You know they say good trends always make a come back and at home juicing is no exception. That’s not to say that some people haven’t made home juicing a part of their daily routine between trends, but for the most part it’s a diet that comes and goes.
But are the benefits of juicing substantial enough to keep it around forever?
Juicing vs. Chewing
Is buying a juicer and the juicing process really that much better for you than just eating them whole?
Juicing cannot magically add more nutrients to your produce (Spoiler Alert). In fact, some even say that juicing loses nutrients because it takes out those fibrous yet nutrient rich parts of our favorite super veggies. But it can help create a more enjoyable way of getting your greens. And it will take more preparation and time than just eating the produce whole.
I think one of the main draws of juicing, and one of its main benefits, is the amount of fruits and veggies you can fit in just one juice. You can reap the benefits from many different produce items at the same time, easily, without having to chew and eat them all.
So if you know you’re not the type of person to eat all of your recommended greens in/with your daily meals, then juicing could indeed be for you!
Just keep in mind that juicing is usually the more expensive option —due to buying the equipment and the amount of produce you will go through. Not to mention cleaning your juicer after each use (just saying).
But if you are interested in exploring juicing more, check out this list of veggies to try when you get started.
Best Vegetables for Juicing & Their Health Benefits
- Celery is full of Vitamins K, A, and C as well as folate and potassium. Making it great for your immune system, healthy vision, bones, skin and even blood. It’s also 95% water, which makes it great for juicing!
- Also at 95% water, Cucumbers make a great hydrating base for a juice! Potassium helps to reduce stroke risk. Also containing, Vitamin C, antioxidants and beta-carotene, cucumbers can improve skin, helping you look younger!
- Carrots are great to add flavor and color to your juice. They contain tons of vitamins like Vitamin A, C, and K. But also many essential minerals like potassium and iron. They can give your immune system a boost while also lowering blood pressure. Not to mention vision health!
- Juicing spinach makes is easier to take, I think, and it helps get that healthy green color! But spinach is also full of Vitamins A, C and E and minerals such as potassium, calcium and iron. It is great for brain function and even contains some protein.
- Sweet Potato
- This is new to me! But sweet potatoes are great for adding sweetness to your juice without tons of fruit. They allow for added sweetness without sugar spikes in the body. They contain Vitamins A, C, B6 and minerals such as iron and magnesium.
I find it very appealing to simply drink one juice with all my greens for the day in it. But it’s not something I can see myself prepping every single day.
I don’t think I will adopt this trend temporarily or permanently, simply because it seems like more work and money than it’s probably worth. But regardless of whether you juice or chew the old fashioned way the trend is the same, MORE GREENS!
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