What can I Juice? How do you Juice? Health Benefits and Pitfalls of Juicing

Benefits of Juicing

What can I juice? How do you Juice?

Health Benefits and Pitfalls of Juicing.

Personally, I love juicing and I put in my juice all the vegetables I like and all the fruits I like.  I prefer more vegetables than fruit as I do not like things too sweet.  However, everyone has a different pallet and you can play around until you get some recipes you like that are to your taste.

Juicing has been around for years and done by many, so what can I juice and how do I juice?   Very good questions you may ask….What are the best vegetables to juice?  Most of the leafy vegetables are the best to juice.  Spinach, Kale, Celery, broccoli.  Carrots are good but as they are a harder vegetable can take a little time to get the consistency you might like.   I also use water with my juice and not milk of any kind.  Again that is a preference you need to consider for yourself.How do i juice

You can buy pre-made juices from the stores, you can buy them from stores that juice for you as you wait, and you can juice yourself.  Personally, I like to juice my own recipe.  Bananas are good if you like a thicker kind of smoothie.

What are the benefits of juicing?  Are there benefits to juicing?

What should I juice I was given a juicer by a friend and I thought this is perfect as I love drinking juice,  I love the health benefits and having all your fruits and vegetables that you need for your daily allowance all in one drink.   Pretty amazing.  I was shocked when I discovered all the waste that comes out of the actual juicer that you have to through away.  I thought all the fiber and the best parts are just wasted.  I am not one for wasting food of any kind so this did not sit well with me.  So I thought about it long and hard and decided I would try another way that was less wasteful.

Blending: I decided to get a blender instead.  I cut up my fruits and vegetables and I put them through the blender, there was no waste and I had all the fiber and the juice all in one drink.  Very filling as a meal replacement. Benefits of JuicingVery satisfying and I liked the fact of not wasting food.

Blending is also less messy, I found the juicer to be very messy and the cleaning took awhile.

What are the benefits of Juicing?

You can use specific fruits and vegetables or you can just mix whatever for your taste.  Liquid is absorbed by your body more quickly and also the amount of fruits and vegetables you would have to eat to get your daily allowance of vitamins and nutrients would be too much to eat.  Juicing gives you the opportunity to get all of the above in one small liquid drink.

  • Immune Support6 Health Benefits for juicing
  • Detoxify
  • Digestive Health
  • Weight Loss
  • Increase Energy
  • Muscle Recovery

This is just a small list and for each of them, there are different recipes.  For example, for weight loss, you might want to try a mixture of Kale, Ginger, Cucumber, Lime, Mint, Celery and Lemon.

I also mix in my juice any supplements I take that are in capsule form.  I break open the capsule and put the dried ingredient into the blender.   I also add Hemp powder for protein.

What do I personally use now for my daily juice, I love the Nutri Bullet, it is quick and easy and very easy to clean  It comes with great cups in different sizes and lids so you can take them on the go, perfect for kids going to school as a breakfast. Juicing for Health BenefitsThey are also plastic so no breakages.

How often should you juice?

Every day.   My day starts off with my juice, everything I have in the fridge, I call it my wellness drink as it has my protein, supplements, fruits and vegetables for the day.  It tastes great and keeps my stomach full till lunch time with no snacking in between.

Please do not substitute juicing for solid food. You have to have balance in your diet.  I am saying that Juice is an effective way to get many nutrients that are needed for the body.

Beware of store bought ready made juices because many of them have a lot of sugar added.  Make sure you check the sugar content.  They can also have a lot of other things added that you may not want to consume.

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32 Comments

  1. Ance Antovska

    Thanks for the great post! I also have a NutriBullet and I love to make “smoothies”.

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    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Great I think the Nutri Bullet is easy and convenient and you can take it with you when you travel

      Reply
  2. sweetie and geek

    We also prefer blender to the juicer. I like to add some protein to my smoothies. Really great source of energy.

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    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Yes I had protein also keeps you full for such a long time.

      Reply
  3. John

    I have never tried juicing, but I know I don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables. I’m going to have to look into it more. Fantastic information!

    Reply
    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Excellent it is very good for you and you get all your vitamins and nutrients in one drink so much easier.

      Reply
  4. matts mom

    Great information on juicing. I have been contemplating getting a juicer. I do have a smoothie maker and I love smoothies. My question is, if you make a juice drink everyday, how much fruit/vegetables do you need to buy? I guess I am wondering how much you would use for one drink. Thanks!

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    1. helenvella (Post author)

      It just depends how big a drink you are having. I use more vegetables than fruit. I only put a little bit of fruit to take the bitterness out of some of the greens I use. You can use as little or as much of each as you like.

      Reply
  5. Roxen

    i agree with you, i m blending every day, i behan this ‘diet’ because of my son, so every morning my breakfast includes many fruits, seeds and vegetable milk, it is very tasty, i love it and very healthy, i feel very good, have more energy and also help me to stay fit. i recommend it to anyone as well. thank you for writing about it??

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    1. helenvella (Post author)

      I totally agree as I am drinking mine this morning writing this. Kale, Spinach, Strawberries, Celery, Lettuce and a fiber powder.

      Reply
  6. Roux

    Hi Helen, I used a blender for a while too until one day I throw cold water in it while the glass was hot and it cracked. I did have a blender since. Your article inspired me to look whether I can get the glass replaced. While I was using it I really enjoyed it. It is an easy way to get your veggies and fruit in regularly.Thanks for the article.

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    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Lets hope you get it fixed easily, blending your fruits and veggies is such a great way to get the nutrition you need to stay healthy.

      Reply
  7. Marlaine

    I’m just wondering about the breakfast replacement idea for kids – do you think a cup of super-nutritious juice made from just fruits and veggies would keep them full enough for a busy morning? Or should I be adding protein powders, yogurt, or whatnot to thicken them up?
    I too prefer blenders for our smoothies/juices. We don’t have a super heavy duty blender though, so carrots just end up as tiny hard bites – but spinach works really well! 🙂

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    1. helenvella (Post author)

      I would add a little protein as well to fill them up, I go for a pea protein and not wheat or whey or soy. Fruits and veggies are great but are better with a pea protein too. Carrots can be snacks for something to chew on.

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  8. Patrick Ginise

    As someone who has been interested in juicing at home for a while now, finding your article came at the perfect time. I am new to this all and found this very useful. I just sent my wife your link and hinted at what a perfect Christmas gift this would be (hint, hint, hint.) Thanks for sharing and I look forward to more great information from you.

    Thanks,
    Patrick

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    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Lets hope she takes you up on the hint then 🙂

      Reply
  9. connie

    Great post, Helen!

    I also started out with the juicer only to be let down with the amount of waste. I then purchased the bid blender only to finally end up with the individual size blender. I love how easy it is to most of my nutrients in ONE cup….on the go!

    I have had the bullet for a year and is still awesome!

    Connie

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    1. helenvella (Post author)

      Hi Connie,yes I agree the waste with some of the juicers and the mess was not a good idea. I love my Nutri Bullet.

      Reply
  10. Kenny Lee

    I believe in natural juices, especially for my kid. I make sure he got a cup of apple+pear juice every single day. Watermelon is also one of my favourite.

    Reply
    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Yes starting your kids off on natural home grown fruits and veggies is a great start for their health.

      Reply
  11. Martina

    I love juicing! You are right, juicing shouldn’t permanently replace a solid food diet, however an occasional fast is great to help reset your system. I know some folks who also hate the lefover waste that accumulates after juicing and use the pulp as compost for their garden! Perhaps something you could try too if you love the juice but hate the leftovers. I switch between blending and juicing for several reasons you listed above as well (the extra cleanup time after you juice, compared to just quickly rinsing out my nutribullet.) Thanks for the great post!

    Reply
    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      So true I do the same and I also fast every now and again to re-set myself. Thanks for the comments

      Reply
  12. Becka

    I agree with you whole heartedly and have a NutriBullet that I love to make “smoothies” in. Blend up some fruits and veggies with a little almond milk and it’s a meal. You don’t always need to “eat” a meals as long as it contains the nutrients and fiber to keep you going. Pun not intended there.

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Love my NutriBullet too, glad you are doing your smoothies too.

      Reply
  13. Sam

    Great information!

    I’ve thought of going this route in the past but never researched it, thanks for all the help.

    Reply
    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      You are welcome glad I could help

      Reply
  14. Jeremy

    I agree Helen, I try to drink a juice everyday. However, like you I prefer blending to juicing as I feel like the fiber keeps my fuller and is almost like a small meal in itself. I mostly use fruit as I have a sweet tooth but I always try to add spinach or kale to my smoothie. I almost always use ripe bananas (covered in brown spots) as the base since it is then sweet enough that I don’t have to add any sweeteners.

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      I love adding Kale to all of mine it has a lot of protein in it. I am glad you drink juice every day it becomes a habit and your health improves by getting so many nutrients.

      Reply
  15. Vivia

    Hi Helen,

    I love juicing very much as well and don’t know where I would be without my nutribullet, which I have had for years and it’s still going very strong 🙂 Thanks for pointing out that juicing is a supplement to meals as there are so many people who are trying to lose weight by substituting all their healthy meals with juice and making themselves sick.
    Like you I try to avoid store bought juices because of their added sugar. Are there any brands that you are aware of that might be good to try when not possible to juice myself?

    Thanks much
    Vivia

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      Hi Vivia, I love my bullet as well so quick and easy. If I get any juice on the go I usually go to a juice bar and have it made by them, I have not found a store bought one that I have liked, they are all very sweet for my taste. Thanks for your input.

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  16. Jim

    I love to juice different fruits and vegg’s. The only thing I don’t like is cleaning the juicer. They don’t make a self-cleaning one do they? Just kidding. I have a full size juicer I guess you would call it, and I like it just fine. But that little compact one that you advertise, the Bullet, that looks like it would be nice for quick juice mixes. So your site seems to emphasize stress relief as a benefit form drinking fresh juices. Do you believe in that and practice juicing for just that reason?

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    1. Helen Vella (Post author)

      When your body is healthy and getting the right nutrients then this can aid with the reduction of stress in the body. When we are stressed and anxious we tend to eat foods that are less than nutritious and thereby not helping out health. Juicing is a great way for todays busy lifestyle.

      Reply

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