As you know I’m a juicer…of fruits and vegetables. I consider myself an experienced beginner. I started juicing because I knew I wasn’t getting enough vital nutrients in my diet and that I wasn’t going to eat my daily serving. Juicing is a great way to fix this. Juicing provides many benefits. It may not seem like it, but you can live and be healthy on just these juices. I’m not going to do that and if you want to, consult a physician. A very determined man saved his life by going to an all-juice diet in the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead by Joe Cross.
First step is to get yourself a good juicer. The first one I bought was mid-priced $40-50 and broke within two months. I switched to a Breville. It was a bit of an investment, but well worth the pennies! I get much more juice output and its well constructed.
Second step, get some recipes. I looked at a ton of books online, the recipes are generally the same. So follow one or two people on YouTube or Pintrest. I happen to like Drew Canole.
Third, get your fruits and veggies. The base of most green drinks will be cucumber and celery given their high water content and packs a punch on the nutrients. You’ll also want spinach and kale, two nutrient-dense foods. Other staples include lemon, beets, apples and carrots. These foods make up the base of the majority of recipes I found. If you want to work on certain aspect of your health expand into other fruits and veggies. Garlic is a great natural antibiotic; jalapeno peppers up metabolism and clear stuffy sinuses; ginger great for digestion; alphalpha sprouts are great for hair; and green peppers are good for acne . Do some research on foods that fix.
Fourth, get to juicing! Here are some simple tips:
- Alternate soft and hard foods. Juice your spinach leaves first, then your cucumber. The harder foods push the softer foods through the juicer to get more juice.
- Wash your produce well.
- Use organic if you can get it or peel the skins of non-organic foods – the idea is to prevent toxins from entering your body. I personally do a mix of organic and non-organic.
- Run a little bit of water, 1/2 cup, after your last ingredient to flush out the last of the juice.
- Try not to mix fruits and vegetables in the same juice – the body breaks these down differently. The body should focus on one or the other.
Lastly, I won’t lie, cleaning the juicer can be a pain. You can make about 3 juices before you need to clean the strainer in a single day. You should always clean the juicer at the end of the day. Some people place plastic bags in the scrap bucket so they can just pull it out and toss the scraps. You’ll develop your own style once you get going.
There are a ton of free recipes out there, I don’t necessarily suggest buying a book. I did, it was about $10, but I could have easily found that information online. Make your own recipes as you learn the benefits of different foods.
Don’t have the money for a juicer? You can use a food processor or blender, just use cheese cloth and a strainer to separate the juice from the pulp. No problem.
I’m just keeping it new.