Northeast Wisconsin
  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • September 2017
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Are smoothies and juicing healthy alternatives?

The answer is yes and no. Yes because you can get a lot of nutrients by juicing vegetables and making smoothies that include vegetables and fruit. If you don’t like vegetables, smoothies and juicing can help you get enough fruit and green vegetables in your diet.

The no part comes in because you shouldn’t overdo it with juicing and smoothies for these reasons: juicing often eliminates fiber from the fruits and vegetables. Smoothies are made into liquids. All liquids pass through your body very quickly, raising blood sugar fast and high. Again depending on what you put in them, they can cause hunger, which can lead to weight gain. 

Juicing and smoothies are easy, don’t make much of a mess and do not require cooking — a good thing a couple of times a week, yes, not every day. It is difficult to know what vitamins and minerals you are getting in smoothies and juices and which ones are missing. Over time if consuming smoothies and juices is done too much you could develop a serious shortage or excess of something. Some vitamins and minerals are made available to your body by cooking. A 100 percent raw and vegan diet needs to be researched to ensure you’re getting all of the nutrients you need to be healthy. 

For example, vitamin B12 is largely available from meat. A balanced, healthy diet includes raw and cooked foods, such as unprocessed organic meat and fish. Processed meats are not good because of what is added to them. A healthy diet includes low carb, high fiber, raw and cooked foods and healthy fat. Variety and balance is the key. Processed foods of any kind are not part of a truly healthy diet. Eat like your grandma did before processed foods were invented! 

Rosalie Misco (Grandma Rose)

Grandma Rose’s shop, Natural Expressions Bakery, is now open by appointment by calling 920-954-9727 and is located at 825 E Broadway Drive in Appleton. Visit her website at Shipping will be included in the price listed there. Grandma Rose’s email address is [email protected]

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