Juicing has recently gained increased popularity amongst the media and health/fitness communities. I personally have come across multiple juicing brands over the past few months such as BluePrintCleanse, Pressed Juicery and Project Juice (one of my favorites) that have been promoting their various types of cleanses. Being health conscious myself, I naturally felt the need to jump on the bandwagon try one of these juice bars out to see what all the buzz was about! It was not until I stepped into one of these juicing locations and saw the price tag of these juices, that I really had to step back and research the pros and cons of a juice cleanse.
- Depending on the juice recipe, you can consume your recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables in one bottle! Sounds enticing..
- Promises such as glowing skin, bright eyes, colon health by giving your body a break from solid foods and even increased energy! What’s not to love?!
- Last but not least, weight loss which seems like the #1 pro for most people who decide to tackle a juice cleanse.
- Exorbitant pricing. One bottle of juice averages out to about $9-$10, where as juice cleanses will cost you about $75 a day! Eek!
- Bye bye to fiber, hello tummy grumbles. While some juice recipes may taste great, juicing extracts the fiber from your fruits and vegetables which is what helps keep us feeling full and satisfied.
- By relying on only food that can be juiced you are missing out on other vital food groups such as fish, meat and eggs (aka protein) which are important to your overall health and also help keep you feeling full for longer periods of time.
After evaluating the pro’s and con’s I have formed my own personal opinion on the juicing craze. I think juicing does have its benefits as long as it is supplemented with some solid healthy foods. I think a juice cleanse may do the trick if you are trying to drop a couple pounds for an event, but it is not a good idea for weight maintenance. However, I am not totally against juicing. In fact, I am a huge fan, but I do tend to complement my juice with some solid food. For example, I think a piece of grilled chicken and quinoa along with a healthy green juice would be a great idea for a well balanced lunch that will help keep you full until dinner. You could even grab a juice from a juice bar or make your own and consume it as a snack between lunch and dinner to help hold you over.
Because money does not grow on trees in my world (I wish), to combat the exorbitant juice bar pricing, I went ahead and invested in a juicer so I can make my own juice whenever I want! Juicers tend to range in price anywhere from $30-$500 dollars, depending on how serious you want to get and what kind of things you plan on juicing. I bought my juicer from Costco for about $100 and love it (http://amzn.to/LXzDrQ). Below I have listed one of my favorite juicer recipes that is totally affordable and might I add delicious! 🙂
My Favorite Juice Recipe:
4 Celery Stalks
Pour and enjoy!