Benefits of Juicing

I recently bought a juicer and stated creating my own fruit and vegetable juices. What I really like about juicing is creating different flavor varieties without breaking the bank. Spring is a great time to start creating your own juices because of the variety of fruits and vegetables that are in season at a low cost. While most of us struggle with getting the recommended daily dose of fruits and vegetables, juicing can help you reach your daily nutrition goals.

Fresh juices have ~95% of the enzymes and vitamins required by the body to absorb the

beneficial micronutrients and phytochemicals. Juicing can help support weight loss, maintain a healthy cholesterol level, help build a strong immune system, boost your energy level, improve digestion, and help detoxify the body. Instead of taking prebiotic supplements, drink vegetable juice which helps supports gut health. Another juicing benefit - radiant skin!!

I like to try lots of different recipes, but I tend to stick to 80% vegetables and 20% fruit. It's not hard to use 4 or 5 fruits which means more calories. I always use more vegetables to ensure I keep my calorie intake in check. Use fruit as your sweetener, apples and oranges are great for this. Try beets - you will be amazed at how sweet they are - yes I said beets. Unlike store bought brands that typically have added sugar and calories, you can manage your calories while getting a great tasting nutrient packed treat.

Because juicing removes pulp when the juice is extracted, one trick I use is to simply add a spoonful back into your juice, or use the pulp in another recipe. I like to add it to muffin batter, or use it for soups, in pasta or rice. I also recommend drinking your juice the same day you make it. Homemade juices are not pasteurized and bacteria can grow if you store them to long. So if you are not a fan of eating whole fruits and vegetables or simply want to try another way to try lots of different fruits and vegetables try juicing! Denise



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