Juicing is great, but let's make it better!

I'm a big fan of drinking fresh vegetable based juices (and fruit based juices around work out time), but there are some downsides to drinking them. Juicing is great because you are getting a giant shot of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) at once. This is great, but in the juicing process the fiber from the veggies are discarded, and this is not necessarily a good thing. When you eat whole veggies you are eating the micronutrients together with the macronutrients (the fiber is a macronutrient) and this is great because the sugar (another macronutrient) is slowed down by the fiber as it is digested. When fiber is present there's less of a blood sugar spike, you'll have a higher satiety effect (feeling fuller for longer), and better your gut health.

Now for the tip. When you drink your juice you should have it with two things: 1. Fiber and 2. Protein. As stated above, the added fiber will slow down/blunt the blood sugar effect of the sugar in the juice. You don't have to eat the same amount of fiber that would originally be in the veggies you juiced (that would defeat the purpose) but it's a good idea to get at least 5g. Protein, too, has blood sugar regulating capabilities and this will slow down and decrease the amount of insulin the juice will make your body produce, thus keeping your blood sugar steady. Dietary fat has the same effect on blood sugar, but I'd rather you eat protein with your juices (or have protein + fat + juice).

An example is shown here; I went to t.Loft this afternoon and paired their Immunitea juice with their Primal Bowl and it was the perfect combination. The bowl was loaded with fiber from veggies, had chicken for complete protein, and fat from cashews. This combination fits perfectly into what my clients are taught to eat. Oh, and I had to get their E3 Live Shooter because, uh, health!

Consider this paring with your juices for a better health impact!

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