Today, I want to talk about juicing. If you’re a foodie like me, you’re probably excited to learn more about juicing. So, I thought I’d answer a few questions I’m asked on a regular basis. What’s the big deal about juicing? Is it really healthy? Isn’t juice really sugary? Isn’t it better to just eat my fruits and vegetables?

Let’s talk about why I love to juice, and why I think you will too!

So, what’s the big deal?

Juicing is popular first and foremost because it’s quick. Even a slow juicer is faster than preparing and chewing through lots of fruits and vegetables. I like to juice on days when I feel like I have to choose between going for a run and taking the time to make myself a healthy meal. This way, I can go for my run, come back, and just throw a bunch of stuff in the juicer for a quick blast of energy before I go about the rest of my day.

It’s also an easy way to get all your fruits and vegetables at once! That’s why I like to have some juice in the morning. It’s super important to get as many nutrients as you can right when you get started, so your body is pre-loaded for the day. It can seem time consuming at first (I know it did), but if you eat oranges or other foods that take forever to peel and prepare, it’s probably going to end up being quicker.

Ok. Now. Why juice as opposed to eating fruits and vegetables on their own? Well, there’s a few good reasons to juice. First, most of us don’t eat a ton of raw vegetables. We eat fruit raw, but most of the time we cook vegetables into meals, which eliminates a lot of their nutritional value. Second, it takes your body a lot of work to digest all the fruits and vegetables we need to eat in a day. And along the way, you end up missing out on some of those nutrients. I like to think of juicing like a key. It unlocks all the fruits and vegetables, so it’s easier for your digestive system to get in there and nab all the goodies. In the end, you can actually absorb more nutritious yumminess from juice than you can from raw foods!

The other big reason I support juicing over eating is that you can mix and match more easily, and get a whole range of nutrients in one glass. I know, you can make a salad with a few different greens and additions, but with a juicer you can literally throw in things from the opposite ends of the spectrum and have them taste amazing together. Plus, you get a range of nutrients that you’d never get from one meal. I like to think of it as taking a multivitamin versus just taking vitamin C or D.

Finally, I love to juice because it makes sure you get your nutrient intake up without totally disrupting your routine. Since you’re getting at least 3-4 servings per glass, you’ll be sure to get all your servings of fruits and vegetables in a day. Since it’s all in one glass, you can be healthy without slowing down your busy lifestyle.

By the way, there is something to the argument that drinking juice can be super sugary. You’ll get the most sugar from fruit juice. That’s why I always suggest adding greens to each batch. You’ll kick up the fiber factor and cut down on the glycemic index! If you’re looking for other ways to cut down on the sugar factor, I suggest leaving as much pulp as you can in your juice. That’ll add some fiber to balance out the sugary downside of the fruity goodness!

So, let’s get right down to it:

Here are some of my all-time favorite juicing combos:

My favorite ideas:

Mango, ginger, banana

Kale, cucumber, mint

Carrot, ginger, beet

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Slipping It In:

It seems like every year science tells us we need to be getting more fruits and vegetables. Right now, the target is about 7 servings (cups) of produce per day. I know that can seem like a lot, so I want to help you get creative about slipping a little nutrition into your meals. Here are a few ideas to get you started–I hope they get you thinking outside the box, so you can start modifying all your favorite foods to be that little bit more healthy!

-Balance out your ice cream by adding frozen fruit! I like to microwave some blueberries and add vanilla ice cream. The warm fruit gets the ice cream melty and wonderful, and the blueberries give your body something to work with besides dairy fat!

-Keep making your favorite hash browns for breakfast, but use sweet potatoes instead! Sweet potatoes add much more fiber which is great in the morning, and they also have some color to add nutrition.

-Add extras to your salads. Greens are great, but you should think of a salad as a sort of tetris game, where you try to fit in as many different things as possible. Try radishes, carrots, or shredded beets, chop pears and apples in with walnuts and goat cheese, or go to town with an all-tomato and basil salad, with balsamic and some fresh mozzarella! It’s all about variety.

-Jazz up your oatmeal with fruits and nuts. You can use dried fruit or fresh fruit, and add whole nuts or chop them up. Have it however you like it! Depending on the other flavors, I also like to throw in some shredded coconut or cocoa nibs!