I got into juicing about 2 years ago. I don't do it as much in the winter, but it started to replace coffee for me for a while (I now drink coffee again, but limit myself to 1-2 cups) as it gave me loads of energy. I would also take a huge container of juice with me to work and it would get me through the morning until my lunch. Making fresh juices are one of the best ways to get loads of vitamins and nutrience. They are much better than most storebought juices, as those tend to contains insane amounts of added sugar, preservatives and other unneeded ingredients.
It might take a while to get into the swing of things with juicing, but it is really a lot of fun! Start off with a higher fruit ratio when you are just starting if you don't think you can handle a full glass of solely vegetable juice. The more you drink juices, the more vegetables and less fruit you can add and you may even start to crave green juices! I know I certainly do. :o)
Some Juicer Brands:
- Jack LaLanne
*I use a Jack LaLanne and a Breville juicer and both are very nice. The Jack LaLane is much quieter though, which is appreciated. ☺ I’ve heard the GreenStar is one of the best out there as it creates the most juice but it very expensive over $400 to nearly $600.
* Recommended quite read for Juicing/Smoothes: Green For Life
Some Important Intro Tips to Juicing:
• Use organic fruits and vegetables if they are available (If this isn’t possible, you may want to consider peeling fruits & vegetables in order to get ride of some of the chemical sprays – However, keep in mind that the chemicals can leech further down inside, so washing/peeling will not always eliminate them altogether).
Note: Sometimes fruits/vegetables have been waxed, such as lemons/limes, so it is best to peel them.
• Wash all your fruits and vegetables very well and remove all the pits – Soft smaller seeds, such as in lemons, limes, melons, grapes can be placed in the juicer.
• The size of your juicer will depend on how small you have to precut your fruits/vegetables before you juice them. Start off with smaller pieces and you’ll soon know what your juicer can and cannot handle (If you ever get food jammed in the blades, -always- turn off your juicer and wait for it to completely turn off before trying to get it unjammed. Obvious, but important to remember! :))
• Add in the leaves and stems to your fruits/vegetables.
Important note: Carrot and rhubarb leaves/stems should be removed as they contain toxic substances.
• Bananas and Avocados cannot be juiced – If you wish to add them to your juice, juice all of the other high-water content fruits/vegetables and then add the juice and the banana and/or avocado into a blender and mix them that way.
• It’s better to always make fresh juices, or to drink a batch within 24 hours as opposed to making large batches that take more than a day to consume.
• The skins of oranges and grapefruits contain toxic substances and should not be consumed in large quantities. They are also quite bitter, so it is best to peel the skin before juicing, but try to leave as much of the white pith as you can, as it contains bioflavonoids and vitamin C.
• Celery leaves can be quite bitter, so you may wish to not juice them.
• Apple seeds contains small amounts of cyanide, so try removing them before juicing.
• Certain vegetables/fruits retain the highest amount of pesticides, so it is very important to buy organic in these cases. Celery is one of the worst as it contains over 60 pesticides in some instances.
- Because juicing gets rid of most of the fiber, it’s important to eat enough whole foods in order to get enough fiber in your diet (preferably eaten in raw form in most cases).
- Fiber is not found in any animal products, but in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes, so it shouldn’t be very hard for vegetarians/vegans to include fiber in their diet. ☺
- Fiber is important because it helps to prevent constipation and certain cancers.
Beneficial fruits & vegetables for Acne:
Carrot, Kale, Parsley, Spinach, Beet Greens, Red Swiss Chard, Orange, Asparagus, Apple and Ginger Root
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Juice Recipe Idea for Acne and Cellulite:
- Small slice of fresh Ginger
- 4 Carrots (no greens, as they contain toxic substances)
- 1 Apple, seeded
High Calcium Juice:
- 3 Kale Leaves
- Small piece of Parsley
- 4 Carrots (no greens)
High Potassium Juice:
- Handful of Parsley
- Handful of Spinach
- 4 Carrots (no greens)
- 2 Celery Stalks (Highly recommended to use organic celery)
- 1 Apple
- ¼ Lime
- Sparkling Water (add this into a glass then add the juiced apple & lime)
I'll end this with a list of my favourite things to add to my juices, in case anyone needs some ideas:
- Apples, Fresh Ginger, Cucumber, Kale, Spinach, Lemon, Collards, Carrot, Celery