Try the Trend: Juicing
Posted on 27 July 2014
Juicing has gained recent popularity by celebrities, health professionals and amateur healthies alike for it's health and convenience benefits. Magazines are populated with photos of celebrities clutching green juices as they leave the gym and most cafe menus now boast a variety of freshly pressed juice options.
There are endless reasons to love juicing as its a great way to squeeze in your daily fruit and veg requirements and eat those fruits and veggies that you normally wouldn't eat whole. The juice still retains most of of the vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals (phytonutrients) that would be found in the whole versions of those foods, it is the fibre that is removed during the juicing process, allowing your digestive system time to rest and recuperate.
To spread the phenomenon that is juicing, we have put together a range of our favourite juice recipes that are fit for every occasion.
The Ultimate Green Juice
This smoothie is a powerhouse for vitamins, minerals and green goodness. Green super foods including kale and spinach can promote healing in the body by increasing alkalinity and facilitating detoxification. They are also rich in vitamins A, C and K and folic acid, as well as calcium, potassium, copper and iron. These nutrients are really important for healthy bones, skin and eyes.
1 ½ green apples
2 stalks kale
2 large handfuls of spinach
Immunity Booster Juice
It is so important to take care of your immune system especially during the winter months when it comes under attack from the flu. This juice is packed full of Vitamins A and C that are crucial to immune system health and will help your body fight back from any nasties that you pick up.
The Kiwi fruit in this juice recipe will stock your body up with an enzyme called actinidain that assists the digestion and absorption of nutrients. Kiwi fruit is also an overlooked miracle worker as it acts as a pro-biotic for your gut. A sufficient supply of pro-biotics will boost your immune system, enhance digestion and reduce digestive disorders.
1cm slice of ginger
2 medium carrots
3 stalks of celery
2 kiwi fruit
1/2 handful of parsley
Need an energy hit? Try this beetroot based juice that is sure to energise you for your long (or even short) run. Beetroots are known for assisting the body in efficient oxygen distribution and lowering blood pressure which means you should wake up with this refreshing juice, then tie your shoes and be ready to hit the gym!
2 leaves of romaine lettuce
Antioxdiant Supreme Juice
Don't be scared by the unusual combination of sweet potato and rockmelon - just give it a go!
Both rockmelon and sweet potato are packed with a wide variety of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, and are very great sources of potassium. Sweet potato is a nutrient powerhouse with a medium sweet potato containing more than your daily requirement of vitamin A, and is rich in vitamins C and E. All these phytonutrients plan an important role in preventing disease and preserving longevity.
1 sweet potato
Piece or ginger root, 2.5 cm. ginger
Dash of cinnamon
Cabbage Detox Juice
Try out this juice to detox the body and show your liver a little love for all it's hard work. With a vibrant colour and surprisingly sweet taste, purple cabbage is a miracle worker for gut and digestive health. The power behind its cleansing abilities lies in phytonutrients which are known to guard against cancer and cleanse your kidneys too.
1 head fennel, chopped
¼ green apple
3 cups purple cabbage, chopped