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The Pros and Cons of Juicing

The daily recommended fruit and vegetable intake is 5-9 servings a day. But let’s face it, who’s got the time to actually eat the way we’re supposed to. Between work and taking care of our families, we barely have time to take care of ourselves. Especially us women, we tend to care for others before we think of caring for ourselves, especially when we’re mothers.

That’s where juicing comes in. In one glass we can have the recommended daily allowance of fruits and vegetables and then some. If you’re like me, you probably like to do research and find out as much as you can before making the decision to buy something or try something new.

My first juicer was a Hamilton Beach (67601A) Juicer. It worked very well as a matter of fact, it still does. I’ve had it for a little over two years. It’s easy to use, it doesn’t cost too much, it’s easy to assemble and easy to clean after use. I’ve been thinking about upgrading to a more powerful juicer and I’m considering getting a Joe Cross Juicer. My brother has one and loves it.

Health Benefits of Juicing, Advantages:

Because you’re drinking your fruits and veggies, you can have more than the recommended allowance and thereby you get more nutrients and more vitamins. You can find healthy juicing recipes such as juicing recipes for energy as well as vitality, just to name a few.

The liquid you get from juicing is full of vitamins and minerals. And if you don’t always like eating your fruits or veggies, you can drink them instead. Mixing certain combinations of fruits and veggies can result in juice mixes that are good for boosting the body’s immune system, the digestion and toxin removal from the body. The juice you get from juicing will also be full of antioxidants.

Disadvantages of Juicing:

Fruits and veggies are full of healthy fiber which tends to get lost in the juicing process as they are sometimes found in the skin and pulp. You can add some of the pulp back into the juice before drinking if you can stomach it. You can also try adding some raw cream or raw eggs to your juice.

Fresh juiced fruits and veggies don’t keep well, so don’t make too much at a time. One glass at a time is best to prevent bacteria from forming. Plus the juice loses its potency the longer it stands. Depending on the fruits you’re using in your recipes, your resulting juice may come out loaded with sugar. Natural sugars which can lead to weight gain which defeats the purpose. Juicing also requires a lot of prep and clean up time.

Juicing Recipe (came with my juicer)

  • 2 green apples (cut up)
  • 1 cucumber (small – medium)
  • 3 celery stalks (no leaves)
  • 6-8 kale leaves
  • fresh ginger (thumb size)
  • 1/2 a lemon (peeled)
  • sprig of mint (optional)

You can add an extra apple and some carrots to sweeten the taste and make the juice more palatable. One of my favorite go to juicing recipes is as follows:

My own go to recipe

  • 2 small green apples
  • 1 medium red apple
  • 3 large carrots
  • 1 small to medium beet
  • fresh ginger (thumb size)
  • 1 cup of baby spinach

I make this recipe 1-2 times a week, and I love it. You can find juicing recipes online or you can come up with your own like my go to recipe above. If you buy a juicer, chances are there will be a small booklet recipe inside the box. I would recommend a juice fast before I’d recommend a water fast because although water is essential to our survival, it contains no nutrients, minerals or vitamins. You can also enhance your water by adding fruit slices and infusing your water.

Feel free to leave a comment about your go to juicing recipes or any recipe that you’ve tried. I look forward to reading about your juicing experiments.

 

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Margarette Darbouze

14 Comments

  1. I had considering juicing in the past. I use protein shakes regularly but this has always interested me. Which juicer did you end up getting?

  2. Believe it or not, I have a juicer that I received as a gift 5 years ago, but I’ve just been reluctant to use it and you mention the exact reason I haven’t used it which is being loaded with sugar and possible weight gain from it. Maybe I’m being too paranoid? It seems that people who are juicing regularly, but also watch the other things they eat are actually losing weight and getting the benefits of vitamins and antioxidants. I know fruits have those natural sugars, but which ones might tend to have less than others and would be good for juicing?

  3. Starting with a question because I am the guy who buys that orange juice with the extra pulp.

    Does this juicer have an option to allow some pulp into the drink? Do you know if any juicers have that option?

    I’ve been interested in juicing because I’ve had bariatric surgery and it is difficult to get all of my nutrients by eating. Since my wife and I are in the same boat with the surgery, this will be a sound purchase as it isn’t for just one of us. Also, with the teenager, I KNOW it will be used, but I’m afraid my vegetable and fruit budget will be blown out!

    He’s been buying that trendy juice that the kids are buying, but he often just throws strawberries and ice in the blender. Buying a juicer would certainly be money well spent.

    Great article! I’m gonna talk to the mamma about starting to make our own juice now!

    • No, I usually add some pulp in after juicing in order to get some fiber in there.  And yes, it can get pricey which is why I don’t do it daily.  I schedule and plan for it.  You can also try blending which retains all the pulp.  I have favorite juicing recipes as well as blending recipes.

      You have to experiment to find yours.

  4. I agree that it is hard to get all our fruits and veggies in a day.  If you are busy and eating on the run, most fast food places offer limited variety for fruits and veggies.  Also, it can be expensive and time-consuming.  Juicing and smoothies are my staple most days.  I throw whatever fruits and veggies I have and bam, nutrition and deliciousness in a glass.  Out the door and I’m done!  Thanks for the great recipes.  I’m going to give them a try.

    • Experiment with different fruits and veggies and let know if you come up with one you really like and I might give it a try,  🙂

  5. I do juice quite a bit but as you mention you lose a bit of the fiber from the veggies. I also make smoothies and this way the fiber stays intact. My juicer is on its last legs so I might investigate the Joe Cross one from your site.. Is it more poewerful than the one you use now? Is that why you’re thinking of changing. What they need to invent is self cleaning juicers coz that’s the part about juicing I dislike. When THAT model comes out I’ll definitely buy one!

    • Right there with you about the self cleaning juicer, lol.  I am thinking of switching because my juicer is on its last legs as well, I’ve had it for over 3 years and since my brother has a Joe Cross juicer I know first hand that it works great.

  6. There are so many benefits of juicing.  It would be an easier way to get all of your fruit and vegtable needs.  I have considered juicing but am unsure of how it would taste.  I am pretty sure the fruit recipes would be good due to the natural sugars in the fruits but what about the vegtables.  Is juicing better then blending, since in blending you would get the added pulp that the juicing would not have in it.  I have heard that you can make pies with the left over pulp, from juicing.

    What do you do with the extra pulp leftover from juicing?

    • That’s where experimenting comes from.  Red apples and carrots makes the juice taste a little sweeter especially if your recipe contains vegetables.  Adding green apples to your recipe makes it taste a bit tart.  I juice and blend.  I use the extra pulp in cakes, pies and muffins sometimes even breads.

  7. I recently got into juicing a bit more because it’s not only so tedious having to eat things separately as is but I dont have time for it. It is super convenient for me to fit into my day without thinking about it too much. I did however know about the potential sugar intake, but I’ve always tried to compensate by picking the right fruits and of course the right amounts as needed. I’m glad to learn about the ideas to add in some pulp and other raw ingredients to improve them in general and am excited to try it tomorrow!

    • Most of the vitamins and nutrients are in the pulp.  depending on what I am juicing, I reuse it in my baking.  Apple pulp in muffins and carrot pulp in carrot cake etc.

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