My favorite juice is carrot juice. (Just in case you didn’t already know.)
Juicing provides a rush of energy because it’s a hydrating drink full of vitamins, minerals that can do not require much digestion and therefore, it’s in your body’s cells in a matter of about 15 minutes. Even if you are new to juicing, you are likely to enjoy this recipe that’s balanced with a perfect touch of sweetness and tartness.
Removing apple seeds/core is not necessary (especially when using organic)
Use a strainer over the juice collection cup/bin or simply strain the juice before pouring into your glass for drinking.
It’s best to drink immediately or drink within 24 hours to get as much of the nutrients as possible.
Once you become familiar with this juice, try changing up the tastes and nutrients by adding in some of the optional ingredients.
If you do not YET have a juicer at home (highly recommended), you could ask your local juice bar to make this exact recipe for you. Hint: To find a local juice bar, simply GOOGLE ‘juicebar near me’ for maps and reviews using an internet web browser. (You can also try this direct link.)
“The abundance of live, uncooked foods flushes your
body of toxins, leaving you feeling refreshed, energized and relaxed all at the
same time. The pure foods make your skin glow, your hair shine, your breath
fresh [due to a cleaner digestive system]… Colds and flue become fewer and
farther between; many people report that arthritic joins loosen with renewed
flexibility; and gums and teeth become less pront to bleeding and
cavities.” (The Juiceman’s Power of Juicing)
“Juicing vegetables renders their life-giving nutrients
“body-active” in about 15 minutes. [Compare this to the 6 or more
hours it takes to digest the typical American meal which reduces your energy
due and leaves you feeling tired due to the energy needed for digesting the
meal.] When the body does not have to work hard to digest, guess what? We have
more energy. We feel more alive!” (Live Foods, Live Bodies).
I can attest to every benefit in the above quotes. I was
first introduced to juicing almost 30 years ago, and I have been an avid
juicer (drinking juice almost daily) for
the last 10 years.
Yet, I know many people have questions and concerns about juicing and I’d like to address the top three in this document. So let’s begin.
Can’t I make juice in my NutriBullet or blender?
Juice is the liquid nutrient form of fruits and vegetables without the fiber. Juicing requires the use of a special appliance called a juicer. Appliances such as NutriBullets and blenders create smoothies. Of course, to be sure you are getting as many fruits and vegetables into your diet as possible, smoothies make a good addition to your diet just as much as adding juices.
The main difference is that juices contain more nutrients
than smoothies when compared ounce for ounce. For instance, an 8 ounce of juice
contains liquid nutrients extracted from 1
1/4 pound of fresh produce. Whereas, using 1 1/4 pounds of fresh produce
to make a smoothie would result in way more than 8 ounces and way more fiber
than one could probably drink due to the need to add enough liquid to create
the smoothie when using so much produce.
Therefore, ounce for ounce, you get more vegetable nutrients
in juices than in smoothies.
Juices don’t satisfy my hunger
The purpose of juices is to get
more nutrients. It’s not to serve as a meal replacement unless you are juice
fasting or on a specific diet to lose weight. Adding juices in these two
situations can make sure that you are receiving the necessary nutrients to fuel
your cells. Yet, juicing should be added to your regular meal plans.
What about fiber?
But the elimination of fiber from juices allows the nutrients in the fruits and vegetables to enter your body’s cells more rapidly, practically without digestion.
We need fiber, so it’s important that you are eating additional foods to meet your fiber requirements that are found in whole grains, legumes, nuts/seeds, fruits and plenty of vegetables.
To learn about “two more” concerns that people often express, learn juicing tips and the top three reasons why my favorite juice is carrot juice – watch this video.