Making fresh fruit and vegetable juice at home has been one of the best additions to my diet since becoming vegan. It’s quick, easy, and provides me with a ton of energy when combined with the rest of my diet. My goal is to juice at least every other day, if not more, but I’m not quite there yet. It’s for that reason that I will be starting a new series at The Singin’ Vegan….JUICE OF THE WEEK!
For our first JOTW, I chose something that is made entirely of fruit – normally I include some sort of vegetable in my juices, but if you are new to making your own, fruit juices are often easier to get down. While fruits are most definitely a healthy addition to your diet, the sugars in fruit do become more concentrated when you juice them and remove all of the fiber. There are varying views on juicing; some, like Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. (author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease), believe that juicing should be avoided and likens drinking fruit juice to “pouring the sugar bowl down your throat.”
Others believe that drinking a fresh, raw juice is healthy and beneficial. Not only is it a way to up your intake of fruits and veggies, but it preserves the natural enzymes of the produce while allowing the body to quickly absorb the nutrients without digestion. Websites such as Livestrong.com recommend using fruits that are low on the glycemic index to avoid a sudden spike in blood sugar.
Different schools of thought have been shared so that you can make your own informed decision – feel free to click through to the links provided and do some more research if interested!
ON TO THE JUICE!
- 1 grapefruit, peeled
- 2 oranges, peeled
- 2 small green apples, cut in quarters
- 1 tbsp of chia seeds
- Put all of the fruit through a juicer, using a large cup or jar to catch the juice.
- Add chia seeds and mix well.
- Drink up!
Hope you enjoy this tart and tasty treat – I definitely did!
Happy juicing, everyone!
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