The Benefits of Juicing + 60 Healthy Juice Recipes
Juicing is here to stay. And that’s for a reason: its supposed health benefits are epic.
From weight loss and immune system boosting to detoxification and skin clarification, learn what juicing holds in store specifically for you, then access our directory of over 60 juicing recipes and start practicing your newfound skills.
The juicing trend has been around for a while and is obviously here to stay. And that’s for a reason: its supposed health benefits are epic.
So, the bigger question seems to be: are y o u ready to reap these benefits?
If so, let’s start with a few basics. Drinking juice has almost the same benefits as actually eating whole fruits and vegetables, such as:
the plethora of vitamins and minerals that boost the immune system
the richness in nutrients that provides bursts of energy throughout the day
the lightness and ease of digestion that helps the body save energy which keeps the brain clear and alert
the ability to lose weight as part of an overall low-calorie diet
Promising anecdotal claims that are still being studied include:
anti-inflammatory traits that may boost your immune system and help you feel more energized
the ability to cleanse and aid the body in flushing out toxins
improving digestion with healthy enzymes that help the gut work better
Juicing may also be right for you as a means of:
switching from drinking soda and other unhealthy beverages
supplementing your meals with more fruit or veggie intake
cleansing by substituting junk food with juice
Moreover, if you don't particularly enjoy eating produce whole, you may enjoy sipping juices better and still be able to reap the health benefits.
It is important to note that while you get tons of vitamins and nutrients from juices, juicing tosses the pulp from fruits and vegetables where most of the fiber and antioxidants reside. An easy way to get more healthy fiber in your juice is to adjust your juicer’s strainer, for it to let more pulp through.
Juice can also contain high amounts of sugar and acid if it primarily made from fruit.
For that reason we advise the following:
incorporate at least 70% veggies into your juice (preferably green) to offset the sugar and acid from fruit
aside from an occasional cleanse, don’t use juice as a meal replacement (although smoothies work great for this) so you don’t skip essential elements the body needs
Also, be wary of any sensational claims about the “miracles” of juicing as many of its potential benefits are still being studied.
Lastly, please consult your health practitioner or nutritionist before making any important changes to your diet.
With that said, let’s get to the fun part!
So, the natural next question is: which fruits and vegetables are best for juicing?
Well, the possibilities are limitless but these vegetables are known for increasing your metabolism and tend to be popular juicing ingredients as a result:
And these are some of the best fruits for juicing because, in addition to their health benefits, they blend well and add great flavor and texture:
However, if you want to supercharge your juice, consider adding a measure of these powerful superfoods:
The aforementioned ingredients are just a start as there are many more healthy fruits, vegetables and herbs that can be added to your juices.
However, let’s break down this initial list for now, as these ingredients each have very specific functions you may want to prioritize.
Apples — of course you’ve heard the saying that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Well, that couldn't be more true as apples are both great for your heart and help fight inflammation.
Beetroot — this is a wonderful source of nutrients for the heart and helps lower your blood pressure. Beetroot also has anti-inflammatory properties and acts as a great detoxifier.
Carrots — they are known for being a good source of vitamin K, fiber, beta-carotene and potassium. While the French claim they give your butt cheeks a rosy color, it certainly is true that they lower your cholesterol levels and improve eye health.
Celery — a low-calorie count and, similar to cucumbers, an excellent source of water. Celery is a low-glycemic food and is very rich in vitamin C, A, K as well as a good source of dietary fiber.
Cucumber — did you know that cucumbers consist of 95% water? That’s even more water than in a coconut. Cucumbers are incredible detoxifiers and when infused in water make a very light and easy-to-prepare detox drink. On top of that, cucumbers promote both your kidney and liver functions.
Ginger — this is one of the most powerful detoxifiers and also helps the immune system fight against colds, sore throat, stomach aches, nausea, motion sickness and other common ailments.
Kale — with very little calories, kale acts as a wonderful antioxidant. It possesses anti-inflammatory properties and is an excellent medicinal plant for people with arthritis and autoimmune diseases.
Lemon is a cleansing agent that is great for your skin, which is why the beauty industry so heavily relies on it. Loaded with vitamin C, it also gives a boost to your immune system. On top of all that, it also helps mask the bitterness of certain vegetables which is why it’s often incorporated into juicing recipes.
Oranges — the fact that they are one of the best sources of vitamin C, great for the immune system and really low in calories makes oranges a popular choice for juicing.
Spinach — this is a go-to food for juicing because it blends extremely well and adds its own fresh green color and taste to the concoction. Spinach is so rich in vitamins and anti-cancerous properties that it has been dubbed "the healthiest food on the planet".
Turmeric — this superfood is rapidly gaining in mainstream popularity because it contains great antioxidants and has very efficient anti-inflammatory properties. It may well be one of the healthiest ingredients you have in your kitchen.
All these ingredients when blended together into different concoctions will provide your body with an incredible health treat.
And if you are ready to go on a juicing frenzy, access our entire directory of over 60 juice, smoothie and other healthy beverage recipes curated from the top food bloggers.
The ultimate green juice (1 serving)
1 bunch of celery
4-5 kale leaves
1 green apple
A handful of parsley leaves
1/2-inch fresh ginger
Beetroot, apple and blackberry juice (1-2 servings)
8 oz. of blackberries
A half inch of fresh ginger
Carrot, beetroot and orange juice (1-2 servings)
3 caracara navels
1/2-inch of fresh ginger
Caution: Juicing Can Be Addictive!
Juicing can be incredibly addictive, but what better obsession to have? Juicing is easy, provides a solid boost of vitamins, nutrients and minerals, and may provide anti-inflammatory and weight-loss benefits all in one go.