What is Juicing and Why Should I Try It?
Juicing is a simple and easy way to enjoy your food and drink at home. You can make a wide range of products with a juicer or blender such as soups, salad dressings and sauces, milkshakes, cocktails and fruit or vegetable drinks in various combinations. Today I will provide you with my favorite top 5 recipes for fruit and vegetable juices. Using a juicing machine, you can place your chosen raw fruit and vegetables into it and blades will produce a liquid product and put minimal waste into a separate container.
Juicing at home is a fantastic way to get great, natural nutrients into your diet. Not only can it help your body to get rid of toxins, it could also act to improve your health and fill you with more energy! Making juices at home can be a really creative and enjoyable activity which children could assist in making too, with supervision of course. Encouraging everyone in your family to lead a healthier lifestyle and make the best possible food and drink choices for a longer life.
In addition, the natural sugars in many fruits such as oranges can have a lovely sweet taste. Try it for yourself to taste the range of flavors and hopefully you will agree that the benefits far outweigh the fizzy and sugar rich beverages out there on the market. The amazing thing in terms of flavor is that even if you use the exact same quantities of ingredients that you did in a previous recipe, the ripeness and origins of the product may vary slightly.
This means that each time you are juicing, you are creating something unique, with a slightly different flavor each time. When juicing is included as part of a healthy and well balanced diet, then you are on track for improving your energy levels, concentration and more. Read on for my top five recipes to get started with...
1. Carrot and Orange Juice
10 carrots (or 400 grams) and 8 oranges, all peeled. Try adding a hint of ginger or lemon for added flavor.
Certainly a great starter recipe for someone new to the tastes of juicing, this one has become a classic favorite of mine. As the title says, you just need carrots and oranges so even if you view yourself as a very amateur chef or you feel you can’t cook in the slightest, then here is a great way to start! The more times you juice these ingredients, the better you can judge the exact quantities you prefer, and this goes for all juicing to an extent; it’s about personal choice and taste preferences.
However, as a rough guide; 400 grams of carrots or 10 good sized carrots, and 8 oranges will make enough juice for three or four people. I find this amount gives a good balance of the flavors with the sweetness of the oranges being able to pierce through the earthiness of the carrots. However, depending on the sweetness of the oranges being used, some flexibility in quantities may be needed.
Peeling these ingredients beforehand will make juicing easier and quicker but this is not vital for the carrots. However, I would certainly recommend peeling the oranges as you would not want to consume the wax coating that is added to the skins to preserve their shelf life.
2. Apple Delight: Apple, Celery and Lemon Juice
6 apples, 3 sticks of celery and 1 lemon
Apples can vary widely in their sweetness. Maybe you already have a particular favorite brand of apples? If not, then tasting them juiced may encourage you to discover and explore different types because the tartness and sweetness can vary considerably. The celery helps balance the flavor of the apples and the lemon juice adds a sharp or subtle punch, depending on how many you add! I like adding some ice cubes to this recipe.
3. Tropical Kick: Pineapple, Grapes and Kiwi
1 pineapple, 1 bag of grapes (or 500 grams) and 6 kiwis
This juice can really pack a punch and isn’t shy in the flavor department! If you like intense, tropical juices then this recipe is for you. If you haven’t ever peeled a pineapple before, fear not as you can purchase a little inexpensive pineapple peeler like the one below. Remember that it is all about balancing the ingredients. You may find you prefer only 3 kiwis and half a pineapple. So experimenting with your quantities is key to discovering the tastes and flavors you want in your juices.
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4. Green Dream: Lime, Cucumber and Apple
2 limes, 1 cucumber and 4 apples
Refreshing, light and sweet are some of the words I would use to describe this juice. Packed with goodness, the lime quantity can really adjust the flavor of this recipe. Lovely chilled and straight from the fridge, this will give you a real boost. Remember to experiment with your quantities and depending on the apple sweetness, you may wish to use 6 apples. It is recommended to remove the skins from all three of these ingredients before use in the juicer.
5. Berry Surprise: Strawberries, Apples and Cucumber
1 box of strawberries, 4 apples and 1 cucumber
Strawberries are very succulent when in season and can make a fantastic addition to a juice recipe, especially in the later spring and summer months. You could replace them with blueberries in this recipe for a completely different kind of berry surprise! Apples add a soft sweetness to the flavor and the cucumber adds depth and contrasts the sweetness with a refreshing and cooling taste. You may wish to peel the apples and cucumber as mentioned previously; wax is often added to fruits and vegetables to improve their appearance for shoppers and to help extend their shelf lives. Remember to hull the strawberries too. If you don’t have a strawberry huller then a small spoon can also do the trick.
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*Please remember that juicing takes the fiber or pulp out of fruit and vegetables and so it should not be consumed in large quantities but rather make up part of a healthy and balanced diet.
*Besides recycling the food waste from your juicer or blender, you could also use the waste skins and peel in a compost bin for your garden, or even use the peels such as carrot to help flavor soups.
As a bonus, juice 2 lemons and 2 limes and add lemonade and ice cubes for a refreshing and invigorating drink! Not only are lemons and limes great for providing you with vitamin C, they will also help to detox your system and could even help to burn fat, what’s not to like!
I hope you enjoy these simple and easy juicing recipes. Being creative and experimenting is the key. Remember it is all up to you. Discover your favorite recipes and share in the comments, let’s get everyone enjoying juicing at home. What flavors or new combinations can you come up with? Give it a go and comment below!