How to consume more fruits and vegetables


There is a ton of research out there about the benefits of a plant based diet. What really turned me on to upping my intake were documentaries such as Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and Vegucated, along with Crazy, Sexy Cancer.

 The easiest way to get many nutrients is to throw it in the VitaMix and blend, making a lot of juice at once, then store in air tight mason jars and grab one every day. The juice keeps for about 2-3 days. The VitaMix is so easy to clean that I don’t mind making juice every day. The juicer is a  bit more complicated to clean but I like juicing so much that I put up with the four extra minutes of cleaning time!

You can use the left over pulp from the juicer to blend in your VitaMix (I have one of these and love it so much but you can use any powerful  blender) to make more juice so nothing goes to waste.

I like coming up with various combinations but my standard is this- (I juice with my Breville juicer or blend in the VitaMix)- lemon, green apple, cucumber, a hunk of ginger, spinach, handful of kale, chunks of pineapple. I also add coconut water, green tea or plain water to thin it out so its not too thick. You can also add stevia or honey to sweeten. I used to use Agave syrup until I read it has a very high glycemic index.

By juicing or blending, in one day you could potentially consume a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. One day I counted it all up and I had- green apples, a pear, spinach, kale, lemon, berries, cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, pineapple, a peach and apricots- all thanks to juicing and blending and my daily salad.

I prefer a sweet juice like mango-apple-pineapple, but I know that the green vegetables have more nutrients so I try to make a lot of juice that contains spinach or kale. Always a green apple and some lemon to make the taste a little more appealing.

Do you juice or blend? Let me know your favorite combinations!

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