Nowadays, more than ever, a healthy life can easily be considered as trendy. Through the expansion and availability of the Internet, people are finding ways to educate themselves on how to live a healthy life. If you want to be healthy, you should take care of your diet first.
Vitamins intake plays a significant role when it comes to the proper function of our body. It is the oldest story in the book – vitamins are necessary!
If that sounds like something that our grandmas always used to tell us, the best way to understand why we need vitamins is to try to understand what vitamins actually are and where to find them.
Nutritious and Healthy Fresh Juice
Vitamins will not provide energy like proteins, carbs, and fats, but they are more like essential compounds which will help our body grow, develop and function optimally. Also, they play a vital role in our body functions such as immunity, digestion and metabolism overall. In other words – if vitamins are missing from our diet – it will directly result in our health and not in a good way! The sugars from fruits are a healthy alternative to chocolate, sweets or cakes.
Besides eating fresh fruit, juices are the next best thing for a healthy dose of vitamins. One thing to have in mind is that factory-made juices are full of artificial sugars and flavors and actually contain a very small amount of freshly squeezed fruit. In a word, they do not differ much from aerated beverages that we avoid drinking. To make sure that you drink fresh juices, make these drinks yourself.
Creative Ways to Add Nutrients to your Diet
Juicing will extract that valuable juice with all the vitamins and minerals from fresh fruits and veggies. Think about it as easier, fun and more creative way to add nutrients to your diet or simply to try something you wouldn’t usually eat.
Whether you are new to juicing or not, there are a lot of misinformation concerning the topic of juicers since there are various types available on the market. If you want to exploit all those healthy nutrients from your food to the maximum, the best way is by using a masticating juicer. It will chew the fruits and veggies all up into a pulp making it an efficient way of extracting the juice from the food you throw into it.
Be sure not to confuse them with blenders since blenders will process the fibers and the nutrients together. As we talked about it earlier, fibers are also super-important, so why in some cases this is not a good idea? Well, in some cases, when we want to juice for health, mixing nutrients with fibers will decrease their intake efficiency since fiber will trigger the digestive process. When we drink pure juice before any digestion begins, referred as “on an empty stomach” – up to 90% of the nutrients will be absorbed opposite to 30% during digestion.
There are many tutorials on Youtube if you don’t know how to use a juicer and many recipes on the internet. If you are a more traditional type you can order cookbooks online or find them in a local bookstore.
Here are some delicious, tested recipes:
1. A Great Power Drink
This fresh juice is a great source of energy; it’s great for starting a day or recharging during the day.
Ingredients for two glasses:
- 2 medium carrots,
- 2 medium beets,
- 1 large apple,
- 2 peeled clementines
- A piece of ginger.
There is no need to peel the ingredients, except for clementines, as long as you have washed them properly. Make fresh juices from all of this ingredients separately, and mix them together.
2. Cucumber and Watermelon Juice
This juice is the best choice for hot summer days. Its primary purpose is to rehydrate.
- 1 large cucumber,
- 6 cups diced watermelon flesh,
- 15 mint leaves with stems,
- 2 limes,
- 1 tablespoon sugar
Peel cucumber and put it in a juicer. After that put watermelon in a juicer. Mix juices and add sugar, mint and 2 tablespoons of limes. Put in a fridge for an hour and serve with ice.
3. An Antioxidant juice
This drink boosts the immune system and helps you fight infections.
- 4 medium sized apples,
- 2 cups of black grapes,
- 1 cup of chopped kiwis or strawberries,
- ½ cup chopped beetroot
There is no need to peel the ingredients, except kiwis. Put ingredients in juicer separately. Mix fresh juices and serve with ice.
4. A Refreshing Wake-up Juice
This juice is perfect for the ones who need extra motivation to get out of the bed. It is sweet and refreshing, and its pink color reflects sunrise.
- 1 medium grapefruit,
- 1 small apple,
- 4 small carrots,
- 1 tablespoon of ginger,
- ½ small lemon
Before juicing all ingredients, peel grapefruit, ginger, and lemon. Serve in bed.
Experience the energy surge
Start your day with a glass of freshly squeezed juice and be surprised how much energy you will have during the day. Unleash your creativity by combining different fruits and vegetables, and the effects of combining vitamins will be visible. You will feel healthier, more productive and energized and that is a great change, isn’t it?
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