Trainer Kristy Robertson of Auckland's Spa at the Pullman shares her tips for achieving optimum health. This week she looks at juicing as a healthy habit to adopt and how to avoid hidden sugar sources.
It is important to be aware of how much sugar there is in a glass of juice - sometimes it's the equivalent of up to five or six pieces of fruit! Although fructose is natural, it still gets broken down into glucose (the body's stored form of energy) so it's important o be smart abut how you consume the beverage.
1. Limit fruit juices to one per day, and consume it in the morning if possible. Your body can process and utilise fruit sugar (or fructose) more efficiently when your are active.
2. Vege juices are a better option than pure fruit juices: drinking two glasses per day will help you reach your daily vege quota, increase your fibre intake and lower cholesterol the easy, tasty way.
3. Dilute fresh juices with sparkling water - you'll halve the quantity of sugar and add a little fizz!
4. Use lemon juice instead of sugar or more fruit, to cut through the grassy taste of vege juices. Lemons have an alkalising effect on the digestive system, and are a great source of vitamin C.
5. Use sweet veges (such as beetroot) as the juice base, then add carrot or neutral-tasting veges (as iceberg lettuce or zucchini, which contain lots of water and fibre).
Super Supplements to add:
- Gingko biloba, vitamin B (stress relief and increased immunity).
- Wheatgrass, micro greens, spirulina (high in amino acids, which repair cells).
- Vitamins A and C, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium (detoxing and immunity).
- Guarana, ginseng (increased alertness).
- Apple cider vinegar, aloe vera (aid digestion, neutralise stomach acidity).
- Goji berries, acai berries, pomegranate (vitamin C, skin health).