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JUICING FOR HEALTH



 

December 29, 2010 on 1:55 am

When you first start learning to juice it may feel like you will never have time to do anything else in your life.


You have to make the juice fresh daily or at least every other day and depending on the type of juicer you have, it could take some time to prep all of your fruits and vegetables to get the job done.

Perhaps the issue of time is what has held you back from starting a juicing regime or maybe you used to love juicing buy lifestyle changes make it more difficult these days. This is completely understandable, but you don’t have to let juicing take over your world. You can incorporate it into your life without give up all of your free time.

First, get your thinking about juicing straight. Many people do think of juicing as lifestyle and they are willing to work their schedule around their juicing activities, but you don’t have to do that. If your life is more complicated and time is short, think of juicing as a healthy part of your life. This is something you are adding into your schedule, rather than something that will dictate your schedule.

Take the time to think about the main benefits you want to get from juicing. If you are trying to lose weight you probably want to use homemade juice to deliver nutrient-packed drinks that will give you the energy to get through tough workouts. If you are trying to live a healthy diet to preserve your health and youthfulness, then you probably want to use your fresh juice to deliver antioxidants and powerful phyto-nutrients to your body in large concentrations.

Once you know your main goal with juicing, think of simple ways to incorporate juicing either on a daily or weekly basis. If you are trying to lose weight and need your juices for energy, then whipping up fresh juice a few hours before a workout could be all you need. If you are trying to increase the antioxidants and nutrients you take in daily, then starting your day out with a fresh smoothie made with homemade juice could be the perfect routine.

Juicing can be a lot of fun if you have the time to stock the kitchen with every fruit and vegetable under the sun, prep them all, and play around with unique combinations and recipes found online. Yet, if you don’t have time for all that you don’t have to do all that to get the benefits you really want.

It is enough for many people to just find a few good Juice Recipes that they enjoy and which meet their most basic needs and goals. That cuts down on the amount of fresh produce you have to keep stocked (which cuts expenses) as well as the amount of time you have to invest in the juicing process.

One last tip that will really cut down on the amount of time you spend juicing: invest in a really good Vegetable Juicer that works fast. One that is good is the Breville Juice Fountain Elite. Many of the cheaper juicers take awhile to process and that is what makes the process a bit more costly in terms of time. Invest a bit more of your money for a very fast and highly efficient machine and you will have to invest a lot less time in the process.

September 30, 2010 on 11:40 pm
Pineapple and its cross section
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I picked up a couple of pineapples they had on sale at the market today. I also had some fresh organic produce that I got from the Farmer’s Market we have down the street.

I wanted to try a new recipe using a few more ingredients. I had just worked out at the gym; I was not real hungry, but wanted a pic-me-up. This is what I came up with and it was so tasty and refreshing I thought I would share it here.

2 – 3 carrots or a couple of  handfuls of the already peeled organic ones
¼ pineapple, peeled
1 apple of choice
1 peach pit removed
½ of a cucumber
Small piece of ginger

Of course wash all your produce well. You can use a vegetable brush if you want. Add fruits and veggies to your vegetable juicer, alternating the softer ones with the harder ones.

Drink and enjoy.

September 9, 2010 on 11:56 pm

Okay, so you’ve decide to change your eating habits and add juicing to your diet. So what are some things you should know to help you started?

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 but you should be aware of 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.

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

2: Apple is the best 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 should use apple to sweeten and 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 into anyone of the Green Star Juicers 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 in a Blendtec Blender 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 the juicer, ball them up together so they are more like a well formed piece of fruit. The vegetable 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!

Happy Juicing!


July 17, 2010 on 2:06 am
Fresh fruit and vegetables
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Juicing involves extracting nutrients from fruits and vegetables. One of the best tools to harvest these wonderful nutrients is a stainless steel juicer.

A stainless steel juicer allows you to make a healthy drink which can be easily assimilated by the body. Furthermore, stainless steel juicers won’t stain and are easy to clean; they make any kitchen look gorgeous, and are perfect for those who suffer from multiple chemical sensitivities.

In today’s busy world, it is imperative to keep ourselves healthy. With Our hectic schedules it is even more important to make wise food choices. Of course, we can survive on microwave food and energy bars, but we find ourselves tired and rundown too often.

We can all use a healthier lifestyle and a large intake of fruits and vegetables can make up for the lack of nutrients we suffer from our on-the-run diets. And the best way we can these nutrients is through healthy juicing. Start your day with a fresh glass of juice made in your stainless steel juicer.

June 18, 2010 on 9:06 pm

green power kempo juicerVegetable juicers are simply juicers that turn fresh vegetables and fruits into fresh and delicious tasting juice that have more vitamins and minerals than that juice you buy in the store with none of the additives or preservatives.

These juicers come in a variety of types and styles including centrifugal, masticating or single gear, and twin gear.

While all these juicers make fresh juice the  twin gear and masticating juicers give you more juice for the amount of fruit you use which overtime can save you a good deal of money especially if you are buying rather than growing your produce.

In addition, these types of vegetable juicers do a better job with leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and even wheat grass. Some can even be used to make fruit smoothies and homemade natural baby food.

However, these juicers also tend to be a bit more expensive though they are worth the additional money, because they deliver better tasting juice that stays fresh longer.

However, each person has one type of juicer they prefer and the important thing is choosing the one that you like the best and will use to the most often.

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