Fruit and vegetable juices — are sources of vitamins and minerals. The intake of fresh juice every day will supply you with energy, make the skin and hair healthy and beautiful, as well as give an opportunity to consume lots of fruits and vegetables by drinking just a glass of juice.
It is better to make your own juice than buy it in bottles since bottled juice loses its nutritional value. By reading this article, you will learn how to make your own juice with the help of juicer and blender.
The theoretical part
Step 1: Selection of fruits and vegetables for juice
You should choose not only apples. You’re probably used to see the same kinds of juice on the shelves at grocery stores: apples, oranges, and so on. Any fruit is a good choice for making juice.
Try to make kiwi, strawberry, pomegranate, mango, papaya, plum, peach juices. Don’t worry about seeds in these fruits, they will be removed from the juice.
Choose seasonal fruits that grow in your area. Fruits, which correspond to a particular season and grow in your area, are more useful for you than those grown on foreign lands. They contain more useful vitamins and generally have a better taste. Buy fruits at the farmers market, where you can find fresh, seasonal fruits are grown locally.
It is better to choose authentic fruits. When you make juice from the fruit that has been cultivated with pesticides and other chemicals, you ingest these chemicals with the juice. Purchase only natural fruits on the market or in the shop, in the organic products department.
Bananas usually clog the juicer, so try to use other fruits instead.
Be creative while making juices with vegetables. Many people prefer vegetables as an excellent basis for the juice. Vegetables have the low level of sugar, so vegetable juice doesn’t cause an increase of sugar levels in the blood and doesn’t contribute to weight gain, which occurs while drinking fruit juice. Any vegetable can be eaten in its raw form and can be consumed as juice.
Even if you don’t like to eat vegetables, you may like to take them in the form of juice. Vegetable juices have a delicate taste, which differs from the taste of vegetables in their raw form. Try the juice made of spinach, cabbage, broccoli and other green leafy vegetables.
If you combine vegetables with fruits, you will get a sweet drink with the taste of vegetables. It will be a very good choice because the blood sugar level will not rise as sharply as from the usual sweet fruit, and, at the same time, you will get an incredibly useful mix of all the necessary nutrients. However, some vegetables, such as carrots and red peppers have a natural sweetness, so juices made of these vegetables are delicious.
Don’t make juices of vegetables that you cannot eat in their raw form. Potatoes, zucchini, and other vegetables are the best choices for making juice.
Add some herbs, seeds and nuts into juice. Adding herbs into juice creates a subtle aroma and provides additional nutritional value. Useful substances contained in the seeds and nuts, give the juice a fragrant taste.
The practical part
Making juice with the help of a juicer and blender
Prepare the products that are needed for juice. Wash fruits and vegetables carefully. Remove the parts that are too hard for a juicer or blender. As a rule, juicers have special instructions concerning different kinds of vegetables and fruits. Prepare fruits and vegetables for making juice in accordance with instructions of juicer to avoid its repair in future.
- Clean citrus. Large oranges and grapefruits should be cleaned.
- Remove unnecessary parts from apples.
- Remove the pits from fruits, such as peaches, plums, and mangoes.
- Remove the tough peel from pineapple and melon.
- Clean nuts.
Chop vegetables and fruits into pieces. Typically, if you make juice using a juicer, fruits and vegetables that you use must be chopped into small pieces, so that they could be placed into a juicer. Follow the instructions supplied with the juicer to determine how finely you need to chop vegetables and fruits. If you use a blender, chop the vegetables and fruits into pieces.
The process of making juice in a juicer.
Place the vegetables or fruits in a juicer and then follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure you put enough fruits and vegetables. The juice should be collected in a jug and the separated pulp – in the pulp container.
Remove the flesh when you’re done.
If you don’t collect the juice straight from the juicer, it will be difficult to wash it. It is better to wash your juicer within an hour after usage, so you can prepare it for the next time when you are ready to make juice.
If you don’t have a juicer, you can make juice by using a blender. Grind the pieces of fruits and vegetables into the lump-free mixture, if it is possible. Place a fine-mesh filter or piece of cheesecloth over a bowl. Pour the mixture making the pulp separated from the juice. Remove the pulp and drink the juice.
You can add a little water in the bowl of a blender if the mixture seems too thick.
If you add nuts to juice, first crush them with a little amount of water, then add the remaining ingredients and continue the cooking process.
Recipes of tasty energy juices and juices for weight loss
Let’s start with weight-loss juices
Apple and pear fresh juice
This mix can be drunk twice a day before meals – it decreases the desire to eat all the contents of the fridge. Moreover, it’s tasty!
To make apple-pear juice, you need: 2 apples and 2 pears
Making: make apple juice with the help of a juicer. Make pear juice.
Mix apple and pear juices and enjoy your life!
Cucumber – lemon juice
If you’re going to drink cucumber – lemon juice at least twice a week, then pretty soon you will feel the changes of the metabolic functions of the body. Juice cleanses the organism and helps to lose weight.
To make cucumber – lemon juice you will need: a cucumber and juice of half a lemon
Making: Make the mash of the peeled cucumber. Mix the cucumber mash with lemon juice.
Grapefruit- lemon juice
Vitamin C, calcium, and magnesium in lemon and grapefruit destroy harmful microorganisms in the body. For dieters, sour grapefruit juice is much more effective than the fresh sweet grapefruit.
To make grapefruit – fresh lemon juice you will need: 2 grapefruits and lemons
Making: squeeze the juice from the grapefruit and lemon. Mix the citrus fresh juices and enjoy a cocktail.
Apple — melon juice
The combination of apple and melon fresh juices is very good for losing weight and improving metabolism.
To make apple-melon fresh juice you will need: an apple, 150 g pulp melons, 1 tbsp honey.
Making: Put apple and melon free of pulp in a juicer. Mix the juice with honey.
Apple-celery-beet fresh juice
Mix fresh juices of apple and celery restore the body’s metabolism, eliminates toxins, helps to burn fat
For the making apple-celery fresh juice you will need 3 stalks celery, an apple and half of small beet.
Making: Put celery, apple and beet in a juicer. Stir the resulting mix.
Juices – energetics
Green juice. This is a good recipe to consume every day, which helps to increase energy and improve health. This juice includes nutritious green vegetables. Also, the addition of fruit sweetens the juice a little bit, so it cannot be called vegetable juice.
- 1 medium sized cucumber
- 1/2 cabbage
- 1 pear
- 1 tbsp of fresh ginger
- 3 celery stalks
The juice of lettuce has a life-giving force through magnesium reserves, which is indispensable for intense physical and mental stress.
Apple juice, rich in tartaric and citric acids, iron, vitamin C and PP, in conjunction with the universal utility of carrots and beets, gives a stunning charge of energy. Carrot (200 mL), apple (150 ml) and beets (100 mL) juices should be mixed in a blender (the amount is calculated for a day).
A mixture of grapefruit (150 mL), lemon (100 ml) and orange (200 mL) juices tones body. Grapefruit is not only famous for the richness of its nutritional content (ascorbic acid, vitamin B, PP, organic acids) – it is far less allergenic than other citrus fruits, and not so sweet.
Cherry juice, rich in folic acid, iron, vitamin C, is indispensable for anemia – this often happens to girls who eat little and do a lot of exercises.
The special ENERGY juice
This juice will start the metabolic processes in the body, eliminate toxins, salts of heavy metals. Try to start the morning with this fresh juice, and after 3-4 times, the body will get used to the light and fresh breakfast, which gives health and vigor.
- 2 grapefruits
- 2 green apples
- 4 celery stalks
- 1/2 beet
- 1 cucumber
- Ginger root
Enjoy fresh juices. You can drink immediately or store it in a refrigerator for several days. Remember that fresh juice has more nutritional value, so if possible, make juice on a daily basis. On the basis of juice, you can make delicious sweets: fruit sherbet and ice cream. Drink juice, enjoy the rush of energy and shed those annoying pounds.
Leave your comments and recipes of useful and tasty juices. Good luck!