Over the last few years, juicing has become a popular term in the health and fitness industry. And for a good reason: drinking fresh juices have many health benefits over consuming commercial versions, because they aren’t processed and instead contain a multitude of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Juicing can provide a quick and healthy way to consume more fruits vegetables. Here are a few things to keep in mind when creating your own juices.
- Even if you do juice regularly, it’s important that you still eat additional whole fruits and vegetables every day. Try them in different colors in order to get a decent mix of the recommended daily minerals and vitamins.
- Consider adding the leftover pulp to your juice or use it in your cooking to avoid losing out on the fiber benefits. Most juicing machines extract only the juice and leave behind the pulp, which is where the fiber is contained.
- Be careful about the calorie content: fruit can quickly turn into a lot of calories if you’re not careful, so be sure your juices contain mostly vegetables. You can also add some whey powder or flaxseed in order to increase the protein without the calories.
- Avoid juicing for weight loss or cleansing: doing so is extreme and the results aren’t likely to last. Stick to juicing for the health benefits of adding extra veggies and fruits to your diet instead.
Try this refreshing juice recipe at home. Mix the leftover pulp with some veggie broth to make a tasty soup for later.
- ½ bunch fresh spinach leaves
- ½ bunch fresh kale, including stems
- ¼ bag baby carrots
- 1 head broccoli
- 1 green apple, without the core
- 6 stalks celery
- 1 cucumber, including skin