How to Squeeze More Enjoyment Out of Life
If you’re like me, your morning routine has you squeezed for time. You fly out of bed, hit the shower, dress on the fly and – if you’re lucky – you carve out a minute to gulp down a cup of coffee or a glass of juice.
While a glass of citrus juice can be a healthy way to start your day, most store-bought brands contain a large amount of added sugars or sweeteners – and that adds unwanted extra calories to your diet.
There are oodles of benefits to using freshly squeezed citrus juice as your morning eye-opener and in your favorite recipes and cocktails. You can also branch out and use your juicer with other healthy fruits and veggies.
Writing for Livestrong, Lindsay Kent noted, “It’s estimated that 80 percent of Americans are not eating enough fruits and vegetables, which means that free radicals begin to run rampant in the body without the protection of the antioxidants you get from produce. Serious diseases, such as heart disease, age-related macular degeneration and cancer, have all been linked to the damage that free radicals cause. Juices are also more easily absorbed by the body because the nutrients from the fruits or vegetables have already been broken down into a digestible form the body can use within 30 minutes of consumption … It takes the body around two hours to completely use the nutrients from a whole food source.”
According to Health.com, there are nine super benefits linked to citrus fruits.
- They’re a good source of fiber
- They’re good for your heart
- They have a low glycemic index
- They may help shorten colds
- They’re packed with potassium
- They may help you better absorb other nutrients
- They’re hydrating
- They might keep skin looking young
- They’re a weight loss staple
You can easily incorporate more citrus into your diet by squeezing juice on chicken, fish or a salad. You can also try turning the juice into the base for a dressing or sauce.
Freshly squeezed juice, in its most natural, unprocessed form, can help to ward of many ailments.
“Citrus fruits as a whole are packed with beneficial antioxidants and essential nutrients that can promote heart health and maybe even reduce the risk of some chronic diseases, like cancer,” notes registered dietitian Heather R. Mangieri.
Citrus juice is not just great at breakfast, lunch or dinner. You can also enjoy the benefits while sipping a day-ending, nerves-calming cocktail.
Here are seven supercharged cocktails courtesy kitchn.com:
NOTE: For each of these four recipes, mix an ounce and a half or so of the specified liquor with 3-6 ounces of the specified juice in an ice-filled highball glass.
- Screwdriver (orange juice + vodka)
- Greyhound (grapefruit juice + vodka but also works well with gin)
- Bocce Ball (orange juice + Amaretto)
- Rum and Orange (orange juice + dark rum)
For these three yummy drinks, combine 2 ounces of the specified liquor, 1 ounce of the specified citrus juice, and 1/2 ounce of simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
- Whiskey or Bourbon Sour (lemon juice + bourbon or whiskey + simple syrup)
- Lemon Drop (lemon juice + vodka + simple syrup)
- Classic Daiquiri (lime juice + white rum + simple syrup)
I’ve spent some 20 years reading and writing about dieting and gadgets that make life simpler and less stress-free. There is a bushel of great juicers on the market, but there aren’t many that let you enjoy the health benefits of fresh-squeezed citrus without a lot of fuss or muss.
Do yourself a favor and do a little research before buying your time-saving, health-boosting juicer. We’ve found a hands-free citrus juicer that only requires you to slice the fruit in half and insert it into the device. The juicer extracts an optimal amount of juice without breaking into the rind – something that can lead to a bitter taste! You end up with great-tasting juice without wet or sticky hands! Check out the Kickstarter for more info!
John McGran has been writing about health and weight loss for several national companies since 2000. He brings his knowledge of diets — and his passion for dropping pounds — to Meal Plan Map because he believes it is the future of smart, stress-free eating and improved health.