A tasty and refreshing treat, juice is a healthful food that offers plenty of delicious flavor options along with restorative properties. And juice that is freshly squeezed brings the flavor and intensity to a whole new level! Get involved and reap the benefits of this drink by celebrating National Fresh Squeezed Juice Week.
History of National Fresh Squeezed Juice Week
For centuries, without access to preservatives or special equipment, the only way to actually enjoy juice would likely have been to drink it freshly squeezed. In more modern times, juice has been produced in factories, then boxed, canned or bottled, and either made shelf-stable or refrigerator stable. Eventually, the juice is sent to grocery stores where it waits to be purchased and consumed by individuals and families.
And while there is certainly an understandable convenience factor when it comes to purchasing pre-made juices, most people realize that freshly squeezed juices are simply better. Whether coming from fruits or vegetables, the process of juicing at home is a delightful way to be more nutritionally minded and enjoy a delicious beverage as well.
National Fresh Squeezed Juice Week takes place during the third week of January, likely getting its start as a way to bring some fresh, healthful foods into the cold and dark days of those living in the northern hemisphere. When comfort food reigns supreme during winter, it’s easy to get caught in a cycle of eating soups, stews and chilis while forgetting the body’s need for fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, this is a great way to build immunity to fight against cold and flu season!
Enjoy celebrating National Fresh Squeezed Juice Week this time by setting intentions and creating some new habits that will hopefully last well into the rest of the calendar year.
How to Celebrate National Fresh Squeezed Juice Week
Consider some of these ideas for participating in and observing National Fresh Squeezed Juice Week:
Make Some Fresh Squeezed Juice
Those folks who understand the benefits of juicing – along with how fun it can be – might just want to run out and invest in a new juicer as they celebrate National Fresh Squeezed Juice Week. While it is possible to make fresh squeezed juice by hand at home, it is certainly much more efficient to have a juicer. Plus, with a juicer it is possible to get more of the fiber and healthy parts of the fruits or vegetables into the juice in a more efficient manner. Also, one of the fun things about making juice at home is that it’s possible to get adventurous with the kinds of fruits and vegetables that are mixed together to make juice!
Learn Health Benefits of Fresh Squeezed Juice
In honor of National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day, consider and share some of these interesting bits of info that reveal some of the reasons that this beverage is worth building into a daily habit:
- No preservatives
- Natural sugars
- Larger amounts of soluble fiber
- Retain more vitamins and minerals