Juicing is a great way of consuming lots of heathy fruits and vegetables without having to overload or chew on them for days. In a way juicing helps relax your gut because of the way juicers separate the liquid from the fibre. A juicer separates pulp from the liquid in the same way our gut processes food. Saying that, there are a few things to look out for when juicing…
One of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to juicing is putting in too much fruit in their recipes because they’re afraid that adding green leafy vegetables will make the juice taste too bitter. Adding too much fruit ups your sugar intake and can lead to weight gain. When you juice you want to maximise the amount of leafy green vegetables and the challenge is balancing the ingredients you put in so it will not taste like crap.
How to make the perfect green juice?
You’ll need a visual guide that will help you get started. The infographic below provides exactly that. It tells you what combinations of fruit and vegetables to put in and the quantities to get that great green juice taste (not too sweet but not too bitter).
You’ll notice that we’ve categorised the ingredients into 4 parts – the base ingredients, main ingredient, sweeteners and optional ingredients. The base ingredients are simply diluters that add to the liquid content of the green juice. The main ingredient obviously is the vegetable content that is needed in every green juice recipe. Not everything listed are leafy greens. The infographic also has ingredients like beet which is great to consume if you work out a lot.
The sweeteners are ingredients you add to the green juice recipe to add flavour and make the drink more palatable. If the juice tastes bad, you won’t enjoy drinking it so the sweeteners are an important addition to any green juice recipe. The key is just not to add too much. The last section is the optional ingredients that add a bit of diversity to the flavour or some protein and texture to the juice.
If you enjoyed this chart, let us know in the comment section as well as sharing your favourite green juice recipes with us!
Here are some of our favourite green juice recipes:
Mean Green Toxin Flusher
- 2 to 3 kale leaves
- A handful of parsley
- Half a lemon
- A medium cucumber
- A medium Fuji apple
Beet Kale Super Juice
- 2 kale leaves
- A handful of spinach
- 1 beet root – peeled (medium)
- 1 carrot
- 1” thumb of ginger
This article was written by Garrick Dee Tan from Juicing With G. Check out his website for more info on why you should add juicing to your routine and diet. Thanks G 🙂