Juicing is a quick and easy way of accessing the nutrients contained in fruits and vegetables when you don’t have the time or inclination to prepare and eat them. Experimenting with juicing can be great fun but you’ll soon find that some fruits and vegetables are better than others for juicing.
The best vegetables and fruits for juicing
Packed with antioxidants, apples also combine well with a number of other vegetables and fruits for juicing, making delicious and interesting flavour combinations.
Their anti-inflammatory properties make pineapples one of the healthiest fruits, while their flavour adds a tasty tropical kick to your juices. Pineapples are also an excellent digestive aid, thanks to the enzyme bromelain, which helps the body to digest protein.
Carrots add a surprisingly sweet flavour to juices and boast a number of health benefits. Apple and carrot juice is a tasty and super nutritious blend.
Great all rounders in the nutrition stakes, a sharp tasty citrus juice is also one of the most refreshing ways to start the day. They work best when squeezed in a special citrus juicer, as the peels are not particularly tasty or beneficial to the health. Citrus juices also make a great addition to other juice blends and smoothies.
Not everyone loves to eat their greens, so one of the best ways to get a bit of kale in your diet is by adding it to a juice blend. The same applies to spinach, another nutrient packed dark green leaf.
Colourful and anti-oxidant rich, peppers add a crisp taste to juice blends.
The worst vegetables and fruits for juicing
Fruits and vegetables for juicing need a sufficient water content and the right consistency. Some of our most delicious fruits and vegetables are versatile in many other ways but are not shown off to their best by the juicer.
Often labelled a superfood, healthy avocados are great in the juicer, simply because they have no juice… However you can blend avocados to make super nutritious smoothies instead.
Pretty much the same advice applies to bananas. They are full of nutrients but their creamy consistency is best used to sweeten smoothies.
Papaya is a great digestive aid, helping the body to break down proteins. It can be juiced but its mushy texture works far better in a blender for smoothies.