Juicing, Add It to Your Life!

DSC_0656I’m fresh off my three-day juice fast and, I admit, happy to be done. Though the fast was a real challenge for me, it hasn’t dulled my love of juicing, and I wanted to tell you guys why.

Juicing is a method of extracting the juice from fruits and vegetables. This juice contains vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and live enzymes — and juicing makes it super easy for our bodies to digest them.  It’s recommended that we get at least 6 servings of vegetables a day. But most of us don’t, and juicing makes it so much easier to get those servings in.  (Though it’s not a total replacement for eating whole vegetables and fruit.)  In just one glass of juice you can have 3 apples, 4 carrots, and one beet! It’s much more efficient than trying to eat all those fruits and veggies in one sitting.

3 Great Reasons to Juice:

1. It’s a fast and efficient way to pack in fruit and vegetable servings.

2. Makes it easy for your body to absorb awesome nutrients.

3. Allows you to include veggies that might not be easy to eat a lot of (greens, beets) by mixing them with more desirable fruits and veggies. (see my suggested combinations below!)

The Best Produce to Juice:

Apples, Pears, Oranges, Grapefruit, Lemons, Limes, Pineapple, Cucumbers, Celery, Carrots, Tomatoes, Beets, Kale, Swiss Chard, Ginger Root, Turmeric, Cilantro, Parsley, Basil, and Mint.

My Favorite Juice Combinations:

1.Apples, Carrots, Oranges, Beets, and Ginger. If you’re intimidated by beets, don’t be! The fruits and ginger help balance their earthy taste. This is a great morning juice.

2. Cucumber, Celery, Green, Apple, Lemon, and Kale. Lemon, apples and cucumber balance the bitterness of kale. I like drinking this one in the afternoon or evening.

3. Tomatoes, Celery, Cucumber, Carrots, and Cilantro or Basil. This is savory juice that has less sugar than fruit juices, making it a good choice for those who are watching their sugar intake.

Juicing should be an additive to your diet and not used as a meal replacement, or to replace eating whole fruits and vegetables. We still need the fiber from whole produce. Try adding one juice a day to your diet with a meal or as a snack.

*Those with blood sugar problems should only consume juice with a meal, and avoid juicing high-sugar fruits.

Recommended Juicers:

For the beginner I would recommend a basic and low cost juicer like the Juice Man or Juice Man Junior ($50-75)  Shop around, amazon has them as low as $50.

Breville makes a good mid-range option ($100-200)

And if you want to go all out check out the Omega Juicer ($230-260)

Happy juicing!

xoxo,

Alison

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7 thoughts on “Juicing, Add It to Your Life!

  1. Great blog entry Alison, will try some of your combinations, although I have trouble with the basil,coriander(cilantro) and tomato — I love my Thai and/or italian meals too much to have these in a juice. D34

    • Thanks! Yeah that juice combination has become an acquired taste for me. I get sick of too many sweet juices though so this one adds some variety. The #2 Juice combination is a happy medium it contains more veggies but is a very mild and fresh flavor, i bet you”d like it!

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