How to Get Your Daily Dose of Fruits and Veggies

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You're on-the-go day in and day out. It's hard to balance work, family and a healthy diet. Doesn't a quick way to get your daily dose of fruits and vegetables in one convenient glass sound nice?

Try making fresh juice at home. Not only is it tasty, but you'll get your tons of nutrients and teach your family about healthy eating.

When juicing, the pulp is extracted, leaving you with a smooth, delicious, preservative-free beverage teeming with nutrients. Juicing is a healthy alternative and also reminds us to include whole foods in our diet for added fiber.

When you juice at home, you get to choose exactly what flavors you enjoy most. Experiment and create new recipes by modifying the ingredients a bit each day based on the produce you have on hand.

Home juicers are available in many stores and online, starting at around $70. Features to consider include entry chute width, how much pulp is removed, quietness of operation and ease of clean-up.

Here are six tips for easy and healthful juicing:

Balanced Blends

Balance fruit's natural sugars and acidity by including veggies for their alkalinity. Celery and cucumber both juice very well thanks to their high water content.

Drink It Now

Without preservatives found in bottled beverages, your juice will taste best and have the most health benefits when you drink it immediately after making it. Store freshly made juice in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a maximum of 24 hours.

Stock Up

Juicing requires more product than it may appear at first. Once you begin, you'll learn how much to have on hand so there's enough to share with everyone in your household.

Go Green

Add green veggies to your blend. The flavors of kale, broccoli, spinach and chard can almost be masked when juiced with fruit, though the color of your concoction will take on their green tints. Go easy on the quantity—green juice is powerful.

Lighten Up With Lemon

Lemons and limes brighten the flavor. Begin by juicing half a lemon or lime and see how you like it before graduating to the whole fruit.

Whole Foods Alternative

For a thicker beverage more like a smoothie, use a strong food processor to make a drink of entire fruits and vegetables, pulp and all. Be sure to add liquid such as water or milk for more fluid consistency.

Recipe Ideas:

Try some of these delightful juice combinations:
  • Carrot, apple and celery
  • Carrot, apple and beets (peel beets before putting them into the juicer)
  • Tomatoes, celery, cucumber, carrots, half a lime and salt for a veggie cocktail

Experiment with quantities to find the flavor blends you like best. Drink to your health.