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What are the benefits of Juicing

What are the benefits of Juicing

here are endless benefits to juicing. To simply put it juicing extracts the vitamins, nutrients, enzymes and minerals from the fiber. When we consume the juice all of the good stuff is going directly into our bloodstream in a quick and efficient manner. By doing this you are able to add a wider variety of vegetables and fruit into your diet. Experts recommend that between six to eight servings of fruit and vegetables per day should be in our diets. Usually, people just cant eat enough raw vegetables and fruits in a day to nourish their bodies properly.

Finding time to drink a fresh glass of nutrient-rich raw juice is a simple and vital addition to your lifestyle. Majority of us are not eating enough raw foods as the food we consume is typically cooked. Cooking food can diminish foods nutritional value. Certain vitamins such as Vitamin C and folate, are destroyed by heat. By juicing raw fruits and vegetables you are absorbing all of the essentials.

Another benefit to juicing is it also is easier to consume a wider variety then what you would typically eat in a day. The combinations of different fruits and vegetables to make your yummy juices are absolutely endless!! When was the last time you mixed kale, celery, parsley, cucumber, lemon, ginger and a apple together? Simply juice, pour over ice and drink and it is absolutely delicious!

Juicing provides our digestive systems a break. All though the fiber in fruits and vegetables is definitely good for you by drinking juice you are allowing your digestive track a chance to rest, heal and regenerate. Our diets can put quite a work load on our digestive systems. By juicing our bodies are absorbing and metabolizing all of the beneficial nutrients from the produce as in essence the produce has already been digested so it is easier for our bodies to absorb all of the goodness.

In order to keep a well balanced diet you should treat juicing as a supplement to your existing diet, unless you are doing a juice cleanse. You body needs proteins, healthy fats and fiber as well as the vitamins and minerals. Try drinking a glass of your fresh juice with your meals or as a healthy snack.

Depending what type of juicer you have or wish to buy (check out my juicer reviews here) you should drink your drink as soon as possible. Especially if you have a Centrifugal juicer as they allow air and heat into the juice which can kill many of the essential nutrients. If you have a Masticating juicer you can store your juice for up to 24-72 hours if it is properly stored and refrigerated. To properly store juice it is best to use mason jars.

As you can see there are many benefits to juicing raw, fresh produce. And your bodies will thank you for it one glass at a time.

 

Sticky & Sweet BBQ Chicken recipe

Sticky & Sweet BBQ Chicken recipe

Chicken is transformed into a sticky and sweet delight overnight with a simple marinade made with soy sauce, sesame oil, runny honey, ginger and garlic. Cook on the BBQ until charred, or for cooler weather, use a griddle pan.

bbq chickenIngredients:

  • 4 x 100g skinless and boneless chicken fillets
  • 4 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. runny honey
  • 2 dstsp. sesame oil
  • 3 thin slices fresh peeled ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves

Directions:

  1. Thinly slice the garlic cloves. In a bowl, combine the soy sauce, runny honey, sesame oil, ginger and garlic. Add the chicken fillets, turn to coat in the marinade then cover the bowl with cling wrap.
  2. Marinade the chicken in the fridge overnight. When youre ready to cook the chicken, put the excess marinade in a small saucepan. Boil the marinade for 5 minutes.
  3. Heat a BBQ to a medium high heat, then lightly oil the cooking grate. Cook the chicken for 6-8 minutes on either side, basting with the marinade whilst cooking.

Add a little peanut butter and a pinch of chilli powder for a satay-style chicken dish. Recipe serves 4.