Eat your greens? Well, now it’s time to juice your greens and drink ’em too. My social media feeds these days are full of wellness, fitness and yoga babes with images of green juices being a common theme. Looks a little like you’re drinking algae, or some form of liquid grass, but get the combination right and you’re onto a winner. These juices pack a serious nutrient hit and are a great way to get in some of your 8 a day.
I’m a regular smoothie drinker myself, so when I was invited to attend a juice workshop and body conditioning class with a bunch of other health conscious bloggers, I was happy to attend with friends Ché and Lulu.
Exercise and nutrition expert, Derry Temple of Temple Training started the evening with an informative talk about the benefits of incorporating juicing into your daily life. As well as the many positives such as detoxification, increased energy and strengthening your immune system, there are also some negatives including the loss of all the good fibre and the high amount of fructose (fruit sugar) if you do drink a lot of fruit juice.
- Buy organic fruit and vegetables where possible.
- Be mindful of the ‘Dirty Dozen and Clean 15‘. These are your fruit and vegetables that are most and least likely to contain nasty pesticide residue.
- Always wash your fruit and vegetables before juicing.
- Add more vegetables than fruit to avoid too much fructose. Think spinach, kale, cucumber, carrots, celery…
- If you do prefer your juice sweet, try adding lemon, or lime juice to sweeten rather than using more fruit. High fructose in your diet spikes your insulin (not good).
- Add protein powder to your juice post-workout.
- Your body needs good fats and protein. Juices do not replace a healthy, balanced diet.
After learning the ins and outs, it was our turn to raid all the delicious fruit and vegetables to have a go at making a juice ourselves.
There was a large rainbow selection of fruit and vegetables, which all got well utilised and put to good use. I whipped up a ‘Ginger Cleanse’, but also got over excited and added 2 oranges, half a cucumber, half a lime and 2 slices of pineapple…
- 1 apple
- 2 carrots
- 1 celery stalk
- A chunk of ginger
Have a go at making one yourself. The beauty with juices, you can add extra ingredients as you choose and it’s a great way of using up what is in the fridge.
Ché was having all sorts of fun playing with her food in the corner.
The Philips juicers were easy to use, though I learnt a very valuable lesson. Make sure to peel your oranges before attempting to juice them. Our juice combinations were delicious (even yours Ché) and most were finished before our body conditioning class rather than saving them until after. Oops.
Speaking of which, I forgot to mention Derry is a professional Muay Thai kick boxer. Once we were finished juicing everything in sight at the Greenlight Digital offices, he took all of us across to Urban Kings where we were put through some challenging circuit training.
This was our before photo while we were still fresh and smiling!
As we walked past a few guys sparring in the boxing ring, I knew Derry had a challenging workout ahead for us. To get our heart rate up and bodies warm, we were straight into side steps, high knees and floor sweeps in a circle around the outside of the mat area.
Happy with our warm-up, Derry split our group into two teams for our 30 minute body conditioning class. We had to race the other team while doing three rounds of circuit exercises:
- 10 alternating lunges
- 10 burpees
- 10 squat press using kettle bells
- 10 box step ups
- 10 sandbag squats
- 10 press ups, sandbag
- 10 sumo squats using a kettle bell
- 10 side hops over a bench
- 5 sprints using an agility ladder
Needless to say, we were put through our paces and came out a lot more red in the face and sweatier than before we started. Great for strength and cardio fitness.
Thanks to Joe’s Bloggers, Currys, Temple Training, Urban Kings and Philips for a fun and informative bloggers event. You can also read Currys’ write up of their #currysintrojuicing evening.