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A Few Tips on Fresh Juicing and Smoothies ?

My super secrets to creating healthy green smoothies everyday!

Watch the video for exactly HOW I make the perfect green smoothie !

The process of extracting juice from fruits and vegetables is known as juicing. Juicing can promote great health benefits, but if you aren't sure what you are doing, you can miss out completely. There are several things that you can learn about juicing to ensure that you are maximizing the results and feeling great from taking in a more nutritious beverage, with these tips offering an excellent process to follow. Drink your juice on an empty stomach, such as first thing in the morning or about half an hour before a meal. This allows your system to better absorb the nutrients in your juice, without the interference of other foods. Juice drunk on an empty stomach can enter your system in as quickly as thirty minutes.That’s how I stay fit and healthy. I just love-love the energy I’m getting from these super delicious green smoothies.

When choosing a juicer, do some research into how much heat they produce as they juice. Heat can kill the nutrients that you are trying to preserve. If the juicer produces enough heat you will be losing many of the benefits that you were drinking it for so make sure to find out before you buy.

Bananas and papayas do not seem to do well in a juicer. You can still use them with juice, but it is best to stick them in a blender and make a smoothie. Smoothies are very thick, and tend to work better when making fruit smoothies or any type of frozen dessert that you make.

Every smoothie should be super fresh, no saving it or making extra. It can’t sit around for too long; ideally you should consume it right after making a small batch. That’s why I prefer the little mixer vs. the big blender. It’s quick and easy, you can drink the smoothie right out of the container!

Here’s the recipe for my super delish green smoothie:

  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 1/2 Banana
  • Coconut-Pineapple Juice (for flavor)
  • Coconut Water
  • Arugula (adds tons of nutrients plus a little bit of a ‘snap’ flavor!) or Spinach
  • Frozen Fruit ( Berries, Mangos, Pineapple)
  • Protein and/or Vitamin Powder (I love GNC Superfoods)
  • Hemp Powder ( I love Trader Joes Hemp Powder)

Both the avocado and the banana create a nice smooth texture.

Prevention Magazine has some great smoothie recipes for amazing health benefits like detoxing.

Use organic fruits and vegetables in your juicing. Organic fruits and vegetables have not been exposed to the chemical fertilizers and pesticides used in traditional farming. If you cannot use organic produce, be sure to peel everything before you put it in the juicer. The peel will contain most of the harmful chemicals.

Find out about the nutritional values of various vegetables and fruit before you begin making your own juice. There are major differences in the vitamins and minerals that you get from the wide variety of produce on the market.

Try getting the most of your juice by blending a variety of nutrients together. This is not only a way to infuse your body with nutrients, but also to discover new and exotic juice blends that taste great.

 Juicing is definitely good for your health and an excellent way to lose weight safely.  You can actually have it before meals – like juices that include vegetables that require more calories to digest than they contain (like carrots, cabbage and broccoli) because it will help curb your appetite and speed up the weight loss process.

To lose weight quickly but healthfully, simply replace one to two meals per day with fresh green juice. There are countless recipes available online, but you can make your own by mixing a green leafy vegetable with one or two fruits. You will be getting more vitamins and minerals than the average American, but fewer calories.

 

Juicing also ensures that you get enough vegetables and fruits in your diet because let’s face it; most of our meals are generally carb and calorie laden.  With juicing, you can get all the nutrients that you need in a few gulps. 

 

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  • Veronica
    Created on: May 27, 2016

    Lisa, these are some great tips. When I make smoothies, I use a very simplistic approach – I use a liquid base, one cup of vegetables, one cup of fruits and a few nuts & seeds (I sometimes use nut butters).

    You can see some of my favorite smoothie recipes here: http://www.healthsomeness.com/smoothies/

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