Juicing is the process of extracting juice from fruits and vegetables. It is a great way to get a tasty drink from foods you enjoy, while improving your health with numerous vitamins and nutrients. Juicing can be done manually or with a machine. Which ever method you choose, the tips below should help you.
You should always remove the pits from fruit, such as peaches or plums, before juicing or you could dull the blades in your juicer. Apple seeds contain cyanide, so it’s best not to eat those, either. Citrus seeds can be bitter and large enough to cause damage to your machine, so pick them out, too!
While you can keep the skin on fruit like apples or pears when you juice, some fruit actually have toxic skin. For example, citrus zest is fine for you, but the white part is bitter for a reason! Mango and papaya also have skin which is toxic to humans, so don’t include that in your juice.
Use cucumber as a great flavor disguiser when you are juicing greens. Cucumber is excellent at masking the strong flavors of greens. A juice’s health benefits aren’t going to do you much good if you can’t bear to drink it. Cucumber also has the extra added benefit of containing important vitamins and nutrients itself.
Using wheat-grass in your juice is an excellent way to add a ton of tasty nutrients to the final product. Start with a little bit and increase how much you push through the machine until it’s all fed into the juicer. Follow with a hard fruit or vegetable to clean out the machine.
There are many spices available that help boost your metabolism and get your body burning fat, so include powders like chili and cumin in your juice if you’re looking for weight loss or maintenance. You can also juice garlic and onions as they also help your body battle fat.
There is no harm in juicing more than once a day as long as you’re not just filling up on fruit juices. Fruit can be full of calories and sugar, so stick to vegetables as much as possible instead.
- Flavor Tip: If you want to add some sweetness to your veggie juice, try beets!