Why You Should Start Juicing Now!

by shawne on March 12, 2014

in Fab Foods

Juicing:  Fad or friend?  Lately, I admit that I’m on a bit of a juicing kick.  This winter kicked my butt and I have been feeling depleted of nutrients which means I’ve been feeling depleted of energy.  The quickest way to get a jolt of energy AND nutrients (so no, its not a double espresso) is homemade veggie juice!  You would have to eat about 5 pounds worth of fresh veggies to receive the benefits of one glass of a simple, clean veggie juice.

Did you know that when you make juice from raw vegetables, your body absorbs the nutrients within 15 seconds? Talk about an energy shot! No need to buy those sugary and chemical-ish concoctions from your local drug-store or mini mart. Juicing is an all-natural way to boost your energy and feel amazing. When you juice your fruits and veggies, you end up extracting all the water and nutrients from them and leave behind only the plant fibers. By separating the fruit or vegetable from its fiber, we gain access to all of the amazing vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytonutrients which are much more easily assimilated by our body than if we were to eat them.

This allows your body to absorb the nutrients more quickly, without having to digest the dense bulk of the plant. As mentioned earlier, you can also fit an amazing amount of veggies into a single glass of juice, making it a great way to use up those extra veggies from your garden, CSA share, or let’s face it, the veggies that you buy but forget to use until its too late!  PLUS, you will end up with a glass of deliciousness that packs a powerful nutritional punch. Although some would also say that the cost of stocking enough fresh organic vegetables to make daily juices can be somewhat expensive, my feeling is that if you stop buying all of the pre-packaged foods/snacks you were buying, you will end up saving money in the long run on your food AND your doctor bills.

One more thing before I go:  while you can control the quality of ingredients when you are making fresh juice at home, always read your labels when it comes to buying store-bought juice. These juices can be high in sugar and have a high glycemic load, which may cause blood sugar imbalances.

Here is a simple and spicy juice recipe from my Spring Detox program.  I’d love to know your personal experience and thoughts on juicing.  Please share in the comments section below.

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Belinda Whelan March 12, 2014 at 9:14 pm

What a fantastic explanation. Thank you!

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shawne March 12, 2014 at 9:18 pm

Thank you.

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Leslie Hanft March 12, 2014 at 9:14 pm

I have always been more of a smoothie girl but you have convinced me to try juicing more. Great post and I love the recipe. Looking forward to trying it out.

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shawne March 12, 2014 at 9:18 pm

Leslie, I have always been a smoothie girl as well so juicing is newer to my regimen. I believe there’s room for both as they serve different purposes.

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Janet March 12, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Can I juice in the nutri-bullet?

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shawne March 13, 2014 at 12:29 am

Janet, you can in just a few extra steps. You would need to add water to the vegetables as the nutribullet is not a juice extractor, then blend, then strain the contents with a fine mesh strainer to get the actual juice.

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