The health trend that seems so enticing thanks to its celebrity hype stars, can be more confusing and unsettling than you might think. Boasting so many health benefits including “LOSE TEN POUNDS!!”, cleanse all toxic impurities, balance your alkaline levels, hydrate your cells, yadda, yadda, yadda, one would naturally think that juicing is the best option to rid yourself of unwanted weight and jump start your engine into a healthful, happy lifestyle. Unfortunately, it’s more of a bluff than a boast. The “point” of juicing is to give your digestive system a break. Drinking just fruit juice allows the body to avoid digesting the chunks and skin from the fruits/veggies and lets the nutrients just pour into your body and the results are supposedly just wonderful and great. But a rational thought questions; How healthy could you possibly already be that you need a rest from digesting the easiest thing for your body to digest already?
You’re denying nutrients from the whole fruit and vegetable.
Dr. Marilyn Glenville, former president of the Food and Health Forum at the Royal Society of Medicine, stated “All fruit and vegetables have a ‘bio-synergy,’ which means the nutritional benefits of each part are reinforced by the others.” Necessary fiber is found in the skin of fruits and veggies. Fiber is a huge factor in regulating blood sugar (which regulates hunger) and keeps you from having sugar crashes leaving you more susceptible to jumping off the band wagon and shoving food down your mouth to get rid of the ‘I’m going to die if I don’t eat’ feeling. Usually, those binging foods never end up being healthy choices either.
Fat helps in the absorption of nutrients.
To soak up all the super healthy, fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin E & D, beta-carotene, and lutein, for example, you need fat to effectively absorb the vitamins that are essential to your health. Juicing restricts the addition of fat and this could be counteractive towards your attempt to “healthify” yourself. Coconut oil seems to be the 5 star choice of fat to add to green smoothies due to its Medium chain fatty acid structure. (Use raw, organic, and unrefined for the best results.) It’s benefits include;
- MCFAs are easily digested. Making it more easing to the digestive tract.
- MCFAs are directly sent to the liver to be used as energy rather than being stored as fat
- MCFAs in coconut oil help stimulate your body’s metabolism, which leads to more energy and natural weight loss.
You can also add chia seeds for more protein, flax seeds for omega 3’s, avocados etc. Green smoothies leave you with endless options that can easily call itself a meal, and leave you satisfied like one. So how can you add the WHOLE fruit/veggie and fat to get the absolute optimal health benefits that these super foods offer?
A green smoothie is exactly what is states itself to be. A nutrient dense smoothie that has the addition of hearty green vegetables that provide generous proteins and beneficial vitamins that you probably wouldn’t ingest otherwise. The easily digestible plant proteins are great because if you decide to go on a green smoothie cleanse, you wont risk losing any muscle mass during the process like you would during a juice cleanse. The water-based smoothie, that includes every part of the fruit and vegetable, is a legitimate meal substitute which can easily become a on-going healthy habit rather than just 3-7 days of only drinking juice. This is achieved by including raw, vegan protein rich greens like spinach and kale. Not forgetting some avocado for healthy fats.
Don’t get confused, raw juices are delicious. They DO have nutrients and they can be considered healthy, but they’re much better alongside-for instance- a chickpea, tomato and arugula salad. Total health is about balance, so don’t be fooled on fasting for days on a fraction of a fruit/vegetable that has SO much more healthy components that just get tossed away!
I am sure your next question is: “Great! But what would you suggest to use to create these wonderful, god-like, life-changing smoothies you speak of?”
From our personal experience and testing we can strongly recommend two options depending on your budget;
Let me introduce to you the Vitamix Professional Series 64 oz! The best piece of machinery for the smoothie enthusiast. This culinary grade blender is designed to perfectly handle the toughest concoctions in a fraction of the time. Pulverizing broccoli, whole beats, carrots, apples, whatever into a silky smooth delicious mixture your body will be forever thankful for.
Of course we understand that you may not have the budget to have something so top-notch in your kitchen and we understand! In this case, we would highly recommend the Ninja Mega Kitchen System! Trust us, the full kit is the best bang for your buck for this second-place blending system! The unique 3 tier blade allows the pieces at the top to catch quicker and more effortlessly instead of constantly repacking and adjusting. With 1100 watts, this is a great lower priced competitor. Priced right at $100!