Juicing: favorite combinations plus Q&A

By Alexandra Caspero on April 9, 2013

If you’ve been paying attention to some of the latest trends in the field of health and nutrition, then you have probably heard of juicing. I can’t tell you how many clients ask about the benefits of juicing… is it worth the hype? We all know about the benefits of fruits and vegetables, so including more of these foods in your diet is a win-win. They type of juicer really matters, and I believe in retaining as much as the fiber as possible. I recommend juicing in a Vitamix or BlendTec and straining only if needed.

Enjoy the below guest post on juicing! Still have questions? Let me know and I will answer in a follow up post.

What is Juicing?

Before we can really discuss the benefits of juicing, you need to understand exactly what it is. Basically, you will be taking the juices out of fruits and vegetables. Instead of eating solid food, these juices will take the place of your meals. If you are planning to juice all of the time, you really need to have a conversation with your doctor and/or dietitian to find out if it is the healthiest plan for you. Clearly, fruits and vegetables make their way into your life with this method.

Enjoying These Foods

One of the problems with fruits and vegetables, especially vegetables, is that a lot of people just do not like the taste of them. However, you can often add other ingredients to help liven up the tastes and to make them much more appealing. For some, it’s simple easier to drink a food they do not really like as opposed to having to eat it.

Easy to Carry

Some people complain that they are not able to get fruits and vegetables in their bodies every day because these foods are not easy to carry around.When you make the decision to juice, you can just carry a water bottle around with you. By the end of the day, you will be really impressed with all of the fruits and vegetables you were able to consume, and you will likely feel a lot healthier when you are done.

The Freshness

Yes, it’s tempting to just dump some frozen spinach into a pot of boiling water when you get home from work, but a lot of value exists in eating fresh vegetables. Of course, you can also choose organic fruits and vegetables. After you have done the juicing, you might even want to freeze the products to get even more intriguing flavors and tastes that you really love.

Author Pam Johnson is a CNA who strongly urges her patients to consider juicing as a way to get proper nutrition and increase their health. She obtained her degree from one of the Best Certified Nursing Assistant Programs in the country.

DK’s Favorite Juicing Combinations:

2 beets, 1 cucumber, 1 small peeled lime (serves 1)

1 green apple, 1/2 pink grapefruit, 1/3 bunch fresh spinach, 3/4 large English cucumber, 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, 1 stalk celery (serves 2)

1 bunch of broccoli, 2 organic apples, 2 peeled lemons, 1/2 small zucchini,1 handful spinach leaves, 3 stalks of celery (serves 2)

4 carrots, 1 cup peeled butternut squash, Half cucumber, 1/2″ piece of fresh ginger, sprinkle of cinnamon

What’s your favorite combination?


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Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, New York Times Bestselling Plant-Based Chef and mom of two. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.

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    1. Jeffrey
      April 11, 2013 AT 4:39 am

      I am a in season juicer, I add out of season specialties now and then, but what is growing now within 100 miles of my house is what gets juiced. So my favorite always changes, right now, it is melon season and I am loving the crenshaw melon and spinach combo with some ginger and pineapple.

      1. DK
        April 11, 2013 AT 9:58 am

        Yum! Thanks for sharing! This combo sounds great. I have a few melons in the fridge and will try this out soon.

    2. Hannah
      April 9, 2013 AT 6:48 pm

      I’ve actually grown really fond of savory juices! They always seemed to “hard core,” but there’s something so satisfying about a slightly salty, veggie-full drink. My current blend is a big mixture of tomatoes, beets, kale, celery, romaine, lemon, ginger, jalapeno, and a tiny sliver of red onion. Yum!