There is an enthusiastic and growing number of health-conscious people who have added juices to their daily routine, and with fantastic results. Not only are juices easy to produce and drink (who doesn’t have a little bit of a sweet tooth, after all), but they are easy to make from common ingredients and convenient for people to make and consume, even with hectic schedules.
It’s important to note that fruit juices contain sugar, so watch the amount of juice you drink. Weight loss can be achieved with a calorie deficit of about 500 calories a day. Adjust the amount of juices and other carbohydrates accordingly.
Mix and match and try any of the combinations below to get started. Find the combination that works best for you. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to make healthy juice with items you may already have around your home.
To make your juice:
1. Combine fruits and vegetables in equal parts
2. Add ice in a 2:1 ration (2 parts juice to 1 part ice)
– Tomato, celery, spinach, and dill
– Tomato, kale, celery, sweet basil, garlic
– Tomato, spinach, cabbage, lemon, dill
– Celery, parsley, cucumber, ginger
– Cabbage, celery, spinach, lemon, dill
– Apple, watermelon
– Apple, pineapple, pear
– Pear, apple
– Grape, prune, cranberry
– Grapefruit, orange
Combination Fruit/Vegetable Juices
– Lemon, lime, orange, ginger
– Watermelon, pineapple, mango, orange bell pepper
– Green apple, kale, strawberry, mint, cucumber
– Raspberry, blueberry, cucumber, cabbage, mint
– Spinach, watermelon, pineapple, orange, cayenne pepper
Juice is Delicious and Makes You Healthier
Combinations of fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices like the examples listed here offer many health benefits. Cucumber cleanses the body. Watermelon is alkaline, neutralizing acids and detoxifying the kidneys. Parsley aids excretion of toxins by acting as a mild diuretic. Combinations like cucumber, parsley, and watermelon with ginger can act as a total body cleanse.
Fresh is Best!
Making your own juice from fresh ingredients gives you the most benefit and tastes better than store-bought brands. Juices are a good way to fill up without taking in too many snacks or empty calories, training your body to take in less food. Juicing your own products retains all of their vitamins, fiber, and natural goodness while saving you money. You do not need to pasteurize your juice to maintain shelf life if you drink it right away, thus preserving the fruit’s natural enzymes and antioxidants.
Recipe: Make Mean Green Juice with a Blender!
– 3 kale leaves
– ½ cucumber
– 1 green apple
– ¼ lemon
– Small piece of ginger
– 2 celery stalks
– 1 C water
– Kitchen blender with a liquefy setting
– Also needed: bowl, cutting board, knife, 1 gallon “paint strainer” bag (from a hardware store)
– Add 1 C water to blender
– Blend together in this order: soft ingredients, then kale (ripped into small pieces)
– Put strainer bag over bowl
– Pour mixture into bag and squeeze the juice through the bag by kneading back and forth
– Pour into a tall glass (makes approx. 20 ounces)
Source: Family Health Freedom Network