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5 Tips for Top Notch Juicing

red-926196_960_720Written by Rohn Strong

Juicing can be a new and exciting adventure for a lot of people. Often times juicing is started as a way to boost health and/or weight loss and I find that a lot of people aren’t sure where to start. From choosing a juicing to peeling fruit…so many questions inevitably pop up! With that said, I want to offer these 5 tips that I think can really help make your entire juicing experience run a lot smoother.

1. Get Informed

Buy a book…or three. Watch a few youtube videos. Ask your doctor or nutritionist. Get informed about what you are about to do and how you should go about it. Juicing is a great addition to any diet and can always add health benefits. A full juice diet, however, isn’t for everyone and should only be done under doctor supervision.

I recommend this book by Joe Cross. He’s also written a new book that looks equally exciting and informational. There are also a ton of books full of juicing recipes! Head to the library and do a bit of research. Juicing is easy and fun to do…but you have to be informed.

2. Select a Good Juicer

One of my favorite celebrity chefs is Ina Garten. If you’ve ever read one of her recipe’s she includes ingredients such as ‘good olive oil’ and ‘good mayonnaise’. While the main ingredient is given the ‘good’ portion is left up to the home cook.

The same can be said for juicing. I have a large heavy duty Breville. Why? I juice every day and often three to four times a day. I use it A LOT. I wanted to invest in a machine that had a high output of juice with minimal effort. Choose a juicer that fits your needs. Here is a great Juicer Buying Guide to work from.

3. Prepare Your Ingredients

Juicing is simple right? You just throw in the veg/fruit and you’re good to go. Well…yes and no. You need to wash the fruit first. A lot of stuff can live on the outside of our produce so taking the time to clean it off is an important step.

You’ll also need to cut/tear your produce to fit in your juicer. This may mean taking out the core, peeling, or deseeding. The best way to know if you need to take these extra steps is to read the information that came with your juicer for guidelines.

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4. Don’t Toss the Pulp

Once you’ve ran your produce through the juicer, take a look at your pulp. Is it wet/damp? If so run it back through the juicer. This is much easier if you line the pulp bin of your juicer. Running the pulp back through will give you even more juice and dry out the pulp a bit.

What can you do with the pulp? LOTS! You can make veggie burgers, soaps, face masks, soups, compost, stuffing, cake, and even cookies! It is amazingly versatile and incredibly healthy.

5. Make Juice to Order

If at all possible make your juice to order. When juicing the real magic is in the micronutrients the juice streamlines to our bodies. What’s this mean? Well…the longer you let you juice set the less and less you’ll benefit from it.

Taking your juice for lunch? Try sticking it in a thermos or other air tight container and make sure it stays chilled. While the juice can be stored for 24-48 hours it is best when drank right away. The taste also seems to strengthen the longer it sits and juice with ingredients like Kale can taste spoiled.

Juicing can be a fun and invigorating way to spice up your diet! Do you all juice? What’s your favorite juice? Comment below and I may feature your answer in an upcoming post!

R

 

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