Lately I have been on a juice kick. It is not a juice fast, or a juice cleanse… it is simply a way for me to incorporate more nutrients into my diet in a way that is fast, easy, and believe it or not, tasty (gasp!).
Once or twice a week I have been prepping two pint jars of celery, cucumber, and apple juice and drinking about half a jar each morning as I make my normal breakfast. I honestly think that it has helped me feel more clear-minded and energetic, and there is a chance that it is helping my skin too, which I am all for.
Celery has been the base of my juice, due to it’s anti inflammatory and skin-nourishing compounds. I honestly hate to eat celery plain… it takes way too long to chew, and those strings get all stuck in my teeth. To my surprise I actually love it juiced! It is so light and refreshing tasting and it is even better paired with celery and an apple.
Benefits to juicing:
– It allows you to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your daily routine (antioxidants, phytonutrients, all the good stuff we all need more of)
– It allows you to consume more fresh fruits and vegetables. Heating plants causes many of their beneficial compounds to be destroyed, which consuming them fresh keeps them all intact
– It can help you incorporate a greater variety of veggies and fruits into your diet (ex: my case with celery)
– With the removal of the fiber from the fruits and vegetables, nutrient absorption occurs more easily
What juicing is not:
– A diet in itself
– A way to lose weight
– A way to “detox”. There is a difference between a detox, and a big poop. Juicing can promote regularity, but it is not a metabolic detox.
Even if you don’t have a juicer, you can get the same effect by blending up your fruits and veggies in a blender, and straining them through a cheese cloth. Store your juices in the refrigerator and consume ASAP as they are at their peak nutrient value when fresh pressed. Don’t store for longer than a few days.
If you choose to juice- make sure you do so for the right reasons; incorporating more nutrients to help nourish your body, versus replacing meals with juice in effort to loose weight quickly. This is not safe. If you have questions on juicing feel free to drop them in the comments!