Why you need juice
Did you know that it’s estimated that only 11% of Americans get enough fruits and vegetables on a daily basis? What a sad number. On top of that, the two most common “vegetables” are potatoes and ketchup (aka fries).
As a country, it’s apparent that we are struggling with health. Our soil is depleted of nutrients, simple carbohydrates have become main dishes, and we are lacking the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that we need. Unfortunately it has become a challenge to eat the rainbow every day (no I’m not talking about Skittles!!!), and many of us find ourselves in a food rut, eating the same things every day.
Fresh juice, not store bought!
So, where does juice come in? First off, let me clarify by saying that I’m NOT talking about store bought juice. Blechhhh. I’m talking about fresh pressed juice. Juice that contains highly concentrated amounts of vitamins and minerals and has not been pasteurized.
Fresh juice has an abundance of health qualities. It boosts the immune system, helps make up for the lack of vegetables we eat daily, gives you energy, helps us adopt healthier eating habits, and can even aid in weight loss. I don’t mean that you should be replacing meals with juice, but adding it in on top of what you eat (although an occasional juice cleanse is fine). The best time to have juice is the first thing in the morning, or on an empty stomach as you want those nutrients to go straight into your bloodstream and give you the most bang for your buck.
As for my favorite juices…I love them all. Seriously. However, I typically like to include these ingredients: kale, due to its amount of folate, magnesium (did you know 90% of Americans are deficient?), and anti-inflammatory qualities; beets because they are high in phytonutrients (anti-cancer) and detoxification abilities; spirulina for its ability to alleviate inflammation of the sinus cavity (hello allergies); and an apple because…well it keeps the doctor away 😉
So get out there and try a juice! Go to your local juice bar, invest in a juicer, or do what I do and throw everything in the Vitamix and strain with a nut milk bag. It’s a great daily routine to get in the habit of, and trust me when I say juicing can transform your health.
My favorite juice
Beet and carrot juice, with a little green! Just be forewarned that it turns an UGLY color haha. Those pesky greens…but it’s healthy so what do I care? 😉
- 2-3 beets
- handful of baby carrots (or 2 whole carrots)
- small handful of kale,swiss chard, or spinach
- 1/4 cup water
Blend, strain, and enjoy!
If you have favorite recipes, I’d love to hear them!