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How To Create Low Calorie Juicing Recipes For Weight Loss
Low Calorie Juicing Recipes
Creating Low Calorie Juice Recipes
Creating Low Calorie Juice
Making juice is a healthy addition to any diet plan. Diet juicing is watching how many calories you consume in your juice. If you want to make low calorie juices, certain vegetables and fruits will be better choices than others.
When creating juices with your juicer, you may be inclined to go towards many of the sweeter vegetables and fruits. While this is fine for when consuming small amounts, overconsumption of sweet juices can contribute to weight gain. You may feel that drinking homemade juice is healthy (it is) and low in fat (it is) but certain vegetables and fruits can add a lot of calories.
If you are looking to lose weight, or maintain your weight, you’ll want to use certain vegetables and fruits more sparingly.
Most Vegetables and Some Fruits are Low Calorie
There is definitely quite an abundance of low calorie vegetables and fruits to choose from. In order to know which ones are lower in calories, follow these guidelines:
- Avoid starchy vegetables. (like butternut squash, acorn squash, potatoes, corn, peas and parsnips)
- Pick dark green vegetables. (Spinach, kale, greens, etc.) These are also high in Chlorophyll which is very healthy.
- Choose summer veggies. (summer squash, zucchini, radishes and tomatoes)
- Pick fruits and veggies that have a lot of juice. Juice = water = less calories. More juice and less calories. The ones that have less juice require you to use more of them, raising the calorie count.
KNOW WHICH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES ARE LOW CALORIE
Below are common vegetables and fruits and their calorie information:
Asparagus (5 spears) 20
Bell Pepper (1 medium) 25
Broccoli (1 medium stalk) 45
Carrot (1, 7” long) 30
Cauliflower (1/6 medium) 25
Celery (2 medium stalks) 15
Green Beans (3/4 cup) 20
Green Cabbage (1/12 head) 25
Green Onion (1/4 cup) 10
Kale (1 cup) 10
Leaf Lettuce (1 ½ cup) 15
Mushrooms (5 medium) 20
Onion (1 medium) 45
Radishes (7) 10
Summer Squash (1/2 medium) 20
Spinach (1 cup) 7
Apple (1 large) 130
Avocado (1/5 medium) 50
Banana (1 medium) 110
Cantaloupe (1/4 medium) 50
Grapefruit (1/2 medium) 60
Grapes (3/4 cup) 90
Honeydew Melon (1/10 medium) 50
Kiwifruit (2 medium) 90
Lemon (1 medium) 15
Nectarine (1 medium) 60
Orange (1 medium) 80
Peach (1 medium) 60
Pear (1 medium) 100
Pineapple (2 slices, 3” x ¾”) 50
Plums (2 medium) 70
Strawberries (8 medium) 50
Sweet Cherries (21 medium) 100
Tangerine (1 medium) 50
Watermelon (2 cups) 80
BEST LOW CALORIE JUICE RECIPES
Making a low calorie juice without even checking the calorie list actually isn't too hard. You just want to focus mainly on using less sweet vegetables and only add a fruit (apples are usually best for sweetening the juice) for sweetness.
Another big help for adding flavor is lemon. A 1/2 inch to 1 inch slice of lemon (with its rind still on) adds so much flavor and freshness to any juice. It is great at masking some stronger flavors. I'm always amazed at how much better a juice tastes with the lemon flavor.
If you don't like the taste of the juice with so much vegetable, there is another solution. Serve it VERY cold. I often shake my juice over ice in a martini shaker. Then I even go as far as serving it in a beautiful martini glass. This way I feel like I'm really drinking something special and it makes it more of a treat. Making a low calorie juice enjoyable is a great way to get all that nutrition in as well as feeling like you're treating yourself.
A FAVORITE LOW CALORIE JUICE RECIPE
A Low Calorie Juice Treat
Recipe: Low Calorie Delight Juice
Summary: This low calorie juicing recipe is so tasty, you'll never know its good for you!
- 1 large carrot (or 5 baby carrots)
- 3 stalks celery
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 apple
- 1/2 a small lemon, or 1 inch larger lemon (unwaxed, leave peel on)
- Shake over ice.
- Serve this guilt free juicing recipe in a fancy martini or wine glass.
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Diet type: Vegetarian
Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat, Gluten free, Raw
Number of servings (yield): 1
Whenever you are making a low calorie juicing recipe, just remember that lemon and chilling over ice will make any juice taste better.
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Low Calorie Juice Recipes
- Low Calorie Juice Recipes
Often juice recipes are full of calories. Many times the ingredients are only to make the juice taste good, with no thought to the amount of calories it has. Making juice that has less calories in it can help you keep to your diet. I try, at my blog,