Eat your vegetables. That is what the sign that hangs in my kitchen says. Nearly every nutrition book can be narrowed down to those three words. Making the transition to eating more vegetables can be a challenge. Fortunately there are many easy ways to get more veggies. One of those ways is juicing. Explore different recipes. Even your kids can get in on the fun.
Here are several reasons why you should try:
Detoxing: Consuming green juices aids our body in the function of getting rid the stuff we don’t need. The phytochemcials in green food are extremely complex. And so are the interactions they have in our body, but these are all for good. When we are able to naturally get rid of the toxins that build up from every day living, we increase our chances of not getting sick.
Weight Loss: Ah. This is classic, right? Our body can better maintain its ideal weight when it is fed a whole-foods plant based diet. Eat meat, but as a side. Fresh produce all day long. Snack on carrots. Eat half and avocado. Make a new juice recipe. You will find that over time your tastes change, energy goes up and waistline gets smaller.
Clearer Energy: The amazing thing about eating fresh fruit and vegetables, especially in juice form, is that they are a natural burst of energy. Straight to the blood. Clean and free. Your mind can think clearly and energy and wakefullness can be sustained for longer periods of time.
Beautiful Skin: Along the lines of detoxing, when you feed your body with more juices, then you are not only letting the body detox naturally but you are not overloading its need to detox. People who have a lot of toxins to get out may often see issues in their skin. If you sustain a juicing habit, you will see the skin begin to look younger.
Straight to the Blood: The process of juicing removes cellulose, which means the nutrients in the juice go straight into your blood stream for an almost immediate benefit to your health.
More Veggies: I am always surprised by how many veggies I can get into one glass of green juice. The sheer amount of veggies it take to make one glass of juice is truly amazing. But this means that I get the benefits of more veggies, with less effort (think about eating a salad for 45 minutes).
Get Your Minerals: when your diet is mostly whole foods (not-processed and out of a box) and plant-based, you can be sure that you are automatically getting a sufficient amount of trace minerals and nutrients you need on a daily basis.
Just Tastes Good: putting your veggies into juice form is a good idea for all the reasons stated about, but also because, well, it just tastes good. I never realized how sweet spinach and carrots are. It is almost like juicing them releases the essence of their true flavors.