Recipes: Our Favorite Combos for Whole Food Juicing
A few weeks back when we did our segment on Juicing 101 for KTLA, many of you responded that you'd like to see some more recipes for whole fruit juicing.
First, let's clarify what the difference is between whole fruit juicing and conventional juicing: Whole fruit juicing basically uses a blender to combine fruits and vegetables into liquid form. Many proponents of whole fruit/food juicing say that it's better for you because both the skin and the pulp remain in tact. These two elements provide essential fiber and nutrients that are lost when juice is made in centrifuge juicer or a even a fancy cold pressed juicer.
That's not to say that old school juicing is bad for you. We do both methods, because sometimes the smoothies of whole food juicing can be a bit thick. But they also are more filling, and some nutritionists say that you actually need the fiber to absorb the nutrients from the fruit in the first place.
Regardless of the supposed health benefits, these cool blended drinks can be delightfully delicious, especially in the summer months. And they aren't bad for your bikini bod either. They can be used as a meal supplement; we love having them for light lunch, or if you need some extra go-power, with a cup of yogurt. Perhaps the best part of the whole food juices, though, is that you don't have to go buy a new machine to get into juicing. Pretty much everyone has a blender, even if you're only using it to make margaritas on the weekend.
Here are some of of our favorite whole food juices, which we've made with a high-test Vitamix.