Slow juicing has become my new favourite morning healthy thing! It has also become my dear mom’s, who is fiercely fighting cancer. Juicing has helped her to keep a good intake of nutrients and vitamins despite appetite loss.
What is the difference between juicing and blending?
A juicer separates the liquid from the pulp. Fiber is of course important, but it’s the juice that we absorb and which actually nourishes our cells.
A blender liquified the fruits and vegetables by chopping them up at a high speed, and in this case the nutrients are not liberated. It’s good to have one in your kitchen to make smoothies with bananas or avocados.
What is a slow juice?
A slow juice or cold-pressed juice is made from a slow juicer , also called cold-press juicer. A screw mechanism is used to extract the juice at a cool temperature, slowly. A fast juicer – centrifugal juicer – on the contrary, raises the temperature and kills most of the nutrients and (digestive and anti-inflammatory) enzymes.
What are the benefits?
Let me put it this way: drinking a juice is like taking a shot of nutrition goodness. Fresh fruits, raw vegetables and herbs contain an abundance of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, carbohydrates, anti-oxidants and enzymes that are essential for good health. (Slow-) juicing helps to break down those valuable nutrients so our body can better absorb them. You also get more of the healthy and valuable fibres.
Slow juices have super duper powers! They help fight high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, skin disorders, and so on. Fresh extracted juices also help cleanse the liver and kidneys, they flush the body of the bad toxins, and clean the intestines. They are also an amazing energy and mood booster, they can really help people suffering from anxiety, stress and depression. My nails and hair are much stronger, and my skin is spotless (true story).
Here is another good reason to drink slow juices. When I was a kid, my parents would make fresh orange and lemon juice every morning, and I can still hear my mom saying : drink fast, all the vitamins are going to fly off! Well, if you use a slow juicer, your can store the juice in an airtight glass container in the fridge for about 48 hours without losing any of the enzymes and vitamins.
Last but not least, if you use a slow juicer you get more juice out of the fruits or vegetables than with a regular fast juicer; which is good for your wallet – and that’s not insignificant.
How to get started?
It’s easy to fall into the habit of making the same juice everyday, and you could quickly get bored as well. Try to use as many colours of fruits and vegetables each week, drink a rainbow of fresh fruits and vegetable juices. Keep in mind that you should have a 70% veggie – 30% fruit ratio so you don’t end up with a juice that is too high in sugar. It’s natural sugar, of course, but you should still limit your intake.
Here are a few pieces of advice:
- Get a good juicer
- Try to buy organic fruit and vegetables to avoid pesticide and herbicide
- Let your taste buds guide you and experiment!
My kitchen has become a real juicing lab. Every week I create new colourful and super healthy juices, and it is actually quite therapeutical. I’ve created some very dodgy ones, but I’m learning by doing so it’s totally fine!
My juicer has become my favourite kitchen device, I’d take it with me everywhere if I could!
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