Juicing on a Vegan Diet: Tips and Recipes to Get You Started
These days, juicing is a popular trend that most people have heard of. Not only is it a great way to get more nutrients and vitamins into your system, but it's also a commonly-commended remedy for rejuvenation, detoxification, and healing. After all, with juice, you're providing your gut with a simple and easily-absorbable source of crucial minerals.
Whether you're searching for juice solutions for weight loss, or you're simply trying to improve overall health and wellness, there are countless ways that you can incorporate juice into a vegan diet. Doing so could not only help you to banish unwanted pounds, but it could also help with everything from stomach discomforts, to inflammation, low energy levels, and more. Think of it like taking a daily liquid supplement!
How to Make Vegan Juicing Easy and Affordable
One important thing to note about juicing, is that although it might be trendy, it can also be pretty expensive. The good news, is that there are many ways that you can reduce the cost and complexity of juicing. After all, you don't have to buy the most expensive ingredients, or juice every day to reap the benefits of a more produce-rich diet. Try some of the following tips:
- Use ingredients that are rich in water
As wonderful as kale is, you're not going to get much juice from it when you throw it into a blender. On the other hand, if you mix that kale with cucumber and apples, then you could end up with something far more substantial. On top of that, using water-rich foods ensures that you'll stay well-hydrated throughout the day, which is crucial for good health.
- Buy ingredients that last
Carrots, romaine, ginger, lemons, celery, green apples, and a host of other produce are great for lasting a very long time in your refrigerator. These are all some of the best ingredients you can use for juicing - and they're also very tasty too. Getting long-lasting produce means that you won't have to worry about rushing to stock up your preserves.
- Use more vegetables than fruits
Fruits can offer many great health benefits, but they're also expensive for juicing. Usually, it's better to eat fruit than drink fruit juice, because that way you can get more of the fiber out of the fruit skins. On top of that, juices that are rich in vegetables can reduce the amount of natural sugar that you expose your body to. This means that you get more of the benefits, without the unnecessary weight gain.
- Make only what you need
A common misconception in the juicing world is that you need to make huge amounts for the process to be worth it. However, all you need to do is make as much as you need each morning. If you only have four ounces a day, instead of eight, you'll still feel great. Additionally, cutting down on the amount you drink will ensure that you keep your supply around for longer.
- Use fewer ingredients
Though some of the best juices do use a lot of different fruits and vegetables, you don't always need ten ingredients per glass. Sticking to three or four can also be just as good, and a little can go a long way. Remember to keep a nice ratio of acidic flavors to sweet, for the best outcomes.
Choosing Vegan Juicing Recipes
Once you know how to get the most out of your juicing practices, you'll be ready to try out some delicious vegan juicing recipes. There are plenty of wonderful options out there that can serve not only to brighten up your day, but detox your body, and banish a range of common ailments too. As with most things, you'll find the more you experiment, the more varied your diet becomes.
Here are five of my favorite vegan juices:
- Orange Sun Rise
- Four carrots
- Thumb-size amount of ginger
- Spinach (about a handful)
Juice your carrots and ginger, then add the spinach for a delightful morning juice.
- Simple strawberry juice
- Cup of soymilk
- Cup of orange juice
- 1 cup of strawberries
Perfect for people who love a touch of creaminess with a sweet afternoon drink.
- Mango and Spinach blend
- 2 cups of spinach
- 1 large mango
- 1 large banana
- 1 cup of water
Blend your spinach and water until you have a frothy mixture, then juice it all with the mango and banana.
- The Breakfast Juice
- 2 carrots
- 1 grapefruit
- 1 mango
Blend everything together and juice for a thin consistency. This a sweet and refreshing way to start your day.
- The Herby Juice
- 1 Mango
- 2 Carrots
- 1 Banana
- 6 leaves of basil
- 1 cup of soy milk
The perfect juice for any time of day, full of unique flavors and texture.
Bio: Rebekah is a passionate writer and healthy-eating advocate. She's always keen to try out the latest foods and recipes, explore new information about health and fitness, and expand her understanding of the world around her with constant learning.