LEAN Ambassador Sarah Donohue's blog
After Christmas and New Year come and go, most of us are left with a large amount of fruit and vegetables, many of which will be thrown due to you not being able to consume the huge numbers that are left. Don’t throw them or let them go off. Juice them. You can get maximum benefits without filling yourself up whilst getting all of the antioxidants, minerals, nutrients, vitamins and beneficial enzymes. All of these will boost your energy and help your immune system.
Don’t be worried about cramming it all in there, of course you would not normally have an apple on your plate next to your carrots, unless it's apple sauce during Christmas lunch, but with juicing anything goes - just juice it!
Tips for juicing:
- Buy a clump of ginger to spice up the taste, ginger goes with everything and is delicious (throw in a whole garlic clove if you dare!). Ginger is good for digestion and garlic is great for the immune system.
- Make more than you need and keep it in a container in the fridge so you have an entire weeks worth. (Cleaning a juicer can be a pain so this helps to keep the washing up to a minimum).
- Add a dash of Tabasco if you like it hot or a squeeze of lemon/lime for tang.
- Cucumbers are refreshing, great for the skin and very cleansing.
- Carrots are great for your eyesight and filled with beta-carotene
- Celery is a dream to juice and lowers blood pressure.
- Beetroot is key if you are a gym goer, although not widely known it boosts exercise performance, stamina and helps blood flow. After working with a German scientist whilst training in bioresonance he asked me to try it. I drank beetroot juice throughout all my training for international fitness competition and never looked back. It has many vitamins and antioxidants your body requires to stay healthy, it’s rich in iron, folic acid, cleanses the liver, helps lower blood pressure, helps prevent dementia. And I stand by the claim that it aids performance and recovery. My events were up to 4 days of intense competition. Beetroot juice is fantastic.
- A handful of spinach and other green veggies are brimming with goodies, just throw it all in!
Things to take note of:
If you are going to juice on a regular basis, then do some research on juicing. Whilst throwing in all the left overs from Christmas is a must, beware that some fruits have a very high natural sugar content so if you are starting a diet in the NY, don’t have too much fruit juice. Fruits such as grapes, pineapple or mango are high in natural sugars which can send your blood sugar through the roof if you are to have them all the time and they can send your insulin levels sky high. Both of these can lead to fat storage. Don’t panic or stay away from fruits, fruits is healthy and green apples especially are relatively low in sugars. My favourite juice is carrot, celery, apple and ginger. Carrot is actually one of the veggies higher in natural sugar.
Remember that juicing isn’t a substitute for actual vegetables; use it as an energy boost. It’s a great way to get all your nutrients and antioxidants quickly, but you get your fibre from whole veggies so include them at meal times. Juicing leaves behind the pulp! The pulp has the fibre!
Watch out at your local supermarket and get your fruit and veg for juicing as it is marked down in price. It will save you a fortune.
Left over pulp from juicing:
Don’t immediately throw away the pulp, there are many things you can do with it.
- Many people put it on the compost heap.
- You can put it outside to feed any wildlife but do check first because some items may be dangerous to certain animals.
- You can add it to homemade soup to thicken it up whilst adding fibre, or make a broth out of it by boiling the pulp with water, add your spices and strain.
- You can add it to most food to add fibre. You can also add it to anything you bake or even a pasta sauce.
- If you keep chickens then you will already know they love pulp. We used to keep them and they loved it, a happy chicken lays a happy and tasty egg!
Finally – There are so many recipes out there for you to try so I have no need to list any on here. Throw together all your favourite fruits and veggies and try new ones. You can’t go wrong to be fair.
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