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.