Juicing fruits and vegetables is a great way to add extra vitamins to your diet. If you’re the kind of person who has a hard time getting the recommended 5 daily servings of fruits and vegetables, extracting and drinking juice rather than eating whole carrots, apples, or oranges can help you get the same benefits with far less effort. There are however a few things you need to know to get off on the right foot.
1. Juicing versus Blending
Research has shown that the way juice is prepared can significantly impact the nutrients that make it into your body. While most people already have a blender in their home, a specially designed juice extractor is often a new purchase running anywhere from $30 to $300 or more. Blending fruits and vegetables provides a great, cost-effective option for getting extra nutrients into your diet while keeping the healthy fiber found in fruits and vegetables in the mix. Juicing, by contrast, has been shown to produce drinks with higher ascorbic acid (vitamin C) concentration, leading to a stronger immune system and helping you ward off scurvy. Juicing does remove a lot of that beneficial fiber, however.
2. Getting Your Fiber Fix
One clear-cut benefit to juicing is that you can get more fruits and vegetables into your diet compared with simply blending them. This is because removing the fiber allows you to fit more of your chosen fruits and vegetables into a single glass. Don’t feel like you need to throw that fiber away, though. Hang onto your pulp and mix it into batter to get a healthy dose of plant protein in your morning muffin. Like juicing mangos? Save the pulp and you are most of the way to having a delicious mango salsa to serve at your next dinner party!
3. Try New Things
Juicing is also a great way to try out new foods that might not otherwise find their way into your diet. For example, maybe you’ve heard about the amazing health benefits of kale or sweet potatoes but you haven’t found any recipes that use these foods and excite your taste buds. Fear not! Both can easily be thrown into a recipe with apples, pears, or carrots to give an extra vegetable boost to your juice. You’ll be surprised at how much juice is in a sweet potato, too!
No matter what you choose to juice, remember to have fun and be adventurous. Invite your friends over for game night and have them bring a bag of oranges instead of a bottle of wine. Owning a juicer comes with a built in guarantee that you’ll never waste fruits or vegetables again. Celery losing its crispness? Juice it up! Cucumber starting to sag? Fill your glass! Juicing is a fast, easy way to make sure you get the most out of your groceries and improve your health at the same time.
Try this recipe to get you started:
Beet Juice Bonanza
- Apple – 1 (medium sized)
- Beet Root – 1 beet (approx. 3-inch diameter)
- Carrots – 8 (medium sized)
- Celery – 2 stalks, large
- Kale – 3 cup