Juicing Your Fruits And Vegetables

January 24, 2013

Juicing 101 – Is it Right for You?


Juice cleanses, juice bars and juicing, oh my!  If you are not living under a rock (or under your covers trying to stay warm in this freezing weather!) you have probably heard someone mention the term “juicing.”   I know I have.  It seems as though this “juicing” trend has really taken off over the past couple of years.  I can already think of three juice bars within a 5 mile radius of my apartment.  So, what is so special about juicing?  I decided to do some research about this new and hip way to get my daily servings of fruit and veggies and I am here to pass the information along to you, my Skinny readers!


Juicing is great way to help get your daily servings of fruit and vegetables if you do not eat them on a regular basis.  Fruits and veggies should not only be consumed in this manner, however.  Both fruit and vegetables contain fiber and that fiber is found on the skin.  When fruits and veggies are juiced, we lose that skin because it is being spit out. 


Don’t be fooled by pre-packaged juice.  A lot of these juices we see on the grocery store shelves contain additives and are pasteurized.  Instead, go to a juice bar where they make the juice right in front of you.  Or, invest in a juicer yourself.  This way you are in control of what goes in your concoction.  Remember – fresher is better!


I happen to own a juicer and love it!  I use it at least a couple times a week.  It comes in handy when I have a lot of produce that looks like it is going to go bad if I don’t use it right away.  I love experimenting with different fruits and veggies, but my favorite drink I have made so far contains cucumber, celery, apple, ginger, kale and pineapple.  It’s a little bit sweet and oh so refreshing! 


If you are not quite ready to invest in a juicer just yet, I would recommend you try a fresh juice from a juice bar here in Chicago.  You never know, you might get hooked!  Happy Juicing!



The Author

Karen Bobos, MSed

Karen M. Bobos, MSed, has been in the fitness industry since 1996 and feels her highest accomplishments are those results achieved by her clients through her guidance. She educates clients that there is no trick to being healthy, no magic pills, but rather optimal health is achieved through eating right and moving your body.

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