After the holidays, full of food, family, friends, and fun, a common New Year’s Resolution is something along the lines of losing weight, eating healthier, starting an exercise program, etc. With all the rich foods and desserts of December, sometimes your body can feel sluggish and the New Year is often the perfect time to start fresh, make some changes, and commit to your health. What better way to get a jump on those health-related goals in 2016 than by juicing, which will help cleanse your system and provide vital nutrients in minutes?
Because juicing essentially pre-digests the fruits and vegetables for you, you get maximum nutrition with minimal time and effort. Juicing also makes it easier to consume a large quantity and wide variety of fruits and vegetables, vital components of a healthy diet; juicing helps to add vegetables you might not even consider eating otherwise. I made a juice last week that had kale, spinach, cucumber, ginger, lemon, parsley, apple, and—this was the kicker—an habanero pepper! I’d never be able to get all those fruits, vegetables, and roots in my body without gagging, but with juicing, getting all those nutrients in minutes was a snap.
If you’re juicing at home, here’s a tip: make sure any dark, leafy greens—some of the heartier ones like kale, spinach, chard, etc.—are followed by a water-based fruit or veggie, like celery, a cucumber, or an apple. Those dense, dark leafy greens can clog up the juicer without a water-based item before and after it: sometimes I make an apple/kale “burger” with an apple slice on the top and bottom (the “buns” of this burger) of a handful of kale (the “meat”).
Another tip: during the winter months, a good way to increase circulation and help warm your body is to add ginger to your juice. Plus, it’s delicious—I add ginger to a Green Glory all the time! Ginger can help boost the immune system so it’s great to help ward off colds and flus that are going around. (More on ginger and our Ginger Shot in an upcoming blog post!)
In order to ensure the sugar content remains at a manageable level in your juice, stick to a 80:20 vegetable-to-fruit ratio. And if you’re new to juicing, try this to start:
1 green apple
3 celery stalks
1 inch ginger
If you’d like a little bit of kick, add in a dash of cayenne pepper!
We’ll discuss juicing and benefits more in depth in future blog posts, but wanted to give a quick overview to get you started. Happy Juicing!