Many of us are focusing on our health; however not all of us have the facts about what is really healthy, and what isn’t. If asked, most people would probably say that traditional, store-bought juice is healthy. However, that is not always the case. In this article, we will provide delicious cold-pressed juice recipes, and explain how easy it is to add Dr. Willard’s Water® into the mix to increase the absorption of the vitamins in the juice.
Is Store-Bought Juice Good for you?
Many popular juice brands add water, sodium, sugar and other things to the juice, so you don’t end up getting the full benefits of the fruit or vegetables the juice should provide. Even a label that says 100% juice may contain “additional additives, flavorings or preservatives,” according to Food Babe. The article adds that flavorings often found in juice can contain carcinogens, MSG and petroleum.
Unfortunately, juices don’t have a long shelf life, which is why food companies don’t use fresh ingredients, but concentrates, which are made by combining syrup (made from heated fruits and vegetables) and water, chemicals and other by-products, according to the article. When the ingredients are heated, they lose their flavor and nutritional value.
Instead of purchasing bottled juice, why not hydrate your body while also nourishing it with vitamins and nutrients? This can easily be done by either buying or making your own cold-pressed juice.
Cold-pressed juice is a hot trend, especially with millennials, who consume juice and fruits instead of meals or as part of their health routine. In fact, an article called “Millennials Thirsty for Healthy Juices, Smoothies” in Restaurant Hospitality magazine stated that cold-pressed juice is a $100 million per year business.
What is Cold-Pressed Juice?
Traditional juicers, called centrifugal juice extractors, use a fast-spinning metal blade to get the juice out of the pulp. However, the blade creates heat, which, in addition to air that blasts through the juicer, oxidizes nutrients and kills healthy enzymes that fruits and vegetables in their natural state offer.
Cold press juicers, also known as masticating juicers, solved this problem by getting rid of the blade altogether. They use pressure to crush the ingredients and press the juice out of them, which creates significantly less heat and doesn’t allow oxygen to get into the process, saving the vitamins and nutrients for consumption. As a result, cold-pressed juice can be stored and used for up to three days without losing nutritional value. “The quality of the nutrients, amino acids, phytonutrients, minerals, trace minerals, and enzymes remain remarkably intact and are not destroyed as with other juicers,” according to The Raw Juicery.
How do You Make Cold-Press Juice?
Making cold-pressed juice is the same as making any other juice. Add a mix raw, organic fruits and vegetables to kick start your morning, or as a refreshing break throughout the day.
Add Willard Water® to your juice to fuel your body! This Dr. Willard’s® product formula will maximize the benefits of drinking your juice by helping your body absorb more nutrients and vitamins. Our formula also helps to increase the absorption of antioxidants from ingredients such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, plums, some apples, and dark green vegetables, such as kale and lettuce (yes, you should juice those as well!).
Adding Willard Water® to your juice mixture is really easy! Simply add a teaspoon of Willard Water® for each 8 oz of juice and drink and enjoy! The Willard Water® won’t affect the taste at all so you won’t even notice its in your drink. Your body will know the difference though as you’ll get so much more out of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants!
What are Popular Cold-Pressed Juice Recipes?
- 3 organic carrots
- 2 large oranges
- 4 leaves of organic kale
- Wash and peel the carrots and oranges.
- Wash and cut up the kale.
- Run all the ingredients through the juicer.
- 7 celery stalks
- 1 apple, cut to fit juicer
- 1/2 cucumber, cut to fit juicer
- 40 parsley sprigs (leaves and stems)
- 1/4 cup (1 small handful) spinach leaves
- 5 large romaine leaves
- 1/4 to 1/2 lemon, cut to fit juicer
- 1/4 to 1/2 lime, cut to fit juicer
- In a fruit and vegetable juicer, juice all ingredients.
- Discard solids.
- Strain juice through a fine mesh sieve before serving in a glass.
- Add a few ice cubes to the glass if you prefer a colder beverage.
- Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container and refrigerate for one day or up to three days, if using a masticating juicer.
- 4 or 5 apples (Granny Smith or other sharp green apple)
- 3 cucumbers
- 250g celery
- 500g of leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and Swiss chard
- Juice from 2 or 3 lemons
- 20g of fresh ginger
- Juice all ingredients at the same time in your domestic juicer.
- Serve immediately or chill for up to three days.
Because we are so committed to promoting healthy lifestyles, Dr. Willard’s® is partnering with The Studio in Rapid City, SD, a cold-pressed juicery. Dr. Willard’s® has donated Willard Water®, which will be added to the cold-pressed juices, teas, and lemonades. Stay tuned for details and promotions on this partnership!!!
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