Here’s a short video explaining the basics of juicing and how it can help you be healthier.
5 Tips for Making Healthy Juice Drinks
We all know we should eat our vegetables, but very few of us do! That’s why juicing has become so popular. It’s an easy and delicious way to consume plenty of nutrient rich fruits and vegetables. And the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients will boost your immune system, and improve your overall health and well-being.
To ensure that you achieve the best results, here are 5 tips for making the healthiest juice drinks for you and your family:
1. Start with the very best produce. Choosing the right fruits and vegetables is key in making juices with the optimal levels of nutrients. Organic produce is always preferable, however if it’s simply not available or not in your budget, make sure to properly clean your fruit and vegetables.
2. Room temperature juice is not very enticing but waiting until it chills can cost you precious enzymes since juices are at their peak immediately after processing. Chill your produce ahead of time and you’ll ensure that it’s packed with vitamins and minerals.
3. Keep your juicing prep area clean. Produce can be contaminated with bacteria which can make you ill, so make sure to wash all knives, cutting boards, and any utensils which come in contact with your produce.
4. Choose the right combination of juices. There are countless recipes on the internet, and numerous recipe books available in bookstores and online. But it’s easy to create your own juice blends when you use the following formula:
* Start with the right base. Celery, cucumbers, and carrots, all make a good base.
* Choose a flavor. Berries, apples, and oranges will add a fresh, delicious taste to your juice.
* Add a green for the powerful antioxidants. Kale, spinach, and romaine lettuce are excellent choices.
* Consider adding additional enhancers such as ginger, parsley, wheatgrass, mint, and cilantro.
Don’t be afraid to try different combinations, after all the worst thing that could happen is that you end up with a juice you don’t like!
5. You can make your own meal replacement drink by adding powdered protein to your juice drink. There are so many different protein powders on the market, that you’ll be able to find one to fit your needs or diet plan.
Juicing is not only an ideal way to make sure you’re getting enough fruits and vegetables, there are additional benefits which you may not be aware of. These include:
* Juices are more easily digested than whole fruits and vegetables because they are easily absorbed through the intestinal wall.
* If you want to lose weight, juicing will allow you to “reboot” your system and ease into a diet plan.
* Improved gut health. Fruits and vegetables can help balance the bacteria in your digestive tract which is essential to good health.
Drinking fresh juices prepared in your own kitchen will reward you with increased health, energy, and well-being. You’ll not only feel the results; you’ll be able to see them in clearer skin and healthier hair. Once you start juicing, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start sooner.
10 Uses for Leftover Juicer Pulp
At some point during your juicing practice, you’ll start feeling guilty about throwing away all the leftover pulp that your juicer is making. After all, produce is expensive, and the pulp still contains nutrients and is full of fiber. Luckily, there are numerous ways to put all that goodness to use!
1. Compost it.
If you do any gardening at all, then you probably know that composting is a natural way to add nutrients without depending on chemicals. If you find yourself with more pulp than you can use, don’t throw it out! Add it to your compost.
2. Bake with it.
Add fruit pulp to pancakes, cakes, muffins, and cupcakes as a tasty fiber booster.
3. Add it to smoothies.
The one disadvantage to juicing is that you aren’t getting the benefits of the fiber contained in the whole fruit or vegetable. An easy fix is to incorporate your leftover pulp into a smoothie.
4. Feed the worms.
Worms are an integral part of a healthy garden, so keep them healthy by feeding them your leftover pulp.
5. Add it to soup.
Vegetable pulp will add much needed fiber and extra nutrients to store-bought or homemade soup. It also makes an excellent thickener if you find that your soup is turning out a little too thin.
6. Make a vegetable broth.
A homemade vegetable broth is as easy as adding water to your leftover vegetable pulp and simmering for at least 30 minutes. Season to taste and strain out the pulp if you prefer a clear broth.
7. Add to a bone broth for added fiber and vitamins.
Bone broth has become one of the most popular health-boosting foods in the past few years. But it’s not new. It’s been part of traditional diets throughout the world. Bone broth has a rich flavor, provides nutrients, and is easily digestible. Adding vegetable pulp to your bone broth will increase the number of vitamins in the broth and make it fiber rich.
8. Make your own “superfood” powder.
A lot of people supplement their diets by adding powders made from dehydrated fruits and vegetables. These “superfood” powders can be added to juices, smoothies, and soups. One of the problems is that you often don’t know how these products are made. You can eliminate that concern by using a dehydrator to dry the pulp and then blending it into a powder. Now you know exactly what’s in your veggie or fruit powder.
9. Freeze it to make fruit pops.
Just freeze your favorite fruit pulp in popsicle molds for a healthy treat on a hot day.
10. Make a breakfast out of it.
Oatmeal and other hot cereals are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, but they can be boring. Mixing in the pulp of apples and adding a pinch of cinnamon, elevates your plain cereal to a delicious treat. Try adding other fruits for even more variety. If you have eggs in the morning, then mix vegetable pulp into your scrambled eggs.
There are numerous other uses for your leftover pulp; use it as a filler in meatballs, meatloaf, and sausages, or mix it into hummus or other dips.
Juicing can be an incredible addition to your healthy lifestyle. By using a little creativity, you’ll find that everything part of your produce will be put to good use.