If you haven't gotten on the juice obsessed bandwagon, its about time you did! When it comes to staying healthy and fit, health experts across the board recommend loading up on plenty of fruit and vegetables (an apple a day anyone?). According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, an average adult should be consuming roughly 8 or 9 servings of fruit and vegetables a day (up to 13 depending on your height and weight!). We don't know about you, but that's a lot of food! Luckily, there's a fast and fairly simple solution to kick start your day - and your metabolism - and get plenty of the healthy benefits from all your daily recommended fruit and vegetable intake, without the bloat.
*Note. If you need help deciding how much is right for your specific body type, check out this handy tool from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It will calculate how much you should eat depending on your age, sex and physical activity level!
'Juicing' refers to the process of extracting the juice from fresh fruits and vegetables in order to consume their water and much of their vitamin and mineral content. It's a great option for many of us for so many reasons: we're often busy and may forget to eat healthy for lack of options or simply time to put thought into what you're eating, it can be difficult to fit in all the recommended daily fruit and vegetables, or just that we want to be healthier.
When you liquify fruit and vegetables you separate liquid from pulp, allowing you to consume more of the benefits without being too full. The juice you create is brimming with live enzymes and nutrients, is great for the digestive system, can help with your weight loss plan, boost your metabolism and optimal health levels, and so much more. In light of this, here are four of our favorite juice recipes to try at home for every healthy life goal. For each of the following ingredients simply clean, peel (where necessary), and chop your fruit and vegetables into 3-4" pieces, place in juicer and enjoy!
Immune Boosting Recipe - Apple Carrot Juice
Not only is this juice delicious, it is highly nutritious. The soluble fiber contained in apples can help you to fight off inflammation that can lead to obesity-related diseases and help strengthen your immune system. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is a precursor of antioxidant vitamin A, which is linked to helping with cancer, diabetics, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular diseases and much more.
- 4 carrots
- 1 medium apple
- 1 pear
- 1/4 ginger root
- 1 knob turmeric
- Ice cubes
Fun Fact: There are more than 300 antioxidants as well as other nutrients in turmeric that offer many health benefits!
Weight Loss Recipe - Lean Greens
This weight loss recipe will help you to flush out excess water, fight inflammation, and improve your blood pressure. Spinach is a rich source of vitamins and antioxidants that help your body’s immune system to fight free radicals. Carrot and apple adds some sweetness to perk you up. So, go on - get your green on!
- 1 medium cucumber
- 2 to 3 stalks of celery with the leaves if possible
- 1 small carrot
- 1 green apple
- A couple handfuls of spinach
Fun Fact: Green apples are packed with proteins, vitamins, minerals, and fiber, and are celebrated for their benefits, ability to fight digestive disorders, improve your appetite and regulate glucose levels, and for having low levels of good cholesterol.
Toxin Flush Recipe - Green Goodness
This green juice will help your system flush away bad toxins in no time! Cucumber is a natural diuretic that will stimulates your liver and kidneys (hello! Let's flush out last night's pinot noir for optimal health), as well as excess liquid, and parsley that will help with digestion. This juice is rich in vitamins A, B, C and K - so drinking daily will not only help with weight loss but also boost your immune system!
- 2 to 3 kale leaves
- A small handful of parsley
- Half a lemon (not peeled)
- 1 medium sized cucumber
- 1 medium sized Fuji apple
Fun fact: Did you know that cucumber is 96% water? This makes it an ideal base ingredient in any juice recipe and it only contains a miniscule 0.9% sugar and virtually zero fat (so you don’t have to worry about gaining any weight when eating it).
Sweet Starter - Pineapple Fusion
Who doesn't love pineapple? This delicious sweetener is the star of this juice recipe, adding a tangy taste to the dark leafy greens and vitamin K rich vegetables. Mustard leaves are rich in phyto-nutrients, vitamins and minerals, and when consumed regularly, helps control cholesterol.
- 1 small pineapple
- 3 to 4 mustard leaves
- 5 small carrots (peeled)
Fun fact: Mustard greens are considered a superfood as they are rich in antioxidants, are packed with Phytonutrients, immune boosting vitamins and is linked with major healthy benefits such as helping to protect you from heart disease, diabetes and even cancer.