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How To Juice Your Produce!

Updated on September 3, 2014
A yummy mix of green veges is a good supplement to a healthy lifestyle!
A yummy mix of green veges is a good supplement to a healthy lifestyle! | Source

Tips from the Nutrition Consultant

What is green juice?

Green juice is a drink (non-alcoholic, of course) made entirely of green vegetables and a small amount of fruit. "Juicing" is the act of creating a juice out of vegetables and fruits, and can involve a variety of colored vegetables, including greens, carrots, and beets.

Do you get enough green vegetables? Do you know you should be eating MORE green vegetables? Even if you aren't eating too many green vegetables, what about any of the other colored ones? Orange? Red? Does the thought of eating vegetables make you want to gag? it's okay, we have all been there.

I'm a health nut, but not to the point where I eat only raw carrots. I know a good deal when I see one though. One of those good deals come with the value of our health and drinking our produce. I believe that what comes from the ground is the source of good healing for our bodies. Vegetables are not everyone's favorite. Especially in times when fast foods and convenience foods are all the rage. It is hard to enjoy good vegetables when we've been raised on Twinkies and Fruit Loops!

However, it CAN be done! When you begin to understand the value of not just your vegetables, but juicing your vegetables, you start to see the need for prioritizing this in your life. There is strong meaning behind juicing. Do you have strong meaning behind eating an Oreo? Probably not.


Benefits to juicing?

There are tremendous benefits to juicing!

  • Juicing supplies your cells with much needed antioxidants. With juicing, there is minimal digestion required, which allows the nutrients a clear path to cell health. The antioxidants repair and boost the health of the cells, as well as helps them build their defenses against free radicals (which bring on diseases and illnesses).
  • With a direct path of antioxidants to your cells, you are also supporting the health of your liver, kidneys, and skin. When these organs (yes, your skin is technically an organ) receive powerful nutrients from the juice, they begin a detoxification process, freeing your body of nasty toxins. You will notice clearer skin, healthier nails, and brighter hair when you juice consistently.
  • Your joints will receive a good dose of nutrients too when you juice your produce. These nutrients, including Vitamin C, help support cartilage health. Healthy cartilage allows joints to move more freely and less painfully.
  • Consistent juicing promotes a more alkaline state. Vegetables are alkaline itself, and when we fire up our body with the power of juice, we reduce overall inflammation. Inflammation is known to be the source of almost all diseases and illnesses. When we keep our bodies more alkaline, we are minimizing our inflammation and chances of problems later on.

A good juicer is the first step to creating a good green juice!
A good juicer is the first step to creating a good green juice! | Source

The 1st Step: Getting a Juicer!

A good juicer is the key to a good juice. There are several different kinds of juicers out there and really, it is all about what works best for you; however, I can make some recommendations:

  • Do not purchase the cheapest juicer; you will get what you pay for, including something that will most likely break within a few weeks, or not produce good enough juice.
  • Do not purchase the most expensive juicer either! Often, so many "features" on the expensive juicer are not even used. On top of this, usually more expensive ones have more parts and are more difficult to clean (not to mention time consuming!)
  • It is best to go the "middle ground" when finding a juicer. My personal juicer is a Breville, which cost me around $125. The prices change often, and I got this juicer in 2010. It has not given me any problems in the 3 years that I've owned it!
  • Find a juicer that has an easy to follow pattern. For example, the produce goes in the "tube" to be grinded and "juiced." The juice comes out one end, while the pulp comes out the other end. The easier the pattern means there are fewer parts, which are fewer parts to clean.
  • Manual juicers are okay and work well if you only plan to juice once a week or so. Electric juicers (like the one I have) are good for making larger batches, which are good for a few days.

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The Next Step: Selecting Your Produce!

There are so many vegetables and fruits you can juice, I cannot even list them all here! For a good green juice though, I recommend some specifics:

  • Cucumbers and celery provide a good "base" for your juice, along with plenty of nutrients! Be sure that both of these vegetables are either home grown or bought organic, since they tend to be on the high pesticide side. I usually go for 1-2 cucumbers and about 4-6 celery stalks.
  • Other good greens to add are romaine lettuce (usually 4 large leaves), kale (4-6 leaves), spinach, broccoli stems, and parsley.
  • Some non-green juicing vegetables are carrots and beets.
  • Best juicing fruits are green apples and pears.
  • Good "additions" are lemons, ginger, and wheatgrass powder.

I have a juice recipe that I consider my "staple" recipe. I make it about two times a week, which provides me one juice a day for about 5-6 days a week. I can always up my intake by drinking two juices a day for 3-4 days a week. The following is my "staple:"**

  • 2 cucumbers
  • 4-6 celery stalks
  • 5-6 kale leaves (stems and all)
  • 5-6 romaine leaves
  • Handful of parsley
  • 1-2 green apples

Once I juice the above ingredients, I pour them into a large glass jar and add about 1 tablespoon of wheatgrass powder (which is a great protein source, by the way). In addition to this, I squeeze in the juice of a lemon as well. I close the jar with a nice air tight lid and shake well. I drink about 12 ounces of the juice immediately and store the rest in the fridge.

I've also tried several other good juices too. Some included carrots (which make the juice sweeter).

There are several juice recipes out there to try!

**Please note that I have adapted my staple from the Kris Karr's book (Crazy Sexy Diet) and made the amounts to my own liking. There are plenty of ideas found in her book that I highly recommend!

A few more thoughts on juicing.....

It is important to experiment with your juices to find which ones work best for you! For example, I tried to juice Swiss Chard in with my "staple" juice and wanted to vomit each time I drank it! It is okay to change things around!

Remember to keep your fruit juice at a lower ratio than your vegetable juice. This way, you are not downing a lot of sugar (even though it is natural sugar), it is best to keep your juice on the milder side. Along with this, always store leftover juice in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator for no more than 3 days! The freshest juice is best!

Also keep in mind, that juicing is different than blending. Blending is great too, because it provides the nutrients and fiber of your produce; however, juicing gets the nutrients directly to your cells, where blended produce has to be digested first.

Finally, you will find yourself going through a lot of produce! It is worth the health benefits though! In addition, the leftover "pulp" can be used in compost! (And I've heard some people use it in recipes too!).

Here's to your health!

Would you consider juicing your produce?

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    • vandynegl profile imageAUTHOR

      vandynegl 

      4 years ago from Ohio Valley

      Hi Deborah-Diane!

      Me too! I am looking forward to trying a new "summer" drink with cucumbers and a little bit of watermelon. I heard it is refreshing! Thanks for reading!

    • Deborah-Diane profile image

      Deborah-Diane 

      4 years ago from Orange County, California

      I love fresh, green juice. It is such a tasty and healthy way to get the nutrients that we need!

    • vandynegl profile imageAUTHOR

      vandynegl 

      4 years ago from Ohio Valley

      Hi Shyron! I just got another juicer a few months ago that was originally priced at $50. It was a lot cheaper than my first one, but it runs exactly the same and produces the same amount of juice! It is well worth the investment, whether it is cheap or expensive! ;) P.S. I am trying to grow asparagus! They are now in their second year! I haven't done any juicing with them yet......would have to figure one out!

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      I love Veggies, even raw Asper Gus (my nick name for asparagus).

      When I was working I had a juicer and now that I am not I don't. After reading this I just might go get another one.

    • vandynegl profile imageAUTHOR

      vandynegl 

      4 years ago from Ohio Valley

      Hi Victoria!

      Blenders are good too and offer a good way to get the fiber from veggies and fruits! Juicers are an easy way to get a lot of the nutrients from the vegetables without all of the digestion of eating them in their whole form. I juice because it is very difficult to get a lot of vegetables any other way! Thanks for reading!

    • Victoria Lynn profile image

      Victoria Lynn 

      4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I don't have a juicer, but I have made smoothies in a blender before. It's a great way to get in more veggies. I love eating veggies, but it's hard to get them all in! :-)

    • vandynegl profile imageAUTHOR

      vandynegl 

      5 years ago from Ohio Valley

      Hi izettl,

      Sorry it has taken me a while to get back on here! I also have two little ones, so my time is crunched! I think the best juicers are the ones that range between $100-$150. Although that may seem high, you get what you pay for.....my juicer is about 3 years old and it still works well! It's not so overwhelming, but the disadvantage is the fact that you must clean them after each use.....hardened veggies are no fun to scrape out! Thanks for reading!

    • izettl profile image

      Laura Izett 

      5 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Juicers seem so overwhelming, but I would like to get one. I currently purchased juiced up stuff or try to do it in my blender. I don't have time to eat raw veggies (busy mom of two little ones) so I love the idea of drinking for my health (in a good way). Any particular brands you suggest?

    • Man of Strength profile image

      Man of Strength 

      5 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      Hi Vandynegl,

      This is an interesting and useful hub. I always say I will start juicing but never do it. How does the juicer that you have compare to the Jack Lalanne Juicer? Thanks.

    • vandynegl profile imageAUTHOR

      vandynegl 

      5 years ago from Ohio Valley

      Hi Prasetio! I think that a little bit of raw fruit and raw veggies can mix together well in a juice. There has to be some kind of sweet (slight) that comes from the fruit; however, when mixing carrots, a fruit does not have to be used, since carrots are naturally sweet. As for eating them in a non-juice form, I would keep the fruits separate from other foods. When eaten with a meal, or after a meal, it tends to be the last to be digested, causing it to ferment and be useless in the body. Thanks for reading!

    • vandynegl profile imageAUTHOR

      vandynegl 

      5 years ago from Ohio Valley

      Hi torrilynn! Yeah, you should go by recipes....some veggies can ruin the taste! It never hurts to try! Thanks for reading!

    • prasetio30 profile image

      prasetio30 

      5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love juice and you have great recipe. I had read about an information that should separated between fruit and vegetables. What do you think about this? Thanks for sharing with us. VOTED UP!

      Prasetio

    • torrilynn profile image

      torrilynn 

      5 years ago

      @vandynegl ive always heard of juicing and ive also heard that it could be gross if you mox the wrong ingredients. Overall, i wont know until i try it for myself. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and shared!

    • vandynegl profile imageAUTHOR

      vandynegl 

      5 years ago from Ohio Valley

      Hi Rose! Thanks for reading! :)

    • vandynegl profile imageAUTHOR

      vandynegl 

      5 years ago from Ohio Valley

      Hi Peggy W! I used to put loads of Swiss Chard in my juices and it really made me have to control my gag reflex :) I like Swiss Chard and spinach too, but I just cook them instead. I do use Kale though and I think they juice well. I guess you just have to see what works for you and what you prefer! Hope you give juicing a shot again! Thanks for reading!

    • rose-the planner profile image

      rose-the planner 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Great article and tips! Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I think that I still have my brother's juicer. He used to use it for his ulcers. If I remember correctly cabbage juice helped. I make many smoothies but will have to try juicing again. I laughed when you said that you don't like swiss chard in juice. I am growing lots of it in our backyard and as I was reading this, I thought...great! I have a readily available ingredient. :)

      Up, useful and will share and pin this hub.

    • Felisa Daskeo profile image

      Felisa Daskeo 

      5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Welcome, I love reading about helpful information and tips especially when it is about veggies, fruits and health.

    • vandynegl profile imageAUTHOR

      vandynegl 

      5 years ago from Ohio Valley

      Thank you Felisa! It's worth trying a vege juice at some point! Sometimes you have to make it how you like it though! Thanks for reading!

    • Felisa Daskeo profile image

      Felisa Daskeo 

      5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I am a vegetarian and although I don't juice fruits and vegetables, I eat them raw and cooked. Very useful especially for health freak people. One day I will try this veggie juice. Thanks for sharing.

    • vandynegl profile imageAUTHOR

      vandynegl 

      5 years ago from Ohio Valley

      Hi Deborah-Diane! Me too! It is very difficult to get the amount of nutrients in raw vegetables throughout the day. We can get an abundance of them with just one or two juices! Thank you for reading! :)

    • Deborah-Diane profile image

      Deborah-Diane 

      5 years ago from Orange County, California

      I love veggie juice and find that it is the easiest way to make sure I am getting a variety of fresh vegetables in my diet.

    • CZCZCZ profile image

      CZCZCZ 

      5 years ago from Oregon

      I love a good veggie juice. There is so many delicious combinations of produce.

    • vandynegl profile imageAUTHOR

      vandynegl 

      5 years ago from Ohio Valley

      Yes Elearn4Life....you are right!!! My arthritis thanks me!

    • Elearn4Life profile image

      Darlene Matthews 

      5 years ago

      Excellent hub! Juicing can control inflammation in autoimmune disorders also.

    • vandynegl profile imageAUTHOR

      vandynegl 

      5 years ago from Ohio Valley

      Hi careermommy! I'm glad I could help! There is a lot of trial and error in juicing, but the results are worth it!

    • Careermommy profile image

      Tirralan Watkins 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      vandynegl, great article. I'm so glad you put your juicer recommendations in this hub because I do need tips on selecting the right kind. I know that juicing has amazing benefits and plan to start this year. Thank you for your valuable information.

    • vandynegl profile imageAUTHOR

      vandynegl 

      5 years ago from Ohio Valley

      Hi rajan jolly! Yes, give it a try! It is an awesome way to get good nutrients quickly!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I have always had raw vegetables or in soup. Never tried juicing them. I think I should be trying this. Thanks for the info.

      Voted up.

    • vandynegl profile imageAUTHOR

      vandynegl 

      5 years ago from Ohio Valley

      Thank you Sheri Faye! I make "green" smoothies (and fruit smoothies too!); there are so many choices and varieties to try!

    • Sheri Faye profile image

      Sheri Dusseault 

      5 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      I make smoothies, but haven't tried juicing. Great hub!

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