Juicing is a great way to get you daily servings of fruits and vegetables if you’re a person on the go. Use the healing properties of food and improve your health today with juicing!
Let’s get started beginning to juice.
Beginning to Juice Tip #1
Selecting your juicer. Are you going to be juicing leafy greens like spinach, kale and lettuce? I recommend you do, because those ingredients are very nutritious. The best type of juicer for leafy greens is a masticating juicer like the Omega J8004. It juices fruit great too. The other type of juicer is a centrifugal juicer. That’s the type I started out with. In the beginning I juiced a lot of carrots, apples, oranges, pineapple, and grapefruit. Lets not forget watermelon! My centrifugal worked great but I outgrew it after about a year. It just didn’t do a very good job on leafy greens, so I felt I was wasting too much. Along came my Omega J8004 and I haven’t stopped juicing since.
Recommendations for juicers:
Masticating – Omega J8004 Nutrition Center Commercial Masticating Juicer (Best overall in my opinion)
Masticating Vertical –Omega VRT330S 80RPM Masticating Juicer (Choose the VRT350 for a heavy duty screen, but at a higher cost)
Centrifugal – Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor (Good all around juicer, lowest price, but not good for leafy greens)
Beginning to Juice Tip #2
Once you have a juicer, find delicious recipes. Keep them simple at first and make one’s that you know you’ll like. You can experiment with powerful ingredients like garlic and cilantro later. There are so many websites with so many recipes it’s hard to know which to choose from. That’s why I recommend getting a book on juicing and juicing recipes. When I started, I started simple. I had some free software that gave me some excellent suggestions. You can find it here.
Once I had exhausted the software I started buying books. I also found a few good simple recipes on websites, but I was cautious. Many are so complicated that I knew I didn’t want to make them and many have ingredients that are way too hard or impossible to find. Below are a few good books that will help you get started.
Before going to the grocery store, use your list of recipes and make a grocery list of what you’ll need. This will simplify things. Buy organic when possible and buy the freshest produce. If you’re able to, grow your own. That’s the best way!
Recommendations for books:
The Juicing Bible
Juicing, Fasting, and Detoxing for Life: Unleash the Healing Power of Fresh Juices and Cleansing Diets
The Healthy Juicer’s Bible: Lose Weight, Detoxify, Fight Disease, and Live Long (Excellent for beginners)
Beginning to Juice Tip #3
Let’s get juicing! Prepare and area for juicing and preparing your produce. My juicer sits close to my sink and garbage disposal. I also sometimes use a colendar for rinsing.
To wash your produce all you need is fine-grain sea salt and water! First, wash the fruit or vegetable with water. Prepare the solution in a large bowl (or sink) by mixing one teaspoon of sea salt to each cup of water and stir it to dissolve the salt. Soak your produce for two minutes. (Scrub with a vegetable brush) Rinse the produce under fresh water, pat dry.
Cut up your produce for your juicer. Mine needs to be cut up fairly small since I have a narrow chute (Omega J8004).
When juicing, alternate between hard and soft produce. This will help keep it from clogging.
If you have leftovers, like I almost always do, store it in airtight mason jars, then refrigerate. You can keep them up to 24 hours and it’ll still be fresh. I’ve found that the juice I make in my Omega J8004 stores longer, and tastes better longer than what I make in my Breville JE98XL.
That it for juicing tips for beginners. Simple enough huh? Have fun juicing!
Rich’s Juicing Tips: Preparing Your Produce