Vancouverites (Yes, this is how people who live in Vancouver city are called) are healthy nuts
in their majority. Smoothies and green juices, salad rolls and Collard Green Wrap are foods
that you can easily find when you walk in “healthy” stores in town.
I’ve never seen so many options to go for when
you’re in a rush and just want to grab a bite
without compromising your health. No excuses!!!
Don’t be surprised to find Juice Shops inside of
the train Station, or to see people walking around
drinking a green, purple, orange beverage.
On the other hand, as a nutritionist I can say people may get confused when it comes to
choosing the right beverage and snack. Perhaps you might think you’re getting a nourishing
smoothie, but in reality you’re planting a sugar bomb in your blood stream! Despite the fact
some people are blind to nutrition principles, a good nutritionist has X-ray eyes (just
breaking the ice…lol) powered to detect the unfriendly ingredients in foods from a long,
long distance. For instance, healthy shops use artificial juices as a base for their smoothies,
packed with lots of undesirable sugar that will just screw up with your plans to be healthy
and in shape. Don’t blow it!! But hold on, I’ve got you covered!!!
Have you ever considered adding a buck-fifty to replace artificial juice by coconut water?
For sure, it will not hurt your pocket as would do with your body. Coconut water is a great
alternative to artificial juices, containing way less sugar and some good electrolytes
including Magnesium and Potassium. Some might argue saying that it is still processed and
industrialized, but if you can opt between industrialized juice ,or coconut water, I’d say go
for coconut water. It is all about balance and making better choices.
When choosing smoothie or juice, some people get confused a lot. This is an interesting
topic to touch in this post I would like to give my two cents. Speaking in the language of
nutrition, both might be very good to you. It just depends on your needs at the moment. For
example, if you want to have a meal replacement, smoothie is a good option because it
contains fruits (fructose-carbohydrate) and good source of fat (chia, flax seeds). In addition,
you may want to add some source of protein (plant-based protein powder that consists of a
combination of plants and seeds or, milk derived such as whey). Boom!! You’ve got a good
meal replacement with all macronutrients (Protein + Fats + Carbs). To make good becomes
perfect , your smoothie is now full of fiber, which makes you feel fuller for a long time due
to blood sugar control. (Fibre slows down digestion and the release of glucose in your blood
In case you opt for juicing, opportunely you get rid of all fibre content of fruits or veggies,
which not necessarily is a bad thing. Again, it depends on your needs. As soon as you ingest
juice with a low rate of fibre, most vitamins and minerals are rapidly absorbed in your
blood stream. Vitamins and minerals work in your body cells as “helpers” (co-factors) in
the energy metabolism. The answer to live a happier life, have good mood, improve work
performance and achieve fitness goals depends on how macro nutrients (Protein + Fats +
Carbs) and micro nutrients (vitamins and minerals) are balanced in your lifestyle. As said
that, I recommend juicing first thing in the morning, preferably with more veggies than
fruits. Thus, you instantly boost your energy, putting aside that “old fashioned way” (black
coffee). Just a heads up!! Instead of providing energy, excessive coffee messes up with your
adrenal glands and cortisol, (but this is something you will get more information in another
post). I hope you all enjoyed today’s post about making better choices when experiencing a
healthy lifestyle in Vancouver city (or anywhere else in the world). Health has become a
trend, but there are plenty of confusing points that need to be clarified…and that’s why I’m
here for, oh yeah!!!
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