Juicing to Fight the Cold

We know all too well how the cold weather brings on extra sneezing, sniffing, fatigue,  and unwanted sickness. While we can feel pretty helpless – you CAN take back your health and reduce your number of sick days, especially with the help of Main Squeeze Juice Co products!

One of the issues with being sick is, typically, we lose our appetite – which is why a juice is the perfect solution! Not only will a juice hydrate you, giving you natural energy, it will rush your body with nutrients since we absorb the juice so quickly. Can you imagine consuming 3-5 pounds of produce on a sick day? I can’t – but I could definitely have a 16 oz cold-pressed juice made with 3-5 pounds of produce!

The ingredients in Main Squeeze Juice Co’s AWAKEN juice are specifically designed to help your immune system with it’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties from Apple, Lemon, Ginger and Cinnamon. We’ve all heard the old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Apples contain phytonutrients that defend your body against toxic invaders, like bacteria or pollution. Not to mention it’s high content of antioxidant power-house Vitamin C which helps your immune system fight off infections.

The acidity of lemon juice makes it a natural anti-microbial, ideal for warding off bacteria-related illness, such as a sore throat. The phytonutrient hesperitin, found primarily in citrus fruits, is thought to  increase blood flow, having positive benefits on respiratory health and reducing fevers through increased perspiration.

The unique fragrance and flavor of ginger come from its natural oils, the most important of which is gingerol – the main bioactive compound in ginger. Gingerol can help lower the risk of getting infections in the first place. In fact, ginger extract can inhibit the growth of many different types of bacteria making it naturally antimicrobial and antibacterial. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and appears to be highly effective in reducing nausea and chronic digestive issues.

Cinnamon is a highly delicious spice that has been prized for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. Similar to ginger, the distinct smell and flavor of cinnamon is due to the oily part, which is very high in a compound called cinnamaldehyde. It is this compound that is responsible for most of cinnamon’s powerful effects on health and metabolism. Cinnamon oil (cinnamaldehyde) has been shown to effectively treat respiratory tract infections caused by fungi. It can also inhibit the growth of certain bacteria, including Listeria and Salmonella. In fact, it is so powerful that cinnamon can be used as a natural food preservative.

So there you have it – the juice is truly worth the squeeze!  Look better, feel better, and #TakeBackYourHealth with Main Squeeze Juice Co.!

Photo Credit: @mermaidfit_

November Activation Acai Bowl

November is a time for giving thanks, preparing for that Thanksgiving feast, and giving back to others in our community. This month, our team at Main Squeeze wants to shine a light on local businessman and personal trainer John B. Foret, Jr., of Muscle Activation Louisiana located within SNAP Fitness in Lake Charles, Louisiana.   

John has over twenty-two  years of fitness experience, training the professional athlete to the weekend warrior. He graduated from McNeese University with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science and he became Louisiana’s first ever Muscle Activation Techniques Specialist. John works with individuals of all ages as well as athletes at all levels to restore muscle function, increase muscle strength, and correct muscle imbalances that often lead to pain and injury.

What is your favorite product at Main Squeeze and why?

I love my bowl of course! I also really enjoy getting the juices – it helps me add in a variety of veggies that I’m usually missing in my day-to-day diet.

What benefits have you seen since adding Main Squeeze to your routine and what keeps you coming back?

The extra boost of energy that I get is the biggest benefit. And I’m definitely feeling more positive thoughts since I know I’m doing good for my muscle system by putting the right fuel in!

What inspired you to create this bowl?

What inspired the ingredients in my bowl is that I’m a “real” person. What I mean is: I love chocolate and I love peanut butter! But I also love fruits, so combining these ingredients together into a cool, refreshing, and nutritious meal is a win-win for me. This all natural meal gives you a touch of chocolate, and a bunch of nutrients. BOOM!

John chose to use the Elevate version of our classic Acai Berry Bowl as the base. He loves the secret serving of veggies – and the lower carb count. John worked with our team to boost it with add-in’s full of muscle building proteins and anti-inflammatory fats to keep you full, satisfied, and feeling activated! Isn’t it time you got yours? #TakeBackYourHealth #LoveYourself

Activation Acai Berry Bowl

Ingredients: Organic Acai Berry, Cauliflower, Banana, Almond Milk, Honey, Peanut Butter, Organic Vegan Protein Powder, Himalayan Salt, Chia Seeds, Cacao Nibs, Strawberries, Granola

Nutrition Information: 580 calories, 25 grams total fat, 5 grams saturated fat, 2.5 grams polyunsaturated fat, 4.5 grams monounsaturated fat, 580 mg sodium, 83 grams carbohydrates, 20 grams dietary fiber, 40 grams total sugar (8 grams added sugar), 20 grams protein.