20 Oct How Green is Your Green Juice?
Replacing your mid-morning latte with a green juice may seem a healthy replacement but beware of what you’re putting in your juice. Sugar is sugar and whether it’s coming from a bag of lollies or a bowl of fruit it will send our blood sugar through the roof – not the ideal way to start your day. Many commercially-made green juices are loaded with sugar for one simple reason – sugar is addictive. Make your green juice healthy, slash your sugar intake and boost your immune system with a few simple tricks:
- Reduce sugary fruits. Keep your juice as green as possible and stick to just one or two small fruits. Better still – swap high sugar fruits such as grapes and cherries for berries that will boost your immune system with their antioxidant properties.
- Load up on leafy greens. Mix it up and experiment with spinach, kale and mache (never heard of it? You’ll soon be addicted to its’ deliciously nutty taste). Combine these three greens and reap the health benefits.
- Keep the added extras to a minimum. Nuts and seeds may be nutrient dense but they are also calorie dense – in some cases doubling or tripling the calories in your green juice. If you’re getting enough nutrients from your diet then skip the nuts and seeds all together or eat them separately so you can keep a count of just how many you’ve had.
- Drink your juice when it’s freshly squeezed – and we’re not talking about the supermarket’s version of “freshly squeezed”. The enzymes in fruits and vegetables start to breakdown as soon as they are exposed to air, reducing the nutritional benefits so as soon as you’ve juiced your fruits and vegetables it’s time to drink up!