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Are You Juicing?

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Juicing is a great way to add more fruits and vegetables to an already-healthy diet.  You should eat five servings of whole food fruits and vegetables per day and then add juicing. Don’t use juicing to meet basic nutrition needs.

How to make the most of juicing:

  • Focus on vegetables. For the healthiest juices, include one fruit to sweeten your blend, but make the other ingredients vegetables.
  • Drink what you’d eat. Juice small quantities to avoid excess calories which can cause weight gain. Juice packs a lot of nutrition and calories in a small volume.
  • PROtein. Balance the carbohydrates in juice with a serving of protein and a little fat. Scrambled or hard-boiled eggs or Greek yogurt with nuts or seeds will fill the bill.
  • Diversify. Mix and change your ingredients to avoid overdoing it on just a few specific ones to get the greatest possible benefits.
  • Eat crucifers. Broccoli, kale, chard, bok choy, kohlrabi, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, watercress, collard and mustard greens, turnips, radish, daikon root, arugula, et al, have terrific detoxifying properties but do not juice or eat multiple servings of these foods daily.
  • Vary prep. Don’t always juice a particular food. Prepare it other ways to vary nutrition absorption.

Remember, food first. Once you are eating five-a-day whole fruits and vegetables, try juicing for an extra boost.

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