If you want a low calorie way to get your veggies and fruit, juicing is a great alternative to smoothies. First of all, what’s the difference? Juicing separates the pulp from the liquid while the smoothie process essentially purees everything. That means a smoothie will still retain most of the insoluble fiber – a problem only if you’re doing a juice fast (don’t recommend it!).
You don’t need an expensive machine to add juicing to your diet. A blender or food processor will do the trick. And you can still add those “hard” ingredients by finely chopping, cooking them first (just a little water – microwaving is ideal – and use the liquid for the juice) or using store bought purees or baby food.
If you want to give juicing a try, we’ve got some recipes to try – and a list of fruits and vegetables that work well in a blender. Spice (or cover) up the taste with ginger, lemon or other fruits. And if your juice comes out too chunky, press it through a sieve. Doing that also removes a lot of the pulp if you want a more liquid type drink.