Juicing can add nutrients to your system in lightening speed. Due to the liquid nature and no fiber, the goodness goes straight through your digestive system allowing it to rest completely. For those with digestive issues, this can be such a comforting time as you’re feeling satisfied but your tummy is happy. The key to maximizing your experience is to keep the mixture in a very low sugar category. This means more vegetables, less fruit.
My Juice Fast
A couple of years ago, I did a 12-day juice fast. I wanted to see how it would make me feel so that I could share with my clients. I made sure that I had a bit of time on my hands for the first few days to ensure I had everything I needed. My typical day consisted of 6 juices depending on how I was feeling.
Days 1 and 2 were a little challenging but I had my mind made up. I’m healthy and I knew this was like nutrients being injected into me like a super-highway. Beginning around the third day, I started feeling incredibly energetic! Everyone is different so for you, it may be day 2, 4 or 5.
Juicing for Energy and Weight Loss
I made sure that I had a variety of recipes that included all the colors of vegetables and fruits. After the third day, I went heavier on the vegetables and light on the fruit to keep my sugar lower. Every juice was a new adventure and in a very good way!
You may not want to do a juice fast but would like to add juicing to your daily regime. As always, please check with your personal physician before embarking on a fast of any length.
Juicing vs Smoothies
So what’s the difference? In juicing, the fiber is left behind. This can be positive as it allows your digestive tract and intestines to rest. There is no work to be done or food to be broken down. Juices are powerhouses of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytonutrients and they help fight free radicals which contribute to cancer, heart disease, and aging. They are assimilated in minutes.
Smoothies contain all the fiber which is an important part of our diet and we aren’t getting enough of it! It makes us feel fuller longer and keeps us regulated. It is estimated that in North America, we consume only half of the fiber we need to stay healthy. Eating (or in this case, drinking) enough fiber can lower blood pressure and improve gastrointestinal health. It also reduces your risk of colon cancer.
You can always add healthy protein foods to your smoothies. I love plain yogurt, hemp seeds, almond butter, tofu, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds or avocado.
So, the answer? Juicing and smoothies are both excellent and have their purposes. Most of us are not getting the recommended amounts of fruit and vegetables daily and by incorporating one or both of these methods, you will certainly be healthier:-)
A List Of Healthy Foods To Juice or Blend
Spinach, Kale, Swiss Chard, Romaine, Celery, Cucumber, Parsley, Beets, Sweet Potato, Cabbage, Broccoli, Carrots, Watercress, Bell Peppers, Mint, Apples, Oranges, All Berries, Peaches, Nectarines, Mangos, Papaya, Banana, Pineapple, Pear, Apricot, Cherries, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Honeydew, and on and on……..Make sure to read manufacturers instructions on the machine you are using as some fruits do not juice well but do great in a blender (ie; bananas).
Best Juicing Recipes
If your digestive system needs a little soothing, try this awesome recipe:
2 cups of cabbage
1/4 cup of fennel (fresh)
bunch of fresh mint
The Kale Has It
4 large kale leaves (I like dino or lacinato)
2 handfuls of spinach
2 stalk celery
1 green apple
1/4 inch slice of ginger
1 sweet potato
2 red apples
dash of cinnamon
1/2 to 1 lime
1/2 cup cilantro
V8 Juice – HomeMade
4 small tomatoes
bunch of parsley
2 large beets
Add radishes and a 1/4 jalapeno if you like a little spice!
1/2 small watermelon
small bunch of mint
juice of 1 lime
Tips for Juicing
- Get into the habit of washing your juicer immediately after using. This will save you a lot of time and effort later.
- Experiment and create your own fabulous recipes!
- Drink juices immediately to keep them from oxidizing which damages the nutrient content. If you want to pre-make juice to take to work, store in a glass container (I like mason jars) and squeeze a little lime or lemon juice on top and seal tightly. Keep refrigerated.
- Clean all produce and try to leave the peel on (except for citrus) as there are many nutrients in the peel.
- If your energy level fluctuates during the day, use less fruit in your juice and more vegetables. Fruit can cause an energy boost followed by a dip in your energy level.
- Use a citrus juicer for your citrus for maximum yield.
Tips for Making Smoothies
- The thickness of your smoothie is a personal preference. If you find it too thick, add more liquid.
- Almond milk or coconut water are great liquids for smoothies. You can use fresh fruit juice but, try limiting the amount of fruit you are using so that you don’t crash and burn from the sugar.
- Avocado, yogurt, and tofu are all great to make your smoothie creamy:-)
- You can turn smoothies into popsicles if you like.
- If you want to add protein powder, here is my the one I use. It is plant based and has a great flavor. It’s non-GMO and comes in lots of flavors and it contains greens!
We are on juicer #3 at my house. The first one was too difficult to take apart, clean and put back together and the second one got clogged all the time and I would need to stop, take it apart, clear the clog and put it back together again. We now have an outstanding Omega 8006 model. You could pay a lot more but, there’s no reason to. This is a slow masticating juicer which means that the produce does not get heated which can cause nutrient loss. Click here to view the most current price on Amazon.
For smoothies, we have a Vitamix. It is by far my favorite “blender” EVER. This thing makes soup, you can make your own almond milk, it will crack whole grains, make fresh breadcrumbs, it will knead your dough, grind your coffee, makes peanut butter, makes sorbet, it crushes ice, grates cheese, and makes amazing smoothies!It is an investment that will last you a lifetime if cared for properly.
I have heard good things about Blendtec brand products but have never personally used them. You can learn more here.
I hope this article Juicing for Energy and Weight Loss has been helpful and informative. We all risk nutritional starvation in today’s world. Lack of minerals in our soil, heavily processed foods devoid of nutrients, fast food, etc; all leave us literally deficient of the vitamins and minerals that Mother Nature has so graciously provided for us. Juicing is one way of ensuring that you get what your body is hungry for and allow you to Feel Your Absolute Best!
For more tips on weight loss, here is an article I wrote recently on the subject.
Please leave any questions in the comment box below. Stay healthy!