You probably know by now that I am a fruit and vegetable advocate.
I believe the secret of healthy living simply lies in figuring out how to eat more fruits and vegetables. But for whatever the reason, most Americans don’t come anywhere close to the 7 to 13 servings of fruits and veggies that the USDA recommends or even the “5 of Day” recommendation that were so familiar with. In fact, according to the CDC, adults consume only 1.1 servings of fruit and 1.6 servings of veggies per day. For a fruit and vegetable advocate, this is heartbreaking data.
Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables
Um, well, a lot! Way more than I can include in this post and hold your attention. But let me start with the basic fact that many studies have highlighted the connection between eating fruits and vegetables and a decreased risk of a host of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes. On the flip side, studies find that a lack of fruits and veggies is associated with obesity. So eating more fresh produce = better health and less body fat? That is the definition of win-win.
Why Don’t We Eat Enough Fruits and Vegetables?
Like anything else, the answer varies from person to person and lifestyle to lifestyle. But based on what I know from my clients:
- It takes too much time to shop for and prepare fresh veggies
- People don’t know the best or simplest ways to cook them
- The notion that they just aren’t that tasty
- Some people experience uncomfortable side effects from too much roughage
And while I’m a fan of teaching my clients to overcome all of these barriers, let me give you my #1 simplest secret that solves this massive issue…
Simple Secret: Boost Your Health with Basic Green Juice
Do you have any idea how easy it is to achieve the daily recommendation when you drink your greens? Having the right recipe and tool can make this a one-stop-shop to boost your health with basic green juice! And not only will you easily achieve the daily recommendations of produce consumption, the process of juicing has additional benefits.
What Makes Juicing So Awesome?
The term “juicing” really means you put some veggies (and green apples) in a juicer that obliterates the vegetable. It separates the juice of the veggie, with all its fresh, raw enzymes, alkalizing power and antioxidants from anything that requires work to digest. Raw, fresh juice has top-notch bioavailability of nutrients that can’t really be matched. Be sure to drink juice on an empty stomach to ensure the best absorption of vitamins, minerals and phytochemical power.
Basic Green Juice Recipe*
- 1 small green apple
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1/2 green pepper
- 1 inch ginger
- 3 stalks celery
- 1 cup spinach
*That is all the fruits and veggies you need for the entire day to hit the bare minimum of 5 servings a day!
Make Your Move and Get the Right Gear!
Here is one of the largest barriers to regular juicing — the gear! At one time, juicers were few, far between and there may still be the perception that they are very expensive machines. This is simply not the case. You may recall that I’m working with Kohl’s right now to help promote better health in general through their #MakeYourMove campaign. They are on a mission to help us figure out how to eat healthier, exercise more, stress less and sleep better. It has been such an awesome experience, and mostly because it has opened my eyes to what an amazing resource they are for the right gear in all these areas.
Every time I go to Kohls.com, I’m shocked with how many options there are and how affordable the products are (not to mention the Kohl’s Cash, special savings and all the other discounts that pop up.) When you search for “Juicer” you’ll find 50 options to choose from that range from $35-$480. Cool right? Make sure you get either a centrifuge (these process very fast!) or masticating juicer (slower, but more gentle on the cell walls), not a simple citrus juicer so you can run any veggie through it. Omegas are kind of the gold standard, but Hamilton Beach and Black & Decker are the most affordable.
Now, are you ready to #MakeYourMove and get juicing?
If you’re already an avid juicer, what’s your favorite recipe?
This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Kohl’s.