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Recharging Your Batteries with Juices and Smoothies

By Pat Crocker

Fruit smoothies and juices provide the best energy for recharging your batteries if you’re an active person. An active person’s metabolic rate (the amount of energy you burn while at rest) burns hotter and faster than that of an inactive person. Increasing activity requires the body to burn more calories, which come from excess body fat or from the food you consume.

The benefits of increasing your activity level are that your body weight will drop, and you’ll be providing your body with a wider variety of vitamins and minerals (including antioxidant or anti-aging nutrients) because of the extra food you’ll be consuming to fuel your exercise. In addition, your body will get better at using the vitamins and minerals it takes in, and this results in healthier cells, thus slowing the aging process.

For an excellent energy juice, try juicing the following:

  • 1 apple

  • 1 slice pineapple

  • 1 slice watermelon or cantaloupe

  • 2 carrots

  • 1 wedge of cabbage

Combine the following ingredients in the blender for an energy smoothie:

  • 1/2 cup orange juice

  • 1/4 cup carrot juice

  • 1 cup watermelon cubes or seedless grapes

  • 1 cup cantaloupe cubes

  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen berries