Starting the juicing process can be an exciting undertaking. Once you get your first juicer, the possibilities are endless. Literally. So, where to begin? You want to create the best juices possible, but how can you do that? What fruits and vegetables are the best for juicing? And, why should these particular fruits and vegetables be used over any other?
To start with, the best fruits and vegetables to juice with depend not only on nutrient value, but on your personal taste. I can tell you all day to juice kale, but if you hate kale, what’s the point? Here you’ll find ten of the best fruits and vegetables in terms of nutrient values, but flavor is up to you. As you gain experience juicing, you’ll get into the groove of creating your own juice recipes. After a while, creating new, tasty, and exciting juices will be second nature to you. To start out with, try some of this yummy, and nutrient-rich juicing options.
While celery isn’t the most popular vegetable out there, it makes a highly nutritious addition to your juicing regimen. Additionally, celery lacks the strong flavor that other juicing vegetables do, so it isn’t going to over-shadow any of the other ingredients you decide to put into your juice.
Other than taste, celery is great because it works to regulate and maintain a healthy digestive system. Additionally, celery contains potassium that works to lower blood pressure. It also fights bloating due to its wonderful diuretic properties, so it works to cleanse your body as well as fight nasty bloating.
OK, citrus isn’t really a fruit. Of course, I’m addressing an assortment of citrus fruits here, including grapefruit, oranges, lemons, and limes. Citrus fruits contain high doses of vitamin C, a known immune booster and supporter. Consuming citrus fruits also help to control blood pressure levels, as well as to clear plaque that can build up around the arteries.
Carrots make an excellent addition to nearly any juice for several reasons. For one, they add a bit of a sweet taste to your beverage. Secondly, they are jam-packed with nutrients! As if this wasn’t enough, some of the nutrients in carrots serve to nourish the skin, fighting the signs of aging and free radical damage that can occur to the cells of the body. The beta carotene in carrots also work to support brain health, bolster the immune system, and protect the arteries.
Try carrot and orange juice, or carrot and apple juice for a delicious blend of two powerfully nutrient ingredients.
Although it may seem strange, wheatgrass is an excellent option for juicing. Wheatgrass works in a variety of different ways, including stimulating the repair of DNA, raising red blood cell counts, fighting cell damage from free radicals, and boosting the immune system. Wheatgrass also delivers a healthy dose of vitamin A, magnesium, potassium, and chlorophyll.
Supporters of wheatgrass claim that the nutrients in wheatgrass can treat a number of different health issues, including treating and even reversing cancer.
Cranberries are little bundles of wonderful for your urinary tract. Ever heard of drinking fresh cranberry juice for a kidney or bladder infection? This is because cranberries contain something called mannose, which works to protect the urinary tract from infection by bacteria and viruses. They can even help to fight off present bacteria and viruses. As if this wasn’t enough reason to make cranberries a regular part of your juicing routine, cranberries can also prevent kidney stones.
Fresh cranberries are extremely tart, and while some people love this tartness, others find it hard to handle. If you’re not into super tart foods, try adding a bit of water or combining it with another sweeter fruit.
Like with citrus fruits, I’m being a bit vague here. I’m doing so because berries, all berries, are excellent little additions to any juice. Aside from being incredibly delicious, berries contain antioxidants that work to fight free radical damage to the cells and help to fight of the signs of aging. Raspberries have also been reported to have a great effect on cramping, while strawberries contain lycopene that supports heart health, and blueberries work to treat digestive issues and fight bladder and kidney infections.
Tomatoes are a wonder food because they are just so amazing for your health. The nutrition in tomatoes also translates well when cooked, so there are a number of different ways you can enjoy and store them. In terms of juicing, tomatoes contain lycopene, which is great for your heart. The also a great ingredient because it works to lower your cancer risk, while also delivering some great vitamin C.
Apples are super easy to juice, and super cheap to buy. You can also buy all different types of apples, and this can vary the overall flavor of your juice. Apples are packed with antioxidants, so they fight the signs of aging, as well as protect the cells of the body from damage. Apples also contain a great amount of fiber, so they cleanse the system, and maintain healthy bowel functioning. The vitamins in apples also deliver a boost to your immune system. With all the benefits of apples, their great flavor, and the ease with which you can acquire them, apples just may be the ultimate food for juicing.