Juicing for diet
Include juices in your daily diet.
Lots of important vitamins and minerals are found in the fibrous parts of fruit and vegetables and getting a big hit of those vitamins and minerals would mean eating an enormous amount of food. Could you eat two beetroots, one orange, one apple half a cucumber and a wedge of cabbage all in one sitting? No, but you could drink their juice.
Juicing releases all the nutrients from those ingredients so that they can be easily absorbed into the bloodstream. We are constantly told to eat more fruit and vegetables, but while eating a large plate of kale for its nutritional content is hard work, drinking it in a juice with other great-tasting vegetables and fruits is really very easy.
Making juices from scratch ensures they are fresh and it’s important to drink them pretty quickly. Once foods have been juiced the enzymes in the food continue to break down the molecules of food into smaller particles, making the juices easy to digest but with fewer nutrients, as time goes by. These enzymes are responsible for hundreds of chemical reactions taking place in our bodies, so including them in our diet is hugely important.
By drinking fresh juices you help the digestive process, which for a lot of people can be sluggish, and this, in turn, means you are more likely to absorb all the great nutrients you consume, which go on to support the other systems throughout your body.
We are giving you the recipe for this purple power juice with red cabbage for weight loss.
Makes about 300 ml (1/2 pint)
- 2 cm (3/4 inch) piece fresh root ginger
- 100g (31/2 oz) red cabbage
- 1 celery stick
- 1 apple, about 100g (3 1/2 oz)
- 12 red grapes
- ice cubes
Peel the ginger. Juice together the peeled ginger, cabbage, celery, apple, and grapes.
Pour the juice into a glass over ice and serve immediately.
For purple protein juice. Juice 100 g (3 1/2 oz) red cabbage with 12 red grapes, l beetroot – about 125g (4 oz) and 2 carrots about 300 g (10 oz) in total. Whisk in 1 tablespoon protein powder and serve.