Several weeks ago I had a stomach bug that latest for two weeks. During that time, the only “food” I could handle was liquid food. I had juice, coconut water, tea, water, and often mixed it with my organic green powder which is full of veggies, flax seed, and protein. When I finally got over my nasty stomach bug, I had a new appreciation for juice, particularly in the morning. Since then I start my day with a juice that I’ve made using organic fruits and vegetables and always include my green powder for some extra veggies and protein.
What I’ve found, is that I truly appreciate the energy and lightness that I get from a morning juice. But it won’t be worth it if we overlook a few critical steps. If you’re juicing, or thinking about it, here are some healthy steps.
Use organic fruit and vegetables – The quickest way to get something into our body and organs is to make it a liquid. If we use NON-organic fruits and vegetables, then we absorb all of those pesticides and GMOs into our system, quickly. I don’t think that’s what we have in mind. Buy organic when you’re juicing. It’s critical!
Pay Attention to the Sugar – Too many fruits, vegetables, or using fruit juice as a base are all ways to blow our daily sugar and calorie limit. I limit my juice to 1 to 1-1/2 pieces of fruit and a handful of veggies. Using a base that is low in calories such as water, coconut water, green tea, or unsweetened almond milk gives me lower calories while providing some variety to my routine.
Add Some Protein – I always recommend you balance your carbohydrate with a fat or protein. Adding a protein to my morning juice helps balance blood sugar while leaving us filling fuller until it’s time for lunch. Remember to choose a powder that is organic and low in calories.
Have fun – Be creative. Use fruits, vegetables and spices like ginger, cinnamon and tumeric.
I would really like to hear about about your recipes! Please be sure to share recipes and pictures in the comments area below.