Everybody knows that fruit and vegetables should be a consistent and varied portion of our meals every single day. But due to hectic lifestyles, massive work pressure and absolutely no time in the day, many people feel like it’s a miracle that they even get to eat one meal a day, let alone a balanced one.
So what does this mean for the lowly fruit and veg? How can we still incorporate all the much needed fruits and vegetables along with the required vitamins and minerals we so desperately need, without spending an hour a day that we don’t have washing, peeling and cutting everything?
Practical Meal Times
Juicing is not a new concept by far, but it is one that has received more popularity in recent times. As more and more people start to focus on their health and wellbeing, they are always looking for ways to stay healthy while managing a hectic pace at the same time.
Popping some veggies and some fruit into a juicer and making everyone a fresh fruit juice combo to go at breakfast time is quicker than you can say carrots and apples. In fact the juice can be made in the evening and packed in the fridge and everyone in the family gets a fresh start to their day, just grabbing their fresh juice out of the fridge on their way out of the door.
Health and Wellness
The health benefits of juicing are quite remarkable, and although you can make the juice blend the night before – the fresher the juice, the better for you. Fresh fruit and vegetable juice is literally packed with enzymes that pack a powerful punch in boosting your immune system while providing you with a good mood food to start your day off just right.
You may find that you are feeling that mid-afternoon slump between lunch and home time – and a fresh fruit will sort out your energy levels for that in a heartbeat. A zingy dose of vitamin C, E and A for starters will give you an energy boost better than coffee.
The combination of fruit and veggies that you choose could really help to combat the signs of fatigue – when you are tired when you wake up, chances are that it is not all to do with a serious lack of sleep. It is also to do with your body lacking vital vitamins and minerals as well as being a little hydrated.
Put some carrots, oranges and papaya in your juicer and the powerful vitamin C punch will have you right back on track in no time.
If you have been feeling kind of low lately, down, with a case of the blues, it could be something much simpler than the onset of depression – it could be a potassium deficiency. Bananas are packed with potassium, Vitamin E – which is great for your skin and Vitamin C. Nothing says good mood food quite like a banana or two, and you can crush in some ice cold Kiwi Fruit for a delicious burst of flavor and energy.
Apart from all the physical benefits of being able to boost your mood, rescue your immune system, boost your energy levels and make you feel like a million bucks, fresh fruit and vegetable juice has excellent anti-ageing properties – in fact they are Mother Nature’s eternal fountain of youth. The combination of such a large concentration of vitamins and minerals together, over a period of time, will go a long way in fighting free radicals and slowing down the aging process, keeping our skin full of that youthful glow for years to come.
Packing it In
By choosing the juicing method to get all of your 6-8 servings of fruit and vegetables every day, you can almost guarantee that you are going to get your recommended allowance in just one fresh juice serving. So for people that hate eating veggies, don’t have time to make a fruit salad or who are on the go all the time, the juicing option is an excellent way to make sure you will get all of the iron, minerals, phosphorous, potassium, beta carotene and vitamins our body needs and more.
And if you really don’t’ have the time – or are feeling really lazy, you are in luck – there are many fruit and veggie choices that you don’t have to peel. In fact the peel is very good for you, so you just have to wash your ingredients and pop them in the juicer and you are done.