Shall We Juice? 5 Healthy At-Home Recipes for Your Kitchen

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Virtually every health authority recommends that consumers get six to eight servings of vegetables and fruits per day; however, that’s easier said than done. Unless you’re an avid greens lover or are committed to consuming generous portions of fruits and veggies at every meal, it can be difficult to choke down all the fibrous produce that ensures these standards are met. Luckily, there is an easier way of absorbing these nutrients that is becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. — and it doesn’t even require any chewing. More and more Americans are now giving juicing — the process of putting vegetables and fruits, often with their skins intact, into a juice machine and extracting the juice — a try, and even if they’re not juicing at home, they’re picking up fresh fruit and vegetables juices at places like Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX), Whole Foods (NASDAQ:WFM), and even Target (NYSE:TGT).

The problem with these retailers selling juices, however, is that they do it at exorbitant prices, and a popular juice like Evolution Fresh juice can go for anywhere from $2.99 to $6.99. That’s why many consumers have recently jumped on the juice-at-home bandwagon, and have found ways to get their fruits-and-veggies fix, either from their at-home juicer, or from a blender. Juicing can be a tedious process, as it requires washing, cutting, setting up appliances, and then the actual process of juicing; however, it undeniably yields great rewards. Aside from the delicious taste of many juice concoctions, Living Greens Juice highlights that juicing helps consumers absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables, allows them to meet their daily vegetable and fruit requirements, and can easily add a wider variety of fruits and vegetables into any consumer’s diet.

Sounds like a dream, and just as long as you’re willing to commit some time and money to the venture — juicers cost anywhere from $100 to $300 — it can be. Especially if you’re trying to fit some extra fruit and veggies into your diet in the new year, check out these delicious and nutritious recipes for juices that both children and adults can enjoy. Consumers don’t have to own an expensive juicer to juice, as you can also use a blender, but blending does require a little extra grunt work, along with a good strainer to extract the juice’s pulp. So, if you’re officially on Team Juice, try out these five recipes. Some are catered to fruit lovers, while others yield a more leafy flavor, but either way, you should be able to find one kind of juice that you and your family enjoy.