Decide if juicing is right for you.
Over the past years the protein shakes and protein smoothies are sharing the beverage spotlight with the tall glass of juice. I’m not talking about the commercial juices that create rainbows on the shelves in your local grocer; but the old fashioned fresh squeezed kind.
Except we are not doing the squeezing anymore, another high-end appliance taking up valuable countertop real estate space is. So before you sink deep into the pulp-pit of juicing take a look at some of the pluses and minuses.
- Juicing floods the body with an abundant amount nutrients without having to cook/eat your vegetables and fruits. It’s hard to believe spinach and kale can be sweet and satisfying.
- For picky eaters, this is a great way to sneak in some produce that you wouldn’t typically eat because other juices in the mix can mask its flavors. Eaten your serving of wheat grass a lately?
- You can use the produce that is just about to spoil to make a nutritious snack. Studies show that produce is the most unused food on our grocery lists.
- The increased amount of vitamins and minerals can lead to healthier skin, hair, and nails. Imagine all the money you can save without all visits to the salon.
- The juice from fruits and vegetables is where the phytochemicals are most present (protective compounds). The body best absorbs these compounds in liquid raw form. It’s also been shown that these phytochemicals can help prevent chronic disease and boost immunities.
- The body has an easier time digesting and assimilating the nutrients from fruits and vegetable juice rather than from the whole product. It can take up to an hour for the breakdown to start whereas the body distributes everything from a juice within 15 minutes.
- Most fruits and vegetables help promote an alkaline environment in the body and the juice is very beneficial in balancing the body’s natural pH scale to prevent the most common health issues – bloating, eczema, cramps, headaches, and swelling.
- A juicer is not to be confused with a blender. When juicing you extract only the juice, which means you are missing out on the high fiber content in most of the fruits and vegetables. Things like skins and seeds that you would eat if eaten the produce raw are now extracted to the dump bin on the juicer.
- Juicing can be expensive. If you are visiting a juice bar on a regular basis or doing it at home the equipment and the amount of produce needed to make one 8 oz glass of juice can be pricy.
- Freshly extracted juice is void of preservatives and therefore it’s best consumed immediately after it is made. This means you often can’t make a large batch at once to be saved for later.
- If you’re planning to add juice to your diet keep it mind that it can contain a substantial amount of sugar and calories. However, using more vegetables than fruits can easily solve this.
- Where’s the protein?? Another missing macronutrient important to your diet if you commit to this juice craze but doing things like replacing a meal with juice. I have actually added protein powder to my juices to solve this issue and they taste absolutely divine. See the recipe below for my High Protein Carrot Juice.
Popular Juicer Brands and their price points
$100 – $200
High Protein Carrot Juice Smoothie
- 4 carrots
- 1 apple
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 scoop of ABOUTTIME Cinnamon Swirl whey protein (or Cinnamon Spice Vegan Protein)
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Ice to blend
Core the apple
Peel the carrots and trim the tops off
Add carrots, apple, and spinach to juicer
In a blender combine protein powder, carrot juice, cinnamon, and vanilla extract
Add ice to blend to desired consistency