Jai Juice

Celebration on a Cellular Level

Jai Juice is a juice bar located in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana and exists to provide access to health through nutrient-rich, cold-pressed juices that nourish the body and focus the mind. Our juices are carefully created using organic produce and bottled in glass bottles for your convenience. 

Be Revitalized. Be Refreshed. Be Nourished. 

Juice vs. Smoothie

A popular debate in the health and wellness world is Juice vs Smoothie. You want to know which is better, right? Or maybe you are uncertain of the differences.

First of all, we are talking about fresh organic ingredients, not the blended drinks and juices from the supermarket that contain almost as much sugar as a soda and have very little nutritional value.

Juice vs Smoothie.  It’s not for better or worse. You do not have to pick just one and stick with it, but it is important to understand the differences when you are standing at the café or counter deciding. “To blend or not to blend.”

Got Fiber?  Juicing is easy on the digestion, because of it’s lack of fiber, making it ideal to pack the most nutrient dense wholesome fruits and veggies without the bloat. This is what makes juicing ideal for cleansing, or for those that are chronically fatigued or recovering from an illness. You get the most nutrition with the least amount of energy to take in those vitamins and minerals! Those with diabetes or blood sugar issues may choose the smoothie or a vegetable-based juice (like the yogi). The fiber from smoothies can help with a slower release of insulin, plus you can pack them full of superfoods like Maca and Ashwaganda, that help balance out bloodsugar. 

Balance. Smoothies are wonderful for adding extra superfoods and if you need a powerful punch for your superhero tasks of the day it may be good to substitute for a meal(yes we can do that!) This will give you lots of endurance and resistance for fighting fastfood crimes. 

Cleanse. On the flip side, sometimes smoothies can leave us a little heavy and tired, like after eating a big meal, because it does take more of our digestion power. This is when you may choose a juice, especially pre or post workout, to energize and not weight you down, when cleansing, or to hydrate yourself!

The Practical. Knowing that smoothies have to be consumed immediately while a good cold pressed juice can be taken home and finished within 3 days may be the last piece of information while you are standing at the café counter in this dilemma of juice vs. smoothie. 

As with all of our food choices, arm yourself with knowledge and be playfully curious while experimenting with what works for you. Knowing why you are making the choices you are making is food consciousness.  Most importantly slow down and enjoy what’s in front of you. Celebrating summer means we get to enjoy even more of these healthy wonders and with our loved ones too, even if they are a smoothie person and you are a juicer. 

Be Happy Tip: If you smoothie, save your straw, place it between your teeth sideways when dealing with that stressful person at the office. It will make you smile ☺ 

 

Cheers,

Dani McGuire(Vani), Jai Co-Founder, Ayurveda Health Educator, Yoga Therapist.

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Replenish Ojas and Celebrate the Transition into Fall

Think you don’t need juice in the fall? Think again. Drinking a Festive juice can replenish life-giving Ojas…

Each fall as the weather changes and the leaves dance in their full color I think about how I am reminded to embrace my creative potential and ability to transform- whether it is my health, my relationships, or my attitude. To be fully creative and have the fuel to carry out the powerful changes that we wish to make in our life, we need to have plenty of “oil in the lamp”. Ayurveda calls this oil Ojas.  Ojas is the radiance we admire behind the newborn baby’s eyes and skin. It is the subtle essence that is responsible for life, radiant health, and sustainable energy to carry out what we set out to do. According to Ayurveda when fruits are enjoyed in fresh form that requires no digestion, this helps to increase our ojas. Ojas is considered the finest by-product of a healthy digestive system that enhances our immunity, happiness, and strength. 

The pear found in festive is great for energy and balancing the hormones. And if you are one that gets overly emotional during the fall it can even bring balance to our mood.  Pears are tridoshic, which means they are good for all constitutions and the cinnamon is warming and pacifying for stomach disorders, headaches and healthy for joints.

Festive is a reason to celebrate the change of seasons and infuse your body with ojas, embrace your creativity and calm your heart.

Other Ojas Producing foods to add to this weeks shopping list:

  • Almond Milk (available to purchase at Jai Juice)
  • Almonds
  • Mangos
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Raw Honey
  • Organic Basmati White Rice
  • Apples
  • Dates

 

Foods that Destroy Ojas

  • Leftovers
  • Alcohol
  • Canned Foods
  • Processed Foods
  • Frozen Foods
  • Red Meat
  • Cigarettes 

 

Signs of Weakened Ojas

  • Bad Breath
  • Sluggish after meals 
  • Irritable
  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Mood Swings
  • Delicate Digestion

If you have several of these conditions email info@jaijuice.com to discover what cleanse package is right for you! 

By Dani (Vani) McGuire- Yoga therapist, Ayurveda Wellness Educator

*mention this blog post to receive $1.00 off a Festive juice when purchased at Jai Juice's 1301 Lafayette St. location or 10% off Ayurvedic Wellness Counseling at Pranayoga School of Yoga and Health.