We all know that fruits and vegetables are incredibly important in our diet but how many of us really care? How many get the recommended 2 cups of fruit and 2.5 – 3 cups of vegetables? This is something many know they should do but so many do not. I have been one of these people until now. For me, it’s time to grow up, get over my childish hang ups and laziness and start living a healthier life. I’m not getting any younger and health will be something I need in order to live the rest of my life the way I want to. We can’t control everything regarding our health but we can work to prevent certain illness and lifestyle disease.
I, like many women in their late twenties, worry about aging. I started to see wrinkles and grey hair a couple years ago. In the December 2013 issue of Shape Magazine (My FAVORITE!) , I read six research proven tips to looking and feeling youthful. The 4th tip was “Fill up on Fruits and Veggies.” It said, “Antioxidants in these foods stomp out free radicals – molecules that can damage cells and encourage telomeres to shrink more quickly. Getting plenty of vitamin C also translates to fewer wrinkles and less age-related dry skin.”
Along with changing a few other things in my life, I have incorporated this into my every day. They suggest eating at least 5 servings a day and to eat a fruit or vegetable at every meal and snack. I like to be honest with myself. I’m not going to eat a fruit or vegetable at every meal. I’m just not. Vegetable at dinner, Yes. Fruit at breakfast, Possibly. That’s as far as it goes for me. But if you incorporate the majority of the servings in juice then you can help yourself get it all in.
In 2013, I dedicated myself to learning how to enjoy and except fitness in my life. I succeeded and have never felt stronger. In 2014, I’ve decided to up the stakes of my health and add to my diet. I have figured out what works for me so I wanted to share. I got a NutriBullet and started experimenting with juices and smoothies. I’m probably never going to strictly eat clean or really even obsess about not eating the wrong things. But I will be more conscious of putting good things into my body while still enjoying the things I love when I want them. Moderation is key and I live in moderation. I know we are only 20 days into the New Year but I’m pretty serious about continuing on this road to a healthier me. After seeing last year’s goals met, I have a new respect for what I am able to do once I commit. I had a friend ask me about my juice combinations so here are a few of my favorites:
Peaches and Greens: My absolute favorite! This one tastes so good!
1 cup of baby spinach (I get mine from the salad section), 1 cup of peaches, 2 spoonfuls of low fat vanilla yogurt, Ice and a little water to make it more of a juice consistency.
Apples and Beets: My least favorite of the 6, but once I read about the benefits of beets I drank it anyway 🙂
1 beet (washed and peeled), 1 apple, Ice and a little water to make it more of a juice consistency
1 Banana, 1 cup of mixed frozen berries, Ice and a little water to make it more of a juice consistency
Carrots and Oranges: I used a blood orange in mine but any orange will work.
8 mini carrots, 1 orange, Ice and a little water to make it more of a juice consistency, lemon juice
Beets and Peaches: I prefer this beet smoothie over the other one with apples.
1 beet (washed and peeled), 1 cup of peaches, Ice and a little water to make it more of a juice consistency
Peppers and Apples: This one surprised me. It was better than I thought it would be.
1 apple, 1 red bell pepper (cut and seeded), 1 yellow bell pepper (cut and seeded), Ice and a little water to make it more of a juice consistency
Everyone should find the fruits and vegetables they like and experiment. But I will challenge you to try something you haven’t tried before. I have never had red or yellow bell peppers or beets and I’m not a huge fan of spinach or oranges. I tried anyway and I enjoyed all of them!
If you have certain juices that you love please share them in the comments so I can try them!
I wish you health, happiness, youthful days and more fruits & veggies in the months to come.