Juicing is a great way to get a huge dose of plant-based nutrients in one single glass. Bonus: When you juice at home, it costs less than the juice bar. Plus, you control what goes into the juicer, and your body.
July 17, 2014
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Juicing is a great way to get a huge dose of plant-based nutrients in one single glass. But don't just take a cleansing approach—this can leave you unsatisfied and hungry, as there's often not enough protein, fat, or fiber in juices to keep your belly full for long. Instead, drink your fruit-and-veggie-filled beverage either as a snack or to supplement a lighter meal. Bonus: When you juice at home, it costs less than the juice bar. Plus, you control what goes into the juicer, and your body.
First up: Ginger aids in digestion and adds a bit of tropical flair to this juice that is loaded with antioxidants.
Ginger paste and mint paste are available in resealable tubes in the produce section of the grocery store. If you can't find the pastes, substitute 1 tablespoon grated ginger and 10 mint leaves. Combine the first 6 ingredients in a blender and process until smooth, then pour the mixture into a pitcher and stir in the carrot juice.
Beets are nutritional powerhouses, giving you vitamin C, iron, potassium, and fiber. Choose beets with fresh-looking green tops, and wear gloves or use a kitchen towel when handling them to prevent your fingers from getting stained.
The star fruit, or carambola, is the "star" of this beverage and tastes like a blend of apple, pear, and citrus fruits. The entire fruit is edible. Here, it is pureed and then strained to create a delicious, fragrant juice.
Make this when you want a large dose of vitamin C: Kiwifruit contain more of the antioxidant than oranges, and strawberries are a good source of C, too. Kiwifruit has also been shown to support eye health.