Why you should drink green juices or smoothies?

green-smoothie1Looking to incorporate more greens and vegetables into your diet but aren’t sure how?  Do you run low on energy? Or long for more vibrant glowing skin?  I may have an idea for you….

If you aren’t someone that has already jumped on the green juice or green smoothie wagon, you may want to be.  These are two great ways to pleasantly get more dark leafy greens and alkaline vegetables into your daily diet.

One of the best investments I’ve made in my health and my family’s health is my juicer.  I finally bought it last winter after much trepidation ….would I really use it enough to justify the cost? Is it too big and cumbersome? You get the drill, but I started juicing right away and didn’t stop for months so I quickly put those doubts to rest.  You don’t need a juicer though; a basic blender can get you on the road to making smoothies today.

What’s the difference?  Well when vegetables and fruits are put through a juicer all the juice and nutrients are extracted for you to drink and the fibrous portion is with held in your juicer basket.  Juices are the easiest on the body to digest since there is no fiber for the digestive system to have to break down; they are a smoother drink without the pulp and are fully packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and chlorophyll.

When making a smoothie the fruit and vegetables along with water or milk and other ingredients are added to a blender and blended to your consistency of choice.  Smoothies contain all the vitamins and minerals from the ingredients as well as the fiber from the fruit and vegetables for a more substantive drink.  Which you choose to go with really does depend on your preference and what it is you’re looking for.  Here is a how to and a couple of my favorite recipes.read more

Need a kick today?

This morning I wanted a little something extra, a kick for my juice.  It still surprises me how clearly the body knows what it needs, if only we are still enough to hear it.  Fresh ginger added to your meal, your tea or your juice will not only produce a warming effect but aids our digestion, cleanses the body by flushing toxins and reduces inflammation in the throat and sinuses.  And when used in cooking ginger makes food easier to digest.  Why don’t you try adding ginger to your diet this fall?  Even if you simply add a slice to your tea to steep, especially if you’re a bit congested.read more