Summer is here and the time is right…for juicing! Juicing has become a very popular trend these days: many use it as a short-term detox or cleanse process but I generally recommend it as a fantastic alternative way to enjoy your fruits and vegetables. If you have a juicer at home, then making your own juice is a quick and delicious way to get all the great nutrients, vitamins, and minerals from your produce. (Cleaning the juicer is a whole different story).
A few tips when juicing:
– Load up on your veggies!
– Use fruit to sweeten your drinks but go lightly on the fruit to moderate the sugar content
– Mix it up. Play around with recipes and ratios of ingredients to find out what your favorites are
– Drink it while eating normal foods to slow the absorption of sugars
– Make a pretty juice. Don’t throw the “kitchen sink” in the juicer because it’ll turn out brown and taste like it. Instead choose similar-colored produce items to combine.
One of Patrick’s coworkers, Alex, made an excellent point to me last week. As an avid juicer, she is starting to feel like her juices taste “grassy.” So, I’ve consulted a lot of my friends and colleagues about their favorite recipes and recommendations when juicing.
Here are some fun recipes to try out (the recipes were as fun to name as they were to write up).
“Kick” Me Up: Leafy greens (kale, spinach, or chard, etc) + celery + ginger + mint
The Stephen: Kale + apple + carrot + ginger
Apple Twist: Leafy greens + apple + 1/2 lemon
Spicy Juice: Leafy greens + celery + cucumber + cilantro + jalapeño
Touch of Sweetness: Spinach + pear
Orange You Glad: Orange + Carrot
“Blood Orange” Juice: Orange + carrot + beet
Drink well, Friends,
Special thanks to Fallon, Stephen, Bryan, Sharon, Anoush and David for your contributions 🙂