A Newbie’s Guide to Juicing

As a vegetarian the majority of my diet is made up of fruits and vegetables, but a couple months ago I realized that I wasn’t getting a lot of variety in my diet. In fact, my meals lacked a lot of color as I love to eat greens so I pile them on my plate but I’m not a huge salad or raw veggie fan so there weren’t many yellows, reds, oranges, or other colors.

Thankfully, my awesome boyfriend got me a juicer for Christmas and now I’ve doubled the amount of fruits and vegetables I get a day and I’ve added a ton of color to my meals!

Why I Love My Juicer

Juicing is a great way to treat your body right and stay super healthy! Juicing is known to improve your immune system, digestion, and even help your allergies. You also get a jam-packed glass of antioxidants, vitamins, enzymes, minerals, and phytonutrients, which helps your internal system stay clean and properly functioning so you feel good, really good.

A Note On Over-Juicing

Juicing is NOT meant to replace eating whole fruits and vegetables though. Rather, it’s a great way to simply and deliciously include more of them in your diet.

See, since you are only getting the juice of the fruits/veggies you’re not getting all of the nutrients, minerals, and fiber that are found in the skin and the pulp. Also, you can’t expect to live off juice – there’s just no protein, fiber, or healthy fat in a glass of juice. So it’s meant to be an addition not a replacement!

Juicing Concerns Demystified

A lot of people are hesitant to buy a juicer. And I get it, I was too.

  • They are expensive (Josh got mine through a great deal on Amazon), but it’s cheaper to make it at home then go to a Juice Bar and it’s a great gift or investment in your health.
  • Juicing is a bit time consuming, but I will say I’ve only been making juice for a few days and already I got the entire process (chopping, juicing, cleaning) down to 12 minutes.
  • Another concern I had was how much juice do you really get? Well all the recipes below yielded 2 full cups, which is 3 servings of fruits/vegetables in each glass.

If you are still skeptical start off with smoothies – blenders are much more convenient, not as expensive, and another way to stay healthy. After a few months (or years) you may find that you’re ready to try juicing!

Tips for Other Newbie Juicers

  • You don’t need to peel or skin off of most fruits and veggies – just be careful and be sure to read your Juicer’s instruction manual as they are all different.
  • When you first get started stick to the fruits and veggies you know and already enjoy. Then after awhile move onto trying new veggies and even adding leafy greens like parsley, cilantro, and kale.
  • Try to put the softest fruits and veggies into the juicer first (like pears and apples) then move onto the harder ingredients like carrots and beets.
  • I found that straining my juice into a larger container, stirring it for a second and then pouring it over ice gave me the best results.
  • You can use the leftover mashed up veggies in recipes! It’s a great way to give muffins, breads, soups, rice, pasta and other recipes an extra boost of nutrients.
  • However, if you are using the leftover pulp you’ll want to be careful of seeds and other inedible parts as you won’t want them in your baked goods!
  • Enjoy your juice right away! Try not to let it sit for more than an hour as the different juices tend to separate and if left too long it can develop harmful bacteria.

Delicious Recipes to Get You Started

Bright Sunrise

1 Red Pear

1 Green Apple

½ Cucumber

3 Carrots

Inch Ginger

2 glasses filled with ice

Which Beet is Best? Juice

1 Beet

1 Green Apple

1 Green Pear

2 Carrots

3 Celery Sticks

1/3 Lemon

2 glasses filled with ice

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Well, I hope you found this short-and-sweet juicing guide helpful. Another great resource for juicing is Gena’s site, Choosing Raw, I loved experimenting with her recipes when I first got started. If you have other tips, tricks or suggestions we’d love for you to share them in the comments below! 

Happy Juicing!

Erin

 

Erin Madore is known for her radiant energy, bright smile and willingness to get real. After moving past her own barriers to happiness she knew that she could help other women though the same mindful yet bold approach she used to create a joyful, engaging life. 

As a writer, life coach and wellness warrior Erin empowers and inspires others through her writing, e-books, workshops, Reiki and one-on-one sessions. Dedicated to helping people find clarity, direction and confidence Erin loves connecting with people on their journey to blissful well-being and happiness. 

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