An added side benefit to all of this is that eating healthy has gotten easier and more efficient as well. Since the deliveries began, I’ve found it easier to plan out our meals. I’ve also been juicing more regularly because it’s so much easier when I have all the ingredients on hand – no more excuses! And, when there are a few veggies or fruits left over that I can’t seem to fit into a meal, I just toss them into the juice!
So I now have a new daily habit of juicing and drinking a delicious and healthy vegetable juice with fresh, organic ingredients.
Juicing, like a lot of things in life, can be simple with a little planning. Apart from getting a juicer, if you don’t already have one, it really can be quite easy. Here are some tips to making it a fun and more common happening in your home.
- Buy enough veggies for juicing to last the week.
- Keep it simple and seasonal with the ingredients – you don’t necessarily need a new combination for every day of the week. Two recipes for the week will keep it interesting.
- For vegetables that store well, wash them up once in the week and put them in containers or bags – one for each day.
- Keep your juicer outside your cupboard so you have an inviting juicing station (out of sight means out of mind).
- In the morning or whenever you want to juice, grab a container and start juicing!
- Kids love to help - my daughter is a great juicer assistant, pushing down the vegetables, and even daring to try different combinations of ingredients until we find one that works for her.
Getting the most out of your juice
- If you want to make some for later in the day, keep in mind that juice oxidizes very quickly so make sure to store them properly in containers that are filled to the top and air tight, shielded from light and stored in the refrigerator. I use an extra large thermos. You can also try canning jars.
- Use the pulp as additional fiber in your dishes, as mix to pet food or as compost.
I have to admit, when people say “Cleaning the juicer is a pain!” I get it. But I’ve found there is a way to make it easier!!
- After I make the juice, I first sit down and enjoy my juice, savoring the flavor and marveling at whatever new combination I’ve come up with for the day.
- Once I’m done with drinking, I wash the juicer immediately after I use it. It takes just a couple of minutes and then it’s done, drying and ready to go for the next day.
Why is raw juice so good for you?
- Juice provides concentrated vitamins, mineral and anti-oxidants.
- Juice provides easily digestible nutrients. Juicing extracts the liquid nutrition and leaves behind the pulp (fiber). (Not to say that fiber is something to avoid – your body needs fiber – juicing just provides a way to get a lot of nutrients in a very digestible form).
- Juicing is an easy way to consume a lot of vegetables that would otherwise be difficult to eat.
- The nutrients are intact and haven’t been altered by heat and oxidation.
- Juicing gives you the life-force of the plants!
- Juicing helps to suppress appetite as it gives real nutrition and helps reduce cravings.
- Drinking fresh juice is alkalizing for the body, helping keep your body and immune system strong.
What can I juice?
- You can juice lots of different things. To get real health benefits, the best juice is made primarily from vegetables.
- The idea is to get the benefits of the vegetables and limit the sugar intake from fruits. One apple or pear for example is a good option if your juice is really green and you want to smooth it out a bit (carrots and beets also have high sugar so keep their amounts down in your juice combinations).
- Lemons and limes give juice a nice zing and just a bit can make a big difference.
- Some juicing basics include a few celery stalks, 1-2 carrots, ½ beet, ½ cucumber, 1-2 cm of ginger root, and a handful of parsley or spinach.
- Check out http://www.living-foods.com/recipes/juicerecipes.html for 20 simple juice recipes.