Almonds: Organic Almonds are a very good source of manganese and a good source of copper. Definitely heart-healthy, almonds are high in monounsaturated fats—the same type of health-promoting fats as are found in olive oil, which have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease.
Apple: Apples are filled vitamin C, antioxidants, and soluble fiber. They are also well a great way to lightly sweeten your juice. (Yum!)
Banana: Bananas are rich in vitamin B6 and they are a good source of fiber, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium. They make our GEM smoothies super rich and creamy!
Bee Pollen: Bee pollen is a powder produced by the anthers of flowering plants and gathered by bees. It has been used as food for centuries and its medicinal records date back to 2735 B.C. Bee pollen contains all of the nutrients needed to sustain life and it is therefore often referred to as “nature’s super-food.” Benefits include: boosted immunity, alleviated allergies, energy, reduced cholesterol.
Beets: Beets are blood-builders. They detoxify the blood and then renew it with minerals. Combined with carrots, consuming beets is a major way to heal the liver and kidneys. It also contains a chlorine that stimulates the lymph system, helping to flush out fatty deposits.
Blueberry: This super fruit is known for its incredible antioxidant properties for cardio vascular health, anti cancer properties and cognitive health—just to name a few!
Cardamom: Cardamom has detoxifying properties. A warm, Indian spice, Cardamom improves digestion and blood circulation to the lungs.
Carrots: Carrots contains a form of Vitamin A that will start a fat flushing reaction in your system, literally washing out fat and waste quickly and efficiently. The carotene will be transformed into vitamin A in the intestines and this process will increase speed in your metabolism and cause a reaction in your cells to remove fat deposits. Carrots also play an outstanding role in anti-cancer effects on the body and provide optimal immune support.
Cashews: This delicious nut is high in B vitamins, magnesium and copper, and provides a wide array of health benefits in addition to being the base for our healthy milk alternative!
Cayenne: A tremendously powerful therapeutic herbal agent, this anti-inflammatory spice stimulates circulation, increases metabolism and neutralizes acidity in the body.
Celery: Celery has high content of vitamin A, with rich supplies of potassium. Aids in lowering blood pressure. Nutrients in the fiber are released during juicing, aiding bowel movements. The natural organic sodium in celery is very safe for consumption, in fact is essential for the body.
Chia Seeds: Chia Seeds are high in omega-3s, which are a type of unsaturated fat that has too many good qualities to count. This anti-inflammatory seed also has more iron than spinach, more calcium than milk (not that milk is any good for us anyway) and even more antioxidants than blueberries.
Chlorophyll: Chlorophyll is the green pigment found in plants and algae that allows photosynthesis to occur, enabling plants to derive energy from light. For us, it’s an amazing natural defense against the effects of stress. Chlorophyll boosts the immune system, and cleanses the digestive track, the liver and the blood. If you want to detox, be absolutely certain to include leafy greens like kale, for their chlorophyll.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon is classically paired with sugar for a reason: cinnamon is a powerful aid in regulating the body’s blood sugar levels! Cinnamon is also rich in trace minerals, iron, calcium, and quality dietary fiber. This spice lessens inflammation and fights microbes in the body.
Cucumber: Cucumber is an incredibly effective natural diuretic and aids in kidney, liver and pancreatic detoxification. The potassium content in cucumbers makes it highly beneficial for conditions of blood pressure, both high and low, and it is incredibly alkalizing.
Coconut Manna: Also known as coconut butter. Manna contains a kind of healthy, healing, saturated fat–considered a rare and important building block of every cell in the human body. This incredible food boosts immunity, kills bacteria and viruses, protects against cancer, heart disease and promotes calcium absorption. It slows down ageing and is good for skin radiance.
Dates: Dates have an impressive list of essential nutrients required for normal growth, development and overall well-being. These sweet treats are high in fiber, vitamin A and antioxidants.
Ginger: This super root contains many healing properties. Benefits include aiding digestion and circulation while reducing inflammation. It is the ultimate ally in fighting nasty cold and flu symptoms and is considered to have many anti-cancer properties.
Hemp: (hemp milk) This dairy alternative is rich in protein and contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins A, E, B-12 and folic acid, and is rich in magnesium, potassium, iron and magnesium.
Hemp has anti-inflammatory agents and improves circulation.
Kale: Kale is King! And believe it or not, it contains more easily absorbed calcium than milk. Kale is rich in lutein, a major anti-cancer phytochemical, and is one of the best sources of beta-carotene, an antioxidant believed to be a major player in the battle against cancer, heart disease, and certain age-related chronic diseases. It is also rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin A. The detox benefits of chlorophyll alone make this one of the MVPs of kale nutrients. WE love our Kale!!
Lemon: An amazingly complex and powerful fruit, lemons are a natural antiseptic—clearing bad bacteria out of the system. They have an incredibly alkalizing effect on the body, and as they stimulate the digestive system, they purify the liver and clear out toxins. We love adding lemon to everything!
Maca: Maca is a nutritionally dense super-food with a nutty flavor that is rich in B-vitamins (energy), and is a vegetarian source of B-12. Maca root has been shown to be beneficial for hormonal problems including PMS, menopause, and hot flashes. It is best known for improving libido and sexual function, especially in men. For this reason, it’s earned the nickname “nature’s Viagra.”
Mango: Mango is rich in dietary fiber, and antioxidant compounds. Mango fruit has been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. High in Vitamin A, C, and is a rich source of potassium.
Maple Syrup (Grade B): Maple syrup features 54 different antioxidants positioning the flavorful ingredient among fruits and vegetables well-known for their health benefits. The ‘grade’ refers to its color and flavor. It is less refined that ‘A’.
Orange: A bright spot of sunshine, 1 orange provides 100% of your daily recommendation of Vitamin C and lots of fiber!
Pomegranate: Pomegranate juice has been highly recognized for its phytochemicals.
Raspberry: This super food helps prevent unwanted damage to cell membranes and other structures in the body by neutralizing free radicals. May also have cancer protective properties.
Sea Salt: Sea salt is obtained naturally from the sea, and does not go through any processing that alters its natural make-up. It is naturally alkalizing. It contains many essential trace minerals that your body needs in order to be healthy.
Spinach: This chlorophyll-rich green is loaded with calcium, folic acid, vitamin K and iron. Spinach is also rich in vitamin C, fiber and carotenoids. Add its lutein and bioflavanoids and spinach is a nutritional powerhouse.
Turmeric: Turmeric helps fight infections, reduce joint inflammation and treat digestive problems like bloating and gas. Studies show it provides super protection against certain cancers such as breast, prostate, skin and colon.
Glossary of Terms
Alkaline System: Many functional and alternative medicine advocates believe that increasing your body’s alkalinity through dietary modification prevents chronic disease and improves your health. Diseased cells thrive in an acidic environment and cannot in an alkaline one. Adding more alkalizing greens into your diet can help ensure an alkaline system. Just about anything we serve at The GEM promotes alkalinity!
Alkaline forming foods: green leafy vegetables, lemons, limes, some whole grains and legumes.
Acidic foods: anything fried, processed, all dairy and meats.
Anti-inflammatory: Describes properties that reduce inflammation within the body. The consumption of anti-inflammatory foods help control inflammation and promote vibrant health. These include the most colorful fruits and vegetables, oily fish (which contain higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids), nuts, seeds, and certain spices, such as ginger and turmeric.
Phytochemicals: AKA antioxidants, flavonoids, flavones, isoflavones, catechins, anthocyanidins, isothiocyanates, carotenoids, allyl sulfides, polyphenols
The term “phytochemicals” refers to a wide variety of compounds found in fruits, vegetables, beans, grains and other plants. Some of the more commonly known phytochemicals include beta carotene, vitamin C, folic acid and vitamin E.
We love phytochemicals for their purported prevention and treatment of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Many experts suggest that people can reduce their risk of cancer significantly by eating more fruits, vegetables and other foods from plants that contain phytochemicals.
SOOOOO, EAT MORE VEGGIES!