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Make your own healthy drinks

This guide is all about healthy drinks and how to make them yourself. Everyone knows that freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices are super tasty and contain lots of vitamins and minerals. More and more supermarkets and juice bars are offering bottled juices, sometimes at quite high prices.

The question you ask yourself when you look at offers like this is whether it really contains what it says on the tin?! You don't know where the fruit or vegetables come from, whether they were treated with chemicals or whether additives such as sugar or preservatives were added.

To ensure that smoothies and juices last as long as possible and do not change their color in an "unattractive" way, such aids are unfortunately difficult to prevent.
Now we'll tell you why it's always worth making healthy drinks like juices and vitamin shots yourself...

Why make your own juices & vitamin shots?

Only if you make your own healthy drinks can you be sure that only the best ingredients go into them. To get your juice, it's best to go straight to the fruit and vegetable department in the supermarket and, given the large selection, make sure that the food you want has a recognized organic seal.

It would be even better to go to the nearest health food store. The ingredients are a little more expensive here, but you can be sure that the goods have not been treated and are of the best possible quality. In our experience, the on-site staff is very knowledgeable about all types of food and can certainly answer any questions you may have. You also have the opportunity to put together the ingredients you want yourself, both in the supermarket and in the health food store. If you're still lacking ideas here, you're welcome to try the tried-and-tested vitamin shots from our free recipe world.

The bottom line is that buying fruit and vegetables and making your own juice will cost you less than buying juice. There are no limits to your creativity.

Tip: “If you or one of your loved ones are allergic to certain ingredients, you should stay away from store-bought ready-made juices anyway. Homemade juice is definitely the better choice here.”

What is the best way to juice fruits and vegetables?

In the following we would like to discuss our two favorite options for making delicious fruit and vegetable juices. The slow juicer and the juicer.

Juicing with the slow juicer

In German, this type of juicer is a so-called cold juicer ("Kaltentsafter"). The strength of the slow juicer lies in its well-thought-out drive and pressing technology, which gently juices your fruit and vegetables using a special press screw and very low speed.

Thanks to the low speed, the temperature inside remains constantly cold during manual juicing, so that the nutrients contained in it retain their maximum effectiveness and do not suffer from a too high temperature combined with too much oxygen, as is the case with many conventional mixers.

You can also process fruit and vegetables in pieces with peel, seeds and even stalks in a cold juicer. The slow juicer squeezes all the juice out of the pressed material and transports unnecessary waste such as peel, stalk, etc. into a separate container. The advantage of this pressing technology is a very high juice yield and high concentration of vitamins and minerals.

The "juice concentrate" obtained from the slow juicer is very easy to digest/metabolize and you don't need to consume a lot every day.

Tip: “A lot doesn’t always help a lot. This principle applies especially when eating fruit. After all, fruit has a lot of fructose, which can make you fat if consumed in excess. That's why it's better to have one or two small vitamin shots made from good ingredients every day instead of liters of fruit juice!"

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Juicing with the manual juicer

This variant is probably the oldest and at the same time the simplest. You simply take the manual juicer, cut your fruit or vegetables in half and press them onto the juicer. By manually turning and/or pressing the pressed material, the juice runs into the bowl underneath and can then be drunk.

With this type of juicing, some pulp usually ends up in the juice. This is of course also healthy and can be drunk, but it's not for everyone. If you only want to juice oranges, limes, lemons, etc., the manual juicer is the right choice for you.

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What is the difference between smoothie and juice?

The difference between the two types of drinks is actually quite simple. Juice is obtained by pressing fruit and vegetables. The slow juicer or simple juicer is the best way to separate the pulp and peel.

With a smoothie, you "throw" everything into the blender and drink the peel, seeds and stalk as well. Here you have to make sure beforehand that the ingredients are untreated and, for example, that the stalks are not poisonous (like tomatoes). The result can be very rich and should not be overdosed.

Which ingredients combine best?

From experience we can say that the mixture of fruits and vegetables delivers the best results. Even pure vegetable juices are wonderful for vitamin shots.

Firm vegetables such as carrots or beetroot can be easily combined with apples, pears, ginger or even nuts.

There are almost no limits to your imagination with a SlowJuicer. Here we simply recommend that you juice and try your favorite ingredients.

Tip: “The fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K are best absorbed by your body if you add a few drops of cooking oil to your juice or vitamin shot. Flaxseed oil, rapeseed oil and olive oil are best suited for this.”

Prepare fresh vitamin shots every day

We recommend that you prepare your fruit and vegetables fresh in small quantities every day. This has the advantage that hardly any vitamins and minerals are lost. Even when stored in the refrigerator at 6°C, the ingredients are increasingly lost after about 3 days.

Tip: “If you find yourself juicing more fruit and vegetables than you can use straight away, you have the option of freezing the juice you have obtained. For this case, we have our ice cube makers made of platinum silicone, in which you can freeze your vitamins in a simple way. This way you can make them last longer and add them to your glass as ice cubes or ice balls if necessary. Looks good and is super tasty too!”

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