2015: The year of the cold-pressed juice…
So, it’s 2015, and like a lot of people, you’ve resolved to get in shape and eat right. I know, me too. I do it every year. If you’re like me, you’ll make it to around the time of the Super Bowl and start to slide a little bit. Soon your plan of daily runs and healthy meals will be replaced with quick jogs to the fridge for another beer or to the cabinet for some more chips.
But this year will be different (I know that’s another refrain of the yearly resolution). It’s all about making simple, healthy choices. Like cutting out soda and replacing it with water or switching out that quick fast food lunch break and replacing it with a healthy cold-pressed juice and a walk.
I don’t know you, but I’m guessing you could use some more fruits and vegetables in your diet. The Center for Disease Control recommends adults get around two to three cups of fruit and two-and-a-half cups of vegetables every day (it varies slightly depending on age, sex and level of daily physical activity.) But many recent studies, including some from the CDC, show that less than 40-percent of American adults and adolescents are getting the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables in their diet.
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The good news is you can get all your daily serving of fruits and vegetables in less time than it takes to order from the drive-through – and you won’t even have to go through the huge hassle of chewing.
Juicing is one of the latest dietary trends and a great way to get your daily intake of fruits and vegetables. Like many dietary trends, juicing took off in Southern California, but it’s made its now way to Central PA. Places like Juice N’ Grind – based in Lemoyne – and ríjuice – a Lancaster-based juicing business – offer tasty and healthy fruit and vegetable juices loaded with protein, nutrients and healthy enzymes. One 16-ounce bottle of juice can contain somewhere between 3 and 4 pounds of produce, which equals about nine to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables – nearly two to three times the daily recommended amount.
Cold-pressed juice is the perfect source of nutrients for those of us with a typical 9-5, where most lunches have to be eaten in 30 minutes or less. ríjuice’s Cullen Farrell knows about the daily stresses of working in a fast-paced office. He recently left a start-up company, and during that time he noticed the drain and toll that office life takes on your body.
“I was sitting at a desk for 10-14 hours a day, and within a year I’d lost 15-pounds – not the right way – and my stress was through the roof,” Farrell says. “One guy would drink like six Red Bulls a day. He started getting cluster headaches.”
Farrell decided to leave the start-up and pursue something more meaningful. “I though food was something I’d rather get into. At the end of the day that’s really all people need,” he says.
“I ate whatever I wanted just a year ago. I would eat lots of meat. I would go to McDonalds, to be completely honest. But I would always make sure I was flooding my body with juice or a smoothie at least two or three times a day,” says Farrell. “Even if I was making these dietary mistakes, I was putting some plants into my body. I knew that stuff had what my body really needed.”
Juice made from a cold-press juicer or a centrifugal juicer packs an extreme amount fresh fruits and vegetables containing vital nutrients into a single drink. Cold-pressing, however, is able to preserve the nutritional qualities of the juice much longer than those juices made with a centrifugal juicer because of the oxygen that is introduced in the process. And generally, the green colored juices are healthiest.
“We don’t add anything. We just take organic fruits and vegetables and process them through a machine and bottle it immediately,” says Kyle Ober of Rijuice.
“To get one 20-ounce cup of fresh juice, you’re going to use four carrots and three cucumbers and all this stuff,” says Dave Alvey of Juice N’ Grind. “You’d never want to eat that many veggies at once, and that’s why juicing is considered a really nice alternative,”
Don’t be scared off by that long list of vegetables – the juice made by Juice N’ Grind and Rijuice tastes great. It’s all about making the perfect combination of fruits and vegetables to bring out the best taste.
“Putting in a carrot or some apple will make it easier to drink,” says Alvey. “Carrots are good because they’re sweet and they hold more nutritional value than something like an apple.”
Alvey does give a quick warning about using too many carrots. “I’ve read about people who are juicing for a week and they’re putting five or six carrots in their juice. They actually get an orange tint to their skin,” Alvey laughs. “It doesn’t hurt you, but you want to watch out for that.”
Alvey became interested in the positive effects of juicing after watching the 2010 movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead – a documentary on juice fasting. Juice fasting is a cleansing method where all of one’s nutrition is obtained from fresh fruit and vegetable juice. People can do juice fasts for one day up to several weeks.
“You’re flooding your system with nutrients and enzymes but you’re still giving your digestive system a break,” says Farrell. “Doing something like a one-day or two-day juice cleanse can really help your body to get acclimated to a healthier way of living.”
Whether you decide to do monthly cleanses or just use juice as part of your daily routine-drinking cold-pressed juice is a quick and easy, healthy way to help you meet your New Year’s resolution – hopefully past the Super Bowl this year.