When getting more nutrition and becoming healthier are the goals of your juicing endeavors, your best options when it comes to ingredients are greens that include broccoli, chard, kale, parsley and spinach. The most healthful juicing creations consist of at least half dark, leafy greens, such as these. Add flavor with other veggies and/or fruits. When you make juices primarily of fruit, they tend to be less healthy as they have much more sugar than those juices made with mostly greens. When making apple juice, make absolutely sure to choose the ripest, sweetest apples you can. Bruised apples are fine, but you must cut out their bruises. Varieties that produce the richest, tastiest apple juice include Fuji, Gala, Red Delicious, and Rome apples. To ensure that you’re getting enough fiber when juicing, it actually helps if you put the pulp into your juices after they’re blended. The pulp contains fiber and you will get extra nutritional value out of your juice combination. The amount you choose to add back into your juice is a personal preference, but the extra fiber is important to your diet. If your children do not like to eat vegetables because of their look or taste, try juicing them. The average child does not find vegetables appealing. You can combine fruits and vegetables into one beverage that has a great taste, and thereby sneak vegetables into a child’s diet by obscuring the fact that they are consuming them through their drink. When juicing, combine fruits with fruits and veggies with veggies. Although they are both good for you they each require different enzymes in order to break down in your bodies digestive tract. Combining the two makes your body have to expend more effort in digesting them, so it will not absorb as many nutrients. Apples are the only exception when it comes to this. If you want a sweeter vegetable juice, the apple, as a neutral specimen, can be used in both fruit and vegetable juices.
Cucumber juice is great for hair and skin health. Cucumber juice has a lot of silica in it. Silica helps strengthen your connective tissues and is beneficial to ligaments, tendons, muscles, and bones. When juicing, consider using vegetables or fruits that would not normally appeal to you and use other components to mask their flavor. You want to do this so you’re filling your body up with the nutrients it needs. Lemons and apples help conceal flavors that you may not like.
When you have your juicer assembled, prepare the fruits or vegetables quickly so you will not have to stop and start during the juicing process. Look at juicing as if you were making a meal. Having everything on hand before you begin to cook is always easier than trying to find what you need during the process!