The benefits of juicing are unquestioned. However, it can be hard to achieve the right flavor combination and balance of all the nutrition needed through green juices, unless you know what to use and what to do.
Which greens do you use? Which provide the best combination for nutritional value and also flavor, and which provide little more than calories and sugar? Some ideas you try may be filling, some not; some may taste good, some terrible.
Enter green vitamin supplements, packed with the best of vegetables and fruits. A supplement gives you the nutrients you need while crafting a juice blend with more flavor, zing and potency. Even if you’re juicing, add a supplement to be sure.
We’re all busy. That’s a fact of life. Cooking and/or juicing green vegetables is definitely helpful, provided you have the time for researching the foods, shopping, preparing, juicing/cooking and then cleaning up. You also have to be 100% sure you are getting the right balance of vitamins and minerals. Then you must remember that overcooking vegetables reduces their nutritional value.
Another option is to add a simple, convenient green vitamin supplement to your juice. The right one will give you everything you need fast and with no fuss.
Calories and Sugar
Many green juices for sale have sugar added to make them appeal to consumer tastes. That includes things from smoothie bars. The sugar is just unnecessary calories. And sugar is the source of many of our modern day health crises (obesity, diabetes, etc). A high quality green vitamin supplement tastes great without it.
Greens to Use in Juicing
Choosing greens for juicing can be pretty overwhelming for newbies. These are great to juice and won’t add calories or sugar to your juice:
- swiss chard
- collard greens
- dandelion greens
- beet greens
- turnip greens
- romaine lettuce
- bok choy
- red and green leaf lettuce
- mustard greens.
Use organic produce whenever possible. Wash everything thoroughly, also. Rotate the greens regularly for variety and always add a green vitamin supplement. Not only will the supplement improve the nutrition, it will reduce the bitterness of some green vegetables.
Green Juice Mistakes to Avoid
It’s a common mistake to think green juicing is just throwing stuff into a machine and out comes a liquid, but that’s not how it works.
No Blenders: It’s called green juicing. Blending is for a smoothie. A juicer extracts. There are two types of juicers: centrifugal and masticating. A masticating juicer will provide you with the pulp and fiber whereas a centrifugal juicer will leave all of that behind, of course, any juicer is better than none.
Quantity vs Quality: More is not necessarily better. Your juice will be as good as the ingredients you use, so pick the freshest organic ingredients you can find. To pack it with the good stuff, add a green vitamin supplement.
Juice What You Need: It’s tempting to pack your juice with the cast of Veggie Tales but you may be adding unneeded calories and may even create something unpalatable. Your green vitamin supplement should help the flavor, provided you chose the right one.
Forcing in Stuff You Hate: If you loathe the taste of kale, for example, there are other ways to get its benefits without tasting it. Don’t torture yourself! A good green supplement has ingredients like kale but still tastes awesome.
No Ice: Never juice with ice or put it in smoothies. The texture can be odd. You want something smooth and velvety. Chill the ingredients in the fridge.
When in doubt about green juicing, ask the experts in green vitamin supplements. Especially if that supplement was created by a doctor.
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