Have a juicy day! Juice your way through the fasting month

Have a juicy day! Juice your way through the fasting month
Anabelle Co-Martinent.

Juicing is a great way to start a day of fasting, and also a great way to replenish the body after a day of fasting. In fact, it's a great way to start any day!

Green is the colour of nature, freshness and life. It is also the colour of the juice best to start the day with.

"Green juice is best taken after waking up. That is when the stomach is empty and able to absorb the nutrients in the drink," said Anabelle Co-Martinent, whose company La Juiceria Sdn Bhd specialises in producing and crafting cold-pressed juices for detox - and revitalising - which are available on a home-delivery plan.

"Green juice is packed with nutrients and phytonutrients, contains antioxidants, is highly alkalising (balancing our usually over-acidic body), and gives that boost of energy you need.

Co-Martinent said green plant sources include spinach, kale, kailan, broccoli, celery, cucumber and apple, with mint, lime and ginger added as natural flavourings for juices.

"However, for the best results and to meet the recommended five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables daily, you should be consuming fruits and vegetables from a rainbow of colours."

To incorporate colour and variety to one's meal, one should consider including red plants (beet, bell pepper and tomato), yellow or orange plants (carrot, squash, pumpkin and lemon) and purple plants (eggplant and cabbage).

La Juiceria uses Korean-designed Hurom machines, a leading vertical slow juicer, to cold-press its juices.

As the juice is extracted using a gentle crushing and squeezing action, the vital enzymes, nutrients and minerals stay intact - hence cold-pressed juice is also known as "living juice".

As Muslims commence the month-long Ramadan fasting period, La Juiceria nutritionist Karyn Ng said there are ways to eat healthy and incorporate fruits and vegetables as part of one's diet.

"For sahur (pre-dawn meal), try to include nuts or complex carbohydrates such as wheatgerm, brown rice, dhal, fruits and vegetables," she said.

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