Juice isn’t a replacement for whole fruits and veggies, of course, but it does let you fit in ones that you might not eat otherwise, like beets or carrots, especially at breakfast, which is usually a no-vegetable zone. And the more produce you consume, the better. People who got just three servings of vegetables a day lived nearly three years longer than people who avoided veggies, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition…
Your mother always told you to eat your vegetables, but now everyone seems to be drinking them. Should you make like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba, and Salma Hayek and start juicing? We test-drove the trend (learn from us and go easy on the leafy greens!), then asked experts how it can help you achieve your health goals. We have a feeling Mom would approve of their advice.
A month ago I decided to start juicing. Call me lame, but those celebs with totally covetable bikini bodies are always toting around algae-colored concoctions. I figured that juicing, aside from breathing, is about the only thing we could have in common. So I bought a juicer and an entire basket of produce and went to town. My first batch was gnarly (I don’t love kale that much), but eventually I got the hang of it. Now I feel like one of those women who does yoga at 6 a.m., whips up her own face scrub and meditates — without actually doing any of those things.
While I could just buy juice at the store, a lot of bottled varieties contain added sugar. Also, they’re pasteurised (heated to kill off bacteria and extend their shelf life), which fresh-juice fans say degrades nutrients, though there isn’t much research to back up their claim. Bottled juice may contain a bit less vitamin C (the nutrient breaks down the longer it sits on a shelf), but “the difference probably isn’t large enough to have a significant impact on your health,” says Luke Howard, PhD, a food scientist at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
One thing everyone can agree on is that juice made minutes before you drink it tastes way fresher, and that’s a big reason so many people are converts. Plus, juicing helps you sneak in a bunch of produce. Because about 70 per cent of women struggle to meet the USDA’s quota of four to four and a half cups a day — including me, and I’ve never met a fruit or vegetable I didn’t like — that’s key. “You’d be hard pressed to eat three carrots and half a bag of spinach in one sitting, but you can easily squeeze that much into a juicer,” says Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, a FITNESS advisory board member and the author of ‘The Flexitarian Diet’.
Juice isn’t a replacement for whole fruits and veggies, of course, but it does let you fit in ones that you might not eat otherwise, like beets or carrots, especially at breakfast, which is usually a no-vegetable zone. And the more produce you consume, the better. People who got just three servings of vegetables a day lived nearly three years longer than people who avoided veggies, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Upping your intake can protect against cancer and help you drop pounds too (produce is low-cal and full of water, which fills you up). Plus, because the cells in fruits and veggies are broken down by juicing, their nutrients are easier for your body to absorb, says Nicole Cormier, RD, a coauthor of The Everything Juicing Book.
Making your own juice can also serve as a reset button, say Zoe Sakoutis and Erica Huss, the founders of the juice company BluePrint. For instance, I’ve stopped snacking on Sour Patch Kids, which is probably because juicing is putting me in a healthier mind-set.
– Fitness Magazine
Beet This Veggie Juicing Recipe!
The beet, tomato and carrots have a wonderful sweet taste that compliment each other while the celery cuts down on a bit of sweetness so as not be too over powering…
Here’s a great way to incorporate the wonderful cleansing power of beets in with some other healthy garden veggies. This juicing recipe incorporates some of the more sweet veggies in case you wanting to have an all veggie recipe that also tastes great. The beet, tomato and carrots have a wonderful sweet taste that compliment each other while the celery cuts down on a bit of sweetness so as not be too over powering.
- 4 Large Stalks of Celery
- ¼ beet
- 2 large carrots
- 1 large tomato
Wash and process the ingredients as you typically would and what fits best into your juicer. I would add the beet first into your juicer so the other ingredients can put all the beet juices through as they can sometimes test to stain the juicer. I typically would juice the celery last as the fibers can sometimes clog up the juicer a bit and might prevent some of the other juices from fully making it into your finish juice.
Drink Your Way To Health
Timing is crucial when juicing. The living enzymes and nutrients inside natural produce die off within a few hours of being exposed to the open air. They may survive a bit longer with refrigeration but max benefit will be achieved if the juice is consumed immediately after creation…
Juicing recipes are a fun and healthy way to lose weight and increase overall vitality. There are several important factors to consider when both making juicing recipes of your own and using pre-made recipes. These factors are the type of juicer, timing, and combination. The type of juicer is important for how juice eventually turns out. Despite the propaganda not all juicers are the same simply because they make juice. For healthier juice that is filled with greater nutrition it is important to use a masticating juicer type. The preference will be for dual gear, stainless steel auger, models since the enzymes inside the produce might survive longer due to the construction of these devices.
Timing is crucial when juicing. The living enzymes and nutrients inside natural produce die off within a few hours of being exposed to the open air. They may survive a bit longer with refrigeration but max benefit will be achieved if the juice is consumed immediately after creation. The combination of juices is important as well. While simply creating apple juice or orange juice is fine, the best benefit will come from combining mostly vegetable sourcess with a little fruit. This type of combination maximides nutrition and lowers the overall level of sugar found within in the finished juice. If the aforementioned concepts are taken into effect thejuicing recipes which follow will be perfectly crafted. The high vegetable content combined with the taste of fresh fruit will provide a fun and healthy way to shed pounds quickly.