Juicing has become incredibly popular over the years. More people are becoming aware of the fantastic health benefits of juicing. Health experts say juicing can reduce your risk of cancer, boost your immune system, remove toxins from your body, aid in digestion, and help you lose weight. Contrary to this, many still believe eating fruits and vegetables themselves provides the same health benefits. Although potentially true, I think with a fast-paced lifestyle, grabbing pre-made juice out of the fridge is far more convenient than preparing fruits and vegetables every day. Juicing ensures you are still getting all your essential nutrients in each day without the added hassle of preparation.
For as long as I can remember, juicing was an integral part of my family dynamic. However, I didn’t always enjoy this, especially during my ‘I hate vegetables phase.’ But now that I am older, I’m incredibly grateful that my parents made this a priority. Regularly, I find myself encouraging others to start juicing, sharing my tips and recipes. I began to realize this whole juicing concept is unfamiliar to many people, encouraging me to create a beginner’s guide to juicing.
Before we start, I want to note that initially, getting started with juicing can be a bit pricey. Juice bars and shops are becoming very common. For someone interested in juicing, I would suggest finding a local juice bar and trying out some of their drinks first before investing in all the supplies needed to juice at home. Once dedicated to juicing, then invest in juicing equipment—most juice bars upcharge their juice due to processing and handling. Juicing at home not only allows the freedom to include/exclude ingredients but cuts the cost of juicing significantly if this is something you want to do long term.
First things first, you want to invest in a juicer. I purchased my Breville Juice Fountain from Bed Bath and Beyond. I’ve tried several different types of juicers— trust me, I always take the opportunity to save money and settle with cheaper alternatives. However, the cheaper models I find don’t juice fruits and vegetables as well as some of the higher-end options. You wind up spending more time filtering out the pulp or having to cut your produce into smaller pieces to get them through the juicer; doing this is not time effective at all.
Next, look into easy grab-and-go storage containers for your juice. Amazon has excellent easy to clean glass juicing bottles. Or if you’re like me and are always looking for an opportunity to save some money, you can use mason jars. I found a pack of six mason jars on sale at Big Lots for 5 dollars. These are also very easy to clean and don’t take up too much room in your fridge.
Before I list some of my favorite recipes, I’ll explain a little what my weekly juicing routine looks like. Normally, I do all my juicing either Sunday or Monday. I do one of two things— I either look in my fridge and take out all the produce that’s on the verge of going bad, or I create a grocery list reflective of specific recipes I plan on making. Again, if you’re new to juicing, I suggest sticking to recipes instead of throwing everything in the juicer and hoping it tastes good.
Cleaning produce before juicing is imperative to make sure they’re free from bacteria and other contamination. Imagine how many people in the grocery store touched that apple before placing it back down, yes, GROSS. So clean, clean again, and clean a third time. Peeling your produce isn’t required just as long as the skin is edible, this is actually where most of the vitamins and nutrients reside.
Alright, so now let’s discuss recipes. Below are some of my go-to recipes approved for juicing beginners.
One of the biggest mistakes when juicing is using too much fruit. Many fruits have high amounts of naturally occurring sugar. Adding too much fruit to your juice can be counterproductive as it floods your body with sugar equivalent and sometimes worse than drinking soda and artificially sweetened drinks.
There are 39 grams of sugar in a 12 oz Coca-Cola and about 32 grams of sugar in 12 oz glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Therefore be cautious about how much fruit you consume as you may be unknowingly adding a significant amount of calories to your daily intake.
Last but not least, have fun with juicing. Experiment with new recipes and be proud of yourself for taking steps to invest in your health. Share some of your favorite juicing recipes below!