The global trend of juicing has taken off. From Joe Cross’ film, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead to all the Nutribullets out there, juicing seems to be the way to go. And no, we aren’t talking about the type of juice that’s been pasteurized (we’ll get to that later), or juice that is jam-packed with artificial flavoring. We’re talking about the juice that you get if you, quite literally, squeeze it right out of the fruit or vegetable into a delicious blend of flavors.
Tricks to make your juice more nutritious
When you juice fruits and vegetables, you’re actually removing a lot of the fiber. Juicing is an easy way to get in part of your daily fruit and veggie intake, but you’re leaving out one of the nutrients most important to healthy digestion.
One trick to mitigate this: add pulp back into your glass before drinking.
Also remember that nutrients degrade over time, so drink your freshly juiced fruits and veggies right away!
Juice and smoothie recipes
Fresh Green Juice
- 2 stalks of celery
- 2 apples
- half a cucumber
- half a grapefruit
- half a lemon
- a few mint leaves
Strawberry and Coconut Smoothie
- 1 cup strawberries
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 tsp maca powder
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
Juices and pasteurization
Some store-bought juices are pasteurized. What does this mean? Pasteurization is “a process by which liquid is brought to a boil in order to kill all bacteria and reduce the chances of an any pathogens causing disease in the human body.”
- all live enzymes and minerals in juice that are effective for your health.
- the “fresh juice taste,” resulting in a less natural-tasting juice.
How to buy the best store-bought juices
Look for labels with:
- All Natural
- 100% Juice
- No preservatives
- look at the ingredients list (Apple, ginger, beet, carrot, spinach, coconut water)
Good store-bought juices in New England
Enjoy juicing and choose your store-bought juices wisely! See the juices we’ve chosen for our LeanBox menu!