Juicing Fruits & Veggies
This method removes all the fiber from the produce, leaving just the juice behind. If you don’t yet own a juicer, do some research and read reviews for plopping down your hard-earned cash.
- Stick to a 2:1 ratio of veggies to fruit to keep the sugar content down.
- Look for in-season and on-sale fruits and veggies to keep your costs low.
- Drink your juice slowly and swish it around your mouth to allow it to mix with your saliva—this will aid the digestion process. Do this with smoothies as well.
- If your citrus is organic, experiment with leaving the rind on—it’ll change the taste, but some like the flavor.
- Peel any produce that has had a waxy layer added.
Blending Fruits & Veggies
Make smoothies using your good, ol’ fashioned blender. You can use any combo of fruits and veggies—as long as it blends smoothly in your machine.
- Watch for pits! A sure-fire way to ruin your blender (or juicer for that matter) is to toss a peach in there. Always cut up your fruits and veggies first.
- Pour in liquid first—whether it’s tea, water, coconut water—this helps to blend the ingredients by pulling the fruit and greens into the blades.
- Instead of adding ice, freeze all your fruit—this will make your smoothie frosty without watering it down.
Mincing Raw Veggies—“Slaw”
This lesser-known option is a great way to get a good variety of veggies into your diet—and can be easier on your digestive track than munching on their whole counterparts. Make a slaw by mincing veggies as finely as possible and add organic extra-virgin olive oil or balsamic vinegar, and use as a meal, a side dish, or a salad or sandwich topping.
- Try different combinations of veggies. Some great options: peppers, cabbage, cucumber, spinach, kale, radish, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots—you name it!
- Be sure to mince the veggies as finely as possible to help aid digestion.
- Use a food processor to mince your veggies. You can also use a blender that has a pulse setting