Organic Fruits & Veggies for $11/week

I try to eat healthy.  I know the benefits it has and how much more fluidly our systems function when our body gets what it needs (digestion, nervous, reproductive, immune systems, etc…).  BUT when my husband and I sat down and recalled the number of fruits and veggies we had actually eaten the day before, we realized we weren’t getting the 5 of each that we should be.  
 

On days that we did, I noticed I was eating repeated things.. 2 apples, 2 spinach salads, etc.  I wasn’t getting a variety of nutrients.  When my good friend told me about Juice Plus and how the capsules were powders of 17 fruits and veggies that were organically grown and broken down with minimal heat, I was jealous.  Then I was scared that it’d be a million dollars and not worth the cost, but I was wrong.

It comes out to $11/ week.  When you consider buying that and the TIME it would take to juice it with a juicer (to retain all the enzymes and phytonutrients that the capsules keep intact) it was such a steal of a deal that we ordered some ASAP.  It’s been my pre-natal ever since and my daughter Ella asks for her ‘bi-min’ (vitamin..her chewable) multiple times a day.

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I love that it’s whole-food nutrition (not synthetic vitamins), that it’s researched and proven safe for pregnancy and for infants, and that the company has tons of research studies to back up how it improves your health. see research here Their protein powder is vegan, nutrient-dense, and is my best friend in the afternoons, when I’m starving and want chips and salsa and cheese, but instead can make a smoothie that fills me up and nourishes my growing baby.   (listen, some days I eat the salsa & cheese.. but at least it’s not every day)
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Now, what about our babies?!… (even if they’re older children 😉 )
Am I the only mom that stresses about how poorly my child eats on some days??
Do I try to get as many fruits and veggies onto her tray as possible and ‘gently force’ her to put them in her mouth and swallow?  yes.
Are there days when she won’t touch a single thing bc she doesn’t feel like it but my pediatrician says “that’s just toddler eating for ya”? YES.
 

Kiddos get sick an average of 6-8 times a year.  Getting all the nutrients a child needs from healthy foods won’t prevent sickness completely, but it’s proven to help their bodies be better equipped to fight off infections or viruses.  Juice Plus does a Children’s Health Study and these are the current findings.  After taking chewables:

70% kids were eating less fast food & soft drinks, & drinking more water
66% were visiting the Dr less (because of stronger immune systems)
60% were eating more fruits and veggies (parent’s report they actual crave more)
60% were missing fewer days of school

My daughter isn’t old enough to be going to school or eating fast food, but I will say that when she (rarely) gets sick, she fights it quickly and it is always mild.  Before we started Juice Plus, that is something I had heard from several mom friends, who’s toddlers were on the  chewables: they saw a noticeable difference in how often they got sick and how much shorter the duration was when they did.    Lastly, but just as important, we love that there isn’t add junk in them:

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Check out my website HERE for some additional info about the adult capsules, children’s gummies or protein powder and let me know if you have any specific questions about one of the best investments our family has ever made.
XOXO,
Lana
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5 Nutrition Guidelines We {try to} Live By

I grew up with parents that mixed Spirulina powder into my orange juice when I was in middle school.  I can still see it and taste it to this day:  a green, thick juice that tasted more like the earth than the sweet orange juice it was supposed to be.

My dad grew up being overweight until he was in his late 20s, when he began to learn more about nutrition and then dramatically changed his eating habits.  All this interest in nutrition got passed down to me because my parents would nicely explain why we could or couldn’t eat certain things as we were growing up.

Since then, I’ve loved learning about the human body and what helps it function best.  I studied Nutrition in college and made it my minor, just for the fun of it.  We’re not perfect by any means, but we do strive to nourish our bodies in the best ways we know how.  Below are some of the rules we try to follow:

 

1. Make Fruits & Veggies a Priority

We’re suppose to be eating 7-13 fruits and veggies a day.  There is no way I get close to that unless I make it a priority to eat those things first, in my snacks and my meals.  My dad always told us girls to eat fruits before our meals and to eat our salads or veggies before we started the meat & carbs part of our meals.  Why?  A)  More nutrients get absorbed when you eat them first, on an empty stomach & B) you make sure that you actually eat & finish those foods because you don’t run out of room in your stomach.

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2.  Read Labels & Know What to Avoid

These are the items that we try to stay away from if we see them on a nutrition label.  I encourage you to research these ingredients and read up about the dangerous effects they have so you’re motivated to stay away from them too.   (some of the adverse effects include:  endocrine disorders, lowered immune system, behavioral disorders in kids, diabetes, oxidative stress to your cells, digestive problems, obesity, higher likelihood of cancer). High Fructose Corn Syrup,  Soybean Oil,  Partially Hydrogenated Oils, Carrageenan, Aspartame, Sodium Nitrate, Monosodium Glutamate.    ** for me, it’s important to pick my battles instead of get overwhelmed by it all.  For example,  I choose a coffee creamer & salad dressing without Carrageenan, but we get a low-fat ice cream that does have it. **

 

3.  Don’t Eat Fast Food.

Fast Food is easy & convenient but when I read about what they actually put into that food, it’s disgusting.  Knowing what’s in there, helps me to stay away from it.  (CLICK HERE to see how fast food gets digested in your stomach)  I am not saying I cook every night.  I’m just saying we don’t drive-through fast food places.   I get Amy’s or Kashi frozen pizzas or rotisserie chickens and salads… rotisseries are the best!!   There are lots of options for quick food you can ‘pick up’ from the store but that aren’t fast food.  (An additional motivator for us: save the money from eating out for family vacations!).

 

4.  Portion control the ‘weakness’ foods or don’t even buy them

Ideally, sweets are a luxury and should be eaten on rare occasion.  But honesty, I usually eat a small dessert on most evenings after dinner.  What helps us is using mini bowls & only having a couple spoonfuls of low-fat ice cream.  And things that I can’t have self-control with (which is basically any other kind of dessert), I just try not to buy & bring into the house at all.

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5.  “Supplement” to get what you don’t realistically get on a daily basis

Our family strives to eat healthy, but when we sat down and actually looked at our day’s intakes, we realized we weren’t getting the recommended amount of 7-13 fruits and vegetables.  Whaaaat?  Yes, sadly.  That’s when I heard about Juice Plus.  It’s a whole-food nutrition product: a capsule of powder that you swallow like you would a vitamin.  I don’t use the words multivitamin or supplement because Juice Plus isn’t synthetic vitamins in a hard pill form, it’s actual food.  And it actually gets absorbed by your body.

It is grown on the vine, broken down, dried at low temperatures (so it doesn’t lose the enzymes and phytonutrients that you get from real food) and put in a capsule.  There are 7 fruits in the Orchard blend and 10 veggies & grains in the Garden blend.  There is nothing like it that you can buy in a store.

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I’m not easily sold on things.  What helped me ‘trust’ Juice Plus, if you will, was the amount of clinical research that has gone into it & actually proven its positive effects on the body (the same effects that eating fruits & vegetables has).  Also, I know how powerful what we put into our body is (say vs. a skin cream or an oil.  In my opinion, what you ingest has way more of an effect).   Juice Plus has been around for 20+ years, and reputable Doctors around the country are behind it.  Dr. Sears is one of them and it’s the only ‘supplement’ he himself takes and also recommends to all his patients.

Our family has loved Juice Plus and we especially are thankful to have it for Ella (they have Chewables for toddlers – which are proven to actually make them crave & eat more real vegetables… amazing).  If you want to read about the clinical studies they have done, CLICK HERE.  Or if you’d like to see the unique way Juice Plus is made, CLICK HERE to watch a short video.  And of course, let me know if you have any other questions I can answer for you!

All in all, every little step towards eating healthier and cleaner makes a difference.  I’d love to hear some ways you try to fuel your body well, that help you feel your best.  Happy eating!

xoxo,

Lana

 

**I’ve had a few questions, so I thought I’d clarify!   Yes, I distribute Juice Plus and if you’re interested, here is where you can get some product: www.LanaL.juiceplus.com 🙂 **