Juicing and cleansing are all the craze these days. Are they really good for you??
Jucing is a great way to get your fruits and vegetables in, if you are unable to with normal eating. However, when you juice, you are getting rid of tons of fiber, vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for you (unless you use the scraps that come from the juicer). Fiber is super important to keeping you full between meals so that you do not overeat at the next.
Plus, your goal should be long term/lifelong health. Cleanses and juicing diets are temporary. Sure, if you feel like it gets you back onto the healthy eating track, it could be beneficial for you. However, simply eating lots of fruits and veggies daily is a lifelong cleans, so you don’t need to do a temporary diet.
What is a better option, you ask? Simply blending things!
What I made
- 1/2 banana (frozen–remove the peel the night before, throw in freezer)
- 1/2 C frozen green grapes
- 1/2 lime (peeled)
- 1 C kale
- 1/2 Granny Smith Apple
- 1/2 C skim milk, almond milk or soy milk
- 1 Tbsp ground flax seed
- Throw all into the blender, and blend until smooth.
Adding protein to your smoothies is very important. If you just have the fruit/vegetable juice, your body will metabolize this super quick and you will be hungry in no time. Here are some great protein sources, that aren’t powders, that are great for smoothies:
- 1/4C slivered almonds
- 1 Tbsp ground flax
- 1/4 C non-fat yogurt
- 1Tbsp chia seeds
- 1/4 C walnuts
- 1/4 C oats
What are some ideas that you use.