Here are some great tips I've learned about juicing to get you started!
#1 - Invest in a GREAT juicer.
I'm a little bit of a freak about researching things before I buy them, especially when they cost a lot of money, so I really did my research on this one. I ended up with the Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice Extractor, which has been amazing! Not too big that it takes up my entire kitchen (and I have a VERY small kitchen), but also not too small that it makes juicing super tedious and you have to cut everything up into small pieces! I highly recommend it as your first juicer. I got mine from Amazon for $299.00, and it's cheaper now! I love that it is made from die-cast steel, has a stainless steel filter, and a titanium-plated cutting disk. I mean... if I wanted to last forever... that's what I would ask to be made out of haha. Definitely worth the investment. Oh and another final tip with the juicer - ALWAYS clean it IMMEDIATELY after using it! I know it's a pain... but worth it in that any build up will cause your juicer to work less efficiently and get less juice. And no one wants that...
#2 - Always buy ORGANIC produce when possible and ALWAYS make sure to wash all produce before juicing it.
We are juicing for maximum nutrients to put into our bodies, so it would make sense to buy the more expensive organic items, especially since nutrients and vitamins are absorbed into the blood stream very quickly when drinking a juice! Plus, I feel that organic produce tastes more rich and delicious!
#3 - Make sure that you are putting your ingredients into the juicer in the right order - based off of how hard or soft the ingredient is!
The Breville has two settings - high and low. Always make sure that you start with the low setting first and juice anything that is "softer" such as leafy greens (spinach, kale, etc.), soft fruits, cucumbers, etc. After finishing juicing the "softer" produce, set the juicer to high and juice the "harder" items such as beets, apples, and carrots! Take a look at the "Speed Selector Table" to the right if you aren't sure what speed a specific produce should be at. Also, just an extra tip, when you are juicing leafy greens such as spinach and kale, roll up the leaves tightly and then put them in the juicer - you will get more juice and nutrients from them!
#4 - ALWAYS DRINK YOUR JUICE WITHIN 15 MINUTES OF MAKING IT.
During the first 15 minutes is when your juice has the most nutrients in it. If you MUST store it, my best advice is to put in it in a glass container like a mason jar and fill it up COMPLETELY so that there is no air in the container and then store in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours. You can always juice in an extra lemon also to help preserve the ingredients if you know you are going to have to store it. If possible though, always drink it within the first 15 minutes of making it!
#5 - Just because it's a juice doesn't mean it's necessarily super healthy for you. Juice primarily vegetables.
I can't stress this enough! I've seen so many juicing recipes that are just FILLED with sugar (and even though fruits have fructose, a "healthy sugar" to them, it's still important not to go crazy on them)! Juicing does cause an insulin spike, so it's important to try to minimize that. Try to always juice primarily vegetables with maybe a fruit thrown in here or there to help sweeten it up a bit.
Do you have any other tips for juicing? Any questions? Let me know! Check out my "Veggie Medley" Recipe for a great juice to try!
Happy Juicing (haha I'll never get over that)!