Apart from the traditional “an apple a day…”, you may also try another great way for serving yourself nutritious fruit and vegetables in a refreshing and appetizing form. Here are 5 reasons why you should definitely try juicing, plus some tips on how to easily make the homemade juice.

1. Discover another idea for a healthy snack

Homemade juice may be a great substitute of an ordinary snack. Depending on what ingredients you use and how you prepare the juice, it may be more dense, smooth, and substantial, or light and refreshing. But either way, it will be full of vitamins, potassium, and fiber. It’s a fantastic way to satisfy the craving for a snack in between meals.

2. Add another serve of fruit & vegetables to your menu

And it’s a high quality snack, too. You can always grab an apple or an orange in the middle of the day, or make a fruit or vegetable salad, but that’s just two ways for serving the natural vitamins. Juice is another option – and surprisingly enough it works also for those who are not really fond of fruit and vegetables in the pure form. It’s a delicious and easy way to supplement the usual fruit and vegetable intake.

3. Be sure what you drink

One of the greatest advantages of homemade juice is that you know exactly what it includes. You may always buy a carton of juice, but try to find one without refined sugar or other artificial sweeteners on the ingredients list. Actually, it’s hardly possible. The juice made at home includes only natural sugars from fruit – and you decide how sweet it should be by selecting ingredients on your own.

4. Create your own favorite mixes

You’re not anymore limited by the juice producers – you can create your own mixes and experiment with the tastes. Be creative and discover new combinations of fruit and vegetables. You can also add some ginger to make the juice a little bit spicier and add an energetic spark to it. Vegetable juice may be also spiced with some herbs for appetizing aroma. The density and the level of sweetness may be reduced by adding some water, or sparkling water for extra refreshing effect.

5. Boost your energy

The fact that you actually make the juice gives you a chance to smell all the esters comprised in the peel and enjoy all the intensive colors of fruit and vegetable. Believe it or not, but that’s actually an energetic boost in itself, before you even taste the juice! Use some fresh fruit, peels and colorful straws to make the juice look even more attractive in the glass.

How to make my own juice?

The easiest way is to use a juicer. When buying one, pay attention to the power of the appliance – a greater power will allow you to easily make juice of harder pieces of vegetables, like carrot, beetroots, or kohlrabi. Another factor is the easy access to all the elements of the juicer, for convenient washing after juicing. If you have a juicer, the only thing you need to do before juicing is washing the ingredients, and sometimes dividing them into smaller pieces.

You don’t have to peel apples, tomatoes, cucumbers, or carrots. Most of the valuable minerals are cumulated right under the peel – and we don’t want to get rid of them. Nonetheless, we will definitely peel oranges, grapefruits, lemons and all the fruit and vegetables whose peel is not edible.

But if you don’t have a juicer, you can always use blender, and extract the juice from the blended vegetable or fruit filtering it through a piece of cloth. A short tutorial of both ways is presented by eatingwell.com right here. Additionally, there are also 7 amazing and simple recipes for homemade juice you can try and modify for yourself. There are no limits – you can mix up what you want. Try once, and you won’t stop juicing.

About Cathy Patalas

The sports soul and the alleged specialist in words of 52Challenges.com. The main 52C Blog writer. A diligent student at the English Department of the University of Wroclaw, majoring in applied linguistics. An ex-acrobat and aerobic gymnast with the 13-year long experience in „training for winning”. A multiple medallist of Poland nationals in acrobatic gymnastics, and academic nationals in aerobic gymnastics. A fan of gymnastics of every existing type. Personally, finds making everyday choices in a healthy lifestyle even more demanding a challenge than making everyday sacrifices in the athlete’s lifestyle.