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Nature’s Garden Now Offers 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Juices!

Nature's Garden Express Juices

For the last year, we have worked hard to create a flavorful, nutrient packed and consciously crafted line of cold-pressed juice using 100% organically grown fruits, vegetables and super-foods. Our goal was to come up with fresh and delicious flavor combinations that were nutritionally balanced.

You can now add our raw, cold pressed, organic juices to your delivery order! There are a variety of sizes and flavors that can be found under Beverages. Or try any combination with one of our Value Packs!

Our 100% Organic, Raw, Cold-Pressed Juice Flavors:

Beet It: Beet, Apple, Lemon, Celery, Kale, Spinach, Ginkgo Biloba
Sunrise Supreme: Orange, Carrot, Mint, Cherry, Turmeric, Lemon
Sourface Lemon: White Mango Pear Tea, Mint, Agave Nectar, Lemon, Orange
Piña Verde: Pineapple, Cucumber, Jalapeno, Lime, Granny Smith Apple, Cilantro
Plant Powerful: Cucumber, Spinach, Yellow Pepper, Aloe, Parsley, Apple, Celery, Alfalfa, Romaine, Lemon
Greens with Benefits: Kale, Lemon, Ginger, Apple, Honey, Spinach
Cabbage Head: Blueberries, Cabbage, Pineapple, Lime
Walter Melōne: Watermelon, Blueberries, Mint, Lemon
Ruby Rose: Grapefruit, Apple, Fennel, Rosemary, Lemon

What does Cold-Pressed mean?

Cold-pressed refers to the juicing method we use and literally means pressed while cold. Most traditional juices are made with a centrifugal juicer which applies friction, heat and oxidation to the produce leading to a lower nutrient content. It has been proven that heat damages nutrients and vital enzymes naturally occurring in fruits and vegetables…these nutrients and enzymes are the whole reason we want to drink juice!

Cold-pressed juicers use a blade that titrates the fruits and vegetables, breaking up the fibers into pulp so the juice can easily be extracted. This pulp falls into a finely woven bag which is squeezed by a powerful press. Every last drop is squeezed out of the pulp with this press, making this the least wasteful juicing method! Because the juice is never heated, the quality of the nutrients, amino acids, phytonutrients, trace minerals, and enzymes remain completely intact.

The Bottom Line: Cold-Pressed juice is hands down the highest quality, most nutrient dense, pristine, and flavorful juice known to man! 

Drink Juice Be Happy

Nature’s Garden Cold-Pressed, 100% Organic juices are some of the healthiest you can buy, and reflect our unwavering values towards health, community and sustainability.

Sit back and enjoy some happiness in a bottle!


Our Juices are also Available at:

 

Morningside Farmer’s Market
1393 N. Highland Ave
Atlanta, GA 30306
Every Saturday Morning Year Round
7:30am – 11:30am

Grant Park Farmer’s Market
Located in Grant Park at the corner of
Cherokee Ave. & Milledge Ave.
Every Sunday through December 20th
9:30am – 1:30pm

Alpharetta Farmer’s Market
2 S Main St.
Alpharetta, GA 30009
Saturdays 8:30am-1:00pm

We will also be opening a retail space in Krog Street Market towards the end of summer. Our shop will feature a juice bar with wheatgrass shots, smoothies, and juices as well as other artisanal goods and a CSA pickup location. For more information, check out this blog post! Please subscribe on the right hand side of this page to receive more updates on our juice line, recipes, news, and more.


Have any questions? Please contact us at info@naturesgardencoldpressed.com or visit naturesgardenexpress.com!

Benefits of a Whole Food Diet

There are many benefits of whole food diet which will affect your health positively. Have you thought about making the switch to a whole foods diet? Read on to discover how this diet can change your life.

The Benefits of Taking a Whole Foods Diet

There are 6 benefits that you can get from taking a whole foods diet:

1. Improved Fiber Consumption

There are many different whole foods and some include broccoli, almonds, brown rice and oatmeal. These foods are all rich in fiber. This nutrient will help you in eliminating all toxins and wastes out of your system and it also keeps your digestive system healthy and clean.

2. Reduced Fat Intake

If you want to lose weight but you do not want to sacrifice your health, then you should consider the value of whole foods diet. With this meal plan, which includes foods like fruits, grains and , contain less fat.

3. Low Cholesterol

Another example of the benefits of whole foods diet is that it helps you maintain your cholesterol at its normal level. This diet will also help you take fewer calories while it promotes your vitality and health.

4. Decreased Sugar Intake

A whole foods meal consisting of various forms of organic complex carbohydrates are better for your health. These will help you avoid eating processed and sugary products.

5. More Nutrients

This form of diet comes with plant foods which are known to be an excellent sources of the essential nutrients that you cannot get from animal products.

6. You Can Eat More and Different Foods

Lastly, a whole foods diet is that it gives you the opportunity to eat a wider variety of foods. This way, your body will get more nutrients that will enhance the quality of your life, your health and your vitality.

So, get 2014 off to a good start! Start eating whole foods, and become more fit and healthier. These foods are richer in nutrients like fiber which not only help your metabolism function correctly but help you to full longer. If you are planning to start losing weight or change the existing diet plan you use today, try integrating whole foods into your diet. You’ll be pretty surprised at the results.

Amazing Health Facts About Pineapple

You might be surprised to know some of these facts about the sweet and juicy pineapple. It does more than pose as a home for Spongebob Squarepants.

Each scale you see on a pineapple is a separate flower. So, one pineapple is actually made up of dozens of individual floweret’s. The grow together to form the entire fruit. When it comes to ripeness, they stop ripening the minute they are picked and nothing can be done to speed up this process.

How should you go about choosing the best pineapple. Well, put aside color. Color has nothing to do with how ripe the pineapple is. However, the more scales on a pineapple the more juicy and sweet it will be. It is all about the smell. If you pick up a pineapple and it smells of a tropical aroma, then it is a good one. Do look at

Pineapple has a sweet and exotic flavor. This is true, but not only does it taste incredible but it is fantastic for our health. Just look at some of the health benefits of pineapple.

Pineapple is valuable for easing indigestion, arthritis or sinusitis.

Pineapple is high in manganese, a mineral that is critical to development of strong bones and connective tissue. A cup of fresh pineapple will give you nearly 75% of the recommended daily amount.

It is particularly helpful to older adults, whose bones tend to become brittle with age.

Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme, is the key to pineapple’s value. Proteolytic means “breaks down protein”, which is why pineapple is known to be a digestive aid.

Regular ingestion of at least one half cup of fresh pineapple daily is purported to relieve painful joints common to osteoarthritis.

Orange juice is a popular liquid for those suffering from a cold because it is high in Vitamin C. Fresh pineapple is not only high in this vitamin, but because of the Bromelain in it, it has the ability to reduce mucous in the throat.

If you have a cold with a productive cough, add pineapple to your diet. It is commonly used in Europe as a post-operative measure to cut mucous after certain sinus and throat operations.

Pineapple is also known to discourage blood clot development. This makes it a valuable dietary addition for frequent fliers and others who may be at risk for blood clots.

An old folk remedy for morning sickness is fresh pineapple juice. It really works! Fresh juice and some nuts first thing in the morning often make a difference.

It’s also good for a healthier mouth. The fresh juice discourages plaque growth.

Now, aren’t you ready to add more pineapple to your diet?

Benefits of Eating Citrus

Citrus fruits include oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruits, in addition to tangerines and pomelos. Citrus foods are rich in flavonoids, which have anticancer properties. Citrus fruit flavonoids have been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and prevent the spread of tumors. Citrus fruits are also antioxidants and Contain Vitamin C which that neutralize free radicals. They protect against heart disease by reducing the formation of blood clots and reduce bad cholesterol.

Here are some other kinds of sources of citrus
Cara cara orange – it looks like a regular orange on the outside, but has a deep ink color on the inside. Cara cara oranges are very sweet and have a slight cranberry taste to them.

Blood orange – these small oranges get their name from the bright red flesh. Blood oranges have an intense orange flavor with a hint of fresh raspberry.

Pomelo – they closely resemble the grapefruit. Pomelos have a thick yellow / green skin, but their flesh looks very similar to a grapefruit. However ,they are sweeter and less acidic than grapefruit.

Minneola tangelo – a hybrid between the grapefruit and tangerine, this fruit has a refreshing combination of tart and sweet flavors.

Useful Citrus Tips
Store citrus fruit at room temperature if you’ll eat it in a week or so; otherwise, it will keep in the crisper for six to eight weeks.

Squirt some lemon juice on fresh cut fruits or fresh guacamole to prevent them from browning quickly.

Avoiding Empty Calories

We’ve all heard the term “empty calories.” What are they exactly? Empty calories are foods that are primarily made of processed carbohydrates and may also be high in fat that contain no nutritional value. Some of these items are sodas, potato chips, candy bars as well as white breads.

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Alcohol falls into this category as well. While there isn’t nutritional value in wine, studies have shown that a glass of red wine a day does help to negate some long term health issues.

We often reach for these snacks because they are easily accessable (vending machines with these foods are everywhere), no preparation is needed to consume them and the obvious – they are tasty. The problem with these empty calories is that they leave us feeling hungry shortly after consuming them and at the same time make us crave more of them. This vicious cycle can lead to weight gain.

Here are some ways to avoid the consumption of empty calories:

The best defense to avoiding empty calories is to read labels. Processed foods are especially deceptive. For example, we all know blueberries are good for us, but blueberry flavoring? Not so much. Avoid processed foods that contain “flavorings” and high fructose corn syrup.

Got a Sweet Tooth? You don’t have to give it all up. Instead of going for chocolate ice cream, why not reach from yogurt with berries added to it? It is much more healthy for you and will curb the sweet tooth. Oh and forget those so-called “diet” or “low-fat” cookies as they are full of sugar and sodium.

Avoid alcohol. This is a sneaky way we consume empty calories. It is easy to think about what you eating, but when we are drinking we might not realize how many calories we are in fact, taking in. For example, an average 12 oz beer has about 150 calories; a glass of wine, 250 calories; and hard liquor (whiskey, scotch, vodka) has around 100 calories per shot glass.

With a little planning, it is rather easy to avoid these empty calories. Your best defense is to be aware of what you are consuming – avoid processed foods, excess alcohol and items with high fructose corn syrup.

Herbs and Spices: Variety to Your Life and Health

There’s a lot of evidence out there to suggest that there are tremendous health benefits to using herbs and spices in your foods. Besides adding a wonderfully delicious flavor to your dishes, herbs and spices can help protect your body against chronic conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Spices often come from the seeds, berries, bark, or roots of plants.

Besides fruits, vegetables and many other foods, Nature’s Garden Express also offers spices each week. You can find basil, chives, cilantro, parsley and ginger available on most weeks. Of course these are just a few of the spices we offer.

Okay, so we know that the spices add flavor to your foods AND there are healthy benefits to using the spices as well. But there’s another good benefit to using spices to add flavor to your foods. They enhance the taste of the food without the addition of any calories! They may decrease the amount of salt, fat, and sugar you use. So, spices may even play a part in weight control.

Often times, we pile on the salt to add flavor to otherwise bland foods. Dietary Guidelines for Americans says that we should limit sodium intake to 1,500 milligrams a day to mitigate high blood pressure. With the use of other spices, we can help to curb use of salt.

A couple things to remember about spices:

  • Use herbs and spices at their peak to get the most out of them as their potency degrades with time.
  • Stores them in cool, dark places in airtight containers.
  • Double the amount of fresh herbs and spices to get the same levels of active substances in their dried counterparts.

Here are a couple ideas for spices uses:

– Use basil in a sandwich with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Or make a pesto out of it and put in pasta.

-Cinnamon: use in coffee before making or put on top of coffee or tea. Or sprinkle on top of oatmeal.

-Ginger: Add it into smoothies or grate it and make a tea from it. Even use it in stir-fry dishes.

-Oregano: Add 1/4 teaspoon into salad dressings or on store-bought pasta sauce.

-Thyme: Sprinkle it on top of veggies after cooking as an alternative to butter. Use it to liven up chicken salad or salad dressings.

Tumeric: Add a couple sprinkles into your water when cooking rice. Or mix it in with vegetables (works very well with bell peppers).

Benefits of Coconut Water

Coconut water is imbibed around the world for its nutritional value. Have you ever tried coconut water? If so, you probably noticed not only was it tasty, but it is highly refreshing. Here are some benefits of drinking coconut water.

  • Coconut water is packed with potassium. In fact, most servings have as much potassium as a banana. Did you know that potassium helps aid in the prevention of water retention?
  • It is also a great hydration drink. Instead of sugary energy drinks, think of coconut water as an alternative to hydrating yourself after a workout.
  • Research studies suggest that cytokinins (also known as kinetin and trans-zeatin) in coconut water showed significant anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-thrombotic effects.

Coconut water also contains electrolytes – Sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorous. These work together to support your body with what it needs to stay hydrated and to help it perform at its best.

When purchasing coconut water, make sure to check the nutritional label on the back of the bottle. Many manufacturers, in an effort to make their water more appealing, will add extra amounts of sugar to the drinks. Make sure you are getting pure coconut water.

Additionally, you can get fresh coconuts at many of the specialty markets around town. They are good for up to 10 days usually but should be stored in a refrigerator. Once opened, the contents will spoil rapidly. So make sure you are ready to drink the contents once opened.

To drink, use a sharp knife or other tool to cut a hole in the top of the coconut. You can either insert a straw in the coconut and drink it that way or pour the contents into a glass.

Salt Consumption Higher Than Ever

An overindulgence of salt is something you shouldn’t take with a grain of salt (pardon the pun). An extra pinch here and there, after all, does add up quite a bit if you don’t look out. And it is rather easy to overlook in our society that is so heavily focused on a low-carb and other fad diets. Many of the foods that are popular on these fad diets are laden with sodium. Salt it used often because it is linked to high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

That isn’t to day that the human body doesn’t need any sodium. It certainly is needed within our bodies to survive. According the to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, depending on the body size, a human body needs somewhere between 180 and 500 milligrams per day of sodium to function properly.

So, how do we end up eating so much more than the nutritional guidelines? This is mostly due to packaged or processed foods making their way into our diets. We are time starved and often go for the quickest and most convenient foods. Often times, these are not always the best choices for our health. Eating out also has led to increased salt consumption as we don’t control how much salt is being added to the foods before they get to our table.

In the United States, more than 50 percent of people between the ages of 55 and 74 are affected with high blood pressure. High blood pressure usually leads to more serious health issues like stroke, heart attack and others life taking diseases. And the cost is staggering. in the U.S. In 2010, this cost the nation some $273 billion in health care.

Statistics show that Americans consume more than double the amount of sodium that is recommended to be consumed. So, how can we avoid this? Try to avoid eating so many processed foods. Instead of adding a bag of chips to your child’s lunch or your own, instead choose an apple. Start reading labels. Those items that appear healthy might not be so healthy once you take a peek at the nutritional value. Also, try to plan ahead. Shop with a list at your grocer and stock on fruits and vegetable and avoid the canned stuff which is high in sodium.

Next time you are cooking and that old superstition of throwing salt over your shoulder creeps into your mind, just do it! It’s better than putting it into your body.

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The People vs. Monsanto: Take a Stand

The majority of foods that are delivered to you from Nature’s Garden Express, are from small, independent farmers. You may have heard of this giant of a company, Monsanto, that seems to be controlling the entire food production in this country by domination and fear. If they succeed, they will no doubt ensure we have unsafe and unhealthy foods to eat. Take a moment to share this opportunity to stand with family farmers against Monsanto’s abusive patent lawsuits with friends and family by email, Facebook and Twitter. We need their voice to keep family farming alive into the future!
On January 10, family farmers will enter a courtroom in Washington DC to take part in the appeal of OSGATA vs Monsanto, a court case filed to protect farmers from genetic trespass by Monsanto’s GMO seed, which contaminates organic and non-GMO farmer’s crops and opens them up to abusive lawsuits. In the past two decades, Monsanto’s seed monopoly has grown so powerful that they control the genetics of nearly 90% of five major commodity crops including corn, soybeans, cotton, canola and sugar beets.
In many cases farmers are forced to stop growing certain crops to avoid genetic contamination and potential lawsuits. Between 1997 and 2010, Monsanto admits to filing 144 lawsuits against America’s family farmers, while settling another 700 out of court for undisclosed amounts. Due to these aggressive lawsuits, Monsanto has created an atmosphere of fear in rural America and driven dozens of farmers into bankruptcy. Please join us in standing up for family farmers everywhere against Monsanto’s abusive seed monopoly.

Check out the video below. One of the key takeaways is farmers cannot win this fight by themselves. They need YOU to help them. Please make your voice heard and help us reclaim our food.lease help spread the word.