I love my fresh delicious green juices, and I love my amazing morning smoothies. Some people think that juicing vegetables and fruits is wasteful, tossing out the fibrous pulp. These folks are more interested in blending their produce into smoothies than juicing them and discarding the pulp.
But I believe there’s room in your diet for both smoothies and juices.
Today, we’re going to talk about the basic benefits of juicing and why it is so different than blending foods into a smoothie.
How to juice
Juicing means putting your fruits and veggies into a juicer where the pulp, seeds and peelings are separated from the juice. In these juicing appliances, the juice pours out a spout, and the pulp is collected in a container or bin. If you don’t have a juicer, you can make juice in a blender by thoroughly blending the veggies and fruits and straining the liquid through cheesecloth or a nut milk bag so that you end up with a nice serving of fresh juice and a lump of dry pulp.
(Some people save that pulp to add to soup stocks, by the way. It’s also great for the compost pile!)
We have a webinar tomorrow with a juicing aficionado who’s going to tell us ALL about the benefits of juicing, but for now, a short list of juicing benefits:
Nutrient absorption. When you juice vegetables, you’re making their nutrients immediately available for your body. If you don’t have a healthy gut, you might be “eliminating” many of the nutrients in your food before they’re properly digested.
Cleansing. A serving of fresh juice gives your system a nice cleansing. Depending on what you juice, you can be giving your body a good detox treatment as well.
Give your system a break. Getting your fruits and veggies in via juice once in awhile gives your system a break from digesting all of the roughage in that produce.
Juicing helps to keep your body alkaline, boosts your immune system, rejuvenates your blood and it’s a lot easier to get a whole lot of fresh produce into your belly in one shot!
So, I love juicing for getting a quick shot of nutrients into me and I love smoothies for the protein and for filling me up fast. There’s room for both in your life!
Leanne Ely, Your Dinner Diva