Juicer Recipes For Weight Loss & Other Health Benefits
Fruit And Vegetable Juicer?
It's kind of funny, my husband and son had picked out a Christmas gift for me all on their own. They were quite excited for me to open it too. I didn't know quite what to say when I pulled out that box and read "electric juicer".
I don't remember ever mentioning wanting one. I did need a new mixer, but bless their little hearts they thought this was the coolest gadget ever.
I happen to love eating my fruits and vegetables in their whole, un-squeezed form. I've never had a problem with the taste of any of them. I couldn't really imagine mixing several varieties together in one glass, especially mixing fruits and vegetables together. I liked them perfectly well all on their own.
After Christmas, I put the juicer away with some of my other gadgets, wondering when I might try it. It didn't take long, however, since my husband and son were both very anxious to try some juice made from this mysterious beast.
I think I had more fun watching their faces than anything else. My son, who thinks the best fruit is apple pie, was anxiously waiting for his juice. My husband is not a picky eater but often doesn't take the time to grab a fresh fruit or veggie. He was also waiting with great anticipation on his face.
My first batch of juice consisted of just mixing some oranges and apples together. The boys watched the mutilation of the fruit like it was some wild science experiment. The great thing was, especially for my son, was that he loved the juice. I actually loved it too. It was much better than any store bought juices.
Later I started experimenting with throwing a carrot or other vegetable in here and there. Still my son liked it. I was beginning to think that I could throw in a rotten egg and he would like the juice!
It dawned on me that this was a great way for me to get my son to drink his fruit and vegetables. And, for my husband with his busy schedule, this was a great way to get all of his daily fruit and vegetable intake in one sitting.
This was turning out to be a great Christmas gift for those gift givers! I love the juice too and I love knowing that my family is healthier now because of it.
Health Benefits Of Juicing
There are numerous health benefits to juicing because of all the different fruits and vegetables you can use. Each fruit and vegetable has it's own unique benefits and here is a rundown of just a few of the more popular choices:
Carrot - rich in beta carotene, fiber, vitamins A, C, and K, and potassium which makes this vegetable great for preventing heart disease because it reduces cholesterol. It also helps to prevent cancer with the high amount of beta carotene. And, it is more popularly known to improve eyesight because of the Vitamin A.
Apple - an apple a day keeps the doctor away....the pectin in apples helps to lower bad cholesterol. They are also rich in fiber which helps with digestion. Apples also contain iron which helps to prevent anemia.
Broccoli - rich in anti-cancer nutrients like beta carotene, Vitamins A, C, and E, potassium and zinc. Contains amino acids that help to detoxify the body. Broccoli is also good for skin care, bone health, blood pressure, and anemia.
Banana - contains tryptophan which converts to serotonin which elevates mood and alleviates depression. High in potassium which helps with blood pressure. Also a good source of iron. They are also known to have a natural antacid which helps with heartburn.
**All fruits and vegetables are most nutritious when they are consumed raw. Therefore, making them into a juice is a perfect solution for getting the optimal health benefits. Try one of the recipes below and start enjoying the benefits now.
Berry Juice Recipe: This one is my favorite fruit juice!
- 2 cups strawberries
- 2 cups blueberries
- 1 1/2 cups raspberries
Rinse all of the berries first. Hull the strawberries. Push them all into the juicer! The berries are full of anti-oxidants and vitamin C.
Celery and Apple Juice:
Leave the skin on an apple when juicing to get all of the nutrional value. Just core the apples first.
A couple stalks of celery and an apple will give a small amount of juice that is supposed to be good for anemia. The celery helps to maintain blood ph levels and the apple contains iron.
JUICING FOR WEIGHT LOSS:
Drink A Salad: great for weight loss
- 2 celery stalks
- wedge of lettuce
- 1/4 cucumber
- a little kale
This is great for weight loss because of the high level of potassium and minerals which hydrate your cells, forcing out the sodium that causes water retention.
Grape Juice For Weight Loss:
- medium bunch of grapes
- 1/2 lemon or lime
- 1/4 to 1/2 of ginger to taste
Grapes are excellent for speeding up metabolism, an apple is very low in calories and the lemon and lime cut fat, making this combination ideal for weight loss as well.
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