If you’re hoping to lose a few pounds this summer, green juicing is a popular approach that seems to work for many. Perhaps you’re already a fan of the Nutribullet or a regular green juice detoxer? If not, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about.
The concept of naturally pressed juice is not new. After all, we’ve all had freshly squeezed orange juice for many years. However, the practice of drinking large amounts of green juice from freshly pressed vegetables (and some fruit) as a meal replacement for weight loss and general health benefits is a recent phenomenon.
The theory goes that raw plants carry a multitude of nutrients that are destroyed by cooking but can be made available in large amounts through juicing. Essential vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients flood the body with ‘the good stuff’ in a way that is much easier for the body to assimilate.
Obviously, increasing our intake of fruit and vegetables while reducing our consumption of processed foodstuffs is A Good Thing. And as long as you don’t forget to include proper meals in your diet, green juices can give your body a much needed health boost. It’s fast food that’s good for you – and the reduction in calories by not having your usual, less healthy diet is bound to lead to you shedding some weight.
There’s a wide choice of juicers on the market that will extract juice from an array of fruit and veg, discarding the fibrous pulp in the process. The latest generation of juice blenders, including the famous Nutribullet, are even easier and have the added benefit of being able to retain essential fibre within the drink. You simply blitz your fruit and drink – and voila!
Another appealing thought, particularly during the lazy days of summer, is the fact that juicing requires no cooking. Why not give yourself (and your kitchen!) a well earned rest while you go on a juice fast? You might even decide to treat your oven to a deep clean while it’s not needed!
If you do decide to try green juicing, all you need is a good supply of (preferably organic) fruit and veg in your fridge and a proper juicer and/or blender on your kitchen worktop. Here are 3 easy, delicious recipes to get you started:
Ginger Zinger: 2 apples, 2 sticks of celery, 2 carrots, 2 handfuls of kale, 1cm piece of ginger, 250ml water.
Tropical Green: 1 large handful of spinach, 1cm slice of pineapple, ½ lime, 250ml coconut water.
Mellow Pear & Cucumber: 3 pears, ½ cucumber, 1cm slice of Chinese cabbage, 1 thin slice of lemon, 200ml water.