We (like everybody else) have become obsessed with juicing this year, especially the green variety. A cold pressed juice mid-afternoon is our idea of nutrient heaven and admittedly, we feel like the most pure beings on earth after we drink anything with kale in it. But it got us thinking, are we really getting all the health benefits out of the fruit and veg we put into our juices?

We talked to SumoSalad’s resident dietician, Georgina Moore about the juicy facts following the food chain’s new cold pressed juice launch.

Nutritious juices

Moore reminds us that while juices are a good part of a nutritious diet, juicing removes a lot of the fibre from fruit and veg, “you will need to consciously eat plenty of wholegrain breads & cereals, legumes, lentils as well as fruit and vegetables as a part of your daily intake” she says. “If you struggle to get your five serves of veg each day and you’re not really a fruit person, then a juice can certainly help you meet your nutritional needs. Juices that are based on vegetables will have less energy (and sugar) than those based on fruit, making them a better option.”

Powerhouse ingredients

When it comes to the ingredients in our juice, Moore says any fruit or veg is going to help us hit our daily nutrient targets but it’s those superfoods that are the key to an amazing bevvy. “Try adding some of the well-known superfoods such as kale. I recommend to my clients, if they are going to have a juice, include ingredients that they wouldn’t normally eat, as the more variety in your diet, the better range of nutrients you are consuming, for example a juice with beetroot & red kale,” says Moore.

Get more fruit and veg in your day

Moore shared her three top tips for upping your fruit and veggie intake each day:

  • Make sure at least one snack is a piece of fruit – this will hopefully help reduce the intake of chocolate biscuits as well!
  • Your lunch and dinner plate should be made up of 50% vegies or salad ingredients, 25% lean protein e.g. skinless chicken, lean beef, legumes, eggs, tofu etc. and 25% low GI carbs e.g. basmati rice, sweet potato. This will ensure that you are getting plenty of vegies in your diet, adequate protein and carbs without making the meal too energy dense.
  • If you are having a sandwich or wrap for lunch; for each protein or spread, have at least two salad or vegies ingredients. More veg makes meals more, whilst helping you to maintain your energy levels for the afternoon.

SumoSalad’s cold pressed range comes in four flavours and they’re available from stores Australia-wide.