Several weeks ago I had a stomach bug that latest for two weeks. During that time, the only “food” I could handle was liquid food. I had juice, coconut water, tea, water, and often mixed it with my organic green powder which is full of veggies, flax seed, and protein. When I finally got over my nasty stomach bug, I had a new appreciation for juice, particularly in the morning. Since then I start my day with a juice that I’ve made using organic fruits and vegetables and always include my green powder for some extra veggies and protein. What I’ve found, is that I truly appreciate the energy and lightness that I get from a morning juice. I find it adds some calm to my body while keeping me full until lunchtime. For me, it’s definitely been worth it. But it won’t be worth it if we overlook a few critical steps. If you’re juicing, or thinking about it, you have to do these things.
- PLEASE use organic fruit and vegetables – The quickest way to get something into our body and organs is to make it a liquid. If we use NON-organic fruits and vegetables, then we absorb all of those pesticides and GMOs into our system, quickly. I don’t think that’s what we have in mind. Buy organic when you’re juicing. It’s critical!
- Pay Attention to the Sugar – Too many fruits, vegetables, or using fruit juice as a base are all ways to blow our daily sugar and calorie limit. I limit my juice to 1 to 1-1/2 pieces of fruit and a handful of veggies. Using a base that is low in calories such as water, coconut water, green tea, or unsweetened almond milk gives me lower calories while providing some variety to my routine.
- Add Some Protein – If you’ve read my earlier blogs, you’ll remember that I always recommend you balance your carbohydrate with a fat or protein. Adding a protein to my morning juice helps balance my blood sugar while leaving me filling fuller until it’s time for lunch. Choose a protein powder such as whey protein or vegetable protein. And again, remember to choose a powder that is organic and low in calories.
- Have fun with your juicing – Be creative. Use fruits, vegetables and spices like ginger, cinnamon and tumeric.
I would really like to hear about about your recipes! Please be sure to share recipes and pictures in the comments area below.