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JUICING FOR HEALTH



 

December 18, 2010 on 9:32 pm
Lemons, oranges, and other citrus fruits conta...
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Okay, so how do you get started juicing? Following are 10 great tips that will help you get started successfully and stick with it long term:

1. Not all fruits are the same.

Fruits will give your juice the tangy, sweet flavors that most vegetables lack. There are a couple of things you should be aware of in regards to citrus fruits and melon. Not all juicers will work well with citrus fruits, so you may want to purchase a separate citrus juicer for those.

They are usually inexpensive and easy to use. But you can certainly peel them and cut them into pieces for you juicer, this works fine for wonderful juice combinations, but if you want just citrus go for that type of juicer.

Also, melon tends not to mix well with other fruit juices. Most other fruits can easily be juiced together in any combination you like!

Fruits are naturally high in sugar and can spike your blood sugar and create an imbalance, so be careful if you are sensitive to sugars. You may want to dilute them with water a bit.

2. Apple is the great sweetener for vegetable juices.

Not all fruits will work well with a heavy vegetable juice. If you are juicing with a nice blend of veggies you can use apple to sweeten and can save your other fruits for a nice fruity blend.

3. Keep it simple.

You don’t have to stuff five different vegetables and a few fruits into a single juice blend to get maximum benefits from juicing. Just pick 2-3 vegetables and perhaps toss in some apple for sweetness and you will have delicious and nutritious juice.

It’s the same with fruits. Picking just a couple to combine together will allow you to taste each fruit and enjoy the concoction more.

4. Drinking your juice prior to a meal is best.

Fresh homemade juices are great choices for snacks when you don’t have a lot of food in your stomach and are excellent just an hour or two prior to eating a large meal. Your body will absorb more of the nutrients and enzymes since the juice is sitting on an empty stomach and you will feel more full when you sit down to eat, which will help you control your portions so you eat less.

5. There are more fruits and vegetables out there than you know of.

Make it a point every time you go to the grocery store to explore new options in the fresh produce department. Scour local farmers markets and stop at those roadside stands where farmers direct sell their goods. You may find some delicious, nutritious fruits and vegetables that you don’t already know about!

6. Don’t juice up the same thing every day.

Your body needs a wide variety of nutrients, so make it a point to juice different fruits and vegetables on a daily or weekly basis. You can purchase in bulk for a week to save money, but make sure to change an ingredient or two every week. This will also keep you from getting bored with your juices.

7. Some fruits and vegetables do not turn into juice.

The consistency of different fruits and vegetables varies and some will turn into a puree rather than a juice. For instance, adding banana into a fruit smoothie gives it a thicker, creamier consistency. Fruits and vegetables with this consistency should be blended rather than juiced.

You can always make fresh juice and then pour some into a blender with these fruits and vegetables for a nice smoothie.

8. Leafy greens will work best if you squish them together prior to juicing.

Rather than just tossing a handful of spinach leaves into your juicer machine, ball them up together so they are more like a well formed piece of fruit. The juicer will work best with them this way.

9. Coffee filters eliminate pulp.

If you don’t want pulp in your juice you can use a coffee filter to keep the juice clear.

10. Lemon juice eliminates color changes in fresh juice.

Toss in a teaspoon or two of fresh lemon juice and your juice will not change colors while in the fridge!

Juicing for maximum health benefits doesn’t have to be a radical change in your life. It can be a delicious addition to your current diet that you enjoy and look forward to!

June 13, 2010 on 8:39 pm

You already know that raw fruits and vegetables provide your body with more vitamins and minerals than those cooked and canned fruits and vegetables ever could.juicer machine

But did you know that using a juicer machine to turn those fresh fruits and vegetables can actually give you more super concentration of vitamins, minerals, nutrients, proteins, enzymes, amino acids and chlorophyll than eating those whole fruits and vegetables ever could without making you feel overly full?

That’s right, by using a juicer machine to produce fresh raw juice whether it is simply orange juice or your own mixed vegetable juice you are supplying your body with all the good things your body needs to stay healthy and function at its best in a highly concentrated form that is easier for your body to absorb.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that you should give up eating fresh fruits and vegetables entirely as your body needs fiber too.

It does, however, mean that it is easier to get all those helpings of fruits and vegetables in while allowing you to enjoy a refreshing drink that will quench your thirst while it helps you to live a little healthier.

March 29, 2010 on 3:17 pm

You know juicing is healthy and can help you fight off disease and look your best, but is that enough to turn you into a lifetime juicer? Perhaps not, but once you see how fun it can be to juice in your own kitchen you will may find yourself hooked. When you buy juice at the grocery store you are limited to the flavor combination’s some big manufacturers have determined are marketable.

When you juice at home you are the master of flavor! You get to decide what fresh fruits and veggies go into the juicer machine and thus cross your taste buds. This is your opportunity to have some fun, get creative, and make some mistakes along the way.

If you are trying to get your young children or even teenagers to eat healthier, allowing them to hand pick their fresh produce and create their own juice, smoothies and fruit slushies will work wonders. This will turn into a fun family activity that everyone enjoys.

Even if it is just you and your health goals or your intense desire to lose weight, juicing will become something you look forward to doing. It should be your refuge where you can indulge in delicious flavors you love without any guilt at all.

To get you started, consider some fun juicing recipes you might want to try today:

Morning Pear

Ingredients

  • 3 Pears
  • 2 Stalks of celery
  • 1 Small peice of ginger

Cooking Directions

  1. Clean and prepare items for juicer. Juice and enjoy!

 

Island Apple

Ingredients

  • 3 Apples,
  • 1/2 Pineapple, peeled
  • 1/4 - 1/2 Lime, peeled
  • 1 Mango, peeled and seeded

Cooking Directions

  1. Prepare fruit for juicer. Add ingredients alternating fruit. Enjoy!

 

 

 

March 1, 2010 on 8:17 pm
Orange juice is usually served cold.
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One very common question asked by people who are just starting to juice or thinking about juicing is this: why can’t I just buy a blender? There is actually a big difference between blending and juicing, so let’s tackle this right up front.

Juicing fruits and vegetables requires the juice be separated from the solids (pulp, peels and seeds) by shredding, squeezing, and spinning in a juicer machine. The liquid is then consumed in a cup. The juice is easier for the body to digest than fruits and vegetables eaten whole. The body simply has less work to do when you consume juice, so the nutrients are assimilated into your system quite rapidly.

A fresh glass of juice is like a wholesome, natural concentrated liquid vitamin overflowing with enzymes, phyto-nutrients and minerals.

Blending on the other hand, combines whole ingredients into the blender which then chops, mixes or purees the items into a liquid mixture. While a juicing machine will spit out leftover pulp that can be used for other things or simply discarded, a blender puts everything you put into the machine into the final product.

For example, to make orange juice with a citrus juicer you would just chop an orange in half, set it in the machine, and squeeze out the juice. The peel would then be discarded. You can’t do this with a blender unless you remove all skin from the orange and then you still would not get smooth, silky orange juice in the end.

Some people argue that making juice in a vita mix blender is better because it keeps all of the fiber in the juice. It’s true that you need fiber in your diet to be healthy, but you still get adequate amounts when you combine juicing with a well balanced diet rich in whole grains, nuts, legumes, and tons of fresh produce. Plus, you can still make use of every bit of fiber in your fruits and vegetables while juicing by using the pulp in a recipe.

Blending to create juice is time consuming and it doesn’t work with many fruits and vegetables. Make sure you get plenty of fiber in other areas of your diet and you will do much better with a juicer.



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