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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Juicing


Those who read my blog regularly or follow me on Twitter or Instagram will know I have a slight obsession with juicing. It all started after Christmas when my boyfriend and I decided to be more healthy and purchased a Philips Viva Collection Juicer for around £75.00. I spent ages looking at reviews but for the money, size (living in a one bedroom London flat does not equal a large kitchen space) and how quickly it can be cleaned this one came out top, although it now seems to be slightly more expensive at £99! I absolutely love this juicer as it takes up little room in my kitchen and dismantles very easily making the washing up time roughly the same as a blender. 

We decided that we wanted to start juicing as we felt that breakfast for us was a bit of a wasted meal in terms of nutrition. We occasionally had porridge with chai seeds and fruit but more often that not it would consist of toast as I am not a huge cereal fan. A friend of ours had a juicer and she swore it improved her skin and helped her loose a few pounds so we thought we would give it a go. I am now utterly hooked and have a juice every single day either for breakfast or as an afternoon snack as they really do fill you up. I have attempted the Jason Vale Juicing Diet but can never last longer than 48 hours before I cave and eat something. Having said this it has given me some great ideas for juicing. If you want to hear more about the benefits then watch some of his videos on youtube as he explains the nutritional value of each fruit or vegetable. 

I thought I would share today the juice I have most mornings, although it obviously does depend what is in my fridge! 


1 x beetroot
1 x apple
2 x carrots
1 chunk of cucumber
1 chunk of ginger 
1 very large handful of spinach

Apart from the ginger which I peel and then slice the other vegetables do not need to be sliced as they all fit easily down the tube at the top, making the process extremely quick and easy. There is no order in which I juice each item although I do like to sandwich the spinach between the juicer items as I read somewhere that it allows more juice to be extracted from the leaves. 

What I love about juicing is the colours which are created! 

Once done you are left with a delicious juice that is full of nutrition and a pint keeps me full until I have a mid morning snack of fruit. If you have a sweet tooth or are new to juicing I would recommend putting two apples in as otherwise it does taste mostly of vegetables! 

The remains of the produce is collected at the bottom of the juicer which you can see in the far right picture. The clips on the side are opened and each item can be washed and the dry leftovers put in the bin. I know this is quite a long post but I thought I would also include a bit about each fruit or vegetable I have used so you can see why they are healthy for us. 

Beetroot: Helps improve blood flow, lower blood pressure, boots stamina, anti inflammatory and helps your body detox. 

Spinach: Full of vitamins, protein, iron and fibre which not only acts as an antioxidant but also helps lower blood pressure and improves mental clarity. 

Ginger: Full of vitamin C, magnesium and potassium. It is often used to help with nausea or an upset stomach. Particularly good on a hangover as it boosts your metabolism, stops you feeling sick and makes you feel hungry. 

Apple: High in Vitamin C, A and fibre. They also help to sweeten the juice in a healthy way.

Carrot: High in Vitamin A which is an essential nutrient for your eye sight and the carrots also help to sweeten the juice. 

Cucumber: A natural diuretic and full of vitamins and minerals that are good for your heart.

What do you put in your juice? 

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