Juicing has become kind of like a fashion statement; almost everyone is doing it. Every day you see people (including myself) on social media posting pictures of fruit juices, fruit shakes, green juice, shakes with protein, vegetables and fruits, etc, etc, etc.
Although it is always better to eat fresh fruits and veggies, juices are a great alternative for people that do not meet their daily intake of these food groups.
But what do we know about these juices? Are they really healthy?
But what about fiber? One of the benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables is the fiber. Juicing machines extract the juices leaving behind the pulp, which has the fiber. Instead, use a blender to keep the fiber.
Homemade juice should be drank as soon as possible. Do not store homemade juice, after a while it starts decreasing the nutritional value.
Apples, pears and grapes are high in sugar and most of their nutrients are in the skin. So, when juicing these fruits mix them with other ingredients like pineapple, kale, carrots, beets etc. or blend the whole fruits to get the most benefits out of it. Remember, you cannot eat apple or pear seeds!
And last but not least… Be creative. There is an infinity of homemade juices that can be prepared. Mix yogurt with frozen fruits and 100% orange juice for a yummy smoothie, or blend celery, cucumber and pineapple for a refreshing summer drink.