This article is mainly about 3 of my magic potions!!! These 3 juices are a great way to cleanse the body and aid maximum nutrient absorption from the foods we consume. They work wonders for the body and work like magic.
Since there is already a lot of information available online on how ‘juicing’ works, I’m going to make this article really concise so that it basically summarizes why juicing is a great option and which foods go in your blender as essential ingredients!
WHY JUICE THE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES?
-It takes at least half kilogram of fruits and vegetables to make a glass of juice; so juicing them up is a more efficient way to consume a good large quantity of them at one time.
-It is an infusion of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that go straight into your system without having to be broken down by the stomach; hence they give a natural energy boost. Also, since the juice is already in an easily digestible form, it can help revitalize your energy levels almost instantly when consumed.
-For those of us who do not traditionally consume a lot of fruits and vegetables in our daily diets, juicing is the best and easiest option to do so. It helps to incorporate a variety of fruits and vegetables and even those vegetables that we don’t like consuming in the cooked form –e.g. Bitter gourd.
-Calories get added in while cooking or sautéing of vegetables (like oil, sauces etc.) and the nutrients also get washed away too due to the heat. This does not happen when it comes to juices. All nutrients are retained since it’s in the raw form itself. Hence it’s a low calorie, nutrient loaded option.
– They have no cholesterol and are almost fat free.
– It’s a powerhouse of micronutrients– in their blended forms, the nutrients contained in fruits and vegetables get into our blood stream faster. It also helps the body access those digestive enzymes that are typically locked away in the fiber matrix of whole fruits and vegetables.
INGREDIENTS TO MY 3 MAGIC POTIONS!
Firstly, there are three ingredients that I put into all my juices, to add a little taste and flavor to them – a pinch of rock salt (kalanamak), a few drops of lemon and a dash of cumin powder (jeera powder).
If you have a tendency to feel a little bloated or gassy after consuming raw foods, make sure you add GINGER to all your juices.
Sometimes when I want to make my juice a little extra delicious I put a little ‘chaas masala’ into it too. You get ready made ‘chaas masalas’ in the market or you can make one at home with these ingredients- rock salt, common salt, mango kachri, black salt, black pepper, dry ginger, fennel, clove.
(Make sure that you do not add chaas masala to your juices everyday due to the high sodium content, just use once in a while.)
Secondly I would like to mention that the blender that I use is called Nutri-blend by wonderchef, because I find it very user friendly. You could use any other one too.
METHOD FOR ALL JUICES PREPARATION– cut all the ingredients and add them to the blender, add some water and adjust consistency, consume fresh.
BASIC RULE– Consume all juices fresh, within 2-3 minutes of preparation. Juices are best consumed on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning. Try not to strain the juices and consume them with the fiber for maximum benefits. To all juices, add GINGER if necessary – since it aids digestion and prevents gas. The most important thing to take care of is that all vegetables are nicely washed.