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Like you I live a busy life. I am inundated in my Responsive Universe (literally) and also my career in technical sales (yes I have a job outside of books and meditation). Family, playing hard with friends and not always eating right are norms in my life. I counter my busy lifestyle with a juicing regiment that I truly think saves my life. I just don’t eat as well as I should and juicing every other day is my key to wellness. Problem is, when you buy fresh fruits and veggies (especially organic) they tend to spoil quick – and no wants to juice limp kale! So, I freeze my juicing portions!


Ok – so in this sandwich size zip-lock bag is the following goodness: Fresh, raw, organic kale and spinach (both are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants). Included are fresh sliced bananas and strawberries, a thin slice of beet and then frozen blueberries and black berries (no sugar added). That’s it! Sometimes I will toss in sliced carrots or red pepper – really anything fresh and bright in color. Mix it up and find your own creative recipes – there are no rules! Then I freeze up to 6-8 zip-lock portions. When it is time to juice I pull a baggy from the freezer and add some coconut water and blend away! Your veggies are always fresh and loaded with everything your body needs to counter free-radicals.


I love coconut water in my juices because it is natural and one of the most hydrating fluids out there. Make sure you buy “clean” coconut water. The ingredients should only say coconut and water! Also, if you are really on the go and want to supplement your juicing recipe there are several good whole food vegetable juices out there.  Look for the ones that say “pressed” and look for the ones with the least amount of sugar and carbs.


The result is something bright, healthy and refreshing. It takes me less than 2 minutes from start to clean up and I swear by this regiment. It is easy, rejuvenating and a meditation in health and wellness. I juice every other day so it is not a labor and I just love it! This is from a guy who does not like veggies. Freezing your portions saves time and money (no spoiled food!) and even 2 weeks later your fresh/frozen fruits and veggies are bright fresh and ready to do their job! Happy Juicing!

John C. Bader is a photographer, wellness advocate and consultant specializing in spiritual self-evolution, meditation, and bio-energy healing. In his writing, he bridges science with spirituality and provides steps to encourage more mindfulness in daily life. His new book, The Responsive Universe – Illumination of the Nine Mandalas is a step by step process on how to begin your very own Hero’s Journey.

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I have to be honest… I am not a big fan of vegetables. I will tolerate spinach and I do enjoy asparagus but it has to be bathed in olive oil, garlic, red pepper and Italian seasonings. If it is a salad, it has to be buried in bleu cheese dressing and a mountain of croutons. Huh, my stomach just growled.

I sort of stumbled on to juicing. A friend of the family has been battling cancer and I began doing more research into diet and how it relates to disease. I was surprised to find tons of research and documentation that links our diet to ailments like cancer, diabetes, heart disease and maybe even Alzheimer’s. To be honest, it scared the crap out of me because historically, I have not had the best diet. Movies like “Forks over Knives” further my juicing cause.

About two years ago, a friend gave us his Jack Lalanne Power Juicer and I was amazed by what you could actually juice and how you can make it taste good! It can become addictive! A good addiction for that matter! The drawback to the Jack Lalanne juicer is that it does not use the pulp. Recently I upgraded to a Vitamix which uses everything including the pulp – The Vitamix is actually a very impressive contraption. You can even make hot soup and ice cream with it!

Here is the point: It is all about anti-oxidants, natural vitamins, minerals, beneficial enzymes and phytochemicals. All of these natural qualities fight free-radicals in our system that can cause cancer and other life threatening ailments. The more food is preserved, altered and processed the less it is good for you. Here are some other benefits of juicing fruits and veggies:

  • ·         Increases metabolic rate
  • ·         Promotes healthy tissue and red blood cell growth
  • ·         Promotes regularity
  • ·         Anti-aging benefits
  • ·         Alleviating symptoms of depression.
  • ·         Disease prevention
  • ·         Higher energy levels
  • ·         Weight loss

I have two juice recipes that are great for any type of juicer – depending on your model; you can add ice, cold water or fresh organic juice to accent any concoction. I strongly recommend only organic fruits and veggies because of pesticide concerns – but it is not a necessity.

Morning Blend

Frozen Blueberries (handful)

Frozen Strawberries (handful)

Banana (one)

Carrot (one)

Beet – just a small amount – a little beet goes along way!

Green Veggie (a handful of spinach or kale)

Apple (only need one – cut away the core)

Notes: The fruit will mask the green veggies and the beet will give it a nice red color!


Evening Blend

Carrot (one)

Celery (one shaft)

Green Veggies (a handful of spinach or kale – or a bunch of both!)

Fresh Ginger (just a couple slivers)

Apple (only need one – cut away the core)

Beet – just a small amount – beet goes along way

Notes: Again the fruit (apple) will take the bite away from the veggies and the beet will give the drink a pleasant color.

Always explore new fruits and veggies: I juice bell peppers, tomatoes, red cabbage, frozen raspberries and fresh oranges. Remember, the brighter the fruit or vegetable, the better it is for you!


Change your health, change your life!


John C. Bader


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