The first question you probably ask yourself when you get home with your abundance of AHO produce is…now what am I going to do with all of this? Well, eating your produce fresh out of your AHO bag, or cooking up a nice meal, is of course always an option. But have you considered the benefits of juicing? For starters, juicing allows you to use up bulk amounts of fruits and veg quickly (perfect for those times when you’re feeling overwhelmed with the abundance), and it comes with countless health benefits. Not sure how to get started? Here are some of our tips to putting a little spring in your step with juice.
Juicing vs. Smoothies
Best to tackle this question first because it’s a common one. While there are certainly benefits to both juicing and making smoothies, let’s discuss a few of the key differences.
When you make smoothies you are blending together all parts of the fruits and veg. This means the fiber (both soluble and insoluble) found in the produce remains in the drink when you consume it. Fiber has many benefits for your digestive tract, and the presence of more fiber in the drink means you are offering your body a slower release form of energy which is good for keeping you fuller longer. Yet some nutritionists say smoothies prevent your body from absorbing all the nutrients found in the produce because a good chunk of it is passing through you attached to the insoluble fiber.
Smoothie recipes often call for additives like milk/ yogurt/sherbert necessary for smooth blending- and while these ingredients can have added health and meal benefits- they can pack on extra calories. Keep in mind however, certain ingredients like bananas and avocados (very common smoothie ingredients) don’t work so well in juicing, so if you want to add these ingredients to your morning breakfast drink, best to opt for a smoothie over a juice. Want some smoothie recipes for your AHO produce? Head HERE.
Making juice out of your produce means you are going to extracting rather than blending. This does require a juicer, a special type of machine intended for removing the seeds, skins, stems, and fiber from the produce. Some juicers are better than others so we recommend doing a little research to find what works best for your needs and budget before you get started.
Worried that by juicing you might be missing out on the benefits of the fiber? The benefits are still there. Soluble fiber found in the produce remains when you juice, and it is the insoluble fiber that gets removed.
So what are the additional benefits of juicing?
- First is a more rapid release of energy because in juice form your body is able to instantly absorb the vitamins and nutrients (and more specifically the phytonutrients – which are believed to have significant effects on reducing many chronic diseases) found in the produce.
- Second, if you find it difficult to chow down on several large servings of fruit and veg every day, juicing is a great way to pack your diet with the healthy produce you need but in a much quicker and easier to digest form.
Here are a few juice recipe ideas to get your started, and when you do be sure to store all juice in a sealed container in the fridge and consume in 1-2 days. Without any preservatives (wahoo!) the juice will spoil quickly, so drink up!
Morning Pick Me Up
- 1 Red Apple
- 1 lb Strawberries (stems removed)
- 2 Navel Oranges (peels removed)
- 1 Golden Beet
- 3/4″ piece of Turmeric (a great natural anti-inflammatory!)
- 3 Green Apples
- 1 bunch of Kale
- 2 Kiwis (peeled)
- 1/4 Cucumber
Fresh and Simple
- 2 Red Apples
- 5 large Carrots
- 2 Navel Oranges (peels removed)
- 3/4″ piece of ginger (a great natural headache remedy!)
All recipes make approx 20-24 oz of juice.