4 Reasons That is NOT a Healthy Smoothie

Let’s face it, eating (and drinking) healthy can be much easier said than done these days. Some might think they are eating healthy if the package says “gluten free” or the box says “low carb”, but that doesn’t always mean that particular food is healthy. Same goes for your regular “healthy smoothie.”

Many people think smoothies are healthy, which typically they should be, but there are plenty of additives that can turn your healthy smoothie into a harmful dessert in disguise in no time. Below are four things you should look for before opting for a smoothie from just anywhere.

Healthy Smoothie or Dessert in Disguise?

Sugar Content

The biggest red flag that we see most often are the inclusion of harmful fruit juices. Plenty of people (and way too many smoothie joints) use juices concentrates that are completely chocked full of sugar. Stay far, far away from these smoothies. All that sugar means is that you’ll eventually crash hard and most likely gain weight in the long term.

Another ingredient in this same category to watch for that might surprise you is agave syrup. Agave syrups are typically nothing more than high fructose corn syrup, and if you don’t know how toxic high fructose corn syrup is, you really should.

You even should be careful with honey since it is still a concentrated sweetener. If you are going to use honey, make sure it is a very small amount or you’ll end up with an abundance of unwanted, added sugars.

Instead of sugar ladened juices and sweeteners, try fresh juice- from a juicer or squeezed- and sweet fruits- like strawberries and blueberries- to naturally sweeten your smoothie.

Unhealthy Milks

Regular store bought milk commonly comes from animals that are given hormones and antibiotics, are mistreated, and are usually over-milked. On top of that, dairy products don’t typically taste the best with acidic fruity ingredients that you may want to be included in your smoothie.

If you do want to include dairy or other types of milk in your smoothies, opt for organic raw milk, almond milk, and coconut milk.

Tap Water

So many recent studies have found tap water to be, at times, downright dirty. There have been traces of lead and arsenics found, sucralose, and even traces of pharmaceutical drugs.

Your tap water might actually be fine, but do you really know that? We suggest using filtered water to be on the safe side of things. Many people find that running their tap water through a filtered system (like Brita) is easiest.

Other Nonsense Ingredients

And by nonsense ingredients, we mean stuff you ultimately should know is bad for you and bad to include in your smoothie. This includes things such as chocolate or caramel syrups (or any syrups for that matter), ice creams, sherberts, pudding, whip cream, non-organic peanut butters, cream soda, and cheap protein powders.

A good rule of thumb: if you think the ingredient might be unhealthy, it probably is!

Instead, choose ingredients that you know are good for your body. Some ideas are fresh fruits and vegetables, high quality greens like kale and spinach, coconut products, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, nut butters, healthy fats such as avocados, herbs and spices, himalayan salt, and high quality protein powders.

We suggest switching up ingredients so you don’t grow tired of the old smoothies. Simply changing up one ingredient can give your healthy smoothie an entirely new taste.

Healthy Smoothies Served Right

One thing we can tell you with 100% confidence is that at Get Juiced, you’ll never have to worry about searching for the red flags. All of our smoothies offered are healthy smoothies – and extremely delicious to boot! Stop in as soon as you can and let us prove it to you!

Wanna Start Juicing? 3 Things You Need To Know

I’m sure by now most everyone has heard of juicing in some sort of capacity. Maybe you had a juice shop open up in your neighborhood, or heard a coworker talking about their latest juice cleanse, or even overheard them speaking of it as a ‘diet trend’ on the news. In some form or fashion, you probably have at least a brief understanding of what juicing might mean. After all, the name kind of speaks for itself! But if you haven’t done a deep dive into juicing yet, we are here to help. There is plenty of information out there and a lot to learn, but most of that info, you can learn as you go and experiment. However, there are a few things below that you should know before you start juicing.

What to Expect

When you first start juicing, you may not feel as amazing as you thought you would, but this should be temporary. In other words, you may feel worse before you feel better. This is important to note because many people may start juicing and only last a few days because they don’t feel well. They give up and think “this just isn’t for me.” However, this concept is similar to giving up a caffeinated beverage (like coffee or soda), where you may initially get headaches or feel sleepy, but if you keep pushing through those withdrawal symptoms, you’ll eventually start to feel better. Same with juicing. When you begin, you are feeding your body a vast amount of nutrient rich fruits and vegetables. Your body (liver and kidney especially) will kick into overdrive to remove toxins, and also start to build newer, healthier tissues.

You may experience low energy levels, headaches, and even joint pain. Your body is in detox mode and, if you are doing a longer cleanse, for a short time you might be a little hungry feeling. But just wait it out! Soon the effects of cleansing and eating right will actually give you more energy and you will probably start waking up feeling younger and refreshed! If you are still feeling low for more than a couple days, a full juicing cleanse may not be for you for a few different reasons. Do your research and consult your doctor if you need additional information or advice.

Don’t Forget the H20

You may feel like you are getting plenty of liquids when you start juicing, but you still need to to be chugging that H20 right along with it. Staying hydrated with water will help boost your body along in the detox process. This means it will assist in reducing headaches, maintaining healthy digestion, and increasing energy levels. Get in a good habit of drinking half your bodyweight in ounces, per day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should be drinking 75 ounces of water per day. Regular, unflavored water is best, but if you are having a hard time getting your daily water consumption, try adding fresh lemon or orange. Another option is coconut water, which is great for hydration and also for electrolytes.

Only Start Juicing Organically

Its extremely important to juice with organic fruits and vegetables. Juicing gives you a very concentrated, nutrient rich drink, and if there are pesticides and chemicals on your fruits and vegetables, those will surely be going into your juice as well. Organic ingredients will help ensure you are getting only the highest quality vitamins and nutrients without harmful residues that non-organic ingredients may provide. Toxic juices will essentially cancel out the nutrients you thought you were getting and possibly cause further damage to your body. On top of that, organic fruits and vegetables grown in organic soil, provide more nutrient dense produce. Healthy soil is the source of most healthy foods (yes, even including meats). Before you start juicing, pay those few extra bucks for organic ingredients, your body will thank you. Or skip the hassle of buying organic altogether and order a juice cleanse from us. We have options tailored just for you, and we’ve done the hard work for you!

These are just a few helpful tips to get you headed in the right direction before you start juicing. If you need further information or need some help getting started, drop in to Get Juiced and sample our variety of juices (and snag a bite or two to eat off our delicious, wholesome menu)! Happy Juicing!

Juicing or Smoothies : Who’s the Real Winner?

For someone on the outside, who doesn’t juice nor make smoothies, it would be easy to confuse the two or mistake them for being the same thing. They both may look similar and be similar in concept, but they are not the same. We are here today to help you decipher between the two and learn the benefits of both. Then you can answer the question, juicing or smoothies?

The Real MVP: Juices or Smoothies? (Comparison)

Smoothies

We’ll start with smoothies.

For starters, smoothies typically have a thicker consistency than juices. The thickness comes from the variety of ingredients you can include in smoothies.

For example, with smoothies, you typically use a blender or food processor and you’re able to throw in entire fruits and vegetables as a whole.

You can also add in textured ingredients such as greek yogurt, protein powder, avocado, almond butter, etc. making your smoothie thick. Because of this, smoothies tend to make you more full than juices. This can be a great thing when you are using a smoothie as a meal replacement.

Also, since you are throwing in entire fruits and vegetables as a whole, you are getting ALL of their nutrients into your beverage.

Juices

Instead of using a blender or food processor, juicing requires a juicer or extractor which are machines that extract the juice from your produce. When you extract the juice from your veggies and fruits, you leave behind the bulk of the plant, where the fiber is mainly contained. This is the biggest difference between juicing or smoothies.

When you remove the fiber, your body gets a rest from processing and digesting which is a benefit. And what you get instead (after extracting) is a more nutrient dense drink that contains numerous essential vitamins and minerals.

Because the juices are so concentrated, just a small amount can give you your daily suggested dose of fruits and vegetables. This is great for people who are on the go and don’t have time to prepare healthy meals, and it’s also great for those that don’t necessarily like the taste of fruits and vegetables because they can have other ingredients added to their juices (like strawberries, ginger, and cinnamon) to improve taste.

So, Juicing or Smoothies? Final Verdict

Now that you know what separates juicing and smoothies, you should be better equipped to decide what is best for your body and lifestyle. Some people even enjoy dabbling in both areas. Regardless of what you decide, there are a few things to look out for with either one.

The first is sugar consumption. Even though fruits are extremely healthy for you, there is a downside. Eating too many fruits at one time can spike your blood sugar levels and then result in a crash later in the day. Too much sugar, yes-even from fruits, can also be the reason you are storing that belly fat. Make sure you are getting as many vegetables and other ingredients as you are fruits. Moderation is key here.

Secondly, when juices have more fruits in them than vegetables, they can contain more carbs than what you would think. So if you are juicing or drinking smoothies to get your servings of fruits and vegetables that you otherwise wouldn’t, that’s wonderful, but be mindful of what exactly is in your juice or smoothie and what else you are eating on top of them.

Regardless of what you choose, juices or smoothies, do know that they are both great things for your body! You could be sneaking in extra desserts or junk food, but you chose juicing or smoothies! If you are regularly consuming either, you likely are looking to take care of your body in the best ways you know how, and you get a big ‘ole high five for that alone! And if you are looking for the best juices and recipes around- by all means, please head over to Get Juiced and indulge yourself in the most amazing and delicious combinations of juices and foods.  We consider ourselves the experts, and know the perfect blends of ingredients that taste great and are great for you! So come stop by, we’re ready for ya!

Top 10 Juice Ingredients to Squeeze in Today

Below are 10 of the best juice ingredients to squeeze into and of your fresh pressed juices. Whether you are just beginning juicing or are a seasoned veteran, take a look at the list below to start incorporating these tasty juice ingredients as soon as you can.

10 Amazing Juice Ingredients You Should be Using Now

Kale.

Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat. It is great for aiding in digestion and elimination with its great fiber content. It’s also filled with many nutrients, vitamins, folate, and magnesium. Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food and makes a great base to any juice in your juicing cleanse.

Spinach.

Spinach is another great base for juicing. The flavor of spinach is fairly mild, so you’re able to still taste any other ingredients you throw in your juicer. On top of that, leafy green vegetables, especially spinach, contain more nutrients than virtually any other vegetable. Spinach helps prevent disease, is great for your skin, and is full of vitamins such as manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, Vitamin B2, Potassium, Vitamin C and Vitamin E.

Ginger

Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Ginger can also treat many forms of nausea (even morning sickness), and is great for muscle soreness and fatigue. It also may drastically lower blood sugars and improve heart disease risk factors. And finally, ginger is known to help chronic indigestion and even may help prevent cancer. As you can see, there are many benefits to including ginger in your juices and smoothies.

Avocado

Avocados are great because they contain a large amount of good fat (unsaturated fatty acids). Because of this, avocados can be filling without feeling heavy or making you bloat. They can help lower the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. They also help your hair and skin to shine bright and will help increase your energy levels.

Banana

Bananas are known to contain large amounts of fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6 (among other healthy properties). They are great for heart health and your digestive system. They also have a great consistency for smoothies and juices.

Garlic

A recent study shows red blood cells process compounds from digested garlic and turn them into the cell messenger hydrogen sulfide, which relaxes blood vessels and increases blood flow. Therefore, eating garlic may increase our natural supply of this vital chemical and play a role in reducing heart disease .

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is one of the healthiest spices on the planet. Which is great news, considering most people love the taste! Cinnamon can regulate your blood sugar and thus help with your heart’s health. It is known to also increase brain function, and even have positive effects on Parkinson’s patients. So go ahead and sprinkle some cinnamon into that juicer and enjoy the sweet, rich taste.

Blueberries

Blueberries are a wonderful antioxidant and most people absolutely love the taste. This makes for a win-win as far as a juice ingredient goes. Blueberries contain a lot of fiber, potassium, and vitamin C and can reduce the risk of heart disease.

Apples

On top of being a delicious and healthy sweet treat, apples have many health benefits – hence the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”! Some of these benefits include improved digestion, prevention of stomach disorders, prevention of diabetes, anemia, heart disease, and rheumatism. They also can prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Finally, they aid in dental and skin care.

Cucumber

And finally, cucumber. Cucumbers are a great juice ingredient because they are refreshing and mild in taste so they can be paired with a variety of other ingredients for juicing. Cucumbers also are inexpensive and available year round. They are a great source of antioxidants, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, as well as potassium and magnesium. They can increase energy, boost your immune system, and regulate blood pressure.

Now you have a list of several very healthy, very beneficial juice ingredients. If you need help figuring out what combinations you should use these ingredients in for your juicing, head on over to Get Juiced and we can help!

Does a Juice Cleanse Really Work? 5 Truths You Need to Hear

Before we can answer whether or not a juice cleanse really works, let’s define a juice cleanse. A juice cleanse is a form of detox diet that can last anywhere from a day, to several weeks.

While on a juice cleanse, you consume all of your food and nutrients in the form of juice (hence the name)! The juices consist of fresh fruits and vegetables and sometimes a nut-milk component such as almond milk

But Does a Juice Cleanse Really Work?

The answer to this question may depend on what your expectations of a juice cleanse are. If your expectation is that a juice cleanse will instantaneously transform your body into a Victoria Secret model or professional athlete, then no, a juice cleanse does not really work.

However, if your expectation is that your body and mind will feel more energized, your overall health will improve, and you’ll get more nutrients into your diet than you ever have, then yes, we can assure you, a juice cleanse does really work.

But How/Why Does it Work?

Reset

A juice cleanse really works because it allows you to hit ‘reset’ on your body. On a daily basis, we allow all kinds of toxins into our body. Sometimes the toxins are in the form of bad foods we put into our bodies, and other times, toxins are created by alcohol or drug overuse.

Other toxins include lack of adequate sleep,  environmental pollutions such as heavy metals, lack of exercise, or slathering numerous chemicals onto our skin.

When you juice cleanse, you provide your body with the essential nutrients it needs from fruits and vegetables in the form of juice, so that your body can easily digest and process those nutrients. In doing a strict cleanse, you limit the amount of toxins you’re allowing into your body, which in turn, lets your body reset itself.

This is why you’ll hear of many people turning to a juice cleanse detox after a long vacation where they ate a lot of unhealthy food or drank alcohol in excess.

Nutrient Up!

Another reason a juice cleanse really works is because you will likely consume more nutrients via juicing than you would have otherwise.

According to the latest dietary guidelines, it is recommended that you consume five to thirteen servings of fruit and vegetables a day, depending on a person’s caloric intake. This can be difficult for most people to accomplish in a day and on a daily basis. However, if you are juice cleansing, you’ll easily hit that number every single day of your cleanse.

Skip in Your Step

A third reason a juice cleanse really works is because your mood and energy levels will increase.

The first day or two of the cleanse may be rough, but once you push through that, most people report feeling much more energized than they ever have before with multiple caffeine drinks a day.

Lose

A final awesome perk to a juice cleanse is weight loss. Most people report losing a significant amount of pounds during a juice cleanse.

This outcome should be obvious since you are putting less junk into your body and replacing that junk with healthy nutrients. It should be noted that some of this weight decrease is due to water weight reduction, but some is also fat.

So What You’re Saying is – a Juice Cleanse Really Does Work?

The answer is, yes!

If you’re expecting to feel better about yourself, look better, consume more nutrients, rid yourself of unhealthy eating habits, and detoxify – then yes, a juice cleanse really can do all of that.
So now that you know it really works, before you begin, go ahead and do your research. Educate yourself in how to cleanse (we have plenty of blogs to assist with that), and prepare yourself for the long haul. Knowledge and knowing what to expect are key to a successful juice cleanse. This way, when you hit a bump in the road (there will surely be some), you’ll recognize what is normal and what is not and you’ll be better equipped to navigate these hurdles.

Juicing 101: How to Begin Juicing like a Pro

So if you’ve landed here, our best guess is that you’re looking for the basics of how to begin juicing. Whether you’ve read about the benefits, heard a testament from a friend, or just became curious when walking by a trendy new juice bar – this is your one stop shop for Juicing 101 Basics.

 

Juicing Made Simple: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide

Basics of Juicing 

First, let’s define juicing so we are all on the same page. Juicing is simply removing the juices from fresh fruits and/or vegetables to make a nutrient-rich drink to be consumed immediately (for best results). There are a few different ways to extract the juice, but we will cover that in a moment.

Juicing is often done as a detox method to cleanse the body and remove unwanted toxins. These detoxes can range anywhere from one day to several weeks. However, not all ‘juicers’ are detoxing. Many people incorporate juicing into their everyday lives as a way to boost the amount of nutrients they are supplying their body.

What are the Benefits?

Everyone knows that eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is healthy. So why juice and not just eat the vegetables? Well, because juicing can allow your body to better digest these nutrients since the juicing process removes fiber and lets your digestive system focus on the absorption of nutrients rather than breaking down fiber. Just a heads up- this isn’t to say that fiber isn’t important, because it is, but rather to explain how juicing differs from just eating fruits and vegetables.

If you love your meats but have a hard time consuming enough fruits or vegetables on a daily basis, then you may also really benefit from juicing. Many people just don’t enjoy the taste of vegetables or simply have a hard time with quantity and consumption. Juicing can be an easier way of increasing your intake.

Juicing has various other important health benefits that can include weight loss, reduced risk of disease, increased energy levels, cancer fighting elements, strengthened immune system, improved complexion, lowered cholesterol levels, and even improved athletic performance.

What Tools or Equipment Do I need to Begin Juicing?

First, you’ll need to understand that juicers and blenders are NOT the same thing. Blenders quite simply blend everything you throw into them. Juicers actually extract the juices without any of the pulp/seeds coming with it.

There are a wide variety of juicers – Centrifugal, Functional, Single-Gear, Twin-Gear, Hydraulic Press, to name just a few. What you purchase will surely depend on your budget, as juicers can range anywhere from $50 – $2,500+. You’ll need to do some research on what might be the best fit for your needs, keeping in mind that the cheaper the device, the more fruits and vegetables you may have to purchase to get an adequate amount of juice. Another tip: you may want to consider getting a high end juicer from the start. Buying a cheaper one may result in less than ideal juices and will likely be more difficult to clean, which could deter you from the juicing world right away. If you want to give juicing a fair shot, invest in a fair to good juicer.

When Should I Juice?

Most experts will tell you that the best time to juice is in the morning on an empty stomach. During this time, your body is craving food for consumption which means when you feed it the juice, it will be quickly absorbed. Towards the end of the day it is suggested to drink juices that are less fruity and more hearty (think greens).

What Should I Expect?

Once you begin juicing, you can expect to have a few withdrawal symptoms (especially if you are solely juicing for a period of time). This is the result of detoxifying your body. For example, by removing coffee or sugar from your daily routine, you may start to get headaches or feel irritable. You may also have decreased energy levels and feel sluggish. This is all normal, part of the process, and temporary. Many people report feeling much better by day 4-5 of a juice detox. In other words – things may get worse before they get better, so keep that in mind.

Make sure you drink plenty of water and get a lot of rest during a detox, since your body is busy working through the changes you’ve made. Know that the withdrawal symptoms are normal but monitor your body and if you feel like something is completely off or dangerous for you, stop whatever you are doing and consult a physician (our recommendation would be a holistic physician). The best tip we can give you is to listen to your body. Allow time for your body to get used to the changes you are making, then create a journal and take notes. Track what makes you feel good and gives you energy, and also what hurts your stomach or doesn’t taste good to you. After a several days or weeks, review and make adjustments where you see necessary.

Juicing should be a fun, enlightening, productive time for you and your body; not a punishment. Get Juiced makes it very easy, and we love to talk about it – so stop in and see us!

Happy Juicing!

 
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