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

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.

Keith

Sunday 15th of March 2015

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

Joanne

Friday 6th of March 2015

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

Joanne

Friday 6th of March 2015

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

Michael

Tuesday 3rd of March 2015

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

Janice

Tuesday 3rd of March 2015

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.

Johanne St-Laurent

Monday 2nd of March 2015

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

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