There’s no doubt that eating more vegetables is good for you, particularly if you want to improve your odds of staying fit and healthy as you get older, and one of the best ways to do this is to juice more.
The benefits of adopting a diet rich in fruit and vegetables are well documented: the more you eat, the lower your risk of a whole host of conditions including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer.
However, very few of us manage to reach “the five a day” target. This is where it helps to juice. Fresh juices provide a simple and delicious way to boost your intake, but be careful of pure fruit-based smoothies as they can be high in sugar.
Veggie based juices are lower in sugar, so mixing fruits with vegetables will help to reduce the overall sugar content.
How to juice:
- Use almost any raw fruit or vegetable to make your juice. (Those made from green veg are often an acquired taste while apple, carrot, red pepper and citrus are favourites for many.
- Choose ripe, but not overripe fruit. Avoid bruised or wilted produce and whenever possible, buy organic.
- Buy little and often as levels of vitamins and phytochemicals diminish during storage.
- Always wash fruit and vegetables thoroughly before juicing.
- Always drink juice freshly prepared as the nutrients oxidise rapidly.
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Feeling a little under the weather? Make this supercharged juice for a quick boost:
2 handfuls cherry tomatoes
1 small red pepper
2 sticks celery
half a lemon, peeled
small red chilli
Blitz all ingredients together in a blender and enjoy!
DISCLAIMER: Before starting any diet, you should speak to your doctor. You must not rely on the information on this website/newsletter as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.