A word or two about juice…

JUICE

It’s my latest obsession!

I got a nutri ninja for Christmas and it was an absolute gem of a present! I asked for it before I received my diagnosis, but it couldn’t have been a better present given my current (and future) health situation.

I now have a juice (I use the term lightly as it’s more of a smoothie) EVERY day for breakfast. Each one is packed full of nutrients, as the joy of a nutri ninja (and similar products) are that none of the pulp, consequently much of the nutritional value, is lost. All the gorgeous nutrients are trapped in the juice and I really feel like I have had a healthy start to my day afterwards.

Consuming your fruits and veggies in blended form is an amazingly easy way for your body to absorb the vitamins from them. Also, I prepare a large batch of juice bags ahead of time and keep them in the freezer, so I can really control how much of each fruit/veg I am consuming each day, to make sure I am more likely to eat my ‘five a day’.

My super-food Sunday posts (check out the last one here) coincide perfectly with some of the best fruits and veggies to pack your juices with! Convenient, right?!

Personally, I have been using fresh fruits and vegetables, but frozen ones would work just as well, as I freeze all my bags anyway. You may decide to make your juice bags day by day, which works very well too, but I have found that defrosting them actually helps them to blend better as the fruits with less water content become soggier (delightful description) and make for a smoother result.

However you decide to prepare your bags, here are some tips and tricks to make for better juices:

  1. Don’t pack 1 juice with too much fiber; carrots and apple taste great together, but they both have a relatively low water content compared to other fruits and vegetables – this can make for a fairly thick and claggy drink. Try and combine fibrous fruits and veg with high water content fruit and veg like oranges, strawberries, cucumber or tomatoes.
  2. Think about the colour of your juice. Grouping colour groups is a good way to get an appealing looking juice as well as a hit of one specific vitamin. This means you can use less of each fruit/veg whilst not losing out on the nutritional value and also maximising the flavour.
  3. Your juices can be tailored to suit specific needs. If you are unwell, pack your juice with vitamin C and natural antiviral compounds. Similarly, if you want to reduce fatigue/improve your skin/improve your digestion etc there are many resources online that tell you what ingredients are best suited for each need.
  4. Juices don’t only have to be sweet, they can be savory too! I tend to include naturally sweet veggies in my juices, or compensate for more earthy vegetables such as beetroot by including very sweet fruits in my bags such as pineapple and orange. However, there is no reason why a lunch-time juice could not be made from pure veggies for a low GI punch of nutrients! Think gazpacho..
  5. Mix your juices with coconut water instead of normal water for extra nutrients the easy way! Almond/coconut milk is also good for a non dairy mixer, but it doesn’t go well with all juice combinations (in my opinion). Have a play around with mixers and see what you like. Just try to steer clear of shop bought juice in a carton as they are often full of sugar and made from concentrate.
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