Everything you need to know to start juicing
Get on the path to becoming an expert juicer with these simple tips.
Fresh juice is not only delicious, but it’s also a lot healthier than the majority of juices you’ll find at the grocery store. Using fresh produce – and nothing else – to make juice, you’re leaving out all the unhealthy sugars and additives that make many of the store-bought juices nearly as bad as drinking soda.
Juicing at home also gives you the opportunity to get more vegetables in your diet without actually having to eat them. If you’re not a vegetable-lover, which many are not, you can easily mask the flavor of vegetables within fruit flavors so you get all the benefits painlessly. So here’s an introduction to juicing to get you well on your way to making the best juices around, right in the comfort of your own home.
Picking the right juicer
There are lots of electric juicers on the market, but some are better than others. Centrifugal juicers are the ones where you drop the produce into a chute, it spins at a very high speed, and then comes out the other side as juice, separating the pulp. Masticating juicers work a bit more slowly to grind up the produce and then press it against a strainer, keeping more nutrients in the juice but still separating the pulp.
Juicing at home also gives you the opportunity to get more vegetables in your diet without actually having to eat them. If you’re not a vegetable-lover, which many are not, you can easily mask the flavor of vegetables within fruit flavors so you get all the benefits painlessly.
Once you’ve decided on which type of juicer you want, something to consider is speed, meaning that it doesn’t require a ton of assembly or cleanup. If you’re a busy person who is wondering how to make juicing easier and with less cleanup, this might be a good consideration. Another important consideration is size. Depending on how much juice you typically want to make in one session will determine the size of the juicer that is right for you.
Price is also a factor. Juicers can range from $20 to in the hundreds, and of course, you kind of get what you pay for. The highest quality juicers, meaning the ones that can handle just about any fruit or vegetable you put in it without constantly getting clogged or even breaking, are going to be on the spendier side. That being said, if you just want a simple, small juicer, spending the big bucks may not be necessary.
Juicing combinations for beginners
Here are some tips on mixing ingredients together so you become a juicing pro in no time.
While it may be tempting to make a one-ingredient fruit juice, if you branch out and include some vegetables in there, you’ll be getting a lot more nutrients. Make sure you include at least one fruit that can overpower the flavors of the rest of what you include. Some examples of great juice blends to try are:
- Orange, carrot, ginger juice
- Green apple, cucumber, lime, celery juice
- Green apple, kale, celery, lemon juice
- Orange, beet, carrot juice
- Tangerine, strawberry, kiwi, spinach juice
- Watermelon, celery, mint juice
These are just a few suggestions. Note that it’s easiest if you include at least one ingredient that produces a lot of juice, or else you’ll have to buy a lot of produce to even get one glass.
Health benefits of juicing
Fresh juice is great for your health because it contains tons of vitamins and other nutrients. The nutrients in fruits and vegetables have so many health benefits, including reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, and boosting your immune system. Juice cleanses were created because they can help you lose weight, another fantastic health benefit of fresh juice.
While the verdict is still out on this, drinking fresh juice may allow your body to better absorb the nutrients in fruits and vegetables. This is because your digestive system doesn’t have to go through the trouble of digesting all the fiber.
Drinking fresh juice may allow your body to better absorb the nutrients in fruits and vegetables.
That being said, the healthy fiber of fruits and vegetables is lost when juicing as opposed to eating the whole thing. Some consider this to be one of the drawbacks of juicing. However, if you don’t throw away the pulp, you can drink your juice and eat the fiber as a part of something else. Many people use the leftover pulp to make bread or even sauces or dressings for things like pasta or salad.
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