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A Guest Post! All About Juicing

April 25, 2013

Today I am incredibly honoured to be hosting Sarah from My (Mostly) Healthy Life on The Healthy Maven.  Sarah has been blogging for much longer than me and is really a wealth of knowledge! She’s also hilariously funny and smart and just all around awesome. I’m stoked she agreed to do a guest post for me today. 

 
We decided to do a bloggy swap so today I am actually guest posting on her blog! Curious to see what I posted about? You’ll have to head on over to My (Mostly) Healthy Life to find out. I’ll give you a hint though, it involves cake and a smoothie recipe…

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Hey Loveys,
 
I’m Sarah – not Davida, nice to meet you! I’m so excited to be hanging out at The Healthy Maven today! I first met Davida when she asked me to design her blog for her, and I jumped at the chance! She’s so cute, nice and adorable… I’m glad I did and got to know her a bit better! Like Davida, I blog about living a healthy, active lifestyle and my main focus is definitely on food. I’m currently a student of Holistic Nutrition and I’m loving every minute of it! I blog over at My (Mostly) Healthy Life, check it out sometime! 🙂
 
I do a lot of talking on my blog about the benefits of foods/herbs/supplements, fun stuff like that. I’ve recently really been intojuicing and making smoothies, and I thought it might be a great opportunity to share with some new readers why juicing is so good. Keep in mind I don’t own a juicer per say, but I make some “not so thick” smoothies in my blender every morning!
 
The first thing I think of when I think of a smoothie/a big glass of homemade juice is how unreal it tastes and how I want to savour every sip of it, so I use a straw (hehe). When I started making smoothies way back in the day, the fact that I loved how they tasted was really the only motivating factor for me to continue drinking them. It wasn’t until I started getting deeper into the study of nutrition that “it tastes good” really was sort of minimal compared to the other benefits
 
First off, I’m going to assume that you guys kind of have a basic knowledge of food, science and biology.. I apologize if some of this is over your head, but hey, that’s what Google is for!
 
Anyways, when you cook food a lot of the natural enzymes that your body needs are lost and that leaves your body having to manufacture it’s own enzymes, which is a lot of work for it! The only way to get these enzymes into your body is by eating fresh, raw fruits and veggies or by making said fresh veggies and fruits into a delicious juice! (FYI – “Fresh” juices that you buy at the grocery store have been processed, thus there are no fun enzymes living in the bottle… darn it!). When you drink fresh juice, millions of interacting chemical reactions are provided by the plant’s nutrients that perform their life sustaining act, which in turn provides our bodies with what is needed for our healthy cell growth. Yaaaaay! I love providing my body with essential vitamins and minerals so it can work properly – don’t you?
 
Another amazing benefit that one may not have thought of, was the fact that we are supposed to get a minimum of 8-10 servings of fruits and vegetables every single day. Are you able to eat 10 apples per day? What about hands and hands of spinach? Juicing is such an easy way to make sure you’re getting your minimum daily requirements of fruits and vegetables! Easy peasy lemon squeezy :).
 
I found an article with 3 amazing reason to add juicing into your diet:
  1. Juicing helps you absorb all the nutrients from vegetables. Because most of us have less than optimum digestion due to some unhealthy food choices, juicing helps the vegetables and fruits pretty much “pre-digest” themselves so that when it gets into your body, it’s absorbed rather than flushing it away with bodily wastes.
  2. Juicing allows you to consume an optimal amount of vegetables in an efficient manner. Just like I mentioned above, it’s a lot easier to drink the juice of 5 apples rather than eat all 5 apples. 1 cup of vegetable juice contains about 10g of carbohydrates, so if you love your carbs, making some fresh veggie juice is a quick way to get some extra carbs!
  3. You can add a wider variety of vegetables into your diet. This week a friend of mine showed me a picture of beet, apple and ginger juice that she made. Would you ever think of eating beets with an apple and some shredded ginger? You may never eat ginger at all, so juicing allows us to open the doors to all types of fruits and veggies we wouldn’t normally eat and in turn, absorb the nutrients that those foods provide us.
Now I’m going to share with you one amazing recipe with you, if you have a juice you MUST try this! It’s a detoxifying juice that also helps cure hangovers (ahem..!):
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 handful of kale
  • 1 handful of dandelion greens
  • 1 handful of parsley
  • 1 handful of sprouts
  • 1-2 cucumbers
  • 2-3 green pears
  • juice from 1 entire lime
  • I’d put some celery in there as well for good measure :).
Can you see how you’d easily get like 6 servings of fruits and vegetables just from this juice? AND it’s low-cal, double bonus!
 
I get my day off on the right foot everyday with a great big green smoothie, and I love it. I find that it sets my day up for success, since I had such a nutritious breakfast, why screw the rest of the day up with bad food decisions? I hope you’ll start to consider having a green juice or green smoothie for breakfast, and see how you feel! I guarantee you’ll feel SO great!
 
Keep in touch, and always remember to eat your vegetables!
Sarah

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    Sandra
    April 25, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Wow, what a green powerhouse – love it!

    So far I have been a bit scared to add sprouts and kale to my juices. But I think with your addition of pears and dandelion it could work nicely.

    Thanks for sharing!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      April 25, 2013 at 8:05 pm

      Dandelion greens are such a smart idea right! Sarah has so many amazing recipes on her blog. Definitely check it out!

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