William-Sonoma reached out to ask a few questions about juicing. Since I haven’t really covered juicing topics on the blog yet, I thought this would be a great post for my active and health conscious readers!
William-Sonoma: I see that you have an interested in fitness, is there a fresh juice recipe you recommend for someone who is active whether they are an athlete or just someone who loves to work out?
*Joy: Here’s a favorite: 1 medium honeycrisp, jazz, or braeburn apple, 1 medium carrot, 1/2 inch knob of ginger, and juice of 1 tangerine squeezed. Citrus and ginger boost energy (perfect combo for active lifestyles), apples help regulate blood sugars, and carrots may help reduce your risk of certain cancers.
William-Sonoma: People juice for many different reasons, what are your thoughts on someone juicing for weight loss and fitness?
Joy: Our busy lifestyles make it hard to prepare fruits and vegetables for every meal (which is recommended for optimal health). Juicing is a great way to add in these essential nutrients. With that said, I’m not a fan of juicing as a replacement for food to increase weightloss. It’s too dangerous to eliminate nutrients such as protein, whole grains, and healthy fats that your body needs in order to function properly.
William-Sonoma: Would you suggest someone drinks fresh juice before a work out for more energy or its better to drink after a workout, and why?
Joy: Definitely before a workout. Fruits and veggies have quality carbohydrates – which provides your muscles and brain with energy. Just remember the calories do add up – even when juicing. Portion out however much would normally eat at a sitting, juice it, and drink it. If it only produces enough liquid for a shot glass full, then that’s your serving size.
William-Sonoma: Spinach and kale have become very popular to incorporate into smoothies and juices. What are your thoughts on spinach or kale in juice? What benefits do greens have in a juice recipe?
Joy: When you mix these high quality greens w/ a fruit, you can’t even taste it. My picky son will even drink them! The darker the vegetable, the healthier it is. This means red or purple veggies have more nutrients then green. They are packed with antioxidants and folate (reduce risk of certain cancers and diseases), fiber (for digestion and weight management), and vitamin K (bone protection).
I could keep going on and on and the benefits of incorporating fruits and veggies into your meals. Juicing for some of those meals make it easier to fit it in!
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*I am a certified fitness trainer and have completed courses and continuing education in nutrition, but I’m NOT a registered dietician. Please talk to your doctor about possible side effects and risks of all foods listed in this post.