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Nutrition on Speed

There's something appealing about being able to blend fruits, vegetables and other nutrients to get your vitamins without having to chow down on salad or worse every day.

Article
Ryann Gordon
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Courtesy
Posted
August 29, 2017

The health crazes in America have become more than just trends but something closer to a social obsession. We’re talking about no preservatives, no GMOs, raw everything and nothing processed. And, although this is quite the opposite of something that should be taken lightly, some of these crazes are just out of hand.

But if there’s one that many Americans can’t fully disagree with, it’s juicing.

According to many, there’s nothing our body loves more in this modern day of fast foods and french fries than a good old-fashioned cleanse. According to the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, eating up to seven servings of fruits and vegetables a day can have a significant impact on your life span. For those of us who don’t have time to cut up or cook two servings with every meal, juicing is an easy way to consume them on the go.

Juicing also provides all the same vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients as eating whole fruits and vegetables, and the water content can help you stay hydrated.

Although juicing can be difficult for some to get used to, taking a day here and there to consume only liquefied foods can be made easy when done with the right ingredients. Add in some extra protein, grains and lots of fiber, and you’ll find that a liquid meal might actually keep you full longer than the burger or chicken nuggets you were planning on eating.

And if you can make it just one day a week away from these bad habits, you may be able to make a lasting change to your body, lifestyle and overall quality of living.

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Beet it up
Beets — yum, said few. But you can actually make beets taste delicious in a juice. Blend together with some cabbage, carrots, lemon, orange, pineapple, spinach and all the works, and live to feel the results. You’ll be beeting it up in no time.

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Sweet potato pie
Blending sweet potatoes? Who thought of that? Try adding almonds, apples and oranges for a combination of sweet and savory that makes for a juice that is anything but boring. For those who like to stay active, it’s a perfect post-workout treat that’ll revitalize.

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Kale-ing it
Bring together the leafy love that Beyonce just can’t quit raving about alongside some tropical flavors like banana and pineapple for a tropikale treat that’ll have you singing “Crazy in Love” in no time. Throw in some more sweet flavors like blueberries, peaches and other tasty fruits, and use almond milk to decrease your calorie count.

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Go green
Give yourself a healthy dose of iron and vitamin K with this delicious juice recipe. In your juicer, blend together kale, green grapes, cucumber, apple and any other green goodies you can think of, like pears or celery, and watch as your body begins to make moves you haven’t felt in years.

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Carrot cake
Well, maybe it’s not cake, but that doesn’t mean it’s not delicious. Rather than diabetes, this juice will give you the cleanse of a lifetime. Combine carrots, lemon and ginger with other sweet fruits like apples or oranges that go great with the spicy kick of ginger.

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Minty fresh
You don’t have to stick solely to savory flavors. Remember that herbs are some of the most cleansing food groups, and they add some flavor. Bring together mint leaves with banana, pineapple, strawberries, spinach, kale and any other green things your heart desires. Not only will this juice keep you full for hours, but it’ll cleanse your digestive tract.

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Cool and clean
Combine the crisp, cool flavors of cucumber, cantaloupe, celery and maybe even some kale or spinach for a juice that is so fresh, it’ll knock the McDonald’s bag straight out of your hand. The melon will add a sweet, savory twist that’ll disguise the tartness of the vegetables you’ve added.

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Sweeter than honey
And you don’t even have to add a single bit of sugar. Utilize some of our favorite naturally sweet flavors like cherries, apples and pears with whatever veggies you’re in the mood for, and prepare your body for a vitamin overload. Lutein-plus vitamins promote collagen and, as we hope, have been known to fight aging.

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Energy for days
Give yourself the energy boost you’ve been needing with this electrolyte-loaded juice that’ll have you zinging from more than just the taste. Throw together some peaches, lychees in syrup and coconut water to avoid excess dairy, and feel your heartbeat race from 0 to 100 in the most naturally fulfilling beat.