Magnesium-rich foods…are we actually getting the recommended daily intake of magnesium from those processed foods commonly found in the majority of people’s cupboards??? The answer to this question is real simple…No. If our diet contains mostly processed foods, we are not consuming the recommended daily amount of magnesium because any and all magnesium has already been removed from the source during “processing.” Hence, my emphasis on processed foods.
Most people do not realize that unless their diet contains fruits and vegetables from Organic and non-GMO sources, they’re consuming nutrient-deficient foods. Yet another reason as to why most people in the U.S.A. are just as nutrient-deficient (if not more so) than the pitiful soil non-Organic farmers these days are using abundantly.
Surprise, surprise, I happen to be magnesium-deficient so whenever I come across what seems to be a potentially successful tactic for healing this deficiency, I tend to pursue it!
Diet and nutrition both fall into this category of “successful tactics for healing.” Magnesium-rich foods are a fantastic way to get magnesium directly back into your body, which means you want to eat lots of greens (like spinach, Swiss chard & avocado), meats (like salmon & chicken), fruits (like bananas, mango & grapefruit), and nuts/seeds (like almonds, peanuts & pumpkin seeds).
In this article, I would like to focus on a specific magnesium-rich food…Grapefruit juice. In most store-bought juices, the pulp is pretty much non-existent. Since the pulp and rind are where most of the nutrients lie, it is key to keep these contents in your juice rather than discarding them. Which is also why it is helpful to avoid using a juicer because these machines tend to discard all of the pulp during the blending process.
Instead of shelling out a few hundred bucks on an expensive juicer, just dust off that blender you probably already have tucked up in a kitchen cupboard.
Here are a few tips on how to use your blender to make pulp-filled juice with a smooth texture:
- If your blender gives you a “Liquefy” option, choose that instead of the “Smoothie” or “Blend” option.
- You might need to blend your mixture for a few extra minutes so that all of your pulp reaches a finer consistency.
- Finally, it will be helpful to add an extra 1/2 cup of water (possibly more, to taste) to the grapefruit juice mixture to reduce the thickness of your juice. The amount of extra water you choose to add depends on your preference in flavor, as well, because it will water down the tart flavor of the grapefruit in addition to the texture.
2 large Grapefruit
1/2 cup Water, plus an extra 1/2 cup to taste
1/4 cup Orange Juice or Cranberry Juice, optional (this will add a lot of flavor to the grapefruit juice, especially if you’re like me and accidentally add too much water to the whole pitcher of juice)
- Peel both the grapefruits and try to keep as much of the rind as you can on the meat of the fruit while you peel.
- Add the first 1/2 cup of water and the first grapefruit to the blender. Blend for about 2 minutes before adding the second grapefruit.
- I recommend blending your mixture for another 2-3 minutes in order to thin out the amount of pulp and to help reach your desired juice texture.
- Once you’re finished blending, pour your juice into a pitcher and slowly add the second 1/2 cup of water to taste. If you add too much water, don’t worry! It is amazing the flavor only a 1/4 – 1/2 cup of Orange Juice or Cranberry Juice will add to your mixture.
- Stir it all together with a large spoon, add some ice, and serve.
I’d just like to add a quick warning for those using prescription medication(s)….Grapefruits are notorious for interacting poorly with the majority of prescription drugs! The effect they have differs from medication to medication so I can’t give you one specific example, but please be aware of this interaction before trying this recipe.
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