JuiceSip a cup o’green instead o’joe for better health and improved digestion.  Juicing is an easy nutrition solution for health-conscious travelers. It is hard to include a variety of vegetables and healthy foods while traveling.  Juicing makes it easy. 

One 8 oz glass of veggie juice can make your trip healthier.  Take the Travelingmom Juice Challenge (fruit or veggie):  Next week or on your next vacation, replace 2 visits to the coffee stand with a visit to your favorite juice bar and enjoy the benefits.

Stan Goodman, co-owner of Greenwich Yoga & Juice Bar, explains the benefits of juicing.

TMOM:  How long have you been “in the juice business?”

STAN:  We opened our NEW Juice Bar Cafe in November of 2007. Although we have been juicing for ourselves for years and pre-yoga used to manage the Golden Pear in East Hampton, NY.

TMOM:  What are some of the health benefits you have experienced by juicing?

STAN:  1. Juicing helps you absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables. This is important because most of us have impaired digestion. This limits your body’s ability to absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables. Juicing will help to “pre-digest” them for you, so you will receive most of the nutrition rather than having it go down the toilet.

2. Allows you to consume an optimal amount of vegetables in an efficient manner. If you are a carb type, you should eat one pound of raw vegetables per 50 pounds of body weight per day. Some people may find eating that many vegetables difficult, but it can be easily accomplished with a quick glass of vegetable juice.

3. You can add a wider variety of vegetables in your diet. Many people eat the same vegetable salads everyday. This violates the principle of regular food rotation and increases your chance of developing an allergy to a certain food. But with juicing, you can juice a wide variety of vegetables that you may not normally eat.

TMOM:  Is wheatgrass really good for you?

STAN:  Wheatgrass has become one of the most widely used supplemental health foods in America. It contains chlorophyll, amino acids, enzymes, and vitamins and minerals your body needs to start living a better life. Wheatgrass juice gives you the energy you need everyday while cleaning out your body from the harmful substances found in our normal food, water, and air. It is the “perfect food” for dieters, athletes, people on the go who want to stay healthy, or simply anyone who just wants to feel GREAT!

MUST TRYCold Cure – even if you don’t have a cold.  It is yummy and gives  your immune system a giant boost.  Daily Greens – Tastes, well, green but still good and very good for you.

TMOM:  Are veggie juices or fruit juices better for you?

STAN:  Vegetable juicing is critical to good health because it is an important source of raw food. Each of us needs raw foods every day, and juicing is an excellent way to make certain you receive large quantities of raw foods.

Fruit juicing is certainly good for you, but it has one disadvantage over vegetable juicing: fruit juice tends to increase insulin levels when consumed.

Vegetable juice does not raise insulin levels like fruit juice. The only exception to this would be carrot or beet juice which function similarly to fruit juice. Nevertheless, fruit juicing is certainly better for you and your children than drinking soda.

TMOM:  When starting out, what is a juice cocktail you would recommend?

STAN:  We recommend you try juicing vegetables you already like to eat. Our Daily Greens (kale, parsley, celery, cucumber, and a shot of wheatgrass) has been our #1 seller!

Stan Woodman and his wife Gina own Greenwich Yoga and Juice Bar Cafe in Greenwich, CT.  Stan is a master teacher of Ashtanga Yoga and Gina is a master teacher of Vinyasa Yoga.  They have both traveled extensively nationally and internationally teaching yoga workshops and trainings.  Go to www.greenwichyoga.com to take a peek at their eco-juice bar and for more info.