With the holiday season in full swing, many of use could use a little extra energy. Could juice hold the answer? It’s easy to drink on the go, and contains lots of vitamins and nutrients. We turned to well-known naturopath Dr. Michael T. Murray to get the scoop on the best juices for a little holiday energy boost.
During the holiday season, lots of people are running low on energy. What are the best juices for a little extra energy kick?
One of the classic “energy” drinks is made by juicing a handful of parsley with four carrots. For an enhanced version, add beet with its top to the mix.
Are there times of the day when a high-energy juice will have maximum effect?
A fresh glass of juice is a great way to start the day. It is also a great mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
What if someone wants some extra energy, but doesn’t love the flavour of juiced veggies?
Adding an apple or pear is a great way to add a little sweetness to counteract some of the stronger tasting vegetables, but a juice doesn’t have to taste bad to be good for you. There are health benefits with virtually any fresh fruit or vegetable juice. Here is one of my favorite recipes that I call BERRY HAPPY, which takes advantage of the incredible health effects of berries. The flavonoids they contain impact every body tissue and function.[box style=”rounded”]
1 cup mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, etc.)
1/4 cup pomegranate pips
1 apple or pear, cut into wedges
Juice the berries, then the pomegranate pips, and then flush through with the pear or apple.
Some juices may offer some specific health effects that are helpful in certain situations, but the important thing is to take advantage of the the nutrition that fresh juice provides. And, in addition to nutrients, fresh juice contains a wide range of substances often collectively referred to as phytochemicals. They can lower cholesterol, provide anti-inflammatory properties, detoxify, and protect against cancer.
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