Have you been thinking about trying out the juicing trend? Make sure you do your homework first! For insight and advice, today’s post comes from Hannah West of Modernize.com
Preparing your own juice may seem like a daunting way of life compared to grabbing a plastic bottle from the nearest convenience store on the way to work. But juicing at home is a more cost-effective way to take control of what goes into your body. With the right equipment, ingredients, and philosophy, you can easily incorporate juicing into your routine and feel energized and balanced.
The Right Ingredients
Keep in mind that while juicing is a quick and oh-so-convenient way to consume vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, it can’t replace a healthy and balanced diet. Juicers take all of the fiber out of fruits and veggies, fiber that our bodies need. One of the hidden flaws of juicing is that adding too much fruit can equal sugar overload because you’re getting a ton of fructose without the fiber that helps your body regulate the fructose. Try to use vegetables as the base ingredients as often as possible, adding little fruity hints here and there to amp up the tastiness factor. Another trick is to add some of the fruit pulp that’s been left out back into your drink to get the fiber you need.
Here are some excellent ingredients to grab at the supermarket if you’re ready to start juicing at home:
Ginger: aids digestion and reduces inflammation
Carrots: a great source of Vitamins C and A, beta-carotene, and anti-oxidants
Kale: full of omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, vitamins K and C, and beta carotene
Cucumber: great source of potassium, vitamins C and K, and B vitamins
Beets: rich in antioxidants, magnesium, potassium, vitamin C
Lemons: rich inVitamin C, folate, potassium, reduces inflammation
Cinnamon: helps control blood sugar and fight off bacterial infections
Jalapeno: Contain Vitamins C and A, and anti-inflammatory capsaicin
Parsley: packed with folic acid, antioxidants, Vitamins C and A
The Right Juicer
Centrifugal juicers are the kind you probably see most often in people’s homes. They have a metal blade that spins and separates the juice from the pulp. Cold press juicers, on the other hand, crush the produce to yield juice. These tend to be more expensive, but for good reason, mostly; they don’t produce heat, which destroys enzymes. You tend to get more nutrients out of a cold press juicer, but you have to put in a pretty big chunk of change for those benefits.
The Right Schedule for You
Juicing can be pretty time-consuming, especially when you factor in the clean-up, which involves washing the separate parts of the machine right away. Because of this–and because drinking too much fruit juice has been linked to diabetes–you might want to juice just a few times per week rather than trying to do it morning, noon, and night. Or you can devote one 45 minute stretch to a few day’s supply and seal your servings in airtight containers. Don’t skip the immediate clean-up just to save time, or you’ll come home to sticky countertops and tough residue on your juicer that will require some serious soaking and scrubbing.
Remember that, like every other element of your diet, juicing requires balance and thought in order to be a healthy habit for your body. If you let it, it can change your life in all the right ways–without taking it over.
For more ideas and other tips and tricks, head to Modernize.com.