way to go.

Labels –  You are encouraged to learn how to read labels.  Don’t always pay attention to what the front of a box/container says.  For example:  Cereal boxes are key in this, they may advertise high fiber but what they’re hiding is high sugar…READ the label on the back.  Below you’re going to see a supplement label and a nutrition label.  There is a huge difference!  Nutrition labels are for food, Supplement labels are for…SUPPLEMENTS!

Pronutrients VS. Juice Plus+ :  I realize these images are small but if you click on them, you will see a larger image.

Label Comparison:  

While both labels have a “serving size”, that’s pretty much where the similarities end.  They both have Fruit and Vegetable Powders in them but Pronutrients is lacking in the pulp from the fruits and vegetables.  The other thing Pronutrients is lacking in are the amount of fruits and vegetables.  Pro nutrients has 6 fruits and vegetables while Juice Plus+ Garden and Orchard Blends together have 17 fruits and vegetables…25 if the Vineyard Blend is taken in addition.  With Pronutrients having 6 fruits and vegetables listed in the ingredients section, you’d think that it would then have a nutrition label rather than a supplement label.  My only guess is there isn’t enough fruit and vegetable powder to make up a serving, therefore it stays a supplement?  I really have no idea.

Suggested Use:

Pronutrients – “Adults – take two minitabs daily with food.  Do not exceed suggested use.  As with any supplement, if you are pregnant, nursing, or taking medication, consult your doctor before use.  Not formulated for use in children”.

Juice Plus+ – “Adults consume four vegetable, four fruit, and four grape and berry chewables every day.  Children consume two vegetable, two fruit, and two grape and berry chewables every day”.  There are no restrictions, you can’t overdose…It’s food…Just fruits and vegetables!  And, Juice Plus+ is safe and ENCOURAGED for pregnancy.  There is a pregnancy study highlighting that “Women who added FVJP (Juice Plus+) to their prenatal regimen had fewer Cesarean deliveries (47% vs 66%), no delivery before 37 weeks (0 vs 20%), and no diagnosis of preeclampsia (0 vs 21%) compared to women who did not”.  Not to mention the nutrition alone they’re providing to their babies and themselves.

Price: 

On Centrum’s webpage they say “In an ideal world, everybody would have enough time and money to keep a close eye on their diets and make sure to get all the necessary vitamins and other nutrients the human body needs to operate efficiently”.  So true!  I couldn’t agree more, however if we’re comparing prices between Pronutrients and Juice Plus+…it’s kind of a no brainer.  Pronutrients is charging around $1.00/pill, but only have 6 types of fruits/vegetables.  Juice Plus+ charges $1.48/day for 17 fruits and vegetables.  If you add the vineyard to the lineup you’re getting $2.46/day for 25 fruits and vegetables.

Some people can even get Juice Plus+ for FREE.  When a parent/grandparent/or any other adult signs up for Juice Plus+, they can sponsor a child, teenager, or full time undergraduate college student (any age) to get Juice Plus+ for free…for up to 3 YEARS!  The catch, you take an “optional” survey every 4-8 months to show how Juice Plus+ has affected both of your lives.  There have been over 100,000 families that have VOLUNTEERED to participate in the survey….Here is what they found just after a few months!

The Juice Plus+ Childen’s Health Study is truly the gift that keeps on giving!  If you’re still looking for a last minute gift, consider this one.  Sign up as a Juice Plus+ Customer and sponsor a child, student, or full time college undergraduate (any age).  It’s just in time for New Years.  Juice Plus+ is a simple, doable, and affordable way to kick start a healthier you and a healthier child/student :)

This October Lifetime Television’s segment known as “The Balancing Act” focused on Juice Plus+.  Check it out!

When it comes to quality, quantity, and price, Juice Plus+ wins over Pronutrients by a long shot…however, I’m thrilled to see that pharmaceutical companies are starting to embrace the power or fruits and vegetables by taking strides in helping people bridge that gap when they struggle to get the daily 7-14 recommended servings of fruits and vegetables/day.

If you’d like to have your name in the drawing to win “Juice Plus+ Complete”, be sure to leave a comment on this BLOG :)  The drawing is December 23rd and I need 50 comments before I draw a name, so tell your friends :)

 

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