Vegetable JuiceWhen I got a case of the flu last spring, I thought that was it for me. I was a goner. I had a good 33 year run and here was the end. Ok, so I get slightly dramatic when I’m sick but c’mon guys, does anyone else ever feel like that?! Needless to say, when I was able to actually get out of bed after 5 days, I was weak and exhausted. I knew I was lacking some major nutrients and needed to get them back ASAP.I called my good friend Kristi, who is a Juicing Guru, and made her tell me all the secrets. That same day I dragged myself to The Bay  in search of my Breville Juice Fountain Elite – to my surprise it also happened to be “Bay Days” – and this exact juicer was on mega sale – boo yah!

Straight to Blush Lane Organic Market to stock up on the veggies she recommended I start with. I really watch my sugar content, so chose to juice only veggies, no fruit, and from that day forward I have juiced almost daily. I don’t use it as a meal replacement, but do always consume on an empty stomach – usually first thing in the morning, 20 minutes before I devour my breakfast, or 4 hours after my last meal. This gives your body a chance to instantly absorb ALL the nutrients. One point I do have to make is that juicing your veggies may eliminate some of the fibre content – so it is still uber important to EAT your regular veggies throughout the day too! I love that juicing gets in such great amount of nutrients in a few gulps!

Not convinced yet? Here are 4 reasons to add fresh juice to your diet:

  1. Juicing helps you easily absorb all of the vitamins, nutrients, minerals and antioxidants from the veggies in about 20-30 minutes after consumption.
  2. Juicing allows you to consume a whole bunch of veggies that would take forever to eat in a day!
  3. Juicing introduces a wider variety of veggies into your diet. I’m guilty of eating the same veggies every day, so this allows me to get some new ones in the system!
  4. You can easily hide ANY veggie into a juice for your child…muwahahahaha….

Check out one of my fav recipes here:

  • 3 stalks celery
  • handful kale
  • 2 handful spinach
  • one lemon – not only is the lemon full of benefits, it also masks pretty much any veggie taste!
  • half cup cabbage
  • inch of ginger
  • a few sprigs of fresh mint or parsley
  • one cucumber

Tips – we cut up our lemon into quarters and stuff finer veggies (such as mint/spinach) into the lemon or around it to get a better squeeze. Can also stuff the ginger inside the lemon or cucumber so the juicer doesn’t just spit it out!

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