This blog post is a part of Williams-Sonoma Juice Week
About two years into my weight loss journey in 2012 I started juicing, I jumped on the juicing wagon when a co-worker of mine at the time was ranting and raving about how easy and tasty it was to juice so I decided to give it a try for myself. I got myself a Shaper Image Stainless Steel Supper Juicer 8021 and starting juicing and experimenting with all sorts of fruits and vegetables to find my favorite combinations. Needless to say I was hooked and was on a juicing journey. It’s easy, tasty, and a fun way to experiment in the kitchen.
Juicing is a great way to add fruits and vegetables into your diet. It is also a nice way to try certain fruits and vegetables you normally wouldn’t eat. Afraid to eat kale? Toss some in the juicer with apples or whatever you heart my desire and you’ll have a tasty drink. Your body will thank you! Juicing recipes are easily available online, cookbooks, or just have fun mixing up your own combinations of fruits and vegetables. That’s the beauty of juicing you are in charge what what goes into your glass and it gives you can to be adventurous. When you juice, one suggestion of mine is return some of the pulp, that is left over from juicing , to your cup before you drink your masterpiece. Not only does the pulp have healthy fiber and other important vitamins and minerals, but it can help fill you up! If you don’t want to drink the pulp save it and bake it into some muffins. The pulp is too valuable to waste in my opinion.
You can really juice about must anything! Some of my personal favorites and their benefits are:
-watermelon: studies have suggested that watermelon decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality, diabetes, heart disease and promotes a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, overall lower weight.
-strawberries: rich in vitamin C, potassium, folic acid and fiber.
-blueberries: contain antioxidants, which work to neutralize free radicals linked to the development of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and other age-related conditions.
-raspberries: anti- cancer benefits have attributed antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients in raspberries.
-pineapple: a source of thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, manganese and potassium and antioxidants and polyphenols. Only known source of an enzyme called bromelain, which has been determined to be effective in alleviating joint pain, arthritis, reduce inflammation, and inhibit tumor growth.
-lemons/limes: rich in vitamin C, help eliminate kidney stones and strengthen your immune system, cleanse your stomach, and it is considered a blood purifier.
-apples: full of antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber. May help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.
-carrots: loaded with Vitamin A and Beta-carotene. Help reduce cancer and cardiovascular disease risks.
-ginger root: ginger is widely used for loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, flatulence, stomach upset, colic, morning sickness and motion sickness. Adds a spicy kick to your juice!
-mint leaves: mint has one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any food!
Obviously there are tons of other fruits and vegetables to juice out there. All of them have great health benefits and offer a different flavor to your juice. Just give juicing a try, I promise you’ll be hooked and prefer it over store bought anyway!
In need of a juicer to start on your juicing journey? Check out the awesome selection available at Williams-Sonoma