Are you looking for juicing tips and tricks? Do you make homemade juice or have a juicing regimen? I’ve been wanting to get into juicing. It seems like a healthy and delicious way to consume more fruits and veggies.
Well guess what?! A new member has been introduced 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.
Before I start, I have to share a funny story with you…
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:
- There’s no way I ever have or would ever take steroids.
- I have probably never lifted weights.
I digress. Back to the JUICING.Want to start juicing fruits and veggies? Come read 7 great juicing tips and tricks! #health #juice Click To Tweet
Juicing Tips and Tricks
So you want to try juicing? If you’re new to juicing or haven’t tried it much, here are a few juicing tips and tricks I learned while making fresh juice for myself.
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. It’s crazy, I know… 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.
What types of fruits and vegetables should you juice?
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. I love my juicer because it’s compact and REALLY easy to clean.
How long does freshly squeezed juice last?
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.