Are you on or thinking about joining the green juice craze? If you’re at all interested in green juices, then you’ll love today’s guest blogger and infographic creator, Garrick from Juicing with G. Read the content for some basics and then be prepared for a ton of options that will have you drinking unique green juice recipes for months!
Green juice recipes are really popular because of the high nutrient and low sugar content. But how exactly do you make one without putting in too much fruit? Well I’m here to show you how.
First let’s answer the question why you have to make green juice? One of the biggest mistakes by a lot of people when they first go into juicing is putting too much fruit into their recipes. This is a very big mistake that could be life threatening if you are not careful. Let me explain…
Every time you juice a fruit, you consume fructose which isn’t used much by the body. In fact the only organ in the body that processes fructose is the liver and too much of it overwhelms it. Unlike glucose that is used by most of the organs, fructose is basically waste material that is bad for us. When you juice fruits, the juicer will separate the juice and pulp which takes out the only barrier that slows down fructose absorption enough so the liver doesn’t need to work too hard. The result of too much fructose is an increased risk of high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes.
The key to making a well-balanced green juice that won’t taste like crap is knowledge of some basics. Let me present to you the infographic. You’ll see that the ingredients are grouped into 4 categories – the juice base, main ingredient, sweeteners and optional ingredients. Let’s look at them one by one.
The juice base is basically what you’ll put in every recipe. I love the cucumber and lemon combo because it adds to the content without the risk of adding too much fructose because it has virtually zero sugar content. Zucchini is a good replacement if you can’t find any cucumber but it has less water content. Carrot and apple is sweeter but for the occasional sweet tooth craving, this is a great base.
Main ingredient – this is what green juicing is all about. You need to add at least one leafy green vegetable to all the juice recipes you prepare. Don’t worry about guessing how much, I’ve taken the guess work out, all you need to do is follow the recommended amounts listed there. If you’re experienced, you can add or subtract depending on your taste buds.
Sweeteners – These are fruits that add sweetness and make these green juice recipes more palatable. Without any fruit it will be hard for someone who isn’t used to the taste of leafy greens to drink a whole cup down. Remember not to go over the recommended amounts in the infographic. Once you get used to the flavor, you can subtract little by little.
Optional Ingredients – these add a little bit of contrast to the flavor and sometimes a bit of texture. My favorite would be adding ginger because it adds a bit of heat to the juice and it is very good to the body.
If you’ve tried concocting your own green juice using this infographic, I’d love to hear from you and get feedback on how it tasted and if it was easy to follow. Have a great day ahead and happy juicing!
About the Author
Garrick started Juicing with G after his mom gave him a juicer to encourage him to eat and live a healthier lifestyle. He shares this journey in his blog to help others who might be in the same boat and give them a big head start on their journey toward healthy living. You can also follow in through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.