When we were newlyweds, we used to buy bottled juices from the supermarket. But after a few months, we stopped because we found that bottled juices contained lots of sugar. Other than bottled juices we don’t buy softdrinks because I never liked the taste of softdrinks and it is unhealthy. The Husband used to drink softdrinks all the time but has now developed the discipline to drink water or tea instead. Although from time to time, we get exposed to softdrinks or bottled juices (parties, dining out or simply because there are no other beverage choice), we make sure that we keep healthy drinks inside the home. Some advantages of not buying bottled juices and softdrinks are (1) we get to save money; (2) we developed the discipline of drinking lots of water and (3) we avoid acquiring illnesses related to drinking beverages high in sugar and chemicals.
I eat fruits as it is but when I learned the benefits of freshly-juiced fruits and vegetables, I lusted for a juicer. Last year, in order to have freshly-juiced fruits and vegetables, I used a blender or a food processor. But the texture of the juice was different from the ones that come out of a juicer. So when the Husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas last year, I said, “Just give me a cheap juicer.”
From an article I’ve read, here are some of the benefits of drinking freshly-juiced fruits and vegetables:
• More absorption. When you drink your fruits and vegetables you absorb up to 80% more of the nutrients. That is a massive amount of minerals, vitamins, etc. that you would otherwise be missing out on.
• More fruits and vegetables. People in today’s world are not eating anywhere near the required amount of fruits and vegetables. Juicing them allows you to pack more into your day thus helping your health.
• Good for your organs. Juicing your fruit reduces the amount of work your digestive organs have to do and has been shown to increase the health of the liver, kidneys, etc. This kind of thing leads to better immunity and overall better long term health.
• Weight loss. If you drink fresh juice you are likely to lose weight. The body loves natural foods like this and responds really well. You also don’t need any sugar and kick start your metabolism without the calories
I initially juiced fruits but after two weeks, I added vegetables to the mix such as carrots, celery, cucumber and green peppers. I don’t follow a recipe and just go with my gut feel and my sense of taste. So far, the juices I’ve made have resulted to just the right balance of sweetness and tangy from fruits and a bit of earthy taste from the vegetables. If there’s one tip I can give you about juicing, it would be NOT TO ADD SUGAR, please? While I know some vegetables may have a bitter taste or some fruits may be sour, the best solution is to add naturally sweet components such as carrots and apples.
Juicing requires time and effort. I know some people who started juicing got tired of it after a few weeks. The thing with juicing is you still have to cut and peel some of your raw produce and then afterwards you need to clean up the juicer. To make my juicing worthwhile, I do it all in one go. I cut and peel my raw produce, then juice them up. Right after juicing, the Husband and I will each have a tall glass of juice as I was told that fresh juice should be consumed within 15 minutes or else it will lose its nutrients.
The rest of the juice is kept in plastic bottles and goes straight into the freezer. So far the most number of bottles I’ve made from a juicing session are three bottles. I drink a bottle of juiced fruits and vegetables during the week. A 500ml bottle of juice fills me up that sometimes I don’t eat dinner anymore. Other than cutting down on carbs and sweets, drinking juice for dinner twice/thrice a week is a way of giving my body a break from eating solids. It’s like I’m having a mini-detox at the end of the day.
I do feel healthier now that I’ve incorporated drinking freshly-juiced fruits and vegetables in our lifestyle. Although it is a bit of a challenge to juice at home especially when the household schedules get hectic, I’m enjoying the process of making our own juice and loving the benefits it does to our body.