Juicing has gained traction recently in the fitness world, and for good reason! It has tons of health benefits. In this article we’re going to be discussing the different types of juicers on the market today, 3 awesome benefits of juicing, and we’ll have 3 recipes for you to try at home!
First of all, what is juicing and what should you juice? Juicing extracts juice from fruits and vegetables. You can juice berries, citrus fruits, and even leafy greens.
A centrifugal juicer extracts the juice from only certain items- hard fruits and thick vegetables. With these machines the juice quality is moderate and has a lot of foam. The price for these machines is generally pretty inexpensive; this is a great type of juicer for beginners.
Then you have the cold press, or masticating juicer, and now you’re able to juice hard fruits, thick vegetables, and leafy greens. The juice separates slowly, and there is very little foam, so the juice quality is high. These machines run double the price of the centrifugal juicer, and are used by daily juicers, as well as juice bars.
Here are 3 benefits of juicing:
1. More vitamins and variety!
What do I mean by more vitamins? Do you get more vitamins out of juice than you would from ordinary fruits and vegetables? Well, no. However, fruits and veggies you wouldn’t normally eat everyday can be incorporated into juicing and then you can get all those vitamins and a larger variety of fruits and veggies into your diet.
2. Get your daily recommended fruit and vegetable dose.
Many of us don’t eat the recommended 6-8 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Would that many fruits and veggies even fit in the fridge? With juicing, you can obtain that recommended goal much faster and easier.
3. It’s good for your health- immune system, weight loss, and digestive system.
Juicing is great for your digestive system; juicing separates the fibers leaving you with pure juice. It’s obviously great for your immune system, filled with all those vitamins. And it does wonders for weight loss- instead of reaching for that soft drink, have some delicious fresh juice instead!
Now, there are a couple things to remember if you’re going to get into juicing for the first time. The first thing is- don’t forget to add fiber into your diet. Since juicing removed the fiber from the fruits and vegetables, you’ll have to find other ways to still incorporate it into your diet. Don’t give up whole fruits and veggies!
Also, there may be a lot of sugar in certain fruit juices. Just be aware that you’re drinking a variety, and not only the sweet stuff.
Let’s take a look at 3 delicious juicing recipes you can try today!
1. Healthy Greens
6-8 leaves kale
1 cup blueberries
3 stalks celery
2. Weight Loss
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 Fuji apple
1 cup raspberries
3. The Bloody Mary
2 stalks celery
5 leaves kale
1 Tbsp Tabasco sauce
1 Tbsp cayenne pepper