Juicing is easy, and anyone interested can start with just a few simple steps. The following tips will get you started.
Try to use locally-grown fruits and vegetables in your juicing. The best option is to use produce that you’ve grown yourself. Every mile that a piece of fruit needs to be transported to get to you increases the carbon footprint of your glass of juice. It also increases the chance of your produce becoming contaminated with bacteria or chemicals.
Be aware that wheat-grass is actually gluten free so if you know someone or if you suffer from a gluten intolerance you are free to use wheat grass in your juicing. The benefits from wheat grass are incredible so give it a shot and start incorporating it into your juicing endeavors.
Start gradually with vegetables. Start by adding bits of vegetables to your fruit juices and work your way up to full vegetable drinks. Vegetables are more nutritious than fruits as a group but not as tasty sometimes. Adding more veggies to your drinks will make your taste buds ready to get that superior nutritional value.
In clue the whole fruit whenever you can to increase the nutritional punch of the juice you’re making. Apple skin, for example, holds more nutrients than all of the flesh combined! Some peels won’t taste good, like oranges, but you could zest the outside which contains a ton of flavor.
There are a million-and-one recipes of items to include in your juicer. You can try a combination like apple with carrot and ginger, or celery and pear. My favorites are apple with lemon and pear, apple with cinnamon and honey, and, my daughter’s favorite, banana with mango and orange. Try new ideas to find your own favorites!
If you don’t feel you’re getting an adequate amount of a vitamin in your diet, don’t bother buying a supplement! Instead, buy a juicer and do your research to find out which fruit and vegetable are rich in that vitamin. For example, if you’re low in calcium you should juice dark green vegetables like kale.
Substitute meals on occasion with your juicing. There are multiple servings of fruit and vegetables going into your mix and this can equate to a very healthy meal. Occasionally substituting a juice blend for a meal will reduce the amount of nontraditional ingredients you are consuming from processed foods and you will get more than enough nutrition.
If you want to improve your nutrition, give juicing a try. Juicing makes it easy to get all of your daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables. While you will miss out on the fiber these foods provide, you will get all of the vitamins and minerals, and juice tastes great too!
Always drink your juice right away after you have put it through the juicer! This is when the juice is most potent and has the most nutritional value. If you cannot get to it right away, get to the juice and drink it as soon as possible. Do not make a large amount of juice to store.
To help you decide which juicer to buy read your customer reviews of popular models before choosing the machine that is best for you. If you are on a social network, ask your friends if they have any input on juicing machines. Word of mouth is one of the best research methods available.
It’s just as important to consume a rainbow of different fruits and vegetables in your juicing endeavors as it is in your daily meals. Make sure to use a wide variety of produce so that you can be sure you’re getting all the vitamins and nutrients that you need every single day.
If you are new to juicing, a steadfast rule to follow is – to go slow! Start with a vegetable that you know you like. After trying that vegetable juice for a few days, you can slowly start to add in vegetables that you are unfamiliar with or not sure if you will like. By taking small amounts at a time, your body will adjust slowly to the different foods and absorb the juice in naturally.
If you must use non-organic fruits and vegetables in your juicing, peel it. It is not safe to ingest the skin even if you clean it well. Heavy metals and other dangerous things can permeate the skin, meaning cleaning won’t actually remove it. The skin of fruit and vegetables is very good for you, so you are much better off buying organic and including its skin in your juices.
If you’d like to put low-water fruits like avocado or bananas in your juice, put them in a blender first. It’s difficult for your juicer to process these types of produce and it can actually damage the expensive juicer or burn out the motor. Blenders are built to deal with thicker items, so give them a whirl and then pour them into your juicer.
Don’t overtax your juicer or you may end up having to buy a new one! Clean out the pulp every time you finish making a cup of juice, and give the machine a break every once in a while to cool down. If you push it too hard, or get it gunked up, you can burn out the motor.
Juicing your fruits and vegetables will provide your body with enzymes that make digestion easier, meaning you’re far less likely to face indigestion. If you get heartburn, or have stomach upset when you eat certain vegetables like broccoli, try juicing and you may find you no longer have any issues!
I’d highly recommend buying a juicer with a brand name over one that you don’t recognize the name of. Brand name juicers are more likely to last a long time, and will usually have a warranty or guarantee to back their claims up. Smaller companies can be fly-by-night, and you tend to get what you pay for.
Any diet can be made healthier with the addition of fresh, delicious juices. Juicing clean, fresh produce enables you to maintain a healthy, fit body.