If you wish to focus more on your health there’s a lot to be said for buying a juicer. These days everyone is paying more attention to what they eat but it’s not always easy keeping to a healthy diet. Doctors recommend that we should eat at least 9 servings of fruits and vegetables (3 and a half cups) a day.
That’s no easy achievement and if you have a family it also means convincing your kids to eat their greens. A juicer though could make this much easier and bring a lot of other benefits as well.
The benefits of having a juicer
Unlike a standard blender, a juicer separates the juice from the pulp allowing you to fit more fruit and vegetables into each cup. The problem most people have with reach their daily fruit intake is being able to fit them into each meal. Since a juicer removes the pulp from the juice you get rid of the fibers which fill you up allowing you to get more nutrients into your body with less effort.
When using a blender, you’re also missing out on a lot of helpful nutrients and enzymes that are lost from the heat build-up in a blender. You’re also getting a lot less juice than you would from the same produce. Juicers are specifically designed to extract the juice so you’ll get more juice for less work and the same amount of produce.
Along with that, juicers also tend to be a lot less noisey than conventional blenders. The higher price tag may make some people waver but when you consider that you’ll be getting more juice in less time with better tasting and healthier produce the benefits outweigh the price.
What to put in your juicer
Alright so, you’ve decided on a brand, you’ve picked out your brand new juicer and you’ve just unpacked and set it up. let’s get juicing!
But where to start. If it’s your first juicer it can seem a little uncertain knowing what to put in your juicer. To make things easy and hassle free we’ve done a list of fruits and vegetables you should definitely try out along with a few starter recipes that are sure to get your taste buds moving.
Cucumbers are something you should always keep in stock from now on. These go great with many things and are loaded with vitamin C, vitamin K, B vitamins and potassium. They’ve also a good source of electrolytes which are great for hangovers. Researchers have also found a compound in cucumbers called sterols that may help reduce cholesterol.
Tip: cucumbers are over 90% water so they make a great base ingredient for mixing up your green juices. Try out this recipe to start with.
- 2 cucumbers
- ¼ lemon
- 1 pear
- 1 handful of fresh mint
- 1 heaped cup of spinach
The old wife’s tale about them giving you night vision may not be true but these vegetables should still be a part of any healthy diet. They’re a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C and beta-carotene. The high levels of nutrients in carrots mean they act as antioxidants and slow down the ageing of cells.
Tip: because of their sweet and creamy consistency, carrots are great for cutting the bitterness out of leafy greens. Try mixing up eight carrots with a cup of freshly pitted cherries for a creamy and healthy after dinner beverage
Kale is one of the most common of the leafy greens and is one of the best anti-inflammatory foods. Just one cup of kale covers 10% of your recommended daily allowance of omega-3 fatty acids. Its also a good source of calcium, beta-carotene, vitamin K and vitamin C.
Tip: without a good juicer, it’s hard to extra the juice from kale. To get the most out of it run it through your juicer on its own before adding the other ingredients. Try the following recipe as a starting point.
- 4 cups of kale
- ½ a cup of pineapple
- 2 cucumbers
- ½ a lemon
Celery has a few helpful properties. It’s full of potassium and sodium which help to regulate body fluid and get rid of excess toxins in the body. It’s also a great source of magnesium, calcium and riboflavin
Tip: as it’s full of sodium, celery makes for a great addition to a post workout shake. Try out this recipe to help replenish your body salt after a workout.
- 8 celery stalks
- 1 inch of fresh ginger
- 1 bunch of cilantro
- 1 apple
- 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice
A regular favorite, apples have always been a staple of any nutritious diet. They have a range of different vitamins with the most common being vitamin C and vitamin A. the antioxidants they contain help both to reduce toxins and cholesterol levels.
Tip: if you’re having trouble stomaching those leafy greens than some apples could be what you need to sweeten things up a bit. Don’t go overboard though our you’ll fill up on empty sugar calories.
Beets make for a great source of nutrients and antioxidants such as magnesium, sodium, potassium and vitamin C. There’s even some research that suggests beets help prevent liver disease.
Tip: beets and apples make for a great combination, try mixing in two beets to every apple for a cleansing drink.
Not every juicer can handle this stuff and sometimes required an additional attachment so make sure you read the instructions carefully. Wheatgrass is a strong source of vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene. This helps to cleanse your circulatory system and gastronomical tract.
Hint: wheatgrass makes a great addition to almost anything but goes best with either citrus or carrot juice.
Ginger is known to aid with digestion, inflammation and even boost the immune system. It packs quite a strong taste though so just be careful with it.
Tip: the strong spicy taste of ginger can help cover the bitter taste of green vegetables. For a great start to your day begin each morning with this recipe using your standard juicer.
- 3 carrots
- a thumb-sized piece of ginger
- 500ml of freshly squeezed orange juice