Have you ever walked into a juice bar and had no idea where to start? With all of today’s options, it can be a little overwhelming. Let’s go on a tour of the best things to order off the juice bar menu that will make a difference for your health concern.
To Juice Or To Blend?
Juicing is ideal when you want to maximize nutrients but need to avoid the extra fibre. This may be for medical reasons (e.g. if you have Inflammatory Bowel Disease) or you simply don’t like the texture. Blending is fantastic when you want the most economical nutrition with the added benefits the blood sugar balancing fibre. Juice is more concentrated and is often tastier, but it can be much higher in sugar. Both are excellent ways to boost your overall health and it really comes down to personal preference. Let’s look at ways to have the best of both worlds!
For Healing Digestion
Look for juices and smoothies that contain: Cabbage, Celery, Cucumber, Parsnips, and Papaya.
Herbs that can be added as an infusion or tincture to your smoothie or juice: Cardamom, Dill, Fennel, Marshmallow Root
Note: Adding in mineral-rich ground seeds (sesame or hemp seeds) and Slippery Elm Bark Powder into shakes help to reduce acid reflux.
For Delicious Detoxing
Look for juices and smoothies that contain: Apples, Berries, Beets, Carrots, Lemon, Dandelion, Radicchio, Watercress
Herbs that can be added as an infusion or tincture to your smoothie or juice: Artichokes, Milk Thistle, Turmeric, Yellow Dock
Note: Blending bitter liver detox remedies with sweet fruits and lemon will create a balanced drink that tastes great.
For Glowing Skin
For glowing skin, look for juices and smoothies that contain: Apples, Apricots, Berries, Celery, Fennel, Grapes, Mangoes, Papaya, Pears, Carrots, Cucumber, Leafy Greens, Pumpkin, Squash,
Herbs that can be added as an infusion or tincture to your smoothie or juice: Cleavers, Dandelion, Echinacea, Licorice, Fennel, Nettle
Note: Focusing on Silica and vitamin C foods help to produce more collagen, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and keeping skin radiant.
Look for juices and smoothies that contain: Bananas, Grapes, Lime, Mangoes, Pineapple, Strawberries, Carrots, Spinach, and Kale. Juice the carrots and grapes first, then press the spinach so you can create some strips of green through the orange.
Herbs that can be added as an infusion or tincture to your smoothie or juice: Alfalfa, Cocoa, Ginseng, Cinnamon, Licorice, Peppermint, Red Raspberry, Rose Hips, Nettle, Yellow Dock, Siberian Ginseng, True American Ginseng, Maca, Schizandra Berries
Note: Instead of reaching for more coffee, try kinder caffeine. Green and white tea have 1/3 the caffeine and yerba mate is very energizing. Choose adaptogenic herbs that help the body adapt to stress and increase energy naturally. These include Siberian Ginseng, true American Ginseng, Maca, Schizandra Berries. For more information on the Kinder Caffeine, watch my video here.
Look For Juices and Smoothies that contain: Apples, Blackberries, Cherries, Citrus (particular Lemon and Grapefruit), Pineapple, Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, Celery, Cucumber, Fennel, Leafy Greens, Radishes, and Watercress
The Weight Lifter For Weight Balance
1/4 pineapple, peeled (approx. 2 cups)
2 celery stalks
1 head parsley (about 3 cups)
1 lemon, peeled
1 inch (2.5 cm) piece of ginger or turmeric
1. Add all ingredients through a juicer and enjoy!
Herbs that can be added as an infusion or tincture to your smoothie or juice: Cayenne, Chickweed, Dandelion, Fennel, Ginger, Parsley, Dulse (tincture form)
Note: If using sweet fruits, add some sour apple or lemon to reduce your juice or smoothie on the Glycemic Index.
Which type of juicer do I recommend?
I am frequently asked which type/brand of juicer I recommend. It really depends on your budget and how often you plan to use the machine.
If you are just starting out and have a minimum budget I recommend the Breville Juicer. It is a good quality product that should last a household of one or two people a few years.
If you are getting serious about juicing and are looking for a product that will last you longer and give you more juice out of your veggies, I suggest the Omega Nutrition Centre Juicer.
If you are a die-hard juicing fan the Angel Stainless Steal juicer should last you decades. It has an excellent extraction process and is easy to clean.