Quick Blog: Can You Drink Fresh Juice in place of a Meal?

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There is a lot of back and forth on whether or not you can drink freshly pressed juice in place of an actual meal. The reality of it is, is that in terms of meal replacements, it’s more ideal to use a smoothie or a shake as opposed to freshly pressed juice because of the thickness.. but in the same breath, it’s not unhealthy to drink fresh juice on an empty stomach. On a more personal level, I’ve actually tried both to see for myself and did the necessary research as needed, for me to be able to actually share.

Fresh juice can be consumed on an empty stomach. This infuses the body and tissues with an abundance of vitamins, minerals and live enzymes. Because it is lacking fiber, it doesn’t require digestion and gives up a burst of energy. If fact, it’s best to drink fresh juice on an empty stomach and/or at least half an hour before a meal. This is when your stomach hungers for food and would absorb anything you consume. When you drink a healthy, nutritious juice, your body quickly absorbs all that you consume, wasting nothing. As a general rule, fresh juice provides complex carbs to fuel energy and can be taken any time of the day.

However, a smoothie is more ideal to be used as a meal replacement and is much more substantial and filling meal than a juice; smoothies contain all of the fiber from the fruit, and the fiber is what keeps you fuller longer. Every meal you eat HAS to be a balance of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Therefore, you have to actually make the smoothie thicker and like a meal for it to be more filling (meaning adding fats, fruit, vegetables and proteins to make it into a complete meal in liquid form).

Unless you’re on a juice cleanse, consuming raw, solid foods is evidently best. If you’re looking to lose weight, you can drink fresh juice in place of a meal. HOWEVER, if you’re looking to replace a meal with juice or smoothies, watch the sugar content in both the juices and smoothies that you make or consume. When you eat a lot of sugar at once, your blood sugar spikes and not to mention, adds on extra pounds.

Choose wisely!

 

 

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Quick Blog: More Info on Store-Bought Juices VS Fresh Juices

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Here is a piece of an article that I’ve just read from the Juicing Business E-Course that I am currently taking, and just wanted to share to back up what I blogged about a couple of days ago on this topic. If you’re anything like me after learning about the juices that are labeled as “healthy” in stores, you can’t help but look at the juices in stores to see how it’s made and the nutrition label; and to be quite honest think twice about getting it.. if you’re a health-conscious person and/or care about the nutritional value of what you’re consuming.

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Now there are juices in the supermarket that have a juice shelf life of around 20 days! What’s up with that? There are two popular ways to process these juices.

1. Pasteurization

Pasteurization is the process of heating the juice. You can also call it the process of creating soup from your juice. Soup Juice! Yum! Why would anyone do something like this? The two main benefits of pasteurization: It’s free from disease-causing germs, such as E. coli and Salmonella, and the juice shelf life will be extended to 100 days. But by killing the bad bacteria, it is also killing everything else that would be beneficial. This is not only a bad idea because of all the nutrients that get destroyed. It’s also a very competitive market, because those are the juices that are on the shelves already. You can not compare freshly produced juice with pasteurized juice.

2. High Pressure Processing Also (HPP) or Pascalization

HPP is a relatively new way of extending the shelf life of products. With this method, you can preserve juice by using extremely high pressure on it. “Eliminating harmful bacteria while maintaining a higher yield of vitamin, minerals and enzymes” A higher yield than what? Probably pasteurization. Because there aren’t enough studies done on this topic to really conclude that it will still provide you with the same benefits as fresh juice, although this method definitely beats pasteurization. The high pressure application also happens after the juice is bottled, and the juice shelf life can be extended up to 30 days. Although the entire process can be very expensive.

Different processes to extend juice shelf life

Ask yourself the question. When you want great quality food, would you get a microwave meal, a frozen meal or a freshly made meal? The ingredients could all be the same, but the process of cooking creates a huge difference.

UPDATE: How My Juice Cleanse Went.

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I made it through my 1 day Juice Cleanse! My boyfriend joined me as well and interesting enough, both of our bodies had 2 different reactions to it. I purposely drank the juices in a certain order because consuming sugars first thing in the morning will spike your blood sugar, followed by a crash. So the first juice I drank, I made sure it had more veggies in it to lower the sugar content in it. (This juice was my Beet Juice which consisted of Apple, Beet, Carrot and Ginger). I started my morning off with a warm cup of lemon water to kick-start my cleansing process by flushing out unwanted toxins and about an hour later, I drank my first juice. After that, I drank a total of 6 juices throughout the day, 2-3 hours apart while drinking 16oz of water in between juices. I actually felt more alive & alert than ever after my 2nd juice and didn’t find myself too deprived of wanting unhealthy foods, or any foods for that matter. I didn’t actually feel hungry unless I was around food or seen food but other than that, I disciplined myself and kept my mind off of it. **It’s all in your mind. A lot of times when you think you’re hungry, your body is just dehydrated and needs water.** My boyfriend had a headache and felt nauseous about midway through but as weird as this is going to sound, that is not necessarily a bad thing, and here’s why:

When you’re feeling sick, your body is telling you it doesn’t want certain things in the body but your mind is going off of what its used to. Symptoms of headache, nausea, dizzy/light-headedness, mood swings/irritability means the body is going through an adjustment period and all these are symptoms of your body flushing out unwanted toxins.

Once it was closer to the time I normally would go to sleep, I started to feel light-headed. If you are experiencing nausea, being light-headed or dizzy, it is okay to eat small portions of raw veggies, fruits or a small healthy snack. I drank water to alleviate the way I was feeling and ate an egg white and I ended up feeling a lot better. I wanted to mention that Juice Cleanses are not only for weight loss, so anyone that wants a kick-start to a heathier lifestyle can do this. The night of the cleanse, I had a good night’s rest and I started craving the juices that I had already drank the next day. **Feed your body what it needs. Take care of your body and it will take care of you.**

All in all my body reacted a lot better to the cleanse than I was expecting. Juice cleansing is a good lesson to not only show you the power of juicing, but the power of your mind.

Here are the few pictures that I actually remembered to capture of the juices apart of my cleanse.

My Juice Cleanse!!

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In addition to the juices and smoothies, I am going to offer the option of a 24 hour and 48 hour juice cleanse once my juicing business is up and running. So before offering any and everything on the menu, I made it a point to taste and test everything on the menu; ESPECIALLY the cleanses to be able to advocate, as well as be a representation and witness of the power of juicing. SO, I am going to go on the 24 hour juice cleanse that I have created from my menu, this weekend. The reason I decided to offer only a 24 hour and a 48 hour cleanses, in a nutshell, it’s easier to stick to. People see the 30day cleanses and fear sticking to it because they think “That long without food?? There’s NO WAY I can do it.” Furthermore, in my personal opinion, I recommend to not do cleanses regularly, mainly because it can risks serious bodily harm and permanently slow down your metabolism and make weight control difficult for years to come.

Why Juice Cleanse? What is it Exactly?

A Juice Cleanse is exactly what it sounds like, a cleanse (detox) consuming only fresh juices (consisting of fruits and veggies) to flood your body with vital nutrients, while riding your body of toxins. During a cleanse, if your body isn’t reacting to the cleanse AT ALL, eat small portions (likely similar to the palm of your hand) of fruits and vegetables. Only cleanse when you are trying to give your body a short break, therefore avoid exercise. Juice Cleanse does not provide the extra fuel that the body needs for exercise or the added raw materials required for healing and recovery. You need carbs from whole foods to fuel your way through your workouts so without that, you’ll experience nausea, dizzies, etc.

Reasons to do a juice cleanse is:

  • Reset your body
  • Re-energize your body
  • Improve your overall health and total wellness by eliminating toxins
  • Reverse diseases and curing cravings for unhealthy foods
  • Kick starting your metabolism and energy

What are signs that your body needs a detox?:

  • Sluggish/Lack of energy
  • Bloated
  • Irregularly going to the bathroom/Constipation
  • Weak Immune System (finding yourself sick often)
  • Insomnia
  • Cluttered mind/having a hard time focusing
  • Mood swings/Irritability
  • Body Odor
  • Constant consumption of unhealthy foods

Therefore, cleanse if you want:

  • More energy/Restore your energy
  • To shed excess pounds
  • Enhance your mood
  • Take control of your eating/Cut cravings
  • Look/feel younger AND better
  • Cleanse your system
  • Heal your body

 

So, I will update you guys on how my cleanse went and the pros and cons (if any) of it, after I complete it! ❤

Fresh Juices VS. Store-Bought Juices

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So you may notice when you walk around grocery stores and see juices on the shelves saying “100% fruit” or “100% natural”. Most of us will see these labels and think “healthy” which can be true, BUT are these drinks as healthy as freshly squeezed juices? Will they give you the same nutrients, vitamins and minerals that you would get from real fruit? Don’t get the bottle just yet, and here’s why..

What Are The Benefits Of Juice?

Before comparing fresh and store bought juices, it’s important to understand the benefits of fruit and vegetable juices, and why it is good to include them in your diet in the first place.

Fresh juice provides ample of benefits for the body, providing nutrients like vitamins, minerals and enzymes. This allows you to take in all the goodness of vegetables and fruit without having to eat them if you’re not huge fans of eating salads, or vegetables raw. It is also a great source of nutrition if you have a poor appetite or poor diet. Because it’s  liquid form, it does not contain insoluble fiber so it makes it easy on the stomach (which  is why many people tend to drink fresh juice and smoothies when they want to give their digestive systems a rest from digesting heavily processed food). It also promotes overall health and can help kick start a healthy diet.

What Makes Store Bought Juice Any Different?

 

Do you ever wonder why a brand of fruit juice tastes the same throughout all boxes or bottles? If they’re from completely different fruits, then there’s bound to be a difference in the taste from one bottle to the next, right? But they taste the same! The reason why fruit juices tastes so good (and the same) is because once they are pasteurized and processed, they are then loaded with flavor packs which give them a uniform flavor. These flavor packs are loaded with simple sugars, which have zero nutritional value and do nothing but increase your blood sugar levels.

With all of this being said, most juices in supermarket stalls have very little nutritional value and are loaded with sugars – and they may have traces of chemicals and other compounds as well. All in all, you are simply spending for and just drinking chemically laden, flavored sugar water. That is definitely not something you want when you are planning to go on a healthy diet. If you want to get the most nutrients from your drink, fresh juice is always the way to go. When you extract the juice from the produce, you get all of its important nutrients inside liquid form, allowing you to drink all the phytonutrients (plant chemicals), minerals and vitamins in one drink. The juice doesn’t have any fiber though, so it should still not replace raw produce and vegetables in your diet.

Fresh juice benefits:

  • Most often cheaper
  • More nutrients are preserved
  • You know exactly what’s going into your juice

So if you do need to buy your own juice from the store, here are some things to look for in a juice:

1. Is it organic and gmo-free? You definitely should choose organic and non-gmo.

2. Does it have any odd ingredients that aren’t healthy?

3. Is it pasteurized? Pasteurization kills off all the nutrients.

4. Is it cold-pressed? This is the best option when choosing a juice.

5. Does it have tricky phrases on it like “100% juice” or “not from concentrate”? These don’t necessarily mean healthy at all.

6. Do you trust the company that is producing this juice?

Juice Bar Review: Juice N Go

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Yesterday was my 5th time ever coming to this Juice Bar, and the fact that I kept returning already is a good sign of this blog. What sets this juice bar apart from other juice bars that I’ve seen, is that there is only a drivethru (this isn’t a dine in place) hence the name “Juice N Go”. What I love most about this place is that they give you the option to customize your juices and smoothies which is what I’m looking into including in my juice bar once it opens. Some people are comfortable having a choice made available for them, while others want to replace and swap things and create their own smoothie and juice to their liking. Therefore, having that option, to me, is a BIG plus. Also what I love about this place is that they specialize in using Acai in their smoothies, juices, and they even have smoothie bowls. A lot of places have Acai berries on their menu, but this place put acai on a pedestal and base a majority of the things on the menu around Acai berries.

Acai (uh-sah-ee) is berries produced by a palm tree grown in the floodplain areas of the Amazing River in Brazil; and one of the healthiest berry you can find. These berries are an immune-stimulating, energy boosting and healing fruit that is rich in anti-flammatory omega-9 fats while composing little sugar, essential fatty acids, iron, calcium, fiber, vitamin A and other antioxidants.

 Some health benefits I’ve learned about Acai berries are:

  1. Promotes heart health
  2. Reduces risk of cancer
  3. Helps with weight loss
  4. Promotes skin health (and anti-again effects)
  5. Helps digestion
  6. Improves mental health


I got their #14 smoothie which contained mixed berries, acai, ginger, with an apple juice base. It was very sweet, so if you’re not into SWEET smoothies and want more of a balance, then you may not like this choice of smoothie. I liked it and would order this one again, however, if I had the option, I would prefer there be a balance of something less sweet mixed in this smoothie; something like a lemon.

I don’t have a picture of my boyfriend’s smoothie but he order #12 smoothie that contained strawberry, banana, acai, and an apple juice base. He liked his more than he liked mine. lol But from tasting this one, I’d definitely recommend it if you love the boldness that bananas bring to smoothies. 

All in all, I love this place and would recommend this place for everyone to try!!

This place is very small and easy to miss but is located in a shopping center on Rainbow & Oakey:

1735 South Rainbow Blvd Las Vegas, Nevada 89146