Being the latest and popular entrant into the world of healthy living and conscious eating, it is a process of stripping fruits and vegetables of all the solid matter and extracting off them a hydrating liquid unlike any other. The fluid obtained is loaded with vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, micronutrients and anti-inflammatory components in one easy to sip drink.
While many of you would rather choose tea or coffee for the quick fix energy boost, juicing is a far better and more natural alternative. It does not keep you up in frenzy till late into the night or give you bags under your eyes or a fatigued look either.
Also, you need not live on juices entirely if you follow this diet plan. All you need is consuming a glass or two together with your daily meals. And, only if you feel comfortable, a two or three day entirely juiced diet once a month. Healthy and tasty!
Juicing hacks you must know
Drink it first: Your healthy, nutrient-loaded glass of juice should be the first thing you have in the morning. This way, since your stomach is empty, your body will soak up all the nutrients and the goodness faster and much more effectively than if you incorporated it in your diet later in the day.
Don’t mix veggies and fruits: Nutrition experts advise against mixing fruits and vegetables apart from the exception of carrots and apples. They say the naturally occurring oils in vegetables do not go well with the citric nature of fruits and may cause you experience acidity, bloating, stomach aches, etc.
Cut down on the fruits: It is advised that you keep the number of fruits to a minimum because most of them are overly sweet – like oranges, varieties of berries, pineapples, mangoes, etc. They contain a lot of sugar consuming which can be counter-productive to your whole juicing routine. As such, you should cut down on fruits and increase the number of vegetables you juice.
Listen to your own body: If you are new to the concept of juicing, it is advisable that you go slow; observe how much your body can tolerate and how much you can maximize its capacities. You might not be tolerant to all kinds of vegetables and fruits and some of them might not agree with your body at all. So it’s best to be observant and kind to your own body, and take it easy during the first few days days.
Throw in a carrot or apple: The acidic taste of vegetables might get a little too much for you after a while. To counter this, you can add an apple or a carrot to the concoction to counter acidity. These fruits add a nice sweet touch to the juice without loading it with tons of sugar. You can also try adding a little ginger for pungency and spicy taste to beat the acidity.
Drink immediately: Don’t let the juice you’ve prepared sit around before you drink it. This way, the drink loses its fresh taste and more importantly, a lot of its nutrients. So make it and drink it to get the most out of your juicing experience.
Keep experimenting: Do not stick to a set recipe of juices. Keep mixing ingredients to get all essential nutrients as part of the juices you consume. There are many interesting and delicious juice recipes readily available on the Internet that you can refer to, to give your juices a twist of innovation and make them taste even better.
Choosing a proper juicer
There are too many types of juicers, mixers and food processors out there in the market. But what you have to look for when buying one is your own needs. Here are things you need to consider:
What will you be juicing – fruits, veggies, or a mix of both?