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health note | Reasons Why Juicing & Smoothies Are Beneficial

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This is for team “Committed To Get Fit”…but if you want to be a nosey rosey, keep reading!:)
I don’t juice. Meaning, I don’t own a juicing machine, but juicing is a GOOD thing, so I’ll share.

Juicing: The process of extracting the juice from fruits and vegetables.

I don’t juice because I’m an avid vegetable and fruit eater. They’re like my “go-to” snacks. However, drinking fresh and all-natural juice will help you to absorb all the nutrients, vitamins, & antioxidants a little better (Benefit #1) Other pro factors include:

  • curbing your appetite
  • reduce your risk of cancer
  • easy digestion
  • remove toxins from your body
  • boost your immune system
  • help shed inches after inches!

With all this being said, it’s really up to you if you want to juice rather than consume whole fruits/veggies. I mean you can switch it up… but it’s your choice! Both routes are beneficial to your overall health.

Simple recipes to help get you started; you can remix to your liking:

1. Celery, Cucumber, Kale & Green Apple Juice

  • 1 cucumber
  • kale leaves
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 1 green apple

2. Spinach, Cucumber, Celery Juice

  • 2 cups packed spinach
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 celery stalk

3. Kiwi, Pear Juice

  • 2 kiwis
  • 3 pears
  • 1 green apple
  • 4. Pineapple Sweet Potato Juice
  • 1 pineapple
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 4 oranges

You get the idea… just use FRESH fruits & veggies — nothing in a can!

Smoothies: A blended beverage from fresh fruits and veggies

smoothjies3_1_1070x650 I do use blenders effectively, as I’m sure a few of us do. This process is a little more common than juicing. Some people even exchange one of their small meals for a healthy smoothie. Benefits include (not limited to):

  • keeps you hydrated
  • healthy breakfast on the go = brain fuel!
  • gives you plenty of natural fiber
  • boost your immune system
  • aid in your weight loss/fitness process & routine!

Simple recipes to help get you started; you can remix to your liking:

1. Green Smoothie

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 ripe pear or apple, chopped (peeled if desired)
  • 2 cups chopped kale leaves
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 12 ice cubes

2. Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie

  • 10 ounces skim milk or plain soy milk
  • 1 table-spoon of natural peanut butter
  • 1 banana
  • 6 ice cubes for a thicker consistency

3. Whipped Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie

  • 8 large strawberries (leaves/stems removed)
  • 1 cup of mineral water
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 4 large mint leaves
  • 3 tablespoons of juice from a fresh lemon

4. Broccoli Apple Smoothie

  • 1 cup water
  • 3 broccoli florets (chopped)
  • 1 granny smith apple (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 cup of frozen grapes

Tips: If you’re fancy, jazz up your juice or smoothie with some leftover ingredients; just throw a couple chopped bananas or berries in after you pour your mix in a glass!

Now that you have an idea, you can have fun while working on your clean eating and fitness lifestyle!

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