For those who have never owned or used a juicer, there are few basic tips that can help you get the most out of your juicing experience. Not only will you save time, but it will also help you hit the ground running and well on your way to improving your dietary intake of nature’s raw nutrients. Below are just some of the ways that you can better enjoy hassle-free juicing.
When possible, choose organic. Organic fruits and vegetables do not contain the pesticides that commercially grown does. It has also been shown in some studies to contain more nutrients. Organic usually costs more so if it’s not in your budget it okay. Use a produce wash easily found in most grocery stores. You may also feel more comfortable just peeling the skin from commercially grown produce.
Veggies, Veggies, Veggies
Try to juice mostly vegetables. Fruit contains a lot of sugar. Most of us don’t have a problem getting enough fruit in our diet so keep fruit in your juice to a minimum. When first starting out, you may need a little extra fruit in your juice before you learn to love some of the flavors. Using green apples is the best choice because they tend to contain less sugar.
Wash Your Produce
Washing your produce can remove unwanted residue. First, wash your hands as you normally would before handling food. Always wash your produce before you cut it. Run produce under plain, running water for about a minute, using a produce scrub brush. If you feel more comfortable using a vegetable wash, they are easily found in the produce section of your grocery store. Always discard the first layer of leaves from heads of cabbage or lettuce as well.
We previously discussed peeling your non organic produce. Generally, you should also peel your citrus. Interestingly, you should leave as much of the white rind between the peel and the fruit. This white flesh is called albedo and is high in antioxidants. Always peel mango and papaya because their skins contain strong irritants. An easy rule of thumb is if you don’t eat it when you eat the fruit whole, don’t juice it.
You can also juice beet greens, celery leaves and small grape stems. Be sure to discard larger grape stems because they will dull your juicer. Do not juice carrot or rhubarb greens because they contain toxic substances.
Remove Pits and Seeds
Seeds and pits should be removed and discarded from mangoes, peaches, plums, apricots, cherries, etc. Softer seeds from melons, grapes and cucumbers can be juiced. There is some evidence to show that apple seeds are harmful in some quantities so I remove them to be safe.
Ideally, your juice should be enjoyed immediately but we all have busy lives and jobs and kids. I store my juice in a glass mason jar in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Melon and cabbage juice spoils quickly so plan to be ready to drink those immediately. Don’t be hard on yourself if you can’t drink it right away. I believe that the benefits of juice that is a few hours old is more than if you decided to grab something full of preservatives.
Take Full Advantage
Hopefully some of the above will help kick start your journey into juicing. It can be an extremely rewarding experience that will help you look and feel better. Now is the time to stop making excuses and to take the plunge and see what juicing can do for your body and your mind. Check out the video below for more juicing advice and tips.