If your idea of a drink in the morning is a tall glass of orange juice with your breakfast or maybe even for breakfast, making your own juices can not only reduce your amount of sugar intake but can increase vitality and health. Juicing provides a cornucopia of colorful, flavorful fruits and vegetables that provide nutrients and lower risk of disease.

Be mindful that, while fruits are healthy for you, they still hold a high amount of natural sugars (albeit less than store bought). Sugars in general decrease energy and cell production at the Mitochondria level. Balancing your fruit intake with fresh vegetables when juicing is the best way to get the most out of your juice. Juicing should always be an add on to your regular meals, not a supplement for meals. Juicing provides extreme nutrients, but strips the normal fiber intake away from the fruits and vegetables, and we all still need fiber in our diets. But, instead of 3 cups of vegetables a day and 2 cups of fruit, you may only need one cup of vegetables a day and 0-1 cup of fruit if you are juicing.

Here is a great recipe to start your day or bring to work to give you a boost of energy at lunch time:20150316_161329

1 whole cucumber (not peeled, cut into thirds)

1 green apple (sliced, not peeled)

2 stalks of celery

1/2 bulb of fennel (this is the white part of the fennel)

5 leaves of Kale (cut the stem off the bottom, but do not de-rib)

Add all of the ingredients to the juicer. Depending on the juicer you have, most ingredients do not need to be deseeded or peeled. They will automatically be separated and thrown into a bucket as roughage. I have a Breville Elite and it’s amazing.

This recipe will yield 2 servings.

Raise a glass to your health, and enjoy your mornings.

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Published by smtraphagen

SM Traphagen is a writer and novelist. Her works have appeared on Buffaloeats.org, Accounting Today Magazine, St. Reds Magazine, The Culture-ist Magazine, Buffalo Healthy Living Magazine, among others. With a fiction novel written, the hope is to expand the world of fiction in fun and creative ways. Her love of writing fiction and food have culminated in a website that blends the two, including Digestion Suggestion and Untold Shorties.

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    a good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a lot
    and don’t seem to get nearly anything done.

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