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You always hear about how eating fruits and vegetables is good for your health, and this is the absolutely spot on truth. Fruits and vegetables contain essential nutrients and antioxidants that help protect your body from diseases, help ward off infections, build lean muscles and help you lose weight. There are so many exciting ways to prepare fruits and vegetables and if you don’t feel like munching on your vegetables, why not drink it instead?
Juicing is a great way to use fruit and vegetables—refreshing, hydrating and filling at the same time. You can choose the old-fashioned manual juicer however this only mostly works for citrus fruits like lemon, oranges, grapefruit and other similar fruits. If you want to be more serious about your juicing, it’s probably time to invest in a good electronic juicer.

Juicers are normally not very expensive, you won’t really shell out as much on it as the more complicated food processor. When choosing a juicer, take into account the amount of juice you wish to make per batch because some juicer will be single serve while other can produce a bigger quantity. There are two broad types of juicers, one being the centrifugal juicer which crushes the fruit into pulp and then juices it up. The other type which is more recommended is the masticating juicer which “chews” the fruit or vegetable meat up and extracts the juice. To load up on fiber, you may want to add the pulpy bits back into your juice drink.

You should consume the juice that you made immediately after making it because the enzymes contained in the juice begin to reduce in number as it is exposed to air. Refrigeration helps to preserve this but it is still better to consume your juice fresh. You should be creative with the kinds of juices that you make, after all, what did you buy the machine for! Go crazy with combinations of fruits and vegetables—if you find them too sour or otherwise lacking in sweetness, use honey instead of table sugar for a healthier drink or use artificial sweeteners. If you’d rather have it cold, add some crushed ice to your drink or put it in a blender with some ice for a quick iced smoothie.

Here are some interesting combinations for your juices:

  • Carrots, tomatoes, celery stalks, parsley, spinach – this drink is packed with beta carotene, antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin K along with other nutrients
  • Orange, mango, pineapple—this tropical fruit combination will surely be a hit and perfect for hot summer days. This juice is loaded with vitamin C, B vitamins, and antioxidants
  • Cucumber, apple and carrots—this recipe is light, refreshing and is great for weight loss. This recipe gives you a significant amount of B vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin C as well as trace minerals