Juicing is a great way to get all of the nutrients of the fruits and vegetables in a quick and delicious manner. With the right juicer or blender, the process of both making your juice and cleanup can both be done quickly – allowing for a quick nutritious meal. This is an easy and quick way to start the day. Generally, you should never skip breakfast (covered in more detail in another post), and juicing helps with that – especially if you’re short on time.
For breakfast juices I always like to include fruits and vegetables together. By using a whole food juicer or blender, you will be sure to get all of the nutrition and fiber of the foods you’re juicing. I highly recommend a Vitamix, but use a blender if you don’t have access to a Vitamix.
Fruits with vegetables are a good idea in order to get a good balance of nutrients, and to avoid a juice that’s too high in sugar (fructose or fruit sugar). Add enough water and or ice so that you end up with a nice juice, not a thick sauce.
Try experimenting with combinations of strawberries, apples and celery. Berries have high levels of antioxidants; apples and celery both contribute a healthy amount of fiber. I always like to include a lemon and alfalfa sprouts as well. The lemon really brings out the flavor of the strawberries, and the sprouts are just plain good for you! Sprouts are a great source of nutrients and enzymes that you probably wont get anywhere else in your diet.
If you have a Vitamix or a good blender, you can also throw in a handful of raw rolled oats (oatmeal) for added fiber. With a Vitamix, it takes only about 30 seconds to transform this into a delicious juice, and about another minute to clean up. That’s less than two minutes including cleanup to have a quick and healthy juice for breakfast!
Questions or comments? I’d love to hear from you.