Monday, 19 May 2014

Green Juice


Juicing - you either love or hate it! While I'm not a big supporter of all day juice "diets," I do love juices  as an added nutritional powerhouse to your daily food intake. Juices are a great way to increase the vitamins and minerals in your diet, and to increase the amount of vegetables that you consume. One thing to remember, is that when you are juicing you are removing the pulp from the fruit and vegetables and therefore are taking away the fibrous component. Basically you are left with the juices which contain all of the essential nutrients your body needs.

I recommend investing in a high quality juicer; they can range from $50 - $400, however the cheaper ones will not have enough power to grind up the seeds and rinds in some fruits and vegetables. The juicer I have is by Jack Lalanne, it isn't top of the line, but it was approximately $200, and works great for the amount I juice.

I also recommend experimenting with a variety of fruits and vegetables. Even if you are not a vegetable person, once you  mix them with something sweeter, like an apple or pear, the taste will be masked. Below is one of my favourite blends!

Ingredients
1 apple (something sweet, like Fuji or Pink Lady)
1 pear
1/2 cucumber
1/2 bunch kale
1/2 lemon
2 cups spinach

Directions

1. Cut apple and pear into quarters and have all other ingredients prepared and ready to juice.
2. One by one place fruit and vegetable pieces into the juice and lightly press down with the handle or stopper provided. Make sure that you have a large enough cup under the spout to catch the juice that comes out.
3. Once all is juiced, shake the contents of your juice and place in the fridge until it gets a little colder. Juices are a great way to start your morning, especially if you are not a breakfast person!

Nutrition

250 calories
0.3 g fat
67.9 g fat
36.7 g sugars
10.8 g protein

Also an EXCELLENT source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Folate, Maganese, and Thiamin!

*Tip I recommend is putting a plastic bag in the back of your juicer, this way the waste will go into the bag and will save you about 15 minutes of clean up! 

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