So, what are whole juices?
A whole juice is created with a blender, rather than a juice extractor. This means that a whole juice is a whole food that includes fibre, but is made with rich-in-water fruits to provide a considerably lighter consistency compared to a creamy, thick smoothie.
Whole juices are ideal for consuming first thing or in-between meals. They’re particularly good at times of illness. Juice replenishes important minerals and vitamins with a low-in-calorie impact, so they help those trying to shed fat.
Juices are fantastic cleansing and detox foods, however, I do not advise a lengthy juice-only diet plan.
Making Whole Juice
The key to making whole juice in your blender is to choose fruit with a high water content like citrus, grapes or pineapple and blend together with green vegetables, celery and other vegetables. You will add more water, freshly-squeezed fruit juice or coconut water than you otherwise wood for smoothies to obtain a juicy consistency. Include fresh ginger, lime or lemon for a little extra kick.
Here are two great recipes with instructions that you can make at home:
Green Citrus Juice Recipe
Indeed, this recipe features broccoli! Before you pull a gag face, allow me to say that a sweet, juicy tangerine sweetens up this juice nicely.
This juice recipe is packed with minerals and antioxidants. Broccoli is loaded with calcium, a mineral that helps build stronger bones and could help protect against osteoporosis. It is also loaded with potassium, a mineral that helps reduce high blood pressure. The antioxidants in celery also with lowering blood pressure.
You can make use of a sweet, big orange if you do not have a large tangerine on hand. Oranges contain more vit. C, but they are not as flavorful and sweet. An great optional ingredient for this recipe is some fresh ginger!
This recipe produces about 24 oz. or 1 single serving of juice. I call it the “whole juice” since it is made with a blender, this makes juice that includes fibre (pulp) without the thickness of a smoothie.
8 chopped broccoli florets
4 chopped stalks of celery
1 large tangerine (or 2 small), desseded and peeled
8 to 10 oz. of filtered or mineral water
1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger (optional)
Place all ingredients into a blender for 40 seconds on high or until there are no more big chunks.
Green Nopal Juice Recipe
I have come to truly enjoy the distinct flavor of nopal (the prickly pear cactus) in both juices and smoothies, but particularly juices!
One of the major advantages of nopal is that it is shown to decrease post-meal and fasting hyperglycemia. The insoluble and soluble fibre in nopal also inhibits fast simple sugar absorption into the blood during digestion.
This recipe produces about 24 oz. of green, refreshing juice.
1/2 a chopped nopal leaf
1/2 cup of strawberries
1 large tangerine, desseded and peeled
2 chopped cups of fresh spinach
8 to 10 oz. of mineral or filtered water
Place all ingredients into a blender for 40 seconds on high or until there no large pieces left.
Check out the vid below for another great recipe!