3 Easy Vegetable Juice Recipes

Vegetable Juice RecipesWhether you’re just beginning with juicing or you simply want an easy recipe that will provide you with the nutrition and taste that you’re craving, it’s important to have a few on hand that don’t take a lot of ingredients or preparation.

Here are just three great recipes I love when I’m looking for something to drink right now.

Sweet Minty Green

1 green apple
1 lemon
4 celery stalks
2 medium-large carrots
6-10 stems parsley
6-8 stems mint leaves

There are a lot of fantastic benefits that come with this recipe. For one, if you use a green apple and carrots you’ll get plenty of sweetness without a whole lot of actual sugar, so it’s good for people on low sugar diets. The parsley is also great at contributing to the regulation of blood sugar. If you’re not worried about sugar, use a different apple. The celery gives the drink a nice texture, the lemon makes the flavours pop, and the mint is just a nice little addition to the whole thing.

What I think I like best about this drink, though, is that it is remarkably filling. A glass of it can keep me going for two or three hours without feeling hungry and gives me plenty of energy to work with, another result of the parsley. It’s my favorite to drink just before working out.

Power Booster

6-7 cups of baby spinach
1 lemon, unpeeled
2 Macintosh (or other sweet) apples
1/3 of an Italian cucumber
Several Romaine lettuce leaves
About a knuckle of ginger
2-3 cloves garlic (optional)

This drink is absolutely packed with great ingredients that will do a fantastic job of giving you energy and getting your muscles working at their peak physical capabilities. The spinach provides you with so many of the nutrients that you need in order to function during the day and the apples give it a sweetness that makes drinking this juice a treat.

The ginger and the garlic are the really surprising parts, however. You get a nice little kick if you decide to use both that will wake you right up.

Green Cooler

8 large kale leaves
1.5-2 cups spinach
12 strawberries
1 lime, unpeeled
2 green apples
6-8 stems mint leaves
1 knuckle ginger (optional)

Perfect for a hot summer day, this drink is nice and refreshing. The kale and spinach give you the nutritional punch that you need and the strawberries are a unique flavor that really shines through, especially when served chilled.


Home made Juice for Babies?

Home made JuiceWhen my littlest one was young, I wanted very much to start her on good juice early. I thought this would be fantastic for her. So natural! So healthy!

When I did some research, I found out I was right to an extent, but still befuddled by catch phrases so that I didn’t think things through. Fortunately, I found out how best to handle juicing for babies before she was born, so I was able to do things the right way. Here’s some of what I learned that hopefully you can apply to your child.

What Not to Do

Let’s start here since it’s the more important part. Juices, both fruit and vegetable based, can be harsh on a system that isn’t used to them. That’s one of the reasons why juice can be excellent for a child, but not in the first six months. At that point, their digestive system isn’t developed enough to handle the ingredients that are in juices, or really much of anything.

Another thing that you shouldn’t do is start feeding them harsh juices early in their lives. Juice can be tough to digest even when the system is capable of doing so. You want to keep an eye on your child as you’re introducing them to juice, start them at a little bit at a time, and look for signs of distress. If your child is getting sick, has diarrhea, or gets very bad gas after ingesting juice, you should stop feeding it to them and take them to the doctor if symptoms continue.

Finally, don’t let your baby fall asleep with a bottle of juice in their mouths. If they are drinking a fruit juice, the sugars can promote tooth decay early in life. This isn’t to say that if they nod off while drinking you’ll be paying for dentist bills forever, but try to not let them go all night with a mouth full of apple juice very often.

What You Should Do

If you’re introducing your child to juice as an infant, there are ways to go about it that will help them not only accept the juice more easily and digest it, but will also give them a taste for fresh juice and start a lifetime of healthy habits.

The first thing you should do when you’re introducing your child to juice is to water down both fruit and vegetable juices in a ratio of one part juice to one part water. They are still getting used to processing foods that aren’t milk or formula, so this will help them acclimate to more complex consumables.

There are some people who will argue to avoid fruit juices at first due to the sugar, but the watering down process will take care of that while still allowing your baby to enjoy the slight sweetness that comes from reduced sugar amounts. As with most things, moderation is the best way to go.

Finally, check and see what parts of them are developing during certain phases of their lives and get them juices that will help them do that. Are they building bone at this point? Grapefruit is a good addition to help with that. Carrot juices assist with circulation which can help nutrients get where they need to be in those little bodies.

Children who grow up drinking juice are a lot more likely to have healthy eating habits later in life. While you should be careful about what you give them and don’t think that just because it’s “natural” it’s good, you will set up your children for good health their whole lives

Juicing And Weight Loss – An Honest Assessment

Weight LossThere are plenty of people who would like to know how healthy juicing is, and specifically whether it is beneficial to help you lose weight. The fact of the matter is that the only way to lose weight effectively is through proper diet and exercise, but that doesn’t mean that juicing can’t be a part of that.

What I’ve discovered over the years is that juicing can help me lose or maintain my weight, but that doesn’t mean I can pig out on chips every night without ever getting up and moving around. Here is what juicing can do and how it can contribute to a complete weight loss routine.

The Effects of Juicing

It is undeniable that juicing can help you consume a lot of the nutrients that your body needs to function at its peak, especially if you don’t have the time or desire to eat them in whole form. But what do I mean by “function at its peak”?

There are two categories of nutrient: macro and micro. Macro nutrients are things like protein, carbohydrates, and fats. Think of these as concentrated packets of energy that are used to fuel certain parts of the body. Things like vitamins and minerals that the body needs are micro nutrients and are generally what you’ll get from juicing.

Micro nutrients are used for all sorts of things in the body. For example, vitamin C helps make the protein collagen which is used to make and repair cells, especially skin cells. When you get injured, collagen is what starts to build the walls for the skin cells that will knit together cuts and scrapes. B vitamins like pyridoxine, biotin, and niacin break protein down into amino acids which are then stacked on top of one another to form and repair tissue, including the muscles that you tore while weight training.

What juicing does is not melt away fat like magic but rather helps support the systems already in place in your body. If you have enough Vitamin B in your system, your body will be able to repair muscles more easily and you’ll be able to push yourself further.

How Not to Use Juicing to Lose Weight

Juicing can contribute to weight loss, but it is not a substitute for other weight loss strategies. It should be considered an aid to a balanced approach to increased health.

For example, juice cannot substitute for several meals. Perhaps a meal a day can be replaced with juice, but you are missing a lot of the macro nutrients that you need in order for your body to function properly. Most juices do not have protein or carbohydrates in any appreciable amounts, meaning that your body will turn to other nutrients to burn for energy rather than using them to do the jobs they normally would be there for.

Similarly, when you juice something, the fibre part of the fruit or vegetable is left behind with the pulp. Fibre not only helps you break down food in your stomach, it helps you stay fuller for a longer period of time. If you eliminate significant amounts of fibre from your diet, you’ll be more inclined to snack during the day and could end up actually gaining weight.

Another way that the lack of protein in juices — which can’t be completely corrected by protein powder, it should be noted — is a problem is that you may end up losing muscle mass. Proteins are primarily used to build up tissue. When you work out, your muscles are getting torn with the intention that after you provide the raw materials to the body and sleep, you’ll build them back up even stronger. If you’re only drinking juice thinking that you’ll lose weight you may see a numerical drop because you’re actually losing lean muscle mass.

How You Should Juice for Weight Loss

Now that we’ve covered what not to do, here’s what you should be doing.

Start by collecting a bunch of recipes that will help you with energy. You’re going to be doing a lot of working out and having enough energy is a great way to keep yourself moving. Get stuff that is long lasting, not loaded with sugar that will give you a temporary high and a major crash.

Next, prepare a series of drinks to replace one meal, no more, a day and make sure it is absolutely loaded with nutrients. You’ll want something that can keep you full as long as possible and have some healthy snacks to supplement your day in case you get hungry.

Finally, have some drinks that you use to have with your regular meals. They can help fill in the nutritional gaps you might have.

Juicing can help you with your weight loss, but don’t rely on it to magically get you thin. Not only will it not work, it could make you sick.

Can Juicing Lower Your Blood Pressure?

blood pressure



Juice has a number of amazing benefits that can improve your life and health, and the effects on your blood pressure are just some of them. While many effects of juicing happen slowly over time, blood pressure reactions can be very sudden and you might start getting in better control almost immediately. Here are just a few things to understand about the relationship between juicing and blood pressure.

Beet Juice Is Pretty Impressive

I’m a bit of a skeptic in most cases, so please don’t take this as a full throated support of this idea but rather a cautious optimism about what the science seems to be indicating.

According to a study recently completed in Australia, researcher found that consuming beet juice (sometimes called “beetroot juice”) can lower blood pressure in patients with as little as a single dose.

The suggestion is that this may be the result of a high concentration of nitrates in beets and similar foods like leafy greens. Nitrates, once they enter the body, undergo a chemical process in which they are mixed with oxygen to form nitric oxide. What the nitric oxide does is to relax your blood vessels, causing them to dilate and more readily allow blood to flow through them, lowering your blood pressure.

Leafy greens are also high in nitrates, though the effect is not nearly as dramatic with them.

It’s important to note that this was a small sample size, 15 men and 15 women, but it is not the first of its kind to suggest this sort of reaction. This study combined with similar ones have suggested that there might be a drop of as many as 10 systolic blood pressure points within three hours of drinking 17 and a half ounces of beet juice and even more after six hours.

Other Great Juices for Blood Pressure

Of course, beet juice can get tiring and not everybody like beets for reasons I can’t begin to understand. Fortunately, as I mentioned above, there are other, less effective but still useful juice ingredients that are packed full of the nitrates that help relax your blood vessels.

Leafy greens like kale, collards, and similar vegetables tend to be very high in nitrates and can help not only reduce but maintain a low blood pressure by adding them to your juices. In most cases, you want to make sure that you use them as a base or a significant ratio of the finished product in order to get the nutrients that you need.

Apples and pears are also great at lowering blood pressure when added to juice. Not only do they have high nitrate counts, but they also are good at lowering LDL (bad cholesterol), which reduces the amount of plaque that accumulates on artery walls, decreasing blood pressure. It’s interesting that these actually work better in juice form, reducing LDL by 20%, than in whole form where there is only a 9% reduction.

Finally, ginger can help support other blood pressure lowering approaches such as the above foods. It changes the flavour profile of the juice to make it more interesting, but it also helps with the chemical processes that turn nutrients into substances that can actually help with blood pressure.

Juice is not the only way to keep your blood pressure under control and you should consider working with your doctor in order to use it to supplement other methods, but the evidence seems to suggest that it can be a serious help for people with chronic problems. So talk to your doctor then start experimenting with flavours to find some recipes that will help keep you healthy and taste great.

Juice Cleansing – Hype or Helpful?

detox smoothie

It is uncanny how many different companies are offering juice cleaning products made from a special combination of ingredients that is supposed to clear your body of toxins and help you live a more healthy lifestyle. Scratching the surface of these claims, however, shows that they really aren’t all that they are cracked up to be.

Before going too deep into things, it’s important to note that the body has a number of organs, including the kidneys and liver, that are “detoxing” your body as you are reading this. This is the only way to detox the body. No combination of diuretics, antioxidents, and vitamins will remove vague and undefined “toxins” from the body. Keep that in mind as you read this.

That being said, there are juices that you can use to support the organs that detoxify your body.

How the Body Naturally Detoxifies Itself
The first thing to understand is what a “toxin” actually is. At its root, a toxin is a poisonous substance produced within living cells or organisms. That means that things like pesticides are not actually “toxins,” though something like alcohol, which is sugar that’s been processed through the body of living yeast, is. Your body is designed to be able to take these generally mild poisons and break them down.

This is primarily done in the liver, which uses oxygen and enzymes to burn toxins, making them more water soluble and able to be excreted by the body. Most environmental toxins, such as Benzene, are fat soluble up until this point, which makes them much harder to break down and get rid of. The liver supports this process, sometimes giving them another round of enzymes called conjugation to ensure that the toxins can be turned into bile and removed another way.

Similarly, the kidneys perform a vital detoxifying function. They each possess several things called nephrons that contain filtering units called glomeruli. These will run blood through them at about 200 quarts every 24 hours and remove waste products through a combination of chemicals that are regulated in the body. The resulting mix of chemicals and waste are excreted as urine.

The other side of excretion comes with the intestines that remove solid waste products from the body. In this case, your gut bacteria break down whatever you’ve eaten in your stomach and the resultant slush is slowly filtered as it moves through the intestines so that all that’s left at the end is stuff that can’t be used.

Juicing to Support Detoxification
Now that we’ve covered what organs in the body actually do remove toxins, it’s important to understand that our bodies do not “hold on” to toxins that must be forcibly purged. Rather, the worst that can happen is that your body can’t keep up with the amount of toxins you’ve put into it and will need you to stop for a while so it can catch up. This is what happens when somebody drinks so much it makes them sick: the body is trying to get rid of those extra toxins that it can’t process at the moment.

What a juicer can do is regularly drink items that will support the functioning of the detoxifying organs in the body.

For example, beets and beet greens and excellent for the liver. They can help it repair any damage more quickly as well as increase enzyme production. Similarly, carrots, celery, and ginger root are all great for keeping the liver in excellent shape. Finally, making sure you get enough protein in your drinks will encourage the production of glutathione to help remove specific types of toxin.

Watermelon and other water-heavy ingredients are excellent for keeping the kidneys in good working order by contributing to the cleaning of the blood. Greens, for much the same reason, also contribute to good kidney health. Some more unique but no less effective ways to make sure that your kidneys are scrubbing at full capacity are parsley, radishes, and dandelion leaves.

To keep your gut in check, try adding fennel to your juices. It’s a natural diuretic that will help grease the wheels of your digestion. The roughage in apples can help break down food more in your stomach, meaning that your intestines don’t have to work as hard, and mint leaves can kill microorganisms associated with digestive problems and soothe cramping naturally.

The Bottom Line on Juice Cleansing
There is no silver bullet that can get you healthy. Diet and exercise are the best way to maintain good health. That being said, while juice cleanses are often fairly useless, regularly drinking juices that support the parts of your body that actually remove toxins can improve their functions and give you the long-lasting health you’ve been working toward.

Don’t fall for juice cleanse hoaxes. Make juices that are good for you instead.

5 Benefits of Juicing

benefits of juicingJuicing is a fantastic way to add a new element to your healthy lifestyle. While it is no substitute for good diet and exercise, it can support those activities and help you get more energy and better nutrition. Making juice at home also helps you more effectively control the things that go into your body and ensures that nothing you’re not aware of is consumed.

Here are just a few of the great benefits that come with juicing.

1. Increased Health – Drinking juices that you make at home means that you’re going to be consuming a higher quotient of fresh fruits and vegetables. While you’re missing out on some of the roughage that is lost with the pulp, you’re still getting up to 95% of the daily vitamins and nutrients that your body needs to work at its maximum potential.

On top of the general health benefits, it’s also a great way to start consuming foods that can help with specific issues that you may have. Do you need extra iron? You can have a drink based dark, leafy greens. Finding that you have a little trouble controlling your blood sugar? You might want a daily drink with cinnamon and ginger in it to help you regulate that. Broccoli and citrus can add some vitamin C to your diet to stave off illness and if you need vitamin K to deal with uncontrolled bleeding, kale drinks are a good way to support any medication you’re taking.

2. Increased Energy – Once you get the hang of juicing, you can start to choose combinations of ingredients that produce certain physiological reactions. Perhaps the most common of these is extra energy.

There are a couple of ways that juicing can help you with energy. The most common is by including food that will fuel your body efficiently, giving you what you need to burn for long lasting alertness. While it’s tempting to consider fruit juices because of the quick boost you get from the sugars in there, a better idea is the slow burn of a juice based on greens that will keep you going for a while without a major crash. Parsley is a great addition to almost any drink for an energy boost.

The other side of things is that better sleep will give you more energy for the day. Juicing can also help with that. For example, a juice with Valarian in it will help relax your body and contribute to better, less fitful sleep. Camomile is another great addition to your drinks that can help your body let go and repair itself after a day of work.

3. Adopting Healthier Eating Patterns – Most Americans don’t eat nearly as many fresh fruits and vegetables as they should. They tend toward fast food or they will incorporate one into one meal during the day and think that’s enough. What we should be eating is at least two fresh fruits and at least two and a half to three cups of fresh vegetables for most adults. Preferably, they should be different colors to get a range of nutrients.

Juicing can make this a lot easier, not only by combining many of the ingredients into a single serving, but also by altering the taste so that what might normally not be appetizing to a person will still be added to the body hiding behind another flavor.

This encourages healthier eating habits an easy to integrate way. It stresses the importance of healthy eating while making it simpler to do. This is especially good for children who will learn early to love fresh, healthy food options.

4. Controlling What Goes Into Your Body – When you buy processed juices from the store, there are a lot of extra sugars and preservatives in there that you may not want inside your body. Even the “natural” options usually have components that you may not want to consume and can use the resources of your body breaking down and expelling.

When you make your own juice, you control everything that goes into the mix. You know what fruits and vegetables you’ve added, as well as herbs and spices. You can avoid things you’re allergic to or have bad reactions and you can be sure that everything is at its peak freshness when you consume it.

5. It’s Fun – When you really get into juicing, it can be a whole lot of fun. There’s a great community out there that you can share tips and recipes with as well as discuss ingredients and find new juicers. It can be exciting to experiment with new creations as well and find what works for you.

These are only some of the great benefits of juicing. Try it yourself and see how fantastic it can be.

Can Juicing Help Diabetes

diabetesAccording to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 29.1 million Americans have diabetes, the vast majority of those people undiagnosed. Nearly two million new people will be diagnosed annually and it contributes directly to hundreds of thousands of deaths every year as well as even more indirectly.

Those who are diagnosed go to incredible lengths to manage their blood sugar. With that being the case, shouldn’t they have one more tool in their arsenal to help with with their diabetes? How about juicing?

While no substitute for insulin, drinking healthy juices designed to help regulate blood sugar can reduce the need for regular injections, prevent major crashes, and avoid many of the worst symptoms of diabetes.

What Can Juicing Do to Help?
Juicing is a counter-intuitive answer when it comes to diabetes, largely because diabetics are often advised to avoid juices, particularly fruit juices, because of the natural sugars in them. Remember: just because it isn’t processed doesn’t mean that it isn’t harmful.

That being said, there are a number of foods that can help either reduce insulin resistance or support the production of insulin in the body.

First thing is first: you want to start with primarily vegetables. Fruits contain a version of sugar called fructose which increases your blood glucose levels. While you don’t have to avoid them all together, it’s a good idea to limit them as much as possible and choose fruits that aren’t incredibly sweet.

Asparagus is a great start to a juice that can help regulate your blood sugar, and it has the benefit of also containing a number of other nutrients that are great for the body.

If you’re looking for something more fruit-like, consider tomatoes or carrots, both of which are a little sweet and can add a touch of sugar to your juice without it being overpowering or dangerous. Parsley, endive, beet greens, broccoli, cabbage, spinach, and collared greens are excellent sources of manganese which studies have shown enhances insulin secretion and decreases blood glucose. This is especially good since they can replace higher sugar foods like pineapple, blueberries, and strawberries that are also rich in manganese. Broccoli has the added benefit of being high in Vitamin C.

Another thing to consider is that herbs and spices can add to your juice both in terms of diabetes management and flavor.

Cinnamon has been used for years to help manage blood sugar by lowing blood glucose and increasing insulin sensitivity. Further, it’s a really unique flavor to add to drinks and can give the impression of sweet desserts without the accompanying sugar.

Herbs like garlic, ginseng, ginkgo, and fenugreek are also thought to have properties that are good for diabetics and can make for an interesting savory drink if combined with vegetables.

Secondary Benefits to Juicing
Other than the direct benefits you may receive from adding ingredients to increase insulin sensitivity or decrease blood glucose, there are secondary benefits that come with adding juicing to your diet.

For example, Type 2 diabetes is often caused by obesity, though it has been shown that it is possible to reverse the process toward that by getting within normal weight levels. Juicing can help as part of a balanced diet, not only providing a healthy option other than fast food but also adding energy to your body that can be used for exercise. Sometimes the best way to combat a disease like diabetes is to try and get the rest of your body working in top shape to avoid the worst effects.

Juicing is not and should not be considered an alternative to actual medicine. What it is, however, is a way to reduce the worst aspects of diabetes by keeping the blood sugar low and promoting a higher sensitivity to insulin produced by the body. It can be a significant part of a healthy lifestyle that improves the way you manage your disease.

5 Odd Ingredients To Include In Your Juices

cinnamonIf you’ve been juicing for a while, there’s a good chance that you’re starting to get bored with all the standard ingredients that you can add to your mixtures. Here are five odd ingredients that will kick up your juice and give you some new flavors to enjoy!

  1. Cinnamon – Most people don’t think of this, but cinnamon tends to go really well with sweet vegetables. You’re probably had carrot cake before, so why not replicate that in a healthy juice drink? A little almond milk will even give you the impression of frosting! The other great advantages of cinnamon is that it has been shown to reduce pain and help regulate blood sugar. You can’t go wrong with grinding a little bit of this into your juices.
  1. Curry Powder – Much like cinnamon, adding this spice can actually give your juices a flavor that you didn’t expect, but one that brings to mind favorite dishes. Classic yellow Madras curry can be found in most stores and can give a hint of spiciness to your juices, helping to bring out a lot of the natural flavors that you already are getting from tomatoes, lemon, cucumber, ginger, or greens like kale or chard. Adding a touch of sea salt will kick up the flavors even more when you’re using curry.
  1. Turmeric Root – Most people are familiar with the yellow-orange powder, though they may rarely use it. However, not everyone has gone over to the root section of their produce department and found the fresh turmeric root over by the ginger. Fresh turmeric is not like the powder at all and can add a deep, rich earthiness to your juices for a much different flavor. On top of that, it has been used for centuries as an anti-inflammatory that some suggest also may have antidepressant properties. Only use a little to start as too much can upset your stomach, but just a small amount can go a long way.
  1. Star Fruit – Most people overlook this particular fruit because of its strange appearance and waxy exterior, but star fruit — also known as “carambola” — is actually ideally suited for juicing. It has a distinctive light sweetness that doesn’t overpower a drink and a little bit of a citrus flavor that helps it go with most ingredients. Best of all, its flesh is nice and soft as well as very juicy, making it easy to get the most out of when you process it.
  1. Prickly Pear– Cacti, like many other plants, produce fruit. In this case, the fruit of a cactus is the prickly pear. While the outside is hard and inedible, the middle is incredibly sweet and tastes a lot like melon or bubblegum. Juice that comes from it is a unique fuchsia color that can be flavor boosted very easily with the addition of just a touch of lime. You can eat the seeds, though some juicers can’t process them very well, so be sure to keep an eye on that. Beyond that, though, these are a great unique approach to juicing.

There are, of course, tons of ingredients that you haven’t tried yet. Don’t let your juicing fall into a rut. Experiment a little bit, try a new flavor, see if a particular combination works out. Take these ingredients and see if they work with what you’ve been doing already.

You don’t have to follow the same old routine. You can try all sorts of odd ingredients in your juices and you’re sure to find a few that are absolutely delicious.

5 Drawbacks of Juicing

strawberry smoothieWhile there are a lot of excellent advantages to juicing, it isn’t perfect by any means. There are some drawbacks that you should consider before jumping head first into the hobby since they may change your mind. Juicing isn’t for everybody, and there’s no shame in admitting that you’re not willing to make the investments necessary to add this to your lifestyle.

1. It Can Be Expensive – Fresh fruits and vegetables can be very expensive, especially if you’re planning to combine a number of them into juices. This isn’t to say that they are outside of the price range of most people, but they are a significant part of the grocery bill and if you’re looking to budget more tightly, it might not be a good idea to start a juicing regiment.

This is on top of the initial investment in an actual juicer which can run anywhere from $50 to $400 on average and more in some cases if you have specialty needs.

2. Cleaning and Sanitation – Speaking of juicers, it can be difficult or time consuming to actually clean and sanitize your juicer when you’re done using it. They often have a lot of parts that have to be disassembled and washed thoroughly immediately after drinking. The longer you let it stay there, they harder it is to clean.

In some cases, the dirty parts require specialty equipment to clean or are difficult to access. Of course, you want to make sure that you do it anyway because you otherwise run the risk of getting sick from microbes or other problems that occur with the consumption of rotting food particles. Not everybody has the time to do the job that they need in order to be safe.

3. Time – Juicing can save a lot of time when it comes to actual consumption, but it can also take quite a bit of time in preparation. You need to cut all of your fruits and vegetables to appropriate sizes, actually juice them, and then the above-mentioned cleaning process. While this can be a good shift of time investment from one period of the day to another, ultimately you’re not really gaining anything.

4. Storage – Not everybody has the storage necessary for juicing. This starts with the juicer itself which can, in some cases, be particularly bulky and heavy. While you may be able to find a place for it in the back of a cabinet, that makes you far less likely to use it on a regular basis. Keeping it someplace accessible like the kitchen counter means giving up valuable space that could be used for other sorts of cooking or food preparation.

Even if you have a convenient place for the juicer itself, you may find that it’s difficult to keep all of your ingredients in the refrigerator. This is especially true if you have to prep them ahead, which can end up filling your fridge with containers or plastic bags full of what you plan to put into your juices, leaving little room for other foods.

5. Loss of Fiber – While often insoluble, the fiber that you get from fruits and vegetables comes from the pulp. It’s the physical matter that helps break down foot in your stomach and ease digestion. By juicing, you’re taking that part out of the ingredients, meaning that you’ll have to make sure that you get your fiber elsewhere.

Juicing is still an excellent hobby and one with a number of fantastic benefits, but keep in mind that you do need to invest a lot of time and money into it to get the biggest advantages.

Powdered Green Drinks – Are They Legit?

There is almost always a new health craze going on, and with every bit of real information that you get there are also people who are trying to mislead you. Green Juice SupplementThis is no less true of “green drinks,” which can both be good for you and be scams if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Considering that a container can cost anywhere from $10 to $150, it’s important to know what makes a particular drink worth the money.

Green drinks are juices and smoothies that are made with a number of different fruits and vegetables, specifically green veggies like kale, Swiss chard, and spinach, and are designed to give you the nutrients that these contain without the time- and space-consuming hassle of actually eating them in their whole form. For many people, this is the quickest and easiest way to get the nutrition that they need.

What To Look For

There are a number of different things that you should be aware of when buying green drinks to avoid wasting your time and money.

The first thing to understand is that price does not necessarily equate to quality, but they are not entirely unrelated either. Often the price change happens because of the process used to make the powder for the drink. More expensive drinks often use an air drying process to remove the moisture from fruits and vegetables and then powder them, a system that maintains most of the nutrition. The cheaper ones often use heat-dried plants rather than the foods themselves, making so that they have some of the nutrition of the food, but not nearly as much.

That being said, it is possible to have a very nutritious drink without having to worry about getting the most expensive one out there. What you want to be able to find is a drink that provides you with at least the required daily minimums for various categories. There are also a lot of other words that you may see, here is what some of them mean.

Additional Wording

Green drinks claim to be able to provide a lot of different things. Here are some of them so you can decide whether they are worthwhile.

Base – When a talks about this, they are discussing ingredients that are usually grasses like wheat, barley, alfalfa, and dandelion, but can also include soy lecithin and beta glucans. Green drinks are generally mostly composed of these, and since they all have different properties, a mix with more than one is going to be more beneficial.

Digestive Enzymes – These help break down things in your gut and improve absorption of nutrients. They can be incredibly helpful, especially if you have sensitive digestion.

Fibers – These are good to have in that they aid digestion, but if there is more than about 750mg per serving, it may actually hinder your absorption of nutrients.

Mushrooms – Mushrooms are becoming more popular in green drinks, but their nutritional value can vary wildly. In most cases, these are used as filler, especially since many drinks don’t mention the proportions of ingredients.

Greens – Obviously, this is present in most green drinks, though keep and eye out for those that don’t list something like spinach, kale, bok choy, parsley, or broccoli sprouts.

Seaweeds & Algae – Many novices recoil at the idea, but experts in green drinks will tell you that a good combination of these can really improve the nutritional value. At least 300 mg of spirulina, chlorella, and another seaweed is a good rule of thumb to get a notable effect.

What This All Means

If you really want to find a green drink that will improve your health and get you the nutrition that you need, it requires a lot of research and checking to see what is available, how much is in the drink, and what else it claims to do for you. The ideal drink will balance price, nutrition, and in most cases taste in order to make sure that you’re going to keep drinking and it will provide you with the benefits it says.