There is a lot of conversation these days about juicing. The hype can range from the perfect weight loss solution to an elixir that remedies all maladies. Like most things health related, there is no magic bullet for anything.  Health is built on a foundation of good habits sustained over time. So how does juicing fit in?

For those who enjoy juicing, it can be part of a healthy balanced diet. Some of the benefits are that it is easy. When is the last time you had a salad for breakfast? A vegetable-based juice makes it easy to incorporate portable veggies into almost every meal and snack, including breakfast! Juices can also offer a concentrated way to reach the goal of 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.

This is also where some of the drawbacks come in. Juices that are made mostly of fruits can be a very concentrated source of sugar which can lead to more calories than you might expect. Additionally, because juicing removes the skin and pump, juices are low in fiber. This can be helpful for people with conditions such as IBS, where excess fiber can be a GI irritant, but most of us need to extra fiber. So, if you are juicing regularly, make sure that you choose other high fiber foods, such as whole grains like quinoa or faro, and don’t skimp on your whole fruits and veggies.

Here are my basic guidelines when it comes to juicing:

  1. Think of juicing as part of a healthy approach to eating
  2. Choose juices that are mostly vegetable
  3. Don’t think of a juice as a replacement for your veggie and fruit intake, but rather as a supplement

Some of my favorite juicing combinations are as follows:

  • Spinach, cucumber, apple, ginger, lemon
  • Beet, apple, lemon, ginger, kale, carrot
  • Carrot and tart green apple
  • Parsley, celery, cucumber, honeydew melon

When it comes to good nutrition, I am always trying to get people to step outside of their comfort zone to try a new food that might add to their health. Juices can be an inviting and colorful way to try something new. Even kids have a hard time not being curious about the bright orange, bright red, and bright green beverages! Start with a few sips and keep an open mind.


Awesome Energizer

You don't have to peel the lemon, but make sure you peel the orange. The orange's skin is very bitter and can ruin the flavor.
  • 1medium Red Apples (3" dia)
  • 1beets (2" dia)
  • 1large Carrot (7-1/4" to 8-1/2" long)
  • 1/4thumb Ginger (1" dia)
  • 1/2Lemon with rind - 1/2 fruit (2-1/8" dia)
  1. Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.
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Simply Delicious

  • 1medium Apple (3" dia)
  • 1/2Cucumber (8-1/4")
  • 1Lime
  • 2cupsSpinach
  • 1cupHoneydew
  1. Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.
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Kim Evans, RD, is a clinical dietitian for the UVM Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Watch Kim’s interview with WCAX on the topic of juicing, by clicking here

Kim Evans, RD, is a clinical dietitian for UVM Medical Center's Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention Program.

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