Recipe for Good Health

I have always had a healthy palate for good nourishment and I don’t say that in a boastful manner.  I wasn’t brought up eating very healthy, I just naturally have a liking for the healthier options.  However, I quickly learned that not all palates are created equal.  Some of the loveliest people I know have a liking for lots and lots of meat and breads all day, everyday leaving almost no room for a well balanced diet.  Now before you zone me out, I am not advocating against meat or bread (I love me some bread and a nice steak too) I’m just simply trying to make a valid statement; everything in moderation!  If you or someone you know has a love-hate relationship with the fruits and veggie food group, this post was written with you in mind.

If one of your goals is to eat healthier this year, juicing is a great alternative to the traditional way of eating your fruits and veggies.  I’m always searching for ways in which to get more nutrient-dense foods into my family’s diet.   Trust me, I have some of the pickiest eaters and even they have been pleasantly surprised with the taste in juice varieties we make, all while reaping the benefits and providing the best nourishment for their body.

So here’s some food for though on some of the health benefits of juicing:

Juicing helps get your daily fruits and vegetable in quickly.    

By consuming a few cups of juice a day, you’re able to quickly meet the suggested daily serving of 5-9 cups (whole fruits and vegetables) as recommended by experts.  A rule of thumb when juicing, be sure to chose 80% veggies and 20% fruits, making sure that half of the veggies are green veggies.

Juicing can improve your skin.

I notice a change in my complexion when I’m consistent with juicing.  Fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals that help you feel and look healthy.  The following is a short list of some fruits and vegetables I often use to maintain healthy skin.  Carrots are considered high in beta carotene (converted into vitamin A in our body) and is helpful in repairing skin tissue.  Pineapples have great antioxidant properties, helping to even out skin tones.  Cucumbers are great in vitamin C helping to reduce inflammation. Tomatoes and lemons are high in vitamin C, which is known to help lighten and brighten the skin.

Juicing can enhance brain power. 

Beets, ginger, kale and the like leafy greens are all great sources for brain focus.

Juicing provides you with more energy.  

Nothing synthetic here and no crash afterwards.  You’re consuming lots of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that are a natural source of energy, real energy from nature!

Juicing may help you detoxify.

Nutrients in some fruits and vegetables may help assist in ridding your body of toxic waste.

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The following recipe is one I make frequently.  It makes approximately 10-12 ounces.

5 carrots

2 golden beets (you can use the leafy parts for added vitamins)

1 granny smith apple

1 cucumber

ginger (use to your liking)

Whether you are simply looking to increase your fruit and veggie intake or you’d like to encourage someone in their health journey, I highly recommend giving juicing a try!  Visit a local juicing bar before deciding if investing in a cold press juicer is worth the cost.  Some juicers can get very pricey; however, the benefits far exceed the initial cost.  Juicing is a small investment toward better health.  Happy juicing!

Have you ever tried juicing?

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