I’ve been thinking about writing this post for almost a year now…so this is quite an exciting day! My hesitations have been around wanting to “make it just right,” having the “perfect pictures” or wanting to make sure everything I say is completely fact-based. The more I learn–the more I realize that in the world of food & nutrition, one person’s statistic may be another person’s speculation! With that said, here’s how I feel about juicing:
There was a time when I was intimidated by “juicing” (as I’m sure most of us are or have been at one point). I had been planning to do a cleanse from one of my favorite resources, The Seasonal Detox Diet by Carrie L’Esperance, so I bit the bullet and purchased a basic juicer. Honestly, right from the start it felt empowering and adventurous–I mean I was making juice from scratch, people! After doing the cleanse (which was of course challenging but oh-so-rewarding), I started experimenting with my own juice recipes: what tasted good, what ratios were best, and frankly which combos wouldn’t turn out brown (because no one wants to drink brown juice).
For a while there–depending on who you ask–some might have said that I was getting obsessed with juicing. At one point last year I remember packing up my juicer (it’s not light) when we were only going to be away for a 2-night trip, and on a separate occasion I recall a friend asking me if I had been using a self-tanner! (thank you carrots). It had become a part of my morning ritual and I loved starting my day off with freshly pressed fruit & veggie juice. My skin felt more radiant, I felt lively and charged with nutrients!
I’ve since scaled back a bit–I juice about every other day–but still fully enjoy the benefits of juicing. Some are listed below:
- immunity boosting
- cleansing to the organs
- nutrients go directly to the bloodstream–don’t have to go through digestive system
- soluble fiber-packed–great for the intestinal tract
- hydrating–especially great after you’ve been traveling and/or dehydrated
- alkaline-forming (helps balance out the acidic condition of your body)
So hopefully this has encouraged you to try juicing for yourself! Here are some of my thoughts and pointers on how to juice as well as my “Everyday Juice” recipe:
- It’s best to juice first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Drink up, then wait 20 minutes or so before breakfast, coffee, etc.
- Watch out for sugar-heavy fruits & veggies; try using green apples as the base of your juice(they have less sugar than carrots or beets!) If you do use oranges, use 1/2 orange at most for 2 servings.
- I know it’s hard, but drink slowly! Let each sip sit in your mouth for a few seconds so the digestive enzymes in your saliva (mmm…) can dilute the juice before it hits your system.
OK, you’re ready.
JUICING FOR TWO PEOPLE:
- green apples (cored), 2
- carrots, 3
- beet, 1/2 medium sized
- lemon or lime, 1/2 (peeled)
- ginger root, 1/2 inch slice
- parsley and/or mint, 1-2 small handfuls
- greens, 3 big handfuls (examples listed below)
- kale (dino, curly, red)
*note: if you save some of the juice for later, be sure it’s in airtight container and drink within a few hours