A Beginner’s Guide to Juicing
In my last post about eating for wellness, I mentioned that more fruits and veggies are essential to an energy boosting diet. Sometimes it can be really difficult to get sufficient amounts into your meals (especially if you’re aiming for the ideal 70%). This is precisely why I adore juicing.
Juicing is one of the best things that you can do for your health. Fresh vegetable and fruit juices have shown to fight cancer and virtually every other disease known to man. They are particularly good for your skin and super easy to digest (A win for someone like me). If you haven’t checked it out, the movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, it is a must see. You can watch it on Netflix or for free on Hulu.
What I love about juicing is that you get a blast of nutrients all in one delicious cup. If you find that you’re falling short on your daily amount, this is an instant fix. Once you get the hang of it, juicing is quick, easy and fun. In fact, even kids love it. Shawn and I let our 3 year old niece help us make juice and she loved it! She even drank the entire cup of green goodness.
KINDS OF JUICERS
You may be asking yourself what type of juicer you should use. There are generally 3 different types of juicers, and your price point will most likely dictate which type you can afford.
1) CENTRIFUGAL JUICER
This is most affordable type of juicer. It’s incredibly easy and fast to use because rotates at a high RPM (6,500-12,000 RPMs). They don’t get as much yield as other juicers, but is a great option if you’re on a budget. These run from $60 to around $150.
2) MASTICATING/SINGLE AUGER JUICERS
In my opinion, this juicer has the most bang for your buck. These masticating juicers crush food with a slow 80 RPMs. These juicers produce a higher yield, have more nutrients and are easier to clean than other juicers. Masticating juicers are a bit more expensive and start at around $250 and go up from there.
3) Twin Gear Juicer
These guys are the mack daddy of the juicing world. When you use these, you are getting the most yield, least pulp and highest amount of nutrients. You can even keep juice from these machines in your fridge for a few days because its nutrients are so in tact. They are, however, really expensive and range from about $500-$1200.
HOW TO JUICE
- Buy the produce you want to juice. You can find tons of recipes for juice online. Try to use as much organic as possible. Because your are using juice for it’s nourishing, cleansing and detoxifying effects, it is prudent to buy chemical-free produce.
- Prepare your produce for juicing. Wash your fruits and vegetables well. Slice them into sections that fit the opening of your juicer. It is usually not necessary to peel and core your produce unless you are using conventional rather than organic.
- Feed your fruits and veggies through the feeding tube. I usually alternate my veggies so that they work to push each other through instead of doing all of one kind at a time. Try mixing it up.
- Drink and Enjoy!
BENEFITS OF COMMONLY JUICED FRUITS AND VEGGIES
- Apples: High in antioxidants and detoxifiers. Sweetens bitter juice. Aids in digestion.
- Kale: Amazing for the blood and skin. Rich in dozens of vitamins and minerals. Has major anti-oxidant activity.
- Lemons: Super alkalizing. Makes any juice easy to drink and deliciously tart.
- Carrots: Also high in antioxidants and other vitamins and minerals including folic acid and B vitamins. Adds a slight sweetness to juices.
- Cucumbers: Great for skin and hair. High water content is perfect for hydration. Aids in weight loss.
- Ginger: Amazing for digestive upset. Helps with allergies, colds and coughs. Anti-inflammatory.
- Cilantro: Incredibly good for detoxifying the body. Helps the body expel heavy metals. Anti-inflammatory. Great for hormone balancing.
- Parsley: Another major detoxifier. Improves body odor and breath. High in chlorophyll which oxidizes the blood.
- Beets: Blood purifier and blood builder. Prevents and helps dissolve stones in liver, kidney’s and bladder.
TIPS AND TRICKS
- If you plan on juicing a lot, buy in bulk. I usually buy a 5-10 lb bag of carrots at a time and big bags of apples and lemons. See what is available in your area because it’s much cheaper to buy this way.
- Juice your juice. When you are done juicing, pour your juice back through the juicer (make sure to put another container under the spout!) to get rid of remaining pulp and clean out leftover remains in the juicer. It makes cleanup a breeze.
- Clean right away. Your juicer is really easy to clean if you do it right after juicing. I usually rinse everything off before I enjoy my juice. If you let it sit for a while, you will have to use a bit of elbow grease to get everything clean and it just takes more time.
- Use more veggies than fruit. One common mistake is to juice mostly fruits to make your juices sweet and palpable. You can easily overload on sugar if you’re not careful. You will see that 1 apple or a lemon goes a long way in juice and carrots are surprisingly sweet. Try to use more cucumbers, greens, and celery.
- Only drink 8oz at a time. It’s easy to over drink juices because they’re just so freakin’ good and good for you. Your body can only process 8oz every hour, so any more than that is a waste.
MY FAVORITE GO-TO JUICE
This one is my favorite because I almost always have everything on hand and I can easily add or subtract things and it still tastes great!
Yield: 8-10 oz
4 stalks of kale
This is a sweet and tangy treat that will energize and alkalize you instantly. You can always add some ginger, celery, beets, bell peppers, cilantro or parsley to this for added benefit and without changing the taste too much.
Why do you love juicing? Have you noticed benefits in our life? If you haven’t juiced before, what are you most excited about? Let me know in the comments below.
I choose to feed my body the nutrients it needs to thrive.