Let’s face it, not everyone likes the taste of vegetables. But you would want to enjoy the benefits of their nutrients. Solution? Juicing. But the thought of drinking icky green concoction might just make you go “eeew” and feel nauseous. Don’t fret, you don’t need to drink pure green vegetable juice right away. If you like the taste of fruits, that’s the way to start.
Here are some tips on your journey to juicing:
Start with something you like. If you like the taste of apple, juice it. Apple juice is rich in vitamins and minerals that serve as antioxidants. Apple juice is also known for its anti-cancer properties. Perhaps you also like your oranges. Oranges are rich in vitamin C and boosts our immune system. Berries, pineapples, kiwi, pomelo, grapefruit, grapes, etc. Enjoy them pure or mix ‘em up! Fresh fruit juices are really delicious and nutritious. Just a word of caution: watch out for the sugar levels. As much as I love fresh fruit juices, fruits are naturally high in sugar, some higher than others. Research and drink in moderation. Consult your doctor if you are diabetic.
- Start introducing vegetables. Drop in a veggie or two into your fruit juice. Ideally, we are working towards the dark greens. But if the thought still makes you queasy, pop in the bright ones first: carrots or tomatoes (let’s not argue whether tomato is a fruit or vegetable, it sure tastes more like a veggie). Or the lighter greens like cucumber, celery, or even cabbage. You will hardly taste the veggies if majority of your ingredients are still fruits. You would also be surprised that some greens hardly have any bitter taste at all, or are more tolerable than eating the real thing. For instance, I do not like eating cucumber. But the juice surprisingly tastes light and refreshing.
- Be adventurous: Start dropping in a dark leaf or two. Once you get the hang of mixing colorful veggies and fruits, you might want to try out new things. You may want to start with lettuce and work yourself up towards spinach, kale, broccoli, and ampalaya (bitter gourd). If you don’t like the taste, either reduce it, increase fruits, or back off. You can try again another time.
- Reduce fruit ingredients and put in more veggies. As your taste buds adjust, you may find yourself liking the taste of veggie juice. Okay, okay, who am I kidding? At least, you are now able to tolerate the taste of the concoction and you no longer feel queasy at the idea of drinking the dark green stuff. Try pinching your nose and gulping quickly, that might help.
Try drinking pure vegetable juice. Okay, once you have mustered enough courage, try eliminating the sweet fruits. I am not there yet myself, although in some days, I would indulge in pure veggie juice.
I hope these tips helped! Let me know how you get on. Happy juicing!
- Benefits Of Juicing Vegetables (healthylifestylesliving.wordpress.com)
- How to Juice at Home: 5 easy things everyone should know (wellandgoodnyc.com)