While fresh, whole forms of produce are often best for our bodies, there are times when you might not be able to chow down on mixed veggies. That makes blending veggies an ideal way to nourish your body with the important nutrients found in nature’s bounty.
Blending pulverizes fresh fruits & vegetables into a juice form. The resulting liquid contains most of the vitamins, minerals, and plant chemicals (phytonutrients) found in the whole fruit.
Blending can provide a healthy quick fix for busy mornings or eating on the run. When it comes to kids, it can be a fun and tasty way to get them to consume foods they tend to push off the plate. For all ages, blending is an alternative to taking a multivitamin, provided there is variety in your selection of fruits and vegetables. As always, try to use organic products.
You can find many blending recipes online and in books. Or, experiment with mixing up your own combinations of fruits and vegetables to suit your taste.
Many blending recipes use only fruits and/or recommend adding additional forms of sugar – be it honey or maple syrup. It may be best to first taste your juice for sweetness and blend in sweetener, if needed.
Many prepared juices and juice smoothies may contain more sugar and calories than you realize; these extra calories can contribute to weight gain. Read labels.