JUICING TO START YOUR DAY.
Juicing…as in making fresh fruit, veggie juice concoctions to start your day out with a great boost of healthiness.
Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or a doctor, though I know some. I am sharing what works for me and what I have learned about nutrition and training along my journey. Take what you like and ignore the rest.
I like juicing. My wife and I have been juicing daily in the mornings for some time and both agree that it does make you feel energized and full in the mornings. It has been a great addition to our diets and my training routine. So let me point out a few things:
1. You can “juice” just about anything….fruit, veggies. Some require a little prep but most can be dropped right into the juicer without much effort. Some things need peeled because their rinds can have a bitter taste or are just not really edible (pineapples for example). I am not going to discuss types of juicers here. There are many and I found budget and style really are the deciding factors, though some are notably better than others.
2. A mixture of fruits and veggies makes the best flavor combo in my opinion. More fruit = sweeter.
3. Juicing is not making a smoothie…smoothies are awesome and I love them and my post workout routine includes a smoothie…but making a smoothie is blending not juicing. That is a whole different post.
4. Juicing is not necessarily a meal replacement, though it can be, but I am not suggesting that here. Some people do “juicing” challenges and they do replace a meal to help kick start weight loss or “detox” their systems. I use it to supplement. I wont say I don’t go out the door some mornings and all I have had is my juice but that’s not the idea.
Juicing is a great way to get a ton of vitamins and minerals you may not normally get throughout your normal day of eating. It also allows you to consume some fruits and veggies you have traditionally avoided!
Here is a great website that can give you some good ideas about how to start juicing and a ton of recipes to try. I am a fan of green juices and love to add a bit of ginger to them. My wife has different tastes. There are juices for everyone. Regardless of your end goals, I think adding regular juicing to your daily routine will benefit you in many ways. Give it a try!
Jeffrey “Previously Fat Guy”