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juicing fruits and vegetables

Posted on November 29th, 2011  |  2 Comments

Juicing is all the rage these days. Haven’t you noticed, there’s Jamba Juice, Robeks, Whole Foods juice bar, they even have them at the gym.

So what’s with these liquid meals?

Meal? Ya didn’t know it was supposed to be a meal? Yeah well that’s what it’s meant to be, a meal replacement, a substitute for solid food.

Great idea right? Sorta. I mean it’s a different idea that’s for sure. The idea to have a meal that doesn’t take loads of energy to break down and digest, I mean it’s just juice, smooth liquid juice. And this juice has something special, lots of soluble fiber.

Soluble. Yeah I said it. Think back to high school science. Soluble, non-soluble solutions… What were they talking about?

Well basically they were talking about dissolving things in other things.

Liquid food is packed with soluble fiber that is readily absorbed (dissolved) in the stomach. In other words the juice is easily broken down in the stomach and those nutrients are quickly absorbed into the blood stream and then delivered to their final destination such as the liver, colon, heart, joints, etc.

Cool stuff huh. Think not? Who cares, just drink juice.

I’m a huge fan of liquid meals. I like how I feel after drinking them. I like knowing my body is receiving a surge of nutrient power. In fact knowing that makes me feel better. Ah the power of the mind.

Now get to it. Juice your heart (and mind) out!

As far as flavor is concerned I haven’t had one juice I didn’t like. In fact, most of them I love. They all include both veggies and fruit, the mix makes for real.nice.juice.

(Don’t mind the cat. She just wanted to make a nice frame for me to shoot pics. :))

Side note: This juice won’t taste anything like soda, or artifical sweetener, or sugar really, it can be incredibly sweet but it’s the real kind and may taste different to a juice virgin palate….  all I have to say is give it more than one sip. 

Side side note: Another thing to think about when juicing is organic. As in you want to juice organic foods. Rather you don’t want to juice pesticides/herbisides/sprays/chemicals, because you sure don’t want that readily absorbed by your body, right? Right. So when it comes to juicing, organic is best, especially if there is no peel (i.e., beets, carrots, celery, strawberries.)

Happy Tuesday!



rad veg fruit juice

serves 2

1 big beet with leaves and stem (or 2 small ones), unpeeled if organic

3 carrots, unpeeled if organic

3 celery stalks, organic

1 c. watermelon, 1 inch cubes

1 grapefruit, peeled

2 oranges, peeled

1 green apple, with peel if organic

1 kiwi, with peel if organic

1 medium cucumber, with peel if organic

Keep in mind, this is juice “recipe” one of endless options for juicing recipes. Use any combination of fruits and veggies you have on hand, you won’t be disappointed!

1. Peel the citrus and cut the veggies/fruit to fit the juicer shoot.

2. Juice according to your juicer’s instructions.

Enjoy asap – the longer it’s left out the less nutrients survive! (within 12 hours is fine.)


2 Responses

  1. Meghann says:

    What kinds of juicers do you recommend? Any budget friendly recommendations?

    • lafig says:

      My first juicer was from target and cost $30. The shoot was small so there’s a bit more chopping required but it did the trick. I’ve got a Breville now and I love it but for first timers I’d go with target.

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