Month: June 2013
How To Juice
Let’s face it; most of you don’t have the time to load up on the recommended daily vegetable and fruit intake even though the benefits of doing so are beyond rewarding. It’s this very reason that I began my juicing journey last year and am living proof that it’s beneficial in numerous ways, which is why I share information about it with all of you. Your workload may not leave time for much meal planning and can handicap your choices IF you let it. Why not get your daily vitamin intake in one cup of juice? It’s easier than you think! So here’s the big question: How to Juice? Before discussing How to juice let’s recap why it’s great for you.
- Fresh vegetable/ fruit juice alkalizes the body.
- Juicing detoxifies and helps clear skin
- Easy on the digestive tract because the nutrients and fibers are extracted therefore the important stuff is absorbed quickly heading straight into your bloodstream!
- One cup of juice allows you to consume a variety of fruits and vegetables in one serving!
Let’s answer your How To Juice question!
Step 1: Pick a Juicer
No silly not a high powdered blender! There is a difference (read my previous post). I mean a juicer, a power packed life-saving machine that will extract pulp from the actual juice so you can enjoy a nice refreshing drink not a smoothie! Some machines are pricy, I know, but you can find great deals on Macys.com, Amazon or EBay. I don’t suggest the more expensive $400 range machines for beginners. There are some great less expensive machines that will get the job done. Ask around and more importantly READ reviews.
Step 2: Pick Your Choice of Produce
Now remember two things when you are learning this how to juice step:
- Since juicing extracts the actual juice from the pulp the entire makeup of the juice goes straight into your bloodstream and is absorbed rather quickly. Because of this let’s steer clear of fruits that are high in sugar! The point is healthier living so as yummy as a pure fruit juice is I suggest increasing the vegetable ingredients and stick to fruits like grapefruits and green apples or lemons and limes which are great alkalizes. Also, there are some great tasting vegetables (beets and carrots) that will compensate for the sweet taste. Honestly, my suggestion is the greener the juice the better. Not only will green juices kick start your energy for the day but it will definitely help on the cleansing/detoxifying front.
- Now the second thing to remember when learning how to juice: produce goes bad quickly so plan accordingly. Don’t over-buy and then be left with having to throw away produce. I always suggest organic fruits and veggies because they are likely to contain less (not completely free of) pesticides and whatever other chemical the farmer decided to spray that day!
Step 3: Washing and Prepping
You have the two most important components: your juicer and your ingredients! Let’s take this time to wash and prep our produce ridding them of all the chemicals they may contain. Some farmers markets and stores sell organic fruit/veggie wash or you can fill a bowl with 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water to effectively clean your ingredients. The great thing about juicing is most fruits and vegetables don’t need to be peeled or de-stemmed! They can be chopped and thrown in the juicer as is once they are cleaned. Fruits such as: oranges, lemons and limes however should be peeled beforehand unless you’d like a tall glass of juice that’s bitter and full of zest! Lastly, put a small baggie in the part of the juicer where the pulp and remains go. When you are done juicing you can simply remove the baggie and toss it in the trash! This will save you time in step 5.
Step 4: Juice the Goods
This one is easy. Throw in all your fruits/veggies and enjoy! A very important fact in our How to Juice lesson today is to drink your juice within 5 minutes of making it because the nutrients oxidize rather quickly.
Step 5: Clean Components
You can rinse the components off and throw them in a dishwasher or wash them by hand. I HIGHLY recommend cleaning up once you are done because some of the fruits/veggies can get sticky or even stain the components making it hard to clean later. Yea yea this is the sucky part about this whole deal BUT just as any lifestyle change once the habit is created believe me you will get this done in no time and it will be like second nature.
Final Step 6: Define Your Juicing Plan
The last step in our How to Juice lesson is this. When? Where? How? Pick the time of the day you are usually free so the chances of you actually committing to this plan can be actualized. Let’s not add this to the “What I say I’m going to do but never do” list. What I do suggest to most clients is this: Try drinking your juice when you first wakeup. Why? Your digestive tract is empty so you are allowing your juice to detox, cleanse, alkalize and kick start your metabolism and digestion effectively. Wait about 30-45 minutes and have breakfast! I don’t know about you but it takes more than a glass of juice to fill me up so I don’t normally suggest drinking a juice as a meal replacement but be my guest.
Now that you know how to juice I’m excited for you to overwhelm that kitchen counter of yours BUT if you are afraid of commitment I understand. Try visiting a few local juice bars and try out a few different recipes. BUT choose a juice bar where they make the juice right then and there so it’s fresh. Make sure it has not been pre-made. Once you are ready put these how to juice steps into practice!