Is Your Juicing Routine Getting Boring? Spice Things Up A Bit!
As concerns about health and nutrition continue to rise, so has the custom of making fresh-squeezed juice at home. Juicing offers a convenient and healthy way to lose weight, stay fit and avoid artificial additives and preservatives. Homemade juices can include both fruits and vegetables. From apples and oranges to tomatoes and celery, the following article provides you with all the information you need on juicers, juicing and juices.
For heavy and dark vegetable juices, use apple and carrots as the sweetener and avoid other fruits. Other fruits do not go along with dark greens very well. Carrots contain a lot of sugar and apple juice will complement the vegetables instead of clashing with them. Apples and carrots are the perfect base for mixed fruit and vegetable juices also.
Having trouble juicing leafy greens? Try rolling them up into balls, or cigars, and then feeding them through your juicer. You can also try wrapping them around other fruits or vegetables and then pushing the whole thing through, or chopping them very finely and placing a spoonful in the machine at a time.
When you are jugging you want to be aware of the sugar levels of the juice. Fruits obviously of all things juices will have the highest sugar content, with vegetables grown underground like carrots and beets coming in second. Make sure you do not juice these too often, as it will cause a spike in your blood sugar levels.
Prepare your vegetables in advance for juicing. This is helpful if you have a busy life. Prepare your vegetables in the morning or the night before for each day’s juice and keep them in the fridge. That way, when you find the time to make your juice, the vegetables are ready to go.
To get children to drink fruit juices, consider turning the juice into a smoothie. By adding ice, frozen yogurt, milk, ice cream or lemonade to a fruit juice, you can make a delicious, healthy drink that kids will love. Be aware that smoothies contain a lot of sugar, so make sure children brush their teeth regularly to avoid tooth decay.
Skip juicing fruits with low moisture contents. Fruits such as bananas and avocado, while tasty and healthy, are very dense and do not contain much water. Not only will they not produce much juice, they can clog up your juicing machine. To include these healthy fruits in your juice, blend them in a blender, and then add the rest of your juiced fruits.
If you have an injury to a muscle, add more protein and ginger to your juices. Don’t over do it, though, and make sure to follow the instructions that come with your powder. Protein is the tool used by your body to rebuild damaged muscle, and ginger is a great anti-inflammatory.
Homemade fruit juices, vegetable juices and mixed juices are nutritious, delicious and, best of all, completely natural. Juicing gives you the freedom to make your own unique blends, as well as all of your family’s traditional favorites. As the above article has illustrated, juicing is limited only by your imagination. Bottom’s up!