184421672Juicing seems to be what’s in at the moment in health and dieting. Juicing is extracting the juice from fruits and vegetables and  allows people to throw their favorite fruits and vegetables in a juicer to create their own flavor while in theory getting all the nutritional benefits as well, but is it really that easy? While juicing can be a great way to fit in your daily dose of fruits and vegetables, especially for kiddos who tend to shy away from their veggies, it’s important to know how to do it right to get all the benefits! Listed here are a few helpful tips and even some juicing ideas to help make your juicing efforts more beneficial!

Juicing Facts:

  • If you don’t necessarily love fruits and vegetables, juicing is a great way to get some of your daily dose in but it will not account for all. It’s important to still include whole fruits and vegetables in your diet.
  • Juicing extracts the juice from whole fruits and vegetables and in the process results in fewer vitamins and minerals. This is because the skin on fruits and vegetables is rich in nutrients and is left out along with pulp, of the juicing process, which eliminates some of the nutrients you’d get if you ate a whole fruit or vegetable.
  • Make sure to be aware of the amount of calories you are adding to your juice mixture. Fruits, though delicious, have a higher calorie count than vegetables and juicing too much can actually work against you and make you gain weight.
  • If you want to make your juice more balanced, try adding a source of protein, such as peanut butter or Greek yogurt.
  • For best juicing, use fresh, crisp and pre-cooled vegetables.
  • The softer the texture of a fruit the thicker its juice will be. For example, pears and strawberries will have a thicker juice and are best to combine with carrots or apples to help thin out the juice.
  • The seeds of citrus fruits, grapes, papayas, and melons may be put through the juicer but it’s important to remove apple seeds.
  • Juicing has not been proven as a detoxification or cleansing method for the body, as the liver and kidneys detoxify the body whether one is juicing or not.
  • Leftover pulp from juicing can be put back in the juice or even re-used in cooking, such as with muffins or broths.
  • The best time to drink fresh juice is on an empty stomach – many dieticians recommend at least a half hour before a meal.

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Juice Mixture Ideas

  • If you’re looking to add more antioxidants to your daily diet, try juicing together berries, such as blueberries and strawberries with a mango for a great antioxidant rich juice.
  • A great energy rich juice includes combining an orange, sweet potato, and an apple along with some almonds for protein.
  • Looking for more iron in your diet? Try combining kale, green grapes, a cucumber and Granny Smith apple to make a powerful juice packed with not only iron, but vitamin K for good blood and bone health.
  • It’s important to get a nice amount of vitamin C in the winter to keep from getting sick and a great juice for that includes combining apples, pears and cherries for a drink packed in not only vitamin C but vitamins A, B, C and E.
  • Another great juice packed with vitamin C includes combining an apple, orange and mango together for a great juice to help keep you healthy this winter.

It’s important to remember that while juicing is a great way to get in your daily dose of fruits and vegetables, be aware of what you’re putting in your juicer to better benefit your health! Need some ingredients to start juicing? Stop by your local Sparkle Market for all of your juicing needs!

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