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What if I told you that you could help supplement your diet with organic fruits and vegetables that you make yourself and take it in a pill???

Sounds a little space age doesn’t it? Well it’s not, in fact it’s quite simple and cost-effective. Keep reading and I’ll show you how

When I grew up I was always told to be like Pye Pye and eat my spinach. Eat my carrots so I would have good eyesight. Drink milk for strong bones. Although I was raised with all of these infinite words of wisdom that I often despised, I missed the big connection to what I ate was going to be in direct correlation to my health. Too often we eat for simple guilty pleasure and not enough for our health.

Over and over again you can find testimonies of thousands of people whose sickness or disease was cured by changing their diet and eating more  fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are; anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory, contain omega-3’s, contain phytonutrients, oxygenate the blood, high in fiber, have thousands of micro-nutrients, phytochemicals, hydrating, and the list goes on!

More is better when it comes to fruits and vegetables. Why?  Harvard School of Health says it the best:

‘Introduction

“Eat your fruits and vegetables” is one of the tried and true recommendations for a healthy diet. And for good reason. Eating plenty of vegetables and fruits can help you ward off heart disease and stroke, control blood pressure, prevent some types of cancer, avoid a painful intestinal ailment called diverticulitis, and guard against cataract and macular degeneration, two common causes of vision loss.

What does “plenty” mean? More than most Americans consume. If you don’t count potatoes—which should be considered a starch rather than a vegetable—the average American gets a total of just three servings of fruits and vegetables a day. The latest dietary guidelines call for five to thirteen servings of fruits and vegetables a day (2½ to 6½ cups per day), depending on one’s caloric intake. (1) For a person who needs 2,000 calories a day to maintain weight and health, this translates into nine servings, or 4½ cups per day (2 cups of fruit and 2½ cups of vegetables).

For most fresh or cooked vegetables and fruits, 1 cup is just what you would put in a household measuring cup. There are two main exceptions to that rule: For lettuce and other raw leafy greens, you need to eat 2 cups to get the equivalent of 1 cup of vegetables. For dried fruit, you only need to eat ½ cup to get the equivalent of 1 cup of fruit.

Remember—on the Healthy Eating Pyramid, created by the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, potatoes are not counted as a vegetable, since they are mostly starch and should be used sparingly.’

Holy Grail of Health

This information is the Holy Grail of Health y’all! Fruits and vegetables are beneficial in: preventing or treating cancer, cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, gastrointestinal health, vision, weight control and MORE!!! If this is common knowledge, why aren’t we eating more???

Because “we” are in the business of ‘Sick Care” and not Health care. There isn’t any money in keeping people healthy. Bottom Line. It is your sole responsibility to be your own health advocate and you can start by upping your intake of  fruits and vegetables.

5-13 Servings a day!! Say What????

If the average American is only eating maybe 3 servings of fruits and vegetables a day and 13 is for optimal for health, how do you consume more?

Here are a couple of suggestions:

  • Start Juicing every day
  • Use the pulp from juicing and add it to your cooking every day
  • Eat more Salads
  • Have meatless meals like Meatless Monday
  • Buy them and keep them displayed on the counter. You are more likely to eat more if it’s right in front of you
  • Make your own healthy Popsicle’s (AKA healthsicles)
  • Fruit and Vegetable Supplements

The last suggestion is really what this post is about, Fruit and Vegetable Supplements. After years of health issues, many from my own doing, I was fortunate enough to FINALLY understand the direct connection between my consumption and my health. I started practicing all the above (juicing, Meatless Mondays, Healthsicles, etc), buying organic, local fresh fruits & vegetables, prepping, cutting, preparing, eating, drinking, repeat. While I felt extreme pleasure knowing I was finally taking a responsible role in my personal health, it is very time-consuming. On days I wasn’t home or budget was tight we were going without , I needed to find a solution. In 1993 I was introduced to a new product called (for security reasons I am changing the name of the company in this post to Fruice Plus) Furice Plus- fruits and vegetables in a capsule !!!!!<<<<< Insert angels singing here. Having fruits and vegetables in a capsule form would solve so many of my nutritional issues; I could take it on the go, my picky eating kids could finally eat more veggies, the more (f & v) I put in my body, the more I will crave. Fruit and vegetables capsules  help supplement  my daily intake because I can’t eat the required amount every day.

Fast forward 20 yrs, Fruice Plus remains to be an excellent product and I am grateful for the knowledge I have received over the decades from their research and training. However, it is expensive. There are plenty of sales lines I have been taught to rebuke such statements; ” become a distributor and you can earn yours for free”, ” doctors are more expensive” , “buying fresh, organic fruits and vegetables are more expensive than a bottle of FP”  “if you really wanted it, you would find a way” and on and on. Nothing changes the bottom line. We are a family of 5 and with all of us taking the product it was costing over $200.00 a month! Now I am not bad mouthing FP, like I said it is an excellent product, All Natural (the real all natural not the store version of all natural) fruits and vegetables. Their research is unprecedented, success stories are undeniable, the awareness of health they give others is admirable. Bottom line; My husband and I are self-employed contractor parents of three and we couldn’t afford it. So I was selling a product I myself couldn’t afford to take, pretty hypocritical huh?

I’m sure there are other products available with claims and commercials all promising the same benefits at a cheaper price but what was in them? Where was the research? Did I trust the package or the distribution company? Ummm… NO. Without going all conspiracy theory on you but there is very little I trust about anything pre-packaged anymore.  It wasn’t until I started making my own herbal supplements that I had an “Ah Ha” moment. What if I made my own fruit and vegetable supplements?

I found it was easier than I imagined and I can personally control the ingredients, using only quality, organic powders from reputable companies.

The BIG bonus? It only cost me less than $20.00 per month for my ENTIRE family!!! That is a huge savings from $200.00 + a month!

First decide what ingredients you want to use, remember these are fruits and vegetables not medicine so you should not have to be concerned with dosage more is better.   Do not include anything you are allergic to (should be a given)

Find a trusted supplier for your ingredients.

What you will need: *( Click highlighted areas to see the one I use and recommend)

I used the ingredient list of the FP capsules as a reference for a starting point then I adjusted according to my needs. I didn’t use spinach powder because spinach does impede the absorption of calcium and we eat plenty in our diets. I added ginger because if it’s anti-inflammatory properties but you can leave it out.

My recipe for my vegetable capsules( I change ingredients depending on my families needs)

I mix equal parts of all the ingredients, normally 2-3 TBS of each, and place in a glass Quart mason jar and shake until completely blended then make my capsules. This base recipe will make our family a 3-4 month supply taking 2 capsules each (more if we are coming down with a cold or traveling).

 

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Start with quality ingredients and use only a small amount until you get used to making your own capsules then adjust the amount you need. I store my unused veggie blend in a glass jar on a dark shelf.

 

 

 

 

 

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20140712_074311 Add your vegetable/fruit powder blend and follow instructions from your capsule machine.

20140625_104738So easy my two year old can do it! Supervised, of course.

Perfect for little hands, just make sure you are only using fruits and vegetables and not medicines when children help.

20140712_073132Place the finished product in a capsule bottle and add your label, wallah! You have fruits and vegetables in a bottle!

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