Rich in vitamins and minerals, many businesses tend to choose sweet fruits for their juice over the oft forgotten vegetable. When nearly 70% of Americans don’t get their daily allotment of fruits and vegetables a day, fresh juices are wont to fill the void. But before you put the hundredth apple in your commercial juice extractor, consider adding a few heart healthy vegetable options to the menu.
1. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are one of the most underrated super foods out there. Not only are they high in potassium, antioxidants, and vitamins, the dietary fiber you’ll consume lowers the risk of heart disease and colon cancer. This vegetable adds body to your juice concoction, stemms cravings, and keeps you full throughout the day. It’s a great additive to any juice bar recipe.
It’s no surprise that the fiber-rich spinach does great things for your heart health. Already a staple in many smoothies, adding spinach juice to your usual menu wouldn’t result in any up-turned noses. Containing strong levels of potassium and folate, spinach is an easy and blendable vegetable to add to any juice drink.
Okay, tomatoes aren’t technically a vegetable, but they’re close enough. Tomatoes already have a good reputation as a beverage enhancer from the hangover curer, the Bloody Mary. But what’s surprising about the tiny red fruit is its effect on your heart: tomatoes contain lycopene, an important carotenoid that prevents heart disease. Your commercial juice extractorshould have no problem incorporating the heart-healthy tomato into your menu.
Give your automatic juicer all the broccoli your child refuses to eat. Broccoli boasts a higher content of Vitamin C than orange juice. This will help prevent fatal heart disease while boosting your immune system. This vegetable is easy to incorporate into any green-themed juice drink.
Your commercial juice extractor hasn’t done its job until it’s processed the unexpectedly amazing cauliflower. This vegetable is not only easily disguisable — think cauliflower potatoes — but its high levels of folic acid work overtime to prevent cardiovascular disease. And just like broccoli, this superfood contains more calcium than an orange. Try using this food as an additive the next time you rev up your commercial juicer.It isn’t a secret that Millenials are bored with the standard juice options available — roughly 40% crave new, unique options. Ditch the typical fruit drink and add some heart-healthy vegetable alternatives to your automatic juicers.