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Lets get Juicing!

“Juicers and Juicing has become a household essential in kitchens all over the world.  We have all heard “Juicing”is great for your health, but you are probably wondering by now what all the hype is about?

Well for a start, I don’t know about you,  but I definitely wouldn’t be rushing into the kitchen every morning to kick start my day with a big bowl of broccoli and a cup of kale. You would think I was insane! – So this is where juicing comes into play. Juicing is the best way of sneaking all the goodness of fruits and veggies into our diets by drinking them in juice form. This may surprise you, but you will have to physically eat 2lbs of carrots, around 10-12 apples or 8lbs of spinach to get the same amount of nutrients we receive in 2 cups of fresh juice. Even the most expensive vitamin pill on the market won’t provide you with the same health benefits as eating the real thing.

Juicing is one of the quickest and easiest ways to kick start your day and provides you with all the vitamins and enzymes your body needs. The best part is,  every juice is different to the last one depending on the fruit, the variety and the season, so you can never get bored.

It is important to me that you gain the maximum health benefits from your juices, so before you get juicing, here are a few pointers to watch out for.

Don’t use too many sugary fruits

We all know eating too many sweets can send your body into a blood sugar spiral. Drinking juices with too many sugary fruits can leave you with energy highs and quick lows. Your best option is to make fresh green juices made primarily with leafy greens and just one serving of fruit (perhaps one small pear or an apple).

Green juices have become so popular that we are able to purchase them in bottles straight from the supermarket shop floor – although i cant knock supermarkets for improving there image by trying to encourage a healthier lifestyle -you just need to be careful because many green juices you find on the shop floor are loaded with sugar as they often contain a higher fruit level than you should be consuming in one sitting – so your best bet is always aim to drink juices with a higher veggie content.

Don’t consider your juices as a meal replacement 

Most Juices, especially green ones are very low in calories and protein. The majority of the calories come from the carbohydrates found in the natural sugars in fruit. While drinking green juice is an excellent way to increase fruits and vegetables into your diet. Most juices aren’t sufficient enough to be a replacement for your meals – See your juices as a healthy supplement – a fantastic healthy addition to your meals.

Vary your leafy greens

Rotating your dark leafy greens is a fantastic way to make sure you are gaining all of the nutritional benefits from a wide range of plants. I love mix and matching my greens. Try rotating between kale, spinach and romaine – or even better, drink them all together.

Don’t wait too long to drink your Juice

Drinking green juice immediately gives you the biggest nutrient kick.  The natural enzymes in fruits and vegetables start breaking down as soon as they are exposed to air. Your best option is drinking your juices right out of the juicer to capture the perfect freshly juiced vitamins.
I appreciate Juicing isn’t an  easy for everyone, especially if you live a fast paced lifestyle. Sometimes I struggle to find the time every morning to make my juices. Although the process itself is quick and easy, it can be a little messy and a lot of cleaning is usually required – The best way to solve this issue is the prep the evening before. Once juiced, most juices can be refrigerated up to 72 hours in airtight containers. So if you can’t drink yours right away, try to sip up within two days.

Drink your juice on an empty stomach

The best time to drink your juices are first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. I like the idea of all the fresh nutrients going straight to my digestive tract. Drinking fresh fruit and veggie juice is the fastest way to allow your body to absorb all those vitamins and minerals which is even quicker than eating the fruits and veggies whole. If you choose to drink your juice after a big meal, it will only slow down the process of the nutrients hitting your system.

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Now you know the benefits of Juicing and how to gain maximum health benefits from drinking them. Here are my Super 10 fruits and veggies to add into your daily juices.

Cucumberreduce inflammation and keeps your hydrated

Celery: promote eye health especially with age and may help reduce risk of developing certain cancers

Apples: Its high soluble fiber content can help reduce cholesterol levels.

Kale: One of the healthiest foods on the planet. Kale is a fantastic source of calcium, iron, copper, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and vitamins A and C. 

Ginger: Ginger helps support your immune system, can reduce inflammation or ease an angry tummy

Spinach: Belonging to the same family as beets and kale, Spinach is loaded with Vitamin C and Iron – Pop-Eye wasn’t wrong!

Lemon: Packed full of Vitamin C. A natural anti-nausea, metabolism and immune supporting addition to your  juice.

Parsley: A powerful antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory –  a great source of vitamin C and beta-carotene

Beetroot: Beetroot, also knows as Beets can improve athletic performance, lower blood pressure and increase blood flow.

Berries: Packed with Antioxidants, vitamin C and B12. Berries are known for improving eyesight, eliminating urinary infections and healing stomach ulcers.

Have fun with it! Get Juicing – your body will love you for it x

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Love,
Dalya EatLikeMe x

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