Are you guys still juicing? You should definitely try it if you haven’t. This is a great way to get a lot of healthy nutrients in a tasty, drinkable treat that will make you feel great.
Many people mistakenly believe that juicing is a substitute for whole foods. Whole foods and the fiber they provide are essential to a healthy diet. I do not recommend that you substitute food with fruit or vegetable juices .
I believe that adding unsweetened, all-natural vegetable and fruit juices to enhance your diet is a smart idea. It’s not more healthy than whole food, but different. Sometimes, all that is needed to maintain a healthy diet is this:
Like everything else, do it if it makes your family and you feel good. Skip it! It’s best to skip it. Personally, I notice a real difference in how I feel when I juice regularly. This is mainly due to my increased intake of fruits and vegetables. My skin is clearer and brighter, and I get sick less often. Juicing is a great way for me to get healthy momentum.
Which juicer should you use?
A juicer is the best tool to get started with juicing. There are two types of juicers: centrifugal juicers (AKA fast) and masticating juicers (AKA slow or cold-press).
A centrifugal juicer is the most common juicer that you can buy at a big-box store. These juicers have many disadvantages. They are not very efficient at extracting juice, don’t do a good job juicing leafy vegetables, and they can get too hot to actually destroy the nutrients.
These juicers have a few advantages. These juicers are affordable at around $40. A centrifugal juicer is best if you are only going to juice occasionally and not for nutritional purposes like baking or cooking.
A slow juicer is best if you want to juice your vegetables and fruits. Although slow juicers are slower than centrifugal juicers, they are still very fast.
They are quiet and easy to clean, giving you the best quality juice. But here’s the problem. These slow juicers are expensive. You’ll need to spend upwards of $400 to buy a high-quality slow juicer (like my Hurom that I recommend and have). It’s worth it if you intend to juice often. My Hurom is powerful enough to do more than just juice. I use it regularly to make nut milks and smoothies (it has a separate strainer for smoothie making) and it help me with canning. This appliance has earned a special place on my kitchen counter.
Are there any good starter juice recipes?
Juicing was intimidating to me when I started. I saw a lot of juices in the grocery stores, and I was intimidated by the variety of ingredients. There are 2 1/2 strawberries, 3/3 of mango here, and 27 blueberries. Blueberries are not counted by anyone!!
To get you started, I put together eight of my favorite simple juice recipe. All of these juice recipes use easily-available fruits and vegetables, and they have a minimum of three ingredients. You can be sure they taste great because they are all naturally sweetened with fruit. These are great for getting your feet wet in juicing. Let’s get started!
This is the best place to start if you want to add a green juice to your daily diet. Celery and cucumbers are packed with water making them great candidates for juicing. The juice is also enhanced with the addition of green apples, which add sweetness and fruity flavors. This juice is refreshing and hydrating, perfect for summer!
Do you like the spicy kick of ginger? This recipe is for your pleasure. The heat of ginger is balanced by the sweetness of apples and carrots.
You can get your nutrients from dark leafy greens while enjoying juice that tastes like a tropical paradise. This juice recipe is not suitable for centrifugal juicers as it will not properly juice banana or green kale leaves. I recommend using a Hurom Elite juicer.
This brightly colored juice balances the earthiness of beets with sweet, fruity berries. Golden beets can be a better choice if you find the regular purple beets too strong for your taste. They are milder in flavor and sweeter.
Are you feeling a little ill? The germ-fighting combination of ginger, lemon, and orange will give you a boost in your immune system.
This is a refreshing and healthy version of traditional apple juice. It combines two types of apples. This juice recipe is not suitable for centrifugal juicers as it will not properly juice spinach leaves. I recommend using a Hurom Elite juicer.
This juice is packed with fruits and vegetables. I recommend using a Hurom Elite juicer.
This juice is bright and fruity and shows how great melons can be in vegetable and fruit juices. Add a few leaves of fresh mint to make it a refreshing and fun addition.
8 Juice Recipes That Will Get You Juicing!
These eight simple juice recipes are great for beginners to juicing. They pack tons of fruit and vegetables in one glass.
Green Goddess Juice
- Three stalks of celery
- 1/2 large cucumber, cut into quarters
- One medium-sized green apple, cut in eighths
- One medium pear, cut into eighths
For Ginger Zinger Juice:
- 2 medium apples, cut into eighths
- 5 carrots, no need to peel
- 1/2 inch fresh ginger
- 1/4 lemon (remove the peel to avoid bitterness).
- 1/4 of fresh pineapple. Peel the skin and core off and slice into 1-inch strips
- 4 Kale Leaves
- 1 ripe banana, peeled
For Antioxidant Blast Juice:
- 2 medium beets cut in quarters and the greens
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup halved, unhulled strawberries
For Immune Booster Juice:
- 2 oranges, quartered. (Remove the peel to reduce bitterness).
- 1/4 lemon (remove the peel to reduce bitterness).
- 1 medium apple, cut into eighths
- 1/2″ fresh ginger
Not-So-Sour Apple Juice
- 2 tart apples cut into eights
- 5 kale leaves
For Kale Kickstart Juice:
- One orange quartered (remove peel to reduce bitterness).
- 1 cup halved, hulled strawberries
- 2 Kale Leaves
- 3 carrots
- 1 ripe banana
For Cucumber Cooler Juice:
- 1/4 ripe Cantaloupe, seeds removed and cut into pieces (no need for peeling).
- 2 stalks celery
- 1/2 cucumber, cut into slices
- 1/4 lemon (remove the peel to reduce bitterness).
Follow the directions for normal juicing as provided in the manual of your juicer. Take it out immediately or let it chill for at least an hour before enjoying.
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