When it comes to juicing, there seems to be both supporters of and opposition to this way of getting more nutrients into your body.
It seems silly to me that the idea of drinking your fruits and vegetables can stir up such strong opinions.
After doing my own research, I've come to the conclusion that there will always be skeptics of a healthy lifestyle. Yes, technically juicing removes some of the fiber found in the produce, but the fact that juicing allows you to consume large amounts of fruits and vegetables, much more than you normally would if you were eating them whole, completely negates this argument. If a lack of fiber is a problem for you, there are easy ways to increase your intake, like introducing flax and chia seeds into your diet. Juicing doesn't harm you. Plain and simple. It allows your body to absorb a large amount of leafy greens like kale, spinach and chard. All of which are full of phytonutrients and are boosters for your immune system. Not to mention the potential for nuts, berries, fruits, and vegetables being introduced in your diet. Once you find a recipe that tastes great to you and makes you feel good immediately after drinking it, your eating habits will change for the better!
Now that I've got that off my chest, I want to educate you on how to get the most out of this juicing thing.
Interested in buying a juicer? Here are a couple great brands that I recommend:
Here is a list of great fruits and vegetables that you can juice that are terrific for your diet and taste great too.
Kale- Great source of Iron
Spinach- Great source of Iron
Carrots- Healthy Skin
Beets- Boosts Stamina, Fights Inflammation, Detoxifies
Red Peppers- Great source of Vitamin C
Celery- Aids Digestion
Cucumber- Fights Bloat
Ginger (Peeled)- Antioxidants
Parsley- Great Energy Boost
Lemon (Peeled)- Great source of Potassium, Improves Heart Health
Pineapple (Diced)- Fights Bloat
Apple (Cored)- Fights off Heart Disease, Antioxidants
Blue and Black Berries- Antioxidants
Pomegranate Seeds- Antioxidants
If you don't have a juicer and you don't want to invest that kind of money on a relatively serious kitchen appliance, you can always use a blender and add in water, almond milk, or my personal favorite: coconut water (Harmless Harvest is my favorite) to make a healthy drink. Also if you are using a blender, here are some really good add-ins that wouldn't necessarily work with a juicer, each of these will make your juice smooth, creamy and soo good.
Try my personal favorite coconut water!
This is a great option to make smoothies and super healthy drinks:
Raw Cacao (Pure unsweetened chocolate that is full of antioxidants)
Raw Honey (For added sweetness that is better for you than sugar, is a great compliment to cacao.)