Some might call it an influential wind from the west. To them, I'd like to introduce the juice corners that popularly sit in almost every Indian market that I have grown up with. If you've had a chance to glance at their menu you'd know that during winter months, most of them sell juiced up greens. I have found myself occasionally slipping into a juice detox during those nippy days. What started as an easy way to add nutrition to my palate has now become more of an 'ultimate-weight-loss-diet' or the 'get-glowing-from-within-diet'. While the concept itself may not be new, the trend is and it seems to be luring all, one glass at a time. Here are a few things that you should know about juicing and the diet before you begin blending. What is juicing and juice detox? Juicing simply involves extracting the juices from vegetables and fruits. Health juices are having their moment with juice detox as the latest fad diet, also known as juice cleansing. During these fasts, the person may drink only juices and abstain from any solid food consumption. Some may opt for it as a cleansing therapy and others as as part of a weight loss regime. How did it start? The recent panic around packaged juices and all the noise about sugar & fructose being touted as villains swirled people towards freshly made concoctions. With celebrities lapping it up as a diet trend and the suave juice bars that mushroomed, it got all the attention that it needed. Also, anything that could fight off our weight woes is worth talking about, isn't it?
- Choose different of colors of fruits and veggies to get a good mix of vitamins and minerals
- The pulp has the maximum fiber so don't miss out on it. It is the fiber that keeps you full for a longer time.
- It's best to drink the juice fresh on the same day.
- Make your juices more balanced by adding protein in the form of almond milk, yogurt, flaxseeds etc.
- Pair fruits and veggies taking in account the calories they contain.
Are juice bars the new coffee shops? With juicing being the latest obsession, it's only natural to hear 'have-you-been-to-that-new -juice bar-yet?' and not surprising to see chic juice cafes spring up overnight. These temples of all of nature's freshness and goodness will have you at the very first sip. Some of them even deliver freshly squeezed juice at your breakfast table. But there's a lot of uncertainty. Would you give up on your morning tea/coffee for a glass of juice? Can juice cafes replace the caffeine kick and rise as the new banter houses or are they just a fleeting fad? All I can say is that since the juice culture is here to stay for now, I'd like to sit back and wash down my curiosity sip by sip. Lookout for - HAS juice bar - Mahim, Mumbai Juice Lounge - Hyderabad, Ahemdabad, Mumbai, Pune etc Joost Juice Bar - Saket, New Delhi Jiffy Juice - Gurgaon (Haryana), Greater Kailash -1 (New Delhi) RAW Pressery - Mumbai, Maharashtra Take home message? If you have been excessively feasting & binging, a day or two of juice detox can give you the much-needed break. Juices are a convenient way to add the nutritional punch to your diet, you can put a lot more vegetables and fruits in a juice than you can sit and eat at a time. But they shouldn't be completely substituted for whole fruits and veggies. They are great to fuel an occasional boost.