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Juicing it: The green way

Published:Thursday | August 7, 2014 | 8:00 AM
Kale fused with beetroot and fruits will make for a refreshing yet nutritious juice.
Spinach is a very popular and healthy green choice.
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Krysta Anderson, Lifestyle Reporter

Juicing is really no stranger to the health world. It's just that recently, both locally and internationally, it is being promoted as people are tapping into its refreshing side and have been seeing fascinating results.

So, for those who are yet to hop on to the green juicing train, here are a few important points to consider: its nutritional value is through the roof; it is light, quick and easy; and if prepared correctly, it is delicious.

Some use it as a detox method, which would mean that they indulge for a period of time, while others make it a permanent part of their diet. Remember, juicing is personal - it is all about what works best for you, and that is not limited to just ingredients. It also speaks directly to the time of day you choose to partake of that meal.

While the minority will choose to have juice throughout the day, many choose to have it either in the mornings or at night for different reasons. Mornings, some say, work best for them because the juice gives them a burst of well-needed energy to make their day productive. Others choose night because they have the time to prepare it their way, instead of rushing to do so at dawn. Be mindful of the frequent bowel movement which may come into play when you least expect it.

Now to tackle the ingredients. Hearing 'greens' sends many running for the hills. But they are not as bad as you think. Finding the ones that you like will determine what is right for you. In order to do this, you have to experiment.

Staceybecame a fan of juicing after she decided to purge her system. Over time, it was an active part of her day and functioned as her breakfast.

"I wasn't a big fan of vegetables - or juicing, for that matter - but after a while, I got the hang of juicing and fell in love with it. I have graduated to green smoothies now, but when I used to juice, I would use anything I liked - from kale, callaloo to cucumber, celery or spinach. It was my beetroot juice that I loved the most. Now that avocado is in season, that would be great in a green juice as well. I added ginger to add a touch of spice and yogurt for that kick in flavour, along with fruits I enjoyed eating, like apple and mango."

WEIGHT LOSS

Amoycredits juicing for her 10lb weight loss, explained that juicing was highly recommended for her weight loss, so she decided to juice with greens that she loves to eat.

"I juice with foods I like to eat and use them as parts of other meals - except for celery, which I hate and hardly ever use. I like lettuce, cucumber and spinach, and they are healthy foods, so I juice those vegetables because I like to eat them. I blend them with banana and/or apple to give it some natural sweetness."

Here are two green juice recipes for you to try at home, courtesy of Indulge Magazine:

Name changed upon request.

Ultimate Green Juice

1 bunch of kale

1 bunch of broccoli

3-4 stalks of celery and leaves

1 green apple

1-inch piece of ginger

2 cucumbers

Directions:

1. Wash and dry all ingredients.

2. Juice individually into one container, combining juices.

3. Place juice in the freezer to chill for a few minutes, then drink and enjoy.

D'Tox Juice

2 medium beets, cut into chunks or wedges

2 large carrots

1 apple, cut into chunks

1 large cucumber

1-inch piece of ginger

Directions:

1. Wash and dry all ingredients.

2. Juice individually into one container, combining juices.

3. Place juice in the freezer to chill for a few minutes.

4. Drink and enjoy.