By Dominik Mikula
Looking for a way to get a lot more fruits and vegetables into your diet, but not a big fan of either one? Consider juicing as an option. You can cover up the flavors that you don’t really like and still get all the health benefits from it. Use the ideas here, for getting started.
If you’re looking for something sweet and healthy to add to your juice, try adding some coconut. Coconut will sweeten your juice by giving it a tasty flavor, and it can also be a great source of fat. You can add whole coconut or you can shred it.
When it comes to juicing, one thing that you want to keep in mind is the fact that no matter how much money and work you invest in it, you are doing something that is extremely beneficial to your health. There are few other ways that you can naturally intake the same amount of healthy nutrients.
Using wheat-grass in your juice is an excellent way to add a ton of tasty nutrients to the final product. Start with a little bit and increase how much you push through the machine until it’s all fed into the juicer. Follow with a hard fruit or vegetable to clean out the machine.
Studies have shown that the optimal intake of fruit and vegetables in a day is 8 or 9 servings per day. Most people are lucky to even get 2 to 3, but by juicing you can meet your minimums easily and tastily! Make sure that the bulk of the servings, preferably 5 to 6, are vegetables.
Keep all the tools you use in juicing, like your cutting board, knives, measuring cups, juicer, etc. together in their own place so you always know where they are. The one reason you won’t continue juicing is because you’re not keeping your things organized, leaving you feeling frustrated and overwhelmed.
If you absolutely must store your juice after you make it, make sure to store it in a completely air-tight container. Letting air get at it will start a process which breaks down the nutrients in the juice, leaving a tasty but empty drink that won’t provide you with the healthy benefits you were looking for in the first place.
Get friends involved in a juice health plan with you. If you have someone to share recipes with, and to share the experience of juicing with, you are sure to stick with the plan longer. You will find it to be more fun to share it with someone rather than doing it on your own.
If you have an injury to a muscle, add more protein and ginger to your juices. Don’t over do it, though, and make sure to follow the instructions that come with your powder. Protein is the tool used by your body to rebuild damaged muscle, and ginger is a great anti-inflammatory.
Consider using a food saver to remove all the excess air from your juice before storing it. This will allow your juice to keep its maximum nutritional content. It also allows for a longer shelf life, reducing spoilage and waste. If a food saver is not available, you can also use air tight jars.
If you don’t like having pulp in your juice, cover the container it’s dripping into with cheesecloth. DON’T throw the pulp away, though, as it contains a lot of fiber and nutrients that you need. Mix it with non-fat, unsweetened yogurt for an excellent breakfast item or after-meal dessert treat!
If you want to be successful at juicing in order to maintain a healthier lifestyle, then be sure to keep your juicing machine on your counter or in sight all the time. If you keep a certain area designated as the “juicing area,” then you will be more likely to use it as it is intended.
When juicing for weight loss, it is important to eat the pulp, too. You can mix it with non-fat yogurt, or actually pour it into your glass of juice. Some people like to grab a spoon and eat it out of a bowl, sometimes sprinkling on a little cinnamon to add a diabetes-beating punch!
Juicing is a great way to get delicious, fresh juice and also many important nutrients. If you need to store the juice you have made, be sure to store it in an airtight container that is opaque. It is important to be sure that there is no extra air in the container and that the juice is stored for no more than twenty four hours.
Having found out more about the basic benefits of juicing, you will be able to try it out and experience its effects for yourself. As you start to make your own fresh juices and experimenting with a variety of fruits and vegetables, you’ll soon realize the wide range of benefits that juicing provides.
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