You can take fruit juices any time of day. They are good in the morning for breakfast, for lunch, or as an after-dinner snack. Healthy juices from fruits and vegetables are really great snacks. Think of your juices as meals. Have as much as you like. Typically, that is 8 ounces to 16 ounces, but not more than 20 ounces. Do not gorge yourself with juice just as you would not gorge yourself with food. On average, a 10 or 12 ounce serving is plenty.
Fruit juices should be mixed with other juices throughout the course of the day. One or two fruit juices per day should suffice. Some people prefer as little as possible or none. That is your choice and it should be guided by knowledge of your own health and condition such as blood sugar sensitivities.
You may also choose to mix your fruit juices together. There are several wonderful blends:
- Apple & Pear
- Apple & Prime
- Apple, Pear & Pineapple
- Apple & Cranberry
- Orange & Grapefruit
- Apple & Grape
- Apple & Watermelon
- Carrot & Orange
Fruits, as a group, are basically cleansing foods. Their high water content flushes your digestive tract, your kidneys and purifies the bloodstream. Many fruits, particularly citrus, are strong solvents. Lemon is the strongest. followed by lime, pineapple and grapefruit. All have a purging effect on the liver and gall bladder.
Grape, although only a subacid fruit, is known as a powerful cleanser. You can get a sense of that if you ever make fresh grape juice. Using the natural seeded variety, it is necessary to dilute the juice with water before consuming it. Concord grapes are the strongest.
Apples are also excellent intestinal brooms. They contain malic acid and galacturonic acid both of which help remove impurities and pectin which prevents the putrefaction of protein. They also act as a bulking agent gently pushing through the digestive tract and cleaning it along the way. Many people choose apples juice as a mono-diet for this reason.
Cranberry is an excellent diuretic whose bitter taste is very healing to the kidneys.
Watermelon juice is also a diuretic particularly if you juice the rind. And why not? Your juicing machine can turn this ordinarily inedible portion into fresh juice. Prune and apricot juice help to soften the bowels and instill movement.
Carrot juice may provide a bigger nutritional punch, plus it’s easier to absorb nutrients and antioxidants from juice.
From boosting your immune system to helping you hit your weight-loss goals, carrot juice can improve your physical and mental health.
According to Stanford Health Care, it takes about five carrots to produce one cup of carrot juice.
Watch out for berries and oranges. Lots of people have allergies to berries and you do not want itchy eyes or skin when on a fast. Besides, these fruits supply relatively little juice. Any fruits not mentioned here are wide open territory for you to try. Avoid any that may stimulate potential allergies and those that are non-juicable.
The Unjuiceable fruits and vegetables
What does this mean? Certainly you have had papaya juice, apple-banana, apple-strawberry, apple-apricot and pinacola (pineapple-coconut) juice. Not so! These fruits are unjuicable meaning their pulp does not easily separate from their water. Take a banana, mash it up any way you can, then run it through your juicer. Does any water separate out? No! The same thing with the other fruits listed here. Then why the mystery? Is it possible to make healthy juices from unjuicablefruits?
Papaya juice, for example, is a misnomer. It is not a juice at all. The manufacturers blend up the pulp of the papaya fruit and mix it with water or sweeteners or other fruits juices such as apple or grape. Apple-apricot juice is apricot pulp blended with apple juice.
Berries do release some water, but the amount of strawberry, or blueberry juice released is so small that it would be very costly to sell quarts of it. So, juice makers add 70 to 80 percent apple or grape juice to their berry “juice” mixtures. These are not quite juices but juice with fruit pulp. Some labels will say so. In the case of papaya, or wherever water is added, the correct commercial appellation is papaya “drink”. Read your labels.
Coconut drink is coconut meat blended with water and sweetener. Coconut milk, however, is the natural sweet water that forms inside the coconut hull. This is delicious and perfect for a fast, but it is expensive and hard to store so you will only get it with a hammer and a knife.
Watermelon is a wonderful juicy fruit, but not so for the other melons. Cantaloupe and honeydew are too pulpy and do not yield a lot of juice. The juiced product is very viscous and contains virtually all the fiber of the original fruit. It is simply not an extract of the fruit and they are better eaten than juiced.
Prune juice is also a misnomer. Try sticking some prunes through your juicer (and don’t forget to remove the pits!). After your machine grunts, stumbles and snarls, you will see what I mean. Prune juice is made by soaking prunes, which are actually dried plums, and extracting their water by osmosis. It is simply an extract, not a juice.
No dried fruits. such as raisins or figs, will make a “juice.” But you can soak them and enjoy the flavors, sugars and nutrients that these foods release into the water. Just soak one cup of raisins in one quart of water for 8 to 10 hours. They are delicious and perfect for a fast. You can even get two soakings from one batch.