We all know that the key to good health is to consume plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Juicing allows us to up our intake of healing plant foods in a form that is easy for our body to digest. When you consume a fresh vegetable juice, your body is quickly flooded with easy-to-absorb vitamins, minerals, enzymes and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients.
Juicing is a great way to consume more nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables while at the same time allowing our digestive system to rest and heal.
A juicer extracts the juice from fresh fruits and vegetables — the new slow press juicers (cold press juicers) do this by ‘pressing’ the fruits and vegetables. This is done without generating heat, and thus prevents nutrient loss. Slow press juicers also often retain a small amount of fiber in the juice.
The liquid or juice that is pressed from the produce contains vitamins, minerals, enzymes and plant chemicals (phytonutrients). Phytonutrients contain many healing, anti-inflammatory compounds that prevent disease.
You don’t need to drink juices to obtain these nutrients. Eating the fruits and vegetables in their whole form, including the healthy plant fiber, is of course highly beneficial and recommended! Juicing is helpful as a way to increase your intake of fruits and vegetables— consider it to be a wholefood supplement that you include as part of your regular diet.
However, there are people who can greatly benefit from consuming plenty of freshly-pressed vegetable juices. This can include anyone with a compromised digestive system or someone who is undergoing intense healing from a disease, and needs extra nutrients in an easily digestible form.
By consuming freshly-pressed vegetable juices on a regular basis, you are increasing your intake of anti-cancer compounds and allowing your digestive system to rest and heal. In addition, increased consumption of fruits and vegetables can help to lower cholesterol. These are all very powerful reasons that support the addition of fresh vegetable juices into your diet
Here are three easy recipes to get you started. Keep in mind that freshly-pressed juice can develop harmful bacteria, and it is strongly recommended that you only make as much as you intend to immediately consume.
- 1 Romaine lettuce (or substitute your favourite greens)
- 1 large handful of baby rocket or watercress
- 1 medium cucumber
- 1 peeled lemon
- 1-inch piece of ginger root, approx.
- 1 large handful of coriander
- 1 small green apple
Kids’ Favourite: Celery and Apple Juice
- Approx. half a head of celery (or more, depending on the size)
- 2 apples
- 1 medium cucumber
- Squeeze of lemon
- Optional: small piece of ginger or mint
Delicious Boost Juice
- 4 carrots
- 2 apples
- 1 cucumber
- ½ beetroot (peeled)
- 2-3 ribs of celery
- 1 lemon
- 1-inch piece of ginger
On a practical note, when choosing a new juicer consider how easy it is to clean afterwards. Many juicers end up gathering dust in the cupboard! It is important to find a juicer that you can easily store in your kitchen and that you find you are motivated to use because it is relatively easy to clean.
We hope that you enjoy these juice recipes and please let us know if you have your own favorite vegetable juice combinations. We’d love to hear from you!