Are you new to juicing and need a little help figuring out what the heck to do? Hopefully this page will be a perfect introductory tool to the wonderful world of juicing. My ‘Juicing 101’ includes the following (in order):
1) Health benefits of juicing
2) How to choose a juicer that is right for you
3) Fruit, vegetables, greens, and herbs ideal for juice
4) Tips & tricks
Why fresh juice? Juicing is a wonderful way to incorporate more nutrients into your diet without eating salads all day, everyday. Fresh, unpasteurized juices supply your body with a megadose of living enzymes, minerals, vitamins, phytonutrients, antioxidants, and a whole myriad of other goodies to keep you in tip top shape. Without all the fiber from the pulp, your body can absorb the nutrients much faster, allowing your digestive system a break from other meals. Think of juicing as an anti-cancer/anti-aging/immune-boosting/disease prevention all-in-one! While all the juices will provide ample benefits it is also important to pay attention to the natural sugar content. Definitely enjoy fruit juices but be sure to incorporate lots of greens and veggies such as: all greens listed below, broccoli, celery, and cucumbers. For green juices think ~75% green/veggie: ~25% fruit.
What juicer is right for me? This is tough. Juicers can be really expensive or they can be cheaper than your most recent trip to the grocery store. It is all about determining how often you plan on using it, what you can afford, and if you prefer a centrifugal vs. masticating juicer.
A centrifugal juicer operates using a high-speed spinning blade to separate the juice from the pulp. A masticating juicer (also referred to as a single or double gear) extracts juice from the pulp through the action of an auger and a grinding motion that breaks down the cell walls. Raw foodists prefer masticating over centrifugal as the speed and spin of the centrifugal tends to generate some heat, hence running the risk of killing some of the live enzymes.
Refer to this juicing page for some insight on brand varieties. I recommend choosing which one you want and heading over to Amazon and/or ebay to search for any deals. These sites also sell other brands not included such as the Jack LaLanne. Another option is visiting your local Costco. Happy purchasing!
What can I juice? The question should be what can’t I juice… you really can juice just about anything. Lettuce? Yep. Carrots? Heck yes. Cucumbers, honeydew melon, and apples? Yes, yes, and yes! Below is a working list of items you can juice. There are so many varieties of foods to choose from- so treat this list as basic and be adventurous.
-Peel all citrus fruits
-Peel non-organic cucumbers and apples (& anything else non-organic that can be peeled)
-Ginger: no need to peel – just throw it on in!
-Beets: no need to peel – remove stems
-Remove rind of all melons
-DON’T juice banana, avocado. Leave these for blending.
-Remove pits of all stone fruits (nectarines, peaches, plums, etc.)
–Wash all produce well, organic or not!