Juicing seems to be the latest health craze.

The “Oh so delicious” Kirbylicious is the Face of Viva Gym Hillfox and we sat down with the Juicing Junkie to get the scoop on juicing.

 

 

1: Please explain what juicing is?

Juicing extracts the juice from fresh fruits or vegetables. The subsequent liquid comprises of most of the vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals found in the whole fruits and vegetables.

 

2: How did you get into Juicing?

It all started with having to consume Grapefruit. I’ve never been a fan of grapefruit and because it’s a superfood with amazing benefits it was important for me to consume it. Eventually I figured, its easier to gulp something down than chew it. Buying juice off the market is not safe as the juice could contain loads of sugar and preservatives and that’s how I kicked off juicing. Being able to add different fruits and vegetables in one drink allowed me to consume the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables daily.

3: How long have you been juicing?

This would be my 4th month juicing and there is no looking back

4: What are the benefits of juicing?

  • Weight loss, mostly water weight. A reduction in bloating is well-known benefit of juicing.
  • Calorie reduction without nutrient deprivation
  • Promotion of healthy eating habits
  • Delicious way to consume fresh produce
  • Floods the body with micronutrients
  • It allows more nutrients to be absorbed because your gut doesn’t need to digest all that fibre
  • It helps lower high cholesterol
  • It helps detoxify our bodies
  • It helps lower blood sugar levels
  • It helps us get better, glowing skin

 

5: Can juicing be done with both fruits and vegetables?

Indeed it can, whole & raw fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are juice together in one drink providing a twist with each mix of ingredients from the toughest beetroot to the softest pineapple.

 

6: What common myths are there about juicing?

  1. “Juices have too much sugar.” -It really depends on what you’re juicing.  Always stick to the 80/20 rule of vegetables to fruits. Vegetables should always outweigh fruits.

 

  1. “Eating fruits and veggies is better than juicing them.” – The final result is consuming plant-based. It’s basically different modes of transport leading to the same destination. So whether you’re juicing, enjoying a smoothie, salads or soups the main factor is that you consume fruits and veggies.

 

  1. “Juicing is too expensive and wasteful.” – There are immeasurable ways to save on produce and use the leftover pulp. Another trick is to replace certain food groups with cheaper alternatives, i.e, Grapefruit can be replaced with oranges or Kale be replaced with spinach.

 

7: Is Juicing over a long period recommended?

Yes it is, fresh juice can be a useful supplement to your daily diet, increasing your nutrient intake you wouldn’t consume otherwise. At least one glass of juice should be just as important as brushing your teeth daily.

8: What is your favourite juice recipe?

I like to refer to this juice as Beet it Up!!!

Juice recipe includes (2 servings):

  • 2 Beets
  • 2 Apples
  • 3 Medium Carrots
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 inch of Ginger

As you know Beetroot and carrots are sweet vegetables which blends in well with apples and ginger, lemon provides that twist on the tongue. This recipe is smooth, light & hydrating, something like a juice dessert.

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