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5 Secret Benefits of Juicing

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Not too long ago, I wrote about the different types of juicers. Our family uses our electric juicer 2-3 times a week. In fact, I’ve created my own pinterest board of my favorite juicing and smoothie recipes. (Click here to access) The benefits of juicing are clear for our family.

 

Benefit #1 – Juicing Saves Time

 

Because juicers are large contraptions that take time to assemble, I like to juice on the weekends and prepare for the week. I use canning jars to house my juice and like to freeze them and store them in my deep freeze. One of the benefits of juicing is just that it saves time. Our family travels for work a lot and we are both self-employed entrepreneurs, there really is not enough hours in the day. If I can squeeze in an extra 15 minutes to spend time with our family or an important work call, then I will.

 

Benefit #2 – Juicing Travels Well

 

I’ve been known to juice and travel especially if I’m hopping on the train to the city or in the car driving to my destination. This helps me to make better food choices and avoid fatten fast foods that are just downright bad for me. In 2013, I went an entire year without eating fast food. One way I avoided the temptation was by juicing.

 

Benefit #3 – Extend the Life of Your Produce

 

When I go to the grocery store, I always have good intentions and I tend to over buy produce because I like to think I will have the time and desire to eat all those yummy foods I’m purchasing. Even the best of intentions often result in leftover produce that would otherwise go to waste. And while I would send them to my compost pile, it’s really a waste of money. Juicing extends the life of your produce. A couple weeks ago I had some pears that we purchased and I had intended to make for dessert. Fast forward to today and they were really ripe so I threw them in the juicer with my green veggies to sweeten the kale and celery and without a lot of effort, I have extended the life of my pears and produce.

 

Benefit #4 – Juicing Fights Cancer and Disease

 

In 2006, we lost my father in law to cancer that he battled for the third time. Juicing helps to ensure that I am eating and drinking healthy foods that naturally fight cancer, sickness and other health challenges me and my family might face. It’s easy to see why juicing is a more healthy option. Having watched my father in law fight but ultimately suffer, our family eats organic as often as possible. Fruits and veggies are an important part of our cancer and disease fighting strategy.

 

Benefit #5 – Juicing is a Family Activity

 

My daughter is an opinionated and independent one. She likes to be involved in EVERYTHING. I wouldn’t have it any other way which is why juicing at our house is a family activity. Ryleigh likes to add in the fruits and veggies for our morning orange juice just as much as she likes to hit the “on” button on our blender for our morning smoothies. Cooking is an important family activity. Juicing is too and makes for a great time to discuss eating healthy especially since eating healthy is something I have personally struggled with my entire life. I want my daughter to make better life choices than me.

 

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3 Great Juicer Recipes to Add to Your Smoothies

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For me, juicing is a great way to ensure that I get a healthy dose of my fruits and vegetables first thing in the morning. Juicing is something you can do in advance making the most of your precious time especially in those busy mornings when we are rushing off to work, meetings and school. Here are three of my go to juice and juicer recipes.

 

Juicer Recipe #1 – Green Juice

 

2 cups of spinach or kale

1 apple

1 pear

1 -2 cups of wheatgrass

 

I like to balance out the sometimes unpleasant taste of the spinach or kale with the sweet taste of an apple or pear. As I mentioned, I my recipe is pretty simple and I often juice in large quantities for the week. My juicer of choice, the Breville Juicer does take time to set up, clean and take down. I make a week or two worths of juicing in one fail swoop freezing the extras in canning jars and using them throughout the week in my breakfast smoothies.

 

Juicer Recipe #2 – Carrot Juice

 

6 carrots

4 stalks of celery

1 cup coconut water

Optional: 2-3 Roma tomatoes

 

I like to sneak in carrot juice into my smoothie as well, but sometimes the juice is a nice quick drink as I’m heading out the door. I like to sneak in the celery for an additional vegetable. The carrots are already pretty sweet but you can also add an apple or a pear. I like to add in the coconut water because sometimes the carrot juice can be a little too think for me.

 

Juicer Recipe #3 – Orange Mango Fruit Juice

 

5 Oranges

1-2 Mangos

Grated fresh ginger

1 cup coconut water

Optional: 2 cups of strawberries, pomegranates, pears or peaches

 

In California we had 2 orange trees in our yard. Regular old orange juice was overdone at our place. We started adding a few small touches like mangos, strawberries, and ginger as a great way to breathe new life into a juice recipe. Side note, this juice can also be used to make popsicles and I use it as a liquid to make smoothies less stiff. This juice also freezes well. I use a clean 1 quart canning jar and fill it 3/4 of the way full screwing on the lid and freezing. By filling 3/4 full, you avoid the glass shattering once the juice expands as it begins to freeze.

Juicing is fun especially from the experimentation standpoint. Check out how I used my juicer pulp to make vegetable and chicken stock that was so easy!

 

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Understanding Different Types of Juicers

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After moving to California and experiencing all the wonders of fresh fruits and produce, our family wanted to try juicing. The two orange trees in the backyard were begging to be made into orange juice,  orange marmalade, candied oranges, and pretty much everything. We quickly realized like most kitchen electrics that all juicers were not equal. Most importantly, there are two main different types of juicers and it’s hard to decide which type is right for your family.

Different Types of Juicers: Masticating and Centrifugal

Electric juicers typically fall into two different categories: 1) Masticating and 2) Centrifugal. That’s nice you say, but what does masticating and centrifugal mean when it comes to different types of juicers?

Masticating juicers squeeze the veggies and fruit to extract the juice. The liquid or juice isn’t necessary always removed from the leftover pulp on its first try. There are times I put the pulp through the masticating juicer two or three times to extract as much juice for me and my family. With masticating juicers, you need to remove orange skins, core of the apple, stems and sometimes seeds. That can be time consuming.

Centrifugal juicers chew the veggies and fruit to extract the juice. The machines operate at a much higher speed. With centrifugal juicers, you don’t need to remove the skins, core, stems or seeds. The pulp is less juicy because the liquid is being chewed out of the fruit or veggies.

Benefits of Juicing

For our family, the benefits of juicing are clear. My family can sneak in healthy fruit and vegetables into our everyday meals especially our busy lives. At present, two friends are battling different types of cancer, and I feel better knowing that we are making efforts to eat more healthy. That peace of mind is another one of the benefits of juicing.

Having tried both masticating and centrifugal juicers, the centrifugal juicer is better for our family. It’s faster and removes the liquid out of the fruit or vegetables more quickly. While most reviewers say that you get more juice out of masticating juicers, I’m not completely sold. My pulp with my centrifugal juicer is less liquidy. There’s more juice being extracted. There’s less mess having to run the pulp multiple times. Plus, it saves me time which is precious when it comes to getting ready for school and work in the mornings.

Our current juicer of choice is pictured above which is a centrifugal juicer called a Breville. Look for review soon on the Breville and Bella Pros juicing models from me.

 

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