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Juice and smoothies: Not just for kids

The juicing trend is still going strong and for all good reasons.

When you juice with natural ingredients, it delivers intense nutrition to your body you might not get otherwise. Juicing contains the nutrients of fruits and vegetables in a liquid form that is easily digested so you’ll consume far more fruits and vegetables than you would if you ate them whole.

One of the simplest ways for adults and children to get the recommended daily intake of vegetables and fruits is from healthy juice and smoothie recipes packed with fresh produce and natural ingredients.

Kickstart your morning with a healthy power-booster — an extra boost of vitamins with juice or a smoothie that contains 2-3 servings of veggies sweetened with fruit. You’ll improve your diet and overall sense of well-being and won’t realize it’s filled with multiple servings of fruits and vegetables.

Juicing fruits and vegetables that are full of vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients will provide natural energy to help power you through your day. Increasing your vegetable and fruit intake will help support your health on many levels, besides move toward a whole food-based diet.

A fan of smoothies and fresh juices, Joyce Faiola, Groton resident, said, “I start each day with a smoothie for breakfast: frozen blueberries, whey protein, coconut milk, vitamin C and bee pollen. That way I know I’m getting protein, potassium, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, instead of carbs and sugar.”

Juicing separates the veggie or fruit from the fiber (pulp) leaving an easy to digest smooth juice with quick absporption of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and enzymes, giving you an instant boost of energy.

Too offset sugars easily absorbed into the bloodstream and cause a spike, it is recommeded to use more veggies, especially dark leafy greens than fruits.

To be sure to balance your fiber intake, it’s a good idea to balance between drinking juices and smoothies.

To ensure the freshest veggies and fruits, shop locally and in-season; choose organic, especially if you are juicing with the skin intact.

Freeze prewashed berries and summer fruits to have on hand throughout the winter months. Select prewashed veggies for convenience.

Add RAW protein or plain low-fat yogurt to your smoothie for added protein. Add lemon juice and ginger to your daily juice or smoothie — ginger stimulates the digestive system and has long been used as a natural treatment for colds and flu. Vitamin C helps protect your immune system from colds.

Experiment with a variety of different vegetables and fruits to create your favorite combinations using ingredients such as spinach, kale, celery, cucumber, carrot, beets, ginger, apples, lemon, lime, mango, pineapple, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, avocado, dates, parsley, mint, wheatgrass, spirulina, spring water, almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, brewed green tea, organic RAW protein (Garden of Life), chia seeds, hemp seeds, plain low-fat yogurt, flaxseed meal, bee pollen, unsweetened cocoa powder, ground cinnamon.

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