5 Things You Need to Know About Juicing

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Switch out your coffee for freshly squeezed juice – sound horrifying?  Read on.

Juice drinkers will tell you by switching out the coffee for juice you’ll wake up more energized, you’ll be happier, more optimistic and your skin will glow. Sound good? See for yourself.

Here are 5 things you need to know so that you, too, can begin to experience the benefits of juicing:

1. Aim to Drink 2 Glasses a Day 

Most people find that eating large quantities of vegetables is, at best, a bit of a chore and, at worst, screamingly b-o-r-i-n-g, but the full, health-giving, benefits can easily be accomplished by a quick glass of vegetable juice on the go.  The Goal: to drink at least two.

2. Juicing does not = Smoothie!

 A juice is a drink made using a juice extractor which provides all the liquid without any of the fiber. A smoothie is made by mixing whole ingredients into a pulp in a blender. For a pint of juice, you’ll use three times more vegetables than you would for a smoothie, which means you’re receiving three times more of the good stuff – the life-giving vitamins and minerals, of course you can always blend 3 X the whole ingredients to get 3 X more of everything!

3. Juicing your vegetables is more beneficial than juicing your fruits.

Eat and/or blend your fruit. Fruit is sweet and if you remove the fiber, it becomes even more highly glycemic. Not good. {You may even find yourself suffering from mood-swings and increased cravings for sweet food like sugar and carbohydrates}  Besides, it’s pretty easy to eat 3-4 fruit servings a day – and tasty as well. So why bother? It’s the juice of the green vegetables from which you will benefit most.

4. Why Greens?

Chlorophyll is the magic ingredient. It’s the pigment responsible for the green color in plants. It enables them to “trap” energy from sunlight. Chlorophyll assists in red blood cell regeneration, enhancing the oxygenation process. It cleanses the digestive system, assists in purifying the blood, eliminates bacteria, disinfecting and detoxifying as it goes about it’s work. Oh, and it balances the body’s acid-alkali levels. Chlorophyll is rich in zinc, selenium, vitamins E, C and A, biotin, pantothenic and folic acids, calcium, chromium, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium. Not to mention iron – which may be why a lot of Iron Man athletes swear by liquid chlorophyll.

5. What About Protein?

Yes, indeed.  Your juice will provide some of the protein complex, but take a few nuts or seeds with your juice. They’ll help you absorb it better, as well as making it a more complete food. Or try adding a scoop of vegan based or hemp protein powder. Sun Warrior vegan, non-gmo protein powder is my favorite these days.  

**TIP:  for those who absolutely must have the caffeine speed ball in the morning, add a scoop of matcha powder.  Matcha is dried green tea leaf that has a potent dose of caffeine as well as all the antioxidants and nutrients found in green tea.

Click here for THE Green Smoothie recipe. The super power juice-smoothie recipe I drink every day!

Extra Boost: Add a teaspoon of Chia seeds and let them soak for 5 to 15 minutes in the juice, allowing them to expand. Chia is high in protein and omegas and assists in the absorption of nutrients.

What’s your favorite juice recipe?

Cheers to you and your perfect health!

XO ~ L

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