Do you enjoy liquid nutrition?
By liquid nutrition, I’m of course referring to smoothies and juices (though other forms of liquid such as water… ahem… are equally healthy!).
The big difference between juices and smoothies is that with smoothies, most of the fibre remains. You simply add cut up fruits, vegetables, liquid and/or other foods to a blender and process until smooth. With juices, most of the pulp (fibre) is extracted mechanically using a juicer or by hand (as you’ll see in my video below).
Why does this matter?
Well, nutritionally speaking, it matters because fibre helps slow down digestion and slow the rate at which food is digested and glucose released for use in our body.
Health Benefits of Juicing
That said, juices can be a great way to get a concentrated source of nutrients into your body’s cells. They require less energy to digest because the nutrients aren’t bound up with fibre and protein.
Juices can be a great add-on to your diet during this time of year for two reasons:
1) We have an abundance of local, farm-fresh produce available to us (and juicing helps us eat more of it than we ever could in its whole form), and
2) The change in seasons often provokes colds and other short-term acute illnesses.
Since juices require less energy to digest than say smoothies or other meals, they are a great choice if you’re fending off a cold or just trying to keep your immune system in tip top shape.
When you’re sick, fresh juices can help your body focus its efforts on healing and recovery.
If you’re juicing for health benefits, here are a few tips:
- Ensure a high quantity of vegetables in your juice, including green and leafy vegetables. I find even kale, Swiss chard, celery, etc. can be made delicious with a little pear, fresh ginger or lemon juice.
- Avoid making fruit-only juices, which can trigger blood sugar spikes. Too much sugar (even from healthy fruits and vegetables) can also depress our immune systems and force our bodies to work harder to clear what ails us.
- If you already struggle with blood sugar issues, I would also recommend limiting vegetables that tend to be higher in sugar than the green vegetables, such as beets, carrots, sweet potato, etc.
So you want to juice but you don’t have a juicer? No problem!
I’ve made a short “how to” video showing you how you can make fresh homemade juice without a juicer.
You only need a blender and a strainer bag or nut milk bag… (don’t have a clue what a nut milk bag is? Check this out!)
Please excuse my nerdiness in this video – I promise I’m only half as nerdy in person! 🙂
Here’s the video:
So if you don’t have a juicer or if your juicer is just too complicated and messy to use, try my easy tip for making healthy homemade juice without a juicer.
Have you ever made juice without a juicer? What’s your best advice?
Have a question? Let me know in the comments.
Life is a plate… Eat up!