Did you know the recommended daily dose of fruits and vegetables is 9 servings? That means if you eat three balanced meals each day you’d need to accompany three servings per meal. When looking back on the week, the majority of us fall short on meeting our nutritional needs. Luckily, there’s an easier – and much more fun – way to fit those daily fruits and veggies in, and it’s called juicing.
The Benefits of Juicing
Juicing has become a favorite alternative for many looking to improve their nutrition or find a healthy alternative to store bought juices that often come sugar-packed. (More on that topic later!) We’ve outlined just a few reasons why but encourage you to continue to explore this juicy topic!
Get all the good stuff.
Most of us have impaired digestion from years of making less-than-ideal food choices. Over time these choices have limited our body’s ability to absorb nutrients, even when they come in their rawest form. Juicing helps to breakdown, or pre-digest, fruits and vegetables so your body absorbs all the nutrients instead of your body passing it.
Spice up your life.
Many of us tend to eat the same fruits and vegetables. This may be out of habit or because we’ve never ventured to cook with anything outside of our default produce list. Juicing allows you to be adventurous and try new flavors you wouldn’t normally enjoy whole. Introducing variety also decreases your chances of developing a food allergy.
Concentrate on concentrate.
Find getting the recommended 9 servings a day challenging? One refreshing glass of concentrated juice can often cover your entire quota for the day. For example, 1 cup of carrot or celery juice produces the same amount of nutrients found in 10 servings of those same vegetables chopped. Not to mention drinking raw juice first thing in the morning can give you a natural energy boost. This coffee replacement and nutritional fix all in one will have you searching for your travel mug before you can say kale.
Juicing Is a Piece of Cake, but Healthier!
You can make all the juices you love from the market without added preservatives or sugar, all while fulfilling your daily dose of fruits and vegetables. Whether you find a favorite recipe or create your own the options are limitless. Enjoy a little twist by adding ginger, lemon, or mint to any recipe.
We’ve even included two of our favorite recipes to get you started.
For fast, easy cleanup we recommend using a juicer. They’re as simple as putting raw fruits and veggies in and getting good out. A blender works just as well, adding a little more texture to your health-packed treat!
If you don’t have a juicer or blender and want to hold off on making the investment, a food processor will do the trick! Simply blend all of the ingredients together until completely liquidized. Next you’ll place a mesh strainer over a medium-sized bowl and cover with cheesecloth. Carefully pour the juice over the cloth and gather the edges together to strain the remaining liquid. Depending on your desired consistency, this last step can be repeated.
Freshly squeezed juice is best consumed within 24 hours for maximum nutritional benefits, but may be kept up to 72 hours. Try to use organic produce when possible and always remove the rind, core and peel.
Green Goddess (2 servings)
Your daily dose of rejuvenation now comes in a cup. Green Goddess juice comes packed with daily vitamins, minerals and a burst of flavor. Trading your Diet Coke for a kick in the taste buds just got that much easier. Deeelicous!
- 1 cucumber
- 2 celery stalks
- 2 pears
- 1/3 cantaloupe
- 6-8 kale leaves
- 1/2 lemon
- 1 inch of ginger
Get Up and Glow (2 servings)
Packed with cucumber, mint, and grapefruit, this recipe was created to keep your skin glowing and hydrated 365 days, and nights, a year. You can make it the night before to have ready in the morning or enjoy it as an afternoon pick-me-up.
- 2 cucumbers (peeled)
- 5 sprigs of basil
- 2 mint leaves
- 2 grapefruits (juice, only)
- 1 cup of cold water
- 1 TBS of coconut sugar
- ¼ cantaloupe
Food for Thought.
A great addition to breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or a snack all on its own, juicing is a great way to get your daily dose of produce easily and efficiently. It’s a fun alternative to squeeze into your daily routine with added benefits to keep you healthy, hydrated, and energized throughout the day. With two mouthwatering recipes to test out you’ll be well on your way to creating some tasty flavor combinations of your own. Now all you have to do is get started.
On your mark, get set, juice!