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Healthy Recipe of the Week: Juices
Make your own veggie juices with these three easy recipes for beginners. By Ali Eaves
Comments () | Published January 20, 2012
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It seems like everyone’s crazy about their Vitamix juicer these days. Celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow and Mindy Kaling have jumped on the juicing bandwagon, and juice bars have become the new coffee joint on every corner—wheatgrass shot, anyone?

Doubters say juicing isn’t any healthier than eating whole fruits and vegetables, but nutritionist Danielle Omar says it can be especially helpful for people who have trouble digesting fiber. Putting raw fruits and veggies into a juicer removes the fiber, so it’s gentler on the body. For that reason, people with sensitive digestive systems can get the nutrients found in produce without the fiber that upsets their stomachs.

And since you can pack three or four servings of vegetables into one drink, juicing is “great for the person who maybe doesn’t love veggies, but wants to increase the quality of his or her diet,” Omar says. It’s also a tastier way to incorporate veggies that trip up picky eaters or kids.

However, Omar notes that one common misconception about juicing is that it’s a tool for weight loss. “It’s not supposed to be a meal replacement, because it lacks protein and fat and isn’t filling,” she says. “It should be part of your daily diet as a super-easy way to get a lot of vegetables at once and increase your variety.”

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In addition to fiber, some nutrients—the ones in the skin—are left behind when juicing. But for the most part, Omar says, the antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals found in fruits and vegetables remain in the juice, giving you most of the same benefits as eating the whole foods. Some high-speed juicers, like the popular Vitamix, will grind up even skins and seeds, resulting in a more pulpy juice with even more nutrients.

Omar recommends starting out with easier-to-tolerate veggies, such as celery, cucumber, and lettuce, and adding lemon and other fruits to make the juice taste good. She says the best way to incorporate juices into a healthy diet is to start with one a day, perhaps with breakfast or between meals.

Here are three juice recipes for beginners, and Omar’s template for future recipes: Two veggies, one fruit, and one green make a perfect juice.

Basic Juice Recipes

  • 5 large leaves romaine lettuce, 1 green apple, 5 stalks celery, 1 cucumber, 5 stalks kale, and ½ lemon
  • 2 carrots, 1 green apple, 4 stalks celery, 3 cups spinach or kale (or your favorite green), 1 small cucumber, and 1 slice ginger
  • 1 pear, 1 whole cucumber, 1 slice ginger, 3 cups baby spinach, and ½ lemon

Have your own juice recipe? Share it with us in the comments.

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  • After you make juice, you should drink it instantly. If you want to make the best juice for great health, it is vital that you know that nutritional value in the juice are missing as after it is made.

  • Yes, I also crazy for the fresh fruits juices.
    I prepare these fresh fruits juices myself at home.
    These home made fresh fruits juices are more healthy and natural.!!!!!!

  • Vegetables are really good to our health. Whether we cook it or we blend it, the vitamins and minerals that we could get from it are still there which could make us healthy.

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