Juice, my cocktail of choice

by - May 17, 2012

My daughter came home from school today visibly tired. Long, hot, exhausting day at kindergarten ... you know that look? Red faced, dragging of the feet, look of 'I want to plop down in front of the tv and never get up again'.  After rattling off some snack options, we came up with the idea of a juice. Her favorite? Grapefruit juice. Straight up.

After her juice, she perked right up. Almost like a plant that looks dry and once it receives a good watering, its droopy leaves stretch and straighten. Not only did she receive a healthy dose of Vitamin C, she also loaded up in the mineral department. Calcium, folic acid, phosphorus and potassium. Nutritive phytonutrients include liminoids, flavanoids, lycopene and glucaretes, which help to fight cancer and various diseases. Sounds like a great pick me up! Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in flavor combinations, but don't forget the simplicity of a freshly-squeezed citrus juice.

Many of you asked for the juice recipe that I made on the WFAA segment. I call it HEALING POWER JUICE. And it was true what I said about it ... within 5 minutes of drinking one of these, there is a definite feeling of wellness that follows! Because it's in a juice form (as opposed to smoothie), it can feed your cells immediately without the need of a lengthy digestion process. Improved energy, mood booster, and I should throw in here appetite suppressant because after drinking this, you won't be craving anything. It's very green tasting and can be an acquired taste for some. The key to drinking something that may not appear palatable is to think about how nutrient dense it is, how GOOD it is for you! Mind over matter. This feeds your cells, feeds the basic building blocks of your body. It gives your body TOOLS to heal and energize and feel well.

These types of vegetable-heavy juices taste better cold, in my opinion, so try using chilled produce. If you don't want to drink this all on your own, pour another glass for a friend, clink the glasses together, say "CHEERS!" and down that baby! Your body will be so grateful.

HEALING POWER JUICE (from the WFAA segment, May 2012)

5 stalks swiss chard
1 beet
1 lemon
2 stalks celery
3 carrots


To say THANKS for all the new visitors to my blog, 'likes' on facebook and supportive messages you've all sent, I made a PDF you can download that has two pages of juice and smoothie (and a couple extras) recipes that are our family favorites. CLICK HERE to download.

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  1. Stephanie JusticeMay 18, 2012

    Hi Clairessa,
    I am so excited that I saw your segment on my friend's FB wall (The Dahl's). You are my inspiration. I just got home (literally just now) from finding out I have MS. I have suspected it for a few weeks (ya know...MRI, Leisions) and finally the spinal tap confirmed it. I had already been inspired by the movie Forks over Knives. I knew I needed to eat a plant base diet to give my body the best chance to stay healthy. Then, I see you and you are doing exactly what I want to do with a drug-free apporach with MS and all! I now stalk you on Pinterest and read your blog daily (no worries it is a friendly stalk :) You are just the inspiration I needed. Thanks for sharing your story and I look forward to learning from you. With Love, Steph

  2. Stephanie, you are welcome to email me and chat. I'm happy to talk with you on the phone, too. I know how devastating that diagnosis can be. I'm so sorry. There really is a lot of hope out there in getting your body back in a healing state through diet and other means. Take care and I hope to hear from you, if you are up to chatting.

  3. colleen baysMay 19, 2012

    Clairissa, after reading the recipe here for the healing power juice i remembered the basics(not the amounts) for the juice combo you did on GMT(good morning texas) it was slightly different from this one. It's basic ingredients were: kale,beets,spinach leaves,grapefruit,and lemon. I was wondering if this combo is also used for m.s. or is it for something else. I am interested in finding the one that helps m.s., if you use more than one to help i wish to use them. ty for all you do.

  4. Colleen, when they mentioned those items on the newscast, I believe they were talking about what I grow in my garden (kale, spinach, beets...). The one I made on the show was the recipe above. There is no specific recipe that I believe to be just for MS...but anytime you make fresh vegetable juice, they are all very cleansing and healing. Leafy greens, beets and ginger are great additions to any juice to make it even more potent. I often add kale and spinach, but for my garden, it is out of season so I used my chard leaves instead. Thanks for your comment! :)

  5. Barbara WatkinsMay 20, 2012

    Thank you for all your help and support for those of us who are striving to eat healthy and be healthy. These recipes are wonderful, thank you so very much for going to the trouble to share them.
    Smiles, Barbara

  6. colleen baysMay 24, 2012


    sorry for the mix up..and i'd be grateful for any other juice recipes that you use for health and well being..look forward to hearing your MRI results. Diligence usually pays off; so I would guess your doctor will be very happily surprised. :)


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