Fresh fruit and vegetable juices are my alternative to a multi vitamin supplement. I started juicing when I was still struggling with nutrient deficiencies and I could tell a difference straight away. Juicing did so much more for me than my synthetic multivitamins that I eventually just gave them up all together and started juicing regularly instead. I feel like juicing sometimes gets a bad wrap with many people opting to go for fibre rich smoothies instead. My opinion is that both juices and smoothies are great and I regularly do both. But for the purpose of giving your body a much-needed multivitamin/ mineral boost juicing is better. The lack of fibre means that the nutrients bi pass your digestive system and can be circulating in your blood stream within 15 minutes. You will also most likely absorb more micro nutrients through juicing. If you do struggle with sugar spikes I would suggest opting for vegetable juices over fruit juices to stay on the safe side.
Organic fruit and veg is always best for juicing, but for me it is more important for the food to be fresh. Sometimes it means skipping the organic for the sake of freshness. Just make sure you wash your fruit and veg really well and you can always peel skins if you are concerned. I don’t bother as most of the nutrition often lies in the skin.
Here is a list of my favourite juice combinations: each juice serves 2 or 1 very large juice
Cucumber, Celery, Spinach, Kale & Apple
- 4 celery sticks
- Handful of spinach
- 3-4 kale leaves, stalks removed
- 1 large cucumber
- 2 apples
Green Juice is very rich in minerals like magnesium, calcium and zinc. Its also great for Iron and vitamin K. Most people will drink green juices as a detoxifier for their system. Its great at clearing out the liver of toxins and also pretty good at keeping you regular as well. I like to freeze my kale as it helps me not to waste as much and makes my juice nice and cold
Apple, Pineapple & Coconut Water
- I whole pineapple skin removed
- 2 apples
- ½ cup coconut water to top off
This is the only all fruit juice that I have regularly. I think it would work great as a smoothie as well if you add more coconut water. I’m actually not the biggest fan of pineapple so I rarely eat it. But like other fruits and veg that I don’t like, they just seem to taste better in a juice. I wanted to get pineapple in my diet regularly because is contains an anti inflammatory enzyme called “bromelain.” Bromelain is great for seasonal allergies like hey fever. I have suffered with hey fever since I was about 8 years old and although it’s significantly better since moving to the tropics, it still flares up around dust or if I go travelling back to Melbourne. Of course coconut water is very hydrating and full of electrolytes so it’s a great thing to get into you as often as you can.
Carrot, Orange & Ginger
- 1 kg bag carrots
- 2 large oranges
- thumb size piece of ginger
- pinch of turmeric (optional)
This is a great juice for your immunity, loaded with vitamin C and Beta Carotene as well as the well known anti-inflammatory benefits of ginger and turmeric. Ginger and carrots are also great for an upset stomach. After struggling for months on different antacids – and very strong ones at that – I put my husband on a 2 week course of carrot juice to clear his gastritis and it has never come back since. He can now very happily eat tomatoes again.
Beetroot, Carrot & Orange
- 1 medium – large beetroot
- 5 carrots
- 2 oranges
This juice is delicious! I discovered this combination from a dental patient of mine at work. We really hit it off talking about how great juicing was for your health. I personally can find beetroot a little strong in juices so I don’t have this one as often as some of the others. Beetroot is detoxifying and great for lowering blood pressure. Its also high in folate and copper; which many people don’t know is very important for iron absorption. Beetroot juice will most likely stain your stool red so don’t freak out and in some people can stain the urine as well. Some studies have suggested that those prone to stained urine from beetroot are more likely to be deficient in iron.
Spinach, Cucumber, Aloe Vera Juice, Fennel & Apple
- 1 fennel bulb
- handful of spinach of 2 silver beet leaves
- 1 large cucumber
- 2 apples
- about 1/2 cup good quality aloe vera juice to top off
This is juice is really just another green juice, but I love the different flavour from the fennel. I make this juice mostly for the aloe, which is so healing for the digestion, and great for the skin. A friend of mine hates the taste of fennel so this juice might not be for everyone. I find it refreshing and I do prefer it when I feel like a more gentle green juice.