Sunday, January 2, 2011

Juicing With Jack

I'm constantly trying to get more raw fruits and vegetables into my diet because I know they're full of good-for-you nutrients and antioxidants. Lately, I've been reading a lot about the health benefits of making and drinking your own fresh juice. And I've become really interested in juicing as a way to increase my overall fruit and veggie intake. With juicing, your body doesn't have to spend time digesting, so it can absorb nutrients much faster than when you eat fruits/vegetables whole.  And for those of you who think the pulp that the juicer "spits out" seems a bit wasteful, there are many ways you can use it. Adding it to soups, smoothies and muffins are a few.

Santa (aka my mom and dad) knew that I was interested in juicing and bought me a Jack Lalanne Power Juicer for Christmas. Ever since then, I have been making delicious fresh juice. I really love this juicer! It's so easy to use and easy to clean. Citrus fruits are the only ones you have to peel. Everything else can go in unpeeled and unchopped.  So far, I've made these two recipes, but can't wait to experiment with more:

Carrot, Apple, Ginger Juice : 2 carrots , 1 green apple, 1 inch of fresh ginger, handful of spinach

Orange, Grapefruit Juice: 2 oranges, 2 grapefruits (both peeled)

Have you tried juicing? Do you have any fresh juice recipes you love?