Jucing removes the fiber from produce, making the nutrients rapidly absorbable. Think of it as “pre-digesting” the vegetables before consuming them. Of course, the natural fiber in foods is what our bodies use to break down waste in our bodies and also allows for food to be absorbed at a natural, healthy rate. I don’t recommend juicing long-term, but having juiced produce on a weekly basis is a great nutrient boost. Also, juicing is a great way to detox the body.
I am always sure to buy organic produce, especially when I’m using produce that has a high pesticide residue. The produce that absorbs a high rate of the pesticides are listed as part of the “Dirty Dozen” and include:
celery, spinach, lettuce, kale, apples, peaches, nectarines, berries, grapes, bell peppers, potatoes (sweet potatoes have less residue)
On the contrary, there is a list of produce that absorbs little to none of the pesticides. These are listed as part of the “Clean 15” and include:
onions, avocado, asparagus, kiwi, melons, sweet potatoes, sweet corn, eggplant, oranges…
For the past week I’ve been eating fully raw and I’ve felt great! Today I decided to share one of my favorite juice recipes. Remember, when you’re juicing produce you can use whatever you’d like.
I have an old Juiceman Jr. that an old neighbor was getting rid of. It’s nothing fancy, but it does the job with the produce I use. My juicer doesn’t juice softer produce very well, so I save soft vegetables like spinach, lettuce, and cilantro for smoothies.
I call this juice my Simply Happy Juice not only because of how simple and healthy it is, but because I cannot help but let out a giggle every time I have my first sip. It’s that good! Along with feeling wonderful, this juice aids in: anti-aging, cancer-prevention, vision health (beta-carotene), glowing skin, stroke-prevention, anti-inflammation, and neutralizing acidity in the body (alkalizing), among even more great benefits.
4-6 Stocks Celery
1 large Apple, no core
Feed produce into an electric juicer.
Stir and enjoy!