Extracting juice from fruits and vegetables is an easy and affordable way to get vitamins, minerals and nutrients into a consumable form. Both adults and children can benefit from this simple process, making a healthy lifestyle even more accessible. Whether juicing with a hand-operated grinder, a home kitchen appliance, or a commercial device, the benefits will be obvious and immediate.
Getting into juicing can not only make you healthier, but can be a fun way to create delicious and nutritious drinks for you and your family. If you can get yourself a juicer, you can reap the benefits of a healthier way to drink juice. Plus, you’ll know it wasn’t made in a factory somewhere. Unless you have a juicer in a factory you work at!
Before juicing, find out what items you need to peel and what you can leave whole. Citrus fruits generally need to have the peel removed before juicing. Be careful however when peeling, the white area immediately underneath the peel is fine to juice and it is where MOST of the nutrients are.
Use a variety of fruits and vegetables in your juices. Not only will this keep the tastes exciting, but you will be able to get a wider range of vitamins and minerals from your juices. Try one new ingredient a week and if you have an allergic reaction, you’ll know which ingredient caused it.
To get more variety in taste from your juicer, mix up the varieties of fruits and vegetables you put in your juicer and the variety of flavors will grow significantly. Try mixing orange, banana and pineapple for a tasty tropical treat or mix grape and cranberry for more antioxidants. These home made juices are healthier and easier to make then those sugar-filled, store bought juices.
Juicing will lead you to more ingredients than just produce! Try spices like cayenne or cinnamon, or nutrition-packed additions like spirulina. You can even put a little honey and yogurt in once in a while for a sweet, smooth treat. Make sure to use only non-fat, unsweetened dairy to keep the resulting produce healthy.
If you absolutely must store your juice after you make it, make sure to store it in a completely air-tight container. Letting air get at it will start a process which breaks down the nutrients in the juice, leaving a tasty but empty drink that won’t provide you with the healthy benefits you were looking for in the first place.
When it comes to juicing, one thing that you want to keep in mind is that you want to do your homework when it comes to buying a juicer. This is important to make sure that you are getting a quality product that will last you for a long time and suit all of your juicing needs.
It’s important when you are juicing to peel any non-organic produce and discard the peel. The greatest amount of pesticide is found on the skin of fruits and vegetables because it is sprayed on. While washing the produce will remove most of it, some of it will have become embedded in the skin.
A single cup of juice will be equivalent to a much larger amount of actual vegetables or fruit, meaning one cup of juice can also be equal to make more servings on the food pyramid. For example, a single cup of carrot juice is equivalent to four cups of diced carrot!
Keep your juicer clean; keep yourself healthy. Organic products can leave some of the hardest to clean residue behind. Also, as the pulp decomposes, it can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Drink your juice; clean your juicer. That is the habit you should adopt. Target a juicer that is very easy to clean and does not have a lot of nooks or reservoirs that might be hard to reach.
A major benefit of juicing is the high volume of healthy nutrients that are made easily available. In order to maximize those nutrients, the base of the juice should be made from vegetables like spinach, kale, chard or broccoli. By using these vegetables you will achieve the maximum health benefits including a low amount of sugar, which is usually a dominant ingredient in store-bought juices.
If you’re very deficient in a vitamin like B12 and can’t find it in the fruit and vegetables you’re juicing with, add in some powder! Grind up your recommended dose and put it into your juice, making it easier to swallow and digest. Be careful with which medicines you’re putting in as some will react to various fruit, like grapefruit, and you could end up with a dose that is too potent.
Aging should be done gracefully. Trying to be an age you are not only shows that you are not comfortable in your own skin. Wear your age proudly. Look your best and do what you can to be healthy, vibrant and fit, but don’t ever cover up your age with younger clothes or makeup that aren’t suited to your stage in life.
If you have a large batch of juice and need to store the juice for a while, adding drops of lemon juice is a good idea. They will act as a natural preservative and help the juice stay fresh. Also remember to keep the juice in a container that is air tight and refrigerated.
Using these tips will ensure a smooth transition from taking fruits and vegetables at “face value” and turning them into an easily consumable liquid form. Your family, friends and co-workers will thank you for introducing such a healthy habit to an ordinary day. Juicing is an easy, fun and beneficial addition to any lifestyle.