The old adage “you are what you eat” sends many Americans into serious New Year’s resolution mode each year in January. After overindulging in one too many Christmas cookies or hitting the office holiday buffet a little too hard, you may be looking to wipe the slate clean and trade those fattening meals for something packed full of superfoods and antioxidants all in one. Meet your body’s new best friend, cold pressed juices.
For those who are looking to consume more fruits and vegetables for the New Year, juicing is an excellent option. The benefits of juicing have been touted from Dr. Oz to the New York Times. Followers of this trend include health conscious celebrities like Blake Lively, Colin Farrell, Owen Wilson and Reese Witherspoon – isn’t their glow enough to make us want to give it a try? In addition to antioxidant rich ingredients, cancer-fighting nutrients are packed in each concoction. Consider giving it a try in 2016 with the following tips.
If you aren’t getting your recommended servings of fruits and vegetables, juicing is a convenient way to pack the nutritional value of several servings of vegetables into one drink. Results include more energy, a healthier immune system, glowing skin, a detoxified body, and a clear mind.
Who should juice?
According to Jim Burdumy, Certified Holistic Lifestyle and Exercise Coach in Pennsylvania, juicing is ideal for anyone who is health conscious and struggling to get the vitamins they need. “Anyone who travels regularly is an excellent candidate for juicing,” notes Burdumy. “The vitamins and minerals will help your immune system, which is so important when traveling.” Burdumy also recommends juicing as a convenient on-the-go drink when we are rushing to get out the door in the mornings. Trying to get picky kids to eat their veggies? Burdumy suggests freezing the juice into popsicles.
When should I juice?
Anytime is great! Juicing is more common in the mornings because everything can be prepared the night before. Vegetables and fruits can be washed and stored in a container in the refrigerator, ready to go into the juicer or blender for a quick breakfast.
What should go into my juice?
Burdumy reminds us that juicing doesn’t come without a few warnings. “Be careful about juicing without the addition of high quality protein and healthy fat in your diet. Consuming vegetable and fruit juice, essentially turns into carbohydrates,” says Burdumy. This could cause us to fade fast in the energy department! “Our bodies need fat and protein to balance our blood sugar,” he notes. He suggests consuming a form of healthy protein or fat in addition to juice. Many juice bars across the nation will mix coconut milk, almond butter or plant proteins in with the cold pressed juice so that you can still have your meal in a glass. Burdumy also recommends juicing with 100 percent organic produce to ensure the highest quality juice with the most nutritional value.
What is a serving size?
Burdumy has a good rule of thumb for juicing. “I recommend that my clients put the ingredients on a plate first.” By using the plate rule, you can gauge your serving size easily and safeguard against overindulging even if you are consuming healthy food.
Try One at Home . .
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1 cup kale
1 cup spinach
1/2 cup pineapple
2 medium green apples
1 sprig mint
(For more information on this recipe and other similar recipes, check out 100 Recipes for Fresh Juices and Superfood Smoothies by Eric Helms. Helms is the founder and CEO of Juice Generation.)