Green juices…how do they add up nutritionally?

Should you drink green juices instead of eating your fruits and vegetables? Good question. Juicing has its pro’s and con’s. Juicing is a great way to increase your vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant intake, as you may not normally eat so many plants in the course of your day. It is very efficient way to get up to 5 servings of fruits and veggies through a straw! 

The downside is that 90% of the plant fiber is removed during juicing (no bueno!). Juices are also less “filling” than whole foods so don’t keep you satiated as long, and finally, juices should not be a meal replacement for your breakfast smoothie, as they have no protein and fats. Especially as breakfast is the most important meal of the day after an overnight “fast”, and this is often a meal people replace with a juice.

When you do make a green juice, focus on using greens like kale, celery, cucumbers, and lettuce and just a small amount of berries, citrus, or apple. A 4oz serving of apple juice has 15g of sugar, so less is more. Ginger,  parsley, and turmeric are also great anti-inflammatory add-ins. Bottoms up! 

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