5 reasons juice is great after a workout

by Lori and Michelle on August 28, 2009

Hello Everyone

Well we did plan on doing a post yesterday, but had a busy day. It was our last day selling our Twin Cakes and Pure2Raw products at our Thursday farmers market, the season had come to the end : (

We decided to celebrate a little last night. We enjoyed a glass of wine (Daily Red) and watched a movie! Sometimes you just need some time off and relax!

A little recap of yesterday….

Workout: 1 hr 45 minute walk

We got a good workout in yesterday, despite the heat!

We were excited to get a good workout in because we were having a little bit a of a slow moving week, due to Lori going on vacation this past weekend. It is amazing sometimes how long it takes to get back into your daily routine.

We didn’t have our “meals” planned out this week…but we sometimes love the challenge of creating something with whatever we got on hand. We are still focusing on eating mostly juices and smoothies with occasional snack food or salad! We love just eating whatever whenever…a reason we highly enjoy the raw foods lifestyle!

Our pre-workout meal was some new products we created the day before to add to our Pure2Raw product line. First was a lemon coconut fig bomb. And second was a slice of banana bread with walnut cashew butter. So good…think they will be keepers!

Yum!

Yum!

They did pretty good in giving us energy throughout our walk. So that is exciting because we love finding new things to give us a natural boost! Both of us were starving when we got back from our walk (and extremely hot!) that we were looking forward to our juice.

Post workout meal: Juice filled with apples, cucumber, arugula, and parsnip.

Lately we have been having juice as our post-workout…and we wanted to share with you why.

5 reasons juice is great after a workout:

  1. quick absorption
  2. no fiber
  3. easy to digest
  4. fuel…pure energy
  5. nourish, alkalize, and energize the body

Fruit and vegetable juices are able to deliver a very important group of nutrients called enzymes. Enzymes are your body’s work force! They are essential for digestion and absorption of food, for the production of energy at the cellular level, and for conversion of foods nutrients into body’s tissue.

When you juice greens you are getting a very valuable nutrient called Chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a substance found only in plants and is similar in structure to hemoglobin, which is responsible for transporting oxygen in the blood. Back in the 1940s, researcher found that consuming chlorophyll improves the body’s ability to produce hemoglobin, therefore enhancing the efficiency of oxygen transport.

Juicing removes the indigestible fiber so nutrients are available to the body in bigger quantities than if the apple or carrot was eaten whole. For instance some of the nutrients are trapped in the fiber, so if a carrot is eaten raw, the body is only able to assimilate about 1% of the available beta carotene. When carrot is juiced, no fiber, about 100% of beta carotene is assimilated! This is great for the body especially after a hard workout.

Juice is great to alkalize the body after a workout. When you workout you are putting stress on the body and lose many vital nutrients, so having a juice you are giving the body everything it needs to recover. The key is to have fresh juice not store bought, pasteurized juice. Most of those are full of sugar and preservatives. All you need to juice is a juicer and a variety of fresh veggies and fruits! Play around with combinations and enjoy the benefits!

Drink up! Juicing can be time consuming. Though we don't mind taking the time to juice because of the pure nutritional value that you receive from them.

Drink up! Juicing can be time consuming. Though we don't mind taking the time to juice because of the pure nutritional value that you receive from them.

The biggest thing to keep in mind after you workout is that you want to get the nutrients in the quickest and easiest way for your body! This is why we love juice after working out. Then later on we will have a more of a meal that has fiber and all! We believe in both juicing and smoothies though we are realizing they each provide different value to the body at different times and for different purposes.

Have a great day!

Twin Question: What is your favorite juice combo?

Till next time, from our juice to your juice

The Raw Twins

L&M

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The dude March 8, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Juicing is great after working out, I’ve replaced protein shakes with it and I’m still getting stronger. My usual juice is kale, celery, lemon, beets, ginger, and carrots. It’s interesting we don’t have a single matching ingredient, guess it shows there are lots of good combos!

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angela June 17, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Thankyou sooo much for this post. I was really wondering whether a juice or smoothie would be better after a workout. I will now have juice for my post workout meal. I will than make my smoothie an hour later for more substance.

My juice:

Spinach
Kale
Cucumber
Sea Algae
Apple
Carrot
Slice of lemon

Smoothie:

Raw protein powder
Banana
Chia seeds
10 almonds
Pure water

I think I am on the right track…if you have any suggestions please let me know:)

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Daniel August 31, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Being juicing for only a week now, and it feels great! I always try different combos most of them are: broccoli, spinach, mint, cabbage, carrots, apples, pineapples, celery, berries, strawberries, bananas, oranges and the list goes on and on… Cheers from Costa Rica! Pure vida!!!

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