The case against juice

The case against juice

We all know that diet is a super important part of a healthy life. There has been a wonderful health-conscious trend towards things like non-gmo foods. Fresh juices have also become very popular.

Advocates of fresh juice say that it distills the essence of fruits and vegetables into an easy to consume form. Juice contains tons of nutrients  and vitamins critical to to healthy function. It also contains tons of sugar and calories. Our bodies run through liquids much faster than solids,and a lot of that juice is converted into insulin resulting in a sugar spike.

I would like to suggest that nature packaged these nutrients and calories in a way that slows things down a bit. If your diet consists largely of processed and or starchy foods, juice may be a great way to get the vitamins and nutrients you need. However, I believe it’s best to have the fruits and vegetables that are often juiced in their raw form. You’ll feel more full as it has tons of fiber, it’ll balance your sugars out and you are getting the holistic food source.

For many of us we no longer need to distill our nutrients into an easy to use drink. We have ample supply of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially this time of year. However, if you want to turn your fresh fruits and produce into a healthy and easy to make drink, I’m including a smoothie recipe below that will give you all the vital nutrients you need, and leave you feeling full and without the sugar spike.

1 Fistful of Kale

1/4 cup walnuts

1/4 cup frozen raw beets (easy to prep beforehand)

1/2 banana (ideal if you are making one for a partner as well)What does this mean? Does it increase the amount of juice you’re producing?

2 tablespoons full fat Greek yogurt (go for it!)

1/4 cup raw carrots

1 tablespoon ground raw flaxseed

Ice cubes

Water

Feel free to add or subtract as you see fit. Blend this baby up and you’ll have a very satisfying, nutrient and fiber dense breakfast.

 

 

 

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