My aunt recently asked me to share some juice recipes and I thought why not do a whole post about juicing. I love to juice fresh vegetables and fruits; not only do I know that it’s extremely good for me, but it makes my body feel alive and my mind feel clear.
When I juice, I try to maximize the amounts of green and limit fruits. Greens are an abundant source of chlorophyll which floods your body and cells with oxygen. Greens are also alkalizing and full of minerals. While there is no bad time to juice, drinking fresh juice in the morning before you have eaten is the ideal time. Because juice is considered a “predigested” food (aka the cell walls of the plants are broken open and there is no fiber to slow digestion) the nutrients from juice are almost instantaneously absorbed by your body. Don’t forget to “chew” your juice though, the act of chewing will stimulate your saliva and digestive enzymes. When you get up in the morning, let your body wake up slowly. Have a glass of cold or even hot water with lemon. Drink your juice, savoring the goodness it contains and wait up to an hour (at least 20 minutes) before you eat your breakfast. I would suggest having no less than 16 ounces of juice (if you’re gonna go through all the hard work to prep, juice, and clean – might as well drink up!).
Ideally, you would make your juice fresh in the morning, though I prefer making mine the night before and sealing it in an airtight mason jar. I probably could wake up early to make fresh juice but I’m just a tad lazy! To really treat your body special, follow the juice with a super smoothie containing more greens! I just read an article that Miranda Kerr (the amazingly beautiful VS supermodel) starts her day with a 3 part breakfast: green juice, super smoothie, and then a heavier meal of oatmeal or eggs. Um, I’ll have what she’s having please!!
I do want to say that I prefer to “juice supplement” rather than “juice fast/feast.” Juice supplementing is just adding delicious and nutritious juices to your daily routine in order to up the amount of fresh, revitalizing produce you consume. Juice fasting or feasting is when you only drink juices for a certain period of time in order to detox, lose weight, or reset your body’s preferences. I don’t think juice fasting is the way to go because it can cause you to lose muscle mass along with water weight and fat and you are most certainly going to gain some of the weight back which will be gained as fat so you end up with more fat than you started with. I have talked about this with fad dieting before. Crash diets and quick weight-loss plans usually do more harm than good. If you want more juice in your life, I strongly recommend juice supplementing. And remember, because there is no fiber in juices, the sugars have more effect on your blood sugar levels than whole fruit would, so make sure you aren’t drinking fruit-only juices too often and always get exercise to help burn off excess sugars.
My Favorite Juices
Classic Green Juice – kale, spinach, parsley, celery, cucumber, green apple, ginger, and lemon juice (sooo good)
Fun snack juice – carrots, cucumber, green apple, ginger
Citrus breeze – kale, grapefruit, orange, lemon, cucumber
Amazing combination – pineapple + spinach (it’s that simple!)
Post workout juice – kale, lots of celery, cucumber, pear
Beauty juice – romaine, cucumber, lemon juice, pear
Breakfast juice – cantaloupe + cucumber
You will notice most of the juices I enjoy contain cucumber. It’s not that cucumber is so good for you (although it is great for glowing skin), but that cucumbers add a lot of liquid and help your greens go further, plus they don’t add a strong flavor. If you don’t have a juicer or don’t prefer juices, you can always enjoy green smoothies!