Believe the Hype: Juicing Is Your Brand New “Bestie”

…When it’s done right, anyway.

While I don’t necessarily advocate going on a 100% juice diet (there is¬†something¬†to be said for detoxing your system periodically…just not enough evidence yet to support this trend with science), juicing – as a nutrient-rich snack, sweet-tooth satisfier, or breakfast supplement – is a tasty way to sneak that recommended daily dose of fruits and veggies into your diet. So, blend up some wholesome deliciousness, and let’s drink to good health!

(Just be warned: juicing as a meal replacement should be cleared with your doctor beforehand).

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(image courtesy of healthyjuiceblends.com)


For a Metabolism Boost:

  • The Fruit:¬†1/2 cup strawberries (sliced)
  • The Veggies:¬†1/2 cup spinach (chopped)
  • The Protein:¬†1/4 cup Greek yogurt (plain)
  • The Liquid:¬†1 cup green tea (brewed)
  • The “Extra”:¬†1 tsp. cinnamon (ground)

For a Clear Complexion:

  • The Fruit:¬†1/2 cup watermelon (cubed)
  • The Veggies:¬†1/2 cup kale (chopped)
  • The Protein:¬†1 tbsp. walnuts (chopped)
  • The Liquid:¬†1 cup coconut water (unsweet)
  • The “Extra”:¬†1 tsp. turmeric (ground)

For a Healthy Heart:

  • The Fruit:¬†1/2 cup red grapes (sliced)
  • The Veggies:¬†1/2 cup carrots (chopped)
  • The Protein:¬†1 tbsp. peanut butter (organic)
  • The Liquid:¬†1 cup almond milk (unsweet)
  • The “Extra”:¬†1 tsp. honey (raw & organic)

For a Strong Skeleton:

  • The Fruit:¬†1/2 cup banana (sliced)
  • The Veggies:¬†1/2 cup watercress (chopped)
  • The Protein:¬†1/4 cup oats (whole grain)
  • The Liquid:¬†1 cup rice milk (unsweet)
  • The “Extra”:¬†1 tsp. ginger (ground)

For an Immunity Kick:

  • The Fruit:¬†1/2 cup apricots (sliced)
  • The Veggies:¬†1/2 cup sweet potato (mashed)
  • The Protein:¬†1/4 cup egg whites (whipped)
  • The Liquid:¬†1 cup orange juice (organic)
  • The “Extra”:¬†1 tsp. cloves (ground)

For an Energy Injection:

  • The Fruit:¬†1/2 cup avocado (sliced)
  • The Veggies:¬†1/2 cup cucumber (chopped)
  • The Protein:¬†1 tbsp. almonds (chopped)
  • The Liquid:¬†1 cup beetroot juice (strained)
  • The “Extra”:¬†1 tsp. dark chocolate (70% cacao)

15 Reasons to Get Active in the Great Outdoors

In recognition of today as summer’s official start-date, say hello to the limitless playground that is Mother Nature!

Go on, get out there…here’s why you should:


1. Increased exposure to fresh air allows the respiratory, cardiovascular, and circulatory systems to function at their optimum.

2. Being surrounded by nature – particularly plant life – has been proven to reduce anxiety, stress, and clinical depression.

3. Healing powers in both the ground and atmosphere build immunity toward chronic illnesses, such as cancer or diabetes.

4. Regular doses of natural sunlight boost the body’s production of Vitamin D, which supports¬†bone growth and density.

5. The green pigmentation found in leafy foliage stimulates energy, elevates the mood, and sparks a burst of creativity.

6. Both holistic medicine and modern science show that walking barefoot on grass fights insomnia, leading to peaceful sleep.

7. Nature’s abundance of sensory stimuli improves concentration, memory, alertness¬†and other cognitive functions.

8. The average person is more likely to exercise outside than at a gym, so even 10 minutes in the backyard triggers movement.

9. Exploring the wonders of this planet promotes adventure and taking chances, which is vital for personal development.

10. Unplugging from technology and greeting the new day improves eyesight, since staring at LCD screens strains the pupils.

11. Even a stroll around the block is ideal for stretching tight muscles and lubricating stiff joints – especially those knees.

12. Any amount of time spent engaging in recreational activities or relaxing outdoors naturally heightens self-esteem.

13. The simple act of leaving those 4 walls behind encourages face-to-face human interaction, connection, and community.

14. A daily retreat from urban pollution – in a park or by a lake, for instance – boosts the body’s white blood cell count by 50%.

15. Another reason to go barefoot outside, walking on earthy, rough terrain activates reflex points that ease physical tension.