Okay… So, ever since I’ve purchased my Vitamix 5200,  I’ve been juicing and making smoothies like crazzzy! (CRAY-CRAY… right?)  I have even gone on to eating more gluten-free meals and  increasing my vegetable intake… all because of my Vitamix!   Did I mention that I’ve lost 5 lbs already just by juicing?  It’s truly awesome but before I get all  wrapped up in “Vitamix-mania,”  I want to be sure to share with you a few fun fact about watermelons and the advantages to juicing and/or  making smoothies… so here goes!

Watermelon Facts

  1. Watermelon is low in calorie because of their high water content.
  2. Alongside of tomatoes, watermelon,  in recent research,  is a high-lycopene food. Lycopene is a carotenoid phytonutrient that’s especially important for our cardiovascular and bone health.
  3. High levels of phenolic antioxidants, flavonoids, lycopene, and vitamin C  are found in all the different areas of the watermelon. The exact distribution of nutrients was also highly dependent on the variety of watermelon.
  4. Recent studies have confirmed the nutritional importance of allowing a watermelon to fully ripen.  It is said that the amount of  beta-carotene content increases as the watermelon ripen, turning from white-pink to pink to red.  The bottom line: eating a fully ripe watermelon can really pay off in terms of nutrient benefits.

The Advantages to Juicing:

  1. The top reason to juice is to increase your intake of vegetables and fruits.
  2. Supply the body with a wealth of vitamins and minerals that help boost immunity and fight oxidative stress in the body.
  3. Affords a person an opportunity to experiment with vegetables you might not normally consume, like kale or beets which are bursting with nutrients such as vitamin K and B vitamins.

Before Juicing Know That…

  1. Juicing strips most of the fiber content from vegetables and fruits.
  2. Your recommended daily amount of fiber is 25 grams or more, depending on gender and age, but the average American gets only 15 grams a day so, you’ll need to make sure you are getting enough fiber from other daily servings of vegetables and fruits.

The Advantages of Smoothies:

  1. With the right ingredients, you can easily make a light, nutritious meal with a smoothie by combining fruits and vegetables with a source of protein.
  2. Smoothies allows you to blend foods you might not think of combining. Like kale and blueberries
  3. You’ll retain the fiber in fruits and vegetables when you make a smoothie, and you can add more heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids by tossing in flaxseed or chia seeds.

Before Consuming a Smoothie Know That…

  1. Too many sweet ingredients can add significantly to your daily sugar intake, which will increases the drink’s calorie count and may lead to blood sugar spikes.
  2. By combining fruit, vegetables, healthy fat and protein, can help you lose or maintain weight by keeping you satisfied until your next meal.

Okay, so that was just a few fun facts,  now share with me your favorite juicing or smoothie recipes!  In the meantime, enjoy the video…

Words could not express how completely excited I was to see the UPS man at my door  with a box that clearly read ” Vitamix”.  I almost jumped out of my skin!  Why am I so excited about a household applicance? Mostly because I had the darnest time getting this machine but now it here so, watch me as I un-box my Vitamix and stay tuned for my first smoothie video..