I began juicing about a year ago after learning about the amazing benefits during a chiropractic nutrition seminar. I was intrigued and had to know more – so I started doing research! Juicing floods your body with micronutrients, and is insanely delicious!
There are some truly great juice bars out there with deadly delicious combos of vegetables and fruit, but homemade juice, in my opinion, is a million times better! It just takes a bit more time and effort to make it from home.
The juicer itself is going to be the biggest investment in the process. However, choosing a juicer that is right for you is crucial. There are several different styles on the market ranging from $50-$2,500. My best advice is to choose one of higher quality so you will be able to reap the most benefits from your hard work.
There are two types of juicers:
Masticating (Cold Press): This type of juicer works first by crushing the produce and then pressing it for its highest juice yield. Since it does not create much heat, more of the fresh ingredients’ nutrients remain intact. It is the best type of juicer for green juice since it processes greens quite efficiently. Another benefit is that they are quieter than most centrifugal juicers. However, they are pricier, so look for a good model on sale.
Centrifugal: Typically known as the most common type of juicer, it utilizes a fast spinning metal blade that spins against a mesh filter, separating juice from flesh via centrifugal force. This type of juicer generates heat which destroys some of the enzymes in the food being processed. The heat also begins the oxidation process, causing less nutrients to be maintained.
I ended up purchasing my Omega J8004 juicer from Craigslist for under $100 from someone who tried juicing once and could not keep up with the amount of work required. I would look at Craigslist, Amazon, and eBay to find the most affordable juicer.
Juicing is a fantastic way to get a high amount of nutrients into your body. I would make sure to choose organic produce to avoid pesticides. Also, make sure that your juice is made up of at least 80% vegetables and just 20% fruit (for flavor). This helps lower the overall sugar content and ensures you are getting the most nutrients and fiber per juice. The best types of produce to use as a base in a juice are celery, cucumbers and carrots because they are extra juicy. The more leafy greens you can get into your juice – the better. The most shocking element to me was the amount of produce that went into one 24 oz juice. All of the ingredients pictured below went into ONE juice. Now just imagine trying to eat all that produce in one sitting without getting full first. This is just one amazing reason why juicing is a great way to flood your body with nutrients from REAL food.
One of the most frequently asked questions about juicing is: Do you lose all the fiber from your produce when it goes through the juicing process? The answer is no! While juicing does remove some fiber, the insoluble, it leaves the soluble fiber intact. Soluble fiber absorbs water and provides bulking matter that acts as a prebiotic to support good bacterial growth and digestive health. It also regulates blood sugar, may lower cholesterol and slows the transit of food through the digestive tract, helping fill you up. Insoluble fiber is also a critical component of produce. It helps fill you up, bulk stool, and speed the passage of food through the digestive system. This is why it is important to balance whole foods and juicing, so you maintain healthy levels of both types of fiber in your diet.
You can store juice in airtight containers in your refrigerator. However, they start to lose their nutritious benefits over time once they begin to oxidize. I would recommend drinking them immediately or at least in the first 24 hours to reap the most benefits.
I have included my favorite juice recipes below:
|Beet Juice||Rainbow Juice|
|1 ½ beets||1 Granny Smith apple|
|4 celery stalks||1 beet|
|1 cucumber||4 celery stalks|
|1 Granny Smith apple||1 cucumber|
|1 lemon||½ lemon|
|Green Drink||10 carrots|
|4 apples||Carrot Ginger Juice|
|2 cucumbers||12 carrots|
|small handful of parsley||1’’ ginger root|
|2 lg handfuls spinach||1 Granny Smith apple|
|4 celery stalks|
|1’’ ginger root|