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If the idea of drinking green juice makes you make “that face” (which some of my clients make when I first suggest it) you might want to start out with a smoothie! I’m not talking about smoothies from Baskin Robbins or Dunkin’ Donuts, with ice cream and coffee. Today’s smoothies are made with healthier ingredients including almond or coconut milk, vegan protein, cacao (chocolate beans), brazil nuts, hemp seeds, chia seeds, bananas, cinnamon, dates, raw honey, spinach, or kale. Trust me, it is delicious! But keep in mind this nutrient-dense delight is a meal replacement — not a “drink” with your usual lunch nor should it be consumed as a snack. The key here is more protein and green leafy veggies and less fruit!
“I see juicing as an easy, delicious way to get a big bowl of vegetables, fast,” says Seattle-based nutritionist Cherie Calbom, MS, author of The Juice Lady’s Turbo Diet. “It’s fast food on the go that can also help prevent disease. There’s a lot of controversy about supplements, but there’s no controversy about eating a lot of vegetables.”
As soon as drinking your “gateway” juice or smoothie becomes part of your new morning ritual and you are feeling energized, you can begin to experiment with green juice! The purpose of green juice is to consume more green leafy veggies. The fruit is really just to make it more palatable, especially for newbies. I recommend starting out with a green juice that adds fruit like apples, pear or pineapple and moving toward a juice that has one fruit or less and more veggies. Carrots and beets are a great way to sweeten up the greens while contributing less sugar. Lemon, cucumber, and coconut water also help to balance out the taste.
Most juice bars are delighted to let you try a sample. Be brave and go for it. You can also schedule a FREE 50 Minute breakthrough consultation with me to learn more about how changing the way you eat can change your life!
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