It’s time to address a lapse in logic, gentlemen. Yes, we want to live as close to forever as possible, and yes, we do know that the best way to go about it is ditching the bad stuff and eating good, green, and clean—but heck no, we aren’t willing to measure fistfuls of leafy veggies and “eat our colors” and check our RDA of fruits and veg at every meal. Not just yet, anyway, not until we have henpecking wives itching to do that all for us.
But we’ve devised a clever strategy for optimal health: why bother chewing when you can gulp it down straight each day? Juicing your fruits and vegetables and downing them all in one glass of (taste-improved) green goop makes sure you get all vitamins and nutrients delivered straight into your body—henpecking wife not necessary.
THE MAIN (REASON TO) SQUEEZE:
According to registered nutritionist and dietitian Rolando T. Yu, RND, juicing helps you absorb all the vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and antioxidants from fruits and vegetables. “Most of us have impaired digestion as a result of our less than stellar food choices over the years,” he says. “Fruits and vegetables promote motility of the digestive tract which is extremely important from a health standpoint.”
Juicing will “pre-digest” all the nutrients for you, which means the complete package is yours for the taking despite all the kwek-kwek and Quarter Pounders you’ve ingested through the years. You’ve also pretty much cheated your way out of eating the slimy stuff (we’re looking at you, ampalaya and okra) because it’s all blended in with better-tasting goods— plus it comes out cheaper than having to prep veggie ulam or fruit snacks (which, face it, none of us ever want to do). It’s the lazy man’s ideal pambawi for your daily dose of metabolic waste.
Try to squeeze me! I dare you! I double dare you!
FRUIT CHOICES ARE EASY. WHAT ARE MY IDEAL VEGGIE CHOICES?
If you’re one to pile on protein, best to blend up celery, spinach, asparagus, string beans, and cauliflower. But try to limit your serving size of juice to no more than 6 oz. and drink smaller amounts throughout the day.
If you’re going for carbs, vegetable juicing is strongly recommended. Beets, carrots, celeriac (kind of like a cross between singkamas and celery), and winter squash are high on carbohydrates, but you can also opt for a lowcarb vegetable juice diet by putting in asparagus, avocados, cucumbers, zucchinis, and basically every other green on the list. Toss ’em all in there! It’s all coming out together anyway. Keep it simple at first: Use two to three ingredients at a time, since you wouldn’t want to go through a big bang of unexplainable tang.
Here's a quick guide for a healthier shake add-ons!
- All is good Start off with celery, fennel, cucumber, and a fruit of your choice
- Still ain’t half-bad Add in green/ red lettuce, escarole, endive, or spinach
- What did I get myself into? Add in a variety of cabbage, and remove your choice of fruit off the blender
- Taste ain’t nothin’ but a thang Add in herbs such as parsley and cilantro
- Jesus take the wheel Choose between kale, collard greens, dandelion greens, and mustard greens, all of which are bitter-tasting yet chock-full of nutrients
- Milk/Yogurt These provide good fats (for vitamin absorption) and in the case of the latter, good bacteria too
- Raw egg yolks Protein bombs that will get you through the day; possibly an acquired taste!
FROM THE UPGRADE SECTION OF FHM'S FEBRUARY 2013 ISSUE