5 Health Benefits of Juicing + How to Juice Without a Juicer

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5 health benefits of juicing

Almost every single article about health, wellness and disease prevention suggests that we should eat 7-8 servings of vegetables and fruits every.single.day.  Now I don’t know about you, but for me that’s hard.  We had a challenge at work about 5 years ago where we had to tally how many servings of veggies we eat every day and I gotta admit that at first my tally was incredibly pathetic.  That is until I started juicing in the morning.  Besides the health benefits of juicing, I found my morning juice to be quite yummy, and a great kickstart to increasing my plant-based in-take for the rest of the day.

So why juice instead of just eating a big ol’ salad?

The health benefits of JUICING + information on how to juice without a juicer!

I’m not saying that you should exclude salads or even smoothies but juicing is such a great way to get lots of nutrients into your body without eating a monster sized meal of leafy greens. When you drink juice, highly concentrated vitamins, minerals and enzymes rapidly enter your bloodstream which allows you to absorb all of the nutritional benefits of the fruits and vegetables.

The benefits of juicing can include (source):

  • Weight Loss
  • Boosting Immunity
  • Better Digestion
  • Sleep Better
  • Better Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Health

Healthy green smoothie with spinach and kiwi in a jar

 The Pros

  • Juicing is a great way to squeeze fruits and vegetables into your diet if you typically don’t like them.
  • When making juice, you can add fruits and vegetables that are about to spoil. That way, you don’t waste produce (the food we waste the most money on each year).

The Cons

  • There are certain nutrients that whole produce will give you that you can’t get from the juice, including fiber. The skin and the pulp of fruits and veggies are where the fiber and most of the vitamins and minerals are housed, and if you discard these parts, you’re throwing out the most beneficial portions of the produce.
  • Juicers are expensive. They can range in cost from $50 to as much as $400. That’s a lot of money to spend on one piece of kitchen equipment, especially when it serves only one purpose. A blender, on the other hand, can be used for a variety of foods but costs much less.

How to juice without a juicer
So how can you juice if you don’t own a juicer?
Easy – you can whole juice with a blender, I prefer to use my Blendtec Blender. All you need is a blender, a bowl and a fine mesh strainer, and you’re well on your way to having fresh, custom-made juice in your fridge at a fraction of the cost. The nice part of whole juicing is that you get the added benefit of fiber.  Whole juice also keeps you feeling full longer!  When juicing, the machine extracts the juice (this is the water and most of the nutrients the produce contains), leaving behind the pulp. When blending, there is no left-over pulp. Blenders pulverize the whole produce to make a whole juice.  You may need to add water if your juice becomes too thick. You’ll want to remove seeds and rinds, and some skins.

Here’s one of my new favourite juice recipes:

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Do you juice?
What’s your favourite juice recipe?
EDIT: Looking for more juicing options?  Then check out this green smoothie bonanza post.

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  1. insightful….practical article … ideas like this help us to maximize our nutrition efforts!

  2. I don’t have a juicer. So I will blend mine. Thanks I will add ginger.

  3. I don’t have a juicer. So I will blend mine. Thanks

  4. Why not just make a smoothie instead and retain the benefits of both worlds?

    1. Yes, that’s what happens when you whole juice, which is the point of the entire post. You can whole juice (make a smoothie) with a blender and the recipe at the end is a whole juice recipe.

  5. Johanne St-Laurent says:

    Love to get informations about healthy tip, smoothies recipes etc…need to leave better and healthier

  6. Thanks for sharing options for people who don’t own juicers! I am definitely looking into buying one but it’s just not in my budget right now. Also – I love the recipe you shared!

  7. Kamagra Polo says:

    Its Amazing Recipe.I like it.Thanks for Great sharing.

  8. ahh I need to get my BELLA JUICER OUT.
    we love to use it and we love love love to eat the pulp with a fork 🙂
    we weird that way.

  9. Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club says:

    I love juicing and you can most certainly make juice with a blender. Just get to work on that nut milk bad. YUM!

  10. I’ve just started making smoothies / whole juice this month. I didn’t like the idea of losing out on the pulp portion with juicing either. On the days I run, I have replaced my morning fruit snack with whole juice. So far I have tried 5 different versions and I’m looking forward to trying more!

    1. Would you mind sharing some other juicing/blending recipes ?? I’m new to juicing, and am looking for some more ideas.

      1. Absolutely! I have 11 tested and will be doing a blog post soon! 🙂

        1. After you write the post will you share the link with me? I can then update this blog post to include a link to your whole juice recipes. Thanks!

  11. I truthfully don’t have a juicer either, I just whole juice with my blender. I don’t think there’s any difference between a smoothie and a whole juice. Maybe one uses water and the other uses a milk based liquid (soy, almond, cow etc)?

  12. Jen @ pretty little grub says:

    I like this idea! I am not a fan of juicing because it removes the fibre and I’d rather eat the whole fruit/vegetable but this is doing that. Basically its a thin smoothie. I’m buying a vitamin soon so then I could do this because my current blender is pretty pathetic and wouldn’t be able to pulverize anything small enough.

    1. Yes – a good blender is key! I can’t wait to see what recipes you come up with. Happy Friday!