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Rejuice's Acai and Smoothie Bowls: What Superfood Dreams are Made Of!

This indigenous acai (pronounced ah-sai-ee) berry from the rain forests of the Amazon has captured the hearts and appetites of juicers all over North America. And for good reason. These dark purple berries are filled with healthy antioxidants, amino acids, and essential fatty acids. This antioxidant-rich fruit has been heralded for centuries as a healing, immune-stimulating, energy-boosting fruit. 

But why eat it in a bowl?  Well for one, when mixed right, its delicious; making waking up a whole lot easier! And it will fill you up for hours, satisfy your taste buds, and boost your immune system. These tasty concoctions are also also a great way to get your kids to eat a healthy breakfast full of fruit and fibre.

We are quickly building up a loyal following for these bowls.                    

Our Acai bowls: The Almond Butter: Acai and banana’s pineapple, almond milk, and almond butter (for extra protein). Toppings: Banana, Berries, Almond Butter, Shredded Coconut, Gluten-Free Granola. We also have the Tropical Acai BowlAcai, Banana, Pineapple, Almond Milk. Toppings: Banana, Berries, Goji Berries, Shredded Coconut, Gluten-Free Granola

If you want skip the acai but still get a super healthful boost we have our Tropical Green Bowl: Banana, Pineapple, Mango, Coconut Milk, Spinach, Lime. Toppings: Banana, Berries, Goji Berries, Shredded Coconut.

Our Hawaiian Coconut Bowl: Young Thai Coconut Meat, Banana, Strawberry, Pineapple, Coconut Milk. Toppings: Berries, Banana, Shredded Coconut, Gluten-Free Granola

 

and our secret ingredient is LOVE!
 
These bowls are a delicious breakfast or dessert alternative for those who're looking to eat healthier. It's a nutrition powerhouse that will nourish your body with antioxidants, potassium, healthy fats, vitamins and a boost of clean energy. Enjoy!
#behappybehealthy
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The Harley: The Man Behind the Juice!

One of our most popular green drinks at Rejuice is the Harley. A delicious and unique mix of kale, parsley, fennel, celery, cucumber and ginger - it is the perfect go to for those wanting a pure green drink, slightly sweet because of the fennel but low in sugar, and packed full of all the good stuff.
But what's up with the name? Next to our Power Greens, Beet Licious, Crisp Carrot, is a drink named for a classic low rider? 
We think Pete Fonda and Dennis Hopper in Easy Rider:
Not quite this:
Well, it turns out that the Harley was inspired by one of our favorite regulars: Richard Shafter. A devoted juicer and lifelong Harley Davidson lover, we met up with Rich and his bike Stella (they have all had names, this one's a homage to Brando) to find out how he made his way onto the menu!
Every great journey, even a motorcycle one, usually starts with heartache. Something that happens that makes you question your way of living. For Richard, it was losing his mom, much too young to lung cancer. From devastating loss, there is also a gift, and for Rich, this was the gift of recognizing within the fragile brevity of life, lies the tremendous opportunity for growth and fulfillment. With his own smoking habit in the trash, he set out on a path to overall mind, body, and spiritual health.
One of his first stops was meeting Christian Limoges (more about this amazing man to come in an upcoming blog). Christian is a naturopath that broadened Rich’s perspective on health and turned him on to a plant based diet. Gone were the 3 eggs, bacon, ham, and sausage every morning. The logic was that we eat how nature designed us. Rich told me he felt amazing, never hungry, and had tons of energy. And for those who scoff that you can’t gain muscle strength on a vegetarian diet, Rich is proof - the guy is in amazing shape!
Juicing was the next level on his health journey.  At first Richard juiced at home but then Joanna opened up her shop on Royalmount and he became one of her first and best customers. Like many of us, the allure of no clean up time and paying basically the same for organic produce was too much to pass up. He would consistently ask for fennel and  parsley to be added to his green juice, so Jo decided to make his healthful recipe part of the menu. Knowing Rich and his love for his bike - naming the juice was a no brainer. The Harley was born!
Rich radiates health and positivity. One big take away from our talk was his philosophy of “crowding.” According to Rich, just like you can take a probiotic to crowd the gut with healthy bacteria, you can do the same with your mind. We all have things in life that get us down, and it is easy to get into the habit of dwelling on the negative. But according to Rich, if you start to populate the mind with all the “good” (what you are grateful for, the blessings you have that you take for granted) this crowds out the negative. Your whole perspective shifts; you feel free, unburdened, at peace. 
And ultimately that is the whole point. We all lose people we love, suffer disappointments and hardships, but life is here to teach us, and it’s open - like the road - you just need to pack your green juice on your Harley, feel the wind in your hair, and live the moment you are given!
#drinkaHarleybeHappy
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Cooked Versus Raw Food: Which is Better?

At Rejuice we get asked this question a lot and so this week we looked at credible sites and scientific studies comparing the two. And what we found was ..
There is no hard evidence to support either view.
Some of the research found that the people who ate raw vegetables were healthier overall, while others cited better results with cooked vegetables. 
What was clear was that those who ate the most fruits and vegetables (cooked or raw) overall had lower rates of disease - especially cancer. 
The take-away for us was to understand that some foods contain more nutrients cooked, and some had more nutrients raw.
Cooking:  softens the plant matrix (tough cell structure of plants), which helps to release more phytochemical compounds. Thus, depending on the vegetable being cooked, the cooking method, and the phytonutrient compound being studied, conservative cooking  (steaming, making soup) can provide greater nutrient availability. We also increase the plant proteins in the diet, especially important for those eating a plant-based diet with limited or no animal products. 
Veggies you should definitely turn the heat on for include carrots and asparagus because cooking makes it easier for our bodies to benefit from some of their protective antioxidants, specifically ferulic acid from asparagus, and beta-carotene, which we convert to vitamin A, from carrots.
 
A study published in The British Journal of Nutrition last year found that a group of 198 subjects who followed a strict raw food diet had normal levels of vitamin A and relatively high levels of beta-carotene (an antioxidant found in dark green and yellow fruits and vegetables), but low levels of the antioxidant lycopene.
So roast your tomatoes slowly or make a cooked sauce  because it helps to break down the plant cell walls, allowing us to better absorb the antioxidant lycopene - 

shown to have antioxidant properties and to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

 
The rest is a bit confusing. For example, while some studies cited that some veggies, like broccoli were healthier raw than cooked, others noted that

 heat damages the enzyme myrosinase, which breaks down glucosinates (compounds derived from glucose and an amino acid) in broccoli into a compound known as sulforaphane. On the other hand, indole, an organic compound, is formed when certain plants, particularly cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage, are cooked. According to research in The Journal of Nutrition in 2001, indole helps kill precancerous cells before they turn malignant.

Another reason to turn up the heat sometimes:
Humans are the only primates that cook their food. Raw foods have a low caloric yield, which imposes “a tradeoff between body size and number of brain neurons, which explains the small brain size of great apes compared with their large body size.” Cooking our foods allowed us to spend less time feeding. Cooked food provided a greater amount of brain neurons and drove humans to evolve with an increased brain size and functioning capability. Essentially, this might mean that humans would not have evolved were it not for cooked foods.
As always, the important thing is BALANCE!
 Balancing raw foods with cooked foods is your best strategy for overall health and wellbeing!
#behealthybehappy
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Natural Sunscreen! Foods that Protect Your Skin!

As the final instalment in our series on skin care, we bring you amazing foods that have been shown to increase the skin's ability to protect against UV damage. These foods contain antioxidant compounds that help fight free radicals.
The science: Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms with an odd (unpaired) number of electrons and can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. Once formed these highly reactive radicals can start a chain reaction, like dominoes. Their chief danger comes from the damage they can do when they react with important cellular components such as DNA, or the cell membrane. Cells may function poorly or die if this occurs.
To prevent free radical damage the body has a defense system of antioxidants
Antioxidants are molecules which can safely interact with free radicals and terminate the chain reaction before vital molecules are damaged. Although there are several enzyme systems within the body that scavenge free radicals, the principle micronutrient (vitamin) antioxidants are vitamin E, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. Additionally, selenium, a trace metal that is required for proper function of one of the body's antioxidant enzyme systems, is sometimes included in this category.
Our bodies cannot manufacture these micronutrients so they must be supplied in the diet.
In addition to broad spectrum sunscreens that block UVA, UVB rays (we recommend natural products like Lavera sunscreens that are paraben-free, cruelty-free, gluten-free and contain both physical and biological UV filters), load up your diet with these amazing foods:  
Red and Orange Fruits and Veggies
Beta-carotene — another type of carotenoid found in red and orange produce — has been linked to reduced reactions to sunburns , and flavanoid-filled orange and pink citrus fruits have also been shown to improve the skin’s ability to protect against UV rays,
 
Green Leafy Veggies
Fresh herbs — specifically parsley, basil, sage, and rosemary — are packed with  free-radical fighting and skin-protecting antioxidants. Dark leafy greens such as spinach and swiss chard are all full of antioxidants like polyphenols and carotenoids, which may also naturally protect the skin from sun damage. One study found that eating green leafy vegetables helped prevent the reappearance of skin cancer in people who had previously suffered. 
 
Green and Black teas
Green and Black teas (which actually start as leafy greens) are packed with polyphenols that can help stop cancer development by limiting the blood supply to the cancerous area. Some studies have found that green tea can help prevent non-melanoma skin cancer.
 
Dark Chocolate
Flavanoids found in dark chocolate may improve the skin’s ability to protect against some types of skin damage, including UV-induced issues like sun burns. And it tastes delicious! 
Nature really has provided us with foods that nourish and protect. Eating a whole food plant based diet naturally enhances every aspect of your mind, body, spirit. Good for you and good for the planet! Eat well and enjoy the sunshine!
 
#behealthybehappy
The food references come from Kate Morin's article posted on the greatest website. For the links to the studies behind these claims visit: http://greatist.com/health/6-food-groups-will-protect-you-sun
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Organic! Inside and Out!

Rejuice & Annie Young Cosmetiques: A Perfect Combination
Last week we blogged about how great skin comes from a healthy diet. We really believe you are what you eat! Your skin is your largest organ, so it is important to also be mindful of the kinds of make-up and skincare products you use.  Conventional make up and skincare lines are full of chemicals, some proven carcinogens, that can disrupt our endocrine systems, and have been linked to Alzheimers and other diseases. (Check our link at bottom for more info) One of the key rules for makeup, and any beauty product, is basic and straightforward:
if you can’t eat it, don’t wear it!
At Rejuice we love all natural products that help us look our best. And nothing is more fun than a make-over! We visited our neighbor Annie Young Cosmetiques and received the royal treatment by Sharleen Young who made over our lovely juicermeister Dana using chemical free, organic make-up. 
Sharleen applying make up from the rms and ILIA lines. Just two of the organic skincare lines Annie Young Cosmetiques carries
The final result: Stunning!!!!
 
Sharleen Young and Dana Barrington
We are so happy to have Annie Young Cosmetiques as our neighbour on Sherbrooke (they are located at 4908 Sherbrooke West). It is great to see more people stocking products free from harmful chemicals and that are also not tested on animals. Sharleen sees the demand growing: "there are many people out there that are ingredient driven and when they discover that we carry organic products in the boutique they are very happy to have a place like this in Montreal" 
For a complete list of their skincare products, information on make up courses, and the  wide range of services they offer visit: http://annieyoung.com
And even 5 hours later, serving up smoothies and juices, and no touch ups, Dana still looks fresh and lovely thanks to Annie Young's amazing make-up! 
#behealthybebeautiful
visit: http://annieyoung.com

Informative article and 10 toxic beauty ingredients to avoid:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vanessa-cunningham/dangerous-beauty-products_b_4168587.html

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