Is there a juicing machine gathering dust at the back of a kitchen cupboard at your place? Juicing seems to be one of those foodie fads which comes and goes.
Expensive appliances are bought and used for a few months, then put away as cold weather approaches, to be forgotten for a year or three, until the craze returns.
Juicing is the easy, delicious and natural way to better health and more energy. Juicers have come a long way since the days when orange juice was the domestic standard, and it could only be obtained by dint of labour-intensive hand squeezing.
Modern juicing machines can pulverize and extract juice from almost anything, from a carrot to a bunch of spinach, and the definition of what constitutes a long cool drink of juice has expanded as a result: beetroot and carrot juice, cabbage and celery drinks, sweet asparagus juice and watermelon milkshakes are just some of the healthy recipes.
Juicing is an easy way of concentrating the vitamins and minerals found in fruits and vegetables: a glass of carrot juice contains the nutrients of five large carrots. Juice should ideally be drunk as soon as it is made, or at most within 12 hours of making, to minimize the loss of vitamins.
Green, leafy vegetables cannot be juiced alone, as the juice is too bitter. We suggest that a small amount of juice from green vegetables be mixed with larger quantities of another juice, such as apple, carrot or tomato juice.
5 Best Juicing Recipes For Health And Energy
If you have a juicer at home, or if someone gave you one for Christmas, get it out and practice whipping up some of healthy and tasty recipes.
- Apple Cherry Drink
- 2 apples, 3 cups cherries, 1 stalk celery and ½ lemon.
- Cut apples into thick slices. Using a food pusher, gently push all ingredients into food opening of juicer and extract juices into container. Pour over ice and stir.
- Sweet and Sour Tomato Juice
- 1 tomato, 2 mandarins, 1 tsp honey, and salt.
- Cut tomato into chunks. Peel mandarins, leaving as much white pith as possible. Cut into sections.
- Using food pusher, gently push tomato and mandarin through food opening and extract juices into container. Pour over ice, stir in honey and add a dash of salt.
- Tangy Carrot Juice
- 2 carrots, ½ beetroot, 6 spinach leaves, and 1 tsp molasses.
- Break carrots in half. Using food pusher, gently push all ingredients except molasses through food opening and extract juices into container. Pour over ice and stir in molasses.
- Watermelon Milkshake
- ½ watermelon, 1 cup water, ⅓ cup instant non-fat dried milk, 1 tsp vanilla essence, and crushed ice.
- Cut watermelon into chunks. Using food pusher, gently push watermelon chunks into food opening and extract juices into container.
- Combine juice with all ingredients except ice in blender. Blend until frothy, and add enough ice to obtain desired consistency and pour into serving glasses.
- Nutty Fruit Drink
- 2 apples, 1 orange, smooth peanut butter, and nutmeg.
- Cut apples into chunks. Peel orange, keeping as much white pith as possible. Cut into sections. Using food pusher, gently push fruit into food opening and extract juices into container.
- Pour into serving glass and stir in a teaspoon of smooth peanut butter. Add a dash of nutmeg.