The Benefits of Juicing: Part 2

By Kaitlin Mackay

Ohhhhhh juicing, how I love thee. In How Juicing Can Benefit You, I covered the basics of juicing, why it’s so good for you, why people juice, and basic need-to-know facts. Let’s refresh:

Why so beneficial? rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, helps digestion and absorption of these nutrients, no added sugars or preservatives, can improve allergies and boost immune system function

Why do people juice? to increase fruit and vegetable intake, to help with weight loss, to increase energy levels, and simply because people love juice.

I juice once a day, every day. If I miss a day, no big deal. If I miss more than one day in a row, things get weird. Honestly, I stop functioning properly. My once eloquent and grammar-perfect speech (thanks mom) turns into a low-volume mumbling, my driving is worse than normal, and I’m fatigued throughout the day.

Monday of this week was just…off. I didn’t put it together until that night that I hadn’t juiced over the weekend. I’d been three days without juice. I woke up Tuesday morning and got right to it:

1 cucumber

2 leaves Romaine lettuce

1 small lime (no rind)

2 BIG handfuls of kale

½ Granny Smith apple

1 small slice of ginger

2 handfuls snap peas

 

 

Looks wild doesn’t it? So there we have it. I’m no doctor, but personally I can attest to the benefits of juicing, especially in regards to increased energy levels. Here are my favorite recipes so far:

Recipe #1:

3 handfuls of spinach

1 small granny smith apple

2 handfuls kale

2 handfuls snap peas

Recipe #2:

½ orange

½ lemon

2 yellow squash

¼ head cauliflower

Recipe #3

3 handfuls spinach

2 handfuls kale

1 plum

Recipe #4

2 zucchinis

2 handfuls spinach

½ apple

1 slice ginger

My preferences for juicing are probably not common. I love spinach. I could eat and drink it every day for the rest of my life and not tire of it. And I like that it thickens my juice. Some prefer thinner juices. The juice in the picture was good, but it was too thin to make my favorite recipes list. Also, fun fact: I dislike celery juice. You don’t see any celery in my favorite recipes, but if you Google “juicing recipes,” you’ll see juicing celery is quite popular.

Bottom line, there’s no one right way to juice. Unless that one way is using way more vegetables than fruits. =)