As a long standing promoter of the benefits of juicing amongst my family and friends I am often asked about my own routine and which ingredients I use on a regular basis. When juicing for health I try to keep in mind some advice once given to me by the proprietor of my local juice bar, “juice your veg and eat your fruit”.
I find this great advice, not only is it more socially acceptable to eat fruit in public but fruits are much easier for the body to digest than say root vegetables. Try crunching through a parsnip one day at work and you will see what I mean!
For me the best time to juice is first thing in the morning. Replacing your usual breakfast with juice has many advantages, especially for those of us who are juicing for health. With this in mind I have invested in a high end centrifugal juicer, the Breville 800 JEXL. The superior build quality, ease of use and powerful 1000 watt motor of this model is well worth the premium price, especially if I am to use it at a time of day when time can be limited by work or school commitments.
The basis of my breakfast is made up of;
The apples are the only fruit I use every day as in addition to their health benefits they come in a wide variety of flavors to suit all tastes and are readily available. In addition to this basic juice I add daily;
2 or 3 sticks of celery
1″ length of fresh ginger
Additionally I will add from a selection of;
3″ to 4″ length of cucumber
1x red sweet pepper
2 or 3 stalks of broccoli
I find that this selection has just about every vitamin and mineral you could ask for in a rehydrating and easily digestible form. As I tend to make up about a liter of juice I find that it lasts me until lunch time before I need anything else. Taste is a personal thing so experiment with ingredients to find out which is best for you. As you can see I am happy with quite an ‘earthy’ taste to my juice but I sometimes add a peeled lemon to give my juice a bit of zing.
Juicing for health with my Breville 800 JEXL has allowed me to start my day in a quick and nutritious way, giving me the benefits of higher energy levels with the added bonus of being an ideal way to incorporate juicing into a fitness or weight loss program.