I am quite a keen juicer. I have 2 juicers, a blender and a smoothie maker. Yes OK, that is a bit excessive. But once you start seriously juicing, you will be bitten by the bug. So why did I start juicing?
About 20 years ago I went to Australia and you can’t move for Juice Bars over there. I was so into juice that I wanted to open my own juice bar when I came back. Obviously, that never happened, but I stayed in love with juicing. But enough about me, why should you start juicing?
If you have never really juiced, or you didn’t really get into it, you should rethink the whole juicing thing. Don’t be put off by the hype that surrounds it. Anyone who just wants a more healthy diet, should start juicing.
We know we should eat better. Juicing makes it quick and simple to prepare fresh drinks full of nutritional ingredients.
Fresh Is Best
Once you have made your delicious juice, drink it straight away. You will lose a lot of the nutrients whilst your juice sits on the side.
All The Fruit
I peel everything. I even peel mushrooms and I get mocked mercilessly by my loving family. However, with juicing it’s different.
To get the most out of your fruit and vegetables, you need to juice the entire item, skin, peel and all. Massive amounts of nutrients, fibre and valuable antioxidants can be found in and just below the peel and skin of various fruits for example apples. Obviously wash the fruit though! However, this does not include citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruits. Citrus peel which should not be used in juice. These peels contain toxic substances and have probably been sprayed with pesticides. Be careful of the pith too as that doesn’t taste very nice.
Juice The Rainbow
As with food, colour should be an important consideration when it comes to juicing. Fruits and vegetables in brightly colored reds, greens and yellows translate to a variety of healthy vitamins and minerals. These differences allow for a more satisfying nutritious experience along with a wide variety in taste.
In Plain Sight
For creating better juicing habits, keep the juicer in plain sight in your kitchen all the time. Having the juicer out on the counter is a constant reminder of the many health benefits of juicing. If you have to shift the equipment in the kitchen around to juice, you won’t juice. Make it easy on yourself and you will easily develop the habit.
Easy To Digest
Juices are easier for your body to digest than hearty meals. This means they are great if you are feeling a bit under the weather. This is why there are many juicing fasts or juicing cleansing diets around. Switching to more juices gives your digestive system a break and allows it to recover.
Strive to use lots of negative calorie foods when you are juicing so that you don’t have to burn off much energy after drinking your juices. These would be things such as kale, cabbage, broccoli, or herbs. Fruits high in fiber are also a good choice due to the way they are digested.
Do not use fruit that is too sweet when you are juicing. They may taste good, but with their high sugar content, they could impact the level of your blood sugar. There is often bad press about the amount of sugar in juices. This is due to their high levels of fruit. Fruit juices are an easy way to pile on the calories. Vegetables can be used instead. Use fruits sparingly, if at all. Avoid them most of the time and use them as treats on special occasions.
So hopefully this has inspired you to start juicing. Take a look around the site and you should find a juice recipe that appeals. Give it a try.