Health & Wellness

12 Tips for juicing success!

1. Organic is always best
I highly recommend only juicing organic fruits and vegetables. I know they are more expensive than their non-organic counterparts, but it is truly better for you. Non-organic fruits and vegetables are filled with pesticides and GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) that human being really should not be consuming! Even washing them does not remove all of the pesticides and I wouldn’t want anyone consuming that yucky stuff!
 
2. Purchase a highly rated juicer in your price range
If you can’t afford a $500 juicer don’t buy one! Quality juicers come in many different price ranges. If you are still looking for a quality juicer check out my post here for some recommendations.   
 
3.  Find recipes specific to your health concerns
For example, celery juice is great for your digestive system. If you are having digestive problems be sure to google celery juice and start juicing and consuming it every day. There are tons of juice recipes out there that will help with the ailments you might be facing.
 
4. Start with ONE recipe
Juicing can seem overwhelming and most people just don’t know where to start. Check out my post on Juicing Made Easy for a great starter recipe and help getting started.
 
5. Don’t buy more fruits and veggies than you can use in a week
You are going to be very excited by the amount of fruit and vegetables you can consume by juicing and it might lead you to buy the whole produce section at your local grocery store, but please don’t do this! You will end up wasting so much money and produce if you buy any more than you can juice or eat in a week. If you took my first step and your buying organic you will notice that the produce will go bad after about a week. Get in the habit of buying fresh produce on a weekly basis and you should be good to go.
 
6. The safest fruits to start with are apples and pears.
Apples and pears don’t contain a ton of sugar and will cut the bitterness of almost any vegetable without having to add many of them. Try to keep your juice to 80% vegetable and 20% fruit to make sure your juice has a healthy balance and avoid high sugar content. They are also great because unlike citrus fruits they don’t need to be peeled and simply need to be cut into chunks that fit into your juicer chute. 
7. Citrus fruits can be a hassle
Fruits like oranges, lemons, and grapefruits can be a hassle when juicing because they have to be peeled first (which is why I recommend apples and pears as starter fruits). When you are pressed for time and want to get your juice made quickly, having to peel the fruits is definitely going to add more time. I am not saying don’t juice these, they are great for you too, but as a starter, they may be ones you leave out until you have the time.
 
8. Try to juice dark green vegetables first (especially if you don’t like to eat them)
Because these vegetables are the ones most lacking in the typical diet make sure you have them in your juice! I always juice a large amount of dark green vegetables for this reason.
 
9. Save time by making more than 1 serving at a time
Juicing is definitely more time consuming than say making a green smoothie in a blender so to cut down on the time I usually make it every other morning for my husband and me (one juice for that morning and one for the next). We typically drink anywhere from 16-18 ounces of juice depending on the day. The juice for the next day is immediately put in the fridge to try to preserve as many nutrients as possible.
 
10. Be mindful of your calorie intake
Even if you are not trying to lose weight, you should be mindful of how many calories you are consuming when adding juice to your diet. Juicing is low in calories if you keep to the percentage of fruit in check, but you don’t want to drink 3, 16oz. juices a day and eat 3 meals without being cognizant of how many calories you are intaking.
 
11. Consume the recommended amount of fiber in your diet
Juicing is great, but it does remove the fiber from whole fruits and vegetables to make the nutrients more readily available to your body so you want to make sure you are getting enough fiber in your diet. If you are eating a balanced and healthy diet you should be fine, but it is something you should be aware of if you are just starting your journey. 
Check out my list of over 40 fiber-rich foods you should be eating!  
 
12. Clean your juicer immediately after use
It is a pain to clean dried pulp off of anything especially the many parts of your juicier. Do yourself a favor and clean up everything immediately after making your juice. 
 
I hope you all find these tips helpful! Please leave me a comment below if you have started your juicing journey and want to connect. 
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