Food, Good to Know, Health

Juice Cleanses Are All The Rage

February 26, 2014

Hey friends!

For whatever reason, juicing seems to be “in” right now. In the last 2 weeks I’ve probably been asked about 16 questions about juice cleanses, what juices are best, what’s the best juicer to buy, etc.

Honestly, I’m on the fence about juice cleanses (I ALWAYS recommend eating your fruits and vegetables over drinking them!!) and I’m very ill-informed on juicers– mostly because I love my Vitamix mixer so much! So, that only leaves me with being about to recommend juices!

Not General Tso's Chicken, this is a green smoothie!

Green Juice– recipe below!

I want to be sure you know about a couple of the best, most nutrient-filled juices out there, which, if you’re not all about doing yourself, you can totally order (lots less to clean up this way!):

Juicing carrots gives you tons of vitamin A, B, and E  while improving your sight, bone strength, teeth health, liver, nails, skin, and hair. Carrot juice goes well with pretty much anything, but I love it most with some oranges thrown in the mix!

One of the biggest benefits of beetroot juice is that it helps lower blood pressure. Beetroot juice is full of nitrates. The body converts nitrates into nitric oxide, which is a compound that works to stimulate blood flow.

Interesting fact: since cooking or fermenting beetroots reduces some of their nutrients, it is actually better to drink them in juice form rather than cooking and eating them.

Drinking just one cup of beet juice every day can have a significant positive impact on your health! (I like mixing beet juice with greens, a healthy serving of ginger, lemon juice, and a couple drops of honey— it’s so refreshing and great for you!)

“Studies suggest a cup and a half of tart cherries or one cup of tart cherry juice can significantly reduce muscle inflammation and soreness (remember that a good workout actually causes muscle damage, resulting in inflammation).

In one study a group of marathon runners drank tart cherry juice or a placebo drink twice daily for seven days prior to their race. The cherry juice group reported significantly less post-race muscle pain. Remember to have it immediately post workout (i.e. with your whey protein) when your muscles are primed to absorb excess insulin in the bloodstream.”

quote via this article in the Huffington Post

My favorite juice recipe (both in flavor and nutrient density) is: 

Spinach, kale, cucumber, celery, apple, and lemon– mix a big handful of both greens, a whole cucumber, a whole apple (minus the seeds!), and a whole lemon (minus the seeds!) in a blender/juicer! Waa laaaa!

Also, if you’ve done your research, are well-informed and are still interested in trying out a juice cleanse, this is the only company that I actually somewhat like. They make a high quality juice and offer an easy cleanse process:  BluePrint Cleanse

blueprint-cleanse-renovation-juices

Have you done a juice cleanse? Any feedback? How did it go??

Ta-ta!

xo

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