To Juice or To Blend: That is the Question

To juice or to blend: that is the question. My patients often ask me which is better, and the answer is simple: both are beneficial for different reasons.

Read on to find out which works best for you.

Why Juice?

Juicing extracts water and all the nutrients from the produce while discarding the fiber. This concentration of nutrients is quickly absorbed into the body without the burden of having to digest the fiber. This is great when you want to increase your fruits and vegetable servings without all the bulk.

The quantity of plant produce that one can consume in an eight ounce glass can be the equivalent of eating one bunch of kale, ten celery stalks, ten carrots, or three cucumbers. There is no way we would eat that much produce in one day.

Juicing is the way to go when wanting to rev up your vegetable and fruit intake to add concentrated nutrients including valuable antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. I like to add a green juice once a day to provide my body with all the vibrant nutrition that is power packed in a green juice. I like to use mostly greens and keep my juice on the low glycemic index to avoid sugar spikes–try it!

How to Juice

Because of the high concentration of produce, it is best to only juice organic produce. Try to use local produce as well, when possible. I love picking beautiful, organic, local greens from my farmers market and combining them in interesting ways. What tastes good is good here!

There are many types of juicers on the market. Finding the perfect juicer for you can be overwhelming. Purists insist that a cold press juicer is superior to a rotary type juicer as more nutritional […]

By |October 18th, 2012|Healthy Meals|Comments Off on To Juice or To Blend: That is the Question

Wheat and Gluten-Free Consumers Beware!

Like most of us, when shopping in health foods stores, I have a belief that the products there are of a higher nutritional value. It is easy to place foods in my cart without feeling the need to scrutinize labels and worry about additives or chemicals. But is this really safe to do?

As an acupuncturist and a nutritional advisor, I am often helping patients find higher quality foods that fit their particular needs and lifestyle. I like to keep abreast of the latest trends in healthy eating so I can help my patients and my family eat the best foods available on the market.

The latest craze is a gluten and wheat free diet. The word is out, and there is an endless selection of gluten and wheat free products on the market these days. With the new variety available, many of my patients have switched to gluten and wheat free breads for a more health-conscious approach to eating grains.

Wheat products that are produced in the United States today are not as healthy for our bodies; these products are super-charged with gluten and a type of wheat that sky-rockets blood sugar even higher than white table sugar does!

I am a supporter of this trend, but have noticed that all products on the market are not produced equally. During my latest trip to the health food store, I began to really read the ingredients in some of the most popular products on the market. While it is a great idea to avoid wheat products, it also is necessary to truly look at the ‘healthy’ products replacing them.

Take Udi’s, for example. Marketed as an ancient grain bread, upon closer inspection of their ingredients, I’d have to say they […]

By |October 3rd, 2012|Healthy Meals|Comments Off on Wheat and Gluten-Free Consumers Beware!

Dr. Parris’ Morning Elixer

Dr. Parris’ own special blend—containing the powerful antioxidant properties of Astragalus and Goji Berry combined with Blue Green Algae from Klamath Lake, OR—brings you the absolute best way to start your morning! You can get it directly from Jenise, or feel free to email her at to find out more information and place an order.


½ cup organic unsweetened almond milk (Pacific brand or Wholefoods brand “365”)
1 cup organic fresh or frozen berries (raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, acai berries)
1 tablespoon Barleans brand Omega Swirl flax oil (strawberry/banana, or blackberries flavor)
2 tablespoons Nutiva Organic Hemp protein high-fiber
1 scoop Innate Renewal Greens
5 spoons Dr. Parris’ Morning Elixer
¼ cup coconut water

Blend well and drink slowly. You can drink half and then save the rest for a snack later.

You can get a 15% discount on the Nutiva Organic Hemp and Innate Renewal Greens here.  Just enter the patient access code heal24.

By |September 19th, 2012|Healthy Meals|Comments Off on Dr. Parris’ Morning Elixer