Let’s try something healthy, for a change, and look at some homemade delicious and nutritious juices, as making your own holds more benefits than buying manufactured ones.
We all know the best way to get the most out of fruits or vegetables is to eat them fresh from the tree or the land, but unless you live on a farm, this luxury can be a wee bit of a problem. Hopefully, supermarkets and/or farmers’ markets are as close as fresh as we can find; though, the produce may have already travelled a long distance to get to us.
Therefore, clever juice manufacturers tend to advertise their bottled goodies to be freshly picked and squeezed fruits or veggies. However, if we take in consideration the process required before the bottle reaches you, it’s not so… well… fresh anymore. Many of those juices have lost their nutrients, rendering them inert food. Still, some of those fruits or vegetables will hold on longer than others, but beware of the fake juices, as they are in fact loaded with sugar, artificial flavors, colorings, and preservatives.
Now, making your own juice has its detractors as it takes time to clean and peel the fruits and vegetabes. You also need to have a good juicer, and those can be expensive, too. Finally, you can’t prepare the juice too long in advance or it will lose its benefit similar to commercial juice. But if you are willing to give it a try, here are a few recipes that are sooooo delicious!
The good thing with making your own is that you can experiment, and have fun with it. So, try it, and for the best results, buy organic! For the adventurous out there, there’s an app called Juice Gnius that will combine the ingredients for you, giving you info such as the amount of calories, sugar, alkalinity, and its wholesomeness such as anti-inflammatory, or energizing, etc…
Photo source: http://www.supernutritionacademy.com/juicing-benefits-debatable/#.V9w7l2XguRM
Half a cucumber, two granny smith apples, one celery stalk, two carrots, and one slice of turmeric.
96 Kcal, 24.1 g. of sugar, 8.0/10 alkalinity. Good for digestion, heart, memory and weight loss.
For the brave! Taken from juicerecipes.com
Asparagus - 4 spears, medium (5-1/4" to 7" long) 64g
Carrots - 3 large (7-1/4" to 8-/1/2" long) 216g
Celery - 2 stalks, large (11"-12" long) 128g
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.
Source: Juice Gnius app
17 | Ceres Magazine | Fall 2016