Juicing 101 - For Foodies and Rock Stars
Anyone older than me certainly knows who Jack LaLanne is. And anyone younger than me should know who Joe Cross is. (You can find links for both down below)
But... even if you don't know who they are... their messages certainly didn't fall on deaf ears when it came to searching for my best health.
And... honestly, if I was to list all of the things consuming live-fresh-juice has done for me... you'd be reading this article for days.
So... instead... here's some basic info to help you decide what's best for you and your family when it comes to juicing.
Oh... and don't forget to check out the Cool and Interesting Links Below... as I have only touched on a very deep and fascinating subject.
Juicing - what is it:
Juicing is the process of removing pulp from produce, either by spinning or squeezing it.
Juicing removes the Insoluble Fiber - but retains the Soluble Fiber.
This frees up the vitamins and minerals to be absorbed directly into the digestive system.
Blending produce retains the Insoluble Fiber as well as the Soluble Fiber.
*Both juicing and blending produce is good for you.
*I consume both regularly.
What to Juice:
You will find a very basic juicing recipe on my Recipe Collection page. Here:
However, there really aren't any limits as to what you can juice.
However... it is important to note that you can reach a toxicity level with different vitamins. For example... juicing too many carrots has caused people's skin to turn orange and their hair to fall out in clumps.
Therefore... I always recommend you don't juice more veggies than a person could typically consume in a large-sized salad.
Nature made our tummies the size they are for a reason.
Also... since juicing eliminates the pulp - it speeds up digestion of the naturally occurring sugars- therefore, I always recommend that you consume your juice 20-30 minutes before your biggest meal of the day, or about an hour before a good workout, or strenuous activity.
I always liked to send my kid off to school after a big glass of green juice and a handful of nuts on days he had big tests. And he says he believes it helped him focus.
Benefits of Juicing:
No... juicing has not been shown to be MORE beneficial than eating all those fresh fruits and veggies... but WHO HAS THE TIME to consume that amount of fresh produce? I certainly don't. And I know that my son, who is going to school, as well as working, doesn't. And he needs it, now more than ever, as he continues to grow into the man he will eventually become.
So... eat to your health... when you have time.
And when you don't... drink to your health.
6 Minutes to a Better You:
That's how long it took me to wash, and juice my produce (for 2 people), and then rinse out my juicer.
And it probably took less than another minute to load it into the top rack of my dishwasher.
Seriously... can you think of a better return on your time?
What About the Taste:
I get asked this question more than any other. And my answer...
add a small or 1/2 a medium apple.
SINGLE MOM TIP - Once cut in half, an apple will seal itself. You can then store the apple on the counter for several more days. Simply remove the outer layer and enjoy at a later time. Bananas and Avocados are the same.)
$12 and a Whole New You:
That's about how much I spend per week for 2 grownups to drink fresh juice 3x a per week.
That's $6.00 per person.
Can you think of a more equitable exchange of wealth?
$6 a week and you get shining hair, magnificent skin... and... routinely told you look 15 years younger than you are.
How is that a bad deal?
Harmful bacteria can grow quickly on fresh juices. They should be consumed quickly and not stored.
Cool and Interesting Links:
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Harvard 'Juicing Fad-or-Fab Article':
Raena's Wellness Facts:
1. I am healthier and in better shape now, at 48, than when I was at 25.