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Become a Green Juice Goddess

By on October 28, 2015
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Over the past few years, juicing has become a health trend that is here to stay. Juicing provides numerous health benefits not only for our body but also for our mind. 

Juicing extracts the juice from fresh fruits and vegetables by cold pressing.  The resulting liquid contains most of the carbohydrates, water, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals (phytonutrients) found in the whole fruit and vegetable. The water in the juices hydrates the body, the antioxidants help combat free radicals, and the phytonutrients help to fight diseases. However, whole fruits and vegetables also have healthy fiber, which is lost during most juicing.

Health Benefits
There are many health benefits of adding fresh juices to your diet on a daily basis. Juicing is a powerful way to alkalize our body. When our body is in an alkaline state, it’s less likely that harmful bacteria will grow and our overall health and vitality increases. Juicing gives our digestive system a break by “pre digesting” the food and allows our bodies to absorb all the nutrients more easily and rapidly. Juicing can help prevent diseases and illnesses like heart/kidney disease, osteoporosis and diabetes. It also helps to slow down the aging process due to the increased amount of raw produce one is going to intake. 

How to Get It? 

Make your own: 
A healthy way to juice is to combine juicing with a balanced nutrition plan, because the body needs more than the nutrients fruits and vegetables provide. By combining juicing and a plant-based diet with proper fibre and protein intake, you can maximize your potential of a healthy body. When you’re making your own juice, you can also ensure the quality of produce going in. Make sure to always use organic produce when juicing. Since everything is getting so compressed, if there are any traces of pesticides they will find their way in your juice! Purchasing a juicer is a great investment for your long-term health. There are a variety of juicers on the market; you just need to do your research to see which one fits your budget and preferred style.

When choosing ingredients for your juices always use more vegetables, preferably green leafy ones, than fruits. To add some sweetness you can use veggies like beets or carrots. The best fruits to add are ones that contain a high water content including green apples and pineapple. Also, use a variety of fruits and vegetables to amp up your juice in terms of nutrients and taste. 

Buy them: 
Important things to look out for when buying juices are whether are not they are cold pressed, organic, stored in glass bottles, and juiced on-site. Also, the juices should not contain any preservatives. 

Get them delivered: 
Another option is to order juice to your home or office. How easy is that! Many of the cold pressed stores also deliver their products and are a great way to ensure your getting the proper nutrition on a daily basis. 

There are a lot of options when it comes to juice so play with different combinations, explore your local juicery and enjoy the added energy to your life!

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Super Alkaline Green Juice
1-2 Full Servings

2-3 stalks celery, chopped
1 cucumber, chopped
2-3 large kale leaves
4-5 large romaine lettuce leaves
2 cups spinach
1⁄4-1⁄2 cup fresh parsley
Small piece of ginger and/or lemon

1. Place everything into your juicer according to instructions. Do one vegetable at a time and finish off with lemons – it cleans the juicer at the end!

Marni Wasserman’s life is rooted in healthy eating. Culinary nutritionist, author of “Plant-Based Diet for Dummies,” and owner of Toronto’s first plant-based cooking studio, Marni uses passion and experience to educate individuals on how to adopt a realistic plant-based lifestyle that is both simple and delicious. Visit: www.marniwasserman.com


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