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Juicing is hardly a new trend. It’s been around for a while… and for good reason. You forget to eat the fruit you took with you to work or weren’t in the mood for salad, not to mention all that chopping and peeling is such a time consuming pain – it’s really not that easy to get enough fruits and vegetables into your body every day.
The problem is that the fruits and vegetables you often skip at meals are crucial ingredients to your health and consist of a great source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, water, phytochemicals and antioxidants which are critical in maintaining the optimal performance of your system.
You can resort to taking supplements, but those aren’t nearly as effective and aren’t regulated so it’s an even more difficult task to distinguish quality. It’s so much easier, tastier and more effective to simply drink juice.
Juicing has the added benefit of allowing you to incorporate exactly what vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants your body needs. Each of us is different. You may need more of one thing and less of another. Choosing your perfect combination of seasonal fruit and vegetables, honey, nuts, yogurt, herbs and superfoods into one easy-to-drink glass is the ideal solution for most of us.
Studies prove that adding juicing to your life is a great step towards having a healthy body and higher diet quality. In fact, people consuming on average a bit less than one glass of 100% natural orange juice every day got their daily recommended dose of vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid, magnesium. The best part? Twenty one percent of those people had less risk of becoming obese. All this from less than one glass of 100% orange juice per day.
Juicing also boosts your efforts to hydrate. It’s relatively easy to remember to drink gallons of water when the it’s hot out, but when the weather gets colder, most of forget to drink the water required daily for our bodies to function at its best. But that becomes less of an issue if you learn to incorporate juicing into your daily regimen since natural juices hydrate and count towards your daily water requirements.
I prefer to juice at home, but you can buy freshly squeezed juice at juice bars all over. There is absolutely no excuse now to avoid juice – it is as convenient as it gets. And if you are replacing other beverages with juice, then the cost becomes minimal too.
To get even more out of your juices or smoothies, simply add superfoods like chia seeds or ginger, both of which are extremely beneficial to your health. If you’d like to improve the consistency and taste of your beverage, while also increasing your calcium intake, you can use low-fat milk or yogurt (never less than 2%). Or if you’d like to make it sweeter simply add honey, agave nectar or stevia.
Here are some detox juice recipes to get you started – these are some of my favorites because they are both tasty and nutritious. So get your juicer out and enjoy! I guarantee that along with a great beverage to brighten your day, you will also have more energy, clearer skin, a slimmer waistline and increased vitality.
Juice 1 apple and 1 carrot. Add celery and fresh ginger to the mixture and empty into a glass. In another glass mix ½ glass natural orange juice with one teaspoon honey or stevia. Mix the two juices.
Blend 200gr of frozen berries, 1.5 ounces of milk (go for almond) and 200gr Greek yogurt. You can enjoy it immediately as a sorbet or let it melt down to liquid.
Juice 1 teaspoon chia seeds, 1.5 glasses water, 3 lettuce or kale leaves, 1 cucumber and 3 parsley leaves. Blend well and serve with ice.
I would love to hear about your juicing adventures below. If you have your own recipe you absolutely adore, please share it with us!