Natural juices have always been popular in Latin America. From refrescos to aguas frescas, they’re the drink of choice on hot summer days. Juicing is now big in the U.S. as well, thanks mostly to its nutritional benefits; liquefied fruits and veggies strengthen the immune system, boost energy, and provide essential vitamins.
We asked Yohana Guzman, Dominican-born health aficionado and juicing authority at New York’s Brazilia Cafe, for how-to juicing tips and ingredient and equipment recommendations. Not only did she offer great advice, she gave us a delish juice recipe. Lucky you, we like to share. Happy juicing!
What are the health benefits of juicing?
I believe that the benefits of juicing are the key to living a more radiant, energetic life and maintaining truly optimal health. Juicing helps you absorb all the nutrients from fruit and vegetables. It also helps detoxify the body, strengthens the immune system, increases energy, improves digestion, and facilitates weight loss.
Do you see any notable trends in juicing?
Overall juicing has become very popular. More and more people are understanding the benefits of fresh, raw juice. Specifically, green juices – kale, spinach, celery, cucumber with a little pineapple or apple juice for added sweetness – are all the rage.
Which Latin ingredients work best in juices?
At home I make smoothies using papaya, mango, pineapple, açai, bananas and avocados. I like to add leafy greens like kale and spinach to them. These fruits are filling, satisfying, tasty and packed with fiber, which is great for digestion.
Read on for easy juicing tips and a delish Latin juice recipe!