Drink It In

Drink It In

Now there’s no excuse to skimp on fruits and veggies.

Oh, hello, New Year! Did you make a resolution to get more fruits and veggies into your life, starting, like, now? Good for you. No, really: It is good for you. A diet packed with fruits and vegetables has been shown to help reduce the risk of heart disease and some types of cancer, and to control weight. It’s that whole getting-at-least-five-servings-per-day thing that can get a little tricky.

But there’s an easy way to get more fruit-and-veggie goodness into your diet. Simply break out the blender or juicer. Yup, you can sip your way to better health, whether you enjoy juice or a smoothie as a midday snack or replace a meal (like breakfast) with a liquid powerhouse. Not sure what the difference is between juicing and smoothies? Here’s the deal:

Juicing is when you use a juicer to extract all the liquid from fruits or vegetables. The juice leaves behind the fiber from the whole foods but retains most of their vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Don’t have a juicer or the time to create your own concoctions? Next time you’re at Panera, pick up a BluePrint® bottled juice. Available in Green (romaine, apple, celery, cucumber, spinach, kale, parsley, ginger and lemon) or Red (apple, carrot, beet, lemon and ginger), BluePrint juices are a raw, organic, easy way to boost your fruit and veggie intake.

Smoothies are blender-created concoctions. Made with whole fruits and veggies, plus any other ingredients you like (think: protein powder, coconut water or a spoonful of peanut butter). We’re big fans of adding a scoop of Greek yogurt to smoothies. It turns your blend into a creamy and satisfying, protein-rich meal. Try our new Blueberry Pomegranate Power Smoothie at your local bakery-cafe, or whip up this High-Protein Pomegranate Smoothie at home—then sip and savor the goodness.