The AWESOMENESS of drinking green juices has been well heralded. The benefits of increased fruit and vegetable intake include increased phytonutrients, increased antioxidants, increased soluble fiber and increased oxygen availability just to name a few. Green juicess make you feel alive and give you an instant energy boost to start the day off right. In warmer climates they can be super cooling and refreshing. And guess what? In colder climates, they are still super cooling, which it turns out, is not so refreshing. On their long list of stellar achievements, green juices have never been called comfort food. That luscious fare that hugs your body and soul from the inside and leaves you feeling warm and happy regardless of the temperature and evidence of the changing season outside. No, sadly, our champion falls short in this arena. Green juice is more like a chest bump than a hug. It pumps you up and gets your adrenaline flowing, but soothing and comforting, it is not. Why, you wonder, do I bring up this ever so slight shortcoming? Why not let it go unsaid and even unnoticed by those who live in warmer climates and who don’t have to experience drinking a green juice after coming in from 30 degree temps or less? I do this because I am a fan…one of their biggest. Green juices have become a staple in my nutrition and though I cast them aside once the temps dipped into the 30s, I find myself missing their nutrient goodness and needing to find some sort of compromise. I am betting if you too have pulled out the flannel pajamas and sheets, that drinking green juice has fallen on your list of top nutrition sources. Well, I am happy to say, that it doesn’t have to be. The following gems are strategies that I use to stay green when everything else around me is brown. Leave a comment below and let me know which strategy is your favorite!
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1. ADD WARMING SPICES
The addition of warming spices to green juices is the perfect compliment during cold and flu season. Green juices already can be high in Vitamin C, which is known to increase immunity and reduce the symptoms of the common cold. Warming spices such as ginger, garlic, cinnamon, cardamom, cayenne and black pepper add a super boost by increasing circulation, opening respiratory passages and acting as anti-infectives.
2. DRINK BEFORE YOU LEAVE YOUR HOUSE
Before you leave the comfort of your warm, cozy house to be set upon by frigid temps and howling winds, get your green juice in! You will still get all of the energy amping, germ-fighting goodness at a time where you don’t have to worry about keeping your gloves and hat on for another 30 min after you drink it. Set yourself up for success and get it in early!
3. DRINK AT ROOM TEMPERATURE
The best glass of green juice is an empty glass of green juice! Green juices are normally kept on ice or refrigerated to slow down the degradation of nutrients, so it is normal to think that we must drink them ice cold. If you are like me and find that you are not able to tolerate any cold drinks once the temperature outside starts dropping to where a coat is needed, then don’t force it! Drinking green juice immediately after it is made is always preferred, but if you have to freeze or refrigerate for storage, let it warm up to room temperature before consuming it.
4. GET BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM YOUR FRIENDS…SUPPLEMENT
Traditional Chinese medicine asserts that certain types of foods should be eaten in their specific season. My body tends to agree. While green juices remain a very efficient way to increase intake of green vegetables for the myriad of benefits that they bestow, consuming them in the winter may become a test of will. To ensure your success, consider drinking less green juice per day than you normally would. In my case, my compromise was to have less juice fasting days and more days that consisted of a green juice for breakfast. I now supplement with other nutrient dense, low calorie options. Bone broths are high in minerals and gelatin which aids in digestion. Vegetable soup is another high-volume, low-calorie food that is an excellent source of fiber and nutrients.