Juicing is a great way to get a lot of your vegetables and nutrients into your body in one hit and it’s how my whole journey got started I watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and while watching it got on the net and ordered a juicer and never looked back! Juicing also made eating a lot more vegetables easier too some how and helped with changing my diet. I guess it was I’m drinking all this vegetable juice I might as well do other things right too? Or something like that! Watching that documentary was what got me looking into diet, watching more documentaries and doing a lot more research (let’s be honest research) I was doing none before.
Our daughter is just about three and we have been juicing for about a year now and she loves it! to my surprise… I have to be honest while it’s not awful and you do get used to it and may love it! However taste for me isn’t why I do it, I do it because I know it’s good for me, where as my daughter having had it since before she was two I don’t think that worked for her 😉
Here is a list the vegetables that we juice – Cucumbers, Broccoli, Courgettes, Brussel Sprouts, Celery, Beetroot, Tomatoes, Carrots, Kale, Spinach, Silverbeet, Radish, Parsnip and Parsley
We use limited fruit – One apple/pear and one lemon between the three of us as we try and limit the sugar content.
Spices – Turmeric and Ginger
These are what we use but you can experiment yourself with what works for you.
You do go through a lot of vegetables when juicing! We try and buy the bulk of ours from the farmers market which is either spray free or organic and not very expensive. Just wish we had a bigger fridge! We also have a vegetable garden which is a working progress but we now have carrots yay! We do buy some of our produce from the supermarket and in the beginning that’s where we got all of it.
The first juicer I bought was a cheapish centrifugal juicer and as we got more into it I decided to buy a more expensive slow juicer but whatever you have is great and so much better than nothing.
The health benefits of juicing
Juicing removes the insoluble fiber from vegetables and fruits. Fiber is an important part of the diet but by removing the insoluble fiber allows for increased absorption of specific health promoting phytonutrients including enzymes. The soluble fiber still remains in the juice and by removing the fibers and consuming vegetables in liquid form, we are providing a nutrient delivery system to our bodies. You can also juice so many more vegetables than you can eat! I don’t know about you but I don’t think I could sit down and eat a third of that bowl of vegetables in the photo (It’s a big bowl).