Wondering how to squeeze those recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables into your daily diet? Juicing may be the answer you’re seeking. When you juice fruits and vegetables, you typically have to use more of the produce: Instead of eating one stalk of celery, you’re juicing several stalks of celery, which means you get more of the phytochemicals and micronutrients that make juicing so beneficial.
Keep in Mind
A drawback to juicing is that the process removes the fiber that can help make you feel fuller longer and is good for heart and digestive health. And, if you’re consuming a fruit-only blend, the sugar content will be high and lack the fiber to help with the sugar absorption. What to do?
When you start juicing, to keep it low-sugar, strive for a mix of mostly veggies with a bit of fruit for sweet—great nutritional benefits with less sugar! And, you can also practice portion control, a four-ounce serving of fruit juice is equivalent to a whole serving of fruit.
Another great way to boost flavor and nutrition without the sugar are add-ins. Try a little earthy turmeric root for its curcuminoids that lend powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to your drink. Ginger will add a zip to your sip and can help sooth your tummy. A dash of cinnamon adds great flavor as well as antioxidants.
Now you’re ready to try out these great juicing combos!
- Mixed Berries (Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)