Gone are the days when the only juice choices were orange or apple.
Juicing has become an extremely popular health and lifestyle choice all over the world and juice bars have started customizing juices for specific issues including immunity, stress, skin, workout recovery, and sleep. So what are the benefits of juicing and how can you tailor it to your needs?
Joe Cross of the popular documentary “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” writes that “juicing offers many life-enhancing health benefits including a faster, more efficient way to absorb immune boosting nutrients naturally found in fruits and vegetables. It provides a way to access digestive enzymes typically locked away in the fiber matrix of whole fruits and vegetables”.
Juicing can help people who struggle to incorporate fresh fruit and vegetables into their diet, because it’s a quick, easy, and can provide you with a large dose of vitamins and minerals. If you’re someone who balks at the prospect of eating your greens, why not drink them?
Dos and Don’ts
-Read the label on store bought juices, as these can sometimes contain added sugar and preservatives. While buying fresh juices may be slightly more expensive, sometimes fresh is best!
-Aim for juices that are made up of about 70% vegetables and 30% fruit. This will help you balance your intake of the natural sugars in fruit.
-If you’re making your own juice, try making a large batch ahead of time and freezing it. This will save you time, and ensure that you can access the goodness of homemade blends on a budget. If you don’t want to freeze your juice, you should consume it within 48 hours. For optimal nutrition, try not to store frozen juices for longer than 10 days before drinking.
– As with any dietary changes, listen to your body. Some vegetables and fruits will make you feel amazing, while others may not agree with you. Keep track of what you’re consuming at first, so that if you have any negative reactions, even as benign as bloating or stomachache, you can experiment with eliminating the cause.
-Find out what you like. Before you rush out a buy a blender and a carload of produce, sample a few different juices from ubiquitous juice bars like Organic Avenue, Jamba Juice, or Juice Generation. Experimenting is key to finding your liquid holy grail!
-Incorporate juicing into your lifestyle slowly and beware of replacing all meals with juice or doing a “juice cleanse” before consulting a health professional. Any benefits derived from juicing can be negated by stressing your body with a sudden change in diet, so be gentle on yourself.
Lean Green Protein Machine
Here’s a recipe for our favorite green juice, which is full of protein, nutrients, and an immunity boost! Each serving has 9 grams of protein and almost half your daily iron and Vitamin C.
5 kale leaves
5 Swiss chard leaves
4 stalks of celery
1 cup of fresh spinach
2 green apples
1 tsp grated raw ginger
1 dose of Olive Leaf Extract
Wash all produce thoroughly. Core the apples and peel the lime. Put all the fruit and vegetables through a blender or food processor. When all other ingredients are combined to the correct consistency, add the Olive Leaf Extract and stir or blend well. Enjoy!