It is undeniable that vegetables and fruits are an important part of a healthy, balanced diet, as they are rich in vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting antioxidants. Unfortunately, most people just don't eat enough of these foods on an everyday basis.
A daily intake of at least five or more servings of vegetables and fruits is essential for good health and proper functioning of the body. As such, it is extremely important to find ways to incorporate them into your diet. Juicing is an excellent way to do this.
Simply make a habit of drinking at least 16 ounces of fresh juice each day. Although it’s best to juice and drink immediately, it can sometimes be difficult if you’re constantly on the go.
So no sweat!
If you’re working (or playing) away from home, make enough juice to fill your vacuum-sealed thermos and take it with you. A mid-morning or mid-afternoon juice pick-me-up is a healthy way to curb your appetite and keep your energy level high. You can also incorporate juicing into your internal cleansing or fasting regimen.
When it comes to juicing, your options are endless. Some of my personal favorite blends include broccoli, spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, sweet peppers, carrot, and tomato. For added flavor, I add apple, pear, plum, mango, orange, strawberry, and grape.
Now, most vegetables trump fruits, as they are usually higher in essential vitamins and minerals but lower in overall calories and sugar (click here for the five most nutrient-dense vegetables).
To avoid excess calories, and fruit sugar, I’d advise using a fruit-to-vegetable ratio of at least 1:2 or even 1:3 when juicing. In other words, for every 2 servings of fruit you juice add 4-6 servings of vegetables (click here to learn how to eat fruit in a healthy way). Using this ratio will surely keep you in good health.
To develop a better understanding of how you can reap the nutritional benefits of vegetables and fruits with juicing, click on the next page for an easy to follow infographic entitled "The Ultimate Guide to Fresh Juicing" provided by the makers of BELLA NutriPro.