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ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH FRUITS AND VEGGIES EVERY DAY?

According to Malaysian Dietary Guideline, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. We always hear this statement but what exactly does plenty mean? Five bowls of fruit? Six salads? Nine apples? Two sweet potatoes? How much is enough? Fruits and vegetables contain some of the most vital nutrients for our overall health, but how many of us are actually consuming the recommended amount of at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day? With our hectic lifestyles, it can be difficult to keep track of our daily fruit and vegetable needs. That’s why a bottles of La Juiceria juices is a great way to top up your nutrient intake every day.

WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR BODY WHEN YOU DON’T GET ENOUGH NUTRIENTS:

  1. Weak Immune system

Fruits and vegetables both provide antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. If you lack vegetables in your diet and the important vitamins they provide, your body may lack the defenses it needs to release free radical fighters against viruses

 

  1. Digestive Problems & Constipation

You could feel super bloated and uncomfortable. If you’re not eating enough fruits, you’ll likely feels there is excess gas in your stomach, causing the dreaded feeling of bloating. Vegetables are major sources of dietary fibre, which helps push waste efficiently out of your colon. Too much salt in your diet also leads to bloating. To counter this, eat fruits that are packed with potassium and drinking more water may help. The National Institutes of Health links low fibre intake to digestion problems that include constipation and diverticular diseases.

Benefits of  that found in fruits and vegetables:

  • Help push food through
  • Prevent constipation
  • Eliminate toxins
  • Improve immune function
  • Regulate appetite and blood sugar levels
  • Reduce cholesterol
  • Promote a healthy digestive system

 

  1. Diabetes

Weight gain is commonly related with diabetes. If you’re eating a lot of high-density foods instead of fruits and vegetables, you will probably gain unhealthy amounts of weight which may lead to be at risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes. Why would you destroy your own body system? Put down the junk food and grab a fruit or vegetable instead!

 

  1. Overweight

You might be eating higher-calorie foods that promote weight gain and nutrient imbalance. Fast food, heavy meat intake and sugar are common things in Malaysia, hence the country ranks high in obesity rates. Research in the US has shown that people who are overweight or obese eat less fruits and vegetables than normal-weight groups. Becoming overweight increases your risk for many chronic diseases. You can eat more and feel full and happy with fewer calories in fruits and vegetables because they are low in calories and high in energy density.

 

  1. Cancer Risk

While there is no specific food that can protect you from cancer, a diet that includes antioxidants may reduce cancer risks. Antioxidants such as vitamin E, vitamin C, and carotenoids may reduce cancer risks by protecting healthy cells from free radicals. You can get antioxidants from kale, blueberries, blackberries and more. Don’t think by having these vitamins alone will help protect you from cancer risk because the other factors plays an important role as well. Practice a healthy lifestyle. Stop smoking and do regular exercises.

  1. Heart Disease

Eating lots of fruits and vegetables can reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke because of its effects in lowering blood pressure. A study has revealed that people who eat 8 or more fruits and vegetables a day are 30% less likely to have a heart attack or stroke.

 

  1. High Blood Pressure and Kidney Failure

Too much salt in the bloodstream reduces the ability of your kidney to remove water. It results to higher blood pressure and strains your kidney. Counter this with vegetables and fruits which are good natural sources of potassium, which has the opposite effect to salt and will help to lower the blood pressure. They are rich in potassium, calcium, and magnesium, which helps reduce the sodium in your diet.

 

  1. Bleeding Gums, Anaemia and Fatigue

Fruits and vegetables contain some of the most vital nutrients for our health, eating too few can result in nutrient deficiencies which leads to scurvy, fatigue, anaemia, depression, bleeding gums and more! Yes, you can get these nutrients in other food, but fruits and vegetables contain high concentrations and are great sources of goodness!

START THEM YOUNG

Fruits and vegetables are vital for everyone’s health. Our likes and dislikes of foods are formed in the first few years of life, so it’s important to give children lots of fruit and vegetables to try. It will help them develop a taste for them, meaning they will be more likely to eat fruit and vegetables as teenagers and adults.

AN EASY WAY OUT!
It is important to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. La Juiceria juices is very convenient for those who have a tough busy lifestyle, especially if you’re not a fan of neither one! If you can’t eat it, drink it.


Did you know the Goodness Greens contain up to 1kg of vegetables?

YES! YES! I know it’s a lot! By drinking 1 bottle, you can have close to 1 kg of vegetables goodness into your body!

Trust me, the first sip will make you want to drink more! Not only is the juice full with a delicious flavour, it’s also rich with anti-oxidants like Vitamins A, B6, C, and E. No sugar, no preservatives and no additives and no chemical added into the juice. It’s the perfect way to help your body get all the nutrients it needs every day.

What’s inside Goodness Greens.

  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Japanese Cucumber
  • Celery
  • Parsley
  • Lemon
  • Apple

So stay healthy and happy today by giving yourself a daily boost of goodness!
QUESTIONS? You can contact us at nutritionist@lajuiceria.com

 

 

 

References:

  1. https://www.rd.com/health/diet-weight-loss/not-eating-enough-vegetables/
  2. https://www.rd.com/health/healthy-eating/eat-more-fruits-veggies/
  3. https://www.livestrong.com/article/468537-what-will-happen-if-you-dont-eat-vegetables/
  4. http://www.fao.org/nutrition/education/food-based-dietary-guidelines/regions/countries/malaysia/en/

Juice Of The Month – Mint Lemonade

Hot summer days call for something light, bright and refreshing! Of course revitalising drinks is what you will want in your glass in this heat. For this month, July, we introduce our Mint Lemonade as the juice of the month. The mixture of mint, lemon and wild flower honey gives your palette a refreshing taste! Our Mint Lemonade in yellowish-greenish colour are from the Zest category

 

Benefits of drinking Mint Lemonade are:

·         Aids digestion

·         Boost immunity

·         Alkalizing

 

Mint is a well-known mouth and common breath freshener which most of us are familiar with, but it has more to offer than just that. Mint leaves actually aids digestion, relief from nausea, fatigue and headache. It also helps with skin problems. It aids with digestion as it increases bile secretion and encourage bile flow, which helps to speed and ease digestion. Mint contains small amounts of potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin C, iron and vitamin A.

Lemon is added in to give that sour taste containing high vitamin C, which is a primary antioxidant that helps protect cells from damaging free radicals. It also aids digestion and have alkalizing properties.  Lemons are acidic to begin with but they are alkaline-forming on body fluids which helps restore balance to the body’s pH.

Antioxidants are powerful immune-boosting compounds found in honey. Wildflower honey also gives energy to your body.

 

Enjoy a special 10% discount on Mint Lemonade this month! Exclusively for our members

 

 

Eat well, Live well – A healthy Ramadhan

 

This holy month of Ramadhan is observed by Muslims for blessings by increasing their prayers and focusing on practicing good deeds. During this divine month, our body also requires the right food to stay healthy as we take care of our spiritual needs. The best diet during the fasting month is to follow tips that focuses on maintaining your energy and keeping your body hydrated throughout the day. Worry-less now and get your healthy food fix this Ramadhan month by visiting our La Juiceria Superfoods Café in Verve Shops Mont Kiara and Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur. La Juiceria Superfoods can cater to your healthy food orders by dining in or order online and get your meals delivered right to your doorstep.

Some general tips on healthy eating during the fasting month as listed below: –

Fuel up with energy during Sahur :

  1. Sahur is crucial for loading up energy for your long day during this fasting month.
  2. We encourage taking complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, wholemeal bread, oats, quinoa and more as it can make us feel full by delaying any gastric symptoms.
  3. Practice a well-balanced diet by increasing your protein intake like chicken, fish, tofu or legumes as the complex structure of protein can extend the digestion process longer.
  4. Keep your body hydrated by having plenty of water and snack on fruits as it also contains the right amount of nourished fluids.

Make the right choice for Breaking Fast :

  1. The best food to break your fast is to have at least 1pc of dates as it is high in sugar, great for immediate energy and a good source of fibre.
  2. Simple and small portion of food to avoid any stomach discomfort.
  3. Eat a well-balanced meal by having half a plate of vegetables with a quarter portion of both carbohydrates and protein.
  4. Stay hydrated by drinking a lot of plain water or any soup based food.
  5. Do not overeat as it will make your body uncomfortable which can limit your activity.

A proper eating habit during Moreh :

  1. After Terawikh prayer, we can have light snacks such as kuih-muih, wholemeal bread, crackers or sandwiches.
  2. Limit your intake of heavy food like rice, fried noodles as we do not require that much energy when our bodies goes to sleep.

 

The only thing that we need during this fasting month is to keep your body well nourished with the right nutrients and stay hydrated throughout the day. La Juiceria Superfoods offers a wide variety of healthy meal options. An example of a well-balanced meal that’s perfect for this Ramadhan is one of our signature dish – the Goddess Bowl. The Goddess Bowl gives your body the right amount of nutrients it needs. Using brown rice as the base because it is one of the best carbohydrate choice as it is high in fibre and has higher glycaemic index. It also helps to make you feel full and to control food intake when you break your fast. This bowl is packed with vegetables that have various phytochemicals, vitamins and mineral content that can perform different function in our body. As we fast, our body still needs the right amount of vitamins and mineral in order to maintain our immunity system and also helps to give your body a healthier glow. Goddess Bowl is also best for those who are Vegetarian as the source of protein comes from tofu and raw cashew nuts. You can simply enjoy clean eating during the fasting month since food served in our café caters to most Malaysians.

During this fasting month, people tend to crave for something sweet and desserts. We created a healthier option that can work as a dessert or a meal itself. Our featured smoothie bowl this Ramadhan is the Pittaya Bowl which is a combination of Dragon Fruits (Pitaya), Banana and our Almond Mylks. This smoothie bowl is created using a lot of superfoods such as  chia seed, bee pollen, grated coconut, granolas for the toppings. Dragon fruit is a good antioxidant and can help fight cancer while banana is high in potassium that can regulate better blood pressure and a good energy source. Fasting month is not about satisfying your hunger but it should be on how we can help ourselves live a better life by practicing some discipline to control food urges. It is also proven that eating healthy gives you a better quality of life and a peaceful mind.

Don’t miss our exclusive Ramadhan Promotion – Come on over to Goodness Greens Café at TTDI and La Juiceria Superfoods Mont Kiara to break your fast and you will be entitled to a FREE Pitaya Bowl when you make a  purchase of more than RM50.00 on a single receipt.

 

Let your Ramadhan month be a well-deserved break to your body, mind and soul by opting to eat more healthy food.

Selamat Berpuasa!

By : Ahmad Aizat

Ramadhan Promotion

Centuries ago, pitaya was first discovered in Central America and has spread its seeds to all corners of the world. Early missionaries brought Pitaya to Asia where it has since been renamed and is more commonly known as the Dragon Fruit. It stems from  the cactus family which makes complete sense when looking at its spikes and unique characteristics. The flesh of the fruit comes in both red or pink and white. The pink variety is more commonly known and most popular in healthy eating diet for its beautiful colour. AS they say you should always eat with your eyes first.

Nutritionally, this exotic fruit is a great source of fibre which is good to be consumed daily for healthy digestion; meaning to say it helps regulate our digestion and prevents constipation. The fibre in this fruit can also improve your metabolic rate and making sure we’re getting rid of metabolites, excess water, and others that our body doesn’t need.

Anyway, if you haven’t heard about our Pitaya Smoothie Bowl, you should try it! We are here to tell you it is incredibly nutrient dense, beautiful yet delicious! The Pitaya Bowl consist of wonderful colours with the perfect combination of fruits for superb health! They are mainly loaded with amazing antioxidant ingredients. The main ingredient for pitaya bowl is of course the dragon fruits which have a surprising number of phytonutrients (rich in antioxidants) and it also contains vitamin C, polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), and several vitamin B for carbohydrate metabolism, as well as carotene and protein. That’s not the only nutritional benefits: high in fibre, antioxidants, healthy fats and protein, there is also a surprisingly high amount of vitamin C. Vitamin C is very important in keeping our skin healthy by protecting and boosting collagen and serves as an overall antioxidant for the body. In addition to vitamin C, it also contains vitamin A, B vitamins and magnesium.

The Pitaya Smoothie Bowl contains dragon fruit, almond mylk and coconut oil.  As for its topping, it includes ingredients such as bee pollen, granola, cacao nibs, desiccated coconut, chia seeds, banana and strawberry.

As mentioned over and over again, it’s loaded with antioxidants, fibre, magnesium, and vitamin B for a super-nutritious meal or snack. Rich in antioxidants, they contain vitamin C, polyunsaturated fatty acids, and several B vitamins for carbohydrate metabolism, as well as carotene and protein.

Go and try it now!  😆

psstt…here is the T&C for this this Pitaya bowl promo!

  1. Purchase RM50 and above on food to get the free Pitaya Bowl
  2. Only available at Goodness Greens Cafe, TTDI and La Juiceria Superfoods, Verve Shop Mont Kiara
  3. Available for dine and and take away. Not applicable for online order (Food Panda, Honest Bee, etc)
  4. Not valid with any other on-going promotion, voucher (except cash voucher)
  5. La Juiceria Sdn. Bhd. shall have the right to amend the terms and conditions of this promotion, and is entitled to withdraw from this promotion at any time at its discretion, without prior notice.

For Avenue K Express, the promo is as below:

  1. Purchase RM50 and above on food to get the free SOUP OF THE DAY
  2. Only available at La Juiceria Avenue K Express
  3. Available for dine and and take away. Not applicable for online order (Food Panda, Honest Bee, etc)
  4. Not valid with any other on-going promotion, voucher (except cash voucher)
  5. La Juiceria Sdn. Bhd. shall have the right to amend the terms and conditions of this promotion, and is entitled to withdraw from this promotion at any time at its discretion, without prior notice.

XOXO

Beet Aid for health

By: Zalikha

Red commonly symbolizes love and energy. Both months of May and June significantly celebrates Mother’s Day and Father’s Day and Parents Day, we are excited to announce our juice of the month for these upcoming celebrations is, Beet Aid. Spread the power of love with our Beet Aid cold-pressed juice to improve overall health. This bottle of love contains carrot, apple, beet, lemon and ginger. As you might notice, the dark red is a mix of all powerful food packed with nutrients, help to increase stamina, improve blood flow and blood pressure. Not forgetting it’s also high in iron and antioxidant with anti-aging and anti-cancer properties.

This month also coincide with many runs and marathon events be it international or local, in conjunction with these activities we highly recommend Beet aid as a supplement for your body. Some research shows, beetroot juice appears to improve athletic performance significantly due to the active ingredient, nitrate found in beet juice. Nitrate is absorbed by our body and breakdowns to nitrite and then to nitric oxide which functions to improve muscle oxygenation during exercise and enhances exercise tolerance during long-term endurance exercise.

Not forgetting, Ramadhan is also around the corner. Pamper your body ahead of time with some good energy from our Beet Aid juice. Beetroot is among the best ingredients from all our juices during Ramadhan to help you to stay energize all day long.

Enjoy Beet Aid for a whole 2 months of May and June!

Spread the power of love, stay healthy and strong!

Go #MeatlessMonday

Go meatless once a week, your body and the environment will thank you for this!

Why do we need to cut out meat intake at least once a week?

  1.  According to a non-profit initiative of The Monday Campaigns, the amount of energy and resources used to produce meat is substantially larger than producing plant-based food. For a wowing example, we used averagely 7,200 glasses of water to prepare a single ¼ lb. hamburger! Indirectly link to global warming.

2. Yes, protein is one of the essential nutrients for our body. However, people always mistaken the fact that we can only get the best source of protein from MEAT. Truth to be told, consuming too much meat can actually be quite detrimental to our health. According to Dr. Mercola, the excessive consumption of meat could lead to dehydration, weight-gain, pressuring your kidneys and possibly, cancer.

3. Where can you get your alternative source of protein? This picture says it all.

It is easy to prepare your Meatless Meal at home, however, if you would like to save the preparation and cleaning hassle, here’s a few La Juiceria Superfoods recommendation for you:

a. Power Protein Bowl 

Ingredients: Brown Rice, Quinoa, Chickpeas, Almond Flakes, Carrots, Mixed Mushrooms, Roasted Pumpkins, Tofu, Romaine Lettuce, Alfafa Sprouts and drizzle with Dhal Curry Sauce.

b. Soft Boiled Kampung Egg Set 

Ingredients: Two soft boiled kampung eggs, High Fiber Bread with Butter, Side Salad, Cherry Tomatoes, and Roasted Pumpkin.

C. Vegan Soups

  • Zucchini
  • Carrot-Rosemary
  • Pumpkin
  • Truffle Mushroom

As explained by Dr. Mercola, it may lead to nutritional deficits if you strictly limit your diet to plant-based food only. Keep your food choice rich, by balancing it with a good source of nutrients necessary for your body. It’s all about not compromising taste for a healthier diet. Keep it balanced!

Elevate your mood with Chocolate Almond Mylk

 By: Wai Leng

Mental health problems are often underestimated, under diagnosed and misunderstood. According to The National Health and Morbidity Survey 2015 conducted by Minister of Health Malaysia, approximately 29.2% of Malaysians, 16 years old and above had experience some series of mental disorders including depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.

Depression affects people from all walks of life. It is more than just a mood swing, sadness or the result of chemical imbalance. Unmanaged depression can result in lack of motivation to carry out the simplest everyday task, losing the ability to feel pleasure in the things you often enjoyed and withdrawing yourself from your social relationships including family and friends.

A campaign with the title “Depression: Let’s talk” will be organized by World Health Organization on 7 April in conjunction of World Health Day to create awareness among the public to have a better understanding of depression. Remember, although depression can be treated, it is always better to prevent than to cure.

If you are feeling sad or moody for a prolong period (weeks, months or even years), we suggest that you seek help from a mental health professional or a counselor or even a doctor about treatment options and preferences.

This April, in line with World Health Day, La Juiceria would like to help keep your mental health in check with Chocolate Almond Mylk. Chocolate Almond Mylk consist of premium cocoa, almonds, cinnamon, wildflower honey, Himalayan salt and alkaline water. It is chocolatey rich yet it can do wonders to your health. Who doesn’t love anything and everything chocolate, right? So, why Chocolate Almond Mylk?

  • It elevates our mood

Cocoa contains phenylethylamine (PEA) which is the same chemical that our brain creates when we feel LOVE. PEA stimulates our brain to release good endorphins and maintain a good mood.

  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Prevent cardiovascular diseases
  • Promotes skin health
  • Prevent memory loss
  • Non-dairy alternative

Almond milk is suitable for vegetarian and people with lactose intolerance.

Happy World Healthy Day.  😛

Malaysian Mental Health Association (MMHA)

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La Juiceria Premium Smoothies

La Juiceria introduces the taste of 8 different fresh and handcrafted Fruit Smoothies!   Making a fruit smoothie is the easiest way to increase your daily produce consumption, because these drinks often contain multiple servings of fruits. Smoothies can be enjoyed by all ages, from young to old. Getting your kids to eat healthy and achieve the serving of fruits and vegetables is not always easy. One of the ways to do this is mixing them all in a blender for a cup of smoothie. Most kids love the taste of a creamy smoothies which is usually naturally sweetened by the fruits. The fruit smoothies require just a blender, a splash of liquid, a dollop of yogurt and some fruits.

According to Joseph Price, PhD, a health economist and associate professor at Brigham Young University, drinking smoothies, especially for breakfast, is one of the easiest way to add some fruits to your diet. For those who don’t eat fresh fruits regularly, this is an easy way for you to consume it on the go to nourish your body with essential nutrients. Smoothies also provide both soluble and insoluble fibre, because the whole fruit is used in this process. Soluble fibre has many benefits, including moderating blood glucose levels and lowering cholesterol. As for insoluble fibre, it benefits to intestinal health including a reduction in the risk and occurrence of haemorrhoids and constipation. Fruit smoothies typically contain significant amounts of folate, vitamin C and potassium, because fruits are good sources of these nutrients. These smoothies can also provide other essential nutrients for example, protein and calcium from smoothies which contains yogurt or milk.

As for La Juiceria, you may choose your favourite from a range of homegrown flavours love by many Malaysians.

  1. Passionista Mango 316kcal 🍠

Benefits: High Fiber, Promote Bowel Movement, Cancer Fighting

  1. Protein 331kcal 🍌

Benefits: High Protein, Promote Muscle Development, Improve Sports Performance

  1. Mangga Millionaire 351kcal 🍋

Benefits: Energy Booster, + Muscle Pain Reliefs, Prevent Constipation

  1. Wintermelon Slush 331kcal 🍉

Benefits: Rehydrating, Refreshing + Increase Blood Production

  1. Acai Berry 265kcal🍓

Benefits: Skin Health, Cancer Fighting, + Heart Health

  1. Chocoloco 328kcal 🍫

Benefits: Elevate mood, High calcium, Reduce bad cholesterol

  1. Royal Matcha 231kcal🍵

Benefits: Immunity Booster, High Antioxidant, Enhance calmness

  1. Cream & Cookie 399kcal 🍪

Benefits: Source of protein, Energy Booster

Get your Orange Power much on this Powerful March!

This March will never let you down, keep working straight-up throughout the month with the taste of power, rejuvenate your immune system, and get your vision right. We have a great news in offering all the juice lover out there, this month is the time for Orange Power to keep you powerful even there is no major festivals happening to be cheers-on! Orange Power are made up of the best quality of orange and carrot. Orange and carrots work well together where the orange was already known as a great source of Vitamin C, which supports and protect the body in its ability to absorb iron. Carrots are popular with its beta-carotene content which converts to Vitamin A in the body and helps you maintain a youthful appearance and serve better vision. Grab this vitamin-dense juice every day to provide you an endless immunity supplementation in a natural way.

When we zoomed into these 2 ingredients’ benefits, surely it will have revealed on how Orange Power got its name. Though people tend to describe this juice as basic, but the benefits should surprise you on its powerfulness. Here are the details on benefits for both ingredients :

 

Benefits of Orange :

  • Antioxidant properties and important in collagen production.
  • Support immune function and wound healing.
  • Promotes absorption of iron and calcium.
  • Nutrients available include potassium, thiamine, phosphorus, folate and vitamin B-6.

 

Benefits Of Carrot :

  • Rich in beta-carotene (Vitamin A), B-vitamins, folate, calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron.
  • Improve on night vision, especially in someone who have vitamin A deficiency.
  • Rapidly raising the blood levels of carotenoids and eventually leading to improve immune responses.
  • Fighting free radical damagethat can cause cancer and heart disease.

In conjunction with International Women’s Day this 8th March, we are happy to let people out there to enjoy our Orange Power by at least can increase iron supply and supports the immune system to keep maintaining women’s power! This sweet and sour taste juice will guarantee you a blast experience in every freshness sip.

 

Have a great Powerful March ahead!

Cheers and Juice On!

By : Ahmad Aizat  🙂 

The Defender

Spices-Filled October! 

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Looking for a drink that better than coffee which can treat lethargy? Well, these  tiny bottle of goodness gives you a “power shot” that provides an awakening effect!

Not only that, the vitamin C in the power shots boosts your immune system and helps fight off colds and flu. It also boost your energy!

Do you know that citrus fruit is one of the anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory foods?

Our ‘The Defender’ uses lemon and cayenne pepper that is rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that can help in fighting free radicals. It helps stabilize mast cells to inhibit the manufacture and release of histamine. Cayenne pepper may help in healing cluster headache, due to its pain-relieving properties. If you are the one who wish to lose weight, ‘The Defender’ can help to burn calories and suppress appetite.

Other than that, it can help you relieve allergies, as well as boost metabolism. Turmeric’s is considered as one of the “super foods” as it has remarkable healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric ranks 4th highest anti-oxidant rich herb in the world. Enjoy this Power Shot either straight up, or you can add to your juices or hot tea!