Have you seen the commercials on television advertising the benefits of juicing? You can buy a blender or food processor and fill it with fruits and vegetables and with the press of a button have your daily recommended intake of fruits and vegetables conveniently in a smoothie-type concoction. Juicing can be an excellent way to get one’s daily vitamins and your recommended amounts of vegetables and fruits.
Tone It Down With Cucumber
Adding vegetables to your juice is a wonderful idea for getting more nutrients. Any type of leafy green is going to give you a stronger flavor; if you want to mask the taste of the veggies, try using cucumbers. You don’t even need to peel them before putting them through your juicer, and they won’t overpower the taste. I use it as a great way to increase my intake of veggies such as spinach, to me it tastes much better as a juice, instead of served up on your dinner plate. Cucumber is also very nutritious, especially if you don’t peel it beforehand.
You can also sweeten up your greens with bananas and papayas, but they don’t seem to do well in a juicer. You can still use them with juice, but it is best to stick them in a blender. They are very thick, and tend to work better when making fruit smoothies or any type of frozen dessert. Add your juice and bananas to a blender such as the Nutri Bullet, it works really well.
Greens Have A Strong Taste
When juicing for health, the most effective ingredients you can use are greens like spinach, kale, broccoli, parsley, chard and the like. Leafy vegetables have a strong taste and may be too much for you to start with on their own. Luckily, juicing is a great chance to mix your foods; so temper that strong vegetable taste with something sweeter like apples or carrots. Or you might like to try adding milk – almond or coconut milk are great choices. You can also use strawberries or another sweet fruit to even it out and to make sure that it’s a great-tasting mix.
Juicing for Diabetics
Are you diabetic? Juicing can still be for you! You can juice so many different items that you’ll always be able to have a selection that does not contain too many carbohydrates or a large dose of sugar. You can also include milk or yogurt in your drink to up your dairy intake. Use Greek yogurt if you want to increase your protein intake. Smoothies contain all the fibrous pulp, which helps cut down on the amount of sugar absorbed by your body.
Juicing For Weight Loss
To lose weight quickly but healthfully, try juicing. Simply replace one to two meals per day with fresh green juice. There are countless recipes available online, but you can make your own by mixing a green leafy vegetable with one or two fruits. You will be getting more vitamins and minerals than the average American, but fewer calories.
Whipping up a smoothie or a juice is a great choice for a quick afternoon snack. It will provide you with enough energy to get you past that afternoon slump until dinner time.
Juicing may not be for everyone but it is not a difficult habit to form. With one simple purchase of a blender or a food processor, anyone can become a juicing expert. The health benefits and the convenience of being able to juice any foods you want don’t require anything except the willingness to push a button on a food processor.