In a new experiential endeavor, the Juices For Life team got together with Sacha Jenkins from Mass Appeal for ‘Show And Prove’.
Hosted by Styles P. And Adjua Styles, the event kicked off with a discussion about how the juice bar chain Juices For Life came to be, and what lifestyle the brand is meant to represent.
“I used to have acne, eczema, a bad attitude and a worse temper!” Styles explained. “Now, I give credit to my wife. She into a plant based diet so now… Well, I still have an attitude, but no eczema, no acne and a much better temper!”
The crowd laughed, but leaned in as Styles continued to share the ways in which believes adding more plants to his diet has helped him manage all of the stress that can accumulate in the body. He encouraged people to get in the habit of learning new plant facts more regularly, and to begin taking with eachother about our emotional, mental and physical health–and the ways in which food can affect all three.
When the time came for questions and discussion, one of the first people to pipe up from the crowd was Bun B. Standing near his wife he raised his hand and said, “I want to drink more juice, but I don’t want to stop drinking liquor. If the juice I’ve been drinking with my liquor is messing me up, should I switch to another?”
More laughter from the room led into an appreciation for the truthfulness in Bun’s question. The answer was yes, try another mixer. For example, cranberry juice may be too acidic for some people, but there are other juices that are less so.
One of the most interesting things about this private event was the way in which honesty and camaraderie took over the room. Styles emphasized his wish to open up conversations about all aspects of wellness, especially in black and brown households. “It’s not just about the juice bar,” he said, encouraging people to juice at home or eat more plants wherever they can fit them in.
When a visitor commented on how juicing must be a great way to lose weight, Adjua Styles interjected, “It’s not just about weight. Adding more plants to your diet is about wellness. If anything, weight loss is just a bonus.”
That is one of the truest things I’ve come to learn about adding plants to my own diet as a young adult. There are plants that literally fight to protect cells against cancer. There are plants that work to reduce nausea. Still more, there are plants that help fortify the immune system or even clear a stuffy nose. There are many reasons to add various plants to what we eat, most of which go way beyond simple weight loss.
Another standout feature of the event was the description of the lifestyle Adjua and Styles P are pushing. Styles described it as wanting to get money, but not wanting to put money over health. He encouraged everyone to share the knowledge they learned from the event, and not to let it end there. I raised my glass of juice to that.
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What happened when I met up with Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs at a black-owned juice bar in Bed Stuy? Lots of laughs, lots of truths about the hardship of growing up homeless with depression, and–a few pleasant surprises! Watch my interview with the champ and follow me on Twitter and both of us on Instagram @Chevonmedia + @Cannon_Briggs! Be sure to check out Shannon’s website, LetsGoChamp.com, where you can get his signature shirts, hats, hoodies and more.
Ginger root, honey and lemon teas are some of the most popular remedies for the common cold that I see on my social networks. People share various ways to make the drink. The prime ingredients are ginger root (grated), lemon or lime (squeezed) and honey. After boiling the ginger and lemon juice in a small pot of water, strain it into a cup, stir in honey and sip your way to relief.
The last friend I gave this concoction to clutched his chest and said “I feel it working!” The ginger will be the first thing to hit you. It will make you feel very warm. The lemon breaks up mucous, helps you flush out toxins and supports a balanced pH. But what about the honey?
Like many of you, I am not happy when toxins are hidden in foods that most of us deem healthy. It is frustrating trying to keep up with what’s in what! However, I’m your buddy on this journey. It seems the medicinal properties of honey are more acutely felt if the honey is raw. Raw honey has not been processed with heat. It is thought to have increased potency. Raw honey is marked by a thicker, more opaque consistency than the golden, (almost runny) honey we typically see on store shelves. I now use raw honey for wellness recipes. I get the full impact.
Masta Killa is all grown up and he is using his notoriety to encourage others to show compassion to animals by not eating meat. In his recent campaign message for PETA, Masta Killa talks about the way he was raised and introduces viewers to his son, Eternal. My favorite part of the video is the tone of his voice. It’s so polite. I wondered if he could keep it up, but he does! Sounds like Wu-Tang Clan is still for the children. Watch Masta Killa’s PETA video below.
People ask me what I put in my green juices, so I have decided to start sharing my ingredient lists. Most recently, I used parsley in a new recipe. Parsley comes in different varieties, but the two most popular types are curly parsley and flat (also called Italian) parsley.
The herb, now frequently sprinkled atop soups and meat dishes, was historically chewed to freshen breath. It’s also the main ingredient in tabbouleh, a traditional Middle Eastern salad and is widely used in diabetic-friendly recipes for its ability to lower blood sugar. The benefits are a joy to read about because parsley is so easy to find.
Although many people use parsley as a garnish, I keep parsley on hand for to add to my green juice recipes. Juicing parsley releases vitamins K, A and C. According to the National Institute of Health, parsley also has antimicrobial effects that can help keep yeast from overpopulating in the digestive tract. Parsley is also an anti-carcinogen, a potent diuretic and should not be juiced in large quantities daily. Just a little will do the job for a while!
Pick an organic version of parsley, if you can find it. Before juicing, remember to check with your physician if you are pregnant. Pregnant women have special needs and should always consult their doctor before embarking on a juice diet or adding an unfamiliar food to their plate.
Here is the juice blend I made with parsley. This recipe makes about four 8 ounce glasses of juice (if you want to share), or 2 tall tumblers full.
a juicer (some prefer a blender)
1 fistful of parsley
2 yellow Bananas
1 bag of celery
1 small carton of organic blueberries
1 handful of pineapple chunks
1 small bunch of organic kale
First, set up your juicer or blender. If it is a juicer like mine, here is a tip for faster cleanup:
Line the catchment bin with a grocery store bag to catch all of the ground up remains of the fruits and vegetables. That way, you can just toss out the bag when you are done instead of scrubbing the bin.
Place a large bowl in your sink. Turn the faucet on and let it run until the bowl is 3/4 full. Tip two splashes of vinegar into the bowl and swish the water around with your hand. One by one, rinse your parsley, celery, blueberries,and kale in the bowl.
Snap the larger vegetables with your fingers. Pop them into your juicer (saving the banana’s for last since they can coat the blades). Juice on medium speed. Stir your juice, pour over ice and enjoy!