Christmas ushered in a new member to our appliance family. A juicer (squeals of delight). As I’ve been experimenting with juicing, I thought I would share a little bit about my juicing journey thus far, as well as share some of my juicing tips and tricks.
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First of all, my husband has told me several times that I need to come up with a new term for our new juicing activity because apparently juicing means taking steroids?!
However, I have bucked his suggestion because one look at my scrawny arms and chicken legs and you will make at least one of these two assumptions:
* There’s no way I ever have or would ever take steroids.
* I have probably never lifted weights.
I digress. Back to the JUICING.
While exploring making my own fresh juices I discovered a few tips and tricks. So without further ado….
Don’t go overboard
No matter how excited you are about your new juicer, don’t go overboard! I learned this the hard way on my first day of juicing. I got nauseated from my baby kale, spinach, apple, kiwi, lemon, flax seed combo. I mean I felt SICK. I seriously felt nauseated all afternoon and evening.
Apparently when you first start juicing, some people react this way. It’s a lot of pure nutrients all at once and some vegetables/seeds (such as kale, beets, and flax) are more challenging to process. Some tips I discovered to avoid such a juicing catastrophe is to add a bit of ginger to your blend and to start with a 50/50 blend of juice and water. After a few days of success, increase to 75/25 blend. After a few more days of success, increase to a 100 juice blend.
Prepare your produce ahead of time
If you want this healthy habit to stick, it’s best to make it as easy and accessible as possible. Thoroughly wash your produce and store it in your fridge. If it’s possible, pre-cut your produce too (carrots, melon, beets, pineapple, etc.). Store your cut produce in jars or Ziploc bags in your fridge.
Seriously. You are juicing these fruits and vegetables without altering their chemistry at all. Do you want to main-line toxins and pesticides into your body? I don’t think so. If you don’t buy organic all the time, make sure that you are buying organic for the fruits and veggies you are juicing.
Make it routine
Find a time that juicing works for you and make it part of your routine. I have my juice first thing in the morning and as an afternoon snack. Both of these times my children are resting so I have the time to juice and enjoy.
Clean your juicer immediately
Don’t let your juicer sit with all that gunk and crud on it. As soon as you drink your juice, clean your juicer. This is why having a routine is so important.
Drink as soon as possible
I’ve read in numerous places that the juice starts to lose it’s nutrients after being room temperature for 15 minutes. Juice and drink as soon as possible. If you can’t drink immediately. Place in an airtight jar and store in the fridge as soon as it’s made. Store juice for only 24 hours.
Make it pretty
Not many people want to drink a muddy greenish/grey beverage. Try to make your juices appealing by using fruits and veggies that will result in attractive looking colours. Presentation matters (and does slightly affect the way your taste buds will receive the juice).
That’s it (so far). If I come up with any more tips and tricks, I’ll make sure to let you know. Do you make your own juice? I would love to hear your thoughts, tips, and/or advice.
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