Juice: The Natural Elixir

Centuries ago, witches would gather and brew their tonics and elixirs. Using herbs from nature, they devised recipes for everything from increasing sex drive, to curing a common cold, and even extending one’s life. Juicing is the modern equivalent for this alchemist sorcery. Just as witches used herbs to create their elixirs, we use vegetables and fruits to create healthy drinks. Juicing is one of those magical practices that can tap into the inexhaustible reservoir that Mother Nature has so graciously provided for us. Without a doubt, modern science is beginning to go back to the roots and discover new benefits of natural ingredients.

Nutrition is a primary concern for the elderly because as their body grow, they would lose their appetite due to losing their sense of taste. Therefore, for them, if they cannot get enough nutritional food their health would get worse at a faster rate. Here is where juicing can help the elderly in creative ways because a healthy smoothie does not have to taste horrible and it pack necessary vitamins and nutrients that would make up for the lost benefits from normal food. Juice is relatively simple to prepare, and you can carry it around with ease.

Juices are easy to digest, so they would not affect the fragile digestive system of seniors. Juicing could be the missing link for older adults who are living alone or who do not have enough time to prepare full meals. If consumed with enough regularity, they can even delay the need for long term care in an assisted living facility (which is an expensive proposition indeed!).

If you think about it, creating a healthy smoothie would take a few minutes when you know the ingredients. There are entire websites dedicated to juicing where you can find tons of healthy recipes, or you can visit your local juice bar and ask for the menu. You can even tailor your juice according to your condition.

Some juices would work wonders for treating the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. For example, green and leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach have a tremendous amount of folic acid, which prevent Alzheimer’s diseases and build up bones. In the same way, vitamin B is useful for red blood cells productions and allows the body to absorb more energy from food. Vitamin B9 has similar benefits, and it fights fatigue. Sometimes, the elderly require special care and juicing could be a true friend for the aging people since it is adjustable to each condition and offer numerous benefits regarding general health.

Juicing could seem a long order, it requires gathering the ingredients, washing, cleaning, and preparing them. Finding and tailoring recipes could require a lot of research too. However, all of that will add up in the end, and it can really be the difference between living a healthy life and merely surviving those golden years. It does not have to be that way, it just needs a little planning, and the rest will follow. In conclusion, the magic of juicing might be what the elderly need to lead a healthy, happy life, and possibly regain some of their youth like the olden days!

A Home for Vegans

My friend is vegan, and he works out, he loves to talk with the employees there and getting tips and advice from them because they know what they are doing and luckily are not preachy. However, we still did not manage to extract any information from them about how they make the “potions”. I highly doubt the secret is in the produce they use. I read somewhere online that they use fresh exotic ingredients, but I am not sure. I guess that justify the price, I just enjoy the ride.

I like the place; it is up-to-date and pleasant. It has its share from the magic of New York City. The storefront is easy to the eye, and once you get inside, you start to feeling like a child in a toy store. There are so many drinks to taste. I also like the location and position in the neighborhood. Not too far from work, and the area itself is quite peaceful. The delivery is super-fast and friendly, so I am sure to get my weekly fix on time! The staff in there are genuinely helpful and patient.

I have become addicted to Tiny Empire’s juice. I am lucky because it is a healthy addiction. Suffice to say that I no longer juice anything and just enjoy the juice made by the experts but once I know how they make it; I will go back to juicing. For now; I will just take advantage of their delicious elixir!


Tiny Empire Juice Bar is Back!

I have been juicing and blending for some time. The juices in Tiny Empire Juice bar are such a mystery to me. I tried to crack the recipe and duplicate it on my own back home, but with no luck at all. The juices are insanely delicious and unmatched. I do not know if it is the ingredients or a secret recipe. I cannot help but admit defeat! These are the healthiest and most nutritious “elixirs” in town. I feel like the Tiny Empire Juice Bar is a science lab that produces magical drinks, not your average juice bar.

The Tiny Empire Juice Bar in NYC is my first place whenever I crave a heavenly juice or a smoothie, or whenever I need to refuel for the next week. The smoothie menu is overflowing with all kinds and tastes of goodness; I cannot say that about half other juice bars around. The Middle Eastern Kale Salad is without a doubt my #1 favorite. I feel that every menu on the item has its personality not just a variation of something else, again, something I cannot say about other juice bars.

I was lucky to sample a bunch of creative juices during my last visit. The staff there know so much about juicing and come up with undeniably the best drinks in the city. I loved the Mint smoothie, very refreshing and an energy booster. The Carrot Cake was also tasty and mouthwatering, and they were not even on the desserts menu. There is a perfect balance between the texture and the aftertaste that simply makes me come back for more.


Hail Kale, The Queen of Greens.

It looks like Kale is everywhere you go, health restaurants or health food stores, and even fitness coaches are recommending it. So why Kale is the “queen of green”? Why is it so cool?

Researchers studied the health benefits of Kale more than any other vegetable. Kale is a “superfood.” and a happy member of the cabbage family. These are 7 health benefits of kale, and the origins story:

1. Low in calories:

Researchers found that one cup of kale has absolutely zero fat, 36 calories, and 5 grams of fiber. The high-quality fiber in Kale is a major factor in a smooth digestion and cleansing of the body. Kale also is a rich source of natural vitamins, folate, magnesium, and other nutrients.

2. High in Iron:

Fitness trainers call Kale the “new beef,” because per calorie, it has more iron than beef. A healthy body needs iron, it aids the formation of enzymes and hemoglobin, which increase blood cells capacity for carrying more oxygen to the rest of the body. The liver being the #1 organ that benefits from this process.

3. Very High in Vitamin K:

Kale is almost made up entirely of vitamin K. That vitamin is the first line of defense against blood clotting and weak bones. Other benefits of consuming Kale is it strengthen the immunity system to fight cancer and Alzheimer. One cup of Kale has 7 times the recommended daily dose of vitamin K for a human adult.

4. Excellent source of antioxidants:

Kale like his relatives in the cabbage family is a source of powerful antioxidants. Study show that the antioxidants in Kale such as flavonoids and polyphenols are critical in fighting aging and stimulating muscular growth.

5. Provide Cardiovascular support:

Research show that consuming Kale reduce “bad” cholesterol level in blood. Steaming Kale is useful because it keeps the useful substances intact.

6. Excellent Source of Beta-Carotene:

A popular misconception is that Kale is rich in vitamin A, but that is not true. In reality, Kale has copious amounts of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that the human body can convert to vitamin A.

7. Excellent Source of Minerals:

Just as Kale has more iron than beef does, it also has more calcium than milk has. Calcium, as you know, plays a vital role in bones health. Another underrated mineral that we don’t get enough of is Magnesium. Kale has plenty of magnesium, eating Kale contribute in protecting against heart diseases and type 2 diabetes.

So now that you know it’s health benefits are you ready to meet it in person?

There are different kinds of Kale. There is curly Kale which comes in dark green, and purple, and usually is the most common type, it got little-ruffled leaves. It is kind of pungent, and peppery, and very bitter. Though, the fresher it is the less bitter.

The second type is called dino kale, it’s tall and narrow, it is a little sweeter and delicate than the curly kale. Its leaves are wrinkly with a firm texture that remains the same after cooking, and its color is dark greenish. It is ideal for making all kinds of roll-ups.