Juicing: the Easiest and the Quickest Way to Add More Veggies and Fruits to Your Diet
According to a recent CDC report, more than two-thirds of adult Americans don’t consume the recommended 5-9 servings of veggies and fruits every day. That’s where juicing comes in handy. It allows you to blend the veggies and fruits you’d otherwise not like into a delicious glass of juice.
More than that, recent studies have shown that juicing is good for your gut bacteria, healthy heart, and overall well-being. Best of all, juices from fresh vegetables and fruits are jam-packed with antioxidants (fights cancer), soluble fiber (reduces bad cholesterol), vitamins, minerals, and choline donors (brain boosters).
As if that isn’t terrific enough, embracing the juicing lifestyle is a pleasant experience. Try the following tips to the make the whole process effortlessly easy.
Cucumbers for Taste
While dark, leafy veggies are rich in nutrients, they don’t make for the tastiest of juices. Add cucumber slices — they’ll do the trick. Cucumber not only adds a dash of flavor, but also boasts of a broad variety of nutrients.
Juicing for Health? Done
For best results, stock up your crisper with greens, such as broccoli, kale, spinach, chard, parsley, and so forth. Make sure to include more greens (between 50% and 70%), with the rest going to fruits and other veggies for flavor.
Looking to shed a few more pounds?
If you have been packing weight in the wrong places, juicing can help. It’s crucial that you eliminate as many sugary fruits and “carb-rich” veggies as possible. The beauty of juicing is that you can keep a tab on your calorie intake, losing weight without much hassle.
What if I am diabetic …
You don’t have to worry. Juicing only veggies and keeping fruits to a minimum will help you monitor hypoglycemia or diabetes. But, just to be on a safe side, involve your doctor in the process.
Ginger for Gastrointestinal Upsets
Not everyone responds to juicing the same way. If a recipe is upsetting your stomach, identify the culprit and use it in much smaller quantities. However, add a little ginger in your juicer will take care of the upset. Besides, you can benefit from its antacid and anti-inflammatory properties.
Cranberries to Cut Sweetness
If your combination of fruits and vegetables turns out to be too sweet for you, add some cranberries; the slightly bitter taste will take care of the sweetness. A great berry blend should include the obvious suspects, such as cherries, strawberries, cranberries, and blueberries.