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Creating a juice packed with nutrients from veggies and yet tastes good from the sweetness of fruit is my challenge. It’s easy to make fruit juices that taste good. How can it not? Fruit is filled with natural sugars that make it a perfect choice to blend or juice. However, blending kale, spinach, cucumber, beets…is another story.
I’m in the midst of the middle of a great detox. It’s not a strict one but for the last 3 months I’ve been eating food that is somewhat foreign to my body. Most people tend to give up on a detox or juicing fast after the first couples days. It’s because they feel like crap. They have headaches, stomach aches, acne appears, and lots of bloating. Well that all seems pretty bad and they didn’t have it before the detox so why continue? However, the purpose of a detox and juicing is to rid the body of all its toxins. Toxins don’t magically disappear. They have to go out through your body. So all of a sudden on day 3 when you feel like giving up, it’s the detox kicking in and trying to clear your system up. Stick with it. It’s definitely worth the ride.
On another note, I want to briefly discuss the difference between juicing and blending. I will do a more elaborate post on this topic later, but for now I’ll keep it short. When you juice a piece of fruit or vegetable, you are removing the fiber from the food. While fiber is definitely good for the body, it also makes your system work harder. When you eat something, or drink a smoothie, your body has to break down all of that food. When you juice, all of the fiber is removed and all your body has to do is absorb the nutrients. Since your digestive system isn’t activated, the nutrients flow straight into your blood stream and start nurturing your body. So all of that extra energy your body would normally spend on digesting your meal, well it can be spent on something else now.
Todays breakfast of choice was a nice, light juice that will fuel my system immediately.
- 1 cup of spinach
- 2 celery stalks
- 1/2 cup of sprouted mung beans
- 2 apples
It’s a great way to start your morning. If you need a bit more sweetness add another apple or two. Don’t be afraid to be creative. Throw in vegetables you wouldn’t imagine you can drink. You can hide the vegetable flavor with all sorts of fruit. If you are like many who don’t get enough servings of vegetables in a day, give juicing a try.