Juicing Your Way to Health

When you think of juice, you probably think of that watered down and sugary stuff you buy in jugs in the supermarket. Well it’s time to change your thinking! Let’s juice your way to health!

Whole food juicing is a great way to maximize nutrients from fruits and vegetables, as well as get a larger variety if you’re someone who has a hard time getting in 5-9 servings a day. Some nutritionists even say that you absorb nutrients better from the juice than the whole food, but most will agree that for a health diet, you should consume lots of fresh fruits and vegetables in both whole and juiced forms .

What can you juice? Pretty much anything that is made of water. There are few fruits and vegetables that don’t juice well (bananas and avocados are a couple; they’re too creamy to go through a juicer, smoothies are best for these foods), although some work better than others. Apples, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, the list goes on an on.

The best part about juicing is that it’s so easy to do. Depending on the type of juicer you have, most fruits and veggies can be put in whole, so you can put a whole apple in the chute, stem, seeds and all. You’ll still have to peel citrus fruits; the rind is just too bitter otherwise. You will be amazed at the flavor of homemade juice versus fresh. Grape juice tastes like grapes, homemade apple juice tastes nothing like the clear yellow stuff you get at the store. It will make you wonder what’s in that stuff.

Follow these tips to maximize your juicing experience:

Don’t limit yourself to one thing at a time. Create combinations many different varieties of produce. Throw apples and carrots and oranges in the juicer. Or kiwis and limes and apples. Use your imagination.

If you’re new to juicing or think the idea of vegetable juice is too much, start with fruit and slowly add in some vegetables. Apples and pears are perfect for juicing because they juice beautifully and mask the taste of almost everything else you put in it.

When adding veggies, keep in mind that some tend to overpower everything. Broccoli for example should only be added in small doses, where as leafy greens will blend in.

When mixing different types of produce, you may end up with a brown looking concoction that is less than appetizing. If this bothers you, stick to produce of the same color. Green apples and kiwi with green vegetables, red apples with carrots, peppers and oranges. You can still mix it up a bit, but your juice will be much more visually appealing this way, and for some people, that’s half the battle.

If you don’t have a juicer, you can start out with your blender by blending fruits and vegetables and straining them, but this is mess and time consuming ask me I know first hand. If you think juicing is something you’ll do on a regular basis, invest in juicer; you can buy pretty decent machines that won’t break the bank these days. I just started juicing so I have been using my Vitamix like shown in the picture.

When putting produce in the juicer, add soft things such as berries or greens first, and always add harder fruits such as apples last; this helps push all that stuff down and clears your juicer blades.

If you haven’t had fresh juice, you don’t know what you’re in for. One taste of a fresh made juice and you’ll never go back to store bought stuff again. Have you thought about juicing for the health benefits?

 

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