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Juicing Basics: Why, What, and How to Juice

By Vega on May 6, 2013

Juicing Basics: Why, What, and How to Juice

Why Should you Juice?

Health Benefits of Juicing

With juicing you fit multiple servings of fruits and vegetables without even realizing it. Trying to squeeze in 5 servings of veggies in your hectic schedule? Start your day with 2 servings of veggies in your juice sweetened with fresh fruit and POW! Veggie TKO, you rockstar.

Increasing fruit and vegetable intake as part of moving toward a whole food, plant-based diet will help support your health on many different levels. Clean, plant-based nutrition won’t just help you feel fabulous on the inside — clean nutrition can also help you shine on the outside with more radiant skin. Remember that the sooner you drink your juice after you make it, the more nutrient-rich your juice will be — just one reason why it’s better to make your own at home than to buy one in the refrigerated section of your grocery store.

 

How should you juice?

Be Aware of Vegetable Fiber

Juicing separates the fruit or veggie from the pulp (fiber), leaving a smooth juice that is easy to digest with quick absorption of nutrients. However, without the fiber, sugars can be quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. To offset this, try to use more veggies than fruits (dark leafy greens are best) to avoid blood sugar spikes. You may also choose to alternate between drinking juices and smoothies to balance out your fiber intake.

Juicing Doesn’t Have to be Organic

While organic is important, we believe it’s more important to focus on non-GMO and local fruits and vegetables. Shopping locally and in-season will ensure that you have the most delicious and nutritious foods as your juice base. Because you’re throwing the fruit or vegetable in with the skin intact, you may prefer organic, since the skin is where pesticide residues are most likely to stick, even after washing.

 

What Should you Juice?

If it’s a fruit, vegetable, or herb — you can juice it! (Yes, we even mean beets and turnips). While fresh fruit is in the limelight for juice, don’t forget about herbs and bitter veggies, which can add both flavor and extra nutrients, too. Lemon and lime add a fresh zing and plenty of vitamin C. Traditionally ginger is used to ease digestive discomfort; add a small cube of ginger for a little bite to your morning juice. Parsley, cilantro, mint and cayenne pepper also make delicious additions. Toss in whatever you’ve got in your fridge, cross your fingers, and taste as you go (improvise for the fun of playing mad juice artist every morning).

Fruits and Veggies You Can Juice:

  • Apples
  • Ginger
  • Celery
  • Kale
  • Garlic
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Oranges
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Carrot
  • Beet

Let your creative juices flow and start juicing! If you need some help try starting with a simple green juice, then move onto bigger and better things like this mighty king chlorophyll juice.

What are your favorite juice combinations?

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