Vegetable Juice Diet
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Diet Bites Vegetable Juice Diet Plan
While fruit juices are fairly generous in caloric content, vegetable varieties are exceptionally low. The fruit-based juices contain either natural or added sugars, therefore the bounce in calories.
Where vegetable-based juices are concerned, they can be high in sodium - and that can present a problem for the dieter.
While salt adds flavor to foods and at times, drinks - it also adds pounds to the body.
Take note that the increase in body weight isn't actually 'true' pounds, rather the result of salt retaining water within the body tissues. After 2-4 days, the excess retained water typically dispels naturally from the body.
Therefore, when shopping at the market, seek vegetable juices which are minimal in sodium content in order to avoid water weight gain while dieting - or not.
Notes on Our Vegetable Juice Diet
This is a three day plan built on the Food Pyramid and the basic five food groups. Enjoy water throughout your day.
The recommendation is officially about 8 cups per day, but this includes the amounts of moisture in foods and drinks that you consume throughout your day.
Don't overdo on the water or the body is at risk for an imbalance of the electrolytes which poses grave health issues.
Enjoy any breakfast on any day. The same applies to lunch and dinner. For 'recommended serving sizes' look on the package for the directed amount.
We also recommend that you take a multi-vitamin when dieting. And of course, before going on ANY fat reduction plan you should always meet with your doctor to discuss.
Day 1-3 Vegetable Juice Diet, Breakfast Menus
Note that we're making eggs and meat the star of the breakfast meal because vegetable juice doesn't go well with cereal. However, if you enjoy cereal - then go for it!
1. Veggie Omelet, Juice, Toast
Beat one egg slightly and add salt and pepper and a dash of milk or cream.
Pour into a non-stick skillet - and you may wish to treat the skillet with cooking spray before adding the egg. Cook the egg mixture until done on one side, flip and while the other side is cooking add 1/2 cup of sauteed vegetables.
My favorite mix is sliced mushrooms and chopped bell pepper. Add 1/2 slice of reduced fat mozzarella cheese to the vegetables before foldingto createthe omelet. Also enjoy a slice of toast with 1 teaspoon of margarine and a serving of juice.
We recommend a fruit selection for your morning snack.
2. Egg, Bacon, Toast, Juice
Prepare one egg as you please [hard boiled, fried, scrambled, poached]. Add 1-2 slices of bacon which have been microwaved [they hold about 25 calories per slice after cooking in the microwave using paper towels to absorb the excess oils].
Also add toast, margarine and a serving of vegetable OR fruit juice - or a mix.
3. Sausage Biscuit, Juice
Notes: Yes, you can enjoy sausage and lose weight too. Even a sausage biscuit. Here's how.... Use a regular size biscuit holding no more than 100 calories. Also use extra lean sausage.
Day 1-3 Vegetable Juice Diet, Lunch Menus
1. Sandwich, 1/2 cup of Cottage Cheese, 1 cup of Fresh Strawberries, Juice
When preparing your sandwich be liberal with the fresh vegetables, lean proteins and use reduced fat cheese.
2. Pot Pie, Vegetable Juice, 1 Small Peach or 1 Large Plum
Enjoy up to 400 calories of your favorite pot pie which is packed with vegetables.
3. Chili, Crackers, Cheese, Milk, 1 Serving of Any Berry
Enjoy 1 serving of your favorite chili, a serving of whole grain crackers, and up to one ounce of shredded cheese. Add a serving of regular or reduced fat milk to your meal. If the milk is regular, reduce the serving size by 1/4.
If you wish to prepare homemade chili, try adding a cup of 100% vegetable juice to the pot. Yum!
Day 1-3 Vegetable Juice Diet, Dinner Menus
1. 3 Tacos, 1 Cup of Papaya, Pick Your Favorite Beverage
Use only x-lean ground beef. Add 1 packet of taco seasoning mix to the ground beef and stir in 1 cup of 100% vegetable juice. Cook until the liquid reduces and the meat is done.
Stuff the corn tortilla shells with vegetable fixings such as lettuce, cilantro, onion - and add tomatoes and all the salsa you wish.
Add minimal amounts of sour cream and shredded cheese.
The following two menus are self-explanatory. When choosing the types of bread that you wish to insert to your meal, opt for those lower in calories.
Breads range from 35 calories upwards to 150 calories. A good selection is one containing 60-80 calories.
2. Roasted Pick of the Chick, Small Baked Potato, Green Beans, Bread, Juice, 1 Cup of Any Melon
3. Steamed or Pan-Grilled or Grilled Shrimp, Wild Rice, Yams, Dinner Roll, Vegetable Juice, 1 Cup of Mixed Fruit
Vegetable Juice Diet Snacks
Enjoy a serving of vegetable juice - even the fruit blends for snack time OR a fresh fruit selection OR a serving of raw vegetables OR a serving of 5-6 whole grain crackers with an ounce of reduced fat cheese OR a serving of beef or turkey jerky OR a serving of baked chips or pretzels.
If you enjoy the vegetable juice, you can add any of the suggested snacks to pair with the juice as it's exceptionally minimal in caloric values. Enjoy upto 3 snacks per day, spaced however you please throughout your day.
Vegetable Juices, Limited Selection
There are a limited number of vegetable-based juices to choose from - which are of the commonly known variety. We have carrot, vegetable and tomato - but actually, while most people may recognize the tomato as a vegetable, it actually resides in the healthy Fruit Group.
Most vegetables are combined with fruits to create 'vegetable' juices because they add a punch of natural sweetness without adding a plethora of calories.
Beets, celery, broccoli - these are just a few of the fresh veggies that often become part of health-themed juice drinks.
Zinc Content of Vegetable Juices
Campbell's V8 Vegetable Juice with essential antioxidants tops our data chart below, containing an impressive 1.51 milligrams of zinc.
The spicy hot variety contains far less at 0.29 milligrams. Campbell's also offers a calcium-enriched version that contains about 50 kcals per serving [8 fluid ounces]. For about 10 more kcals, you can enjoy their fiber-rich version.
The vegetable juice cocktail contains good benefits per eight-ounce serving size followed by the tomato-vegetable juice - and take note that it is low in sodium content. On that note, opting for low sodium beverages is a healthy decision- particularly when it involves making vegetable-based juice choices.
As to caloric values, all are exceptionally minimal in content. Campbell's V8-V-Lite 60% Vegetable Juice contains a skinny 34 calories per cup.
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