If you haven’t joined our Wellness Challenge , don’t worry it’s not to late, we are just getting started!
On to Week 2: Week two’s challenge is focused on Nutrition . Having a well-balanced and proper diet is essential for optimal health. How we fuel our bodies plays a major role in our energy levels, how we feel, and how healthy we are.
Take a look at some tips for juicing !
Why is Juicing good for you?
- If you are not getting enough fruits and vegetables, good way to get in your daily nutrients, or try a different variety.
- When you drink fresh-made green juice, it is almost like receiving an intravenous infusion of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes because they go straight into your system without having to be broken down.
- Drinking your juice first thing in the morning can give you a natural energy boost without resorting to stimulants like coffee.
- Since the juice is already in an easily digestible form, it can help revitalize your energy levels within as little as 20 minutes.
- Juicing is also known to boost your immune system, promote weight loss if done correctly, increase your energy, and support brain health.
Top Juicing Mistakes:
Below is a list of mistakes people commonly make while juicing. The information below is from Vani Hari who is the creator of FoodBabe.com. For more insight and recommendations visit her blog!
- Not Drinking Green Juice On An Empty Stomach: Juice should only consumed on an empty stomach, if you don’t you could end up with digestive issues Drinking juice on an empty stomach allows the vitamins and minerals in the juice to go straight to your bloodstream. Having fiber or a meal already in your stomach prevents your body from quickly absorbing the nutrients from the juice. A good general rule of thumb to follow is to wait at least 2 hours after a meal to drink a green juice and wait 20 mins after drinking a green juice to consume a meal.
- Waiting Too Long To Drink Your Green Juice: As soon as your freshly made green juice gets exposed to air, its live enzymes begin to degrade, therefore decreasing the nutritional content. The live enzymes of a fresh juice gives immediate energy – whereas older juice just doesn’t give the same boost. It is recommend always consuming the juice fresh and within 15 mins of making it.
- Using too many sweet fruits and vegetables in your juice: Sweet fruits and vegetables like watermelon, apples, pears, and carrots are very nutritious when consumed whole, but if you consume too many of them juiced, the amount of sugar and fructose you are adding to your diet could be over the top. If a juice has too much natural sugar it can affect insulin levels pretty dramatically, causing cravings and gaining weight. Exceptions to this rule are lemons and limes that are naturally very low in sugar and do not spike blood insulin levels like other fruits.
- Not Chewing Your Green Juice: Juice (and smoothies) are food and should be chewed. It’s important to swish around the juice in your mouth or move your jaw up and down for a couple of seconds before swallowing it to release saliva that contains important digestive enzymes. The digestive enzymes are crucial in delivering key nutrients to your cells.
- Leaving Your Juicer Dirty: I know juicing can take time and life can get busy, things like cleaning your juicer right away can get pushed to the side, but cleaning your juicer (at least rinsing it off) will save you and your knuckles a lot of scrubbing later.
- Juicing Spinach or Kale Over and Over Again: Variety is the spice of life, and it’s key for juicing correctly and safely and to avoid hormonal issues. Remember to rotate the greens (kale, chard, spinach, mustard greens, collards, dandelion, arugula, etc.) in your juice each week to prevent build- up of oxalic acid (which can affect the thyroid gland) and provide a balanced amount of different vitamins and minerals for your body.
- You Stopped Green Juicing Because You Heard That Drinking Smoothies Is Better: Both have different advantages/ and or purposes. If you are looking for something with more protein, or workout recovery smoothie may be the better option for that. On a weekly basis getting all of your vitamins, minerals, and nutrients juicing is probably the way to go.
Try this Recipe!
Lemon Lime Green Juice
•1 bunch of any green of your choice (collards, chard, spinach, kale, dandelion)
•½ bunch herbs like parsley, cilantro or mint
•1 lemon with peel removed
•1 lime with peel removed
•1 green apple (optional for added sweetness)
1. Wash all vegetables thoroughly and place into a large bowl
2. Juice each vegetable in this order – greens, herbs, lemon, lime, cucumber
3 .Stir mixture before serving
4. Rinse and clean juicer immediately