Juicing recipes are a fun and healthy way to lose weight and increase overall health. There are several important factors to consider when experimenting with your juice recipes. These can include the type of juicer, timing, combination, sugar content, and calorie count.
Timing is crucial when juicing. The living enzymes and nutrients inside the green juice begin to decay immediately after begin exposed to air and light. They will survive a little bit longer given the method that they are extracted and if you keep them in the refrigerator. To get the maximum benefit of juicing you should consume your juice within 20 minutes after you make it.
The combination of juices is very important. While simply creating apple juice or orange juice is fine, the greatest results from a juicing diet will come when you start combining mostly vegetable ingredients with only a little fruit to balance taste. Not all ingredients should be combined as they can produce adverse digestive effects. However carrots and apples are good universal sweeteners that can always be used sparingly to improve the taste of your green juice. This type of combination maximizes the nutritional value, increases happy digestion, and lowers the overall sugar content found in your juice.
If juicing for weight loss you should watch the sugar content. Vegetables that grow above ground (broccoli, zucchini, lettuce, cucumber, etc.) are lower in sugar than those that grow in the ground (carrots, yams and beets). Use that as a guide to avoid a high sugar content. Drinking your green juice slower prevents sugar rushing to your bloodstream and gives your body a chance to absorb all of the healthy nutrients and vitamins.
Vegetables generally contain less sugar and fewer calories than fruits. Low-calorie options for juicing include greens, at 68 calories per cup, and cucumber, at 12 calories per cup. Tomatoes are another good choice, with 1 cup of tomato juice containing a mere 48 calories. If juice from these vegetables is too bitter for your taste, consider some of the higher-sugar vegetables, such as carrots. Just make sure to account for their higher calorie-content; carrot juice has 96 calories per cup.