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The Joy of Juicing with Amy Fowler
The juicing craze first originated in the 1990's, and its presence has not declined since. It is an easy breakfast solution by either grabbing a bottle from the store or making your own at home. Many people like the ease of drinking their fruits and vegetables rather than having to chew on them.
Sweet apples, citrusy lemon, earthy kale… nothing beats the eclectic tastes of your favorite fruits and veggies! If you’re looking to add more of these healthy treats into your diet, we’re excited to introduce you to “juicing,” the practice of extracting the nutritious juices from fruits and veggies into a fresh, delicious drink. With springtime around the corner, there’s no better time to introduce these refreshing drinks into your everyday life!
After a fun and competitive tennis match with your friends, a relaxing dip in the pool, or a trip to the Corner Patch Gardens with your grandkids, a homemade juice with everything you love inside is not only tasty and calming, but completely nourishing. We sat down with Amy Fowler of Chik N Egg, who has held nutritional events at The Barn at Chickahominy Falls, one of Cornerstone’s 55 plus communities that focuses on health and wellness! Amy loves to discuss all things juicing and how this fun process can be a part of your healthy and active lifestyle.
What is juicing and why is it so popular?
Juicing extracts the liquid from fruits and vegetables. It’s a fun and easy way to add more fresh produce to your diet. Juicing floods the body with micronutrients that are easily digestible, so your body will get more of what it needs with less food.
2. Is Juicing healthy?
Eating a plant-based diet can lower your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and other health conditions. But only one in 10 Americans gets their recommended 5-7 servings of vegetables and fruit daily, according to a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Juicing maximizes my intake of raw foods, and allows me to consume a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. And living in a Cornerstone Community, you have the benefit of fresh veggies grown right in your neighborhood!!
3. What are the benefits of Juicing?
Cold-pressed, raw juices are loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, and phytonutrients all in one easy to sip drink. Since the fiber is removed, they are easily digestible, giving me quick and long-lasting energy with a valuable nutritional boost. It's like having a salad in a glass.
I like to have at least one juice per day, usually in the morning. It's a great way to start my day. If you are on the go, juices are a wonderful way to have mobile nutrition. Occasionally I will do a short juice cleanse which helps me detoxify, reduce inflammation and bloating, and reset my taste buds to crave healthy foods.
4. What are some of your best juicing tips and techniques?
If you are new to juicing, I recommend getting together with a friend who has a juicer, and trying it out.
You can start with juices that are fruitier, and as your taste buds change, switch to juices that are made of 80% veggies and 20% fruit to reduce the impact on blood sugar and glycemic load. One way to brighten the flavor of a green juice is to add fresh herbs, lemon, lime, and ginger root.
I have a masticating juicer, also known as a cold-press/slow-process juicer. It works at a low speed, minimizing oxidation, pressing fruit and veggies to separate the liquid from the fiber. This type of juicer can squeeze up to 30% more juice out of produce than a centrifugal juicer. It is great for juicing leafy greens and herbs. I started with a centrifugal juicer five years ago, and as my goals and tastes changed, I switched to a masticating juicer a year later.
Masticating juicers preserve maximum flavor and nutrition, and juices will keep for up to 48-72 hours. To save time in prep and clean up, I will make a batch of juices to last several days, and sometimes freeze them. Enjoy the colorful journey. It will be filled with delicious flavor and amazing energy!
Ready to start juicing? Check out these fun and easy recipes!