While there is certainly reason to be concerned with American children's sugar consumption, our focus should be on the staple foods and beverages that are relentlessly marketed to them, not an annual holiday.
The primary advantage of juicing is to introduce a greater abundance of health-promoting produce into your daily life; juicing gives you a concentrated dose of vitamins and other nutrients and allows you to enjoy some vegetables that you might otherwise avoid.
As you can see by my recent blog post, juicing is not for me. I thought I would try it but in the end I prefer to go to my neighborhood juice bar. Here are the seven main things to consider before you start doing your own juicing.
Instead of buying a juicer, I thought I'd try and use my blender to mix fruits and veggies -- like I do my protein shake. Well, I'm glad I did, because not only do I love the way that it tastes, but I'm also experiencing the benefits of the abundance of anti-inflammatory agents found in vegetables.
Freshly squeezed, pressed or blended with a bit of green algae, raw fruit and vegetable juices at new juice bars across the country are being lauded by everyone from celebrities to soccer moms with a vigor that recalls the '90s smoothie craze. Here is a list of the best in America.
When it comes to nutrition, sometimes it's hard to tell the fact from the fiction. Certain foods get a reputation as "bad for you," whereas others get promoted as "natural" or "good for you" when they are really not.
This juice takes a few minutes to prepare and will keep you energized and full into your mid-morning snack. Get creative and experiment with a vast array of fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables each time.
Like it or not, we tend to believe whatever we are exposed to in the media and in advertisements. In nutrition, this usually means that as a society we all follow the same diet fads, glorifying some foods over others in the quest for better health.
To hear their advocates, liquefied fruits, veggies and herbs offer an amazing elixir to lose weight, boost the body's immunity, prevent cancer, and cleanse the liver and colon -- and more. Be careful if you buy all these claims.
There are many variations depending on the European culture, but here in the United States the borscht found in jars on supermarket shelves is a simple recipe of water, beets, sugar, salt and citric acid. That is, if you can find it in your supermarket.
Start with sweet and refreshing ingredients such as berries and carrots, then slowly add nutritious leafy greens and earthy vegetables to gain the maximum health benefits. By day 30, you'll be craving the "mean greens."