Take Charge Of your Juicing With These Tips
To get the most out of juicing, it is crucial that you learn the key to juicing is understanding the benefits of juicing various fruits and vegetables. Here are some informational tips to help you make juices that will benefit you:
Always wash your produce: If your produce is not organic, wash it thoroughly to remove the dirt particles and some of the pesticides. Washing your produce is very important, especially with green leafy produce as dirt tends to hides between the leaves. You should be washing all of your produce thoroughly anyway, whether it is organic or not.
Use organic produce if you can afford it: Buying organic produce allows your body to receive increased nutritional value, healthy enzymes, and avoid pesticides and other chemicals when you make your juice.
Buy a quality juicer: Hard vegetables, like beets and carrots, can be difficult to juice, and cheap juicers may not perform very well. Purchase a juicer that is strong, efficient and sturdy enough to juice hard produce.
Centrifugal juicer: If you intend to juice a lot of hard vegetables, consider a centrifugal juicer. Centrifugal juicers do not juice leafy greens very well.
Masticating juicer: If you intend to juice leafy greens regularly, like wheatgrass, spinach, kale, collards, chards, lettuce, etc., think about buying a masticating juicer. Masticating juicers produce a very high juice yield and are great for juicing leafy greens. Although the masticating juicer is more expensive than the centrifugal juicer, it can juice both hard vegetables and leafy greens.
Consume juice on an empty stomach: Drinking raw fruit and vegetables in the morning or when your stomach is empty, delivers nutrients, vitamins, and enzymes directly into the blood stream.
Stay organized: Have all the ingredients readily available when the time comes to make juice.
Prepare and plan: If you plan to juice in the morning, prepare your produce the night before. Wash and cut your produce, place it in a ziplock bag or storage container, then refrigerate it. Advance preparation will help you in the mornings.
Beware of high fructose juices: Fructose is the sugar in most fruit. Juicing only fruits increases your sugar intake since there is no fiber to slow down the fructose absorption. Consider how many apples, grapes or oranges you would have to use to produce 1 glass of fruit juice.
Fruit juice should be consumed in moderation or avoided: Those struggling with weight issues, juicing to lose weight, and diabetics who need to avoid blood sugar spikes.
Juice vegetables with fruit: Follow the 80/20 rule when it comes to the ratio of vegetables to fruit. 80% vegetables for wellness, and energy. 20% fruit for nutrients and taste. Stick to using 2-3 vegetables in your juice blends and incorporate an apple, pear or berries to the mix to give your green juice some sweetness.
Ease into green vegetable-based juices: Start with mild-tasting vegetables like celery and cucumbers. As you become more acclimated to the taste, include lettuce, kale, spinach, parsley, or cilantro. You’ll begin to experience the health benefits and like it.
Be consistent: If you make juicing an irregular occurrence, you’ll get less nutritional benefits and possibly lose your interest in juicing. Do a little juicing every day. The more you do, the more you’ll want to juice. Stay regular and consistent to support your healthy lifestyle.
Store your left-over juice: Purchase an airtight container to refrigerate your juice, it will last up to up to 72 hours.
Get your family involved in juicing: If your children hate eating vegetables, juicing is a great way to get young kids to reap the nutritional benefits from veggies. Quietly add them to the juicer with fruits to create a discreet and delicious drink. Show them that juicing vegetables makes them tastier.
Consult your doctor: If you’re considering starting any kind of long term juice cleanses or juice fast.
If you want to get healthy and feel more energized, juicing, combined with a healthy diet and exercise is a great way to reach your goals.