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To Juice or Not to Juice?
Juicing has been a bit of a trend among health-conscious people. In theory, it seems to make sense, that if you consume fruit and veg in juice form, you will absorb more nutrients, fewer calories, and improve your digestive system.

This theory is however just that - theory. There is no conclusive scientific evidence to suggest that juicing will improve your overall health. The juice trend is most likely just a trend based on half-baked ideas and a lack of understanding of how the human body works.

When you juice, you are extracting the liquid from your fruit or veg. While it is true that this liquid contains the bulk of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients present in the plant, it totally removes the benefits of ingesting plant roughage (also known as fiber) which is critical for a healthy gut and bowel.

The benefits you get from juicing are basically the same as the benefits you get from simply eating fruit and vegetables. It can be useful to consume fruit and vegetables in liquid form, simply because you get more in. If you find it hard to eat fruit and vegetables for whatever reason, then liquid consumption might be a good way to ensure you include them in your diet.

However, blending may provide more benefits than juicing. This is because it keeps all the parts of the fruit, and doesn’t simply isolate the liquid.

3 Good Smoothie Recipes

Lots of the commercial smoothies you’ll buy in the store are loaded with sugar, preservatives and artificial flavorings, meaning any health benefit you may have gotten from them gets canceled out. Besides, what is better than your own, freshly blended smoothie?

Here are three ideas to get you started.

A Bit of Berry
Strawberries, raspberries, spinach, bananas, almond milk, almond butter, 1 serving of protein powder

Get your fruit on with this sweet, yet saucy, balanced protein-based smoothie.

Chocolate Dreamin’
Bananas, dates, a pinch of Himalayan sea salt, cacao nibs, almond milk, 1 serving of protein powder

If you prefer chocolatey tones, but want to skip out on the chocolate, this smoothie will hit all those divine spots, oh and it’s a superfood.

Nuts for protein
Banana, cashews, almond milk, peanut butter, 1 serving of protein powder

Nuts are an excellent source of fat, protein, and energy, and have strong antioxidant properties. Enjoy this magically nutty smoothie for powerful workouts!

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