Juice: It’s My Main Squeeze

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Dearest readers, ladies and gents, friends and family,
 Please note before reading on: I do not recommend going on a “Juice Cleanse” or “Juice Fast.”  I’m serious — juice fasts are dangerous; use juicing as a supplement to your diet, not a replacement.
 Okay, okay.  Now that we’ve gotten that disclaimer out of the way, let’s talk about the benefits of fresh juice.  Let’s dive right in.  (Note — diving into juice is also not recommended.  You will get wet.  And sticky.)
 Anyways, juicing at home can be a fun, convenient way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet.  It is recommended that the average person eats 6-9 servings of fruit and veggies a day.  Did you just audibly gasp?  Never fear! Although 6-9 servings might seem overwhelming, there’s an easy fix to this dietary suggestion.  That fix is juice.  Yep, you can drink almost all of those servings in a single 8 oz juice.
 Fruits and vegetables provide your body with energy, minerals, and vitamins like folate, magnesium, and potassium.  But if the thought of eating a plate of steamed brussels sprouts or a chewy kale salad gives you a stomach ache, try juicing.  You won’t get the fiber, of course, but you’ll get plenty of other benefits!
 By the way, did you know you can juice WITHOUT a juicer?  Yep, it’s a thing.  Simply blend up all your ingredients in a blender, grab a cheesecloth or strainer, and strain the mixture into a glass or bowl.  Below are three easy recipes that you can make at home with either a juicer or blender.
  1. Simple
6 large carrots
2 red apples
1 chunk ginger
    1. Green
6 cups spinach
2 granny smith apples
1 peeled lemon
1 orange
1 chunk ginger
Handful of fresh mint
    1. Cleanse
1 beet
1 red apple
4 stalks celery
1 peeled lemon
Note: feel free to alter these recipes depending on the ingredients you have at your disposal.
If none of these recipes suit your tastebuds, or if you’re in a rush, or simply eager to try something new, try out one of the fresh juices served at a local establishment.  In Greenville alone, you can grab a refreshing juice at Clean Juice, Southern Pressed Juicery, Kuka Juice, Bex Cafe, Happy + Hale, and more!
 I hope you enjoyed these recipes!

Gigi Nally
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