As the summer winds down and people start looking for ways to keep those extra holiday pounds at bay, an extra green juice or two might be in order. But, before juicing for weight loss, make sure you know which greens to put in your next plant-based protein smoothie.
Fad or Functional? Exploring Juicing for Weight Loss
As you know, countless studies have established that a diet grounded in whole foods and fresh fruit and vegetables reduces your risk of developing a slew of chronic conditions and diseases that directly affect your ability to maintain a healthy weight. In comparison to our very real need for plant-based nutrition, the CDC has reported that only a third of American adults get their daily recommended dose of fruits, veggies, and plant-based proteins.
When it comes to trying to get those extra greens and plant-based proteins in through juicing, make sure you keep these PCN pro tips in mind.
Use juicing as a supplement, not a cleanse
Nutritionists have found that juicing can provide a nutrient-rich boost of energy when added to a healthy diet but when it comes to juicing for weight loss, you’re better off sticking to more tried and true methods.
If you haven’t established healthy eating habits or a weight-loss regime you can stick to, you will find that your body powers through your plant-based protein smoothie, leaving you with the kind of extreme hunger that can lead to overeating. Just like any other fast, a juice ‘cleanse’ can result in unstable blood sugar levels, headache, and worse.
Juicing to lose weight means picking the right ingredients
When deciding what kind of fruits and veggies to add to your juice, keep in mind that certain vitamins are more easily absorbed as liquids while others are best when fully digested.
- Vitamins ideal for juicing: C, B12, B6.
- Vitamins ideal for digesting: A, E, K
Foods to incorporate into your next plant-based protein smoothie or juice
- Leafy greens (Spinach, collard greens, kale, swiss chard)
- Red bell peppers
- Beets (These are great when combined with carrot or apple!)
- Ginger root
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