The juice diet has become very popular in recent years as an easier way to consume lots of nutrients without having to eat lots of whole fruits and vegetables. I first started drinking juices from that juice box, but over the years I realized that’s not fresh and not exactly fresh. Those juice boxes are concentrated and contain a lot of sugar. I might as well drink sodas or carbonated drinks, I thought.
At home, my mother likes to make use of the fruits and vegetables she buys from the market. When nobody eats them, she would start blending it in the food processor or the blender and it’s more enjoyable to drink. You can drink it any time of the day and is especially refreshing to drink when you start the day or as an alternative to coffee. It’s refreshing, nutritious and healthy.
During family gatherings or Eid celebrations, what is always served is usually carbonated drinks or those rose syrup drinks. It’s pretty easy to start juicing, and I know that the least fun part is always the cleaning. When we make it a habit, that would be something we shouldn’t worry about.
There are a number of benefits why we should start juicing:
- Helps you lose weight quickly.
- Improves nutrient absorption.
- Feeds good bacteria in your gut.
- Helps lower cholesterol.
- Helps detox your liver.
- Lowers blood sugar levels.
- Improves your skin.
- Broadens the range of vegetables you eat.
- Improves athletic performance.
How do you start juicing? Simple, really:
Step 1 – Wash all ingredients well and dry.
Step 2 – Cut fruit and vegetables into 1-2 inch chunks. Remove any peels or seeds.
Step 3 – Place all ingredients into a juicer.
Step 4 – Start juicing!
Step 5 – Pour it into a jar or glass and leave it in the fridge. Enjoy!
What fruits and vegetables are great for juicing?
Popular vegetables used to juice are carrots, cucumber, celery, kale, spinach, beets. The most popular fruits to use in juicing are lemons, oranges, apples, and pomegranates. Other add-ins are fresh ginger, parsley, and turmeric, but you can be creative!
When people drank a glass of vegetable juice daily, they got double the veggie servings of people who just tried eating more vegetables. The juices my mother makes are freshly blended and contains zero sugar, which is good for all of us. Here are some of my favourite juices which I think will benefit all each and every one of us:
1) Celery, bitter gourd, green apple
I’m not much a fan of bitter gourd, but my mother basically made me drink this. I kept thinking of the benefits and over time, I learned to really like it!
2) Carrot, ginger and orange juice
This is such a refreshing drink, perfect on a hot a sunny day! Throw in a handful of parsley for an extra serving of vitamin B.
3) Watermelon and beetroot
In my opinion, this juice is great for picky kids, and the watermelon taste will be able to cover up the beet taste.
4) Mint, spinach, celery, apple
To me, this is a huge thirst quencher. If you want to make someone eat vegetables, trick them and make them drink this. They’ll never know!
5) Orange and apple
Simplicity at its best!
6) Pomegranate seeds and beetroot
To me, pomegranate seeds are hard to eat, there’s so much chewing going on and when I mix it with beetroot, I just love it!