You’ve heard juicing is a good way to get your servings of fruits and vegetables. According to health authorities, eating at least 2 whole fruits and 3 to 4 vegetables a day helps to maintain optimal health. Juicing will help you reach that desired quota easily. Because fruits and vegetables are such powerhouses of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, drinking juices fights cellular damage and reduces risks of heart disease and cancer. Drinking juices (in moderation) also means fewer calories and better weight control in the long run.
Juicing is often confused with blending. While blending takes the whole fruit and vegetables and breaks them down to from what is commonly known as smoothie, juicing removes the insoluble fiber (the pulp) and gives you the pure juice. Proponents of juicing points out that since the insoluble fiber is removed, the body is able to better absorb the nutrients. Here are some juicing recipes to get your creative juices going:
Refreshing Cucumber-Pineapple Juice
Want a refreshing drink to rejuvenate your day? Or perhaps to curb that craving for that quarter-pound hamburger and you know you just had lunch? Try this refreshing yet satisfying juice.
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1 cup pineapple
- 1 green apple
- 1 thumb of ginger
Green, Lean and Mean
For those vegetable haters out there, here’s a good way to get your daily intake of vegetables. It may be green and mean, but this green medley packs a punch of flavor with a lean calorie count.
- 2 cups of spinach
- 1 cup of celery
- 1 cup kale
- A few sprigs of mint
- 1 green apple, cored and cubed
- 1 cup of honeydew
Berries are supremely rich in antioxidants and full of flavonoids that help the body to fight cellular damage. Count on this berries supreme to flood your body with natural goodness.
- 1 cup of blueberries
- 2 cups of strawberries
- 1 cup of mango