You can use any fruits or vegetables in a juice form you make yourself to vary flavors and create healthy drinks. Fresh juice will provide you with the nutrients your body needs to run, and is far more effective than its processed or frozen counterpart. Fresh juice can be a delightful healthy treat or taste very “earthy” depending on what you mix.
1. For less “fiber” in the juice you may choose to use a single gear juicer that “chews” fruits and vegetables to extract the juice. A masticating juicer is a lot gentler than ordinary juicers. This means they will gently extract the juice, thus, extracting more vital nutrients. Juice from masticating juicers also last longer in storage.
2. If you are using dark, leafy greens in your juice blends, you may wish to consider adding in cucumber as well. Leafy greens have a very strong, undesirable flavor. They’re quite bitter on their own. A bit of cucumber can add a light refreshing taste that will improve the flavor of the leafy greens. Cucumber also contains important nutrients; include the peel for maximum benefit.
3. Use the ripest and sweetest apples when you make apple juice. If you decide to use bruised apples, be sure to cut the bruises out prior to juicing. Rome, Gala and Red Delicious apples are some sweet apples that are great for juicing.
4. Plan your juices by color. Different colors of fruits and vegetables correspond to different vitamins and minerals. The more varied the produce you use, the better the nutritional value and more enjoyable the taste. One rule of thumb is that the darker the leaf or root, the more antioxidants or “polyphenols”.
5. Cleaning your juicer as soon as you are done with it will make the job easier. Juice from certain vegetables and fruits can also leave stains on the juicer.
6. You can get rid of pulp that might come out at times by using a coffee filter to strain out the pulp. Only use a filter, of course, if you find the pulp unpleasant and would prefer it not be in your juice. You can always strain the juice using a cheesecloth; this will get rid of a lot of the pulp.
7. Some “juicers” of course want ALL the fiber and seeds because they know the PULP can contain as many nutrients or MORE than the juice. And, of course, the pulp contains the fiber which has its own health benefits. Mixers like Vita-Mix and the Ninja allow people to keep all the pulp. Naturally this makes for a thicker drink. Pro Tip: If you want a Vita Mix, get a certified reconditioned one!
8. It is possible to make a big batch of juice to store in your refrigerator. People are naturally going to assume that brown juice is bad. One solution to the problem is to add a teaspoon or two of lemon juice to the juice mixture. Since it is only a small amount, the lemon flavor will not overpower your juice, but it will help keep it fresh looking.
9. You can just drink veggie juice if you are suffering from diabetes or high blood sugar levels; however, you should discuss this with your doctor to get specific instructions. Fruit juice could make your sugar level rise rapidly. Keep a log of fruits that you juice, and record their effect on your blood sugar levels. Vegetables can supplement your juices to provide your body with nutrients without the risk of sugar overload.
10. Ginger has a diversity of culinary and even medicinal uses. It is of particular value in settling an upset stomach. It can be added to the juice you make to give it a little pop and make you feel better at the same time. Ginger is great with a combination anti-inflammatory as well as soothing any damage in the esophageal region, usually caused by acid reflux.
11. Known free radical scavenging phytochemicals are found in juice from vegetables and fruits. Whenever possible, include phytochemical-laden foods in your juice recipes! All vegetables have SOME antioxidant value… some like wild blueberries have alot!
12. Antioxidant power is measured as “ORAC” value (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity). Here’s a database you can refer to…
13. Some say juice can help you add a spring back to your step. Juice offers several nutrients that may help assist your memory, ease pain in your joints or begin to slow free radical cell death.
14. Drink your juice as quickly as possible after making it. To ensure that the juice you are drinking is as healthy as possible, you should understand that the longer juice sits there, the less nutrients are present. The more time you let pass before drinking your juice, the more nutrients are lost. For this reason, you should drink the fresh juice while it is actually still considered fresh.
15. As you are now aware, adding fresh juice into your diet need not be too difficult. As a quick snack, or a daily vitamin supplement, fresh juice fits in anywhere. There are plenty of positive aspects of juicing, helping you to maintain a healthy lifestyle. You can start juicing for fitness today.
16. Trying to lose weight? Juices are not very filling. You may need to strictly limit the amount you drink daily when trying to restrict calories.
17. Last of all, if you’re still not sure you want to try juicing, try this tip… check your grocery store freezer section for pouches of mixed fruits and vegetables you can add water to in a blender and make juice in an instant. These tend to be good tasting mixtures that can help you “dip your toe” into drinking fresh made juice.