Aperitif: Flush Winter Blues with Spring Juices and Smoothies

Spring is a time of renewal, a time for sloughing off the old dead bits and being renewed with increasing warmth, refreshing rain, and sunshine. Our bodies fluctuate with the processes and cycles of nature, so spring is also the perfect time to renew, refresh, and detox our bodies for the vitality of summer.

Whether you’re aiming for a beach body, heightened endurance, or a compact core of strength, adding fresh juices and smoothies to your spring diet can help flush out the stored up fats of winter, renew any wavering energy, and alleviate aches and pains associated with physical activity.

First, never detox when you’re sick. This is a time to nourish your body so that it can heal. Sip immune-boosting herbal teas, eat warming soups, and drink a smoothie that incorporates anti-inflammatories such as ginger and turmeric—but only in addition to a more substantial diet.   

Juices provide a quick energy boost, concentrated nutrient shot, and rich detox. They are a great way to start your day or your workout. Smoothies, especially green ones, can provide a wider range of benefits, from stamina to fiber to healthy fats. They are more effective as meal replacements and post-hike fare. Check out Sergei Boutenko’s documentary Powered by Green Smoothies and discover how 10 ultrarunners and CrossFitters achieved quicker recovery and less soreness by adding green smoothies to their training regimen.

If you buy pre-made juices or smoothies, make sure they don’t have any added sugar. However, a little local honey every day in spring can aid allergy relief. The best options are to make your own or visit your local juice and smoothie bar. //

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