Fresh Juice – Not Just For The Kids
The Art of Juicing
You’ve probably heard a lot about the health benefits of juicing, but are not sure of the what, why and how. A lot of people confuse juicing with blending (i.e. for smoothies). I like to do both for health reasons, but today I’m here to illuminate the art of juicing. To clarify, juicing is done with a juicer, which separates the juice of fruits and vegetables from their pulp, while blending involves the whole food and some liquid combined in a blender. I like to include juicing (and blending) not only when I am on a body cleanse, but also daily to feel good and ensure good health.
So what’s so great about juicing anyway?
Well, fresh juice is full of readily available nutrients, enzymes, chlorophyll, bioflavanoids and antioxidants. Juicing makes it very easy to utilize all of these nutrients because there is no digestion needed to absorb them. I mainly juice fresh vegetables and greens, with some fruit added. Juicing fresh vegetables daily is like taking preventative health medicine.
These days, juicers are very reasonably priced. I have a Breville, which I love, that cost $150, but you can find a centrifuge juicer at most department stores for about $50 that will work just fine.
Fresh Pressed v Bottled
For the record, drinking fresh pressed juices and drinking juice from a bottle are two very different things. The processing and pasteurization that goes into bottling and preserving juice leaves it with virtually none of the life-giving nutrients and enzymes that fresh juice has.
Some juice combinations I really like are:
- Kale, lemon, ginger, cucumber, and green apple.
- Beet, parsley, carrot, celery, lime, kale or chard, and ginger
- Parsnip, carrot, lemon and ginger
I always add fresh turmeric when it is in season (and that is now) and I usually put ginger in all my juices, because I love it!
What about the pulp?
You may wonder what to do with all that left over pulp. Here are some suggestions: You can compost it to make wonderful rich dirt for your garden, mix it in your pets food, put it in soups, blend it with coconut water for a smoothie, make breakfast bread with it, add it to meatloaf, make crackers, or put some dressing on it and eat it as a salad. You just have to get creative with it.
Don’t get me wrong, you still need the fiber that comes with eating whole fresh fruit and vegetables, but try these fresh elixirs daily for an instant energy boost, a reduced appetite and better overall health. Feel your cells tingle – feel the power!