TO JUICE OR NOT TO JUICE, WE THINK JUICING IS THE WAY TO GO AND WE WILL SHARE WHY!
- Maybe you have a juicer and you need more fun and exciting recipes; variety in the vegetables and fruits you are juicing is nice, right? Of course. Carrots, spinach and celery are great, but just like with everything else, we get bored. There are so many varietals to sustain ourselves from a boring juice experience. Not only is it healthy for our gut to consume these raw juices, the actual act of nurturing your body in this way will feed your spirit as well. The vibrancy of the colors and smells and the energy you create just by showing gratitude to your body are unparalleled.
For you, this is a no brainer and you should stop back by our page every Thursday for our #thirstythursday juice cocktail suggestions. We will put together local and wholesome fruits and vegetables creating unique and new flavor profiles for all to sample at home and share feedback. We will share samples of these creations at the studio each week as well so, if you are in Powell, Ohio, be sure to sign up for a class in the coming weeks.
Just below is our very first ‘Thirsty Thursday’ Juice Cocktail Creation. We hope you will Enjoy and Share:
-2 Fresh Beets
-1 Local Cucumber
-1 Organic Pear
-Pinch of Fresh Ginger
-Garnish with Cinnamon
- You may have contemplated getting a juicer for quite some time and let’s face it, this is a big investment. There is the financial investment initially and the result is then the true investment; the investment in your health. Keep reading…
- The final alternative is that you have not heard the greatest persuasions about “the juice thing”, and you need more solid information. Wherever you fall on this topic, we have put together some useful knowledge to guide you in the right direction.
The truth is, you may want to invest about $200 into getting yourself a nice juicer that will do the work and last. Just like anything else, you must look at the return of your investment. Assuming your goal is holistic health, your return on investment will be exponential. When you drink juice, highly concentrated vitamins, minerals and enzymes rapidly enter the bloodstream absorbing all of the nutritional benefits of the fruits and vegetables and giving your digestive organs a much-needed rest. There is also lots of research that shows the healing properties of juicing. Not only will juicing facilitate weight loss, increased energy levels, strengthened immunity, strong bones and a glowing complexion, it may also reduce chances of heart disease, cancer and strokes, three of the leading causes of death. A growing body of research suggests that most vitamin supplements don’t help prevent chronic disease. A synthetic vitamin or mineral is a laboratory simulation of the real thing. Natural, plant-based vitamins and minerals are more easily and completely absorbed by the body.
When should I juice? — Well, juicing works best on an empty stomach or about an hour before you plan to eat a meal. You may choose to do a juice cleanse, during which you only drink raw juices and avoid consuming cooked or processed foods. This is a great way to reset your gut and help to build healthy bacteria in your digestive system. These healthy bacteria are the very organisms that fight or ward disease and illness.
Can I just buy juice from the store? — Fresh juice not only contains greater nutritional value, it contains life. Fresh pressed juice is like drinking a natural vitamin filled with living enzymes, essential minerals, antioxidants, and natural antibiotics, which are vital for optimal health. Bottled juices are often times pasteurized which means they are heated and processed, which can kill essential vitamins and minerals. You can find fresh pressed juices at some local health food stores, such as Whole Foods Market and also at local juice bars, such as Samba Fresh. The best way to invest, though, is to do the work at home. When you put intention and time into your personal health goals, you will see results in a powerful way.
Do my fruits and veggies need to be organic?– Organic farmers use methods that minimize the use of toxins while building soil quality and protecting water quality. Additionally, buying organic supports chemical and pesticide-free practices that are healthier for our farmers and for our planet. Lastly, we feel that organic foods have more intense and delicious flavors. When eating (or juicing) for good quality energy and results, organic is always a sure bet. However it is not always available to enjoy an all-organic and locally-harvested diet, efforts towards these methods will benefit our environment and our local ecosystems tremendously.
What about Protein?– Spinach, kale, and broccoli are some veggies that are relatively high in protein. It is a common misconception that fruits and veggies do not contain enough protein. Although we have adapted to extremely high protein diets within our culture, many veggies and even fruits contain low to mid level amounts of protein. As long as you are not following a strict training and/or dietary regimen, you can attain sustainable levels of protein from juicing. You can also add a protein powder to your juices if you wish for more, but be very cautious when choosing a protein supplement as many do contain much, much more than you bargain for!
How do I know what to juice together?– Be creative. Start off with some basic favorites such as carrots, apples, celery and cucumber and then get weird about it…. make your health fun by creating and sharing the experience with friends and loved ones too. Just remember you cannot juice bananas or avocados… as they contain no juice! 😉