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Juicing. Most people either love the idea or they hate it. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of juicing and then you can decide for yourself if it’s worth a try. Everything is worth a try at least one right? hint, hint.
[Pros of juicing]
- super simple way to get TONS of veggies in one tasty sitting
- easy digestion of nutrients
- good way to consume veggies for picky eaters
- good way to consume a variety of vegetables + fruit
- tastes delicious [if you choose the right combo]
- healthy + energizing snack
- can be great for people with digestive issues, especially those who do not do well with fiber
[Cons of juicing]
- can get expensive [ingredients + quality juicer]
- the fiber is lost
- can be time consuming [mainly just the post-juice cleaning]
- unpasteurized, so caution with compromised immune system
- juicing more fruit than veggies can lead to high sugar consumption
Okay, so what do you think? Are you going to give juicing a try? This is the juicer that I use and love. I would highly recommend it for ease of use, clean up, and it’s one of the more affordable high-quality juicers out there.
When it comes to juicing, it’s important to keep a few things in mind in order to get the most benefit:
 Juicing fruit is not as beneficial as juicing vegetables. Using too much fruit will increase the amount of sugar you’re consuming. Yes, it’s natural sugar, but sugar is sugar is sugar. The best veggies to use are your non-starchy, low sugar vegetables like green leafy veggies [kale, spinach, lettuce, swiss chard, etc.], cucumbers and celery. Limit the starchier veggies like beets + carrots. These still provide a ton of nutritional benefits, but are best eaten in their whole food form, or juiced every once in a while. When choosing fruits, I will almost always add a lemon or lime, but in addition, an apple is my go-to. I like a more tart apple like the Granny Smith, but really any apple will do. A general rule of thumb is to use one piece of fruit per juice recipe [not counting the lemon or lime because of their low sugar content].
 It’s best to consume green juice on an empty stomach or between meals. Because juicing removes the fiber from the whole fruit or vegetable, you are going to absorb the nutrients quickly [fiber slows digestion]. And if you drink your juice with a meal that contains protein, fiber and/or fat, this will also slow digestion + absorption. So drinking green juice outside of meals will ensure efficient absorption of all those health boosting nutrients.
 You’ll get the most nutrients from your juice if you drink it right away. Juicing and then leaving it in the fridge for a day or two is almost counterproductive. Once juiced, the vegetables + fruit will begin lose their nutritional value, leaving you with less of the benefits. So try and either drink your juice right away or at least within a few hours of juicing.
 Variety is important. If you are a regular juicer, it’s important to change up the fruits and veggies that you’re using in order to get a variety of nutrients, rather than the same ones over and over again. Your body thrives on variety. Each fruit + vegetable on this earth contain varying levels of vitamins, mineral, phytonutrients, etc. and for different reasons. If you’re an occasional juicer it’s okay to stick with just one of your favorite recipes; just be sure you are eating a variety of whole vegetables throughout the day in addition.