Making Your Own Healthful Juice

Preparing to Juice

Preparing to Juice

If you find that juicing at home is more work than you can manage, fresh squeezed raw juice is available in many grocery stores and juice bars.

What is causing the growing demand for fresh squeezed raw juices? Some people are starting to experience the consequences of poor eating choices, while others are simply becoming more educated about their food sources.

Yet, many people don’t know how to get into a juicing habit, what produce combinations taste good and are beneficial to their specific lifestyle and health goals, and even the basics like using a juicer correctly.

What is the appeal of juicing to health-conscious consumers?
A single 20 oz. glass of fresh juice can contain several fruits and vegetables, while eating them individually would be too filling. Imagine consuming half a bunch of celery, half a head of kale, two apples, a whole cucumber, and a lemon. Oh, and it all tastes much better blended together!

What are some of the health benefits of juicing?
You eliminate the “food coma low” and “caffeine high” with more sustainable and healthy energy. Juice can sometimes replace a meal and decrease cravings for sugar and processed food resulting in a slimmer waistline.

Top tips for juicing at home?
1.  Spend the money on a good juicer. It is well worth the investment! You’ll want a juicer that is powerful enough to juice through whole apples and bunches of leafy greens. It is also important to buy one that is easy to clean. Anything in the $150+ range is a safe place to start.
2.   Always wash the produce before juicing! Even organic produce has dirt and germs from being handled in the store.
3.   Apples mix well with anything.
4.   Similar colors mix well together.
5.  Carrots, oranges, pineapple, apple blend to make a refreshing juice.
6.  Kale, cucumber, celery, spinach, apple make a nutritious green juice.

A couple easy beginner recipes that readers can try at home:

a. This blend has the sweetness of carrots with the zesty tang of oranges for a delicious twist on a classic morning drink.
o   2 oranges peeled
o   4 carrots
o   ½ inch piece of ginger

b. The hallmark of juicing is the classic green drink. The leafy greens fill your body with vitamins and nutrients and the taste is surprisingly good! Once you have it you will crave it!
o   2 apples (green for less sugar)
o   4 stalks celery
o   2 stalks kale
o   1 cucumber
o   ½ lemon (peeled)
o   ½” ginger (to taste)

Once you start juicing, it becomes a habit, a lifestyle, and a healthy addiction. If you find that juicing at home is more work than you can manage, fresh squeezed raw juice is available in many grocery stores and juice bars such as Juice It Up!

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