How to Make a Lychee, Pineapple, and Papaya Mixed Juice Drink

Fresh LycheeSome people mix juices to neutralize any unappetizing taste of a specific fruit or vegetable ingredient. Some just prefer to mix juices to yield a more nutricious and delicious natural juice drink. This recipe is a combination of Lychee, Pineapple, and Papaya juices you will surely love.

But first, let’s take a look at the nutrients each fruits provides.

Lychee

Being the only member of the genus Litchi of the soapberry family, Lychee is a tropical fruit originally from China, specifically the provinces of Guangdong and Fujian, but is now grown in many countries. It has a delicate whitish pulp with a floral smell and sweet flavor. For every 100 grams of lychee, 72 mg of Vitamin C can be obtained. Eating 9 peeled fruits is enough to meet the Vitamin C daily requirement of an adult. Lychee is also rich in phytochemicals called polyphenols which help keep the body from certain diseases.

Pineapple

Considered to be the most economical among the plants belonging to the Bromeliaceae family, the pineapple is consumed in many ways and is one of the most used ingredients in many cuisines. This tropical plant has edible multiple fruit of coalesced berries and may be grown by planting a cut crown. Raw or unprocessed pineapple is a good source of vitamin C and manganese. It also has bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme that help s break down protein. Pineapple leaves are also used to produce a textile fiber, which are the material commonly used in making traditional clothing in the Philippines.

Papaya

The papaya is a big, tree-like plant with one step that grows up to 10 meters tall. The papayas have many uses such as food, medicine, and cooking ingredient. The green papaya fruit is rich in papain, an enzyme used for tenderizing meat and other proteins. The fruit is also rich in vitamin C , dietary fiber, folate, and provitamin A carotenoids. The skin, seeds, and pulp are also rich in phytochemicals.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 kg lychee (canned or fresh; if canned, do not drain)
  • 500 g pineapple
  • 1 kg papaya

How to prepare:

  1. Make sure all the fruits are washed thoroughly.
  2. Peel the lychees and deseed. (If canned, just open the can and set aside)
  3. Slice the pineapple and remove the cores and peel. Chop it into large cubes and set aside.
  4. Peel the papaya using a peeler. Cut in half and deseed. Chop in cubes and set aside.
  5. Alternately place enough amount of each ingredient in the juicer then transfer contents into a glass pitcher.
  6. If you are using canned lychee, add the syrup to the juice mix.
  7. Once done, refrigerate juice mix and serve chilled.

Home-made Guava Juice: 8 Easy Steps to Prepare

Guava glass juice with fresh fruit isolated on white backgroundGuavas are tropical fruits commonly found in both tropical and subtropical regions. There are numerous cultivars of guava, the most common one is the small tree Psidium guajava (also called in Layman’s term “apple guava”) which also comes from the Myrtle family.

Generally, guavas are rich in Vitamin C, dietary fiber, and folic acid (in moderate levels). Vitamin C content of a common guava has four times Vitamin C as orange. Depending on the guava cultivar, nutrient content varies. For instance, a strawberry guava (P. littorale) has ¼ of the amount of vitamin c found in other more common varieties; yet, this amount is still enough to provide 100% of your daily dietary needs. Guavas also contain antioxidants such as polyphenols (specifically guaijaverin, amritoside, leucocyanidin, and (+)-gallocatechin which are all major antioxidant pigments) and carotenoids. Apparently, guavas have relatively higher potential antioxidant value compared to other plant foods.

One way to enjoy your guavas is to juice them; you don’t even need a juicer for that. Read on and follow some easy steps of guava juicing.

  1. Prepare the needed ingredients and kitchen tools/utensils.
  • Guavas (4 medium-sized)
  • Knife
  • Chopping board
  • Sugar (1/4 to 1/2 cup)
  • Water
  • Blender
  • Pitcher
  • Strainer or Cheesecloth
  • Spatula or Spoon
  • Ice cubes (optional)
  1. Wash the guavas thoroughly then cut off both ends.
  2. Chop the guavas into cubes, around 1 square inch at most (for easy blending).
  3. Put the guavas into the blender and fill it with water (leaving 2 inches of space from the lid).
  4. Add sugar.
  5. Blend the guava mixture until its consistency becomes smooth.
  6. Pour the mixture into the pitcher through the strainer or cheesecloth. If the strainer clogs, use the spatula or spoon to stir the pulp.When using cheesecloth, make sure it is large enough to cover the entire lid of the pitcher. Next, bring all the sides together and squeeze to extract any remaining juice in the pulp.
  1. Refrigerate the juice or serve with ice cubes for a more refreshing guava juice drink.

Note: You may need to add more sugar after adding ice cubes. It’s up to you.

 

Cucumber Juice: Its Benefits and How to Prepare

Glass of cucumber juice, on bamboo mat, on green backgroundContrary to what others believe, cucumbers are botanically considered as accessory fruits. However, just like squash and tomatoes, cucumbers are often prepared and eaten as vegetables. Cucumbers belong to the watermelon and zucchini family, evident on its skin with its color ranging from green to white and is very juicy.

Nutritionally speaking, 96% of a cucumber is water. What’s more impressive is that its water content is naturally distilled! The cucumber skin is very rich in Vitamin A, and that is the reason why it is advised not to peel it off. The fruit itself contains high levels of Vitamin C, Viamin A, manganese, potassium, folate, molybdenum, calcium, and phosphorus. It is also abundant in antioxidants. Furthermore, cucumbers are known to help promote healthy bones, ligaments, muscles, tendons, and cartilage and helps prevent kidney stones. Contrary to what others know, cucumbers can actually prevent gout, a type of arthritis caused by high levels of uric acid in the blood. They are also important ingredient to skin creams that treat burns, acne, psoriasis, and eczema.

Juicing
Cucumbers may have “bland” tastes which make them unappealing to certain individuals. However, there are many ways to consume a cucumber; one of those is juicing. Here are some simple and easy steps to prepare a cucumber juice. You could opt to prepare a simple or a sweetened one.

Simple Cucumber Juice
1. Prepare all the ingredients and kitchen tools/utensils.

  • Medium cucumbers (3 pieces)
  • Blender or Food Processor
  • Knife
  • Mesh Strainer
  • Bowl
  • Cheesecloth
  • Spoon or spatula
  • Tall Drinking Glass
  • Ice Cubes (optional)

2. Remove the skin using a knife or a peeler. As mentioned, the skin is rich in vitamin A but the wax contained in the skin will affect the texture of the juice, so this time, we need to peel it.

3. Cut off the ends of the cucumber since they are inedible parts.

4. Chop the cucumber into chunks. The pieces must be 1 square inch at most.

5. Place the chunks into the blender or food processor; do not over-fill the machine. Run the machine for about 2 minutes until the mixture is pulpy.

6. Pour the blend into a bowl over a mesh strainer covered with cheesecloth. This is to strain pulp as much as possible.

7. Using the spoon or spatula, press the pulp against the cheese cloth to extract the juice remained in the pulp.

8. Pour the juice into a tall glass, refrigerate or add some ice cubes for a more refreshing drink.

Sweetened Cucumber Juice

1. Prepare the needed ingredients or kitchen tools/utensils.

  • Medium cucumbers (3 pieces)
  • Honey
  • Sugar (2 tbsps.)
  • Water (2 cups)
  • Sauce pan (medium-sized)
  • Knife
  • Hand grater
  • Blender
  • Cheese cloth
  • Bowl
  • Cheesecloth
  • Tall Drinking Glass
  • Ice Cubes (optional)

2. Peel and slice the cucumbers into chunks.

3. Grate the cucumber chunks in small shreds using the hand grater.

4. Using the sauce pan, boil the mixture of sugar and water in medium-high heat. Once the mixture boils, it would start to thicken.

5. Add the cucumber to the mixture then simmer for 10 minutes in medium-low heat, stirring it frequently. The heat will allow thorough combination of flavors from the sugar water and cucumber.

6. Remove the mixture from the heat. Set it aside for a while or until it no longer steams or bubbles.

7. Pour the mixture into the blender and add the honey. Blend it on high speed until it becomes a puree.

8. Spread the cheesecloth over a large bowl.

9. Carefully and slowly pour the puree into the cheesecloth.

10. Bringing the cheesecloth in a tight bundle, squeeze it until all excess juices are extracted.

11. Pour into a glass, refrigerate, or add ice cubes.

Juicing Preparation: Can I Juice Without a Juicer?

Electric blenderYou may have just decided to try juicing as part of your fitness regimen. However, you don’t want to get a juicer too soon. Well, that shouldn’t be a problem for the meantime because you can still juice by just using your blender. First off, you have to choose a fruit to juice. Although you may be able to juice everything in a blender, it’s just that the result may not be as perfect as when using a juicer, as far as the kind of fruit you chose to juice is concerned. Remember, you are using a blender, not a juicer. So it would be best if you choose juicy fruits such as citrus, watermelon, or pineapple.

Say for instance you decided to juice a watermelon. Watermelon is a very nutritious fruit. What’s more? It’s very juicy and easy to blend. If you have a whole watermelon, wash it properly then slice it in smaller pieces. Then you have to remove it from the peel and cut it into chunks. You don’t have to worry about removing the seeds since it would be broken down (and the seeds are nutritive too!). But if you don’t want the seeds, patiently remove them before cutting the fruit into chunks. Then, blend! You’ll know when it’s done by just looking at it. Pour the blend in a glass through a fine mesh strainer. Use a spatula to press the pulp against the strainer to extract any remaining juice. Squeeze in some citrus if you want, add some ice and poof! There’s your watermelon juice.

If you want to juice a hard fruit like an apple, wash the fruit thoroughly (no need to peel). Cut the apples into chunks and place them in your blender. Now if you want to experiment and would like to mix in another fruit like an orange, just peel it off and drop it in the blender with your apple. Just remember one rule of blending: Always put the harder ones first before the softer or lighter ones (like vegetable leaves) since the former needed more blending than the latter. Strain the pulp using a clean cloth or fine mesh strainer. You can refrigerate the mixture, or you can just add some ice cubes and sugar it to taste.

For less juicy fruits, you can add a little water to it when blending.

So can you juice without a juicer? Absolutely yes! It just needs a little innovation and resourcefulness to prepare a refreshingly healthy juice drink.

Juicing a Pomegranate: How to Prepare in 9 Easy Steps

Two Glasses With Red Pomgranate Juice, Lime And Mint.Originally from the region between Egypt and the Himalayas, Pomegranate is a fruit of a deciduous shrub which grows from 5 to 8 meters tall. This fruit is seasonal; growing from March to May in the Southern Hemisphere, and September to February in the Northern Hemisphere. This fruit has been used in baking, smoothies, juice blends, baking, cooking, meal garnishes, and alcoholic beverages like cocktails and wine.

Not only that this fruit is an important ingredient to many cuisines, but more so a great source of essential vitamins and phytochemicals. A serving (110-g) of pomegranate seeds offers 12 % of your daily Vitamin C value and 16% for Vitamin K. Furthermore, it contains polyphenols like flavonoids and ellagitannins which are important in the prevention of certain diseases such as hypertension. The seeds are great sources of dietary fiber, which means that throwing off the seeds is a huge waste nutritional benefit.

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Now that you know how healthy a pomegranate can be, you can try making it as a part of your fitness regimen.

Here are some very easy steps on how to make a delicious pomegranate juice.

  1. Prepare all the ingredients and the kitchen tools/utensils.
  • Pomegranate (1 whole)
  • Water (1 cup) or ice cubes
  • Sugar (to taste)
  • A large bowl filled with water
  • Knife
  • Regular Strainer
  • Blender
  • 2 clean glasses
  1. Using the knife cut the pomegranate in half then submerge it in the bowl filled with water.
  2. Remove the pomegranate seeds while underwater. This method is to easily separate the seeds from the white or yellow membrane of the peel; the seeds will sink while the inedible membranes float.
  3. Discard the floating membranes.
  4. Using the strainer, separate the seeds out of the water and place them in the blender.
  5. Blend the seeds. You may need to run the machine several times to ensure the seeds are broken up.
  6. Pour the blended seeds into a tall glass through the mesh strainer. To extract any remaining juice, press the pulp against the strainer using a big spoon, a spatula or any appropriate utensil.
  7. For every 1 and a half cups of pomegranate juice, add 1/3 cup of sugar. But if you are trying to lessen on calorie, adding sugar or not is up to you.
  8. Add water or ice cubes for a more refreshing pomegranate juice drink!

 

 

 

 

 

Top 5 Juicer Brands You Should Know

Apple juice on juicer machine - juicing concept. Apples in bowlJuicing has become part of fitness enthusiasts’ health regimen. Choosing the kind of juicer to use largely depends on the user’s purpose. The following juicers are Amazon’s top juicers based on customer reviews and feedbacks.
1. Epica

Epica Stainless Citrus-Juicer
This juicer extracts 18% more juice in a short time and can be cleaned easily in just 10 seconds. The motor is quiet, with a 70-watt power. Furthermore, it has an auto stop/start button for a one-touch operation. The set includes 2 reamers intended for varying fruit sizes, a fine mesh strainer and a high-clearance spout to guarantee a clog-free flow of the juice.

2. Omega

Omega J8004 Masticating Juicer
This is a commercial, dual-stage juicer. Its low rotation speed (80 RPM) guarantees no heat build-up, clogging, or foaming. It has a powerful commercial motor (single-gear) and has auto-pulp ejection functionality for continuous juicing. Moreover, this juicer is easy to assemble, clean, operate with a quiet motor.
Omega J8003 Single-Gear Masticating Juicer
A commercial juicer with single-phase induction motor, this masticating juicer yields high amounts of juice. Like the J8004, it is equipped with a dual-juicing system and a low speed for zero heat build-up, clogging, and foaming. What is even better is that it is multi-functional; can be used as a food processor, homogenizer, pasta extruder, and grinder.
Omega J8006 Masticating Juicer
It is user-friendly with a powerful motor. Like the other two Omega juicers, it is equipped with a dual-stage juicing system and its low rotation speed assures no heat build-up, foaming, clogging, and a quiet operation. It has a high juice yield with auto-pulp ejection functionality.
Omega NC800 HDR Masticating Juicer (5th Generation)
This juicer has basically the same functionality as the other three mentioned Omega juicer models. However, this one has 5 adjustable settings for a more measured juice output.
Omega J8004x Reconditioned Commercial Masticating Juicer
This juicer is among Omega’s reconditioned unit, factory certified and then placed in the same box with the same accessories. Like the other Omega juicers, there is a guaranteed clog-free and foam-free juicing. Like the J8003, this is also multifunctional.

3. Breville

Breville BJE510XL Multi-Speed Juicer
With a 900-watt power, this stainless steel juicer has 5 speed options that you can adjust for juicing hard vegetables to soft food. It also has a high juice yield suitable for producing large quantities of juice. The set includes cleaning brush, detachable spout, froth separator, and juice jug. Moreover, the juicer has a backlit control panel and its parts are dishwasher-safe.

4. Tribest CitriStar

Tribest CitriStar CS-1000
With a one-touch button for easier operation, this citrus juicer is user-friendly, easy to clean and is equipped with a fine screen to prevent clogging. It allows maximum juice extraction from the smallest to the largest fruits.

5. Chef’n FreshForce
This brand of lime juicer extracts 20 % more juice than the other conventional lime juicers. It offers more pressing power because of its innovative dual-gear mechanism. Furthermore, it is made of zinc and nylon adding to its durability. This juicer also strains seeds and pulp while jucing.

2 Easy Ways of Juicing Your Carrots

Orange And Carrot Juice Carrots are among the most common food choice in juicing. Aside from being tasty, carrots are rich in Vitamin A which helps in maintaining a good vision. Moreover, carrots also contain minerals and antioxidants which help keep our body cells healthy.

Here are two very simple ways on how to prepare your carrot juice.

Method 1: With a Juicer

Step 1:
Clean the carrots. Wash all the needed carrots with cold water. You might need to use a vegetable brush to clean the creases to make sure they are thoroughly clean.
Step 2:
Chop up the carrots into chunks. This is to aid the juicer thus easy juice extraction. However, for industrial-strength juicers, this step is unnecessary.
Step 3:
Properly set a tall glass below the spout. Make sure you catch the extract!
Step 4:
Feed the juicer. Drop the chunks one by one. If the carrots are very juicy, be ready with a new glass. Conversely, if the carrots are shrunken, add more carrots into the feed.
Step 5:
Enjoy your carrot juice!

Method 2: With a Food Processor

Step 1:
Clean the carrots (approx. 8 pieces). Wash all the needed carrots with cold water. You might need to use a vegetable brush to clean the creases to make sure they are thoroughly clean.
Step 2:
Place the carrots in the food processor. Continue processing until the carrots are fine or mashed. If the carrots are not very juicy, you may need to add a little water to it.
Step 3:
Add hot water. The puree must be poured in a large cup or glass and add 2 cups of hot water then stir.
Step 4:
Leave the mixture for around 15 – 30 minutes. You must allow it to steep.
Step 5:
Time to remove the pulp. Use a hand strainer when straining the juice into a 2 quart container or pitcher. Using a base of a blunt object or a glass, press the pulp into the strainer to drain as much extract as possible. If you hate pulp and want to strain more (although pulp is very healthy), pour the strained juice into a jelly strainer or a clean cloth then squeeze.
Step 6:
Add more juice! It’s actually not necessary but most people want to add orange juice to the carrot extract to make it tastier. Just juice two oranges.
Step 7:
Adjust the concentration. Take a sip and decide whether the blend is right for you or not. If it’s too concentrated for your taste, you can add more water.
Step 8:
Add ice as preferred. Enjoy!

Benefits We Get From Vegetable Juicing

Vegetable juice extracted from cabbage.It seems every health-conscious individual includes juicing as a part of his fitness routine. You can see a lot of people posting on social media about how juicing helps maintain a fit body. It is said that the body could absorb juices faster since the digestive system will have a shorter process of breaking the food down. More commonly, fitness enthusiasts choose fruits for juicing since they are tastier and appealing.

However, vegetable juices are as equally nutrient-rich as fruit juices. Vegetables offer a variety of vitamins and minerals depending on their kind.
Here are some of them with the benefits they provide:

Asparagus is a natural cleanser for the bladder and kidneys. It is stronger when cooked so it is better eaten raw.

Beets are high in manganese which is good for the blood and liver. They also help prevent menstrual abnormalities and constipation. High levels of foliates can also be found in beets.

Broccoli contain high levels of sulfur which good for detox and weight loss.

Cabbage is also rich in sulfur. The red cabbage has more sulfur than the white one. On the other hand, white cabbage has more potassium, iron and silicon than the red. Be sure not to combine cabbage with acid and salt since it may irritate your stomach.

Carrots are very good cleanser, especially in the liver and bile. They are also rich in Vitamin A which known to help maintain a good eyesight. It is best when consumed raw.

Cucumbers are much known for its health benefits. Some people use them in water infusions. They help maintain healthy hair, teeth, nails, kidneys and liver.

Kale is one of the most common known cleansers. It high levels of potassium, sulfur, and phosphorus. It’s best when young and tender.

Leeks are also great blood cleansers. They are also good for the muscles and help eliminate levels of uric acid in the body.

Lettuce is very good for our body’s metabolism. It is best when juiced or just eaten raw without adding any condiments to it. This vegetable is rich in calcium, iron, potassium, sodium, and magnesium.

Okra may not be so appealing because of their sliminess. But they are a good source of calcium and contain 20% sodium. This is especially good in intestinal inflammations, kidney, bladder, and colon irritations.

Spinach is also a good source of sodium, calcium, potassium, and organic iron. Like any other leafy veggies, it is good in maintaining regular bowel movements.

These are just a few of the many fruits and vegetables that are beneficial in keeping a healthy body. The list is endless, as well as the benefits. But at the end of the day, it is up to us to change our health habits for the better.

Juicing Essentials – Factors to Consider When Juicing

fresh fruit juicesThere are plants which hold nutrients that are easily destroyed by high temperatures. In order to preserve these nutrients, most people nowadays consider juicing. It is believed that juicing would greatly help in keeping your body healthy. Studies have shown that juicing does wonders to your health, especially those juices prepared at home, without any artificial flavors or chemicals added to it. Home-made juices are easily prepared, cheap and 100 % guaranteed organic. Here are some factors that you need to remember when juicing at home:

Pick the Right Juicer

There are different kinds of juicers that you can choose from. They vary in the type of material (plastic/metal), the size, and the kind of power needed for it to work. Generally, juicers come in three major types.

Manual Juicers work by using your arm strength for it to work. You need time and patience on this one. Putting too much pressure would sometimes damage the machine. Since it is most commonly lightweight, manual juicers only produce smaller amounts of extract compared to the other types.

Masticating juicers work by chewing up the pulp of the fruit or vegetables. This process allows the easy extraction of the juice. Since these juicers are single-geared, they work slowly and quietly. Some people actually prefer this because the faster the machine is, the more heat it produces, destroying some of the vital nutrients. They want to get as much of it as they can.

Centrifugal juicers work by shredding the fruit and then spinning and straining it, extracting more juice with less pulp. This machine is a little noisier than the other types but it would give you more juice in less time. This is ideal for people who wanted to make juices in larger quantities and store the rest for future consumption.
Regardless on the type of juicer you pick, it’s always good to choose the trusted brands for a longer-lasting use.

Choose the Right Juicing Foods

The kind of food that you should juice should be in accordance to your specific health need. Say for instance you have iron-deficiency anemia, you choose more of the foods rich in iron. If you don’t have any specific health requirement and just want to stay fit, greens are always the best. However, if you are new to juicing, green vegetables might be hard for you to swallow. So good juicing recipes on these will help you gradually introduce it to your body until you become fully adjusted.
Fruits make great juices. You might want to experiment on a wide variety of fruits since most of them, if not all, can be juiced. Different fruits offer different kinds of nutrients. Berries are good choice, as well as apple and plum.

Find Appetizing Juicing Recipes

You may experiment your own juicing recipes. However you can’t always come up with a good-tasting juice, especially if you are not familiar with the taste of the fruit or vegetable you chose. You might end up throwing it in the sink. You can start with the most common fruits or vegetables like carrots, apples, melons, and oranges. You may also want to do some mixtures of different fruits.
You can also buy a recipe book for a more detailed juice preparation. Some people actually find recipes online, on websites or health blog sites where real experiences on a juicing recipe are shared.
A little bit of water added would be harmless. On the other hand, this could lessen the concentration of the concoction for easier swallowing.

Store Your Juice Properly

It is always best to drink the juice right after extracting it. However, some demanding situations won’t allow you time for that. Store the juice in a tightly-covered dark container to keep light from passing through. This proves to lengthen the shelf life of the juices. Glass containers are always better than the plastic ones.
Juices with higher acid level tend to last longer. But don’t store juices longer than 24 hours.

Benefits of Juicing – Discovering the Power of Juicing to Your Health

Benefits of juicing

If you have wondered if there is one thing you can do to maintain a healthy body and mind without spending your fortune, you should get to know more about juicing. Juicing is all about taking in raw vegetables and fruits, preparing them well and processing them in a juicing machine. The entire process is so easy to learn, inexpensive and simple to do, especially if you want to compare its costs with buying pre-packed juices from the supermarket.

What is in it juicing and health improvement?

The raw fruits and vegetables contain extract, the juice that is a potent source of all natural enzymes, fluids and nutrients that the body can use for both hydration and health. Moreover, the juice produced from the juicing machine can be a tasty addition for your diet regimen that contains huge amount of concentrated vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients derived from natural resources. These nutrients are essential towards a sound performance of your body. You also get to treat your body with elements such as carotenes, flavinoids, enzymes and chlorophyll.

When you responsibly do juicing and prepare it well, you will reap the benefits of the juicing itself as it becomes an essential part of your healthy lifestyle. It is best to make use of fresh fruits and vegetables so you will get further benefits from it. Ideally, people who want the best results often use organic produce because this makes them get all the natural products that are not tainted with fertilizers and chemicals.

Juicing offers a lot of benefits to help you achieve nutrition, health, vitality and energy that you need to get through your day. A lot of people are now practicing the habit of raw juice regimen as one of their illness treatments. It helps in rejuvenating the body and revamping your health. When carefully prepared and the right choice of products and juicer to use, you will be able to achieve optimum juicing results.