7 Juicing Tips and Tricks

Christmas ushered in a new member to our appliance family. A Nutri Bullet 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.

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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?! Who knew? 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:
  1. There’s no way I ever have or would ever take steroids.
  2. 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.

Buy organic. 
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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Comments

  1. says

    I totally have a smoothie/juice recipe ready for next week! We do a lot of smoothies or juices in our house. It’s quick and easy to do. We have a Vitamix that I love. These are awesome tips Jennifer. I need to be better about prepping things in advance, but I do all the other tips you suggested.
    xoxo

  2. says

    HAHA! I always think it’s funny to hear a man’s association with words. Juicing, lol! Too funny. I think you’re right, it has to be pretty, and it has to be organic!

  3. says

    These are all good tips! We have been juicing on and off for the past few years, but with the new year decided to get more into it and have some each morning. So far, so good! I make mine with cucumbers, celery, green apple, and some sort of leafy green (kale, spinach, or romaine). I like to add some lemon to brighten it up as well. It really makes me feel good and gets me going in the morning!

  4. says

    I have a juicer and need to use it more, it actually is at my girlfriend right now. I love making simple juices with it like orange carrot juice. Thanks for your tips!!!

  5. says

    We don’t juice in the traditional use of that term, where the pulp/bulk was left out of the final product. We do make shakes/smoothies using the whole fruit & vegetable so that all the fiber & enzymes & all are still in balance. I think that’s what the NutriBullet does? That’s what it looks like. So that is awesome and I love that your girls are growing up with this as part of their diet. We’ve been doing it for about 12 years now and we have not gotten sick of it yet! Current obsession – raspberry coconut (with greens from csa share).