The word ‘juice’ can mean SO many different things. Fresh, raw, organic juice is made on-site or right in your kitchen – usually just from real, whole foods. There is a whole spectrum of juices that goes down from there [organic not from concentrate, organic from concentrate, non-organic, pasteurized, etc]
‘Juice from concentrate’ is just a fancy way of saying syrup. Fruits and veggies are heated down to a syrup and then they add water back in. It is also pasteurized. Many juices you see on the shelf WILL be pasteurized and while that kills any harmful bacteria, mold, etc. it also kills the raw enzymes, minerals and vitamins :/
Fresh, raw, organic juice is a great way to pack in the nutrients. If you don’t have access to your own juicer, there are a lot of local juice shops popping up – check locally for fresh options! You may also start to see some juice companies selling their fresh pressed juice in store. Suja, for example, uses all real ingredients and is organic and is processed in a way without using heat but still extends shelf life (HPP).
The con to juicing? You lose a lot of the fiber. If you’re using a juicer machine, all of the juice is filtered from the fiber which isn’t the end of the world! We just suggest you pair that juice with a snack so you your blood sugar doesn’t get spiked all fast and furious. We stick with our fat/fiber/protein rule when it comes to snacks – an easy idea is a handful of nuts.
Bottom line recommendations:
- Drink your juice and eat a snack. Same time. Hand in hand.
- Make your own juice in a high powered blender! Some may call this a smoothie but throw in solely fruits and veggies and it’s more like juice in our minds.
- Keep the lower sugar fruits and veggies in higher proportion. Some don’t do well with “straight juice”, so be mindful of what you’re drinking and how you feel after!
- We still love smoothies! You’ll get all of your vitamins and minerals but keep the fiber and typically have the fat and protein mixed in as well. We have a fun round-up of our favorite smoothies in this blog! If you’re not on the smoothie train yet, play around with different creations. Try less greens, more milk or more fruit to start – find a combo that is tasty to you! We bet you’ll be addicted soon enough 🙂