Juicing has become quite the trend these days — from Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to Yankees star Mark Teixeira, it seems like everyone is jumping on the fresh pressed juice bandwagon. And it's not without good reason, either.
As you may already know, juicing is a great way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet — and by extension their associated vitamin and mineral profiles. Though some benefits of whole fruits and vegetables can be lost in the juicing process, most of the vitamins and minerals are retained, as well as some of the beneficial fiber. And for those who have trouble remembering to eat the recommended five daily servings of fruits and vegetables, you can easily squeeze two to three servings into a single juice.
What's more, combining certain fruits or vegetables into one juice can be like building your own diet Rx. If you're feeling under the weather, juicing fruits that are packed with immune-boosting vitamin C can help cut your cold short. Juicing leafy greens and vegetables with edible skins can give your diet a fiber boost, helping to keep your GI tract running smoothly. Antioxidant-rich fruits like berries and grapes can be pressed into a juice that is not only good for your overall health but may even help prevent heart disease.
Though it is easy to go to your local health food store and get your juice made for you, it is just as easy (and much more affordable) to invest in a juicer and start making your own blends at home. Once you get a handle on some of the best fruits and vegetables to juice and learn which ones have specific benefits, the possibilities are endless. Here are 10 great combinations to get you started.