Juicing is a popular way to consume fruit. Although many advocates of juicing believe that it is the route to long life, health and happiness, we do not take the claims quite that far. But it is still very healthy!
The benefits of juicing over eating fruits is really simple – you can consume a greater variety of fruits and you can eat them quickly. It is not easy to take the goodness of a whole lemon without processing it prior to eating it!
Here we share a few juice recipes, starting with a classic apple, lemon and lime detox (although the actual effectiveness of any detox drink is disputed – water may be the best “detox”), then a fat burner (which is not as effective at burning fat than exercise) and some healthy green juices that are jam-packed with vitamins and anti-oxidants.
Feel free to share your own juice recipes below. Enjoy!
Apple, Lemon and Lime Detox Juice
Detoxing is a really simple process, only made complicated by the commercialization of diets and nutrition advice. So here we provide a simple detox juice that you can make at home, drink, and sit back and relax while your body rejuvenates. We could now talk about the importance of using locally grown, organic fruits, but really it makes little difference.
You should ideally make this fresh in the morning and drink before eating.
Apple, Lemon and Lime Detox Recipe
- Apple Juice or 4 very juicy apples
- 1 peeled lemon cut into 4
- 1 or 2 peeled limes cut into 4
- water to help blend
Juice them all up and drink immediately. If too thick add a little more water.
Benefits of the Apple, Lemon and Lime Detox Juice
- Apples contain pectin which is a form of soluble fiber. This helps with the detox flush that removes cholesterol and toxins through the liver and kidneys.
- The lemon and limes contain citric acid which help to remove waste and also have a slightly laxative effect.
- Remember to store you citrus fruits at room temperature as this allows you to get the most juice from them.
Fat Burner Juice: Honey, Lemon, Ginger and Grapefruit
This refreshing juice is an excellent fat burner and also helps to regulate blood sugar levels, so helps to control hunger. All all round weight loss juice drink!
The ingredients contain digestive enzymes that help you to lose weight. It is best drunk first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. This juice is also excellent to boost the immune system and help to ward off, or fight off, colds and flu.
- Honey: Full of healthy enzymes and B vitamins, has antimicrobial properties, promotes the re-hydration of the body, cleanses the blood and contains antioxidants.
- Grapefruit: Contains a fat burning enzyme and also lowers insulin levels and controls blood sugar levels. The pectin is also a great form of soluble fiber, so good for bowel problems.
- Lemon: Helps to cleanse and detox. Also promotes a healthy liver and improves digestion, meaning less food is converted to fat.
- Ginger: Helps to improve digestion by increasing secretions of digestive juices in the stomach. Also aids blood circulation and metabolism, increases the immune system and strengthens the internal organs of the digestive tract.
If you want to burn fat, then drinking this juice before every meals will help a little. The ingredients are also all very healthy providing a range of vitamins and minerals.
To make it simply take 2 grapefruits, 3 lemons a large piece of ginger and a tablespoon of honey, chop them all up and then add to a juicer. Add the honey and stir. Drink and cleanse!
Green Juice: Broccoli, Avocado and Pak Choi
This is another classic green juice, which is designed to rejuvenate, improve muscle function and reduce cholesterol. There are many benefits to drinking green juices. Probably the juice that Batman drinks!
- Broccoli: An excellent source of calcium, and a source that is easy to absorb.
- Avocado: A source of potassium, which is essential for muscle and nerve function.
- Pak Choi: Not so easy to get hold of, but this Chinese cabbage is full of antioxidants and helps manage stress hormones.
To make it take 3 broccoli florets, 1 pak choi and 1 avocado. Chop them all, juice the pak choi and broccoli, then transfer to a blender and add the avocado. Blend until smooth. Drink.
Benefits of drinking this green juice are:
- Improve muscle and nerve function
- Strengthen bones
- Reduce stress
Skin Rejuvenation Juice: Lemongrass, Carrot and Asparagus
This green juice contains a cocktail of nutrients that help to make the skin look younger.
- Lemongrass: Strengthens skin cells and connective tissue and helps to tighten the skin, making it look and feel younger. It also aids lymphatic detoxification, which simply means it helps to cleanse the body of impurities.
- Carrots: Vital for healthy blood cells and aids skin recovery.
- Asparagus: One of the few sources of vitamin E which is essential for healthy skin.
This green juice drink also contains folic acid, beta-carotine, calcium, zinc plus many B vitamins.
To make it you need 4 large carrots, 10 asparagus spears and 1 stalk of lemongrass. Chop up all the ingredients, juice, stir, and drink. A refreshing start to the day, with a detox element, this green juice will fire you up and look after your health at the same time.
Cheryl Cole’s Carrot Juice Diet
There was a report in the Daily Star newspaper today that Cherly Cole is currently on a carrot juice diet. They report that she discovered carrot juice while visiting South Africa and drinks it help improve her skin tone, although it may also help to control calorie intake.
Raw carrot juice is very healthy, and unlike cooked carrots it is low GI too (cooking increases the GI of carrots).
A hotel worker where Cheryl stayed revealed that she ordered up to 6 glasses in a day and also ate smoked salmon.
The rumors are that Cheryl is trying to wean herself off junk food by going on a detox style diet. Juices are a great way to get healthy vitamins and minerals into the body quickly.
Why Carrot Juice?
Carrot juice contains a wide variety of vitamins and minerals:
- Vitamin A
- Folic acid (folate)
Carrots are a very healthy vegetable and form part of a healthy diet. It is probably not right to say that Cherly Cole is on a “carrot juice diet” as she is eating other foods, but she does seem to be using carrot juice as a way to provide a healthy source of carbohydrates, along with obtaining healthy protein and fats from smoked salmon too.
Juicing gets a lot of mixed press really. When done sensibly juicing provides an easy and quick way to consume a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables which are very nutritious. However, some people do taking juicing too far and as a result they follow a very narrow and almost vegan like diet.
A healthy diet really does need to be well balanced with proteins and fats as well as carbohydrates. A juicing diet does not provide much in the way of proteins and fats though. Although to be fair to Cheryl Cole she was eating smoked salmon which contains both protein and healthy fats. However, it is still a limited diet.
When it comes to diet variety really is the spice to life. A varied diet will provide all the nutrients that you need. Rather than simply consuming the same small selection of vitamins, minerals and fats each day a healthy and varied diet provides you with foods from all the major groups over the course of a week.
The biggest danger of a carrot juice diet is that when taken to the extreme it will lead to malnutrition which can have a short term impact on your health with impaired concentration and energy levels, and may pose longer term health threats if the diet continues, such as the development of osteoporosis in later live due to a die lacking in calcium, proteins and fat.
Dannii Minogue’s Apple and Kale Weight Loss Diet
Dannii Minogue has sparked some new dieting interest recently with the news that she has lost all her baby weight with a new diet trick. She gave birth to a baby boy on 5th July 2010 and has already lost much of her baby weight.
It seems that Dannii is on a raw food diet that involves drinking kale juice and eating apples as snacks in between calorie controlled meals.
She is also exercising hard with lots of cardio work including running and aerobics exercises. She has not been seen doing any weight training though, so has obviously not learned the best way to lose belly fat yet.
The main weight loss plan is just eating a really healthy diet. She has no junk food at all, and there are no treat days (many weight loss programs allow treat days for the weak willed!). So 7 days a week she is exercising and eating a lean diet, with healthy fruits and vegetables, and snacking on apples and kale juice.
Snacking in between meals is a good idea as if you keep eating you keep your metabolism raised. This actually helps you burn more fat. But, and this is really important, you must make sure that the snacks are not adding to your strict calorie controlled diet. Any calories in snacks must be deducted from the meals you eat.
No Food After 6pm
Also, Danni is not eating anything after 6pm, and instead is using this time to exercise more. She is apparently a fan of the power plate in the evening as this is a quiet way to exercise that does not disturb her baby. However, if a baby is sleeping well it will not be woken by someone doing some circuit training or even working out to a dance DVD, so a power plate is not exactly an essential part of her weight loss plan.
Finally, remember that weight loss really is 80% diet and 20% exercise, so before you even start to shop for some new exercise shoes and workout clothes, sort the diet out.
Why Kale and Apples?
Kale is a type of cabbage. It has a lot of fiber and contains many nutrients and antioxidants. It is important to only eat highly nutritious vegetables if you are on a diet. If you only eat bread or pasta you will not be gaining any vitamins or minerals and will become weak. Kale is a great source of beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C and calcium.
Apples are another good fiber source and it is reported that apples can help with weight loss. This is because of the fiber. An average sized apple has around 5 grams of fiber, which is more than cereals contain. Apples contain no significant fat or cholesterol.
If you love apples then having an apple, lemon and lime detox drink is also a great way to help you lose weight.
Katie Price / Jordan Juicing Diet
Big Brother celeb and model Michelle Bass has recently lost weight after going on “Jordan’s Juicing Diet”. The diet was actually invented by Jason Vale (the Juice Master), who has published many books on the subject of juicing. The diet seems to be very simple indeed. Jordan (Katie Price) went on the diet after piling on the pounds after her son Junior was born.
UK juicing expert Jason Vale told Closer magazine, “it’s great that celebs like Michelle are having such great success on the programme, it is the easiest way to lose weight but importantly furnish your body with live nutrients giving you high energy levels and allowing your body to repair, detox and clear out some of the junk in your system.”
Juicing diets have been around for a while now and then Jason Vale expanded on this success with a range of books detail every aspect of juicing. Juicing is simple, and the drinks taste so much better than anything bought in the supermarket. Fresh juice is not only good for you, but it tastes great.
Jason Vale’s success has now spread over to America, with Vale-fanatics Sarah Jessica Parker and Drew Barrymore by turning to him and his methods to control their weight.