Missing something from your diet?
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most Americans do not consume enough fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. With the temptation from fast food restaurants looming at every corner, it can be difficult to get these essentials onto your plate.
This is where juicing can be very helpful. The United States Department of Agriculture stated that adults should consume 2-3 cups of vegetables a day and 1.5-2 cups of fruit a day. Juicing can disguise the taste of some really healthy but cringe-worthy fruits and vegetables. In addition, the pulp from the fruits and vegetables provides some soluble fiber.
Here are some other add-ons you can try with your juice:
- chia seeds
- flax seeds
- coconut milk
Before you run off and try juicing everything in your kitchen, remember to consult with your physician.
Here is an easy recipe to help you get started:
- 5 tsp of Ginger (about the length of your thumb)
- 1 medium Beet
- 3 Carrots
- 1 Apple (cored and cut into fourths or cubed; I prefer Red Delicious or Fuji)
- 3-4 Leaves of Kale
Hope you enjoy! Have fun experimenting with your juices!
To help get you started, here is a link for the Best Juicers of 2016 according to Consumer Reports: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/juicers.htm.
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Melissa Urrutia, PT, DPT, OCS
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