Should you try juicing? In this blog we get the lowdown on the juicing trend from nutritionist & registered dietitian, Molly Kimball.
You've probably noticed that juicing is gaining in popularity. Maybe some of your friends have a new juicer or you’ve noticed juice bars popping up in your neighborhood. As a dietitian, I often get the question, “Should I be juicing?”
Juicing is a healthy choice because juices are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other good compounds. This is especially true of vegetable juices. Many fruit-filled juices on the market are packed with sugar, so be careful when choosing ingredients for your homemade or store-bought juices. If there’s too much sugar, weight gain is a possibility, and your drink won’t be as filling.
I also get the question of whether juicing or blending is the better choice. I think both are good options but for different reasons. Juicing removes the fibrous pulp, which makes a less-filling drink that you can drink anytime. On the other hand, smoothies leave in the pulp, so they can be consumed as a meal replacement, especially if they are high in protein due to ingredients such as Greek yogurt, ground flaxseed, protein powder, nut butter or avocado. So the decision to juice or blend likely comes down to whether you plan to drink it as a meal replacement or a nutrient boosting addition to your diet.
I drink this every day in the late afternoon for a pick-me-up! Wash the below produce thoroughly, and then process through your home juicer.
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