Want to know everything there is to know about juicing?? I have the right person for you:
@nge the beauty builder
Since I don’t know any more than anyone about the new trend, I asked a friend of mine to tell us all about it. Ange is a health coach who gives nutrition and lifestyle advice. She created GOSH food. Here is what she says about juicing:
Ange, can you tell me what is juicing?
“Juicing is a process by which your juicer will extract the juice from vegetables and fruits (yes, you can juice vegetables).The water and nutrients are extracted and the fibres discarded, hence it is supposed to accelerate the absorption and get those nutrients quicker to your bloodstream.
That is why juicing fruits only is not that beneficial as you end up getting pure fructose i.e. sugar only.”
What are the benefits of juicing as opposed to blending (smoothie)?
“I mainly juice raw vegetables. So if you find difficult to digest raw vegetables, juicing will help you to get them down smoothly as all the tough fibres will be removed from the juicing process – For instance if my tummy doesn’t feel right and I have difficulties to digest I will drink vegetable juice till I feel better (I find celery good for tummy aches) – Hence having a smoothie will make you feel fuller for longer (versus a juice) because it will keep everything in your drink.
In any case, do what suits you and what meets your preferences. I personally alternate between both.
Obviously there are things I do not really juice like fruits (to avoid a sugar rush) at the exception of apples and lemon. Avocado and banana are also difficult to juice.
There are vegetables that are hard to blend such as carrots, beetroots, fennel, and broccoli. In that case it is preferable to juice them or to blend them cooked (steamed).
Ideally you would juice your veggies and then blend fruits in the vegetable juice.
There are many options, I juice carrots and celery to cook them in my soups; I use my blender to bake GOSH food cakes or make GOSH food ice treats.
Whether you juice or blend if your intake is mainly made of vegetables it should give you this healthy boost as well as a detox effect for those who are using juices & smoothies as detoxifiers.
· When buying take-away, go for freshly made juices or smoothies or check the ingredients list. Most of them are fruits only and will have high sugar content. If you fancy some fruits, have them whole.
· There is no single formula that fits us all and juicing in certain instances cannot be appropriate. You should always try, experiment and observe when it comes to food; then you can adjust your diet according to you and how you react to it. My Daughter has got a cold stomach and does not stand raw vegetables juices very well (especially in winter) she needs warming foods. It happens that something wonderfully works for you and you want others to do the same but what works for you can happen not to work for others. And this is what GOSH food is all about: finding what works for you and your family.
· Juice only diet: I am not a big fan of single formula diets so I won’t drink juices only to feed myself or my family. You will notice that many lost weight adopting this trend though. So before going down that route you need to consider whether their weight loss lasted, whether they were not missing any nutrients and were in good health. You need also to be aware that such diets involve more vegetable juices than fruits juices. If the consequence is an increase in cravings and irritability it might not be a good choice for you.”
Have you tried different juicers and which one is best?
“I tried different juicers and as a GOSH fooder I finally switch to the cold press ones. I bought this year the Omega VRT juicer.
My advice is to buy what you can afford. Of course I juice every day (more in summer though) so it was natural for me to invest in a cold press juicer.”
What is your favourite juice?
“You will notice that once you start juicing your tastes will evolve. You will need a lot of fruits to begin with and then you will appreciate the vegetable juice more and more.
I like to start the day with a green juice and I would like to share with you my mega-booster that is made of Fennel, Ginger and Apple. Simple and efficient. Most of the time I will juice what I have in the fridge and I won’t be fussy about getting this green instead of another one.
I also like the following mix: Kale, broccolis, Pak Choi, lemon, ginger and 1 apple (juiced or blended).
I blend it with a banana or strawberries for my son.
Hope this help. You can always drop me an email if you wish to learn more about Healthy Living.”
Now I know all about juicing, I feel like getting a juicer so I can eat more raw vegetables and get loads of vitamins!
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