Happy Pi Day

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Image courtesy of rakratchada torsap/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Today is Pi Day: 3.14. Although everyone is posting scrumptious photos of pie all over social media, I want to juice. Why?

Juicing extracts vitamins and minerals from vegetables and fruits. They rapidly enter the bloodstream and get transported to all vital organs, making for better digestion and absorption of the food you need.

Here are some considerations to take if you decide to add juices to your diet:

Extra fiber
When you use a juicer, you will lose the fiber from the fruit. For example, the pulp of oranges will be extracted. With a blender, you will retain all of fruit. In this way, you get more nutrition. The downside is the juice isn’t as smooth. Typical juicers make the liquid much smoother and easier to go down.

Try: If you decide to use a traditional juicer, save the pulp and use it as an ingredient in other dishes, such as muffins and cookies.

Careful with the caloric count
Although you may beef up your vitamin and minerals, you could easily add 800 calories to a drink. Be mindful of how many fruits and veggies you add to keep your caloric count in check.

Try: Follow recipes with servings for 1 rather than start dumping produce into a juicer or blender.

Juicing to try to get your weight down
Most runners (not all!) want to be as thin as possible to keep their speed and endurance up. It’s harder to run with excessive weight. Juicing, however, may not be the optimal option for weight loss for runners. You need protein and will get sick and weak without it.

Try: Complementing your protein with juicing on the side, not as a meal or add in protein powder to the drink to give it more power.