Juicing in the Kitchen
Juicing is not a fad but a lifestyle choice!
Juicing in the kitchen is something that I am very passionate about and something that I practice as well as preach, at least to anyone that will listen!
However, we need to be perfectly clear you should not rely on juices as a meal replacement because you need fiber.
You should use juices as a supplement, we all know veggies are good for us but they are so boring that is where juicing comes into play.
Add an apple or lemon to your veggies mix and suddenly you no longer have a bland tasting smoothie.
There really is no excuse not to juice, many would argue that juicers are too expensive, however, you can juice with a manual juicer that our grandparents used years ago and still get all the benefits.
It is much more convenient to have a nice juicer but if being healthy is more important to you the manual route can get you started.
Another common argument is juicing is too complicated or hard; it is a lot easier than you may think.
The simple act of squeezing a lemon slice in your glass of water is juicing.
It is not rocket science or that complicated unless you make it so.
Ideally, it is wise to start slow just a few items at a time and work your way up to the more complex recipes.
There are numerous videos and books for beginners some I have featured below to help you.
Helping you with your juicing journey is why I created this lens so I hope it helps you start your healthy juicing lifestyle!
Most people don't obtain enough nutrients from their diet alone!
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Your different juicing options.
There are four different major kinds of types of juicers:
- Centrifugal force juicer - works by using a flat cutting blade on the bottom of a rapidly spinning strainer.
- Masticating type juicer - features an auger that crushes the fruits and veggies after they pass through the chute.
- Twin gear juicer - also referred to as a triturating juicer (has two gears that are assembled very close together giving a higher yield), which means a juicer that can rub, grind, and pound into fine particles.
- Manual juice press - as the name implies this juicer is a manual hand-operated device that squeezes the juices out of the produce.
There are numerous brands of juicers because juicing has become popular the major manufacturers have jumped on board with their models as to not be left behind in the marketplace.
I have listed several here that got excellent reviews and different price ranges.
You need to consider your needs, your budget, and then select which model makes the most sense to you.
Basically there are two options you can invest in a power juicer or you can opt for a manual juicer featured below.
The ideal way to get started juicing is to start small with very simple recipes (some listed below) and get a feel of what it will be like.
You then may want to plan your grocery list to include some of your favorites but don't overdo it because you don't want the product to spoil.
The manual juice extractors.
If you want to ease into juicing without the high cost of a high-quality juicer then using a manual citrus juicer is an excellent approach.
Juicing fruit first is enjoyable and you can start with breakfast and work your way into the rest of the day when you are ready to take your juicing to another level.
Whatever you decide it is wise to go with a high-quality unit the last thing you want is to have equipment failure especially when you are starting out because you may get discouraged and give up.
If you are just starting to juicer a manual option may be the best way to go rather than making an investment and then finding out it is not for you.
Raw food, and especially fresh juices, are digested very easily!
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Juicing recipes for the beginner.
If you are just starting out the ideal approach (if you do not want to fast first) is to start nice and simple.
Start with a simple juice of apple and carrot, it is easy to prepare and has an excellent flavor, use half an apple and two carrots.
Remember the greener the leaf the more powerful the effect or benefit however your stomach needs to make the adjustment.
It is not wise to juice heavy greens like kale, collard greens, etc without mixing it up with some apple or carrot.
Another great equalizer is the lemon, it will help offset any harsh taste.
There are no hard and fast rules to juicing it is best to start small and work your way according to your likes and dislikes.
Listed below are a few juicing recipes and ideas to get you started and also which juices are better for certain health conditions.
For more juicing recipes try this juicing recipes page.
Do not use juicing for meal replacement!
Healthy Juices Recipes For:
- For Better Circulation:
1 Fuji apple, cored and sliced.
1 lemon, peeled.
1 orange, with the peel.
2 carrots, whole.
6 kale leaves, rinsed.
1 inch of ginger root.
- Your Complexion:
½ half of seeded apple.
2 slices of pineapple (you can leave the skin on).
- Boost Of Vitamin E:
3 asparagus spears.
a handful of spinach.
- For A Cold:
tiny bit if dandelion leaf.
a tiny bit of parsley.
a sliver of ginger (careful it is strong).
- Start The Day With A Kick:
1 apple (no seeds).
A small handful of mint sprig.
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Checking codes on fruit
Whether you want to juice fruit or vegetables, or both it is always a good idea to start with quality produce.
The next time you are at the grocery store pay attention to the codes on the fruit before you put them in your shopping cart.
The numeric value on the small oval sticker will tell you how healthy a particular item is and how it was grown.
The variety of codes will tell you whether the fruit in question was grown by conventional methods, are organic or GMO.
If for some reason there are no stickers ask the individuals that work in the fruit and vegetable area of your grocer.
If this is important to you selecting the right fruit will make your juicing practice even healthier.
Use the chart below to reference the type of fruit you may be using.
If you juice how times a week?
Is juicing better than eating fruits or veggies?
Is there any health benefit of juicing an apple rather than just eating an apple or other fruits and vegetables?
Okay at the risk of sounding like Captain obvious juicing extracts the juice from fresh fruits or vegetables.
The juice contains most of the vitamins, minerals, and plant chemicals (phytonutrients which are a substance found in certain plants that are believed to be beneficial to human health) found in the fruit.
That is a good thing…
However, whole fruits and vegetables also have healthy fiber, which is lost during most juicing; you can opt to eat half an apple and juice the rest.
It has been said that juicing is better than eating whole fruits and vegetables because your body will absorb the nutrients better and it gives your digestive system a rest from digesting fiber.
Seems to me that a little of both would be an excellent option, just because you are juicing doesn’t mean you would stop eating fruits and vegetables all together.
It has also been mentioned that juicing can reduce your risk of cancer, boost your immune system, remove toxins from your body, aid digestion, and help you lose weight.
All of that may be true but it would depend on how much juicing you are doing, what your lifestyle is like.
To think you can offset a pepperoni pizza with a juiced apple is just silly talk.
The ideal juicing lifestyle would be a balance of juicing fruits and veggies, eat some as well, and include some exercise.
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