Have you always wanted to enjoy the health benefits of fresh juice in your own home, but aren’t sure where to start? It’s actually quite easy to start juicing. All you need is some fresh fruit and vegetables and a few basic recipes to put you on your way to a happier and healthier lifestyle.
Juicer or Blender?
While having a juicing machine will certainly help you juice more quickly and easily, you can always simply start out with a blender or food processor to chop up your fruits or vegetables and then strain out the pulp using a sieve to give yourself fresh juice without spending any additional cash on appliances. However, be aware that a juicer will give you more flexibility while juicing by allowing you to use fruits and vegetables that have a lower water content, such as bananas and avocados. Juicers are certainly well worth the investment by giving you a quicker, easier way to make fresh juice, but you are welcome to use an alternative method if you are not sure whether the juicing lifestyle is for you.
Fresh Juices Are So Good for You!
By juicing your own produce and drinking it while still fresh, you are capturing the essence of the fruits and vegetables, with zero added preservatives, sugars, or food dyes. You can also mix fruit and vegetable juices to create healthy alternatives to store-bought juices without sodium for those looking to lower their blood pressure. Add in fresh greens like spinach or kale to create ultra-healthy concoctions full of enzymes, vitamins and minerals, and nutrients. As an added bonus, juice is absorbed and digested quickly and easily by the body so you get a healthy kick more quickly than by eating the same ingredients.
Juice for the Day
Try juicing in the morning so you can have fresh juice all day long to take to school or work and avoid the afternoon caffeine crash. All you need is a good thermos or a refrigerator to store your juice prior to drinking.
Juicing for Your Family
The whole family can benefit from healthy juice, and can have fun coming up with their own recipes using all sorts of fruits and vegetables. Have kids mix their favorite fruits and sneak in a vegetable or two for added health benefits. Instead of buying processed juice or paying a premium for organic, preservative-free juice, you can make a small investment in a quality juicer. It will not only save you money in the long run, it will provide you with healthy, pure fruit and vegetable juice so you and your family can satisfy your thirst as well as increase your consumption of vitamins and nutrients. Check out this nice list of juicer recipes from Zesty Cook.
Challenge yourself to drink a fresh juice every day.
For this 22 Days Challenge, let's help each other out. We want you to share your favorite juicing recipes on our Facebook page so we can all try out something new every day. So get out that juicer and join us for the Juice a Day challenge! When you share a juice recipe with us on Facebook, please post a photo of your juice. We can't wait to see what you're juicing! Photo credit: Vegan Feast Catering