Juicing is a convenient way to get all of your fruits and vegetables that you should be eating every day all in one shot. If you are like me, and are always on the move and in a hurry, you really don’t have time to be eating constantly just to get the nutrients that your body needs. Our diets usually end up suffering as we clamor for something fast and convenient.
Luckily, owning a juicer is a smart way to combat this. Drinking your daily dose of vitamins can have a profound impact on your health. If you are ready to try out your new juice extractor, but don’t know where to start, here are some ideas to get you going in the right direction.
Some Of Our Favorite Juice Recipes
1. Power Gulp
Besides delivering tons of iron (which is critical if you are pregnant or nursing), the power gulp juicing recipe provides more than the daily recommended intake of vitamin K, keeping your bones and blood healthy. Considering the ingredients needed to make this drink, this certainly is what we call a Green Lean Machine juice. You will need: 1 English cucumber (sliced or chopped), 1 cup kale (sliced), 1 cup seedless green grapes, 1 small Granny Smith apple (chopped) and 1/2 cup water. Run all of these ingredients through your juicer. If you want a plus of freshness, add two or three ice cubes to the mix. Garnish with a slice of cucumber or a small kale leaf before serving, and voila – a potent drink that will help you shed pounds, get a glowing skin, and fuel your body with nutrients and energy.
Kale juice is extremely powerful and is full of nutrients that can make a real difference on the way you look and feel. It does have a bland taste, however, so it is always wise to keep this veggie, and all leafy vegetables, to no more than 25% of your total in any recipe.
2. Health Booster
Nothing compares to a juice packed with vitamins A, B, C and E, like this health booster. Besides that, this drink contains lutein, which, paired with vitamins A and C, can increase collagen production substantially. The result is young-looking skin and strong bones. For this recipe, you will need 1/2 cup cherries (frozen, or fresh if available), 1 medium apple (cubed), and 2 medium soft pears (cubed). Blend all ingredients together until smooth. If you want your drink to be thinner, add water until it reaches the desired consistency. You can choose to add two or three ice cubes right when mixing the ingredients, or afterwards, depending on how you like to drink your juice.
3. Antioxidant Supreme
When it comes to antioxidants, there are countless benefits you can get from drinking them. Beyond detoxifying your body, they also fight off free radicals, preventing premature aging, as well as numerous diseases that can result from the oxidation of your tissues. The ingredients needed for this juice are 2 cups mango (peeled and coarsely chopped), 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen), 1 cup strawberries (halved), and 1/4 cup water. As with the other two juicing recipes, blend all ingredients until you get a smooth substance, scrapping the sides of the cup or bowl where you mix them in. Garnish with a thin slice of mango or half a strawberry.
4. Energy Upper
Eating refined sugar from chocolate, cakes, and other such sweets will only damage your health and possibly threaten the normality of your life. On the other hand, naturally-occurring sugars, such as fructose, can boost your energy while keeping you perfectly hydrated, which is a great benefit during winter, when skin tends to crack easier. For this juice, you will need 3/4 cup coconut water (or plain water), 1 cup peaches (frozen or fresh, chopped) and 1 cup can lychees in syrup (drain and rinsed). Throw all ingredients in a blender, mix well until smooth, and thin the substance with as much water until it gets the desired consistency.
5. Immunity Booster
This particular juicing recipe is packed with tons of vitamin C, which can improve your health considerably, especially when you are taking it directly from the fruits. The ingredients needed are 3 kiwis (peeled and chopped), 1 grapefruit (peeled and chopped), 2 medium oranges (peeled and chopped). Mix everything in a blender, adding no more than 1/4 cup of water to ensure that all ingredients will receive a uniform chop while being blended by your machine. Once done, you can thin the juice with water, preferably coconut water, which packs additional nutrients and keeps your body hydrated. For a plus of style, garnish your drink with a slice of kiwi or grapefruit – you will not resist this immunity booster.
Of course you can’t take advantage of everything that juicing has to offer if you don’t have a machine capable of making fresh juice. There are a lot of positives to owning your own juice extractor. This is one small appliance that modern kitchens should have. The one place that most people begin their quest for the ideal extractor is to look at the latest ratings. Omega and Breville dominate the rankings as they are the two top rated juicer brands currently available for home use. They are great investments and are well worth the effort and money.
The Joy Of Juicing
To keep things from getting mundane and to keep up the excitement to maintain a daily juicing regimen, it is important to experiment. Mixing things up and trying new ideas is one way to keep your level of enthusiasm high. Fortunately, there are almost countless healthy juicing recipes that you try with your new juicer. You might be surprised with what you can find in your grocery store’s produce section or your local farmer’s market that would make a great addition to any recipe. The key is to have fun. It does not have to seem like work if don’t want it to be. You can really take advantage of the benefits of juicing if you just stick with it. Hopefully some of these concoctions will help you do just that.