There were a few giggles last week when Juice Company Founder, Kara Rosen’s ‘My Day on a Plate’ went viral after it appeared in The Telegraph. Her diet appeared to consist of, well not that much to be honest, and comments such as “Eat a Twix love!” were retweeted on Twitter over and over again.
Now I have to agree, certain elements of her diet were a little extreme in my opinion, but having tried juicing a couple of times in the past and reaping the benefits almost immediately, I am keen to explore juicing a little more in this blog and share some of the best recipes for your skin and overall health. Enjoy!
So – why juicing?
Well, it’s enormously beneficial for health and juicing can also help you lose weight as part of a balanced diet plan. Juicing supercharges your nutrient intake by providing your body with pure vitamins, micronutrients and enzymes – with none of the nasties that you’d find in processed food.
Juicing enables you to kick-start your metabolism and gives your body a break from all the strange chemicals it has had to process until now, by putting the most nutritious fuel into your system possible. Essentially, by introducing only liquids and no fibre you’re giving your body a chance to “rest”. Obviously this shouldn’t last forever but giving your body a short break from the hard work of digesting a “modern” diet can do a world of good!
Joe Cross, creator of documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and founder of www.rebootwithjoe.com shares his Five Tips To Better Juicing:
Wash produce thoroughly
Unwashed produce can be contaminated with bacteria so this is an important step in the juicing process.
Prepare your fruits and veggies the night before if you plan on making a morning juice by selecting the ingredients for your juice, washing the produce, placing them in a storage container in the fridge and assembling the juicer in your kitchen so it’s ready to go.
Store in the fridge
Juice will keep for 24-48 hours in the fridge (72 hours is maximum time suggested). If you are travelling, transport your juice in a cooler.
Freezing is also an option, but less desirable than refrigeration. If you do freeze your juice do it immediately after juicing. Thaw in the refrigerator.
Fill your container full
Fill juice to the top of your preferred container to prevent oxygen from getting in, which can deplete the nutrients.
What recipes to try?
Beauty expert Liz Earle is an enthusiastic juicer, and she says: “Good skin is created from within and it needs a steady stream of highly absorbable nutrients to keep it supple, strong and clear. Juices are the ideal skin food for this and can also be easily adapted to suit varying skin conditions.”
Liz’s favourite recipes include:
Smoothie skin soother: a juice to help eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea
Calming and soothing ingredients such as cucumber and fennel can help to combat skin inflammation. Skin-calming antioxidants and anti-inflammatory essential fatty acids also work well here, so try piercing an evening-primrose- or borage-seed-oil capsule to enrich the juice.
Makes one large glass
- 1 large apple
- 1 large carrot
- ½ bulb fennel
- ¼ medium-sized cucumber
- ½ ripe avocado
- 1 borage-seed-oil capsule or evening-primrose-oil capsule
Juice the apple, carrot, fennel and cucumber, in their entirety, in a juicer before transferring the combined juices to a blender. Add the avocado flesh and the contents of your chosen oil capsule, then whizz until smooth.
Greenie genie: a juice to help acne or problem skin
Alkalising green juices are especially beneficial for improving acne. Go for ingredients such as asparagus, celery, parsley and watercress, and don’t overload on high-fructose fruits. Carrot juice, rich in beta-carotene, is also a useful addition, but try to keep the juices mostly green. This is a deliciously light juice with a refreshing ginger tang. The grassiness of the green ingredients is slightly sweetened by the apples.
Makes one large glass
- 2 medium apples
- 2 medium carrots
- 2cm (1in) cube ginger, unpeeled
- 4 small asparagus spears
- small handful parsley
- small handful freshly cut wheatgrass, or 1 level tsp of powdered greens, such as wheatgrass, chlorella or spirulina
Juice together all the ingredients, in their entirety, stirring in your chosen powdered greens (if using) just before serving.