This advice is coming from someone that is NOT well versed in the juicing culture. I am definitely a novice, but I have learned a few things that might be helpful for a beginner or for someone that would like to start adding green juices to their diet for some extra nutrients. I added green juices to my diet when I started my self-managed detox, and drank them daily for 4-6 months. I now enjoy a green juice every once in a while, when I am craving one or when I need a quick nutrient or energy boost. I have never done a juice fast or cleanse, and will not be offering any advice on that – I will leave that to the experts.
First and foremost, green juices taste awful! Green juices with some added fruit are palatable, and fruit juice with some added greens are pretty tasty – when done right. If you are new to juicing, I recommend adding greens very slowly, and start with more mild veggies such as carrots, celery, and cucumber. With that said, here are some of the basics…
Juicing information and facts
- Juicing removes the fiber from the produce that is juiced
- Fiber is the only thing that is removed when juicing. All the nutrients remain, allowing the body to utilize and absorb them quickly (since it doesn’t have to digest all of the fiber)
- With the fiber being removed, the sugars from the fruits or vegetables become concentrated, resulting in REALLY sweet juice (fresh apple juice is too sweet for me to drink by itself)
- The concentrated sugars can also affect blood sugars, so if you have diabetes low sugar produce is recommended (i.e. above earth vegetables and green apples)
- The fiber that is removed is referred to as the juice pulp. I just throw mine away, but you can find recipes online that reuse the pulp.
- Fresh juice is different from store bought juice, because store bought juice is pasteurized. Pasteurization can kill off some of the beneficial enzymes and nutrients from the juice, it also allows the juice to have a much longer shelf life.
- Juicing can be expensive. It takes a LOT of fresh produce to make a large glass of juice…but it also floods your body with a LOT of nutrients
- I have had a positive experience including fresh juice into my diet, and think it played an important role in balancing my post-partum hormones – that is my personal thoughts/opinion
Juicers – There are two basic types of juicers; centrifugal juicer and a masticating juicer (cold pressed). The juicer I have is here
- Centrifugal Juicer
- Chops and Spins the produce (really really fast) to extract the juice (this is a very simplified explanation)
- Produces juice almost instantly
- Less expensive
- Juice goes bad quickly, must consume within a couple of hours
- Some of the nutrients are lost during the juicing process
- Masticating Juicer
- Presses the produce to extract the juice (once again a very simplified explanation)
- Juicing process typically slower
- More expensive
- The juice will stay good in the fridge for a couple of days
- Less nutrients are lost during the juicing process
Produce – this is a list of produce that I like to juice, this is not a definitive list
- Apples – apples are my favorite way to sweeten up a veggie juice
- Carrots – carrots are a good sweetener as well
- Cucumber – cucumbers are a mild vegetable that add a refreshing element to a green juice
- Lemons – adding a whole lemon (including peel) helps cover the “green” taste in a veggie juice
- Romaine Lettuce – Romaine is a good green to start with because it is mild tasting in juice
- Celery – Celery is another mild vegetable to juice
Finally, I have a delicious juice recipe to share with all of you. My husband LOVES it! If you are brand new to vegetable juicing, try this juice first! If you need an afternoon or morning pick-me-up, forget the coffee and make yourself one of these. This Carrot Grapefruit Juice is lightly sweetened by the carrots without taking away the yummy grapefruit flavor. I also have to give a shout out to one of my besties, I got this recipe from her. She likes to make fresh juice to get some more fruits and veggies into her daily diet, and her health conscious mind has paid off – she always looks beautiful!
- 2 carrots
- 1 Grapefruit, peeled
- Juice together in a juicer and enjoy
Do You have a juicer?
What is your favorite juice recipe?