I have recently fallen back in love with my juicer. Truth be told I never have stopped consuming juices. Just the process of making them on my own. Yep I got lazy. That truly is the long and short of it. Shopping, washing, grinding, cleaning. Have I nailed all of the excuses? But my commitment to the new decade is to not always take the easy way out! So out came my Omega Juicer. And while there is nothing wrong with purchasing cold pressed juices, which I still do every once and a while, the bottom line is that making my own juices is more cost efficient and I drink them as soon as they are made. More to come on this.
Juicing is a part of my diet. Not a replacement for it. I have been trying to juice daily but I certainly don’t stress out if my time runs short on any given day.
Why I Juice
In a tight little bullet point way, here is why I juice:
- Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins and minerals. Drinking juices floods my body with these nutrients in a highly absorbable way
- My juices are high in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds that can boost my immune system and help neutralize my unwanted free radicals
- I get a quick boost to of energy
- Honestly my juices just make me feel healthier
So in case my story has inspired you to reignite the juicing flame or to light one in the first place, let me offer up to you some tips that I have learned in the process of my juicing journey.
- Drink your juice on an empty stomach. This allows for easy passage of the vitamins and minerals that are in your juice in to your bloodstream. Juicing with a full stomach can cause a bit of digestive stress
- Try and drink your juice as soon as possible after making it to ensure you are getting the most nutrients possible. Once your juice is exposed to air it begins to lose its potency and nutritional punch
- Chew Your juice. Yep you heard that right! Swish it around your mouth just for a couple of seconds to get your saliva going. Your saliva contains digestive enzymes that are very important for nutrient absorption
- Keep a juicing journal with the recipes of the juices that you liked and the ones that you didn’t
- Rotate your juicing ingredients to get a variety of valuable nutrients and always lean hard on the vegetables. Juicing removes the fiber. Fiber acts to slow down the passage of glucose in to your blood stream. Fruits have more natural sugar than vegetables so without its fiber fruits can cause unwanted blood sugar spikes
Here is a yummy juice recipe to get you started
- 1 handful of parsley
- 1 granny smith apple
- 5 large kale leaves
- 1 large cucumber
- 5 stalks celery
- 1 inch piece of ginger
- Wash everything and chop to sizes that fit your spot
- Add to you juicer
- Mix juice once finished and drink up
If you don’t drink it all it can be stored in a mason jar in your fridge.
*I wouldn’t recommend keeping it any longer than 48 hours