Juicing is a great way of giving your body a boost of vitamins and minerals. They can be tasty and quick to drink on the go, and you can tailor them to your health needs. So, once you’ve invested in a juicer, what ingredients do you need? Here are our top picks to give your juices serious benefits.
Pears – Low-Calorie Sweetness
Pears make a great flavour base for your juices. They are naturally sweet and fresh tasting, but they don’t have an overpowering flavour so there are hardly any fruits or vegetables they clash with.
Pears will add antioxidants to your juice and will help to boost your immune system. They are a great source of fibre, and with most juicers, you can keep the skin on which increases the fibre content. They are also a great source of calcium so they’ll help to keep your bones strong.
Juice them with: Greens like broccoli and kale make an antioxidant and calcium powerhouse when mixed with pears. Plus, the natural sweetness means plenty of vegs can be masked by just a small portion of pear if you are reducing your sugar intake.
Spirulina – Potent for Protein and Nutrients
Some dismiss spirulina as a fad food, but they are missing out. It is found in a powdered form which is easy to mix into juices. This plant-based superfood is a complete source of protein, which is great news if you were hoping to drink juices before or after a workout.
It is one of the best vegan sources of iron, as well as vitamin B1, which helps the body make the most of the protein it ingests. Not only that, but it is also high in calcium, providing 25 times the calcium content of milk.
Juice it with… Taste isn’t one of the spirulina’s highlights, so pair it with a strong flavoured juice like pomegranate or passionfruit.
Carrots – Economical and Beneficial
Carrots are a great staple to bulk buy for your juices. As you might expect, it gives your juices an exciting orange hue (very Instagram worthy!). This orange is down to the beta-carotene, which converts into Vitamin A. This makes carrot juice an excellent choice for healthy skin. Plus, carrots helping you see in the dark isn’t a myth – the vitamin content does help maintain and improve your vision.
Juice them with… Oranges help to keep the juice a great colour, and the flavours combine nicely. Plus, the vitamin C content of both carrots and oranges combined will give your immune system a huge boost.
Ginger – Gut Health with a Kick
Root ginger is a handy ingredient for your juices. You can either chop it up and freeze it, or store it in a cool dry place, and it lasts ages so you can buy in bulk. Ginger has long been associated with soothing your digestive system. It is linked with curing nausea, loss of appetite and diarrhoea. Ginger adds a spicy aftertaste to your juices, but generally, doesn’t mess with the overall flavour, so it goes with most vegetables and fruit.
Juice it with… Cucumber for a refreshing cleanse. You’ll only need an inch or two of ginger to get great benefits. Therefore you’ll want to pair it with ingredients that create plenty of liquid.