It’s officially 2016 and what better way to start off the year after the not so healthy holidays than with hydrating, vibrant detox juices that are full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. I’ve partnered with the beautiful and talented healthy food blogger; Davida from The Healthy Maven, to bring you some healthy hydrating drinks to kick off the New Year. I’m sharing my top 3 detox juice recipes; Herbal Greens, Berry Beet and Morning Glow juice, and Davida is sharing her homemade almond milk recipe in 3 different flavours! It’s so important to stay hydrated as it flushes away toxins, keeps your skin glowing and stops you from over snacking since most of the time you’re actually just thirsty, not hungry.
I’ve recently introduced juicing back into my life after being re-inspired by a couple of resources, one of them being this documentary I watched a while back: “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” which follows one man’s battle with health issues and how he improves his lifestyle and health with detoxing and juicing. And the other day I discovered there was a sequel on Netflix, so I watched them both and I would highly recommend them as they provide some great insights into the benefits of juicing and detoxes.
I feel like juicing often gets over looked because it can be costly, time consuming and not always the tastiest. There are many different kinds of juicers on the market and to be honest, most of them do the trick. If you’re serious about juicing you can definitely invest in a high end one like the Omega one but I’ve been using this Jack Lalanne one that was a hand me down from my mother-in-law and it works just fine. If you don’t have one or don’t want to buy a juicer then you can also make juice at home by blending everything together in a high speed blender and then straining it through a nut milk bag or cheese cloth.
To me, eating healthy is a choice that should be made because of the benefits it provides, and not just because you are being forced to do so. When people ask me why I eat healthy or how I stick to a workout routine I often respond with “because it makes me feel my best.” When I eat well and move my body daily it keeps my skin clearer, digestion balanced and allows me to most importantly, deal with stress and feel grounded. I have a hyperactive personality and working out allows me to burn off excess energy that generally builds up and makes me stressed. Everyone has their reasons for detoxing or just following a healthy lifestyle in general and so you just need to figure out what your reason is and what health goals you’re looking to achieve.
Detoxing doesn’t have to mean just ridding toxins from your body. It can also mean getting rid of negativity in your life, whether from people around you or old beliefs from your past, it’s really anything that no longer provides a benefit to your health or your lifestyle.
Let’s all use January as a fresh start to think positive thoughts, sweat out toxins and feed your insides with nourishing foods and raw juices.
I would love to hear what some of your New Year’s resolutions are for this year in the comments below!
These are just some of my goals for this year, though it’s important to adapt your goals through the year based on your lifestyle, and motivations, since we’re in an ever changing environment and we should take advantage of that.
I hope you enjoy all 3 of these refreshing and delicious detox juice recipes and give them a try with your friends and family. Leave a comment below telling me which juice combo was your favourite.
And don’t forget to check out Davida’s video and blogpost to find out how she makes her homemade almond milk-3 ways by clicking HERE!