Juicing can be a fun and delicious way to get your daily fill of vitamins and antioxidants. A few simple tips can help you choose combinations of fruit and veggies that not only taste good together, but provide your body with essential nutrients. Juicing is so easy that there’s no excuse not to start today.
Use organic fruits and vegetables in your juicing. Organic fruits and vegetables have not been exposed to the chemical fertilizers and pesticides used in traditional farming. If you cannot use organic produce, be sure to peel everything before you put it in the juicer. The peel will contain most of the harmful chemicals.
Drink your juice on an empty stomach, such as first thing in the morning or about half an hour before a meal. This allows your system to better absorb the nutrients in your juice, without the interference of other foods. Juice drunk on an empty stomach can enter your system in as quickly as thirty minutes.
If you are worried about getting enough protein in your diet, add spinach and broccoli to your juices. Both of these vegetables provide enough vegetable protein for the short-term to satisfy your body’s needs. Most people get more than enough protein in their daily diet, and don’t need to worry about adding protein sources such as soy to their juice.
Put all your fruit on one shelf in your refrigerator, preferably the top shelf. This way, nutrition and juicing will be the first thing on your mind when you open your refrigerator every day. You’ll also be able to keep an eye on how fresh the fruit is, and remind yourself to use it before it decays.
Start gradually with vegetables. Start by adding bits of vegetables to your fruit juices and work your way up to full vegetable drinks. Vegetables are more nutritious than fruits as a group but not as tasty sometimes. Adding more veggies to your drinks will make your taste buds ready to get that superior nutritional value.
Store all your fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator, especially in the summertime. Juicing depends on fresh produce and leaving them out starts the process of decay more quickly. Keep your produce nice and cool until you eat it so that you can preserve as many vitamins as you can.
If you don’t feel you’re getting an adequate amount of a vitamin in your diet, don’t bother buying a supplement! Instead, buy a juicer and do your research to find out which fruit and vegetable are rich in that vitamin. For example, if you’re low in calcium you should juice dark green vegetables like kale.
Find a juicing community online and sign up to learn more about what others have tried. They’ll have tons of recipe ideas, warnings about things they tried and failed, and support for you when you’re feeling overwhelmed. They will also have money-saving tips and tricks that you might not have thought of before!
Once people start to get interested in juicing, they many times find it difficult to slow down. There are so many winning fruit and vegetable concoctions that can be thrown together in a juicer, that it can boggle the mind. It’s nice to not have to sacrifice flavor for nutritional goodness.