We’ve got the juicing lot!
It’s day three of your new organic juicing or blending regime.
You’ve already enjoyed some glorious concoctions of fruit and vegetables which are hopefully delivering specific and general health benefits but can you really keep it up every day? Fruit and veg supplies are running out and this morning’s schedule is just a bit too tight.
Never mind, back on it tomorrow. Maintaining the momentum can be easier said than done no matter how good your intentions but there are many reasons why you should persevere.
A brave new world of juicing
For those of us old enough to remember, the nation has come a long way since our daily intake of ‘fresh’ fruit juice came in the form of powder mixed with water (who recalls a jug of Kellogg’s Rise & Shine or Birds Apeel at the breakfast table?). Imagine the sugar intake of that lot.
The popularity of juicing has soared in the last two decades and spawned an industry which spans juicers, blenders and recipe books to all manner of drinks and juice bars. In the run-up to last Christmas, John Lewis was reportedly selling one NutriBullet blender every 30 seconds (this was after a price cut from £99.99 to £70).
If you believe that organic fresh vegetables and fruit are best eaten raw so as not to lose the vital vitamins, minerals and antioxidants they contain, juicing and blending are among the most efficient ways of achieving this.
Juices and smoothies can help strengthen immune systems and boost energy levels. What’s more they are a great way to up your liquid intake and many find it easier to increase their fruit and vegetable consumption by taking them in the form of liquid. A 150ml glass of juice or smoothie is also equal to one of the Government’s recommended five-a-day.
Juicing v blending?
One of the advantages of juicing is that the process can break down the insoluble fibres from fruit and vegetables, allowing your system to more easily absorb the important nutrients that deliver health benefits.
You’ll see many health websites and articles discuss the merits of juicing versus blending though with the former often accused of removing the beneficial fibre from the fruit and vegetables whereas a smoothie created from blending retains it. There is also concern that removing the fibre and speeding up the rate of absorption of the juice in the body can cause a spike in sugar levels and that fruit-heavy juices can lead to tooth decay.
We believe it is all about balance, and putting things in to our body that taste delicious.
Follow advice on the NHS’ Livewell website that recommends no more than a 150ml glass of juice/smoothie per day. And be particularly careful if you are glucose intolerant.
On the fibre front, as long as juicing forms part of an otherwise balanced and healthy diet, you should be able to get sufficient roughage elsewhere. Giving juices and smoothies more of a vegetable bias will also help minimise damage to teeth so try experimenting with green veg such as spinach, kale and chard.
We’ll help you keep up with the juicing
Keeping up the momentum of a juicing or blending programme can prove to be practically difficult. To help embed it into your daily routine, we have created a range of organic juicing boxes with fruit and vegetables specially chosen to meet all of your juicing and blending needs and which are delivered direct to your door.
Choices include starter boxes, super-juicing boxes, morning juicing boxes, green juicing boxes or you can build your own. We also offer a range of superfoods which contain antioxidants, vitamins and minerals in a formula that can be added to a smoothie.
Although we can’t supply the discipline or willpower to keep your healthy juicing or blending regime on track, we can help ensure you never run out of delicious organic fruit and veg.
Five tips for your juicing and blending regime
– Ensure you have a regular supply of fresh organic fruit and vegetables.
– Plan your juices or smoothies in advance and seek inspiration for the week ahead from juicing recipe books and websites.
– Combine juicing with eating a healthy balance of whole foods.
– Incorporate vegetables that you wouldn’t normally eat but know are good for you – they might prove more palatable as a juice mix.
– Avoid juices that are too fruit-heavy as they can cause spikes in sugar levels if you are glucose intolerant.