The Art of JuicingMany of us know we don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, and we perhaps eat a little too much processed food. There is an easy way to up your intake of good food, feel better, and improve your health—juicing!

When you juice, you put whole, raw fruits and vegetables into a juicer, which mixes them into a delicious juice or smoothie. Juices and smoothies are delicious, and the process of juicing transforms the food to a form you can more easily digest and assimilate nutrients from. You can create all-fruit juices, all-vegetable juices, or a combination of the two. Most people prefer the taste of fruit juices because they’re sweeter.

While vegetable juice recipes are some of the most beneficial, they don’t taste quite like the fruit juices. To increase sweetness, add some fruit or carrots to improve the taste. As you become a seasoned juicer, you’ll get used to the taste and love it. Organic vegetables tend to be fresher and have a better taste. For the biggest punch nutritionally, leave the skins on your veggies.

Don’t be afraid to get creative and try new things. To get you started, here are a few recipes.

A simple juice to detoxify:

  • 5 carrots
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 1 beet
  • 1 small apple
  • ½ lemon

A sweet, delicious drink with just a few ingredients:

  • 1 c blackberries or raspberries
  • 1 kiwi fruit
  • 1 medium pear or apple
  • 30 leaves any type mint
  • ¼ peeled, cored pineapple

The green drink popularized by Dr. Oz:

  • 2 c spinach
  • 2 c cucumber
  • 1 head celery
  • ½ tsp ginger root
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 2 apples
  • 1 lime
  • ½ lemon

When you juice, especially if you use organic fruits and vegetables, you’re eating much cleaner and healthier food—and your body uses the nutrients very effectively. You should feel a difference soon after you start, and the longer you juice, the better you’ll feel.

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