5 Secret Tips to Take Your Juicing to the Next Level
by Healthy Homestead Team
A month ago
The Juice Generation is here. Juicing has become extremely popular in the past several years, and rightfully so. Juicing is the fastest and easiest way to get the nutrients from vegetables you’d rather skip at your lunch or dinner. Let’s be honest, how many of us consume raw kale, spinach, celery, and similar vegetables? Juicing is a great way to get vitamins and minerals, without actually eating vegetables.
And more importantly, juices help you get hydration your body desperately needs. A lot of us forget to drink enough water in the day. Getting a juice or two will increase our fluid intake. You do not want to be dehydrated, don’t you? With that in mind, here are some tips and tricks to make juicing even more beneficial for your body.
Leave the peel on
A lot of people forget it, but many nutrients in fruits and vegetables can be found in the skin/peel. When it is possible, try just to wash organic products, but do not peel them. Juice them with the peel on. However, if your fruits and vegetables are not organic, always peel.
Which fruits and vegetables can be consumed with the skin on? You want to leave the peel on apples, pears, bananas, cucumber, beets, peppers, eggplant, kiwi fruit, grape, watermelon, carrot, ginger, peach, nectarines, and plums.
On the other hand, you absolutely have to remove the peel on limes and lemons, as they can upset your stomach. Fruits and veggies to remove the skin also include cantaloupe, oranges, grapefruit, mango, and pumpkin.
Juice frozen fruits and vegetables
The reality is that not all fruits and vegetables are available all season long. That is why they are called seasonal fruits. Now, we always recommend going for fresh and seasonal fruits and veggies as often as possible. However, during the times when there are not many choices, you can easily juice frozen fruits and vegetables. Even more, you can freeze your last summer’s garden. Just let the products defrost before putting them into the juicer. Bonus: frozen fruits and vegetables are usually less expensive than fresh. And they offer more variety for your juice.
More green veggies, less fruit
As a general rule of thumb, it is best not to mix fruits and vegetables in your juice. Why? Well, because fruit and veggies ferment in the gut when consumed together in a juice, and they can cause bloating.
With that in mind, the best products for a juice are green vegetables. Try to leave fruit away from the equation as much as possible. Fruit is used to sweeten the flavor. However, there lies the problem, as fruits are stripped of fiber in the juicer, and too much of them can spike your insulin levels.
Mix and match
Do not fall in love with one or two recipes. Yes, we all have our favorite recipe for a green juice. But if you want to fully reap the benefits of juicing, we recommend trying more than one recipe. After all, there is a wide array of products you can find on the market. And they all deliver different nutrients to your diet. Now more than ever, we need to make sure we source ingredients from different foods. For example, try some dandelion greens, or arugula. Or you can always ask the local farmers market reps for some special seasonal veggie.
Drink juice on an empty stomach
The best way to reap all the benefits of a juice is when drinking on an empty stomach. That will help absorption, and allow the nutrients to pass into your intestine faster. Now, that doesn’t mean you can drink juice only in the morning. You can have a juice through the entire day. Just do not drink a juice right after your lunch.